Contents 4. Letter from the Editor Jessica Jean Suderno
24. Spotlight On SHOPPING Hey Day Vintage!
6. Spotlight On NIGHTLIFE Featuring
28. Spotlight On BURLESQUE Featuring Tifa De Leone
12. Spotlight On MUSIC Featuring Rockinâ€™ Bonnie,
36. Show Us Your TATTS Featuring Coley Dawn &
14. Spotlight On ART Featuring Kent Stein, JesLab,
40. Pin Up of the MONTH Miss June Lacey Allure
20. Spotlight On PHOTOGRAPHY Featuring Cupcake
44. Secrets of Famous MODELS Featuring Betty Page
Voodoo Swing, & Frenzy
& Christinia Thomas
Pinups by Grant Goldstein
48. Pin Up of the MONTH Miss July Lada Redstar 52. Hot Rod Heaven Featuring Brian Boleyâ€™s 1930
Jessica J. Suderno
Advertising Sales Manager Colin Knuckles
Ford Model A Coupe
56. Hello Cupcake Cupcake & Frosting recipe
by the Domestic Diva
58. Pin-Up Fashion SAILOR STYLE Featuring photography
by Eve Saint-Ramon
Eve Saint-Ramon Virginnie Notte Mike55 Mike Faustino Grant Goldstein Rob Wright Marcus Gunnarsson Tommy Lundmark Emmelie Ă…slin Jessica Milberg Image 1st Miami Megan Elizabeth Contributing Writers Jack Foster Sheree Homer Megan Coogle Contributing Artists Christina Thomas JesLab Kent Stein
J E S S I C A J E A N SUDERN O Hey there guys and gals! Welcome to the first issue of “The Pin Up” and to the beginning of what we hope will be an amazing communication outlet and sounding board for the entire rockabilly, pin-up, hot rod, burlesque, and tattoo cultures! First off, I would like to thank our amazing sponsors and new found friends! So here is our shout out to...
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Written By Will "The Thrill" Viharo In April 2006, the manmade island of Alameda, CA welcomed a brand new manmade island-within-an-island: FORBIDDEN ISLAND, an authentic, old school tiki lounge in the rich tradition of Hinky Dink’s of Oakland, which eventually became Trader Vic’s, and Don the Beachcomber’s, originally an L.A. institution. Founded by brothers Michael and Mano Thanos, already proprietors of the successful Conga Lounge in nearby Oakland, and master mixologist Martin Cate (who has since moved on to pursue his own vision) as a junior partner, Forbidden Island quickly established itself as both a retro oasis in a sea of modern mediocrity as well as a hip, cutting edge bar offering top notch cocktail recipes. Some recipes range from Vic Bergeron’s original Mai Tai and resurrected classics like Don the Beachcomber’s original Zombie and Nui Nui. San Diego’s “Lost Long” Coronado Luau Special and the ever popular Sidewinder’s Fang (created at San Mateo’s defunct Lania Restaurant) among others. There are also established exotic favorites like the Fogcutter, the Head Hunter, and the Hurricane; the literally crowd-pleasing Scorpion Bowl, and many more. Most recently, marking four successful years of serving popular, potent Polynesian potions, Forbidden Island’s crew of experts introduced 20 new cocktails to the celebrated, award-winning menu, expanding well beyond the wild
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world of rum. Time-tested classics like the French 75, the Vesper and the Tropical Itch are also on the menu with revamped recipes given a singular spin, like the Rat Pack-friendly Lunch Cart, the Caribbean-influenced New Orleans Swizzle, and the floral-enhanced an all new version of the very first official cocktail, the Rose Sazerac. In addition to this outstanding selection of drinks, Forbidden Island boasts a distinctly timeless, lushly tropical interior (designed by famed tiki-specialist Bamboo Ben) that many revelers have compared to the Enchanted Tiki Room of Disneyland. Tiki statues, tiki mugs, velvet paintings, bamboo framed movie posters, nautical fish floats, and glowing puffer fish combine with the organic Ohana spirit of the staff to create a coolly seductive, warmly inviting atmosphere. Forbidden Island also offers live music twice monthly, showcasing the best of surf, lounge, rockabilly, blues, “pirate music,” and even Calypso, performed by the best bands from the Bay Area and beyond. The cleverly disguised driftwood-framed jukebox is actually a touch-screen computer boasting hundreds of great tunes ranging from Exotica to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul to Country and Jazz. Such artists as: Martin Denny, the Martini Kings, and the likes of Bobby Darin to Richard Cheese. Legends like Don Ho to the Mai Kai Gents, Herb Alpert to Casino Royale are all keeping within the sonic boundaries of Forbidden Island’s far-ranging retro aesthetic. A wide-screen hi-def television behind the bar is also adorned with fake foliage so it blends in with the tropical surroundings and is always (silently) showing classic tiki, beach, jungle and exotic cinema/ television. Some shows such as Blue Hawaii to Hawaii Five-O, and movies from Dr. No to Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. There is also a large pull-down screen used as a cinematic backdrop for Forbidden Island’s various “theme nights that feature bands, cocktail specials and prizes. Regular DJ nights at Forbidden Island include “Otto’s Grotto,” with Exotica platters spun by famed “Tiki News” and “Tiki Oasis” founder Otto Von Stroheim. Some of the nights include: “International Flight Lounge,” with 60s-era jet-set pop from The Jab; DJ Tanoa presenting both “We Got the Beat” (70s/80s) and
