Paper Magazine has unveiled their new "Break The Internet" issue, and the cover truly iconic: BTS surrounded by the colorful unmistakable imagery of the legend that is Lisa Frank. If you grew up in the 90s and owned Lisa Frank school supplies, you are trembling right now.
You might be wondering ... BTS and Lisa Frank? It might be the collab you never knew you needed, but there is a deeper meaning to the beautiful custom artwork. As explained in an editors note, Paper says that this "Break the Internet" issue as a collaborative moment between BTS, Lisa Frank and Virgil Abloh (whose 2020 spring collection for Louis Vuitton Men can be seen on the band in the photos). It reads:
"For PAPER's 2019 Break the Internet moment, we combined three cultural powerhouses: BTS, our cover stars; Lisa Frank, who created custom artwork; and Virgil Abloh, whose Spring 2020 collection for Louis Vuitton Men appears on the group. BTS is the biggest music group on the planet and since the beginning, they have championed youth empowerment. PAPER is particularly inspired by their 'Love Yourself' campaign and speech at the UN last year when RM urged young people, 'No matter who you are, where you're from, your skin color, gender identity: Just speak yourself. Find your name and find your voice.' For decades, iconic American artist Lisa Frank has similarly empowered young people to express themselves freely and think creatively. Her art is the ultimate symbol of 'Love Yourself.' Finally, there is simply no one better at communicating with younger generations and breaking barriers in fashion than Virgil Abloh, artistic director for Louis Vuitton's menswear as well as the founder and creative director of Off-White. Separately, their contributions to pop culture are enormous, together they Break the Internet."
The impact BTS has had over the last year or two has been undeniably tremendous, and they, along with many other K-Pop groups, continue to break boundaries (and records) in music and pop culture. As Steve Aoki explained in the issue, "There hasn't been a more prolific phenomenon since the Beatles. For us Asians, this is our generation's Bruce Lee — putting Asian faces once again in a powerful image."
The Paper Magazine "Break the Internet" issue also features an in-depth interview with the group where they talk about the challenges they have had to face as a band, the pressures of being in the limelight, their music and the music they are currently influenced by, their dedicated fans, what they'd like to accomplish, the message behind "Love Yourself" and so much more.
Along with all the excitement, this particular Lisa Frank collaboration brought back all the nostalgia and Twitter is HERE for it. Dig up your old Trapper Keepers and take a look at the most relatable reactions below.
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