Sunday, December 14, 2008

1950s pinup model Bettie Page dies in LA at 85


LOS ANGELES – Bettie Page, the 1950s secretary-turned-model whose controversial photographs in skimpy attire or none at all helped set the stage for the 1960s sexual revolution, died Thursday. She was 85.

Page was placed on life support last week after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles and never regained consciousness, said her agent, Mark Roesler. He said he and Page's family agreed to remove life support. Before the heart attack, Page had been hospitalized for three weeks with pneumonia.

"She captured the imagination of a generation of men and women with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality," Roesler said. "She is the embodiment of beauty."

Page, who was also known as Betty, attracted national attention with magazine photographs of her sensuous figure in bikinis and see-through lingerie that were quickly tacked up on walls in military barracks, garages and elsewhere, where they remained for years.

Her photos included a centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine, as well as controversial sadomasochistic poses.

"I think that she was a remarkable lady, an iconic figure in pop culture who influenced sexuality, taste in fashion, someone who had a tremendous impact on our society," Playboy founder Hugh Hefner told The Associated Press on Thursday. "She was a very dear person."

Page mysteriously disappeared from the public eye for decades, during which time she battled mental illness and became a born-again Christian.

After resurfacing in the 1990s, she occasionally granted interviews but refused to allow her picture to be taken.

"I don't want to be photographed in my old age," she told an interviewer in 1998. "I feel the same way with old movie stars. ... It makes me sad. We want to remember them when they were young."

The 21st century indeed had people remembering her just as she was. She became the subject of songs, biographies, Web sites, comic books, movies and documentaries. A new generation of fans bought thousands of copies of her photos, and some feminists hailed her as a pioneer of women's liberation.

Gretchen Mol portrayed her in 2005's "The Notorious Bettie Page" and Paige Richards had the role in 2004's "Bettie Page: Dark Angel." Page herself took part in the 1998 documentary "Betty Page: Pinup Queen."

Hefner said he last saw Page when he held a screening of "The Notorious Bettie Page" at the Playboy Mansion. He said she objected to the fact that the film referred to her as "notorious," but "we explained to her that it referred to the troubled times she had and was a good way to sell a movie."

Page's career began one day in October 1950 when she took a respite from her job as a secretary in a New York office for a walk along the beach at Coney Island. An amateur photographer named Jerry Tibbs admired the 27-year-old's firm, curvy body and asked her to pose.

Looking back on the career that followed, she told Playboy in 1998: "I never thought it was shameful. I felt normal. It's just that it was much better than pounding a typewriter eight hours a day, which gets monotonous."

Nudity didn't bother her, she said, explaining: "God approves of nudity. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were naked as jaybirds."

In 1951, Page fell under the influence of a photographer and his sister who specialized in S&M. They cut her hair into the dark bangs that became her signature and posed her in spiked heels and little else. She was photographed with a whip in her hand, and in one session she was spread-eagled between two trees, her feet dangling.

"I thought my arms and legs would come out of their sockets," she said later.

Moralists denounced the photos as perversion, and Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, Page's home state, launched a congressional investigation.

Page quickly retreated from public view, later saying she was hounded by federal agents who waved her nude photos in her face. She also said she believed that, at age 34, her days as "the girl with the perfect figure" were nearly over.

She moved to Florida in 1957 and married a much younger man, as an early marriage to her high school sweetheart had ended in divorce.

Her second marriage also failed, as did a third, and she suffered a nervous breakdown.

In 1959, she was lying on a sea wall in Key West when she saw a church with a white neon cross on top. She walked inside and became a born-again Christian.

After attending Bible school, she wanted to serve as a missionary but was turned down because she had been divorced. Instead, she worked full-time for evangelist Billy Graham's ministry.

A move to Southern California in 1979 brought more troubles.

She was arrested after an altercation with her landlady, and doctors who examined her determined she had acute schizophrenia. She spent 20 months in a state mental hospital in San Bernardino.

A fight with another landlord resulted in her arrest, but she was found not guilty because of insanity. She was placed under state supervision for eight years.

"She had a very turbulent life," Todd Mueller, a family friend and autograph seller, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "She had a temper to her."

Mueller said he first met Page after tracking her down in the 1990s and persuaded her to do an autograph signing event.

He said she was a hit and sold about 3,000 autographs, usually for $200 to $300 each.

"Eleanor Roosevelt, we got $40 to $50. ... Bettie Page outsells them all," he told The AP last week.

Born April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tenn., Page said she grew up in a family so poor "we were lucky to get an orange in our Christmas stockings."

The family included three boys and three girls, and Page said her father molested all of the girls.

After the Pages moved to Houston, her father decided to return to Tennessee and stole a police car for the trip. He was sent to prison, and for a time Betty lived in an orphanage.

In her teens she acted in high school plays, going on to study drama in New York and win a screen test from 20th Century Fox before her modeling career took off.

Tribute to Betty Page

A tribute to Betty Page I came across.

A true icon of her time. She will never be forgotten.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Burton Ladies Shopping Night



Burton Snowboards is opening its door THIS Thursday night- for the
ladies only!
This season's ladies night will be a true shopping night geared to get
your kit refreshed, your threads dialed,and feast your brain on tricks
of the trade for the new EST binding system.

Brings friends, and get stoked to meet new ones, this night is the
right way to kick off the new winter season NYC style.


Thursday December 4th 2008
6PM – 8PM

The night will be action packed with shots to win free stuff, or score
a rad discount on every from outerwear to a cut back on a full set
EST binding demo's and how to's clinics will be going down all night
First 100 ladies through the door will score sweet gift bags, and if
you spend $50 or more your first Christmas present to yourself will be
on Burton
The action continues with free snacks, giveaways, and a raffle to win
a BRAND NEW 2009 Snowboard!


106 Spring St (at Mercer) NY, NY 10012



Mackage Sample Sale

I'm a HUGE fan of Mackage!! I rarely see sales on their jackets so this is a MUST!

Sample sale
Men's and Women's
Wednesday, December 10th - Friday, December 12th
12noon - 730pm

275 W. 39th St., 7th Fl


Helmut Lang Sample Sale

Helmut Lange/Rag & Bone

Sample Sale

Women's and Men's

December 2nd - 5th

Clothing line
261 w. 36th St., 2nd Fl
(between 7th and 8th Ave)

Tuesday and Thursday 10AM - 7PM
Wednesday and Friday 10AM - 6PM

Hanky Panky Annual Sample Sale

Make sure to stock up at the Hanky Panky Sample Sale. Your boyfriends will be sprung in more ways than one!!

Hanky Panky Annual Sample Sale
December 2nd - 5th

Tues 12/2 830am - 8pm
Wed 12/3 830am - 8pm
Thurs 12/4 830am - 7pm
Fri 12/5 9am - 1pm

260 Fifth Ave. (bet. 28th & 29th st.)
Street level

For inquires: Call 212.725.4996 or visit hankypanky

**cash and all major credit cards accepted**

Saturday, November 22, 2008

SF: Thrasher Skater of the Year

This Party looks like its going to be fucking siick! TOO $hort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If your in SF this event is a MUST.

(Guest List ONLY – RSVP is required)
DOORS at 7:00
All Ages SHOW
Friday NIGHT
Dec 12th 2008
Presented by:
Great American Music Hall 859 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, CA 94109

Puma: It's our party, come celebrate with us!

60 years young and still kicking! PUMA is celebrating a birthday by throwing a concert in your city! Featuring... Chester French, Plain White Tees, Lady Gaga, The Bravery, and more.

Reed Space Sale

Starting Monday Nov 24, Reed Space and Reed Annex will be having a major
sale during the whole week.

Reed Space SALE
Mon 24th: 10% off
Tues 25th: 15% off
Wed 26th: 20% off
Thurs 27th: Turkey Day! Lets get fat!
BLACK FRIDAY 28th: 25% off
Sat 29th: 30% off
Sun 30th: 30% off

Reed Annex SALE
Tues 25th - Sunday 30th: Buy 1 get 1 item free (of equal or lesser value)

SF: Filippa K Shopping Event

If your in SF next week check out the Filippa K VIP customer shopping event. Complimentary Sagatiba and Tiger Beer to help you spend those dollars.

Original Penguin Holiday Sale

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Comme des Garcons for H&M Collection

Comme des Garcons for H&M collection is FINALLY set to release at stores November 13th! Expect a limite on 2 styles per item once it hit stores.

(photo via h&m)

view the full collection here

McQueen Kicks Off Target Design Effort

Something to be sprung on ladies!! ...

According to WWD.

As Isaac Mizrahi’s final collection for Target cycles through stores, the retailer is unveiling plans for a new fashion initiative.

Target in March will launch Designer Collaborations, which is aimed to be an ongoing program that will bring a series of established designers to the masses at low prices. Designer Collaborations is a separate program from Target’s Go International, which focuses on young or emerging designers and, in the past, has featured names such as Proenza Schouler, Luella Bartley, Behnaz Sarafpour, Rogan and Richard Chai. Industry sources have estimated that Go International does more than $100 million in annual sales.

The launch collaboration will be with Alexander McQueen, who will create a version of his McQ collection, called McQ Alexander McQueen for Target.

“Both programs are geared toward our trend-minded guests who are always on the hunt for the newest and hottest looks at an affordable price,” said Trish Adams, senior vice president of Target. “Designer Collaborations is another way in which Target brings an emporium of designers to our guests. This specific McQ Alexander McQueen for Target collection does have the potential to skew toward a slightly older guest compared to some of our other designer collections.”

The retailer said additional Designer Collaborations are planned. Each collection will be available in stores for a limited time.

Participating designers will draw inspiration from a muse, creative element or collaborative partner. McQueen chose as his muse Leila Moss, the lead singer of The Duke Spirit, a British band known for mixing noise rock and grunge in the late Eighties and early Nineties. Moss’ style gave the line its rock ’n’ roll-punk vibe and hip-Brit accents.

“We believe Designer Collaborations will appeal to our fashion-forward guests as well as possibly attract new customers who are fans of Alexander McQueen and McQ,” Adams said.

McQueen, who established his secondary line, McQ Alexander McQueen, last year, said at the time that it’s “younger and more renegade [than the main collection], but always signature McQueen.”

McQ Alexander McQueen for Target will feature lightweight sweaters, skinny jeans, bubble dresses, slim skirts and cuffed shorts. Signature pieces include a coated cotton poplin black trench, a rock ’n’ roll gray denim cropped studded jacket, a men’s wear-inspired tuxedo blazer and a color-blocked one-shoulder dress with bubble hem. The collection also will include swimwear and cotton voile print scarves. Price points were not yet available.

The collection has a muted color palette of black, white, gray and tan with accents of cobalt blue and bright pink. Studs and mesh give items an edge. For example, a chambray sleeveless shirtdress has stud detailing, there’s a mesh wrap dress and an open yarn zipper cardigan. Graphic prints and silk-screen photographs give tunics, dresses and T-shirts visual interest. The Leila silk-screen T-shirt with a necklace collar was designed for The Duke Spirit lead singer, while other band members are immortalized on a sleeveless jersey T-shirt.

A sateen strapless pleat dress in a tattoo print of mermaids, dice and anchors is an example of McQueen’s penchant for pairing feminine fabrics with tough details — in this case, a studded leather belt.

“The McQ Alexander McQueen for Target collection will be supported with an advertising strategy designed to drive buzz and traffic via innovative out of home, online, national magazines and e-mail,” Adams said.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

MTV Launches All-Video Site

Believe it or not, MTV once stood for Music Television. And it’s finally living back up to its name with, a newly launched site where you can watch just about any video ever made on demand.

Peep it

Cappellini Sale

Deep discounts for those in need of some new furniture. Check out Cappelinni this weekend..

Silo Boxers

I discovered these boxers through my recent lover. These are definitely some rad boxers and would suggest picking some up!

They can sometimes run a bit small so I would double check sizing and get the next size up! For more info visit or call us at (650)369-SILO

World's Smallest Postal Service

Came across this and thought it was too cute! I adore the mini letters and the tooth fairy card! Such a great idea for a child.

The World's Smallest Postal Service is a teeny tiny letter transcription service. It sets up shop in cafes and stores, and is now available online. Here's how it works: You write a letter (up to 6 sentences - see below) and I rewrite it onto tiny stationary (1 x 1.5 inches) with my microscopic ink pen. It then goes into a tiny envelope which gets addressed, stamped, and sealed with a tiny wax seal with your initial on it. The letter then goes into a see-through folded coin case and is packaged up with a magnifying glass in a larger glassine envelope, finished off with a large "World's Smallest Letter" wax seal. I can send your letter directly to a recipient of your choice, or to you if you would like to distribute it yourself.

