During the late 1990s, Ian co-ran a retail outlet on Camden Market specialising in imported American zines and magazines, cult books, comics, collectible toys and other countercultural ephemera. For many moons he also worked as a freelance journalist on various commercial publications before becoming the co-publisher / co-editor and art director of Nude magazine. He has recently completed an MA in Design and Art Direction at Manchester Metropolitan University. He also co-wrote and curated the book The Graphic Art of the Underground which was published by Bloomsbury in September 2014. Ian now works as a freelance writer, editorial designer and lecturer. See more about his current work at ianlowey.co.uk
Suzy left university with a useless degree in Combined Studies and a genuinely handy postgraduate diploma in Arts Management, headed to London, and with no experience, no money and no contacts, but full of the bravado of youth, decided to open an emporium and lowbrow art gallery, along with her brother, in Waterloo. ‘The Last Chance Saloon’ was featured in the top 15 of Time Out magazine’s Hip 100 list within a month of opening, and was the first space in the UK to exhibit Californian-style lowbrow art, courtesy of shows by Vince Ray, Coop, Frank Kozik and others. In 2003 Suzy joined forces with Ian to create Nude magazine, which ran until 2011. Both during and since that time, Suzy has worked as a freelance journalist, writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in art and illustration context and theory. Find out more about that at www.suzyprince.co.uk In 2014 she co-authored and curated the book The Graphic Art of the Underground, published by Bloomsbury. She continues to work closely with artists and illustrators in her new venture, Lido publishing: a company which specialises in fine illustrated goods.
Portraits are by Hammo.