THE NINETEEN EIGHTIES. TOO MUCH TO ANSWER FOR. LIKE, FOR STARTERS, THE 1980 COCAINE CALENDAR. THIS IS NO PRODUCT OF A PARALLEL UNIVERSE. THIS HAPPENED IN YOUR WORLD SOME FORTY YEARS AGO. THIS WAS THE OLD NORMAL! ACTUAL FACTUAL EVIDENCE THAT PEOPLE OF THE PAST ARE ALIENS TO US NOW.
Chips off the old block. This calendar has a certain purity in its art direction for sure.
Half of the calendar is relatively normal. The sun enters Aquarius at 13:50 on Sunday 20th. Add to that - dental checkup and collect dry cleaning and you have yourself a normal enough life.
Except for the fact that you'll have this image hanging in your kitchen for a month.
And for August you'll be looking at a 'Feathery forest of free base Cocaine'. Some of the best copywriting we have ever read has found its way into this calendar. This one continues; 'Unlike salts such as Cocaine Hydrochloride, free base is insoluble in water, which makes it a waste to snort and fatal to inject.' You have been warned.
'Mother-of-pearl 1-ounce cliffs of cleaned street coke precipitated in ether.'
The subject of the text may be illegal and seriously ill-advised, but the text, at least, can be enjoyed by everyone.
Dried Coca leaves spilling out of a bale onto a traditional Andean weaving.
The calendar can be a little relentless in its icy cool. October has a warmth of its own. Not sure if the 1980 Andean Weaving Calendar had a cocaine picture in a reciprocal October deal... we may never know.
December: A delicate layered structure appears when a piece is fractured from the 3-gram chunk also shown in April.
This is what you get for December - a chunk of April!
So that's it. It is insanely rare. And just insane. We have only the one example. The 1980 Cocaine Calendar on the button below.
WOWZINE! A TARA ZINE FOR, BY AND OF TARA ST HILL. YESTERDAY IT WAS HER BIRTHDAY AND TODAY THE LAUNCH OF THIS DELUXE PINK STITCHED PHOTO ZINE! HAPPY DAYS.
Tara St Hill. Muse to Corinne Day and co-agitator in the creation of many of the nineties most memorable images. It was Tara on the cover of Corinne's classic photobook Diary (we have a copy here) and now on the cover of a zine of which she is again the subject and central fixation.
These are great pictures. Shot by Zoë Law. Self styled by Tara as you can see. IDEA fans will also know Tara from styling Perry Ogden's Paddy & Liam. That book completely sold out but as it's a special Tara zine day, we have found one copy here.
The text is by Shonagh Marshall. A conversation with Tara in which she talks nineties and talks fashion and anti-fashion and is just completely inspirational!
We have 40 copies of the really very fabulous pink saddle-stitched photozine. They are £20. They are all yours on the pink button below.
ALL THE SUPERBOOKS AND AMAZINES. THE HIGH TIMES CALENDAR FOR 1979 AND THE ORIGINAL COCAINE CONSUMERS HANDBOOK. FIRST ISSUES OF THE BMX AMAZINE FREESTYLIN' AND, OF COURSE, THE EVER LEGEND SISTERS OF MERCY.
Probably is the best selection of superbooks and amazines at any one time in any one place in the whole history of the world.