photo below by George
Copanas at the annual Taurus Birthday gathering in Elysian Park, L.A.,
April 1982 (estimate).
Jim Yousling, left, with Kyle
Brackett, right, Jim's mate until about 1993.
Jim Van Tyne is in the middle with his back to us.
text reprinted from the LA
Friday, January 13, 1995
Los Angeles lost an irreplaceable
friend when Jim Yousling passed away on New Year's Day. For more than two
decades this impossibly handsome and effortlessly creative jester had entertained
countless friends and strangers as an artist,writer and host extrodinaire.
Cinco de Mayo parties alone regularly made the gossip
columns, mixing an unlikely but magic assortment of L.A.'s undergroundlings.)
A refugee of DeKalb, Illinois, Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan
State with a degree in film; his passion for surrealist celluloid soon
brought him to USC's film school and to Hollywood.
Yousling's most lasting contribution may well have been
his work with In Touch For Men, a gay skin mag prone to poolside
blonds sporting posed boners. Under Jim's editorship in the 1980's, I.T.
broke through its shallow sleaze and generously fostered and promoted new
talent in many fields and covered queer rifts of rock and performance art.
In so doing, Jim strengthened the libido, humor and culture of a pre-queer
generation of gay men still shackled to guilt and butch ideals.
But Jim's master stroke was Hell Kitty,
a demonic, disobedient spoof of the irrationally saccharine and overmarketed
cartoon character ("Hello Kitty Loves You"), complete with pitchfork, piercings
and cute, winking asshole. Hell Kitty committed acts of arson,
diddling and sacrilege a full 10 years before MTV's boorish toons, and
with a lot more style. Naturally, it met with foul play at the hands of
Sanrio, Hello Kitty's humorless corporate owner.
Yousling was working at Seiniger Advertising Group and
living with his devoted partner, Bryan Inouye, when his health began to
fail. Literally a die-hard partier, Jim recently wheelchaired himself to
a Theoretical party reunion between rounds of radiation treatment
for the AIDS-related cancer that claimed his life. He wouldn't have it
any other way.
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