Sensitive Skin 13

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Sensitive Skin features art, writing and music, without rules or boundaries, by both famous and emerging artists, writers, and musicians from around the globe.

Sensitive Skin #13 cover painting by Samoa Moriki

Presenting the 13th edition of Sensitive Skin, the crime issue, featuring a multitude of criminally insane artists and writers.

Sensitive Skin 13 features original fiction from Peter Blauner (Slow Motion Riot, The Intruder), Thaddeus Rutkowski (Violent Outburts, Haywire), Robert C. Hardin (Distorture), Carl Watson (Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming, The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts) Matt McClaren and B. Kold (outlaw co-founder of Senstiive Skin), with poetry by Hal Sirowitz (former poet Laureate of Queens), D. James Smith, Max Blagg (Slow Dazzle) and Christopher Romero.

For this special issue, we have a number of crime-related book excerpts, including the biography of France’s most-wanted, Jacques Mesrine (translated by Between C & D co-founder Catherine Texier, author of Love Me Tender and Victorine), the new novel from punk situationist icon Stewart Home (The 9 Lives of Ray the Cat Jones), tattoo legend Jonathan Shaw’s Narcissa, a biography of inner-circle beat member Herbert Huncke, an excerpt from Ron Kolm’s collected Duke and Jill stories, and an excerpt from ex-Dead Kennedy’s road manager, bank robber and junky Patrick O’Neil’s Gun Needle Spoon.

And then there’s some amazing art, starting with the cover by outsider artist/rock god (Voluptous Horror of Karen Black) Samoa Moriki. The back cover is an incredible collection of old mug shots from the collection of Mark Michaelson. Erik Noonan wrote a terrific essay on the paintings of David de Biasio, while Justin Clifford Rhody (Sliding Glass Doors) provided candid shots of racetrack denizens. Russian ex-apt Julia Kissina, whose work has freqently been seen in Harper’s magazine, provided a bizarre portfoliio of “Fairies,” while Max Blagg’s poems are accompanied by paintings by the great Alex Katz.

With additional photographs, illustrations, paintings and drawings by JD King, David West, Sally Egbert, Charles Gatewood, Leslie Hardie, Stephen Lack, Jean-Christian Bourcart, Dustin Wayne Harris and Phillip Pocock.

Sensitive Skin began as a print venture from New York’s Lower East Side in the 1990s, and published such literary luminaries as Richard Hell, Steve Cannon, Jack Micheline, Penny Arcade, John Farris, Eileen Myles, Lynne Tillman, Patrick McGrath, Bob Holman, Maggie Estep, Emily XYZ, Herbert Huncke and Joel Rose, with art by Andres Serrano, Ari Marcopolis, Andrew Castrucci and James Romberger, to name but a few….

Sensitive Skin was reborn in the summer of 2010, and has since presented original work by such esteemed writers, artists and musicians as Samuel R. Delaney, John Lurie, Gary Indiana, Sharon Mesmer, Charles Gatewood, Gretchen Faust, Alex Katz, Peter Blauner, Hal Sirowitz, Arthur Nersesian, Maggie Estep, Fred Frith, Evelyn Bencicova, Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop, Winston Smith, Sue Rynski, Steve Dalachinsky, Marty Thau, Justine Frischmann, Craig Clevenger, Darius James, Stewart Home, Michael A. Gonzales, Drew Hubner, Jonathan Shaw, Melissa Febos, Stephen Lack, Max Blagg, Patricia Eakins, Díre McCain, Rob Roberge, Kurt Wolf, Erika Schickel, John S. Hall, Kevin Rafferty, Elliott Sharp, Mike Hudson, James Greer, Ruby Ray, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg.