Ever-inventive art zine Arkitip has chosen to toast the infamous Ludlow Street hangout Max Fish with its 60th issue. The bar, which was opened by German-born Ulli Rimkus in 1989 and closed its doors (at least in its original form) in 2013, was a much-loved meeting spot for the artistic community of New York, famed for its unpretentious attitude and unfussy crowd. Over 24 years it held out against the encroaching gentrification of Manhattan, acting as a refuge for creative minds, proud locals and thirsty skateboarders alike. In later years, however, its notoriety pulled in wider crowds (including a handful of celebrities) eager to sample its much talked-about “authentic” atmosphere, leading Rimkus to call time on what was a generation-defining institution for many.
With the bar now gone, Arkitip teamed up with Converse Cons to produce a 144-page eulogy featuring interviews, anecdotes, photo shoots and artwork from its owners, workers and loyal clientele. The magazine is limited to just 500 numbered copies and each one comes shipped in an NYC liquor store bag with a limited edition Converse Max Fish bar towel. Click here to pre-order yours ahead of the July 25 release date or get a taste of what it was all about via the video below.