New York: Seminal Island Communications, 1983. Tabloid magazine, publisher's stapled black-and-white photo-illustrated wraps, newsprint printed in black-and-white.
"When the spring weather blows into town, the streets of New York begin to exude the frenzied visual confusion of a Hollywood studio back-lot. Preppies, B-Boys, Prom Queens, Cowpokes, Vampire Women, Young Tuffs, Rock Stars, Martian Spys, Fighter Pilots, Mohawked Mutants, Mercenaries, Future Shockers, Urban Savages, Lolitas, Bleached Spandex Vamps, Leather Ghosts and The Countless Un-Labeled trapse [sic] about solo or in groups like actors headed for the sets of several different genre films. What is going on here?" Rare second issue of downtown NYC fashion and nightlife magazine Island, with full-page rear cover illustration by Keith Haring, and front cover photo and fashion editorial by Swiss photographer and filmmaker Edo Bertoglio (director and co-producer, with Glenn O'Brien, of the legendary No Wave film New York Beat, which languished unedited and unreleased before being issued in 2000 as Downtown 81). The theme of the issue is "Nomadism," with an essay on the intersection of nomadism and fashion ("The part-time nomad, such as the urban nightclubber, is in a schizophrenic situation. Beneath the proper attire of the day, one often finds flamboyant night gear worn by the nomad on the run"), and a multipage spread by Edo. Also featured is an essay, "Marginal Theory," with a photo of the Clash and friends by Amy Arbus; dramatic full-page ads for SoHo and Tribeca boutiques, stylists, modeling agencies, and photographers; and the untitled rear cover illustration by Haring. The magazine, which was published in New York's East Village and ran for a few short years in the early 80s, famously published Madonna's first interview and magazine cover in its third issue. Moderate creasing, including horizontal fold crease, and wear, with splitting to spine-ends. A good copy of a rare publication. Item #3041