Fetish industry flagship magazine Skin Two has returned to the scene in a timely move that sees the brand engage with the current trends for digital delivery and celebrity latex. Available by post for its long-held price of £10 (plus p+p), issue 61 sells at £7.50 as an e-magazine.
Renowned for its high-quality design, photography and writing Skin Two has been the essential purchase for discerning fetishists who have followed our subculture since its inception. Indeed, many retailers and club hosts I have spoken to have been calling for its reinstatement to help act as a leading light during a dark financial period.
The new Skin Two contains a mix of popular fetishism: with a cover feature on Katy Perry, Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger; high fashion: with pieces on Atsuko Kudo’s New York extravaganza, amazing shoes from ainsley-T of Milan, fantasy by Patrice Cantanzaro of France and corsets by AMF of Germany; plus interviews with designer Kim West and film-maker Maria Beatty. In addition there are full-length club reviews of Pussy Control by Kitty von Yum Cha, and Club Rub and Antichrist by a certain nightlife journalist by the name of Jackson Rocco, eh-hum.
Without sounding too self-congratulatory and flicking through the new issue I can see why Skin Two has been missed and indeed relaunched: the images and exceptional layout raise the bar for genuine fetish glamour. The magazine has always been important for making fetishism difficult to look down on: rather inspiring intelligence, class and creativity. Asked if it felt good to have the magazine out again, editor Tim Wordward said: ”It’s pretty exciting to have a new issue out. I have a copy on my desk now and it looks fab.”