Monday, 31 October 2011

We Love Polaroid - GIVEAWAY!

We just love Polaroids, don't you? I mean, come on, what's not to love? The chunky, retro camera-bodies, the instant imaging, the fun of seeing the image you captured a few seconds ago develop right before your eyes? Yep, Polaroids are pretty much one of the most fun mediums of photography. Which is why we (and a lot of you guys too) were not too happy when came the dreary day that we were informed these magic little cameras were being produced no more.

BUT, if you're one of the few who doesn't have a Polaroid camera somewhere in your house, steeped in nostalgic memories, don't worry, you haven't missed your chance to own a plastic Polaroid beauty!
Kath & Tom over at We Love Polaroid really do love Polaroid. And they want to ensure that anyone who wants to experience the instantaneous joy of Polaroids can do so, with their selection of lovingly-sourced cameras available to purchase online.

Every camera on We Love Polaroid comes with it's own unique back-story, which is a quirky little insight into the former life of your new plastic best friend. 

We've teamed up with We Love Polaroid to offer one of you luck Tantrum-ettes the chance to win a Polaroid P600 Modern Camera, along with a pack of Impossible Project P680 Colour Shade Film (total retail value £49.00) All you need to do to be in with a shot at this awesome prize, pictured below, is:

1: Follow us on twitter and tweet "I wanna win Polaroid goodies with @tantrummagazine & @welovepolaroid!" 

2: 'Like' us on Facebook and write on our wall - "I wanna win Polaroid goodies with Tantrum Magazine & We Love Polaroid!" -be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Giveaway ends November 16th. Winner will be selected randomly and notified by email. Goooood luck!


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Stylish but Spooky - Boys edition

Hey boys, we haven't forgotten about you! If you're after some frighteningly fashionable Halloween goodies we've got just the (trick or) treat for you!

Why not try out that classic karate kid look with Volcom's Skeleton Pajamas and striped socks? Make sure you're not afraid of the dark by teaming your shoes with Glow in the Dark Mr Lacy laces and be the coolest dude on the block with a Yes No Maybe Monster cap and bright pumpkin coloured watch from Nixon. If it's quirky brand of halloween delight you're after, well we haven't seen any underwear that quite as creepy (but yet still insanely awesome) as Pull-in's Jason hockey-mask print Pull-in underwear.

Oh boy, we just can't wait for the 31st of October to roll around!

Volcom Fear Pajamas @ Surfdome - £54.99
Glow in the dark laces, Mr Lacy @ Surfdome - £3.99

Monster Mask Boxers by Pull-in @ Surfdome - £28.99
Striped Socks by Volcom @ Surfdome - £21.99

Monster cap by Yes No Maybe @ Surfdome - £34.99
Orange Dash watch by Nixon @ Surfdome - £89.99

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Spooky but Stylish - Girls edition

Haven't you heard? It's our favourite time of year again! Halloween is a mere few days away and shying away from all those 'perfect Halloween costume' features that are always floating around the internet around October, we've got a small selection of spooky-themed clothes and accessories to share with you that are cool enough to wear all year round! 

Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood lovers will love the Wolf Spirithood & Illustrate People's Vampire Mouth Boyfriend tee, which is perfect teamed with a blood red Adidas watch.

If you fancy channeling a bit of a chic Lydia Deetz, look no further than these striped Happy Socks, Dr Martens 1914 Smooth Boots and a charcoal cape by Supreme Being.

But if you want to keep your nod to fright-night accessories-only, then why not try Pull-in's 'Day of the Dead' inspired print underwear, an owl bangle from Fossil or Iron Fist's deadly glam Gold Skull sequined heels.

Ahh, Halloween, we love you!

Wolf Spirithood - £83.99, Surfdome
Owl Bangle - Fossil @ Surfdome - £49.99
Chicano knickers by Pull-in - £25
Happy Socks @ Surfdome - £19.99
Vampire Mouth Boyfriend tee by Illustrate People @ Surfdome - £24.99
Ascent Cape - SupremeBeing @ Surfdome £94.99

Cambridge Nylon Watch by Adidas @ Surfdome - £59.99
Dr Martens 1914 Smooth Black boots @ Surfdome - £92.99

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Versace x H&M

Following the footsteps of recent collaborations, welcome Versace for H&M!

How excited are we to see a sneak peak of the Versace for H&M collection?... VERY! With such an opulent collection, you should be too. The collection is now available to preview, ready for its launch on November 17, hitting 300 stores worldwide. Statement hues meet cutting edge details at a fraction of the price.

