“I love lipstick. I want to write an essay about the politics of lipstick. I like lipstick that’s deep, deep red. I like lipstick that’s purple, lipstick that’s black and dark for when I want to dress up my melancholy. I like sharing lipstick with sisters. and I laugh at boys that think I wear lipstick for them to notice, I laugh, lipstick is an art you can’t ever understand. from picking out a color, testing it on the inside of my wrist, pursing my lips during the application of it. I like when I kiss a baby and leave lipstick on their cheek, when you hug someone and leave lipstick on their shirt, when it gets on your teeth and you use your tongue to get it off, when you sleep in lipstick and wake up with it on your pillow case. in 1997 mama left for Ethiopia to see her mama for the first time in 12 years. I was six and I cried the entire way home from the airport. and when we came home there on the kitchen table was the teacup mama had been drinking out of. at the bottom a sip of tea and black cardamom seeds. and there on the rim of the cup the lipstick imprint of my mama’s kiss.”—
- Strega means witch, and that theme is therefore the center of the fashion
- there are no other rules
- there are no established color schemes
- inspiration is taken from European folklore and myth
- Inspiration is drawn from goth, boho, and mori (and whatever else you prefer)
- it is…
Actually Strega was the name I first thought of for Dark Mori. But since at that time people were more attracted to the japanese name, it sticked with dark mori. I’m happy the pretty shortcuttothestars is using it now, since she is very popular. Yet I would like people to remember I and shadyoaks were the “first” ones to make a similar manifest :)
Absolutely! So many has contributed to this, and just because I’ve decided to make this does not mean I own it! We all do and we all make it something together <3
Strega fashion feels like the slightly more human twin of nightmarepunk. And I am so, SO in favor. Yessssss.
“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”—Gillian Flynn (via rabbitinthemoon)
Argh. So, yes, thanks to the regular summer slowdown, sales slump, and lack of events in the area to sell at, I pretty much need to get in at least $200 in the next 24 hours to keep things turned on around here. So, lovely followers. it’s a really good time to consider buying some of my work. So, some links if you don’t have them handy:
And if you want to just throw donations via paypal just as a way of liking the particular brand of insanity I spew across this blog and the internet at learge, you can always do so- just send the funds to dmitri (at) tormentedartifacts.com. As always, ANYTHING helps. Seriously. If you can’t throw money at me (I know, times are tight- BELIEVE ME, I KNOW.) signal boosting’s also always appreciated.
I still do but had to friends-lock it. But I miss it a lot. :(((
I don’t use it as much now because my friends are all in different fandoms, but if you joined fandom only in the Tumblr/Twitter era YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE MISSING.
1. Threaded comments that don’t have to be replied to with a whole separate post
2. Profile pages so you could find out about a person and also check out their followers to see if you know people in common/find other people into what you’re into
3. Communities for fic, and newsletter communities for fandoms that rounded up daily news (actor stuff, pics, videos, etc)
4. Much better signal to noise ratio (not seeing the same thing 15 times or having to install xkit just to make your dash readable and filter out fandoms you aren’t in)
5. Just a way, way more grounded sense of where and who people are, instead of shouting into a crowded room all the time
This is my third go-around with Tumblr and fandom, and it’s only manageable now because I’m following hardly anyone (sorry guys). I really cannot wait until somebody makes something that combines the ease of image-posting on Tumblr with the actual content of LJ, because I feel like this place encourages you to be silent.
Shhh, don’t make an original text post, no one wants to read that, especially if it’s just about your personal life (which you couldn’t lock/filter anyhow). Shhh, don’t add text to that reblog, just hide your comments down in the tags, where people have to scroll to see them. Shhh, all you can contribute is a picture of an actor that’s probably already been posted with six different edits to the tag. Just reblog, baby.
I love fandom and fans and it makes me so sad, too, to see what’s been my culture for going on 20 years now get eroded and lost. I don’t know where fandom will be in another 20 years but I’m guessing the history of my chunk of it (Usenet, mailing lists, personal websites, LJ) won’t get carried on.
This can’t be how it continues, this movement towards a model of vocal producers and silent consumers. That’s not fandom.
I mean, I loved lists, but I loved that LJ helped balance the dynamic of creator/consumer, where the consumer had a voice (I was largely a creator at that point, and am largely a consumer now, sadly) above and beyond, “Wow, great story!” They’d talk about the show, the fandom, and all that jazz, and the lines were nicely blurred, and some of the voices I respected the most never wrote, or drew, or vidded.
And thinking back, they may have thought they weren’t creators, but that’s just not true.
They were creating community, and it was awesome.
II was just thinking about this last night! I still have LJ, and I still post to it. (The StuntHusband gave me a permanent account, waaaay back when.)
Threaded comments + replies, and FILTERS. Those are the things that will keep me on LJ, forever and ever.
The perpetual Tuesday lament:the oh my G-D how early? Tuesday conference call has left me in dire need of more caffeine. And I really shouldn’t do that, because I’ve got another oh my G-D how early?! conference call tomorrow morning.
This seems like something both evilsoutherngentleman and I need. Eventually, when the Eldergoth Retirement Haunted Mansion becomes a reality, there will be a massive combined library, and it will be GLORIOUS.