Amanda Lepore and Michael Alig
The Club Kids were a group of young New York City club personalities mostly led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The group was notable for their elaborate and outrageous costumes and rampant drug use—in particular, ecstasy, ketamine, cocaine and heroin.
Michael Alig’s notability and influence quickly grew, and at one point, he was on the payrolls of several clubs owned by Peter Gatien for simply showing up with his entourage, which attracted more customers with their antics. Michael Alig and the Club Kids also began holding illegal “outlaw” parties in various public places, including a donut shop, the old high line tracks, and the New York subway.