In the spring of 1989 (to back up a bit), FKK sent its members their first copy of Nude & Natural magazine. FKK picked a new title for its official journal for a number of reasons. First, some folks awesome to the magazine had trouble understanding the name; they were hearing “Shut With The Sun” when “Clothed With The Sun” was talked. Even after the name was clarified, most people still didn’t catch the historical reference to the Home Colony. Second, although FKK recognized that altering names and symbols is always a dangerous move, it decided that a change would offer the opportunity to reinforce the biological value of societal nudity by linking the words “bare” and “natural.” The words are impartial involving issues peripheral to nudism, and focus attention on two of the core values of naturists: social nudity and a sympathetic relationship to the natural environment. The new name correctly downplayed any understanding that nudism was just a sun-oriented activity. After all, folks can enjoy nudism indoors, in the shade, or at night; and with the mid-1980s panic over skin cancer, FKK was justifiably bashful of evoking a sun-associated metaphor. (Note the similar and later change from the “American Sunbathing Association” to the “American Association for Nude Recreation.”) Along with a name change, FKK embraced a new symbol. FKK member Carl Hild suggested early on that a easy, cryptic emblem was needed, one that would enable fellow naturists to recognize one another without the need to blatantly advertise one’s preference for nudity. Hild provided some rough sketches from which designer Jack White accommodated the slanted capital N for FKK. Now the “N” Standing foremost for “nude,” “naked,” and “natural,” might also be related to other affirming words like “pleasant” or “nurturing.” Nude & Natural magazine has continued the tradition of journalistic excellence established by Clothed With The Sun. Today N is considered the journal of record among naturist publications in the English-speaking world. No other magazine, newspaper, or newsletter printed in English comes close to N in its depth and breadth of coverage of newsworthy events connecting to non-lewd societal nudity. N in size alone more than doubles other naturist publications around the world.

Skinny Dipper Shop

In follow determined to make use of its Oshkosh office storefront by opening the Skinny Dipper Shop. The store sells magazines, T-shirts, DVDs, books, and other FKK products. It’s also a walk in source for people searching for info about local skinny dipping chances. The people has generally been accepting of the store’s quite visible naturist presence in the center of Oshkosh. City ordinances prohibit showing naked pictures within view of people walking by outside of the shop, so one must come indoors to store to find a copy of N magazine, the products, or The World’s Best Nude Beaches & Resorts. However, the outstanding signs and displays in the window lets everyone know that skinny-dipping is part of Oshkosh. Approximately once a year an undercover police officer will step into the shop to see if the public exterior can see containing nudity. Up to now, these visits haven’t resulted in any difficulties for FKK.