SCARCE. A zine so real, so shameless and pure raunch! A remarkable zine of extreme masculine testosterone, free of identity politics and social engineering. You want authentic? It doesn’t get any more real than this. Currently available are the issues below:
T.R.A.S.H. No. 86 (1986-87)
T.R.A.S.H. No. 87 (1986-87)
T.R.A.S.H. No. 91 (1986-87)
T.R.A.S.H. No. 92 (1986-87)
Similar in content to Boyd McDonald’s legendary S.T.H. (Straight To Hell), T.R.A.S.H. manages to convey an even sleazier appeal that is not nearly as apparent in the series of collectable books that were spawned from these original zines.
Queer Trucker True Sex Stories. Big Rigs. White Trash. Rest Stops. Tattooed Thugs. Rough Trade. It’s all here.
T.R.A.S.H. billed itself as ‘The Very Last of the One-Handed Readers’. It had a long history as a blue collar, redneck zine for gay truckers. It was previously known as The 18 Wheeler (“Journal of Asphalt and Concrete Debauchery”) which began publication around 1978 or 79 (I have not seen any issue before #53, so I can’t be sure when it started and information is scant to nonexistent). By issue No. 55, The 18 Wheeler became T.R.A.S.H. which continued to publish until at least 1988.
The bulk of T.R.A.S.H. consists of true sex experience stories supplied by readers, many of whom were older, many retired military and working class men. The fascinating stories extend back into the depression as some of the older readers recall incidents that took place in the 20s and 30s, proving that even 100 years ago, men have not changed much and situations that they found themselves in were hot even under repressive and difficult times.
Naturally, as this zine pre-dates the internet by many years, it’s not surprising that it also includes interesting classified ads.
The same publisher, who worked out of East Rutherford, NJ, also put out another similar zine called WOS, “The Wild, Outrageous Scenario, a rag to read for those who are tired of a life in shades of gray.” That zine ceased publication around 1981 and covered similar territory with stories of true sexual experiences and classified ads.