All you ADD-addled internet kids who see topless hipsters vamping it up in bathroom stalls and VIP lounges for Nikola Tamindzic or the Cobrasnake or Last Night’s Party and think those folks are “edgy” need to learn your history. Drug-fueled club kids have been vamping it up in disgusting bathrooms for decades, and even before there was an internets some dude with a camera was usually there to document it. In the case of London’s nightlife, that “some dude” usually included Derek Ridgers. Even though his website is not nearly as exhaustive—or exhausting—as today’s shutterbugs’, his photos do date back to the early ’80s (including early iterations of the famous Torture Garden) and prove that freakiness was not invented in 2002. Hopefully, you youngsters will start respecting your elders.
Previously: Nikola’s Never Ending Birthday Bash (= More Boobs!), Driven By Boredom: Party Polaroids by Igor, Torture Garden @ Canvas London, 2006 Rubber Ball and Torture Garden Photos, LastNightsParty: The Book