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Jeff Fox (born September 16, 1975) is a writer and publisher based in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in writing about music, Kustom Kulture, travel, lowbrow art, Hawaiiana and Polynesian pop. He is best known as the creator and head writer of Barracuda, a retro-styled pinup stag magazine issued from 1998 to 2006.
He has written for Asiana Entertainment (the inflight magazine of Asiana Airlines), Ben Is Dead, Bitch, Chinmusic, Flipside, Gadfly, Genetic Disorder, Girlyhead, Maximum Rocknroll, New Times LA, Razorcake and Vice. He has also written for the websites AOL.com, citysearch.com and eons.com.
In 1993, Fox was the editor of a short-lived, cocktail culture magazine called Hollywood Highball. The magazine billed itself as "The Definitive Guide to Booze, Cars and Women" and was a cross between old star magazines and punk rock zines. Only two issues were produced. The first issue was published in Philadelphia. The second was published in Los Angeles, as Fox had moved from Philadelphia to California to pursue an MFA at the American Film Institute.
Fox was the editor of the official magazine of the Lollapalooza tour in 1997. The magazine featured stories on all of the acts performing on the tour that year.
In 1996,on October,31 Fox began publishing Barracuda. The magazine was somewhat similar to Hollywood Highball, but with a much less crude tone and an intentionally low-fi design. The first issue was printed on uncoated paper inside, with only black-and-white photos. The intention was to capture the feel of pulpy, vintage star magazines.
In 1999, while publishing Barracuda Fox was hired as art director for the anime and manga magazine Tokyopop.
In 2001, Fox spun off the retail section of Barracuda's website into a separate business, KustomNewsstand.com. The online business sells independently produced hot rod, lowbrow, tiki and kustom kulture magazines.
Fox was a contributor to the Shecky's Bar Guide series. He authored essays for the books Night of the Tiki and The Art of Von Dutch.
In early 2008, Jeff Fox and Douglas Nason (of Copro/Nason Gallery) curated a museum exhibition at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale, California. The exhibit was called "In Search of Tiki" and was open from August to December 2008. It consisted of traditional Oceanic art made by the native peoples of the Pacific Islands and the second-generation Pan-Polynesian artifacts that embellished restaurants and bars after World War II. It featured traditional Polynesian carvings as well as works by Shag, Mark Ryden, velvet painter Edgar Leeteg and many others.
Fox currently works as a producer for Adam Carolla at Carolla's ACE Broadcasting Network. He is the producer of "This Week With Larry Miller." The show is hosted by comedian Larry Miller, and premiered in September 2010. Fox is also the producer of "CarCast with Adam Carolla," and produces videos for The Adam Carolla Show (podcast). Fox also produces "The Dana Gould Hour" podcast and works on "The Harland Highway" podcast. He is an on-air personality on "The Christopher Titus Podcast" and has guest hosted an episode of Razorcake Magazine's music podcast.
- Official Barracuda Magazine website
- "I Accidentally Made A Popular Zine" by Jeff Fox for Vice Magazine
- "This Week With Larry Miller" show website
- "CarCast with Adam Carolla" show website
- "The Adam Carolla Show" website
- Jeff Fox guest-hosting on the "Razorcake Magazine" music podcast
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