in 2012 my book PUNK’S DEAD was released by DIVUS, the number one art-house publisher in the czech republic. to accompany the book i was invited to make two t-shirt collaborations; one with REVOLUTION sendai; one with FRAGMENT DESIGN of tokyo.
at various times in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's i worked with MALCOLM MCLAREN, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, JAMIE REID and the SEX PISTOLS, which meant i had truly served my apprenticeship in fashion, music and art.
the promotional t-shirts i designed sold well and, in an exclusive collaboration with FRAGMENT JAPAN, more prints were produced. these new designs also sold out and, with the help of the founder of FRAGMENT, HIROSHI FUJIWARA, my label, which was then still called PUNK'S DEAD, started to expand. new garments were added; shirts; sweatshirts; handkerchiefs; hand knitted jumpers; jackets and trousers. organically, it had grown into a full clothing range.
i realised the label was now nothing to do with my book 'PUNK'S DEAD', so i changed the name to 'AKA SIX'.
in 2016 i sold the first AKA SIX clothes to 10 CORSO COMO in milan, when i exhibited at the GALLERIA CARLA SOZZANI with JAMIE REID, the artist and graphics designer for the SEX PISTOLS - as part of the 'punk in britain' exhibition. this show, with a new selection of AKA SIX clothes, would later transfer the following year to CORSO COMO SEOUL, south korea.
that was the beginning...
SIMON BARKER - AKA SIX
in 1976, when I moved into the ST. JAMES HOTEL, i bought myself one of the cheapest pocket cameras available. fully automatic, with no controls or settings, it just required a simple slot-in film cartridge. an idiot could use it - and i did.
this book is a product of that camera and those times - my family album from 1976 to 1978. the photos you see were all unplanned, spur of the moments shots taken by myself for myself and, up until now, with never a thought given to publication. in over thirty years, they have only been seen by a handful of close friends. i used to think they weren’t good enough to show. now i think they're almost too good.
150 exclusive, full colour photographs of the people at the heart of what would later be known as ’PUNK’ in London.