From the pages of Gay Goth Scene zine comes this limited edition screenprint published and available only through Middle Path Prints.

Printed in goth black and semi-transparent white to mimic photocopy and liquid paper. Gay Goth Scene
by Raven and Bones (Joel Gibb and Paul P)

12 x 16 inch bleed print
Screenprint Edition of 25 on pearl grey Stonehenge
signed by Raven and Bones on reverse

Joel Gibb (b. 1977 Canada) AKA: Raven, is songwriter and leader of Canadian band The Hidden Cameras, which was signed to Rough Trade in 2002, has since released 5 studio records, and is releasing a new record this year called Home on native land. He also makes videos, exhibits art and sometimes lives in Berlin.

Paul P. (b. 1977, Canada) AKA: Bones, first gained attention for his drawings and paintings of young men that systematically re-imagined found erotic photographs along nineteenth century aesthetic modes. In recent years the artist’s interests in transience, desire, cataloging, and notation has expanded to include landscapes and their abstraction, and to sculptural works in the form of furniture. Paul P. was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, as well as in group exhibitions at MoMA, and the Freud Museum, London.  His work is in the collections of MoMA, LACMA, The Brooklyn Museum, SFMoMA, The AGO, and The Whitney among others. 

Joel and I made Gay Goth Scene at a time when we were both working at a photocopy store located in an underground concourse in the financial district of Toronto.  We had a key to get in after business hours when the place was like a ghost town.  We've been friends since we were ten years old and grew up together in suburbia, living one street away, going to the same church, bonded by our love of making campy jokes and by music (including a shared goth phase).  We were obsessed with bands and went to the city to see shows several times a week, for years and years.  We loved the idea of the underground, and sonically it ministered to us, but for all of our efforts (making zines, having a band, and loitering in cool places) we never managed to find the underground, at least nothing more interesting that what we'd cultivated between just the two of us.  Years later, at the photocopy store, we'd already each embarked upon our principle artistic métiers: Joel as a musician with his newly inaugurated The Hidden Cameras, and me, as a painter.  Gay Goth Scene zine was two things.  First it was a marriage for our overlapping bred-in-the-bone fascinations - Joel had composed Gay Goth Scene, a song about a vicious cycle of gay goth teenage alienation (a live favourite for years that has only recently been recorded and released), and I was making portraits of guys from vintage gay porn magazines painted wearing masks with bats flying in the background, albeit in a pink palette.  Secondly though, Gay Goth Scene was also a loving homage, as well as a bit of send-up, of a zine phenomenon particular to Toronto, which with J.D.'s and This is the Salivation Army (it’s creator Scott Treleaven had recently become my boyfriend), was famous for purporting to the world a fully formed underground or riotous gang that never really quite existed outside the lives of its makers - though through self-publishing their scenes were eventually willed into existence!  From Xeroxes of vintage porn embellished with Whiteout and a Sharpie, Gay Goth Scene was always earnest in its sentiment – “we crave evil cock”!  The scene is (still) growing!

-Paul P.

From Queer Zines 2, by Philip Aarons and AA Bronson, published by Printed Matter & Witte de With, 2014.


You can also read an interview with Raven and Bones here.