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The G-String Murders! Gypsy Rose Lee! Society 6! Prints! iPhone Cases! More!
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The G-String Murders! Gypsy Rose Lee! Society 6! Prints! iPhone Cases! More!

Free shipping all this week.

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This is the second piece I’ve made depicting what I believe is (i.e. I made this up) the great love between the Monster and Elizabeth. Victor is the worst.
Available at Society 6 (there are also all kinds of products available!).

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This is the second piece I’ve made depicting what I believe is (i.e. I made this up) the great love between the Monster and Elizabeth. Victor is the worst.

Available at Society 6 (there are also all kinds of products available!).

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I’ve finished the first of my Lady Pirate series and made it available as a print on Society 6!
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time - about pirates and colonialism, about birds and the beach, about bloody battles waged between British Naval forces and women pirates. I mean, the entire New World was just one colossal land grab, so I’d like to see an alternative history where things were maybe, at least here and there in the corners, slightly different.

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I’ve finished the first of my Lady Pirate series and made it available as a print on Society 6!

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time - about pirates and colonialism, about birds and the beach, about bloody battles waged between British Naval forces and women pirates. I mean, the entire New World was just one colossal land grab, so I’d like to see an alternative history where things were maybe, at least here and there in the corners, slightly different.

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Recently finished with plenty of time before Halloween, this will be available soon in various forms. I need to draw more witches, more pinups, more cats.

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Recently finished with plenty of time before Halloween, this will be available soon in various forms. I need to draw more witches, more pinups, more cats.

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Monkey Dancer Tree is available on Society 6 through October 1. Free shipping through the weekend!

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Monkey Dancer Tree is available on Society 6 through October 1. Free shipping through the weekend!

Drawing MarxFest

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As some of you might know, my beloved Trav S.D. is one of the forces behind the MarxFest, the city wide celebration of the Marx Brothers. I’ve been to many, many events, sketchbook in hand. Here are some of the results.

Trav gave a really terrific talk on the early years of the Brothers at Coney Island USA. Adding to the evening, the lovely Sarah Moskowitz played some vintage tunes on her uke.

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The beauteous Bunny Buxom performed at the backers party (incidentally, when she stepped in to perform in Pinchbottom’s The Bawdy House at the last minute for an ailing Tansy, she killed). I drew her live, which isn’t usually my thing (i.e. I’m not fast enough, i.e. I’m not Luma Rouge), and this was the result.

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Also at the backer’s party: dueling Grouchos. Jonny Porkpie and Noah Diamond. (this is getting a little fuzzy as your intrepid artist might have imbibed too many cheap cocktails).

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Last night Trav introduced Duck Soup at MoMA, in an evening made completely out of happiness. 

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MarxFest might be winding down, but delights remain. Most thrillingly, Trav is directing a reading of the first revival of the Marx Brother’s very first Broadway show, "I’ll Say She Is!". At The Players Theater tonight and Sunday!

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I (finally) have a new print up at Society 6! I’m particularly entranced with the onesies (every baby should have a punk rock girl onesie!) and tote bags.
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I (finally) have a new print up at Society 6! I’m particularly entranced with the onesies (every baby should have a punk rock girl onesie!) and tote bags.

via Society 6

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I’ve been adding tons of small originals to my Etsy store - this Red Riding Hood with her docile (but not tame) wolf is the newest.

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I’ve been adding tons of small originals to my Etsy store - this Red Riding Hood with her docile (but not tame) wolf is the newest.

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Another entree in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.
This one might be my favorite.

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Another entree in my Charles James: Beyond Beyond Fashion series.

This one might be my favorite.

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Last week I saw Charles James: Beyond Fashion at The Met, though I sort of knew going in that it wouldn’t be 100% my bag. I’ve never been super in love with the elegant, tasteful aesthetic that was prevalent at the middle of the 20th century. To me, the tyranny of “good taste” is as much about class and race as it is about aesthetics (I wrote a bit about this here) and for me, it quickly gets boring.

All that said, the dresses are exquisite. They are masterpieces of design, deceptively simple until you look at the seams and the construction and the geometry. These are indeed the princess gowns for a sleek mid-century princess. The garments themselves are perfect things. But (and there’s always a but), after an hour or so of looking and sketching, something about the cool WASPy splendour started getting to me. 

I sketched a dozen or so dresses and decided the answer for me would be to recontextualize them. I decided to remove them from Newport and Belgravia and to place them on the carnival midway, in the ocean and in other places they never before ventured, being worn by the sort of beings who, though purely fictional, are rarely seen dressed in such opulence.

