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the PinUp : Lady Marlene

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Lady Marlene hails from Sacramento, and in three short years she has graced the pages and covers of countless magazines and has modeled for a range of designers and brands from Artifice Clothing to Corset Connection; billing herself as a gothic pinup. She believes in modeling as an art form and takes much creative control over her work through hair styling, makeup artistry, posing, and direction.

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photographer : Le Mew Photography
makeup artist : Lady Marlene
hair stylist : Lady Marlene
model : Lady Marlene

view the full feature in the December/January 2013/2014 Issue






travels : The National Museum of Mexican Art – Day of the Dead 2013

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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I have yet to meet a holiday with half the visual appeal of Día de los Muertos. Even Halloween must bow down in comparison, and Christmas is an all-out joke. Sugar skulls, marigolds, candle-lit shrines: it is a tour de force of aesthetic perfection.

In celebration of this auspicious and eye-pleasing occasion, every autumn the National Museum of Mexican Art (located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood) creates a unique Day of the Dead exhibition. 2013 brings us 100 Años de Posada y su Catrina, honoring the 100th anniversary of the death of José Guadalupe Posada. Posada was a prolific printmaker and illustrator, perhaps best known for creating the “Fancy Lady” and “Dandy” skeleton characters still widely used today. The exhibition features stunning Posada woodblock prints alongside installations, altars, and contemporary artwork by more than 60 Mexican and Mexican-American artists. Amazing? Amazing! This is the art you will wish you had made.

The success of this exhibition is its scale. There is a wide variety of work through three main gallery spaces, much of it larger than you. This is your chance to see a human-sized skeleton couple woven entirely out of wicker! (Sure, you didn’t know you wanted to, but how will you resist it now?) Here the colors, the range of media, the different interpretations of death blend to create a show with cohesive wholeness. Altogether 100 Años de Posada y su Catrina is greater than the sum of its parts. My favorite piece was “Sun Raid Raisins”, a satirical serigraph by Ester Hernandez (playing off Sun Maid Raisins), but I think there is something for everyone. Well, maybe not everyone; let’s say everyone who is actually interesting.

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I do not mean to imply that fall is the only time the National Museum of Mexican Art is worth visiting. 100 Años de Posada y su Catrina runs through December 15th time of year, I urge you to stop by. And I have yet to reveal an essential piece of information: the museum is free. All exhibits, every day, to everyone. This is an important attribute and should not be taken for granted. The museum’s permanent collection is displayed chronologically, highlighting and exploring Mexican art on a timeline of Mexican history. This includes artists working on both sides of the border, up to the present day. There is also a gallery devoted to displaying work by local artists, available for sale at reasonable prices. Here is a side of Chicago you will never see at the Art Institute.

But all you really want to know about is the gift shop, right? I’m no dummy; that’s everyone’s favorite part of any art museum! It is not lightly that I proclaim this one my all-time favorite. All I ever really want to buy is sugar skulls in various sizes, tin Christmas ornaments depicting the devil, and Frida Kahlo earrings, right? Ta-da! It’s like they stocked the store with me in mind. Why, you could finish all of your Christmas shopping in one trip, my fellow morbid weirdos. Be sure to send me a postcard. At this point, if I haven’t sold you on a visit to The National Museum of Mexican Art, I never will. Maybe that’s my failing, but it will be your loss.

The National Museum of Mexican Art is located at 1852 W. 19th Street in Chicago, IL. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.

- Liz Walker






the PinUp : Lauren Amante

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Meet Lauren Amante, an animal lover and vegan who got her start in modeling at age thirteen. With features in many magazines, she is particularly proud to have been featured on photoshop.com and as the subject of photographs displayed at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. While she keeps busy doing everything from print work to runway and live demos as far abroad as Japan, she looks forward to being busier with a music project in the works and by trying her hand at acting.

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photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Roshar
hair stylist : Lisa Yamasaki
model : Lauren Amante
location : Wakayama, Japan

view the full feature in the October/November 2013 Issue






halloween find : Jones Soda Halloween Cans

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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Jason Draper and Mike Literman, the bloggers behind the Thirsty Dudes review four Halloween treats from the soda company with a cult following, Jones Soda’s 2013 Limited Edition Halloween Cans.

