Back in the day, young children – are you sitting comfortably? George, don’t do that – when homosexualists from glittering London got on a Virgin Atlantic flight to New York City, on their to-do lists were many things.
Taking lots o’drugs down Club USA, getting picked up at Twilo, chatting to Debbie Harry in a crinoline in Jackie 60s, getting noshed off in a truck parked in the Meatpacking District and buying lots of cheap 501s to resell to friends at hugely marked up prices. And, of course, a visit to pop artist Keith Haring’s Pop Shop on Lafayette (after a kwarfee and organic donut at Dean & Deluca).
Ah, mem’ries, like the corners of our mind… A tiny little boutique, it was, with Keith’s doodles all over – walls, floor and ceiling. It was there that you bought your hip-hop Tees, keyring gifts for home, blotters, postcards… and maybe picked up a fellow pop art lover while you were there.
Now, Londoners can live/re-live the experience at the Tate Modern’s Pop Life exhibition, which starts tomorow. Oh, yes. Quite apart from marvelling at the likes and likings of Jeff Koons’ chrome bunny, summing by Warhol, summing by Damien Hirst, you will be able to buy Haring barking dogs and glowing babies – as showcased in Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet concerts (see the vid of that bit over the jump) – at a fully recreated Pop Shop. *spontaneous breakdancing, erm, breaks out*