Monster Children Issue 43 Release Party
If you make it all the way down to Pioneer St off the Smith/9th Street stop you’ll find Pioneer Studios, an oasis on the edge of Red Hook, which is where Monster Children held its Issue 43 release party last night. The glorious exposed brick, high-ceilinged space with a large inviting courtyard drew a crowd of well-dressed skate, surf, art, fashion and photography enthusiasts.
The courtyard, with its green hills and charming picnic tables, made an ideal setting for the evening meal of tacos, pizza, and beer provided by St Archers. Inside the airy, well-lit studio hung enlarged photographs from the latest issue of the magazine, which was guest edited by Beastie Boy Mike D.
A newish convert to surfing, (he took up the sport after his youngest was born), Mike D was thrilled to be invited to collaborate. “Monster Children is the only place where music, surfing, skateboarding, visual art and photography come together with such a high degree of quality,” he said. As guest editor, he takes the reader on a tour of his NYC experience, from “crappy” Chinatown apartments to sidewalk fist bumps with Method Man to the early LES skater hangouts.
Surf fanatics Kylie Nakao and Liam Tracy were happy to learn Monster Children is to be more widely available in the US. Nakao, who’s been buying the mag for her boyfriend Tracy for years, said, “It’s visually very strong, and it has a little nudity, which I love. It’s a magazine guys can share with their girlfriends.”
DJ A-Trak took over the decks at 10, and partygoers got down to everything from Biggie to Disclosure to remixes of the new Drake record. With a late night delivery of Jameson and a photo booth capturing memorable moments, the party looked set to go all night.
Ruby Brunton is a New York-based writer and poet. You can find her on twitter here: @RubyBrunton
Photos by Chantal Adair & Siyaka Taylor-Lewis.