'Versace’s collection for H&M is a moment in fashion. It is full of strong pieces that stand out, with colours, prints and cuts that are clean and precise' says H&M Creative Advisor, Margareta van den Bosch. Here at Tantrum, we love the sophistication of black fabrics - so much so we're lusting over every inch of the masterful collection. Psychedelic colours and patterns however, were not in hiding; there really is something for every girl.
Thank you Donatella, our party season is sorted!

Here's a preview of our favourite pieces:

words: Jemma Lamble

Friday, 14 October 2011

Submotion Orchestra

It's the age old dilemma - it's a Friday, you want to go out and enjoy yourself, but at the same time you're exhausted and just want to curl up with some good music. Luckily, the solution has come in the form of Submotion Orchestra...

With 7 members, this is a band which can create delicate layers with perfect harmony - while keeping a contemporary vibe that's unusual in this kind of music. With a great mixture of up tempo songs which wouldn't be out of place in any night club and luxurious slow melodies which make your heart ache in the best way, this is a band which caters for everyone in every mood possible.

New single Always falls into the former category, fast paced and urgent while retaining the ethereal feel which identifies Submotion Orchestra. It's already a hit at live shows, so all that's left is for you to take a listen and fall in love...

Well, that's not quite all that's left. We were lucky enough to grab an interview with the band and talk to them about their own taste in music:

Was being in a band always an ambition?
We've all known individually for a long time that we wanted to be involved in music for our lives. We've all come from different and varied backgrounds too - Dom with his classical training, Taz, Tommy and Bobby with their jazz and funk history, Ruby even played steel pans for many years - before we all coalesced with Submotion. But since we've all done alot of session work individually - playing with amongst others, Gentlemans Dub Club, Haggis Horns, Dennis Coffey, Matthew Halsall, iDST, Breakestra, Andreya Triana, Jenna G and loads more - it took a little while for the unit to become a fully-fleged band rather than another project that we were all involved in. But once it did, everything happened very naturally and organically, the audience grew quickly, and we all got very into what was happening.

What’s your favourite song of yours?

It varies from gig to gig and day to day. 'Finest Hour' was pretty much the first tune we did as a band, so that's stayed pretty special, but 'All Yours' is sounding pretty good at the moment, and our live arrangement of 'Always' is a lot of fun for us all to play.

If you could pick a collaboration, who would it be with?

We'll collaborate with anyone, any time - we all love too many musicians and types of music to be picky. Clearly people like Cinematic Orchestra, Bonobo, 4 Hero, Murcof, Dj Shadow etc are right up our street, and we've started getting some great people into do some remixes for the album (names kept secret for the moment, i'm afraid). But we'd also love to get people in who aren't in a similar musical field, just to see what would happen - Eric Whitacre, Colin Blunstone, Manuel Gottsching would all be lovely. We're hoping to get a string quartet involved with us too, in the near future. There's just not enough time to sort everything you want...

What’s your guilty pleasure (music wise and in general)?

We've got some pretty big Carpenters fans in the band, but they wouldn't feel guilty about it - it's too good for that. Fatty has an unhealthy obsession with 'Roundabout' by Yes, which is clearly inexcusable. Beyond that, we've been known to get a little bit too into our karaoke if we go, which is definitely a guilty pleasure...

Is there any song you associate with a mood (e.g. when you’re happy, angry, etc)?

'Perfection' is pretty good for when you're feeling sleepy. Come to think of it, quite a lot of our tunes work at that time.

If you had to put one song on repeat for the next week, what would it be?

The Theme from 'Rocky' and anything by Shooby Taylor the Human Horn - we defy you not to feel good after listening to those...

Who are your biggest influences?

We've got so many people we look up to and idolise that we can't sum it up briefly. One of the things we like about the band is that we all have very different inspirations, from Cinematic Orchestra, to Steve Reich, to Mala, to Tangerine Dream, to Esbjorn Svensson, to Debussy, to Mr. Fingers, and around a million others, and there's bits of all those things in the music somewhere. In the band, we've got Ruckspin, who comes from a dubstep/drum and bass background, and brings that quite clearly into the sound, along with the dub influence of King Tubby/Augustus Pablo. Tommy has a very wide range of contemporary jazz and classical influences, while Taz tries to get a bit of his synth heroes - Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Stevie Wonder, Manuel Gottsching - in there too. Danny is an encyclopedia of world rhythms, and his love of Brazilian percussion really comes out in tunes like 'Always'. In short, everyone brings something different to the table, due to their musical background and development.

So if you've gotten to this stage and you're as hopelessly in love with them as we are, there's light at the end of the tunnel! Starting tonight in Brighton, Submotion Orchestra are embarking on their UK tour. Check below for a date near you, and, as always, tell them Tantrum sent you...