*NEW* World's Smallest Birthday Cards, Winter Holiday Cards, Valentines, and cards from the Tooth Fairy! Or write a letter from one of Santa's elves!

For ordering click here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BBlessing One Day Halloween Sale

BBlessing cordially invites you to attend our
One Day Halloween Sale
All Autumn/Winter Collections 30% Off
In-Store Only
Thursday, October 30, 2008
1 - 10 pm
NÂș 181 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
212 378 8005

Collections are also available online,
featuring new arrivals from BBlessing, A-Z Collection,
Dead Flowers, Dirain, Opening Ceremony, Raf Simons,
and more.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

NYC/LA/San Fran: Built By Wendy Fall Shopping Parties

20% off the fall collection at Built By Wendy, coast to coast.

New Yorkers, if you missed yesterday’s Manhattan party, there’s always Williamsburg!

• 46 North 6th Street, Brooklyn

• 7938 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles

• 3520 20th Street, San Francisco

Monday, September 15, 2008

Deathbowl to Downtown Tour

Finally gearing up for the Deathbowl to Downtown tour! If your in SF, Portland, Chicago, Austin, or Minneapolis now is your chance to catch a sneak peek of the film. All screenings are complimentary and free Green Label Art (Mountain Dew) will be served.






After Parties NOT listed will be strictly word of mouth! Keep your ear to the ground ;-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bijules Presents: Arsenic & Old Lace Unveiled

Tonight: The Bad & The Beautiful

Missbehave Mag and Married To The MOB Present ..

Missbehave Magazine & Married to the MOB Present...
Thursday, September 11th 2008, 8pm until 12am
Feat. Uffie, Radio Rose (Around The Way Girls) & The Misshapes!!!!
Grab a free issue of Missbehave #9!
Red Bull Space
40 Thompson St. NYC
RSVP with your name & affiliation
Capacity is very limited. No plus ones!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

NYC: The Art Parade -Lynnette Astaire: Polaroid Funeral

The Art Parade
Lynnette Astaire: Polaroid Funeral

Saturday, September 6th 2008
West Broadway
(between Houston and Grand Streets)
New York City

Edwin Land created the Polaroid camera at the behest of his 3-year old daughter who desperately wanted to see a photo instantly. Many years later, a 7-year old girl would receive her first Polaroid and go on to earn a B.A. in photography from New York's School of Visual Arts. In early 2008, Polaroid announced that it's iconic film would be discontinued.

This Saturday, the 7-year old girl-turned woman named Lynnette Astaire will stage a performance piece inspired by New Orleans jazz-style funeral marches as a part of Deitch Projects' Art Parade; to honor the death of a staple of artists, casting agents, crazy college kids and naughty couples everywhere. The performance will feature a custom built casket, pallbearers, the Stumblebum Brass Band, dance ensemble Afro Mosaic Soul, other downtown artists and denizens. Lynnette believes her eclectic and provocative style -- encompassing New Orleans culture, folklore and burlesque -- is perfectly in line with Deitch's vision for the parade.

Lynnette has been featured in several magazines including Picture Magazine and is a long-time collaborator with Married to the Mob. She is also a proud member of Ladies Lotto's New York chapter.

For additional information and press inquiries contact:
+1 917 776 6330

Sponsored by: Deitch Projects, Paper Magazine and Creative Time

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Jesse Frohman - In Bloom

Deathbowl to Downtown: Los Angeles Event

Finally, the LA event is upon us. If your in LA come check out the screening of the project I've been producing. 5 city tour to follow so stay tuned.

Ben Watts - Big Up!!

Alife - 1 yr Anniversary









Thursday, August 21, 2008

ZUNE L.A. Presents The Good Life!

The Good Life!

Photography by
Craig Wetherby

Saturday, August 30th @
Zune L.A.
8275 Beverly Blvd.

Opening Reception 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Music Provided by
DJ Muggs
Blu Jemz


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

LA: Small Bills Opening






Anthony Lister


Chris Pastras

Harif Guzman


Rick Rodney

Shepard Fairey



Small Bills Gallery

82001/2 W. 3rd St.

Los Angeles

Sunday, August 17, 2008


ALIFE collaborated with Italian sunglass manufacturer RETROSUPERFUTURE to create a custom frame with matching custom lenses.

Every pair of SUPER sunglasses is hand-made in Italy and features Carl Zeiss lenses.