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Roberta Smith was new to town. She always dressed in black and her schoolmates used to call her “Wednesday Addams” because she wore black, collared dress almost every day. Her hair also looked like she had always freshly put something into a light socket. She always had her headphones on listening to the blackest of metal. When people would ask her what she was listening to, she would say that she was listening to “blood metal” which is not a real genre, but something to get the point across that it was very dark and often morbid. She had patches on her backpack for bands like Danzig, Type-O Negative, Necrophagist, and Cannibal Corpse and many more.

She came to school one day and sat alone to eat lunch. She had a turkey sandwich, apple, Star Crunch, and a small can of pop. One of the bullies in the school came over and took the can from Wednesday. She demanded that he give it back to her. He refused and asked her what it was. She told him it was blood orange. He squealed like pig and practically threw the can back at her thinking it was made with real blood. Fed up with the abuse that she had taken, she chased the kid through the lunch room and tackled him. She opened up the can of pop and started to pour some into his mouth. A teacher came in and broke up the scuffle and the students went on their way. The bully got up as Wednesday went back to the table with an arm full of sticky pop. He said, “this isn’t blood! It just tastes like orange pop and grapefruit pop mixed together! It’s actually pretty good. Thanks, Wednesday!” She smiled for the first time in front of her classmates.

After class, some students came up to her and told her that it was cool that she stood up to the bully and asked if she wanted to come over to their houses and play with dolls. She said, “sure! Do you want to come over to my house, listen to Slayer and pull the wings off butterflies.” When the kids backed up in disgust, she would tell them, “just kidding. We aren’t going to be mean to butterflies but we are still listening to Slayer.” 4/5 – Mike Literman

Red Licorice

Dear Trick or Treaters of the world,

When you are traversing the back streets of your town, begging for sugary confections I have one request for you. Actually it’s not a request; it’s a demand. You can keep all of your chocolates and suckers, your Wonkas and your Hersheys. I must request that you save all of your licorice and send it to me directly at the Thirsty Dudes offices (aka my apartment). I have no need of Sweet Tarts or Tootsie Rolls, I only need the sweet, sweet goodness of licorice. Let me be more specific, red licorice. You can keep any and all black licorice trash for yourself. Bring me your Twizzlers, your Red Vines, and your Australian soft eating varieties. Red licorice is the ultimate candy, and when it comes to ingesting it, I have no willpower. I will inhale an entire package before I know what happened.

The folks at Jones certainly had me in mind when they made this soda pop, as it legitimately tastes like licorice. Sure the flavor isn’t as overpoweringly strong as I wish it was, but it is more than just a hint. The flavor is more along the lines of Red Vines than anything else, and while it’s not my absolute favorite, I can’t really complain.

It’s lucky for me that these are available for a limited time only, as I don’t need this temptation on a yearly basis. Also, anything more than 8 oz of this would probably be too much. This candy liquefied and stored in a can with wonderful bubbles soaring through it is as close to a dream come true as any man could ask.

So on November first while your sorting through your night’s haul, dump all of your licorice into a box and mail it to Thirsty Dudes International Headquarters. The postmaster will make sure it gets to where it needs to be. 4/5 – Jason Draper

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Caramel Apple

Earl loved celebrating. Too much. He was the guy at work that would somehow always find a reason for cake whether it be Sheryl in accounting, Sharon in accounts receivable, or Shannon in customer service. Cakes, assorted pies, and trays of cookies always seemed to be in tow when it came to Earl. On Halloween he came in and was very sad. Most of the people in the office were wearing at least some sort of hackneyed cat ears or devil horns. Sheila Larson from the front desk asked what was wrong and he told his sad story.

He was on his way to his car dressed to the nines in a zombie outfit. Full makeup, ripped shirt and shorts, colors contacts, and a well rehearsed limp. He was ten feet from the car and a car drove by and completely splashed him. It totally ruined his get-up. His makeup was running, he was cold and wet, and genuinely was not in the mood to have any sort of party.

Lunchtime had come and everyone made their way to the company picnic where the office had decided to have a little Halloween party. Earl walked in and sat down and started to eat his sandwich. Just then, a handful of the women from the office brought him a cupcake with a Jack-o-lantern on it and a tiny can of pop. He looked up and smiled and said thanks. He ate the cupcake and was in a better mood but it wasn’t until he drank that pop that he was back to his normal self. The pop they gave him was a Halloween exclusive flavored like a caramel apple. He had never seen anything like it. He loved to bring in candy and caramel apples to the girls at the office throughout fall so this little can was a treat. He took a couple sips and decided it tasted more like non-alcoholic apple cider with some caramel in it. That was close enough for him. He went outside and no one saw him for about ten minutes. Then, he came back in dressed as a janitor. All the ladies thought it was a great costume and wondered where he got it. Just then, Sam the janitor walked in wearing Earl’s clothes that he just had on. It was a Halloween that Consolidated Cardboard won’t soon forget. 3/5 – Mike Literman

Candy Corn

Being a werewolf isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. You know how in movies and books people only change in to the beast on nights of the full moon, well that’s a load of crap. You’re a wolf all year around. The only thing different about the full moon is that you have an undying craving for banana peanut butter sandwiches. Let me tell you those things are gross any other time, but as soon as that moon is shining down, it’s all you can think about.

