The 300 Year Old Exploding Hammer Tradition
In San Juan de la Vega, Mexico, there is an annual festival celebrating San Juanito, a Robin Hood figure. This celebration is accompanied by a unique activity: detonating homemade explosives with hammers.
How to Talk about Pornography in Conservative India | Sex Rated
We dive into India's contentious relationship with porn. An aspiring gay pornstar, the inventor of the anti-porn addiction app, and an anti-abuse activist/boudoir photographer lay out how India's porn watching habits capture its attitude towards sex.
I Went Sex Toy Shopping in India
In a country where sex toys are largely taboo and closely regulated, we set out to meet the folks who buy and sell them—from a street vendor to a group of everyday, sex-positive women.
How to Rent Friends in Japan
We hit up Family Romance, a company that specializes in “people for rent,” to help throw VICE’s Kumpei Kuwamoto a wild birthday party—or at least what looked like one online.
A Day in South America’s “Most Humane” Prison
VICE en Español spent the day at Punta de Rieles, talking to inmates and learning about Uruguay's progressive "open" prison.
The Controversial Fight over Polygamy in Indonesia
In a country where a vast majority of Muslims oppose polygamy, a passionate group of men and women who practice it are trying to make the arrangement more mainstream.
The Extravagant Circumcision Ceremonies of Indonesia
We got an inside look at the rite of passage, complete with colorful costumes, live music, and dancing horses.
Inside Paraguay’s Plus Sized Beauty Pageant: Miss Gordita
In Paraguay, as many as one in two people are considered obese. But beauty has many forms, and in Asuncion, there’s a unique pageant catering to a particular kind of beauty.
Inside ‘Total Ultra-Violent Disaster,’ Mexico’s Most Extreme Wrestling League
Where luchadores use blades, fluorescent lightbulbs, chairs, and barbed wire to leave their opponents as bloodied and battered as possible.
Meet the Infamous Debt Collectors of Indonesia
We met a crew of Moluccan debt collectors to find out more about their tight-knit community, and the tactics they use to get debtors to pay up.
Inside Taiwan’s Most Notorious Mafia
VICE sat down with a few members of the Bamboo Union, Taiwan’s biggest underground crime syndicate, to find out how the gang operates.
Inside China's Thriving Drag Queen Culture
VICE met up with a pair of drag queens from Beijing as they prepared for a major ball in Shanghai, following along before they hit the stage for a competition with dozens of other queens.