Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Kitty Swimsuit at Slick It Up just stole 2015

The kitty is painted by Arn0 of Paris exclusively for Slick It Up and is available ONLY at Slick It Up.

Getting to know RU! Rupaul and I DELVE DEEP INTO OUR PSYCHE!!!

Ru as our supreme you have a lot of mystery to you, which is a great power so I don't want to try and take that from you, but in order to form attachments with people you have to have some intimacy. I know this sorta goes against the purpose of your immaculate construction (we all have one btw its just that yours probably isn't as "immaculate" as Rus), though I know this immaculate construction is very much part of you but I imagine its the part of you you PREFER to show, as its flawless, but I would love to ask you some questions that will help us crawl into your brain space just a little more and see what the mechanisms are that determine your decision making processes. They may seem like trite questions but for me at least they are imperative and really help get to understand someones unconscious mind, which is the most interesting part in my opinion!
1. Color is extraordinarily powerful and I feel like its really a fantastic and simple way of getting to understand someone. So, whats your favorite color? This can be what color you like most/and or the color you feel you "are". For example I "am" purple, its "my color" but hot pink is my favorite.
Ru: I was 34 when I realized I love the color orange. It makes me happy, and I feel at peace when I see it. I love every shade of orange, from coral to Day-Glo.
David: I appreciate this response as its a "secondary" color and I appreciate them more than the primary colors. I feel there is a big difference between the "orange, purple, green" people versus the "red, yellow, blue" people. I could be wrong but I feel the secondary colors are people who direct change and the primary color people hold the status quo. Like villains and heroes. Villains (when they're likable) are the force of change, and are often portrayed by secondary colors. Though villains that nobody is charmed by are usually portrayed in primary colors and usually those villains are villainous because they're conservative, i.e the Queen of Hearts.

2. This talk of villains and heroes makes me want to ask what your favorite Disney villain is, but I know you're not a Disney fan. This makes me like you LESS! I like you quite a bit though so there are LIKES TO SPARE. Im too much of a Disney parks fan though to pass up this opportunity so please go along with me on this and tell me if you were a ride at Disneyland which ride would you be?!
Ru: I’d be “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The combination of murky water and scary dark caves represent the subconscious. I’ve always been intrigued and motivated by what lies beneath. People would actually be surprised at how dark and secretive I really am. I am the definitive Scorpio.
David: YES!!!!! This is what I had hoped you'd answer!!!!! I have completely ulterior motives though for this answer! See I would pay … hmm at least 5,000 NEW YORK DOLLARS if they would replace your Madame Toussauds wax figure with the RED HEADED WHORE in the "Pick yourself a wench" scene!!! ( I feel worth clicking on to enlarge) Im also really pleased you answered this way because the reason why I asked that question is because when I dream the setting is nearly always this large, themed, controlled, tourist environment (a bit of an allegory for manhattan AND my homeland which was a vacation spot) so I feel like if you can tell me which ride you are its in direct correlation to how your unconscious mind works. If you had said the "teacups" I would think you were insane and on pills and I'd feel bad that you're caught up in surface issues and have no soul… but see you didn't?! In fact you TOTALLY CLOCKED ME! See this investment in my interest in you is SOLID! Im IMPRESSED and like you more again!
I wanna keep the pace of this interview fast but I have to bring this up. As a scorpio I want you to know your habit of disappearing ( I know you do this because ALL scorpios do this stunt) is hurtful to those of us who establish friendships with you and if you could at least give us a signal that your going back under the rock for a while we would appreciate it because otherwise were left standing here wondering why the fuck you're non responsive and it hurts our feelings. I know this process of ecdysis is important to scorpios but try and step out of your skin before you "step out of your skin" and be aware that this routine can puzzle and disappoint people. I say this because Im leery of becoming friends with scorpios because every single one pulls this stunt and as an aries loyalty and establishing a stable gang is imperative and the scorpio ALWAYS fucks this up by being weird and distant and suddenly doing a 180 for seemingly no reason. I now get why and Im not surprised but just know you think you piss people off doing this, but really you just hurt their feelings.

3. Now that I read you for innocently being born under the scorpio sign I want to know what else your willing to sacrifice your better judgement for. What is your favorite food that isn't necessarily healthy?
Ru: More than taste, I respond to texture. I crave crunchy food, like popcorn and Fritos Corn Chips. I could be happy with burnt toast and black coffee for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
David: Interesting..That is what Wolfgang Puck says of Americans. He says we need crunchy, which I never realized ISNT European, but I guess its not. I think I'm more into mushy. I like cake and Ethiopian food and my bf is completely grossed out by this and makes fun of me and has basically ruined the entire experience for me by saying my food has flies on it and Im eating poo.

4. Who's your favorite cartoon character? I ask this because cartoon characters are usually our best friends during our formative years and we hold them dearly to our heart and often use them as a template for an idealized self.
Ru: Bugs Bunny. The ultimate heckler, and always the smartest one in the room. Bugs Bunny was also my first introduction to drag.
David: Weird, you and my mother! I was never into Bugs. I didn't dislike him but I kinda always felt like "Why is he always approaching things from this ANGLE?". Like he was always TRYING IT, which bothered me. This makes me think that perhaps he represented my sister in my life. Like just fucking STOP TRYING IT. Of that world I liked Road Runner/ Wiley Coyote because they were all about the battle between being quietly confident and having faith in your basic biological being AND rage and the creativity that springs from it. I could respect both of their philosophies of life and think both are within me.

5. You can have dinner with 5 people living, dead, or fictional. Who are they?
Ru: Judge Judy, Gene Kelly, Angela Lansbury, President Obama and Barry Gibb.
David: Omg have you seen "The many epiphanies of Jessica fletcher"?! Its like an hour of her "A-HA! moments"!!! I play it just in the background as i work on stuff online!

Murder She Wrote - The Many Epiphanies Of Jessica Fletcher by Isaac Royffe from Isaac Royffe on Vimeo.

6. Now for your favorite male sex symbol?
Ru: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
David: How Heidi Klum of you. YAPHET KOTTO is FUCKING PISSED! I love exclaiming YAPHET KOTTO! Like the time you TOTALLY BROKE THE FORTH WALL on The Weakest Link and so confidently answered "Chaka Khan" as to what is name of forth moon of Jupiter or some shit. I HOWLED it may have been the best moment on television! You clearly planned to do it because you delivered it just like anyone on Jeopardy who answers something with TOTAL CONFIDENCE but they're TOTALLY WRONG and look like an asshole because they said it with such authority. The host didn't even catch it and nobody in the audience even caught it except ONE PERSON also PAH Ha'd. You never broke character. I so thank you for that moment! That was TRULY PUNK.

7.I know you hate Halloween as its amateur night but did you go out as a kid? If so what was your favorite costume?
Ru: I swear, I don’t remember ever having a Halloween costume as a kid. I went ‘trick or treating’, but I’m sure my “look” was never more than a pair of panty hose over my head. Marauding crowds after dark have always freaked me out; Add to that some booze and a mask and you can count me out.
David: You're a kind person. See I have been waiting for the apocalypse for this exact reason! An environment full of fucked up people and Im in a mask is where I do REALLY WELL! Give me a crossbow and a battle axe and a mask and Im pretty sure I could become the king of Manhattan.

8. Youre a popular girl but everyone has ups and downs. What was the loneliest part of your life?
Ru: At 28, during my “saturn returns”, I was homeless in Hollywood with a big question mark hanging over every choice I’d ever made in my life.
David: Interesting, see I feel I just ended a 7 or 8 year cycle myself that felt very the same. Only very recently do I feel like I've put my feet back on the crown (weird only rereading this did I see I type CROWN instead of GROUND?! What a FIERCE Freudian typo. I'll leave it there!), became present, and decided to participate in this new cycle. Thank you for sharing that. Its nice to hear that people you respect also questions themselves.

