Shows Fringes

From the Knife to the Brush

From criminals to cults to conflict zones and everything in between, Fringes examines the outliers whose stories often fall out of the field of vision of the mainstream.

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  • From the Knife to the Brush

    Peruvian artist LU.CU.MA spent 27 years in jail for the murder of his brother, among other crimes. After his release, LU.CU.MA swore to turn himself around. He traded the machine guns, hand grenades, and knives that he once used to ambush buses for art supplies.

  • French Drag Queen Dance Battles

    Voguing is an urban dance inspired by model poses in the pages of Vogue, where dancers gather to compete in Voguing "battles." Following its creation in 1980s New York, the movement has spread to France, thanks to the success of singers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé…

  • Nest of Giants

    Despite its tiny population, Iceland has a reputation in the World's Strongest Man competition that stands higher than perhaps any other country's. This small, black rock in the middle of the ocean has produced a lineage of strongmen dating back to the Vikings.

  • Atlanta: Strip City

    With unique access to three of the city's most notorious strip clubs, their best-known dancers, management, and loyal customers, Atlanta: Strip City explores what it's really like to get naked and dance for money in the strip club capital of the world.

  • Reborn Babies

    A global scene of around 20,000 doll makers and collectors has developed around life-like replicas of newborns called Reborn Babies. The price of these dolls is usually anywhere from $250 to $800, depending on the complexity and level of detail. The most expensive doll was sold t…

  • Underground Fighters of Japan

    A Japanese movie producer wasn't satisfied with the professional fighting tournaments out there, so he made his own—one that has as few rules as possible in an attempt to replicate street fighting.

  • Drunken Glory

    God is descending on Minneapolis in the form of invisible spliffs and imaginary lines of coke. The Drunken Glory movement—spawned by events like the Florida Outpouring and Toronto Blessing in the 90s, at which people appeared to be inebriated and high purely off the power of God—…

  • The Real Walter White

    When AMC's Breaking Bad premiered in 2008, one of Alabama's most successful meth cooks was already building a massive meth empire. His name? Walter White.

  • The Warrior Women of Asgarda

    The ladies of Asgarda are self-proclaimed descendants of the legendary Amazon warrior women who, according to myth, once roamed parts of what is now Ukraine. We traveled to the Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine to attend one of Asgarda’s recruitment camps, where the ladies…

  • Welcome to Hell... in Norway

    Hell is a quaint little village in Norway. There are red-roofed houses, a post office, a grocery store, even a church. It literally freezes over during the winter. There's also the Blues in Hell Festival, which this year brought a host of legendary blues singers to Hell, includin…

  • Black Bike Week

    Once a year the traffic in South Carolina comes to a standstill as the streets fill with brightly customized sports bikes, with their riders taking advantage of the state’s "no helmet" law to perform burnouts and stunts up and down the main strip along the seafront.

  • Kingdom of Germany

    Former chef and martial arts trainer Peter Fitzek has founded his own micronation called the Kingdom of Germany. It consists of several properties around the city of Wittenberg, south of Berlin, and has 25 citizens, its own currency, an official state limousine, and passports.

  • Heroin Holiday

    Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to skirt—just acres of verm…

  • Heroin Holiday - Trailer

    Every August, while Europe's desk jockeys shut off their phones and head to the beach, the junkies of Prague set up camp in the poppy fields outside the city for a vacation of their own. For one glorious month, there are no cops to run from, no dealers to skirt—just acres of verm…

  • Mr. Hálek's Fungus

    Václav Hálek is the world's most prolific composer of mushroom songs. As in the songs they sing to him. The mushrooms. Because God asked them to.

  • UFO Welcome Center

    Jody Pendarvis is a kooky southern gentleman who has built a ramshackle UFO welcome center in his backyard in rural Bowman, South Carolina. If aliens happen to land around Bowman, they'll be greeted by Jody, who claims he'll be able to talk to them, and his homemade alien spacecr…

  • Teenage Exorcists

    Sick of taking responsibility for the shitty things that have happened to you in your life? Help is on the way, in the form of three Bible-thumping teenage exorcists who claim to be able to exorcise people's "sexually transmitted demons."

  • Portrait of a Russian Oligarch

    After the collapse of Communism in Russia, as state assets were divvied up and privatized, a few individuals stepped in to take the reins of this entrepreneurial experiment. Rewarded with massive fortunes and fame, they came to be known as "the oligarchs." To see how the .00001%

  • Cowboy Capitalists

    For maverick entrepreneur Ian Cox, Africa is the last frontier of free enterprise. In 2012 he nabbed a lucrative United Nations contract to transport equipment from South Africa to South Sudan, a country on many countries' embargo list. The other problem: the journey north entail…

  • Deportee Purgatory

    About 40 percent of Mexican immigrants deported from the US are sent back through Tijuana. Many of the deported border crossers have established a makeshift shantytown inside a dry, concrete riverbed where the Tijuana River once flowed—called 'El Bordo.' A camera crew from VICE M…

  • The Warrior State

    Guerrero is one of the poorest states in Mexico and the site of some of the worst violence in the battle between the drug cartels and Mexican authorities. As a result of the violence, hundreds of civilians have armed themselves with machetes, rifles, and shotguns, put masks on, a…

  • Mexico's Other Border

    When traveling from Central America to Mexico, immigrants are forced to battle corrupt Mexican police, drug cartels like the infamous Zetas, and human traffickers, all before they even come close to the United States border. We tagged along with a group of Central American immigr…

  • The Man Who Eats Roadkill

    "I ate a badger once that someone else had picked up because they wanted its skull. It was blown up like a horse on the Western Front and smelled rather horrible. When I cut into it, the flesh was green but nevertheless I persevered and stewed it. It made the house smell like the…

  • Guns in the Sun

    Weeks before the almost unfathomable mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, VICE editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro visited Florida to dive headfirst into its byzantine firearms laws and discover why his home state was the first in the nation to issue over one…

  • Venom Superman Responds to YouTube Comments

    Last week we premiered a documentary about Steve Ludwin, a nutty guy who injects himself with snake venom as a means to becoming immortal. It was a YouTube hit, and received thousands of comments, such as "This guy is pretty cool" and "You look like you have AIDS. Do you?" Here…

  • Venom Superman

    For the past 20 years Steve Ludwin has been sticking deadly snake venom in a syringe and mainlining it. He claims that snake juice is the ultimate pick-me-up, making him stronger, faster, and more resilient. And now, it looks like mainstream scientific research might be catching

  • Bush League Rebels

    On my first day embedded with the UN stabilization force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I visited a camp in the city of Goma set up to house rebel combatants who had recently surrendered. The facility was split along ethnic and administrative lines, with only a chain-li…

  • BREAKING: Exclusive Footage of John McAfee Detained in Guatemala

    About an hour ago John McAfee was picked up by the Guatemala special police task force for questioning about his illegal entry into the country. His lawyer, Mr. Guerra, accompanied him to Emigrason Albergue in Guatemala City and is attempting to get John out before his press conf…

  • On the Run with John McAfee (Teaser)

    VICE editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro and photographer/videographer Robert King have been following John McAfee for the past five days, documenting his life on the run. Here is a small taste of the footage they have taken.

  • Taxidermy Babe

    After meeting Divya at a party in Brooklyn, we assumed she was into artisinal pickles and free-range tempeh. Turns out, killing animals and stuffing them is more her thing. We decided to go to the woods with her and have some fun with a woodchuck. Well, it wasn't really fun for t…