"This is my life and this is my tribe."
Thad Temple has resurrected Revolt In Style, the magazine founded in 1980 as San Diego's "manual of hip." Revolt returns after three years in an attempt to cater to the local dance and nightclub scene. Since it left, the monthly Arizona-based 944 has been popping up at clothing stores and clubs.
"The carpet-bagging 'Zonies from 944 need to realize they don't represent San Diego."
Temple said the resurrection of Revolt was not planned.
"I was selling luxury, half-million-dollar motor homes. It was a good job. I was making $15,000 a month." But after 20 months he had a career change. "That business is very much a cigar-chewing, hard-core-salesman boys club. One day they were taking some of my inventory to another location. I asked them about it, and this guy got up in my face and told me shut up or he was going to fire me. I told him to take a lap around my sack." Temple left.
"I called my buddy Brian Terhorst who used to be the creative director at Revolt. He sells mortgages now. He said 'Let's get Revolt going again.' The guy I sold Revolt to [folded the magazine in 2002]. I checked and he let the rights to the name expire, so it was up for grabs. We took it."
Revolt founder Trevor Watson co-published Revolt with Temple since the mid-'80s. Temple became sole publisher in 1998. "We were losing $1,000 a month," said Temple about Revolt's difficult year of 1999. He sold it in 2001. Revolt ceased publication the next year.
Revolt thrived in the early '80s club scene. Temple said he will still run photo collages shot at local nightclubs. The first issue [July] covered the local Warped Tour date and the FM-94/9 Independence Jam. "We are looking for a music editor now."
Last week Temple was delivering the 72-page glossy magazine himself. He said it will come out every other month and his first run was 10,000 copies.
Temple said Revolt will revive an '80s tradition. "Trevor started Club I.D. at the [now defunct PB nightclub] Manikin as an offshoot of Revolt. We're doing Club I.D. every week at Sam's by the Sea with live bands and a DJ."
The first Club I.D. is 9 p.m. Friday with Last Laugh at Sam's by the Sea in Pacific Beach. Free admission. Must be 21. "Every week after that it will be on a Saturday."