So yeah, I have to live in hiding most of the time. It’s annoying and I hate it. I have to order out for food all the time and leave money for the deliveryman so he’ll leave the food at the door. I know what you are thinking and yes I do weigh nearly 300 lbs from eating pizza and Chinese food every night, not to mention those stupid sandwiches. I don’t even want to get in to how I get the money to pay for the food. Let’s just say it involves a web cam and a razor. At least Halloween is right around the corner. It’s the one time of year that I can go out and interact with people without them freaking out. I usually win some bar tabs for best costume as well. Pretty rad. I also love the candy of Halloween. I’m a fat wolf I’ve learned to deal with it. The bane (pun intended) of this festive candy is the candy corn. Everyone always has it out and without thinking I always throw a handful in my mouth, where I am reminded that it is gross and just a solid mass of sugar.

This year I saw this at a party and I had to grin and bear it as someone made a joke about me posing for the can. If I actually looked like that I would probably put a silver bullet right through my heart. That is one ugly creature. Well this was put in my hand, so I had to drink it. It really smelled like candy corn, so I was bracing for the worst. When I worked up the courage to take a sip I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s a cream soda with a little extra something to it. It’s 90% cream soda and 10% candy corn. It’s a great ratio. It hints at the candy corn without the terrible texture. I wish I could find this throughout the year.

I really need to get out more. My people skills are at an all time low. I’ve snarled at my fair share of people tonight and I’m starting to get weird looks. I should probably head home soon. I really need to look into moving into a colony of “furries”. I bet they wouldn’t even notice that I wasn’t wearing a costume. 4/5 - Jason Draper

Jones Soda Limited Edition Halloween Cans are available for a limited time in Target stores throughout the US. Check out www.thirstydudes.com for more drink reviews!






the PinUp : Deanna Deadly

Friday, September 13th, 2013

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Meet Deanna Deadly. She has modeled in five countries, performed burlesque around the world, and been on the cover of seven magazines, with two more covers to grace before the year’s end. Originally from Chicago, she is still in the midst of full-time traveling before she relocates to Los Angeles.

photographer : Jennifer Link
makeup artist : Joseph Frank Rothrock
hair stylist : April Grigajtis
model : Deanna Deadly

view the full feature in the August/September 2013 Issue






travels : The National Museum of Funeral History

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

I’m not sure what most people do during a visit to Houston. I hear that the zoo is quite nice. Of course, I can’t tell you from personal experience, because I spent my day in town at the National Museum of Funeral History. But with the brilliant motto, “Any Day Above Ground In A Good One…”, how could any living being turn down a journey to the, “the largest educational center on funerary customs in the United States?”

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Of particular interest to me was the “Historical Hearses” display, which included an 1850 German funeral carriage and beautiful, perfectly preserved motorcars from the 1920s. Did you know hearses could be beautiful? No, it’s true, I swear. I was also treated to the sight of several bizarre coffins, including a three person casket made in preparation for a family murder-suicide (thankfully, it was never used). Indeed, having my picture taken with two friends in front of a casket we could all use together was an unexpected joy. I should mention that photography was allowed within the entire museum and kudos to that.

My favorite part? I’d go with “19th Century Mourning Customs”, an exhibition I looked at twice. The core of the display was a full-scale Victorian living room, as if prepared for a wake. There were also lovely examples of mourning clothing and handmade hair jewelry (a popular way to remember the departed back in the day). My absolute most favoritest objet d’art was a surprisingly colorful mourning quilt, sewn from the satin ribbons that accompanied funeral flowers. Alas, no one would want to sew or use a quilt made of today’s cheapo ribbon. It’s a sad, sad world.

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One of the museum’s largest and most lavish exhibitions was “Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes”. Created in collaboration with the Vatican, this subject was of almost no interest to me. However, I will tell you that popes are buried in a total of three coffins, with the middle one being made of lead and WELDED SHUT. I would like to take this moment to thank the Vatican for thinking ahead and preventing the zombified return of John Paul II. Thanks guys!

It’s true that some of the informational text throughout the exhibit space was sparse and not necessarily helpful to explain what exactly we were looking at. But, to me, this added to the museum’s whimsical charm. The whole place was a little kooky. Why exactly did I purchase a token and use a turnstile at the entrance? Why was the “eternal flame” not actually lit? Who cares? I was spending a dreaded sunny day indoors looking at cool coffins!

I will take exactly one (and only one) beef with the museum: it contained no mention of notorious aviator/billionaire/madman Howard Hughes. Hughes, who died 1976, is buried alongside his parents in Houston’s own Glenwood Cemetery. I made sure to visit him the following day, yet the National Museum of Funeral History marches forward without his presence. Since there is a plaque reminding you for absolutely no reason that Marlon Brando is dead (no, the museum does not possess any relevant objects), it seems a curious oversight. (Wait, am I the only person interested in Hughes’ death? Am I a lone weirdo? Surely not…) I was also confused by the random, gigantic picture of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, but really that just added an extra touch of awesome, so I’m not complaining.

Admission to the National Museum of Funeral History is currently $10 for adults, making it less than the price of a movie and certainly more memorable. Give yourself two hours and you’ll have plenty of time to linger in the morbid curiosity of it all. You will both enter and exit through the gift shop, which features a variety of skeleton novelties as well as postcards for the bargain basement price of $0.50. More importantly, I am aware of no other place where you can play a game guessing celebrity epitaphs. The Funeral Museum is unique. If you get the chance to visit, take it.

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The National Museum of Funeral History is located at 415 Barren Springs Drive in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit www.nmfh.org

photos : courtesy of The Nation Museum of Funeral History

- Liz Walker






item of the week : Rocker Headphone Splitter at Kat Von D’s Wonderland LA

Friday, July 12th, 2013

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image source wonderlandla.net

We love the music we love and new technology has made it easier to share our passion for the eardrum’s pleasure. But splitting a pair of headphones between two heads over an iPod can be a drag, especially when you want to head bang. Let this not be a reason to trash the scene and let the rockers unite. The Rocker Headphone Splitter featured in Kat Von D’s Wonderland is sure to get your devil horns on with whoever you share your tunes. It plugs easily with any standard 3.5 audio jack and provides two headphone inputs. Now you and your buddy can head bang during that crazy guitar solo. Your next dilemma will be if you have an extra pair of headphones for you and your friend to check out that new album.

The Rocker Headphone Splitter is available online for $10 at Kat Von D’s Wonderland LA online store.

- Paige Etheridge






item of the week : Chalkboard Skull by Iamhome

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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image source www.iamhome.etsy.com

I’ve always had a thing for skulls. With skulls being a powerful symbol delving into the deepest aspects of human consciousness it makes sense that people would be drawn to them. That bony framework holding your brain can have another use for you. Thus we have the chalkboard skull. If you don’t have a chalkboard in your home, know that it is incredibly useful for communicating with housemates or as a canvas for a sudden creative spark. Plus having a chalkboard in cranium form is more noticeable and inspiring than the traditional blackboard from grade school. These skulls are available in a rainbow of hues including magenta, sunny yellow, and the ever classic black. The fine detail on these pieces, especially in the back, is a nice touch. For you science lovers out there, Homo Erectus “upright man” craniums are also available as well as molds of the famous “Lucy” fossil. Perfect for writing what’s on your mind, doodling, or a dramatic prop while quoting Hamlet.

The Chalkboard Skull is available online for $46 a head at www.iamhome.etsy.com.

- Paige Etheridge






the PinUp part II : Porcelain

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

We have a special set of photographs we shot with Porcelain our April/May 2013 Issue PinUp!

photographer : Saryn Christina
fashion stylist : Porcelain
makeup artist : Porcelain
hair stylist : Porcelain
makeup : Sugarpill Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics & MAC Cosmetics
corset outfit : Sophie Reaptress Designs
spiderweb gown : Navaya Shay
model : Porcelain

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the PinUp : Porcelain

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Meet Porcelain, a dark queen, makeup guru who’s worked with Sugarpill Cosmetics, and regular performer at several Philly clubs. Combining elements of her childhood nightmares, her obsession with the circus, and her teenage angst for punk rock she transforms herself into a goth goddess and impresses and unnerves crowds with her mastery of suspension and acrobatic pole dancing. When she is not performing in clubs, she enjoys exploring urban landscapes and perusing medical journals. You’re sure to be seeing a lot more of Porcelain as she captivates and beckons us all into the dark.

