Well! It was one of THOSE nights in NYC that people will be talking for YEARS to come! Everybody who was anybody showed up at Opening Ceremony to celebrate the release of club legend Walt Paper‘s exciting new book New York: Club Kids.
via the Amazon description:
New York: Club Kids is a high-impact visual diary of New York City in the 1990s, seen through the eyes of Walt Cassidy, known as Waltpaper, a central figure within the Club Kids. The Club Kids―named thus by New York Magazine in 1988―were an artistic, fashion-conscious youth movement that crossed over into the public consciousness through appearances on daytime talk shows, magazine editorials, fashion campaigns and music videos, planting the seeds for popular cultural trends such as reality television, self-branding, “influencers” and the gender revolution.
Known for their outrageous looks, legendary parties and sometimes illicit antics, the Club Kids were the embodiment of Generation X and would prove to be the last definitive subculture group of the analog world. The ’90s have come to be known as the last discernible and cohesive decade, cherished by those who experienced it and romanticized by those who missed it.
The first comprehensive visual document of ’90s nightlife and street culture, New York: Club Kids grants special access to an underground world, providing exclusive insight into the lifestyle of this celebrated and notorious clique. Featuring rare and previously unseen photographs along with magazine editorials and ephemera, the book culls from the personal archives of various photographers and artists―some celebrated, and many others whose recognition is long overdue.
In the photos below, by Leandro Justen, I spy all sorts of old friends, including (but not limited to) Walt Cassidy, JoJo America, Connie Fleming, Opal Tuesday, Desi Santiago, Linda Simpson, Jenny Dembrow, Astro Erle, Tina Paul, Roger Padilla, and Ernie Glam. Can you spot the legends?
And don’t forget to get your copy of the book here. On sale NOW!