A Tale of Two Tatlers

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor's Note -

Hedi Sli­mane’s re­cent work for Saint Lau­rent has given the muchloved her­itage brand a new swag­ger. This rab­bit-felt fe­dora, from his el­e­gantly wasted Psych Rock col­lec­tion, is one ex­am­ple of how Sli­mane draws on his mu­sic ob­ses­sions for fash­ion in­spi­ra­tion. n 1979, Hong Kong Tatler was two years old and al­ready well es­tab­lished as the one and only chron­i­cler of the city’s smart set. Un­less you lived at Ev­er­green Villa on Stubbs Road, that is. Res­i­dents of those swanky Mid-lev­els apart­ments had their own mag­a­zine, which fea­tured in­ter­views, mu­sic and cinema re­views, il­lus­tra­tions and some news re­port­ing. Its name was Ev­er­green Tatler and its pub­lisher-ed­i­tor­writer-designer-illustrator (and de­liv­ery man) was a pre­co­cious and pro­lific 14-year-old by the name of Dou­glas Young.

The metic­u­lously hand-drawn “mag­a­zines”— com­plete with painstak­ingly as­sem­bled col­lages of news­pa­per pho­tos and dy­namic ty­pog­ra­phy—re­veal a mind burst­ing with cre­ativ­ity and hu­mour. Look­ing at th­ese won­der­fully charm­ing book­lets to­day, it is no sur­prise that Young went on to found the G.O.D. life­style brand, which cre­ated huge suc­cess by sell­ing T-shirts and other prod­ucts adorned with retro lo­gos and slo­gans of the 1970s and ’80s.

“The ear­lier [is­sues] were hand drawn and just cir­cu­lated among friends. Later I got spon­sor­ship from my friends’ par­ents and could af­ford colour pho­to­copy, which was $10 a page. I did runs of five,” says Young of his bud­ding en­trepreneur­ship. In­deed, the sec­ond is­sue of Ev­er­green Tatler fea­tures “ad­ver­tis­ing” on the out­side back cover: a pro­mo­tion for Kings cig­a­rettes. “Ah, that’s very em­bar­rass­ing! I used to wrap up baby pow­der in tubes of pa­per and pre­tend they were cig­gies. I’d pack­age them nicely and give them to friends. Smok­ing seemed cool in those days.”

I only found out about Ev­er­green Tatler af­ter we in­ter­viewed Young for the cover story of this, our eighth Art Is­sue, which we pub­lish each year to co­in­cide with Art Basel in Hong Kong. I’m de­lighted that Hong Kong Tatler is a me­dia part­ner for the event, and de­lighted also that Young is once again repris­ing his role as in­stal­la­tion artist for one of the main lounges at the fair, mak­ing him the ideal per­son to grace this year’s Art Is­sue. Turn to page 214 to see what this mav­er­ick artist has planned for his thought-pro­vok­ing in­stal­la­tion. And if you are plan­ning to go to Art Basel, don’t for­get to visit the Tatler booth, where we will have on dis­play the first is­sues of our ear­li­est ri­val pub­li­ca­tion, Ev­er­green Tatler.

— Sean Fitz­patrick Group Edi­tor-in-chief

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