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photographer : Steve Prue
makeup artist : Porcelain
hair stylist : Porcelain
model : Porcelain

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view the full feature in the April/May 2013 Issue






item of the week : Spooky Bat Pegs by SuckUK

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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image source www.suck.uk.com

I’ve gone a little batty for bats, well bat pegs at least. And who wouldn’t want to clip these babies onto stuff around the house? Who knew how helpful those crazy little flyers could be! Have em hold up your linens in the open air, or you could let the bats fly off your wall in a display of photos and wire. Creep out your friends with the bats lurking in dark cupboards or holding down your chip and cereal bags. You could one would assume even use them like ordinary clothes pegs. SuckUK is selling these individually, a quick Google search finds a few sets of them so you can create a swarm of bats even faster. Bats are not only great for keeping insects at bay, but will now help you around the house keeping things fresh and linens dry!

These Spooky Bat Pegs by SuckUK are available  for £2.00 per peg online at www.suck.uk.com.

- Tasha Farrington






icon : Bettie Page

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Bettie Page is undoubtedly a legend known worldwide for her pinup, nude, and campy bondage photographs and her trademark bangs. Beloved by many different subcultures and an endless source of inspiration for artists, including the new documentary film Bettie Page Reveals All by Mark Mori, Bettie Page is clearly an icon. Read the full, unedited interview with director Mark Mori which was not included in its entirety in the issue.

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interview by : Ashley Godwin

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What initially attracted you to Bettie Page’s story? Why did you think her story was important enough to produce a documentary about her?
Mark Mori : When I first [heard] about Bettie Page, my entertainment attorney had taken me to lunch, and he had a prepublication copy of Bettie Page: The Life of a Pinup Legend. That was in 1996. I recognized her image, but I didn’t know her name, and I didn’t really know her story until I read the book, but he was able to put me in direct contact with her. I just thought it was a great subject for a documentary.

What do you think is the single most important aspect of her life that has caused her to stand out so much in history?
MM : The most important thing to me is her attitude, her spirit, who she was. Just the force of her personality… and she’s completely unaware of the affect she has, and that’s part of her charm. This very intense sexiness combined with this disarming innocence, so it has an appeal to everybody. Like, Marilyn Monroe is a big unreachable movie star, but Bettie is, like, the every-person’s sex symbol.

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interview : Manic Panic

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Sisters Tish and Snooky are the owners of Manic Panic, the alternative cosmetics company founded in 1977 that provided American punks with the shocking hair colors that defined their look. Together they opened the first punk rock boutique in America, and saw their hotly hued style evolve from anti-fashion theatrics to mainstream celebration.

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interview by : Ariana Paoletti
photographer : Ron Douglas
photography assistant : Jenn Kowalik

You’re sisters and it seems like you’ve always been joined at the hip. Can you tell us a little bit about your childhood?
T : As a matter of fact, a friend of ours who’s one of the founding members of the Alice Cooper band, Dennis Dunaway, he calls us the “Siamese sisters”, we’re so joined at the hip.
S : Sometimes we’ll say the exact same thing at the exact same time, sometimes we’ll just… start singing!
T : Which is very weird.
S : In the same key, at the same point in a song. It’s just so funny, it freaks people out!
T : Yes, we’re definitely… connected.
S : A psychic told us we were supposed to be twins, but somehow Tish was late.
T : I’m usually the late one.
S : There’s no one else in the world that we have such a history with. We’ve known each other longer than anyone else in the world! But we’ve always been like this; Siamese-y.

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photo assistant Jenn Kowalik and writer Ariana Paoletti with Tish and Snooky

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the PinUp : Jenny Boa

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Meet Jenny Boa, a model who says “I only do it for fun” but has an impressive range of accomplishments from cover model to runway model for big names in alternative fashion like Eirik Aswang and Abigail Greydanus to spokesmodel dressed in latex and heels on tour with Katy Perry. Her “I only do it for fun” mentality clearly isn’t a lack of drive and ambition, but rather an indication of a free spirit who is open minded and can infuse fun into her work as a breath of fresh air. When she isn’t modeling she is trying her hand at other creative endeavors or working as an exotic and domesticated animal specialist.

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photographer : Saryn Christina
fashion stylist : Kelly Cercone of Anachronism in Action
makeup artist : Stephanie Lawrence
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
model : Jenny Boa

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