Criticism with a Delicate Tongue… with Falko D for Elska Magazine

Working in the arts can be very supportive world. Of course, you can’t escape the business side of things, cos we all have to eat, but it still feels a bit less cut-throat than other fields and I like to think that we can trust each other.

That being said, there are some rules for how to behave in the arts “industry”, particularly how to treat other artists. Networking is very important, so the rule is that you should support each other, give shout-outs, go to others’ events, and buy their stuff. It’s also good to give constructive criticism when it’s helpful, but with a very delicate tongue… we artists tend to be a sensitive bunch.

falkobyfedyaili-7So I do my fair share of supporting my community, even when I’m not strictly a fan. And I’m sure there are loads who promote me and say lovely things about me when actually they think my work is shit. But sometimes in the process of blindly supporting anyone and everyone in your field, you find an artist who you truly adore. Fedya Ili is one of them.

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Fedya shot this series of pics with Falko D. in Berlin, so I thought it would be perfect to include in the new issue of Elska Magazine, which is dedicated to Berlin. While the flowerscape could be anywhere, there’s a real Berliny feel to it, the breezy, shamefree freedom you sense from this display of outdoor nudity. To be fair, it’s actually kind of hard not to spend much time in Berlin without getting naked. It’s one of the reasons why I like it.

To see more of Fedya Ili’s shoot of Falko D., pick up Elska Magazine Issue (02), available in select shops worldwide and for order online:


Welcome to Berlin: Elska Magazine Issue (01) Berlin Out Now!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to announce the release of Elska Magazine Issue (02), shot in Berlin, Germany. The two months we spent promoting the first issue (Lviv, Ukraine), was great, but it does tend to lag a bit toward the end, particularly after you’ve sent the new issue to the printers and can’t wait to get it on the shelves. But finally we are here.

Issue (02) is dedicated to Berlin, Europe’s craziest, coolest and gayest city. It’s also one of Europe’s most diverse places, beckoning immigrants since well before the wall came down. Of the fifteen Berliners included in this issue, only four are native Germans.


We meet Raphael K., this month’s cover boy, at the Berlin wall as well as nude amongst images of the Alexanderplatz TV tower; Emil T. at the former Templehof Airport; Diego S. at the site of a now destroyed Soviet military facility; Luca R. in the morning-after atmosphere outside the world-famous club Berghain; and more!

This issue also features work by Russian-born artist Fedya Ili of Falko D. wearing just his shoes with some shrubbery and a shopping trolley; and some polaroids by Montréal artist Jonathan Lemieux of his husband naked at home doing the beautifully mundane.

152 pages, full-colour, perfect bound, A5.

Pick up your copy at select cities around the world (check website for details) or subscribe for a full year of Elska: