On Monday, August 18, Drew "Lippy" Bernstein, the creator of the popular subculture fashion lines 'Lip Service' and 'Kill City', was found dead of an apparent suicide. According to an article by LA Weekly, his body was discovered on a hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills off of Mulholland Drive. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. He was only 51.
Fans from all over the world are getting #lipservicecult dagger tattoos in honor of Bernstein.
Lip Service posted on their official Facebook page in the wake of Bernstein's suicide, "Yesterday we lost our founder and dearest friend, Drew (aka Lippy). He was a good man who inspired everyone around him and there are not enough words to express how deeply he was loved and will be missed. RIP Drew Bernstein 1963-2014."
Regardless of the success of his company, Bernstein remained true to the underground community from which he came. His stores and businesses are still staffed by rockers, goths and punks.
On behalf of the local scene and the subculture as a whole, NY Goth Culture Examiner, Lady Zombie, sends her condolences to Lippy's friends and family, as well as her sincere gratitude to the mastermind behind the brands which have spawned generations of beautiful freaks.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.