PFI Quarterly - Group of 13 Issues, together with 16 Issues of Pin Pals PFI Roster
by WARD, Jim (ed.)
Los Angeles: Gauntlet Enterprises, 1978-1996. Early run of this piercing and body-modification journal produced by Jim Ward. Ward opened Gauntlet in Los Angeles in November, 1975; it was America's first piercing-only studio, with much of its clientele originating from southern California's gay S&M scene. The PFI Quarterly (Piercing Fans International) "was never a commercial success, as it was not distributed outside of Gauntlet for many years. It was only in the early '90s that it became available in other places...for a long time, it functioned as both a promotional itrem and a contact service, long before the Internet. Although the early issues of PFIQ were in black and white newsletter format, the magazine quickly evolved into a full-color glossy" (wiki.bme.com). PFIQ was well-known for its detailed documentation of various piercings, and its articles provided valuable how-to advice on the subject of body piercing and modification. It included features on individuals who were considered the "piercing superstars" of the day, and due to its graphic portrayal of nudity and the piercing process, was considered obscene in some countries and confiscated by postal officials. Most issues also included a personals page called Pin Pals, in which ads were coded by subscriber number and allowed for individuals to connect with each other through Gauntlet's mail forwarding service. The magazine ceased publication in the late 1990's after producing 50 issues. Uncommon in the trade; OCLC finds 2 locations only (Cornell, Leather Archives & Museum). 13 quarto issues (ca.28cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; ca.20-56pp per issue; illus. Publication sequence as follows: Nos.3-11, 21-23, 47. Issues show light wear to extremities; No.47 with sticker shadow to lower left corner of front wrapper; Near Fine. Offered together with 16 issues of Pin Pals PFI Roster, lightly edgeworn, else Near Fine. (Inventory #: 27252)
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