Punks: then and now

This is what we always wondered about when we were young; Punks: then and now.

Nige Tassell found out what became of the wild youngters, mostly muscians, of the late seventies. British people in their late fifties who used to be Punks, look back at their wildest days.
Read the full story at The Guardian.com Never Mind the Bus Pass: Punks look back wildest days. Written by Nige Tassell.

2926Steve Ignorant was the lead singer for Crass from 1977 to 1984. Photograph: Alan Powdrill for the Guardian


Max Natkiel, Studio Paradiso.

Last Tuesday (Sept 3rd, 2013) Studio Paradiso was launched. A book by Dutch photographer Max Natkiel and writer Dirk van Weelden, it contains more than 600 black and white portraits made of visitors (party goers) to Paradiso in Amsterdam in the eighties of the previous century (1979-1990).

Paradiso is what they call THE Pop Temple of Amsterdam. In the early eighties mostly young punks and skinheads attended concerts of The Ramones, The Dead Kennedy’s and such. Natkiel captured this sub-culture in straight forwarded black and white photo’s.
Nowadays these kind of pictures are very common, and are known as street photography. In the early eighties it was a new thing. London based I-D Magazine started shooting “ordinary” or real life folk (mostly punks because that was in fashion) in their magazine, which was in black and white and was stapled together, but that’s another story………

Anyways, Studio Paradiso is a true reference document and, according to us at Mimi Berlin, a history book on fashion in the eighties. (text in French, Dutch and English Published by Voetnoot Publishers, ISBN-10 949173802X)

A selection of 40 portraits is on exhibit at the basement of the city archive of Amsterdam from September 3rd, 2013 till January 5th, 2014.
Thank you Marc for showing us this wonderful book!
Max Natkiel (1942) is a youth worker nowadays. Paradiso Stills was published in 1986 and has the same topic as Studio Paradiso

Must-see of the Month, according to Rüpert.

I came across this wonderful and highly fascinating short interview with style director Adrian Clarke. He discusses the Maison Martin Margiela S/S 93 collection.
SHOWstudio asked a range of editors tot tell them about their top punk moment on the catwalk, in order to celebrate and unpick punk’s lasting influence on fashion.
I don’t want to spoil your fun, so I won’t tell you anything. Go ahead and listen, it just a wonderful story.

Kisses all around, Rüpert.


Tales of Ordinary Madness, the 1981 film by Italian director Marco Ferreri. This film follows the meandering (sexual) adventures of the poet and drunk, Charles Serking, laying bare the sleaze of life in the less reputable neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
Our fashionable minds were at the time mesmerized by Ornella Mutti, sitting at a bar, on a barstool piercing her cheeks with a huge metal safety pin.

Ornella Mutti in the piercing scene.

Photography by © Fabian Cevallos/Sygma/Corbis

Above, scenes from Tales of ordinary madness (via)
Debby Harry’s solo debut, Koo-Koo, in 1981. Album cover by photographer Brian Aris and Swiss illustrator H.R. Giger (via).
We learn from this that Punk was going mainstream at the beginning of the eighties, piercing anything other than your ears still wasn’t.

Letter from Mr. Bukowski To Hans van den Broek. (via)

The film is based on one of two collections of short stories by Charles Bukowski that City Lights Publishers culled from its 1972 paperback volume Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions, and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. (The other volume is entitled The Most Beautiful Woman in Town). Both volumes were first published in 1983 and remain in print. (knowledge from Wikipedia)

Embelleshed nose ring at Givenchy, men fall 2012. As we all know,  piercings are a true mainstream (fashion) for the past decade.

Treasures from the attic….

Treasures from the attic….

YES! MimiMagazines found some very old back-issues of I-D Magazine in the attic (a.k.a. The Mimi Berlin Archives) Wow it’s number 10! Maybe we’ll find some more for you to buy ……….PS these issues are in mint condition.

Click pictures for info….. xoxo Mimi