Nude was launched in August 2003 by Suzy Prince
and Ian Lowey; two people brought together by a shared interest in many
of the strange and exotic things which exist at the margins of pop culture. Starting life as a free-distribution zine, by our last issue in 2011 Nude magazine had evolved into a glossy, quarterly, internationally-distributed, cutting edge publication with high production values, which served up a colourful and highly illustrated overview of all aspects of contemporary independent and
From lowbrow art to indie crafting, via street art, outsider art, comics, illustration, outré architecture, indie crafting, cult fiction, photography, indie and underground film, tiki, burlesque, designer toys, Steampunk, leftfield music… Nude magazine covered it all over the course of 17 fabulously eclectic issues, as part of its brief to explore the margins of popular culture.
We aimed to celebrate the spirit of wayward creativity in all its forms,
serving up an eclectic mix of contemporary graphics, deviant design, outsider
and alternative musics, eccentric architecture, cult writing, indie film,
cutting-edge fashion and profiles of maverick genius the world over. It
existed as a cross between a fanzine and a commercial magazine, in that
the subjects we covered always reflected our own personal interests as well
as those of our contributors, but we aimed to make Nude as colourful and
accessible as possible. In doing so, we tried to ensure that Nude was free
from the kind of fashionable post ironic cynicism that bedevils many other
publications. We prefer the more honest approach of sticking your neck
out and admitting to liking things.
Thankyou and goodnight…