Zine Review: The Old New York – Snowblind Special
The Old New York Snowblind Special was developed as a conceptual manifestation of conversations that the author had had with close friend Sure (RIP) about New York City in the 90’s, from graffiti to hip hop, Polo and racking. An era that the young writer grew up directly influenced by. The impudent nature of this 16-page full color street manifesto exudes 1990’s New York nostalgia.
It’s gritty aesthetics dawn references to quintessential New York hip hop icons, Red White and Blue vintage ‘Lo apparel and Brooklyn heavy graffiti. The illustrative commentary documents pieces by SANE, SCOPE, MN, and CINIK, writers who were especially relevant in New York at the time. Suitably an image of one of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Empty Bed” billboards, redolent of the overall despondent and sentimental personality of the zine is also included.
This issue of The Old New York was created exclusively for release at the Snowblind opening at the Klughaus Gallery in New York that took place on February 17th. Profits earned from sales of the zine are to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a foundation that supports wounded soldiers and their families. Though it sold out immediately at the event, keep an eye out for future issues on The Old New York website.
Text and Photo: Kelso