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newest alphabet art:
Now that I’m nearly 30 and a mom, it feels kind of strange to say: Most of my recent style icons are teenage girls. Or girls in their early 20′s, at least. But it’s true! I’ve been finding so much inspiration from the girls that I see on tumblr. They style themselves in ways that I always dreamed about when I was that age, but was often too afraid to do myself. In my teenage years, you’d occasionally find me wearing things like bunny ears, blue lipstick, and bindis. But not nearly as often as I wanted to. Kids at school are dicks, and I just couldn’t handle the taunting and teasing every day. (When I wore blue lipstick, people called me “smurf-blower.” Seriously! It’s pretty funny now, but at the time, I wanted to cry. lol) So I would forgo the fashions I desired to wear in order to avoid being made fun of.
So I guess I’m living vicariously through these lovely ladies from tumblr. Here are some of my favourite gals:
If you were able to take a look inside my mind, the aesthetics would probably look very similar to Mark Ryden‘s paintings. His style incorporates so many of the elements that I love the most — vibrant colours, little girls, religious kitsch, and Abraham Lincoln. All tied together with this perfect balance of both cuteness and creepiness. A balance which is very dear to my own heart. Though, I must say, some of his work just nearly goes over the borderline of being slightly too creepy, even for me. But that probably just makes him all the more brilliant of an artist, don’t you think?
I first discovered Mark Ryden’s art years ago, probably around the time that I started listening to Jack Off Jill. I found that he created the cover art for their album Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers. I hadn’t thought about his art in years, until I saw this article about him. Now my intrigue has been rekindled, and I feel inspired all over again.
My kitty-friend for the past 15+ years passed away on August 17th. He lived a long and adventurous life. ♥