Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I Like Your Face: Lee Pace Edition

A long time ago, there was a perfect television show. That show was called "Pushing Daisies". It had an origianal plot, a talented cast, brilliant design, genius writing and a satifying structure that kept fans guessing without overly manipulating their expectations. It was perfect. After two seasons, this show was cancelled, never to be revitalized again. But the one thing that was a blessing from this wonderful show was a man, a man named Lee Pace. Since the show he has been involved in creatively distinct and challenging work (not including a couple that he did hopefully just to pay his bills Twilight).
Lets take a look at the body... of work, produced by such a talented and freakishly handsome man.

Check him in the Hobbit 2 as Thranduil the sexy, pretty faced elf king of your dreams

I own none of these pictures, all to the rights holders.

Friday, June 7, 2013

GRAND OPENING! Today my store opens!

My new store LadyBaby opens today! 
Use discount code LETSGOCRAZY for 15% off! 
Vintage, Accessories, Men's Fashion, Women's fashion, Upcycle!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Film Review: Daisies (Sedmikrásky)

1966 film Daises (Polish title: Sedmikrásky) had come to my town for only 4 days so I had to go out and see it! I had been exposed to it like how I'm exposed to most things these days, through tumblr and knew that it was a feminist, avant garde, experimental film with pretty interesting imagery.
I should have stolen this poster
The film opens with old war footage intercut with the grinding of the gears of a machine. The war footage is bombings from above and set up the feeling of reality versus the fantastical setting of the rest of the film. Made in 1966 by Věra Chytilová, one of the members of the  Czechoslovak New Wave and the first female director in her country. Made during the communist rule of   Czechoslovak and made with government money, this film was immediately banned for its supposed anarchist and feminist message. 

The two main characters both named Marie (Maria?) arrive on the screen like puppets and declare "The world is spoiled! We will be just as spoiled!" and announce that they will only engage in naughty acts. Okay I'm totally on board. They date older men for dinner and then ditch them on a train that leaves town, they get wasted every chance they get, they eat apples and pickles in their bedroom, wear coordinating outfits, hang out in bathrooms, put on tons of black eyeliner and disrupt nearly every environment they are in. They are like nymphs, at one innocently frolicking through a green pasture then rolling around the bed in their nighties.

The film uses color development and collages to an abstract point. Some scenes are red, blue, yellow or all three in a 3-d glasses effect, others are entirely in black and white. There are many scenes with flowers cut together with voice overs of words like "Die! Die! Die!" 

If there is a point to be made from this film it is the question that if a world is so screwed up by men, their lust for women, their desire for war, shouldn't women in turn just destroy everything and behave badly in a world that treats us so badly? I say yes. Well sort of. 

The film is whimsical and cute at times, the girls are harmless never hurting anything more than feelings. But when they are laying down in a bedroom covered in men's phone numbers, listening to a man beg for one of the girls love with empty promises over the phone ("I can only think of you"...blahblahblah "I think I'm in love with you" blahblahblah) the girls giggle while eating sausages, bananas and pickles with long shears, snipping at the length like a rough circumcision. 

They are messages all around, men are useless, they lie and use for their own amusement but when you play with them they accuse you of being cold and heartless. Or perhaps its an allegory on war, the endless consuming and destruction and toying with people's lives as if it were all a game, shows how small acts complete a total picture of cruelty. I don't know! 

If you are going to watch this film, absorb the beautiful surrealist imagery and the nonsensical acts of the two girls and have an open mind. There is no plot, no character arc, the girls reform their ways at the end and swear to be good (only because they are bored) and are crushed by a chandelier. I'm not ruining anything for you because, well, it doesn't matter anyway you still have no fucking clue whats going on. They lay on the table in the closing scene wrapped up in newspaper like pieces of chopped meat waiting to be devoured by the society that they have given themselves over to.

 Enjoy the adorable sense of nihilism and the rampant misandry and anti-establishment attitude! It's really a punk movie after all, for all the girls on the pastel punk movement, they will appreciate the message of the girls and rally for the message of living your life as you want, because everything is fucked anyway.
I felt invigorated afterwards. I felt light and carefree. Who cares what other people think of me? Who cares what people want and expect of me? It is my life and I exist on my own. 

Who cares that people shout things at me? And try to touch me against my will and think that I am not capable of doing the things I want to in life? This is my life! I will do what I want! Who cares? The world is spoiled and so am I! 

If you want to see the movie, check your local art house for a screening near you. If you don't have a screening, watch the whole thing on Vimeo! Yaow! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Webstore Grand Opening!

My resale/clothing boutique LADYBABY is opening this week! And because I love you so much use the code LetsGoCrazy for a 15% discount! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Art: Jaime Warren

What makes art? Is it skill? Being able to replicate something like a landscape or a person's face so expertly that you believe it to be real? Is it making something so thought provoking that it challenges our beliefs on religion, sexuality, government and our own realities? Or is it anything that makes us stop, look, and pay attention. Reading an article in the June/July 2013 in Bust magazine I found the artist Jaime Warren. Her weird, grotesque and hilarious pop culture references are as ireverent as they are spot on. Using the meme "Totally Looks Like" she combines photos of herself dressed as celebrities and what they... totally look like, also herself. In her "Celebrities as Food & Food'lebrities" series she poses as different celebrities as, you got it, the food they look like. It can't be described your just gonna have to look at it. Maybe you get it, maybe you don't, maybe its art or maybe it's just internet culture gone array but its worth a look, and a maybe a 2nd and 3rd. 

