Sunday, May 31, 2015

Get It: Bettina May's "Everyday Bombshell"

If you haven't seen Bettina May, either onstage or in her pin-up work, you're missing out. The backstory: a poli-sci major from Canada becomes a Suicide Girl then a pin-up and burlesque performer, and becomes the first person to get a U.S. visa based on burlesque alone. And with that magic visa, Bettina is spreading the gospel of mid-century glamour and self-love with her traveling pin-up classes (learn to do your own hair and makeup or have Bettina make you over and take your photos), a series of instructional DVDs and now her book, "Everyday Bombshell".

Friday, May 22, 2015

Retrofit: The Uniform

We all approach midcentury style a little bit differently, but there are obviously some things we share in common. Julie Mollo, a Brooklyn-based designer and all-around sweetheart, has it down:

Tee - Julie Mollo

The pin-up/vintage lover's uniform: red lipstick, red nail polish, black eyeliner. Check, check, and check. This is a great, easy t-shirt to dress up and it's so soft.

Check out the rest of Julie's sweet creations. She just released her spring/summer collection and psst it's on sale this weekend.

Monday, May 18, 2015

On "Why Is Vintage So White?" by Emileigh of Flashback Summer

Emileigh on the blog Flashback Summer ran a conversation with some women about how white the vintage community is. She spoke to pinup goddess Angelique Noire, Candace, the creator of Black Pinup Models, Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter, Nora of Nora Finds, and the lovely Daffny of A Vintage Nerd. All the women gave thoughtful, honest answers. I'm glad this is getting out in the open, especially with the help of a white woman; it makes it harder for readers to say, "Oh, people of color are just complaining about nothing." I've gotten some crap for bringing a lot of the same issues up (I had to eventually stop reading the comments on my The Frisky/xoJane article about being one of the few black people at rockabilly events--it got a little ugly).

There is, of course, nothing wrong with white people. But when things like Confederate flags alienate people of color from subcultures that claims to celebrate the work of many black artists, it's time to ask questions. And you have to wonder why it is that there aren't many people of color at events that celebrate, say, the Jazz Age (hello, Harlem Renaissance) or at Northern Soul nights. Or how, with the tons of pinup magazines in print and online, so few feature models of color.

What's keeping people of color away?

Some thoughts from the ladies:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Viva Las Vegas 18: I can't believe I have to wait another year

Viva photobooth fun!

In the past month, (can't believe it's been a month), I've learned it takes roughly two weeks to recover from Viva. That's counting the time it takes to overcome withdrawal--you feel so sad you don't have bands or sunshine to look forward to--and to gett over the post-Viva plague. Days with almost no sleepand being around thousands of people leads to a nasty cold. File this away for next year: do not head out to Vegas without some Airborne or Emergen-C.

So to answer your question, yes, I had an amazing time at Viva, and I still can't quite believe it was a month ago.