Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the real way to wear "tribal" prints un-ironically

be in 1989. and really hot.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

what i got myself for christmas

it killed my first school project idea, but is already a long time coming: congrats to Amelia Klem Osterund!

The Tattooed Lady

imagine a new year where our rulers were less, um, uptight.
i can only take credit for the hat.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

i know you think you're the queen of the underground

but these ladies have you beat.



see more at the City Reliquary and this lovely slideshow

and you can have your shot at Miss G train next year...


Monday, November 30, 2009

because everyone loves soft porn.

ponyxpress is one of the best all-photo-no-text art/fashion/sex blogs out there: monothematic images of beauty and scum and beauty and scum and beauty -- and naked chicks -- it just doesn't get old somehow.

Valeria Priano photo

Friday, November 27, 2009

just say no to Black Friday

say yes to Buy Nothing Day and Reverend Billy

if you live in America, it's impossible to not shop sometimes. but the fact there is a national holiday surrounding it is sick. if you need to get things, always practice creation, trade, second-hand, collectives/farmer's markets and independent business first -- if not only.

and if you need to buy a christmas present, this makes a good one:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

give thanks to the american indians

and the beautiful costume that was all but destroyed with them.






Edward Curtis photos

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

the Current TV of fashion?

COLORS "a magazine about the rest of the world" is just that. the current "teenager" issue features a truly worldwide exploration of sub-places and people.


along with the glossy (available at St. Mark's bookstore), the online version is vast and includes lots of user-uploaded content. can't wait for the next one...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

O, really?


although i love Diane Pernet, and her blog, i'm not so convinced this is a commie revolution. actually, i'm puking.

Master and Creator and Couture
Collection #1: Holes - A Different Fashion of Fashion

An interview with Simon de Boer. By Simon de Boer

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

everyday is Halloween for juggalos

oh, Insane Clown Posse.

when i was in eighth grade, i was in love with my friend's much older (17!!!) brother, M. M had somehow already acquired an entire body of tattoos and piercings, had a full part-time job, and chain smoked like a union boss. he also listened to ICP in his car, which i was blessed to sometimes be driven to school, Taco Bell, and exotic downtown Royal Oak skate shops in. i tried to like them for his sake, but was, um, a girl who read books and stuff. but like most other Michiganders who grew up in the 90s, i can't help but have a soft spot for this hometown duo:


juggalos, as the family of ICP fans are known, embrace their freakdom as putting an in-your-FACE on the underbelly of the (mostly white) lower class.



part thug life, Satan worship, Lord of the Rings nerd alert, and just plain ridiculously terrible music, the hidden part of ICP is they are international fashion capitalists; a true juggalo owns enough ICP t-shirts to go under enough ICP hoodies to match his ICP shoes so he can kick back and read an ICP magazine with ICP ads for more ICP stuff.

as much as the Williamsburg art crowd like looking like they don't have a trust fund, i don't think they will ever co-opt this particular mode of anti-bourgeoisie.


or begin to understand it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

PS 1 continues to be awesome

(Robert Bergman exhibition started yesterday)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

how i feel a lot

after school

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


it's so cold in new york, squatters are starting to move south. danielle levitt captured some in a summer studio.






Saturday, October 3, 2009

don't turn away from the terrible name

buying making supplies at jo-ann's, micheal's, etc. is kind of like buying groceries at wal-mart to make an organic meal. save-a-thon (east harlem and brooklyn) takes a step back into ye olde era of regional retail:
Photobucket ...a little oasis with most basic fabrics, plus a lot of fancies that range from cheesy formal satins to trendy stretch lace to nice africana cottons and extensive "home decor" bolts. they always have a big scrap sale table and other random supplies on sale. but, it's all incredibly normally cheap! and most everyone working and shopping is hispanic and seems to really know their stuff. on top of all this they offer sewing classes.

my last trip gleaned 5 balls of nice taupe boucle yarn for $2, a yard of ethnic-print flocked organza for $4, a big scrap of buttercream ultra-suede for $6 -- and i put back a super sale 3-yard wad of black sparkle stretch lace, because i still haven't used the almost-as-cheap textured cream stretch lace i bought the trip before last. if only i was still unemployed and cloistered on cass ave, i would be a very happy busy bee. alas, i'm in the collecting and dreaming stage known to sewers with lots of patterns and nothing to wear.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

even gummier

u can knock Gummo all you want, but it's a good movie. and Chloe Sevigny did the wardrobe, making it great.
words like "disturbing", "unwatchable" and "new horror" are often used to describe it. well, there's something even worse: Trash Humpers, Korine's new film. if you don't want to see some real dirty birds losing their minds i don't suggest going to the NY film festival tomorrow. if you do, get me a ticket.

Monday, September 28, 2009

happy almost sorta halloween


dazed (and confused) digital is better than the paper version because there is SO MUCH STUFF uploaded everyday -- and its free. this "scrapheap" (discarded objects recycled into snazzy photo ops) challenge is also part of the new "Franken-fashion" print edition.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Olive Oatman


was a Mormon teen captured by Yavapais, traded to Mohaves, and retraded back to Whites (arguably not of her own desire). existing in the mid-to-late 1800's as a tribally tattooed lady, she lived in Detroit for a few years! The Blue Tattoo, a new book by Margot Mifflin (author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo) is an engaging read of her life and legend.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

yes, Pink

i like Pink. always have. really do. she's a thick white girl who has kept her oversized nose ring and femipop consistent. in the name of trying to drink less, i applaud her song and style.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

put on your bedazzled quilted piecework asymmetrical tunic vest

and head on over to the annual American Sewing Expo in Novi (the Detroit suburb of suburbs of suburbs)

along with vendors selling multiple versions of the same mom patterns and tired DIYers showing you how to put 2 rectangles togethers to make a skirt (or tote bag!) there are also some cool things:

-Kenneth D. King
-Koos van den Akker
-Material Girls (one of few independent Detroit-area sewing stores, great vintage kimono and new africana fabric, and vintage repro patterns)
-a lingerie fitting workshop
-Threadbanger's Re-construction Zone
-The Baby Lock Passion for Fashion Sewing Challenge (Project Runway inspired, always a few great winning pieces on display)
...and last year there was an amazing fiber arts group exhibit, not sure if it's there this time around...

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Leon Bonnat, An Egyptian Peasant Woman and Her Child, 1869; aka, the most beautiful painting in the MET

her markings and dress look Bedouin (an ancient nomadic sect), much like this striking lady:


female chin tattoos are found all over the world in tribal communities. markings generally signify family line and social status, an instant visual between peoples who don't call one place home.

the perpetual influence of such "primitivism" is found in this week's debut of Rodarte's SS10:



Monday, September 14, 2009

Basquiat's New York

three great things about this film:
it's a "watch instantly" on Netflix
1981 was a great crossover year for art punk style
the Lower East Side in the 80s looks like Cass Corridor now

this post-mortem dramatization is nice too -- and you have to love Ms. World as she was when she was.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Sons of Anarchy premiered its second season this week on FX (yes, i forgot it was a channel too).

it's nice seeing a classic heart-throb (Charlie Hunnam) with unstylishly unstyled long locks and a thick neck (no skinny jeans and colorful coy-fish forearms here, nope!)

Ron Perlman (Hellboy) is formidably sized enough to sorta pull off club president, but Katy Segal (Peg Bundy) really shines as his wifey. her clothes are always a little perfectly too tight, too low, too sheer; her novelty accessories from Hot Topic meets JC Penney; her skunky post-punk dye-job 5 years behind the time (unless you hang in certain east Detroit burbs) -- and she wears it all really well on a killer 50+ year old bod.

and HENRY ROLLINS debuts as a competitive white separatist, dapper in minimalist skinhead workwear.

despite the wardrobe department attempt to rough these guys up, they look pretty clean for the most part: shampooed hair, strategically placed tattoos, newish leather, good teeth, good skin. although a couple of the older dudes do appear to be real alcoholics. the youngish women who show up as extras in the rowdy "clubhouse" scenes actually look most authentic, with imperfect bodies, tackier attempts at trash glamour and glazed expressions. too bad you only see them for brief flickers between getting mock cunnilingus and just plain drunk with the boys. ah well.