“The second you start trying to write about things that other people want to hear,” Shawn Mendes advises, “it’s not as honest as it should be.”
Shawn is one of the covers for #thenocturneissue, photographed by Brad Elterman and styled by Sean Knight, in the cover wearing Gucci shirt, Guess jeans, and Calvin Klein underwear.
Shawn Mendes would rather take a drive to the beach than go out to the club. However, he’s a Leo, and he’s not exactly shy. He’s a tender-voiced, albeit outspoken, peach-fuzzed cat of 18 who rocketed to fame after posting to the Vine social media platform short looping videos of himself singing. Three years, and almost half a billion plays later, I’m listening to his new record, Illuminate—every song of which seems to either be about love or the loss of love or heartbreak or how he can get that person back or why he just can’t do it anymore.
Written by Augustus Britton
Photographed by Brad Elterman
Film directed by Tyler Kindred
Stylist: Sean Knight
Groomer: Anna Bernabe for Exclusive Artists Management using Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Giorgio Armani Beauty
Producer: Richie Davis
Location: The Evil Rock N Roll Cat