Interview with Christen Mooney of Thugpop Magazine

Thugpop Magazine is a new print and online venture that provides a unique perspective on style, art and music through a counter-cultural youthful lens. I spoke with Christen Mooney Editor in Chief of Thugpop magazine  about his inspirations, Thugpop’s origins, the current state of fashion.  He may be only 20, but Christen is someone you’ll be hearing much more about leading up to the inaugural print issue of Thugpop Magazine coming this November.

Introduce yourself and the concept behind Thugpop?

Hi, My name is Christen Mooney and I am the Editor in Chief of Thugpop Magazine. Thugpop is a very lucid name for a movement I’d like to create. Thugpop is a youth driven magazine that caters to the art and fashion audience. Thugpop is in a sense me but yet everyone. Who doesn’t listen to a mix of genres now a days, who doesn’t have decent style now (at least in new york)? Fashion is so mainstream but yet to be new you have to go against what fashion is. By making it very punk and thats what Thugpop is. Changing the way fashion is by youth’s hands. But to give you a clear answer on what Thugpop is it would be “a journal of our art.”

What prompted you to start Thugpop, was it something you have had on your mind for awhile?

Thugpop was first my twitter and instagram name. I never knew what thugpop was going to be exactly but the name stuck. I used to have a blog kind of like Third Looks but you guys are much better at it. But I was just about my inspirations and my ideas. I thought Thugpop was too good of a name for another blog. I had a class where we had to create our own magazine and I’m a really shitty student and the only thing I could come up with in time was Thugpop.  I realized i should use my artistic expression and asked my friends to join me on this journey. My staff which make up 4 of my closest friends (Sean, Amber, Jose, and Henri) they really make sure all my needs are met. I couldn’t imagine Thugpop without them.

Also, a quick note, my dad used to always say I should be an entrepreneur so he made me read books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad at a very young age. I almost feel like I was raised to do this. My childhood plays a very big part in the inspiration for my editorials as well.

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