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We were the new punks but with an eye towards making money.’He says: ‘We were social media before social media …
we were like a physical human version of social media’ – creating parties and looks and ideas that would go viral, but through means such as word of mouth, without the internet.
We were also kind of a combination of two subcultures.
We were a combination of yuppies and punks, because punks would dress up in these crazy outfits and then, when you’d look at them, they’d say, “Why are you looking at me?
be a counter-effect to the ghetto-type of danger element to Paterson. kind of like a spokesperson for Paterson.’He is painting in the loft as he speaks, working on a picture of another former Club Kid, James St. Artwork is something he got into in prison, encouraged by Rob ‘Freeze’ Riggs; the two were initially placed in the same correctional facility.
Art, he says, ‘saved my life.’‘It gave me an outlet in prison, and it gave me a new form of a revenue source,’ says Alig, who sells the paintings via his website and has an upcoming exhibition in Los Angeles in October.
So that’s what the Club Kids have done, almost to a one.‘There are a couple – and when I say a couple, I mean literally two or three – who have not welcomed me back, but you know what?
They don’t wish me ill, they just don’t want to be associated.‘I understand that. He has not been in contact with Rob ‘Freeze’ Riggs, however, for more than a decade.
The Club Kids – the original ‘influencers,’ really, before the advent of social media – not only graced the dance floors of legendary nightclubs and stared out from style and society pages; they also flaunted their drug use, gender fluidity and avant-garde lifestyle on talk shows and in interviews that made Middle America recoil.Their former comrades have gone on to pursue a range of endeavors in various different fields.‘We’re all future superstars - if not now,’ Club Kid Richie Rich said in one infamous interview on Phil Donahue’s television talk show in 1993.Now, 20 years after the sentencing of Alig and Riggs, Daily catches up with Club Kids to see just how prescient Richie Rich's bold proclamation was – or wasn’t.He says he still keeps in touch with most of the Club Kids.‘It was, and has remained, like a family,’ he tells Daily ‘When family members get in trouble or do stupid things, you don’t disown them; you let them know how you feel about what they did and you can’t do that again …
But then you welcome them back into the family, because that’s what a family does.
He’s also written a book but says that interested publishers believe it should be split into two separate parts.‘There’s my autobiography, which is called Aligula, and then there’s a book of the Club Kids as a subculture, putting the Club Kids as a subculture into context with other subcultures like …