Royal Trux struck gold when a major label offered them a million dollars and full creative control. But as maverick outsiders, the band proved too eclectic for mainstream tastes. Now, 15 years after breaking up, they’re ready to admit that some journeys never end.
To celebrate a decade of self-rule, we caught up with icons who personify the spirit of independence. To kick off the series, countercultural figure Shepard Fairey shares the key to balancing commerical pressures with DIY values.
Ketty Nivyabandi was a little-known Burundian poet until she led a dangerous protest against her country's president. But becoming an unlikely leader meant having to flee for her life. Now she's campaigning from afar.