Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Favorites: What Am I Wearing?

Most days I am not very ambitious about what I wear. I'm a jeans and tee-shirt kind of plus-sized girl (By the way, I hate that term!) and everyday is a dress-down day for me. I have a few brands that I am very loyal to when it comes to my everyday basics and I thought I would share them with you! So here goes...

T-Shirts from Old Navy
Shirts retail for $16.94 but are often on sale/clearance for much less.

Hoodies from Postwar Trade.
I love being a billboard for my favorite band, The Dresden Dolls
or my favorite performer, Amanda Palmer.
Hoodies are only $35!

Jeans from Eddie Bauer .
They retail at $49.95 - $79.95 and are really well made.

Flip-Flops from Reef or shoes from Dr. Martens.
The flip-flops sell for $24.00 and the oxfords
are on sale for $54.00 from $90.00.

Scarves from Old Navy, Target, and Thrifted
At Old Navy are usually $14.94 or less,
Target sells them for $16.99 or less,
and I find them for as little as $1.00 at thrift shops!

Bags from Vera Bradley
Vera Bradley has great sales with bags starting at
just $11.99 all the way up to luggage at $340.00!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quick and Painful

Last Saturday, September 24th, Hope Gallery Tattoo held a gallery opening and special event called Quick and Painful at their New Haven, Connecticut space. The event was a show of tattoo "flash," a set of tattoo artwork drawn in an 11 by 14 inch format, created by some of today's premiere low-brow artists. Nichole East, of Hope, curated the show. The artists featured include Alex Pardee, Amanda Visell, Brandt Peters, Camilla Derrico, David Horvath, Devilrobots, Frank Kozik, Greg 'Craola' Simkins, Joe Ledbetter, Junko Mizuno, Kathie Olivas, Pete Fowler, Ron English, Sam Flores, TADO, Tara McPherson, and Tokidoki Founder and Creative Director Simone Legno. These sets of flash were offered up to the public for sale, and as the icing on an already delicious cake, guests to the event could get a tattoo from this flash from one of Hope's amazing artists for the unheard of, rock-bottom price of $40! Hope Gallery Tattoo, established in 2002, boasts six talented full-time artists including Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, Julio Rodriguez, Tim Harris, Phil Young, and Christian Perez. Guest artist Adrian Dominic was also tattooing in New Haven.

As long time supporters of Hope, my sister, This Odd Duck, and I are always itching for some new ink. When we found out about Quick and Painful, the event was going to take place in August, but had to be postponed due to complications from Hurricane Irene. They had dates in Los Angeles, New Haven, and upcoming dates in Chicago - October 8th at Rotofugi Gallery, and in Miami - December 1 - 4 at Art Basel. For the tattoo portion of the event, there are several rules: you must be 18 years of age, with a valid ID, sign a waiver, "not be wasted" (their exact words! Gotta love these guys.), and have $40 cash. Anyway, as a lover of Low-brow, tattoos, and the talent at Hope, I knew we were going; our mother decided to go, too! I, being the procrastinator that I am, had a driver's license that had expired almost a year ago, and my sister's had expired in August, so it was off to the DMV for us. A lot of waiting and two awkward, unflattering photos later, we were ready to go. And so began the waiting game!

Finally, the night of Quick and Painful was upon us, and we hopped in the car for the 45 minute drive from Morris to New Haven. We arrived early, knowing that everyone and their dog would likely be there taking advantage of such a rare opportunity to get tattooed by such industry elites for a scant $40! Having snuck a peak online at the L.A. opening of the show, This Odd Duck already knew what she wanted tattooed and quickly filled out the necessary paperwork. She had decided on a heart with a noose around it by Alex Pardee. Mom and I were unsure of what we wanted, so we perused the book of flash. There were over 200 designs to choose from, but we decided to get matching Junko Mizuno owls.

This Odd Duck was up first. Her artist was Christian Perez. Christian's room is filled with his artwork, trophies and skulls in glass cases and under bell jars. Totally my sister's aesthetic. The whole tattoo only took about 20 minutes start to finish, and before we knew it she was wrapped up and ready to go. The birds on her back are by Eric Merrill. She also has a tattoo on her foot by Eric.

Next up was yours truly! Mom and I had the same artist, Julio Rodriguez. Julio's room is filled with his artwork, action figures, and toys. Julio has a rotary tattoo machine, which is very nearly silent. It was strange being tattooed without the buzz of the machine! This was my first time with Julio, my other 4 tattoos are by Eric. I got my first tattoo from Eric almost 12 years ago (WOW, do I feel old? It was that long ago that I was 19!).

Finally, it was Mom's turn. As I said previously, she got the same design that I did. She also got it in the same place as me, on her left ankle. This is her second tattoo; she has a hummingbird on her back by an artist in Saugerties, NY whose name escapes me.