“Get With the Beat” (50s/60s) dance parties along with DJ Fitz bringing his brand of musical merriment to the lounge every Sunday following the Alameda Antique Faire, which is one of the largest “flea markets” in the country. Suzanne Long’s “Black Orchid Sessions” are inspired around a single rotating ingredient drawing cocktail connoisseurs every Wednesday. Patrons can dine from various fresh food carts on Sundays and coming up soon, Forbidden Island will be offering monthly “Movie Nights” on Mondays. These various elements each contribute uniquely to the overall eclectic nature of the lounge, where, as proprietor Michael Thanos puts it, “You never have the same exact experience twice.” Popular annual events at Forbidden Island include the “Luau” (every May) featuring live surf and Hawaiian music, authentic Hawaiian plate lunches, hula dancers and even fire dancers. The “Parking Lot Sale” is another huge event, in which Forbidden Island’s rear patio and lot are transformed into one of the biggest and best outdoor marketplaces for all things Tiki & Retro you’ll ever visit. Halloween Parties, New Year’s Eve Parties, Zombie Crawls, and Elvis Birthday/Death-day parties are also among Forbidden Island’s popular regular attractions. What really makes Forbidden Island so special is that the owner’s original vision has not been compromised, appealing equally to guests of all backgrounds, races and tastes. They congregate with a common cause – to socialize, relax, or just have fun - marveling at the excellence of the drinks, the friendliness of the service, and the beauty of the décor; either humming along with the old favorites on the jukebox, or being introduced to timeworn chestnuts for the first time. Most guest find themselves trying to identify the familiar faces in the old movie playing on the bar TV, which either hasn’t been seen in years, or the first time for many. Forbidden Island isn’t just about resurrecting a distant, forgotten past – it’s more about combining tradition and history with freshness and creativity; mining our collective culture for inspiration and then adroitly mixing these iconic and innovative elements to create the ultimate ambient cocktail, whether it’s one you drink, or one you drink in. Cheers & Aloha! Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge 1304 Lincoln Ave. Alameda, CA 94501 http://www.forbiddenislandalameda.com/fi/
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The past two years have seen a huge uprising in the music community. The biggest shake up has been in the world of Rockabilly. It’s no news to the cool kittens and hep cats that have their finger on the pulse of who is who and what’s what. The real rockers right now are coming out with an indie sound and are from all across the globe.
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forerunners of genre. Close your eyes and you are transported back to a day when Patsy Cline could have been the next person to walk in the bar and start a set. Just take a listen to “Bring along your lovin’” and you will have just enough of the old school everyone loves with just the right touch of modern influences to show that this band is a combination sent straight down from Rockabilly heaven.
“Rockin’ Bonnie” is one of the hottest Betties out there. She isn’t just a pretty face though. It seems “Rockin’ Bonnie” and her “Rot Gut Shots” are rockin’ a beat that is being heard across the worldwide radio waves. Her new CD, “Cocktail Jubilee”, made its debut earlier this year. “Cocktail Jubilee” was a CD two years in the making. Fans were waiting with baited breath for this one and they were not disappointed.
It’s rare to find a band that can deliver a full package into one great CD. “Rockin’ Bonnie and the Rot Gut Shots” manage to do that with ease and grace. There is really nothing bad about “Cocktail Jubilee”. No matter what your mood is, there is a song waiting for you. Let’s hope that we don’t have to wait two more years for the dulcet tones of this amazing beauty and her talented band mates.
The band combines classic sounds, dulcet tones, and the right mix of rock and dance so that no matter what you’re in the mood for they are sure to provide it. Its hot sounds and smooth rhythms are reminiscent of everything beautiful about the
Voodoo Swing “Voodoo Swing” has geared up with Chris Kirkwood to usher in their new CD “Voodoo
Beans”. This CD pays the fans back with the old style sound that “Voodoo Swing” is known for. It only took one listen to their new song “Hillbilly Rock ‘N’ Roll” to feel right at home with this band. The CD truly matches the bands own charisma and stage presence. “Voodoo Swing” is one of the many bands that are currently bringing the Rockabilly sound to a whole new generation of music enthusiasts. There overall sound has only gotten better with the new “Voodoo Beans”. They give that flavor that is uniquely their own without going into an extreme case of the Psychobillies or an opposite extreme of conservatism. They keep the sound fresh, the instrumental solos incredible, and to be honest the CD almost takes you through a story. It’s like being on the road traveling with the swingers themselves and getting a song to attach to every memory and moment. With the Phoenix scene alive, well, and totally kickin’, it is a good bet that we will be hearing a lot more from “Voodoo Swing” especially considering they have several tour dates already booked for the summer and fall 2010.
Frenzy “Frenzy” is the band that is out there and showing their talent directly from the United Kingdom. If you can image Billy Idol meeting
Elvis and rockin’ out with Johnny Cash then you would have “Frenzy”. They are the answer to the fans that want something edgy and new. If you don’t like the classic conservative sound, psychobilly is a bit much for you, and the middle of the road sounds just aren’t grabbing you then take a listen to “Frenzy”. They have recently released new music on MySpace as a prelude to their new CD release slated for June 2010. There hit “Standing on the Edge of Time” says it all about this band. This band truly is doing just that. Their sound takes everything great about the past and brings right up to the edge of the future letting you dangle of the edge wondering what they will bring to the table next. Being hailed as neo-rockabilly this band definitely has what it takes to help usher in a new age of Rockabilly right alongside “Voodoo Swing” and “Rockin’ Bonnie”. No matter what your mood, taste, or requirement for the music that runs through your iPod these days these bands are definitely ones that need to hit your playlist. Hailing from all over the globe they show that Rockabilly knows no bounds and has no intention of leaving anytime soon. They’re here to stay and ready to keep the cats and kittens happy.
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Steine Kent Steine sits in his Wisconsin studio, casually studying sketches and photos which cover a large drawing board. The next painting for Miss Feeney’s Finery has to be even better than the latest, Steine’s ongoing sentiment to founder and principal, Marie Shepard. The elegant men’s accessory line is the latest to utilize Steine’s classic pinup art. Steine, whose work has been reproduced as limited edition prints, in calendars and magazines, prefers his latest relationship with Miss Feeney, above all others. Marie Shepard says of Steine’s work “We were looking for an update of the classic Pinup Girl; bringing her into the 21st century while keeping all of her demure, warera sensuality intact. Kent really gets it.” Steine’s ventures began 30 years ago with a short stint in an advertising agency
“Charming” original: 20” X 24” acrylic/airbrush
after graduating from the Madison Area Technical College Commercial Art School. The job lasted 3 months. “For me, the whole point of being an artist was to make pictures. That was not going to happen with me in an agency.” Following the decision to leave, Steine succeeded in making pictures for more than 30 corporate advertising campaigns, and 50 magazine covers from 1981 to 1991. He began to focus on painting pinup and glamour art in the 1980’s. Starting full time for Stabur Publishing in 1991, Steine created the Hollywood Glamour Series of limited edition prints. Within 4 years, Stabur entered the comics industry, and Steine directed his efforts to painting classic cheesecake, or pinup art. The task at hand proved to be more difficult than anticipated. For many
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artists, drawing and painting the human figure is the ultimate challenge. Steine believes this to be true, especially with pinup art. “A good pinup has to appeal to everyone, and that’s not easy to do. Faces become idealized and stylized types, as opposed to individuals. They should be all personality, and no character.” Between 1984 to the present, Steine has worked in animation, illustrated books, and produced conceptual art. He has written books and magazine articles about artists and the history of illustration art. Currently, Steine continues to teach Drawing and Design at the Madison Media Institute, in Madison Wisconsin. Last year, he also began painting with oil, in favor of the airbrush. Steine cites many influences, from J. C.
Leyendecker and George Petty, to Haddon Sundblom, Harry Anderson, and Gillette Elvgren. He lives in a relatively perpetual state of the 1940’s and 50’s, preferring the music, attire, transportation, and values of erstwhile days. “That’s why I love working with Miss Feeney’s Finery. They have brought back something from the past, and I am a part of it. I couldn’t ask for more.” Miss Feeney’s Finery will be launching their new line of Thin Ties in Spring 2010, featuring Steine’s latest Limited Edition Girls nestled in fashionable patterns and colors. View all Miss Feeney’s Finery at www.missfeeneys.com. Kent Steine’s work can also be seen at www.kentsteine.com
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SPOT L I G H T O N PHOTOGRAPHY Featuring Grant Goldstein & His Cupcake Pin-Ups How did you get started in digital photography? I went to school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where I got my bachelors degree. Unfortunately I donâ€™t have a crazy life long story with the camera. My grandfather gave me my first one in high school and that got me started. I actually started in film and converted to digital about six years ago.
What type of camera do you use most often? The camera I use most often is a Canon 1ds Mark II, 16mpx. Who are your all-time favorite pin-ups and why? I have a few artists that inspire me; George Pe ty, Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, Olivia DeBarardinis, and the photographer Edward Steichen,
I don’t particularly have any favorite pin- we came to meet. From then on, we became ups, for me it’s all about the end effect and friends and began talking about our love of how it was created. I love them all! pin-ups. We started shooting and decided to start a company. We have been running Why do you shoot pin-ups? What makes them Cupcake Pin-Ups together for the past 2 special to you? years. Shooting pin-ups have a special place I have always loved pin up photography but in my heart because the idea and the imagnever really got into it until I was contacted ery of the 40’s and 50’s are timeless. It’s by a client to photograph a flier for a Club the idea of a simpler time when almost anyHosting a Pin Up Party. Jenna (my stylist) thing seemed possible. It also helps when was brought in as the model and that’s how you love old cars and motorcycles. I do en-
joy the modern pin-up as well, I love them all! I especially How can potential models and clients contact you? love the tattoos. But, like I said, the 40â€™s and 50â€™s have a special place in my heart! Email: CC_Pinups@yahoo.com Phone: 561.504.6449 What type of services does your business offer its clients? We offer a boutique studio where anyone can come in Myspace: and be transformed into a pin-up for a day. We have on www.myspace.com/cupcakepinups staff: Hairdresser, MUA, and a stylist. We also have a ton of vintage wardrobe that includes hats, corsets, shoes, ModelMayhem: gloves, and anything you can think of for a shoot. We http://www.modelmayhem.com/542131 have cars, bars, locations, and sets for each shoot. Cupcake Pin-Ups offers four different kinds of packages: Pin Up Lifestyle: three individual packages and one group package. http://www.pinuplifestyle.com/profile/CupcakePinUps
SPO T L I G H T O N SHOPPING Hollywood in it’s Prime HeyDay! Celebrates Retro Fashion By Sheree Homer
Specializing in reproduction vintage clothing, HeyDay! combines the styles of the 1930’s, 1940’s, or 1950’s with the machine washable benefits of current fashion trends. In the late 1980’s, owner Shona Van Beers participated as a competitive dancer in New Zealand. At that time, vintage clothing was impossible to find, so Van Beers and her mother created their own patterns and designed outfits suitable for jive and lindy hop dancing. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that she shared her talent with the world by opening the online store, www.heydayonline.co.uk. Some of her clientele include: Rockabilly singer Darrel Higham, burlesque performer Polly Rae, and vintage pin-up models Kitten Von Mew and Fleur de Guerre. Her mother, who was a professionally trained seamstress, taught Van Beers her craft. “That has helped me endlessly. I started with the patterns that I had designed for myself and made them more commercially viable.” Her first muse was a Barbie doll, in which she hand knitted dresses and hand sewn skirts. Van Beers’ Barbie was probably the best dressed gal in town. Movie icons Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and Ginger Rogers, as well as comedy legend Lucille Ball have all served as inspiration for her designs. One of the most memorable early pieces she and her mother sewed was a petticoat, which was made with net and hundreds of meters of binding. The 24
lounge was covered in netting as we gathered up each row.” Van Beers revealed, “My clothing line is ideal dancing gear, and my target audience is anyone who loves the styling of yesteryear.” She wears her own fashion line but “is not snobbish and will wear other retro lines as well as pure vintage.” Reproducing vintage clothing is a tireless challenge, “much more so than people can comprehend. People think it must be a walk in the park and so glamorous, but most days I am at home in my slippers pulling my hair out. Getting the right fabric and prints is hard. I am in awe about the attention to detail in creating an outfit” Ladies’ trousers are the most popular item: “Fleur de Guerre is a fan of my trousers.” The 1940’s style sailor pants are created using materials that range from wool to cotton to gabardine, which make them wearable year- round. Ginger Rogers wore sailor pants in many of her movies with Fred Astaire, including 1936’s Follow the Fleet. HeyDay’s satin dresses are flattering to wear for women of all shapes and sizes. Kitty Von Mew loves the “Mary” dress. Mew says, “This vintage style dress recreates the early 1940’s with its gathered shoulders and fitted waist. It has a great bust enhancing look, while not displaying any cleavage.” Wrap tops, petticoats, and pencil skirts are also available to complete a vintage gal’s wardrobe: “Our vintage style pencil
skirts have been made cuter with a bow above a box pleat in the back.” Marilyn Monroe popularized pencil skirts in her 1950’s movies Niagara and Bus Stop. The “Olivia” blouse was inspired by actress Olivia De Havilland: “The “leg of mutton” sleeves were a feature back then [in the late 1930’s], and one can see how it makes such a different shape at the shoulder puff.” For the men, 1940’s trousers called Anzacs and Gallipolis and 1950’s peg legged pants have also been offered for sale. According to Van Beers, “the 1940’s styles both sit on the waist like a normal pair but have wider legs than a modern style. The peggers also sit on the waist, but they don’t have a waist band making them appear higher.” Peg legged pants were often worn by rock and roll legends Eddie Cochran. In fact, the style is immortalized in Cochran’s 1955 song “Pink Peg Slacks.” Also for the male customer, two types of jackets are available: the gabardine jacket or the Hollywood jacket: “The gabardine jacket is more like a sports jacket in that it comes down to the waist. The Hollywood jacket is a bit longer with the bottom of the pockets being at about fingertip level. These envelope pockets are not just sewn straight onto the jacket (like patch pockets); they sit out a little with corners.” She added, “I have more gabardine jackets coming and a very stylish two tone shirt, high waist 1930’s trousers, more 1950’s trousers, and an open collar shirt. [In regard to accessories,] I make flowers for the hair, but as each is so unique I have not put them on the website yet.” A newsletter is periodically sent to customers as an announcement of new items. On one’s birthday, a gift voucher is presented in the amount of eight dol26
lars, which can be used toward any piece of clothing on the website. As for sizes, the website lists measurements in both inches and centimeters (in brackets): “Size wise UK sizes are approximately two sizes bigger, so a UK 12 is a USA 8. My trousers are true to size. The “Mary” dress fits more snuggly around the waist and hips, so unless you are slim for your size in that region, you may need to go up a size.” Van Beers commented, “I always have about six or eight new styles in the pipeline. I am a small enterprise, so there is a delay between getting more stock in. This is mostly due to cash flow. If I am sold out [of a particular item,] I will let the customer know what their options are. Some lines I can’t repeat as there was only a bolt or two of the fabric. This is a good thing in many ways as it allows more individuality.” Currently, her clothing line is strictly sold online, www.heydayonline.co.uk, and at events that are held in the United Kingdom, such as the Hemsby Rock and Roll Weekender, the Twinwood Music Festival, and the Hep Cats Holiday: “Sometimes I fantasize about having a shop, but that is another overhead, so for now I will stay on the net only.”
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“After finding Bernie Dexter, I thought, Wow! Do people really do this today?”
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DeLeone Q: Who or what was your inspiration to become a Pin Up Fetish model?
snapshots of myself up on the net and was later contacted by my modeling agency “Nocturnal Models/The Core” who told me to apply. Before I decided, I thought that I should try A: I never tried to fit into a certain category, I just do whatever out a shoot with a real photographer. I had so much fun and I like and what I think is fun doing. And don’t consider myself liked the results. After that, it has just been my life! to be a fetish model really. My biggest inspirations are Elizabeth Taylor, Bettie Page, Bernie Q: Do you prepare differently for a Pin-Up shoot then you Dexter. Yes, I have a think for ladies with dark hair haha. would for a Fetish shoot? How long does it take you to prepare? Q: Was becoming a model a conscious decision or was it something that A: Not really, except that long, opera length latex gloves happened by itself? and stockings do take some time to squeeze into. For me, it’s usually 30-45 minutes depending on the style I go for. I A: It kind of happened! I was looking up Bettie Page and soon always do my own styling since I prefer it that way and it’s found pinup models in the US. After finding Bernie Dexter I much faster than involving a MUA. Then, I also have full thought, “Wow, do people really do this today?” I thought control, which I like! it was something I really wanted to try out! I just had some Q: How do you work with the photographer? Is there some P H O TO GRAPH Y B Y Marcus Gunnarsson, Tommy Lundmark, & Emmelie Åslin
image or theme for the shoot? Is it something that is A: I really love Elizabeth Taylor, she is my biggest decided before you arrive or is it developed during inspiration! I take that as a compliment! However, I the course of the shoot? have never tried to look like her, I have never studied her makeup or hair styles and tried to give myself her A: If it’s a shoot for a designer, I usually decide the look. I style myself so I look my best, what suits my theme with the designer and photographer. Otherwise, face and body type. I am not interested in copying the photographer or myself have an idea that we want anyone’s style. If someone thinks I look like her, I’d to realize. just say “Thank you!”