Delightfully debauched images of Andy Warhol as Santa Claus, 1978
Delving deeper and deeper into the Far Out Vault as we skip between Home Alone, Die Hard and Gremlins to pass Christmas Day, we find our good friend Andy Warhol.
High Times, a monthly magazine and cannabis brand with offices in Los Angeles and New York City, founded in 1974 by Tom Forçade who originally invissaged the a joke, single-issue piss take of Playboy and substituted weed for sex. Unsurprisingly though, people really digged it and the magazine never looked back.
In fact, just four years later, High Times has grown to such levels that they have Andy Warhol—one of the most prolific artists of the postwar period—and Truman Capote, an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright of equal stature on the cover of their Christmas edition.
Urban myth has it that High Life initially planned to have Capote wearing a “little girl outfit” on the cover but he supposedly turned up to the shoot too drunk to play around.
The myth, however, turned out to be perfectly true. Andy Warhol wrote in his diaries: “Truman was coming to the Factory at 3:00 for the High Times Christmas cover photograph of him and me. Truman was early, 2:30.
“Paul Morrissey was down, and he and Truman talked all afternoon about scripts and things. Then Toni arrived four hours late, she had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.”
The results from that drunken shoot on September 26, 1978? Well, as Dangerous Minds points out… something like, this: