Monthly Archives: November 2013
Is there anyone in the world more photogenic than David Bowie? Many of his album covers (always a self portrait) have become iconic. Everyone knows the lightning bolt make up of Alladin Sane and the weird black and white ‘salute’ of Heroes. His many personas were equally as famous – the half-man-half-dog of Diamond Dogs, The Thin White Duke of Station to Station, Scary Monsters… victorian clown or the young long haired singer/songwriter of Hunky Dory. Even though he’s been photographed 1000’s of times it’s interesting to see the alternate shots – what might have been, from these famous LPs.
It was imperative in the 90’s to “Show the Wealth”, in most gansta rap LPs. Cash, diamonds, girls and pit bulls were the symbols of success. Granted a number of these are mix tape style covers from bands that most haven’t heard of but, jeez louise, whats goin on? I didn’t know photoshop could be used this way, and where do I find the glimmery jewelery filter. These guys (and Lil Kim) were livin’ large, adding Z’s and dollar sign$ to their names willy-nilly and flashin’ the cash. A couple of these are a bit off topic but I found them too funny and odd to ignore. Playa G’s “U Not My Lady” is weirdly boring and Ta Smallz, “Who Killed My Mama?” is just plain sad. The real high point here is the wonderfully designed and titled, Trinidad Jones LP – Dont Be S.A.F.E (Sensitive As Fuck Everyday) and off course Big Bears’- “Doin Thangs”.
I’ve posted a lot of these in the past and always get a great response. These women were/are great. Playing by their own rules in the repressed 1950’s. First, check out the great poses (and skin), then the talented well lit photography and finally their unbelievable names; Lady Zorro, Maye Joyce aka The Tiny Mite of Dynamite, SATIN aka The Siren in Silk, etc. For more of these go to the great site http://burleskateer.tumblr.com/
Movie posters seem to have no real artistic punch anymore. No more beautiful dames and bright yellow type like noir posters from the 50’s, wild multi-color collages from the 60’s or crazy psych art from the 70’s. Sure, you’ll see the odd poster here and there that amazes you, but for the most part it’s become the star’s big old head smack in the middle of the poster with the co-stars arranged in a V behind him/her, along with some truly disappointing type choices. Thank the good lord for the fine people at Mondo. Employing some of the finest illustrators in the world, Mondo creates beautiful poster art, hand silk-screened in limited runs. They are next to impossible to get because they usually produce no more than 500 of each piece, and when it’s sold out, it’s sold out. The trouble is is that they’re not real movie posters, they’re art hidden in a traditional movie poster format. Now if only the studios would hire these guys to do actual posters and we could stop looking at Tom Cruise’s big fat mug every time we went to the multi-plexes.