The New VMAN: Tino Kamal

The New VMAN: Tino Kamal

Meet the model-turned-rapper who saw his first pages on V when nominator Nick Knight cast him in VMAN31.

Meet the model-turned-rapper who saw his first pages on V when nominator Nick Knight cast him in VMAN31.

Photography: Nick Knight

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

This interview appears in the pages of V117, our Spring Preview 2019 issue, arriving on newsstands January 10!

V first crossed paths with model-turned-rapper Tino Kamal when Nick Knight cast him as a tattooed cyborg in VMAN31. Five years later, after Kamal was stabbed in London, they’d meet again on a more corporeal plane. “[It] woke me up to what’s been going on around me,” the London native says of the incident. Shortly thereafter he and Knight shot “Runaway,” a rap video and anti-violence PSA in which his ever-spreading ink fails to conceal his scars. Now physically and mentally healed thanks in part to Knight (“He always helps build me up,” Kamal says) Kamal is still perpetually in motion; his 2018 EP ADHD paid homage to hyperactivity. “I’ve always had [ADHD]; it’s how I define my state of mind.”

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