Enjoy. There will be more to follow.

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Just finished! The poster for the fabulous Sara Benincasa's Kickstarter tour! This is probably the most fun I've ever had doing a commission. I mean, come on. Unicorns! Dancing, moustachioed utensils!

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Just finished! The poster for the fabulous Sara Benincasa's Kickstarter tour! This is probably the most fun I've ever had doing a commission. I mean, come on. Unicorns! Dancing, moustachioed utensils!

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Robots Never Sleep: Romance edition.
via Society 6 (free shipping this week, through May 11 midnight PT)

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Robots Never Sleep: Romance edition.

via Society 6 (free shipping this week, through May 11 midnight PT)

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Wilkie Collins fans rejoice! My The Woman in White print (and related merchandise) is now live!. The Woman in White is probably the most read of Wilkie Collins’s four great novels of the 1860s - if you like your fiction to contain super-villains (with a fondness for white mice), terrific female characters, and madhouses, you need to search no further. The book can be found here.
Free shipping at Society 6 this week through Midnight PT Sunday (via this link ONLY).

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Wilkie Collins fans rejoice! My The Woman in White print (and related merchandise) is now live!. The Woman in White is probably the most read of Wilkie Collins’s four great novels of the 1860s - if you like your fiction to contain super-villains (with a fondness for white mice), terrific female characters, and madhouses, you need to search no further. The book can be found here.

Free shipping at Society 6 this week through Midnight PT Sunday (via this link ONLY).

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Recently, I was lucky enough to have a small solo show up on the Lower East Side in NYC presented by Dixon Place. The subject was chorus girls: women who began or were at some point in their careers a part of the chorus. 

While researching and thinking about what women I would create pieces around, I made a long, constantly added to list of women whose careers began as dancers in the chorus, a list that began with French music hall performers and ended with Ellen Burstyn who began her career in the chorus line on the Jackie Gleason show. To frame it for modern readers, being a chorus girl was the first half of the 20th century’s version of model turned actress. The job got little respect and was used to connotate not just prettiness, but often stupidity, greed and sluttiness. The joke of a hot, illiterate baby vamp, covered in furs, spouting vulgar Brooklynese, kept by a Wall Street millionaire being a frequent punchline.

Of course, like all unfair stereotypes, there is some truth in the mix. Then as now, pretty, pretty girls used notoriety to snag rich boyfriends and husbands. But the hidden interest for me was always the matched set of economic and sexual autonomy that being a chorus girl represented. It’s no coincidence that movies about chorus girls, a staple of early sound, often played by real former chorus girls such as Louise Brooks, Barbara Stanwyck, Mae Clarke, Joan Crawford, Ruby Keeler and Ginger Rogers were released in the dozens, but the moment the Hayes Code came into being, ruining everybody’s fun, the chorus girl mostly disappeared from the movies. She was the ultimate good time girl in the drunken libertine ’20s, and she schemed and starved and wisecracked in the Depression. But there seemed to be no cultural place for her in the scrubbed and sincere late ’30s Hollywood. She took a break and then reemerged with the birth of film noir, but instead of being the protagonist, she was most often the curse and the downfall of the man the story was about. For the shady noir dame, as played by Barbara Stanwyck (again), Rita Hayworth, Gloria Graham, Lizbeth Scott, or Jane Greer, the sexual liberation was back, but this time around she was punished for it, with death, the electric chair or scalding water to the face.

 But, back to the earlier part of the last century. The four women I chose to draw, (you can see thumbnails/details from the finished work above) Evelyn Nesbit, Olive Thomas, Princess White Deer and Louise Brooks all led interesting, though not always successful lives. Nesbit remains notorious for being embroiled in the sensational murder of Stanford White. Thomas was a Ziegfeld star and early silent movie star who died in 1920 from accidentally drinking mercury - the first major Hollywood scandal. Princess White Deer is a now mostly forgotten star who headlined at the Palace and the Follies and performed for the Czars of Russia and then retired from show biz in 1930, devoting the remaining 60 years of her life to tribal matters. Louise Brooks, serious modern dancer with Denishawn,  Ziegfeld star and movie star turned recluse and drunk, turned writer is both the exception to most chorus girl cliches and the ur-chorus girl. 

 Which brings me to my show. If I had the time, I could happily make ten more about ten more women. But, for now, there are four. I’m thinking of making a limited print run which I have to figure out. So stay tuned and check in with my Etsy and Society 6 stores and I’ll keep you apprised of all chorus girl related matters here.