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On this episode of 'American Conventions,' Taji Ameen (@tajcam) meets the nearly 500 people—and puppets—who gather at the world's largest ventriloquist convention every year. From old hands who have been puppeteering since the 80s to newcomers in their teens, there's something for everyone at Vent Haven. Taji even swallows his pride and hits up the open mic with a routine of his own. See more on @vice
Known by many for his iconic portrait “Afghan Girl,” photographer Steve McCurry (@stevemccurryofficial) has spent nearly 40 years taking photos in Afghanistan. McCurry's work often focuses on the places and people of Afghanistan, rather than images of combat, explosions, and armies, creating an unusually compassionate portrait of a place most associate only with destruction and danger. Read our interview with McCurry and check out more of his work at VICE.com.
We sent VICE's @beckettmufson to a McDonalds near NYC Comic Con this weekend to talk to people waiting in line for the now-infamous 'Rick and Morty' Szechuan sauce. The kind people he met actually didn't destroy our faith in humanity. Read the whole story at VICE.com. Photos by @michael_marcelle.
Legendary musician Tom Petty has died at 66 after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home on Sunday night. Over the course of a career that lasted nearly five decades, Petty never became anchored to one specific scene, era, or cultural trend, but his songs always slipped into the cultural consciousness. Since the late 70s, Petty released 13 studio albums with the Heartbreakers, three solo albums, two records with the Traveling Wilburys (his supergroup with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan), two reunion records with Mudcrutch, along with a number of live albums. Through it all, he never tried to be anything other than Tom Petty, turning in some of the greatest rock songs the world has ever known. Rest in peace. Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty.
Photographer David Severn (@davidsevern) captures the society left behind by the death of Britain’s mining industry. Pictured here is Miss Mansfield 2013-2014 at Forest Town Welfare. Wen the local coal mines were open, it was tradition for each colliery to crown a “Coal Queen,” who was a mascot for the industry. See more on VICE.com.