Victory / 19
Victory Journal’s second double-issue, Halftime, explores sporting and artistic expression at a moment of intense pressure and promise. It includes Jet Toomer and Nina Chanel Abney’s kaleidoscopic dialogue on leisure, New York City bicycle gangs finding community amid emptiness, and the iconic images of kingmaker Walter Iooss Jr. and his most famous muse. We reveal a personal history of the Ruff Ryders motorcycle stunt crew through the eyes of Yayi the Queen, fall in love with high school baseball in Japan, witness virtual cross-country in Washington State, and marvel at interpretations of “homecoming” at a supercharged North Carolina drag ball. At a moment between an international stoppage of play and full re-entry, Victory #19 engages across disciplines, borders, and time—finding joy in a pigeon’s beak, winter surf, and the metallic “brap” of an RC-car’s acceleration.
Victory Journal is a print and digital publication devoted to the intersection of sport and culture. Rather than engage in statistical analysis or partisan squabbling, Victory spotlights the drama of sport and the enduring glory of athletic pursuits the world over. Through extensive reporting, probing personal essays, award-winning photography, illustration, and original films and animations, Victory embraces both classic storytelling methods and those just beginning to emerge.