. We discuss the possibilities, setting and style of the shoot before we meet up. I like to have everything Q: Is modeling for everyone? What do you have to do planned as much as possible. The better vision you if you really want to be a model? have before you shoot, the better the result will be, I do spontaneous stuff from time to time, and it’s all fun A: No, I don’t think it’s for everyone. By saying that, but I also LOVE planning. I just cannot stop doing it! I do not mean that you have to look a certain way to become a model. It just takes up a lot of time, effort, Q: Betty Page said she would think about her and you need a strong will. It’s not like in mainstream boyfriend when she posed for the camera; Who or modeling where you get noticed on the street, you what do you think about? are put on a plane to Paris, and suddenly you are wearing Dior down a runway (not that it happens to all A: I do that a lot too! When at a shoot, I pretty much mainstream models but you get my point). You have block out what is happening around me and just to work hard, do a good job, be professional, and focus on the camera lens and the moment. With the don’t expect to get everything served on platter for photographers I shoot with frequently, we know each you. Also, you have to be ready and able to take the other so well that I hardly notice them there. I just opinions of the people around you. Not only your best hear any direction they might give me. To answer your friend,but family, co-workers who might notice, and question, yes! I imagine the camera to be a person. It other people like that. Everyday there are tons of new sounds so silly to say, but it’s true! faces in modeling and you can’t worry about any of the competition. My best tip is to focus on your own Q: Is there a difference between American and work and goals and not what people around you are European Pin-Up and up to. Practice makes perfect! Do it at home in front Fetish models? of a mirror and learn what works and what doesn’t. Work with good photographers that can help you A: I think there seems to be more fetish models in build a portfolio, In the US there are so many talented Europe, maybe because I know so many of them photographers that offer good packages for portfolio here! I also think many European fetish shots! models do a lot more FETISH stuff, then just posing in latex. Like, more heavy rubber, bondage and nude. Q: You are also a burlesque performer and you are When it comes to Pin-Up, I believe America is more part of a troupe, classic and has more of the pinup models that only Could you talk about how that is different from do pinup and not so many fetish inspired shots. The modeling? How do the two activities, modeling and scene there is also so much bigger! Europe is right burlesque performance support and supplement behind and the scene is growing every day! each other? Q: When I first looked at your photographs I thought of Elizabeth Taylor. Are you consciously trying to A: I think burlesque was a natural step for me after emulate her? being a model for a few years. Modeling has taught me how to move my body and to be confident 30
when I have all eyes on me. However, being on a stage is a COMPLETELY different thing than being on a shoot! I’m filled with adrenaline while on stage and have so much fun. Before you know it the show’s over. Also, being a model won’t make you a great performer. You have to entertain and be there for the audience and interact. Being a pretty burlesque star won’t automatically make you great in front of the camera either. I would say that it has helped me positively in both areas to have experience in both. I love performing with the little troupe I’m part of; “Diamond Garter Girls”, We always have a great time together and we really complement each other. Q: How is performing before a live audience different that posing for the camera and a photographer, or is it similar for you?
some poses can be similar but otherwise it’s two different things to me. Q: The impression I’m getting shows that you seem to live your art; Is that true? A: Well, I would say yes. It’s a big part of my life and there is always a show or a shoot in the making. I love being creative and involving myself in pretty much every aspect of setting and decor, styling, editing, music, routine, making costumes and things like that. As much as possible! I’m too short for mainstream modeling and also never had the wish to be one of them. To be rushed around to sets without a possibility to have anything to say about a production... That’s just not me!
A: When performing, I’m pretty much high on the adrenaline and the kick I get out of being on stage. You only have a few minutes to do your thing and all that practice before is put to the test! You can’t do something wrong and then try to do it over or accidentally give it away that you made a mistake. You only get one chance! Modeling is much less dramatic. I find it quite relaxing sometimes. Unless, of course, I’m in some weird, unnatural pose! Like I said earlier, I believe
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I got my first tattoo when I was 17 and I was instantly hooked. I think body art is a beautiful form of expression. Being a hair and makeup artist, I am lucky to be able to show it off all of the time rather than hiding it from a corporate boss. My sleeve has a lot of different meanings. The upper arm is a portrait of my mother with her favorite flowers and plants, English ivy and daisies. I got the design idea from the â€œGreen Manâ€?. My mama is my best friend. The lower piece has an owl, two trees, a woman turning into the wind, and a full moon. The owl represents my grandmother who raised me. Therefore, she is in the tree above the girl looking over her with wisdom and always there to protect me. The girl transforming into the wind represents my freedom to go anywhere and do anything. Like the wind, I never stay in one place very long. The two trees represent life and strength. The strength it took for me to always be true to myself and not let the world put me in a cage, and the strength of my family that has gotten us through. I had the lower piece done at Electric Dragonland in Minnesota and the top done at 1603 in Tampa.
