TAPZ GALLANTINO’s unique brand of punk-R&B is just as genre-blending as his roots. Born in post-colonial Zimbabwe, he and his family relocated to New Zealand at the age of 10. As he reached young adulthood, he sought out the U.S. for global expansion and industry disruption. Initially establishing his roots in New York and now based in Los Angeles, Tapz is on a mission to share his vision through music, fashion and storytelling. “I’m a walking culture clash, that’s why my art is the way it is.” After claiming a #2 spot on Spotify’s Viral Charts, it’s no surprise Tapz’ synth like voice caught the attention of GOOD Management and the likes of Kanye and Rick Rubin – The 10 Magazine Louis Vuitton cover star went head to head with Lorde for Best New Zealand Artist at the MTV EMAs, it's fair to say the award now resides at his family home. Despite his carefully calculated ascension to the top Tapz' resume already reads like a music industry veteran's.
LOUIS VUITTON: DAYDREAM BELIEVER
Photographer ELLIOTT MORGAN
Fashion Editor and Text ROXY LOLA
Talent TAPZ GALLANTINO
Fashion Assistant PEYTON LAKE
Production RICHARD VILLANI for Villani Productions
Shot at THE FORD ESTATE
Thanks to THE PRESIDENT GERALD and BETTY FORD ESTATE
“I’m a walking culture clash, that’s why my art is the way it is.”
For the sixth cover of 10 Men Issue 56, Zimbabwe-born, LA-based musician Tapz Gallantino wears Virgil Abloh’s final Louis Vuitton collection. Shot by Elliott Morgan and styled by Roxy Lola.