In the cult black-and-white French social drama La Haine, the main character Vinz likes to imagine himself as his hero, Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver, by acting out his famous “You talkin’ to me?” monologue in the mirror. Over in Eindhoven, illustrator Steven Janson likes to envision Vinz as Doggo Wolf, an anthropomorphic version of his German shepherd / Akita / Chinook cross, Wolf, who sadly passed away in 2019.
Janson’s work often depicts Doggo Wolf in a Vinz-esque tracksuit and Nike Air Max 90 trainers, hanging with La Haine protagonists Hubert and Saïd (in this instance, Wolf’s bull mastiff and Doberman friends), but sometimes they’re characters from The Sopranos, a pro-skater like Lance Mountain or Biggie Smalls, 2Pac or Dr. Dre. They’re tough but misunderstood, like Wolf, Janson says. “He looked so intimidating; people were afraid of him when they first saw him. But he had such a good heart and was friendly towards everyone.”
“[Doggo Wolf] is a mix of Wolf’s original character—calm, sweet and friendly—combined with all the stuff I really like and stand for,” Janson says. If Doggo Wolf was listening to music, it’d be Nate Dogg or Willie Nelson. “He doesn’t like country that much, but he can play Willie on repeat.” And in his spare time? “He’d skateboard a little and play some golf afterwards. Maybe play some Tony Hawk on the PlayStation One in the evening.”
A selection of prints and a silver Doggo pendant are available from Janson’s website, and check out the Wolf-inspired goods by Sun of Wolves—a dog- and human-friendly lifestyle brand by Janson and his girlfriend, photographer Cleo Goossens.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019
Harrison Ford has taken on a role that was portrayed in the past by Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, and Rutger Hauer before him: the character John Thornton in the latest cinematic adaptation of Jack London’s 1903 novel The Call of the Wild. John Thornton becomes a human companion to Buck, the big St Bernard-Scotch collie mix who’s the heart of the story. The two meet in Yukon, Canada during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, and head off on an adventure into the great unknown together. Interestingly, Buck was portrayed using motion capture by Terry Notary, who you might recognise from that dinner scene in 2017’s Palme d’Or winning film The Square. Watch The Call of the Wild on Google Play, iTunes, and more.
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June 17, 2020