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Sonja Lux Sonja Lux: I have always loved tattoos and was hooked from the time I got my first one. I think tattoos should have meaning behind them and all of mine represent something in my life that is significant. The following hold the most importance to me. On my back I have two birds going into a heart with “Angela” written underneath it. I got that tattoo for my fiancé’s mom who died of cancer. I always considered her a close friend and someone who was like another mother to me, I got it as a way to always remember her. Another tattoo I got to honor someone special is on my right arm. It is a lily with “my heart” written above it and my Grampy’s last name below it.
My Mom’s side of my family is French, therefore the writing is in French to not only remember my Grampy, but also as a way to show respect for my heritage. Both tattoos were done by Brandie Poppz at Sinner’s & Saints Tattoo. On my left arm, I have a sleeve in progress. It is based on the quote, “Do you suppose she’s a Wildflower?”. My mom always said that quote reminded her of me because wildflowers are beautiful and “wild” in the sense that they aren’t conventional. I am the only person in my family with tattoos, so I am the Wildflower of the family. My sleeve was done by Jerry Issel at Stinky Monkey Tattoo.
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Bettie Page It was 4 am when she walked into the diner and The father was sent to prison, leaving Betty’s mother every beat druggie stopped and stared at the alabaster to single handily care for the large family. But even complexion, coal black hair and chiseled bangs. All she ate was oat meal but even the spoon going in and out of her mouth was hypnotizing. This moment as related by Buck Henry, the American satirists who in the early fifties was a young writer trying to make his way in New York City. It wasn’t the first time he had seen the “Dark Angel”, Betty Page it was the third, and by that time the icon had taken on a life of its own, a fantasy image that transcends reality and overwhelmingly affects both men and woman. Betty Page grew up in Nashville, one of the eldest in a sprawling family of six. Her early years, forever altered, by her father’s unrestricted passions, as Betty herself explains in a 1996 Playboy interview; “ My father was a sex fiend. That’s all he thought about from the time he got up until he went to bed. He started molesting me when I was 13, but I was already menstruating and he was afraid I might get pregnant, so he just rubbed himself on the outside of me, not in the vagina. I think my sister Goldie was never right in her head because she was out on the farm with him for one year by herself, with my brother Jimmie. After what my father did to her she kept to herself, but she walked with her head down and even had some mental problems later.”
working two jobs was not enough. Betty, her sister and brother were sent to an orphanage for two years to make ends meet. It was here that Betty discovered the passion that would create, “Miss Pin-Up Girl of the World.” This is how Betty tells it; “We used to play what we called “Program”. A bunch of us would sit in little chairs in a circle, and one person would get in the middle and a different girl would say, “I want you to dance the “hula” or “I want you to sing.” I’ve been a movie hound since I was 10 years old. I used to cut out pictures of movie stars from the front page of the Sunday newspaper in Nashville, and the girls would ask me to mimic the poses of the big stars. That’s how I started learning to pose, mimicking pictures of movie stars.” Betty went to Hume-Fogg High Academic School, was on the debating team, graduated salutatorian, was voted by the student body “Most likely to Succeed” and received a scholarship to the Peabody College for Teachers. The scholarship was only for one year, so she typed up manuscripts for a local writer to pay for the remaining years of her education. Betty graduated from college and worked one year as a teacher. But Betty was not satisfied. “Women should have equal
employment rights. A woman who does the same job as a man should get the same money,” Betty stated. She soon found out that a movie star or a model, were paid much better than the female wage earner of the fifties; Betty states: “I would pose for two hours and make more than working all week as a secretary.” Betty did a screen test for Fox in the late forties. They made her up like Joan Crawford, which was not her look, so it didn’t go well. She moved from LA to New York. A casual meeting with an amateur photographer in Coney Island led to an invite to pose for a camera club. “Membership Only”
how big her boobies were, had to tape them together. He wanted that big line down the middle. For the “Beaux Arts Ball” he dreamed up a telephone outfit for me. I wore my black fishnet stockings and two little telephone dials over my boobies. And I had a suggestion box in the most strategic area, a little black box with a hole in it.” Betty made headlines; she went from the toast of the camera clubs to Pin-Up girl and added a new darker side to her image, bondage. Betty continued: “Irving and his sister Paula sold movie-star pictures, but their pin-ups, and then the bondage pictures, sold more. Paula did some photographing, but mostly she
