Unravel on occasion.
I recently agreed to do a photo shoot for my hair stylist MaiLing, her salon is called Cocoon Hair Studio. I am totally into the two-toned color she gave me, its super fun and versatile.
Below is a self -portrait, we’re still waiting on the final results from the photographer.
Cocoon is a relaxing and intimate experience, it’s a single studio space, located in Bankers Hill or Park West and is walking distance to Balboa Park.
This is a great neighborhood, with all kinds of places to eat, drink, shop and walk. It’s also a stones throw from downtown and Hillcrest.
Balboa Park is home to various museums and gardens such as The San Diego Zoo, MOPA, Museum of Man, and the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center which has an IMAX theatre. Some other favorite places in Bankers Hill are Tin Can Ale House, Cafe Bassam, Evolution Fast Food and the Spruce Street Bridge.
I was recently hit up by Nylon Magazine, to be featured in this month’s issue for street style. Although North Park isn’t the neighborhood I live in now, I did reside here in my early 20′s. The first place I ever moved into was a 3 bedroom house shared by 5 people off Arizona St. and University. Back when Scolari’s Office still belonged to Scolari, some off my favorite shows happened in this tiny dive bar- like the short lived art-punk band Bussiness Lady, Health (before they blew up) and Sleeping People to name a few.
Now, this neighborhood is alot different. Many changes have happened and it’s grown quite a bit. North Park is now a neighborhood where I work at an independently owned shop called Hunt & Gather (H&G), which is owned by my friends Lee Reynolds and Zoe Crenshaw. I have mentioned them on this blog a few times previously. I love my job and I have them to thank, it’s a place where I have total creative freedom and can use my sewing and tailoring skills. Everything happened pretty quickly for the Nylon street style spread, it was within the span of a week from the time that I found out I had been selected to the time of the shoot. I asked Zoe if she would help to style me, so we decided on a 1970′s printed dress and made some alterations on it, so that it would be fitted instead of flared. Aside from the dress I chose to wear one of my favorite bags, it’s a grey and white Alpaca fur bag, very mod, super simple and totally awesome. I found this little gem of a bag when I was living in San Francisco and working at Wasteland on Haight Street. Other than that some of my favorite jewelry and a tidy up on my hair cut by Mai Ling at Cocoon Hair Studio.
Merrill Nisker, better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian musician and performance artist. She recently played a Dj set at Black Box in Tijuana and it was fucking amazing! She takes performance to the next level: flamboyant performance art, eccentric costuming, pyrotechnics, burlesque, there were even a couple Lucha Libre dudes who came on stage about half way through her set – totally surreal and gender bending. I really appreciate her effort to question gender roles and the ideas of feminine vs. masculine. Thank you for being brash and keeping it fucking real!
I was asked the day before the show if I’d be available to drive Peaches from Tijuana to the San Diego airport and of course I said yes! I haven’t ever been so excited to wait in the line to cross the border. After the show I picked Peaches up in my 94′ Toyota Corolla and we headed towards la linea. My boyfriend and I had a nice chat with her and got her to the airport in time for her early morning flight. Peaches is super humble, down to earth, and is an amazing human = total inspiration. Photos below courtesy of Cari Veach.
“The film largely takes place on intricately connected sets. It begins with a philosophical lecture that is rudely interrupted by Peaches, who is spurred on by the advice of a sixty-five-year-old stripper to transform into a musician with magical sexual powers. As the story takes the shape of an operetta, Peaches’ popularity grows and she seeks to gratify her fans’ desires by becoming transsexual. She falls in love with a beautiful she-male, but when her heart is broken she must dig deep to find out what she desires and who she truly is. All of this is set to an electro-rock score performed by an ever-growing band, and accompanied by a host of fantastical dancers. The ‘fourth wall’ is only broken at the finale, as Peaches tricycles away, up the street, with a new-found freedom.” -TIFF
Recently while in Berlin she co-wrote a song and shot a guerrilla style video with Simmone Jones, artists and activists called “Free Pussy Riot“. The song is in support of the jailed members of the Russian, feminist, punk-rock band Pussy Riot.