9. Ok now for a REALLY TOUGH question that is SERIOUS AS CANCER because rhythm is a DANCER. Who is more important Aretha Franklin or Stacey Q?
Ru:I listen to Aretha every single day, so I’ll have to say Stacey Q.
David: You're so wise. Krimped hair is more important than soul.

10. TASTE LEVEL… Whos your favorite designer? Zaldy is not a valid answer.
Ru: John Galliano.
David: I support this message.

OK now for gratuitous Rupauls Drag Race questions!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!

1. Will there be some new silhouettes this season?
Ru: Season 7 is the return of my legs.
David: YAYAYAY! I was beginning to wonder if you were just a head and shoulders sitting on top of a dress form remote controlled by a joystick between Michelle Visages legs.

2. The show was quietly postponed and rescheduled… I love Michelle but is it her fault for going on Celebrity Big Brother that caused this delay and would she understand and apologize if I threw a rock that had CUNTFACE written in chalk on it through her window for doing what she did to us?
Ru: Ha ha ha! No. The network delayed the premiere. I don’t know why.
David: You're a fuckin liar.

3. What was your favorite lipsynch so far?
Ru: So many favorites, but the first one that comes to mind is “Whip My Hair” with Alyssa Edwards and Roxxxy Andrews.
David: Valid.

4. What queen surprised you the most and why?
Ru: I have to be very careful to not single-out any of my gurlz, because they are like my children, and they’re all very sensitive. I’m never surprised by their greatness, because that’s what I expect based on their audition. I’m only surprised when they succumb to their internal saboteur. For them to come so far in this life as a queen, and become undone from the inside out is always heartbreaking and unexpected.
David: Yeah, I don't like Yarra Sophia either. JUST KIDDING!.. well not kidding, but just kidding that what you said means Yarra. I watch the show and I know how I have the tendency to choke under pressure and I think how hard it must be to be in this competition. These guys all have major balls and I respect and commend them all.

5. There are a lot of amazing songs out there that a drag queen could do well that are sung by a guy. Are we going to open up the lipsych to songs by guys?
Ru:We’ve chosen male songs before, but the song owners did not allow us to license them. Getting the rights to music is a colossal hurdle every season. Just like coordinating and scheduling guest judges, it’s a bigger headache than the general public realizes.

6. Last question. Please tell me a couple seasons down the road youre going to do a winners only season PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE?!?! If you do I promise I wont work my looks no more!
Ru: I wish! From your pumped lips to God’s ears.
David: YAYAYAYAYAYAY! I wonder who would win???... tough call! HEY?! I DONT HAVE PUMPED LIPS?!! My mom just looked like Loretta Switt. Ive got some cheek filler but the Jolies are god given thank you very much!

Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know Ru! For those of you who are from Saturn Rupauls Drag race Season 7 starts Monday March 2 at 9pm on Logo!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Daily Dudes

I discovered some persons very particular fetish

I was trying to think of the name for what is actually Tulle, I typed Crinolyn hoping that was it… and this is what came up….huh.
The reason why i was searching in the first place is because I HAVE ALWAYS HATED BATGIRLS MOTORCYCLE and I couldn't think of the word to described that TULLE going around the front UGH even as a 4 year old watching repeats I COULD NOT STAND THAT TULLE.

Its very wrong but i wanna make out with him

This is Ilan Mitchell-Smith from Weird Science

I did not wish this knotty pine basement rec-room fate on him!!!!!?!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

daily dudes

I randomly mentioned that The Joker should have an animal familiar named Heckleberry Hound (Heckle hound) and a person named Lance Smith drew it to my specifications in minutes!

The top drawing is the finished concept. the bottom drawing was his first. i suggested he needs to be more sinuous, and have longer hair on his shoulders. then I suggested a longer more isosceles shaped head, and spots and perhaps a green or red eye. I think they should totally make him. the marketing opportunities are endless. he's such a strong character! I already see the "indy" Nagel version with the batarang between his teeth.

Neon Body Harness

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Daily dudes

The new Neon Candy Swim Shorts at Slick It Up are a CAVALCADE OF CANDY!