Self-portrait as Tanning booth Mom/Self-portrait as Necronomicon in Tanning Booth Mom Totally Looks like Necronomicon by MDFification

 Self-Portrait as New York/Self-portrait as Janice in New York Totally Looks Like Janice by BuckyKatt

 Self-portrait as Yes, this is Dog/Self-Portrait as Shelley Duvall in Yes, this is Dog Totally Looks Like Shelly Duvall by awsmith2006

Self-portrait as Female Gremlin/Self-portrait as rapper Lil’ Kim in Female Gremlin Totally Looks Like Lil Kim by iworejungleboots

Self-portrait as Lasagna Del Rey by thestrutny

 Self-portrait as Pretzel Rod Stewart by breadpeople

 Self-portrait as Eggs over Easy E by food’lebrities

 Self-portrait as Madonut by breadpeople

 Self-portrait as Stevie Dinner Wonder by food’lebrities

Self-portrait as JonBeignet Ramsey by skitterypigeon and breadpeople

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Animation: Steven Universe

With a name like Steven Universe you wouldn't think this show has made a huge mark for women in television but it has. This show is the first animated television show with a female showrunner. Rebecca Sugar, former storyboard artist, writer and composer for Adventure Time has now created her own show about a group of female galactic warriors and their youngest, male member Stevie. 
This show looks like a take on the magical girl trope, with mixes of a 80's "space opera". Each girl has her own magical gemstone that gives her a super powered weapon, they travel through the use of a crystal portal and Stevie (who also has his own unpowered gemstone in his bellybutton) waits for them to return, trying to help anyway he can. 
Anyway, take a look at the pilot and let me know what you think!

With Spanish subtitles!

My friend has depression...

Over the course of 10 years since my diagnosis of bipolar disorder and manic depression, I have had many friends come in and out of my life. Many of them were exposed to my depression and the symptoms that it has. Some of theme helped me and supported me, some of them withdrew from me, but most of all of them wanted to help me in some way. It can be hard to know how to help a friend during these times, they can seem irrational, hopeless and stubborn, you may run out of things to say and feel awkward. But just being there for your friend is actually a huge help. So whether you have a friend, a relative, or a significant other here are ways you can help them.

 Depression is a serious condition. Don’t underestimate the seriousness of depression. Depression drains a person’s energy, optimism, and motivation. Your depressed loved one can’t just “snap out of it” by sheer force of will.
· The symptoms of depression aren’t personal. Depression makes it difficult for a person to connect on a deep emotional level with anyone, even the people he or she loves most. In addition, depressed people often say hurtful things and lash out in anger. Remember that this is the depression talking, not your loved one, so try not to take it personally.
· Hiding the problem won’t make it go away. Don’t be an enabler. It doesn’t help anyone involved if you are making excuses, covering up the problem, or lying for a friend or family member who is depressed. In fact, this may keep the depressed person from seeking treatment.
· You can’t “fix” someone else’s depression. Don’t try to rescue your loved one from depression. It’s not up to you to fix the problem, nor can you. You’re not to blame for your loved one’s depression or responsible for his or her happiness (or lack thereof). Ultimately, recovery is in the hands of the depressed person.
Signs that your friend or family member may be depressed
· He or she doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore.
· He or she is uncharacteristically sad, irritable, short-tempered, critical, or moody.
· He or she has lost interest in work, sex, hobbies, and other pleasurable activities.
· He or she talks about feeling “helpless” or “hopeless.”
· He or she expresses a bleak or negative outlook on life.
· He or she frequently complains of aches and pains such as headaches, stomach problems, and back pain.
· He or she complains of feeling tired and drained all the time.
· He or she has withdrawn from friends, family, and other social activities.
· He or she is either sleeping less than usual or oversleeping.
· He or she is eating either more or less than usual, and has recently gained or lost weight.
· He or she has become indecisive, forgetful, disorganized, and “out of it.”
· He or she is drinking more or abusing drugs, including prescription sleeping pills and painkillers.
How to talk to a loved one about depression
Sometimes it is hard to know what to say when speaking to a loved one about depression. You might fear that if you bring up your worries he or she will get angry, feel insulted, or ignore your concerns. You may be unsure what questions to ask or how to be supportive.
If you don’t know where to start, the following suggestions may help. But remember that being a compassionate listener is much more important than giving advice. Encourage the depressed person to talk about his or her feelings, and be willing to listen without judgment. And don’t expect a single conversation to be the end of it. Depressed people tend to withdraw from others and isolate themselves. You may need to express your concern and willingness to listen over and over again. Be gentle, yet persistent.
Ways to start the conversation:
· I have been feeling concerned about you lately.
· Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing.
· I wanted to check in with you because you have seemed pretty down lately.
Questions you can ask:
· When did you begin feeling like this?
· Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?
· How can I best support you right now?
· Do you ever feel so bad that you don’t want to be anymore?
· Have you thought about getting help?
Remember, being supportive involves offering encouragement and hope. Very often, this is a matter of talking to the person in language that he or she will understand and respond to while in a depressed mind frame.
What you can say that helps:
· You are not alone in this. I’m here for you.
· You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change.
· I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.
· When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold of for just one more day, hour, minute — whatever you can manage.
· You are important to me. Your life is important to me.
· Tell me what I can do now to help you.
Avoid saying:
· It’s all in your head.
· We all go through times like this.
· Look on the bright side.
· You have so much to live for why do you want to die?
· I can’t do anything about your situation.
· Just snap out of it.
· What’s wrong with you?
· Shouldn’t you be better by now.