Such an interesting interview in the video and Tish and Snooky shine through as the troopers they are.
Starting out as backup singers for Blondie they took to wearing brightly colored hair which was unheard of in the 70′s even in the punk circles they moved in.
But people kept asking them about their hair color so they opened a shop in one of a shabby row of shops in St Mark’s Place in East Village. Their mom thought up the name Manic Panic for their brand name for their range of goods and they were off.
They were the first punk shop in America, let alone New York and as a they result got a lot of publicity. They soon found themselves the focus of various rock gods who glided up to their shop in their limousines to buy the shop out, over and over again.
Then their rent increased and in 1989 they closed up and concentrated on wholesale selling. As a result their line of hair colors and everything punk accessories took over the world. If you’re in show biz and do bright hair color you do it with Tish and Snooky’s products.
Think of a singer and they are a customer: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, Cyndi Lauper, the list just rolls on and on. And a lot of sports stars are customers too.
These days as well as their runaway wholesale success, they are back in a retail end of the business too, this time at 21-07 Borden Ave, Queens. And they have outlets in other parts of America
Naturally they wear their own products all the time as do all their staff.
If you want to color your hair rather than buy one of their fabulous synthetic, brightly colored wigs, then they say the secret of success is to bleach y9our hair first.
Unconventional sure, but Tish and snooky are a huge business success as well as a huge punk look success.