My boyfriend and I collected the best candy from around the world and then arranged it into a pattern and shot it and made a great material out of it. It was harder than you think you can't just have RANDOM CANDY. There are sort of two houses of candy once you start organizing them, chocolate not included as its an entirely different world and I don't like chocolate, and its by color its the pastels versus the rainbow spectrum. The rainbow spectrum just isn't that visually appealing and surprisingly doesn't read as candy. It sorta reads as plastic when you see it together. So we just organized the pastels and then peppered in a few more neon colors and a SWEDISH FISH because I REFUSED to make this pattern without a Swedish Fish and a Sour Patch Child.
The shorts are made of four way stretch spandex, piped in a candy coated pink, and feature a zip back pocket. Like everything Slick It Up they are made in NYC and we ship globally! Available exclusively at Slick It Up.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Why hands on elements are CRUCIAL to the ART of story telling, and why a purely digital piece is semi charmless!

I am very happy to report shooting with Franz Szony for the Spring Slick It Up ads was a total blast. I discovered his work on Instagram, I also discovered my personal assistant on Instagram its a better/bigger social medium than expected, and I was really captivated. His work felt very modern and fantastical and creative and clever with the usage of paper, paint, and digital mediums used in ways that fool your eye and force you to ask "Wait a minute what exactly is "real" in this image?". I always like that, Im a curious semi control freak type person so I like to try and decipher the process and like it when I'm tricked and learn new things. I like to see the "magic" behind photography and like Jean Paul Goudes or Tim Palens work I like it when they sometimes reveal the process or incorporate HANDS ON elements to the photos as opposed to just doing things all in photoshop. I find the usage of hands on tricks admirable and respectable. Its like the difference of being a WIZARD or a PERSON ON STAR TREK. Im not crazy about Star Trek (id say I'm 70/30 split between fantasy and technology) because its just people using technology, they themselves aren't necessarily clever where as a "wizard" has the ability to call upon knowledge and channel it themselves, very different things. YES I just broke down the art of photography into WIZARD or STAR TREK, both have merits but Im more into wizardry than technology but technology most certainly has its place. Im from the 80s and the 80s was the last "hands on" era but ALSO eagerly devoured and celebrated new technology with a flair that I don't wed seen since the 20s, well maybe the 50s? (ew why do I sorta hate the 50s especially being the 80s were so 50s) so thats why Im into both. I hope the children of today appreciate a hands on approach because its soo much more admirable, artistic, and REAL and the personal exaggeration that comes through with the "hand" or apparent/deliberate LACK of the hand "Patrick Nagel" is INTEGRAL to the ART of story telling. The flawless removal of this element used in art that is purely computer generated seems far more empty and charmless.
Like many of my friends Franz is an OLDE SCHOOL QUEEN, he wore a kaftan and fishnets while shooting. Lit like a museum his studio was a true super villains lair complete with Glen closes costume from 101 Dalmatians. I was pleasantly surprised and felt very at home. Its good to see nice lighting when you walk into a photographers studio/home because as a photographer lighting is obviously THE THING so its a good sign when you see they're aware of the importance of it in their own home. He worked very differently then most photographers because he didn't shoot very many photos it was more of a get the pose totally right and then CLICK, one picture. I was thrown at first as Im used to 2087 photos per look but this was refreshing and kind of easy as Im very wooden so this kind of method works really well for me. I am NOT FLUID and NOTHING comes by casually gesturing to and fro. I am a MANNEQUIN and prefer having an idea for a pose and doing that pose and then moving to the next shot. Im too self aware and don't have a good enough body to be shot from any angle. I know how I want to be shot and thats it, don't shoot me straight on because my pelvis is wide and my neck is too thin. I need to be in profile with the torso TWISTED and the limbs have to be EXTENDED. Im a praying mantis, don't ask me to be a golden retriever. Franz got this and I think we got the shot. I can't show you the two selects I made for the ads of course but my concept was "Unbothered bitchy powerful god reclining in the heavens with neoclassical and modern elements"… a no brainer.

All the work pictured in this article is of course the work of Franz Szony. I purchased the Raja print, I fell in love when I saw it and its was caused me to contact him.