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Tattourism and Stewfluencers
"a cesspool of people not knowing what they want"
Jenna Ortega's Beetlejuice character is a Heaven by Marc Jacobs girlie (of course she is); Twitter says its first creator payouts total $5 million; Taylor Swift becomes the first woman to have four albums on Billboard’s Top 10 at once; and meet Flyana Boss, the bestie rap duo running across your TikTok FYP.
THE RISE OF TATTOO TOURISM: THE NEW WAY MILLENNIALS AND GEN ZERS PLAN VACATIONS, wsj
“Tattourism” is a trend pioneered by Gen Z and millennials, who will travel far for the opportunity to get etched by a renowned tattoo artist, memorializing a trip with a tattoo as the ultimate souvenir. (Yes, yes, people have been getting tattoos to memorialize vacations forever, but now it’s a thing.)
Cristina Ferucci, a 25-year-old producer at an N.Y.C. marketing agency, and three friends got matching star tattoos in London in May to symbolize their friendship and a postponed pandemic trip. “We needed something to signify and hold this moment together forever,” she said. “It’s small, but it’s the best keepsake.”
MANY ON DATING APPS ARE ALREADY IN RELATIONSHIPS OR AREN'T SEEKING ACTUAL DATES, NEW STUDY FINDS, nbcnews
Tinder has been downloaded more than 530 million times and created more than 75 billion matches — but half of nearly 1,400 Tinder users surveyed said they weren’t interested in actually finding dates, and two-thirds said they were already in relationships. “It’s just, like, a cesspool of people not knowing what they want and just drama and weird intentions,” a person said in a TikTok video about why she got off the apps. “It’s become almost like social media, that it’s so toxic but you’re kind of addicted to it because you do it for attention or whatever.”
GEN Z FLOCKS TO EAT BIZARRE, WEEKS-OLD ‘MEDIEVAL’ STEW: ‘A TRUE NY EXPERIENCE’, nypost
Annie Rauwerda, 24, who runs the popular account Depths of Wikipedia, posted a series of now-viral videos about “perpetual stew,” a slow cooker that is endlessly replenished and offered to anybody who wants some. In the weeks since, thousands of people — primarily Gen Zers — have descended on a Brooklyn park for Rauwerda’s weekly stew meetups.
ARE TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERTS REALLY SAVING THE HOTEL INDUSTRY?, insidehook
At least temporarily, yes: A Swift concert in Cincinnati reportedly brought in an estimated $2.6 million to downtown hotels and another $5.3 million to hotels in the surrounding area, while the singer’s show in Chicago brought in $39 million in total hotel revenue.
HOW APHEX TWIN BUILT A CULT GEN Z FOLLOWING, i-d
The musician's ambient music and absurdist visuals have found new life amongst the nihilistic 'corecore' creators of TikTok. On the app, #aphextwin has 221.3M views, with hundreds of thousands of videos set to the soundtrack of “QKThr,” the “sweetly crushing and emotional accordion track from Aphex Twin’s 2001 Drukqs album.”
RURAL VOTERS LEAN RED, YOUNG VOTERS LEAN BLUE. SO WHAT'S A YOUNG, RURAL VOTER TO DO?, NPR
”I think that guns aren't the issue,” said 22-year-old Bryson Hyman. “I think that we have a mental health crisis, and it's mostly men that are committing these shootings, young men who don't have any hope for the future because the American dream has unfortunately failed them, and they have fallen into a spiral of dark thoughts.”
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