camera clubs were popular in the fifties because they were the only legal method for taking nude pictures. Although some camera clubs were fronts for the production of pornography, many were just amateurs having good time in an era when anything openly sexual was taboo. Betty quickly became a favorite. She mentioned “Being in the nude isn’t a disgrace unless you’re being promiscuous about it”, but she had her limits, “My nude poses were mild. I frowned on any sort of pornography. I never did open poses, except...well, there was one night. I went to a party; there were five camera clubs there and several models. They kept giving me drinks. I remember posing for them, doing some nude shots for the camera clubs. After that I must have been drunk, they must have talked me into doing some open poses.” These open photos would later come back to haunt Betty but at that time she was literally the queen of the gala “Beaux Arts Ball” at the Waldorf Astoria (New York City) in 1951, from her Playboy interview this is what Betty remembers of the event; She describes: “Robert Harrison published girlie books, Wink and Flirt and Beauty Parade. That man had a fetish about cleavage. Every model, no matter
set up the scenes. She tied us up. We would shoot for about four hours, always on Saturdays, down in the Village near 14th Street. An hour or an hour and a half of that would be bondage.” From 1950 to 1957 Betty Page was the Queen of Curves. The “Dark Angel”, the January 1955 Playboy centerfold, an underground icon and taboobreaker who helped usher in the sexual revolution of the Sixties, but then, it all came tumbling down. America was changing too fast for the powers that be, Hollywood, Communist and Socialist had to be put down and excised for the national good. Comic books with heroes and villains that were shades of grey instead of black and white had to be stopped before all youth were corrupted. In Florida, a young man in bondage garb, similar to the costumes used by the Klaw Studio that employed Betty had been found dead. Congress was outraged, a special committee was formed to investigate and stamp out this malicious form of erotic display that was wantonly killing youth. Irving Klaw and his sister were put out of business. Betty did not have to appear personally in court, but she did have to testify and of course the overly erotic camera club photos did their damage. She left the world of
photography and disappeared for forty years. What she did in those years, the difficulties, the hardship, the suffering, the insanity is not important, but what is important is the fascination, wonder, curiosity and erotic musing that her images taken in those few short years would go on to create. The Betty Page icon first resurfaced transformed by Dave Steven’s artistic muse into the “Rocketeers” girlfriend in the comic book by the same name. Appropriately, in the movie version, Jennifer Connely played the girlfriend, an ideal 1980s Hollywood re-imagining of the Betty Page look. This was quickly followed by a series of Betty Page comic
no longer forgotten. What was the magic of these photographs that they could resurrect an era, an idea an emotion? Why had Betty Page come back? What had she done in front of the camera that had captivated both men and woman all over the world long after her time? Perhaps it was the photographer? No, that’s not it; because all images of Betty Page, no matter who the photographer, have that inscrutable something that holds the eye. The answer to the riddle is best found with Betty when asked if she liked posing nude or was she just pretending, she answered: “I tried to imagine the camera was my boyfriend and I was
books, the Betty Page websites, the publishing re- entertaining him, with poses to please him.” issue of many of her photographs, two biographical This was a secret worth remembering. Belief feature films, a series of Playboy interviews, Bettie starts with the performer and will be captured by Page playing cards, Bettie Page lunch boxes, Bettie the camera if the performer, truly believes. Page beach towels, Bettie Page action figures and suddenly forty years after the fact; Betty Page was
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“Selling the Dream” Written by Colin Knuckles
Growing up around 60’s style cars in Downey, California since a young boy, Brian Boley always dreamed of owning a 1930 Ford Model “A” Coupe. His dad started a car club in the early sixties called the “Midnighters” showcasing mostly Cadillacs which for a while, kept his interest; but Brian’s vision was different. The five window frame and the custom chopped body alongside the six inch channeling attracted Brian to this car as soon as he saw it. With a very close friend who built and sold his own Model “A”, Brian’s interest was turned onto thirties style cars. Almost immediately, Brian began shopping ads on Craigslist. After several months, and many ads later, Brian found just the car. This Black and Red schemed 5-window Model “A” Coupe was just the dream car that Brian had been looking for. Six years ago, a man from Sacramento customized this car and Brian bought it, just as it is. The previous owner ironi(continued on page 54)
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cally sold the Model “A” Coupe so that he could get his own “Dream Car” allowing Brian to purchase the Ford. During the time of purchase, Brian was working for Smitty’s Hot Rod Shop. The owner (Smitty) heard of Brian’s new buy and wanted to help. Smitty went ahead and handmade a set of 12-inch glasspacked exhaust pipes. The smallest recorded before these were measured at 22-inches. Brian’s 1930 Ford Model “A” Coupe has been in many car shows and it has placed “Best of Show” numerous times at the recently re-opened (October 2009) “Bob’s Big Boy” also in Downey, California. The Model “A” Coupe is also a regular participant in the Wednesday “Cruise Nights” also held at “Bob’s Big Boy”. In talking with Brian, he’s very adamant about eventually meeting the original builder of his car. He wants to shake the man’s hand and just talk about the amount of blood, sweat and tears put into the building and customization of the vehicle that fulfilled his childhood dream. Brian recently sold his car to a “Hot Rodder” in Scotland. Brian tells me he will continue to search for another Model “A” Coupe to keep the dream alive.
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