“Russia’s Pussy Riot is an all-female collective, sometimes numbering as many as 10, who wear brightly coloured dresses, tights and balaclavas. On February 21st, some members of the collective performed a song at the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church asking ‘Theotokos’ (the Virgin Mary) to ‘chase Putin away,’ to protest his third presidency bid in March.”
“After less than a minute, guards escorted them outside. The short-lived protest was shot and posted on YouTube. It appears to show five participants.”
“On March 3rd, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, both mothers of young children, were arrested and charged with premeditated hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility. On March 16th, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, was also arrested and charged. They have been incarcerated ever since.” -Rolling Stone
On October 10th Yekaterina Samutsevich was freed on appeal but a Moscow court upheld prison sentences for Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Read more.
Peaches will be playing San Diego Tuesday October 23 at The Belly-Up Tavern in Solano Beach!!!
Here’s the entire photo set from Tijuana’s performance! All photos courtesy of Cari Veach.
“Having just released their brand new E.P., Batwings will be infiltrating Whistle Stop!! This band is very intense (especially for the Whistle Stop), so hopefully some of the unsuspecting neighborhood regulars can handle it, haha! This event will function as their San Diego release show of sorts, with copies of La Maldición available. Read more here…
In addition to Batwings cutting loose, there will be plenty of time to get your body moving to the DJ booth stylings of Ego War, Jon Doss, and Mnstrpsy. These pros have provided the soundtrack to many debaucherous nights!”- Bobby Bray SD Reader
Concept to completion: original paper collage, digital edit and final poster. View more of my paper collage collection here.
Lucille Ball is an iconic american woman. Lately I have been delving into her first television series, I Love Lucy. I remember watching these episodes as a child, now obviously time has passed and my perspective has changed. As an adult I have a new-found respect for her comedic edge, fashion choices, and content. Below I posted my favorite episode, which is insanely surreal! Totally amazing. Found this on youtube so that I would be able to share. Surprisingly enough, CBS actually has the show up online for free if you’re a little too broke to splurge and by the dvd’s. Below the first video is an episode of The Three Stooges where she appeared, it’s entitled “Three Little Pigskins” and was made in 1934, before she had her famous red locks.
By 1962 Lucielle Ball was the first woman to head a major studio, Desilu Productions. She later sold it in 1967 to Charles Bluhdorn of Gulf+Western. The company was first called Paramount Pictures but was later renamed Paramount Television which is now CBS Television Studios.
Here’s a clip from her later series, The Lucy Show-
Trish Keenan, singer of English electronic band Broadcast, died January 14th of pneumonia which was brought on from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. She contracted the virus recently while on tour in Australia.
Broadcast pulled me in with their 2003 release, Haha Sound . Keenan’s soft voice would roll around in my head for days like an endless echo. Now reminiscent, the tracks from this album bring me of a different time not so long ago when I felt more pressure and confusion from life. I always found comfort in the upbeat, spacey sounds of Broadcast. Thank you Trish for your sharing your thoughts, emotions, and spirit. RIP
Below are Keenan’s thoughts on her own art:
“BROADCAST VISION – memory music The Broadcast vision is the meeting of human emotion in the electronic world. The optimistic belief in the compatibility of man and machine. A nature and nurture approach to music. The potential of folk, nursery rhyme and electronica to provoke memory and imagination. The past set in the future. A retrospective lyric set in an electronic description of an organic world.
THE LYRICS I repeat myself. I believe that through this unconscious repetition, I have been leaking messages to myself for years. Two words have come up again and again for me. These two words feature in a number of my songs and I have not realized it until now. The words are let go. I have been telling myself to let go for years. So much so I am claiming ownership of them. They are my words. I refuse to let go of them. They are going to be my reminders to let go. Perhaps my epitaph.
The lyrics of Tender Buttons were generated through automatic writing. They are my free falling thoughts. I believe that words have their own life. That if you throw words together randomly, they naturally make sense. Language just wants to be understood. “http://betterpropaganda.com/artist_page.aspx?id=1163
freshly squeezed orange juice and the sound of the ocean are at my bedside, the air is quick and brisk but not cold, the winter storm has finally passed.