15th October: Brighton - Coalition
18th October: Southampton - Joiners 
20th October: Guildford - The Boileroom 
21st October: Bristol - The Thekla 
22nd October: Nottingham - Stealth 
31th October: London - XOYO

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Unit Portables

Ah, laptop bags. The eternal dilemma. Until now it seemed that our only options were to go for something that looked cool, but ultimately didn't really protect most prized possession of the digital age or something that was super-padded and amazingly protective but just looked... eww.

We say until now, because we've only just been introduced to the awesome Unit Portables. Championing that Scandinavian minimalist design and with a focus on practicality, Unit Portables are the best way to carry around all your little gadgets.

Currently available in a range of 5 block colours, each bag is numbered and the external  mini-bags and pouches can be added on and removed as you see fit (in fact, they can even be attached on the inside for maximum security!) as if all this wasn't enough to entice you, Unit Portables also have an iPad sleeve available that can be attached to the original bag, so you can carry your phone, iPod, laptop, iPad and more in one handy, well-designed package.

So, you don't need to choose between form and function anymore, with Unit Portables, you get both. Count us in!

Find out more at

Monday, 3 October 2011

Tantrum's lips are violent - Are yours?

Self-expression is top of their agenda, and with making statement lip patterns it is definitely achieved. Violent Lips is an innovative idea that keeps colour and prints on lips for up to 8 hours. Patterns range from bold, animal prints to sexy and seductive fishnets. There is even a pink ribbon design to help kick breast cancer and $2 from each purchase will be donated.

The range of Temporary Lip Appliques contain vitamins that are said to enhance the smoothness of lips, giving a glossy finish - sounds funky? you betcha! Check out Tantrum's favourite designs we'd love to try out...

Each set give you 3 applications worth of fun. Sealed with water, they're applied pretty much like a temporary tattoo - just not as tacky! Designs fit all lip shapes and sizes so there's definitely no excuse  not to want to try these unique beauties out! Start pimping your lips here.

words: Jemma Lamble

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Urbanears - The ultimate accessory.

We're pretty sure you guys are smart cookies. So you're probably aware of what this season's (scratch that, EVERY season's) must-have accessory is, right? Move over statement necklace, bags - take the backseat, skyscraper heels - err, we're sooo over you. Make way for the ultimate accessory that you do not want to be seen without this season - Urbanears.

Firstly, if you're sitting there thinking 'what the hell are Urbanears?!', then it's pretty likely you've been living in a cave (or just without an internet connection...) for like, 2 years.
Based in the centre of Scandinavian style, Stockholm, Urbanears produce headphones with a focus on high-quality sound and construction and of course - fashion-leading design. Mixing fashion and technology to create a 'part-garment, part-headphone', Urbanears integrate sleek features and mind-blowing sound in a neat little package that comes in an array of colours and styles. Perfect for any music-loving, fashion-savvy smartypants who knows that Urbanears are the thing you want to be seen wearing this season and every one after that.

Grab your very own pair at Selfridges, Urban Outfitters and other retailers, and check out for more info and products.


Okay, so by now you may have noticed we're a bit nuts about Converse here at Tantrum (and rightly so!) We've sensed that you guys really dig Converse too, so of course, we're psyched to share even more breaking news from Converse with you!

Converse have teamed up with RWD Magazine and JD Sports to offer a lucky winner a visit backstage on the set of RWD's January 2012 cover star photo shoot. The winner (or 'chosen one', as we like to call them...) will get to meet with the team behind RWD - the UK's leading urban title - and spend the whole day with them behind the scenes on a cover shoot with one of the world’s most prolific urban stars.

The winner/chosen one will also get the chance to pick out their own Converse Bags and accessories in the flagship JD Sports store on Oxford Street in London, as well as hanging out with the RWD crew on the shoot and of course, the cover star. The star is yet to be revealed, but previous RWD covers have featured Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32 and Ed Sheeran, so this competition will be the perfect chance to hang out with a superstar AND you'll bag yourself some sweet Converse goodies. Awesome, huh?

To enter, visit the link the below, login and answer the question. This competition is live now and closes on 30th November 2011.

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Are you an aspiring designer? Perhaps you're a dab hand with a paintbrush or you just fancy a shot at designing a t-shirt. Welllll, now you can!

Eco-fashion brand, Rapanui, have teamed up with Surfdome to give you guys an amazing opportunity to be a designer for an an award-winning fashion brand. So it's time to whack out your canvas of choice and get working on some ideas on a design for a Rapanui t-shirt! The winning design will be printed by Rapanui and available at You'll get 5 of your winning t-shirts as well as £50 of Rapanui vouchers AND a £50 surfdome voucher.

To enter the competition 'Like' both Rapanui and Surfdome's Facebook pages and then upload your design here: Competition closes on 6th November 2011, so you better get going!

Check out Rapanui’s current collection of organic cotton and bamboo tees here at