For our first-ever Renegade Awards, we salute the men who broke the rules, redefined their fields and continue to refine their game
DR. DRE The $3 Billion Man
Three decades before Apple bid $3 billion for his company Beats Electronics, Dr. Dre (né Andre Young) was already changing the way we listen to music. As a high school dropout, the founding member of N.W.A built a career on giving voice to the streets and pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the mainstream. Over the years he has orchestrated the rise of seminal hip-hop artists Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar—the list goes on—and continues to push the narrative of struggle and redemption. His ability to keep it real while expanding his empire is unparalleled.
TONY ALVA The Merchant of Venice
If it weren’t for Tony Alva we might not have vertical aerial tricks, a global skateboarding industry and, most important, the sheer joy of turning a nondescript stretch of sidewalk or an empty swimming pool into an arena for self-expression—all for the modest cost of a plywood board and four polyurethane wheels. The influential member of Venice, California–based 1970s skateboard team the Z-Boys made his name in his teens, started his own skateboard company before he’d turned 20 and remains an active elder statesman of the sport today.
NICK CAVE The Wizard of Aussies
Few artists have mastered as many forms and genres as Australia-born Nick Cave. His bands the Birthday Party and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have made him almost famous, while his heroin addiction almost stopped his career altogether. Now clean, Cave continues his prolific output not only as a musician but also as a soundtrack artist (Harry Potter, True Detective), a screenwriter (Lawless) and a best-selling novelist. When none other than Johnny Cash covers your music, you know you’ve arrived. But that was 15 years ago, and Cave is still going strong.
BILL MURRAY The Lifebomber
Yes, he has created some of the most memorable characters in the history of film. Yes, he is notoriously anti-Hollywood, working steadily year after year without a manager, an agent or a publicist. But the mystique of Bill Murray doesn’t stop at the screen. He randomly crashes strangers’ karaoke parties, engagement photo shoots and kickball games, thereby pulling us into his body of work. Most people are content to photobomb, but Murray lifebombs—while continuing to work at the highest level of his craft.
MARCO PIERRE WHITE The Original Bad-Boy Chef
Long before food and restaurants became reality-TV fodder, there was a young man in England named Marco Pierre White. While running the kitchens in a string of successful London restaurants, he dated models, made the gossip pages, berated a young Gordon Ramsay until he cried and drove an equally young Mario Batali to quit in the middle of dinner service. And at the age of 33 he became the youngest chef ever awarded three Michelin stars. Although he no longer works in the kitchen, he remains a successful restaurateur and TV presenter, as well as the blueprint for foulmouthed, brilliant chefs the world over.
RICHARD PRINCE The Art Breaker
From the 1980s to today, Richard Prince has made a name for himself by taking other people’s images (most often related to ideas of masculinity) and turning them into something altogether original: He rephotographed details of the Marlboro Man ads, finding new beauty in his creative cropping; photographed photographs of naked biker chicks; and most recently became a high-concept internet troll, appropriating photos of women from Instagram, rewriting the comments and then blowing them up larger than life. If good poets borrow and great poets steal, then Prince is the poet laureate of American pop art tricksters.