Has your Insta homepage been taken over by Bird Box memes, 10 year challenges and the Kylie Jenner v egg feud? Us too. In recent months, it seems like Instagram has gone from scrolling safe-haven to quagmire of stale content – and don’t even mention the horizontal swipe betrayal.
For the disillusioned among you: we’ve done the digging to prove that there are still Insta gems out there to discover. From riot grrrl’s photographic herstory to the highs and lows of resale culture, here are five accounts to make you hold off on that social media cleanse.
Here at Crack Magazine, it’s safe to say that we will take our notes written in the rave with us to the grave. Really. Like most music writers, there’ll come that moment when your review deadline is quickly approaching, you’re struggling with the post-rave fatigue (read: crippling recovery period, soul crushing comedown, etc) and you’re trying to make sense of your illegible notes that were haphazardly thumbed into your iPhone while you were absolutely mashed. You know the one. We’ve all been there.
@rascal_reviews gives followers an inside look into a reviewer’s extremely waved mind whilst they navigate through the highs, lows, intensities and weird moments of the rave: think notes like “this one is a fuckin rascal riddim” to “is this gonna be chuggers or jungle i dunno man”, and “shouts out chef ramsey” (??) to “i got the last espresso martini hyess”. Notes like “Cocoon Crush me daddy” eloquently penned whilst deep in the dance with Objekt on the decks. This IG feed is a collation of notes that definitely wouldn’t pass as good journalism without some hard post-rave rewrites, but certainly captures, well, The Moment.
A wavey garms fiend, but not blessed with the funds to support your habit? No doubt you’re active on Depop, the online resale community where Y2K fashion goes for a dime. A self-contained platform that seemingly emerged from nowhere in the last couple of years, depop has long been shrouded in mystery… until @depopdrama broke onto the scene. The submissions-based IG posts the best and worst Depop DMs to show that, just like everywhere else on the internet, the app is not without its try-hards, chancers and trolls. Generating a conversation around a Depopper’s shadier tactics, it’s the place to air the grievances that even a one star rating can’t put right.
With recent news of reunions from both Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, it seems like the riot grrrl movement is ready to wake from its slumber once more. Combining punk music, DIY aesthetics and a dose of righteous feminist rage, it’s an apt soundtrack for 2019. We can’t predict the future, but @theriotgrrrlproject is busy delving into the past to curate a digital archive of the original 90s subculture. The perfect inspo for your feminist zine, punk night or art show.
If your appetite for 90s nostalgia still hasn’t been satiated, meet the IG account celebrating the subtly butch aesthetic of your favourite girlbands. Featuring Adidas fits, blue denim dungarees and wide-slug trousers galore, it’s a treasure trove of some of the decade’s best (and gayest) looks. Besides its innate sartorial value, it’s an important – but never preachy – gesture towards addressing pop music’s heteronormative bias. @dykeyspice is here to tide us over whilst we wait for a queer super-group to storm the charts.
If you’d like to see posts that are, perhaps, more informative than the slew of recycled memes cropping up on IG, @thehairhistorian documents how hair and its many fashions has changed over the centuries. Having become a huge talking point in the media in recent years, hair has become a political symbol and, for some, a place of resistance against beauty standards. Combining her love for history, art and, you guessed it, hair, Rachael Gibson documents some of the greatest hair moments of all time – from different cultures spread across different periods.