All in all, Quick and Painful was a great night. There was great music, Yo Gabba Gabba projected on the wall(!), amazing art to enjoy, fun people, food, talented artists, not to mention great bargains to be had. The guys tattooed into the wee hours of the morning (3:30am!) and completed almost 80 tattoos! Hey, you've got to give the people what they want, right? If you're in the Chicago or Miami areas, I would definitely recommend you check out Quick and Painful. Regardless of whether you want a tattoo, it's a great opportunity to see some original art by some of today's best Low-brow artists.

To see photos from Hope Gallery Tattoo see their Flickr.
Photos from New Haven
Photos from Los Angeles

And see my Flickr for photos of my mother, This Odd Duck, and I at the New Haven event. Come back in a week or two for healed photos of our new tattoos!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Favorites - High and Low.

Seeing that I am low on cash lately, naturally I am lusting over products at numerous stores, catalogs, and online shops lately. I thought I would share a few of my most indulgent favorites that I am most unlikely to get with you today, as well as some reasonably priced items.

This handmade sterling silver rabbit ring comes from Twinklebird Handmade Jewelry. It retails for 125,00 EUR or just over $176 US. Twinklebird also creates fabulous necklaces and rings with many other animals on them. Love!
This next find is vintage Lefton China, from the Miss Priss collection. Being a cat lover I absolutely fell in love with this series and just happened upon this cookie jar on ebay. This cookie jar is selling for $235.00, anyone want to get me an early Christmas present? These pieces were very common in the 1950's, made in Japan, and many of Lefton's products were labeled "made in occupied Japan."
One of my most decadent wants is a pair of custom made shoes. Who doesn't want the ultimate in comfort - a pair of shoes that are made specifically for every little bump on your own knobby feet! These hand crafted originals are made by Zerkahloostrah and run a mere $365.00! However, that's just for the first pair you buy from them, each subsequent pair (in numerous styles) comes at half the price because the mock-up of your foot has already been made!
Pablo Picasso once wisely said, "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth." Art that makes you think is my favorite kind, and what's better than cheap art that's goal is to make you think? This poster is from Northern Sun and sells for the low price of $15.00. Northern sun carries many political, ethical and lifestyle posters, t-shirts and stickers at very affordable prices.
This next pick, Cordy Roy Pink Cat at $19.95, is a great gift for anyone expecting a new baby, for a child, or for kids at heart, too! Jellycat stuffed animals are wonderfully soft and squishy; classic in that they don't have all the bells and whistles so many of today's toys do, and are great for the imagination because they are so basic. Each style of the Cordy Roy line, which this wonderful cat comes from also comes in multiple sizes, so you can pick just the right size for little hands.
For a pair of affordable shoes, Make Me Chic is a great site. At just $31.90, the Martin06 Ruffle Ankle Boots, are an amazing deal. They come in four colors: blue, yellow, fushia and black. Also they are a wonderful choice for vegans as they are constructed of all man-made materials. Make Me Chic carries a full line of boots, heels, wedges, flats, wedges, and sandals as well as apparel, lingerie, accessories, swimwear and costumes.
Well, that's all for today's highs and lows. Hope you enjoyed. Happy Friday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Amanda Palmer Ninja Gig

Last night, my sister (thisoddduck) and I got home from a day of shopping, checked the ol' Twitter feed, and our favorite person in the WORLD, Amanda Fucking Palmer, was having a ninja gig (an impromptu gathering of fans where Amanda bangs out a few songs for FREE) in Middletown, CT at Wesleyan University. It was about 6pm, and the gig was at 7pm. Middletown is just about an hour away from us. Needless to say, we promptly ran right back to the car, drove about 80mph and reached the gig about 10 minutes late. The doors were locked. My heart fell to the floor. I could see Amanda through the window, only feet away. I saw a window open a few minutes later, and just as I was contemplating climbing in through said window, someone opened the door to come out! We hurried in, and found ourselves just inside the door to the room she was playing in, about ten to fifteen feet away from her holiness, AFP.
I took a few pictures, but mostly decided to enjoy the moment and not live through the lense. After she finished playing, Meg (thisoddduck) gave Amanda a pink sequined hair bow that matches her own. Amanda thanked her and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek. This, obviously, was the highlight of Meg's life so far! After we got home, I tweeted to thank Amanda for a great show and about an hour later, to my amazement, I got a tweet back! And thus...the highlight of MY life.
To see the rest of my photos, see my facebook profile here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Etsy Favorites

At least once a week, you can expect to see me post five or more favorites from etsy. Today I'm featuring black and white prints. Enjoy!
Find this gorgeous print, "Brain" at Valero Doval's Shop.
These prints come to us from The Mighty Squirm who also sells great T-shirts.
This linocut, "Pussy Willow Blues", is from extase's eclectic shop.
This amazingly detailed letterpress, "The Angler", comes from Spiral Unwinding.
This original sketch is from Millsart.


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