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My Mask Reveals (Transmuting Miss Van)

Posted in Art & Culture, Art Lover, Fur Reals, Goof & Glamour, I Heart Shaman*Art, Lipstick Shamaness, Psyche & Sexuality, punk rock, Sexuality, SPOOKY KABUKI with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by alphabetfiend

Personally, I like masks year ’round and have been known to don a mask & a tight-as-fuck punk tee for a regular (tho rockin’) night out. However, most humans deem Halloween (& Carnivale) to be the only “appropriate” times to don a mask. For freaks like me, October (& February) are nice times to stock up. 

I never expected to be the tattooed lady — even made it through my 20’s with just one bottle-cap crown — but then I fell in love with the Spanish/French graffiti artist Miss Van. By a stroke of kismet, I met Tina Forever, a gifted tattoo artist capable of transmuting the Miss Van magic. Now I say that my body is an inky Parisian alleyway. I regret that I don’t have more flesh to commit to inky renderings of Miss Van’s masked darlings. Every time I turn around, I’m falling in love with another one and wondering where on my body, she might feel at home.

Mona Lisa shows her bum in Walker’s “Moona Lisa”

Posted in Art & Culture, I Heart Tricksters, I like big butts & I can not lie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2008 by alphabetfiend

Not so long ago I dreampt that Vickie Berndt’s painting “Divine Goddess”  (Drag queen Divine as a many-armed indian goddess) had been stolen.  While still inside the dream in typical dream logic I surmised that “Divine Goddess” was the new Mona Lisa.  Though now that I’m awake I’m wondering if maybe Nick Walker’s “Moona Lisa” is more like it, literally.  Nick’s now infamous street piece has us asking “Has Mona changed over time, growing less modest and more irreverently unloosed?  Or have we simply gotten to know her better?  Now privy to her private goofball self?  A giggly playmate that she shares only with her lover or her dearest friends?  Are we banging Mona Lisa?  Is she our new (old) best bud? “

Walker's "Moona Lisa" is a cheeky look at a staid classic

Seeing Mona in a new setting, from a new, ahem, angle is oddly liberating.  I don’t know about y’all but when Mona is lifting her robes to show us her booty, I just wanna yank my crinolines and bare my own (bountiful)  bum.  I could bask in the moonlight all night.  Nick Walker explains the magic behind pieces like his Moona, “In 1992 I began to combine stencils with my freehand work. The appeal of stencils is that they allow me to take an image from anywhere – dissect any part of life – and recreate it on any surface.”

On his myspace page,  Walker lists among his interests: “Robots, pranks, space suits, ESP, swimming under water, Rock ’em Sock ’ems, macaroons. ”  Holy cupcake!  No wonder I like Nick Walker!  He’s a Robot-loving macaroon-munching mindreader with a trickster bent.  The neon orange foxes have kissed his forehead.  He’s most definitely Goof-blessed — at a recent Bonham’s Auction “Moona Lisa” (in some form) sold for six figures when it was estimated at only six grand.  Marc Schiller chopped it up to “the Banksy effect”  (Banksy being the outlaw street artist who became a gallery sensation.)  I dunno… makes a foxy kind of sense.  Funny things happen when your forehead is bussed by neon foxes.  “Estimates” be damned, my man, The DayGlo Fur had other plans.  Schillinger said in the October ’08 issue of Paper, “The price is not only astronomical, it’s absurd.”  Absurdity is the trickster’s signature — illegible loops of neon ink — so yea, absurd, exactly.  Makes me want to sleep with a feather-crossed macaroon on my forehead so as to summon some sneaky oscillations… 

Artist & (re) Inventer Nick Walker inks some prints of his modern masterpiece “Moona Lisa.”

“I got fuzzy hair, hate rude people and love burritos.”  — Nick Walker

Alphabetfiend is Dia VanGunten — a writer & wanna-be circus freak living in Austin, Texas.

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