A total of 480 pairs of ALIFE SUPER sunglasses were produce in four colors. Red, Blue, and Purple are limited to 80 pairs per color.

Available on Saturday, August 23rd at ALIFE LA, ALIFE NYC, ALIFE Tokyo, ALIFE Vancouver, ALIFE at Colette; and the following retailers:

Atlanta, Georgia: Standard
Boston, Massachussets: Bodega
Chicago, Illinois: Leaders
Dallas, Texas: Adikt
Jersey City & Teaneck, New Jersey: Packers
Orlando, Florida: Beta
Las Vegas, Nevada: Epic
Seattle, Washington: Goods


Amsterdam, Holland: Patta
Barcelona, Spain: Limited Edition
Mexico City, Mexico: Headquarter
Milan, Italy: Slam Jam
Moscow, Russia: Kixbox
Singapore: Black Chamber
Stockholm, Sweden: Cali Roots

Be in Kascades Music Video

Kascade is shooting his music video here in NYC!

We will be shooting everyone rolling down a hill in Riverside Park. come dressed like Rockstars and please dont hold back!! Bring friends, pets, flasks - The more the merrier! We can create a chain of people and roll you up like sushi.

When & Where:
Tuesday, Aug 19th @ Riverside Park
2PM - 730PM
Riverside Park/Riverside Drive
BTW 90th & 91st St.

For Additional info,contact:

Friday, August 15, 2008

Are you an Inked Girl?

Inked Mag is looking for 10 gorgeous tattoed women to feature in an upcoming issue. If your selected, you'll be shot by noted photographer Warwick Saint.

If your 18+ and think you have what it takes, email your information, stats, and photos (full length, head shot, tattoo details, etc) to

LA - Art Exhibit "Cannibal Carnival" Opening Reception

7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Opening Reception Aug.16th, 7-10pm
Show runs Aug. 16th – Sept. 20, 2008

Neckface is back in L.A. to stir up some trouble. This time, his third
solo show at New Image Art, "Cannibal Carnival," is all
about taking things out of context to create some chaos. The
watercolors featured in the show explore good things gone bad,
subjects that become frightening when taken away from familiar
settings. "When you see a clown at a circus its funny," says the
artist, "but if you saw the same clown from the circus in an alleyway
at midnight it wouldn't be funny at all." The original integrity of
the medium is also twisted; a method which the artist normally
associates with wholesome and effeminate images, Neckface uses
watercolors and gouache to depict morbid and jarring scenes.

Also featured in the show is a set-up familiar to Neckface but
certainly not for an intimate gallery space. At the opening, friends
of the artist and professional skaters Sammy Baca and Lizard King will
be skating in a caged off mini-ramp filled with objects they encounter
every day: knives, spray paint, and booze of course. "They are both
satanic," Neckface says. "Sammy once carved Satan into Lizard King's
chest with a knife.

With "Cannibal Carnival,"Neckface offers the public a rare glimpse of
his curious existence--parts of his life and mind that cannot be
merely spray painted on the streets of New York. "I'm more of a
trouble maker skateboarder who makes stuff."

MadeMe + WorshipWor†hy + Around the Way Girls present "Strike A Pose"

MadeMe + WorshipWor†hy + Around the Way Girls present "Strike A Pose"

music by Ni** Sky & Radio Rose
MadeMe Fall 08 Video Lookbook Unveiling

Wednesday, August 20th
photos by Cee the Photographer (Kicksclusive)

Socialista // 505 West Street @ Jane

Open Bar 11pm-midnight compliments of 42 Below Vodka Cocktail Specials All Night


Anthem Magazine Presents Whistling Past the Graveyard Hosted By Jason Lee

Join Anthem Magazine and WESC as we present Whistling Past the Graveyard featuring new works by Mercedes Helnwein and hosted by Jason Lee at the Merry Karnowski Gallery.
Helnwein's drawings have been described as "photo-realistic," "lucid fairy-tales," "strikingly bizarre," "haunting," "southern Gothic," "evocative" and "unexpected." Her self-portraits have been compared to Cindy Sherman and her sense of quiet drama to Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allen Poe.
Also included in the exhibition is a video projection, in which the formerly frozen characters jerk to life for the first time in thick saturated colors.
If you miss the opening with us, make sure to still catch the show. It will run from August 30 - September 20

Saturday, August 30
8 - 11 PM

Merry Karnowski Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA