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Right of Reply: “Tattoos Are Classless” – Vlog

Right of Reply: “Tattoos Are Classless” – Vlog

Hi y’all

I was just perusing the curiosities of my facebook wall and came across something that just sent me into a complete tailspin.

Miss Nic, delicious model and burlesque yummy or ‘professional weirdo/entertainer/scream queen’, had posted a link to a blog called TheHopeBlog which had reposted an article written by Lisa Khoury from The Spectrum, an independent publication for the University of Buffalo.

This article is titled, “News Editor says Tattoos are Classless and Worthless”.  Along with 853 other people who felt moved to make a comment, most of them condemning her vile, ridiculously deranged and moronic opinions, I lost my vlog-virginity and videoed myself being passionate and opinionated with my right of reply to this vomitous article from Ms Khoury.

Word of warning – In my video, you’ll encounter a few profanities and quite a lot that may not make sense.  I didn’t script anything and was so disgusted, saddened and angered by the fact that this opinion even still existed, let alone by a woman, that I was stuck for words…hey, I’m a writer not a politician.  Oh, and beware the extreme Mama Kat hair.  I’m no fashionista today…but hola to my sexah glasses!

Call me naive but in my book, women support each other. They do not tell a sister that she is classless and without basic values and morals just because she has a tattoo.

Here’s a tasty snippet from the mind (abstract term) of Lisa Khoury to whet your opinionated, skanky-arsed tattoo-lovin’ appetite…

I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading.  Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you’ve been given, not permanently engraving it

What are we – STEPFORD WIVES?!?!!  

I love the 50′s but I don’t want to live the life of a woman living in the 1950s!  Newsflash…It was not exactly a liberating time for women.

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…”(if you don’t tattoo) you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.  God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals

Lisa Khoury…you are beneath me even using the words that I wish to use.  When my grandkids see my huge mofo cherry blossom on my back, shoulder and neck, it will be IN CONJUNCTION with an explanation on basic values and morals.  The right to be, live and do freely accordingly to basic human rights, to live without prejudice and to honour each other as creative, passionate, beautiful humans…and the fact that it was put on my back to remind me to live in the present and witness the beauty of life as it happens.

Lisa Khoury, you have entirely missed the point…but oh my Goddess, did you get me riled…

Copied and pasted directly from The Hope Blog, the full article is as follows…are you ready? Read on…

“I get it. It’s the 21st century. You’re cool, you’re rebellious, you’re cutting edge, you have a point to prove, and you’re a woman. Awesome.
Ladies, I know you’re at least at the legal age of making your own decisions, but before you decide to get a tattoo, allow me to let you in on a little secret. A secret you may have not fully realized yet thus far in your life. What you must understand is, as women, we are – naturally – beautiful creatures.
Seriously, though. Your body literally has the ability to turn heads. Guys drool over us. We hold some serious power in our hands, because – as corny as this sounds – we hold the world’s beauty.
But something girls seem to forget nowadays, or maybe have not been taught, is that women hold the world’s class and elegance in their hands, as well. So what’s more attractive than a girl with a nice body? I’ll tell you what: a girl with class. Looks may not last, but class does. And so do tattoos.
An elegant woman does not vandalize the temple she has been blessed with as her body. She appreciates it. She flaunts it. She’s not happy with it? She goes to the gym. She dresses it up in lavish, fun, trendy clothes, enjoying trips to the mall with her girlfriends. She accentuates her legs with high heels. She gets her nails done. She enjoys the finer things in life, all with the body she was blessed with.
But marking it up with ink? That’s just not necessary.
I’m not here to say a girl should walk around flaunting her body like it’s her job – that’s just degrading. Instead of getting a tattoo, a more productive use of your time would be improving and appreciating the body you have been given, not permanently engraving it.
Can you get meaning out of a tattoo? Arguably. If you want to insert ink into your skin as a symbol for something greater than yourself, then maybe you are proving a point to yourself or the rest of the world.
But at the end of the day, are you really a happier person? Has this tattoo, for instance, caused you to learn something new about yourself? Has it challenged you? Has it led you to self-growth? Nothing comes out of getting a tattoo. You get a tattoo, and that’s it. You do something productive, though, and you see results. That’s a genuine, satisfying change in life. Not ink.
Invest your time, money, and effort into a gym membership, or yoga classes, or new clothes, or experimenting with different hairstyles if you’re craving something new with your body, not a tattoo.
I promise, it will be a much more rewarding experience, and you won’t find yourself in a rut when your future grandkids ask you what’s up with the angel wings on your upper back as you’re in the middle of giving them a life lesson on the importance of values and morals.
God knows the last thing this world needs is another generation of kids questioning their basic values and morals.”

Written by Lisa Khoury.  Email: lisa.khoury@ubspectrum.com (and for goddess sake, please email her!!)

So, Watch and weep, Lisa…welcome to my first ‘Right Of Reply’ vlog ever…

Enjoy!

 

 

Graveyard Dolls and Scream Queens: Creature of the Night Pin Ups

Graveyard Dolls and Scream Queens: Creature of the Night Pin Ups

 

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It’s been ten days since my last post and I’ve had this one on my schedule since the fabulous weekend that was the Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo.  So finally, here ’tis…after nearly a fortnight of Spring colds, flu’s and far too much illness…the minx is back.

The first Zombie Pageant for Melbourne’s Tattoo and Body Art Expo had two categories; The Graveyard Doll, awarded to “the pinup who has a teeny bit of zombie and a wiggle in her walk” and The Scream Queen, awarded to “the pinup has gone all the way with special effects/blood/latex/props”.  Each girl was announced and did a bit of a blood-caked, zombie walk/routine down the catwalk to some seriously zombie-specific music.

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Madeline Glasseater was the first girl out, using the whole stage to whip up the audience into an undead burlesque performance-style frenzy as she purveyed her hula hoop deliciousness.  Madeline Glasseater and her hoops wowed the judges enough to take away The Scream Queen crown.

Whilst all the girls were gorgeous in their grotesque array of costuming and sfx makeup, it was Georgie, the winner of The Graveyard Doll, who did the best job of revving up the crowd with her saucy cupcake performance.  She really got into it; dragging one foot along the ground in typical zombiesque tradition, giving the judges an eyeful with a pastie booty shake and erotically decimating a plate of specially created cupcakes.

I’m a huge lover of pageants like this (I once went to a Back fat, Beer guts and Braless boobs pageant – very…um amusing) and I always give my own awards.  Perhaps a tad pretentious of me, but I love doing it as I feel almost as special as the likes of Aspen, Miss Nic, Felicity Finlayson and Madeline Mayhem (the ‘real’ Zombie Pin Up Pageant judging panel).

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So, my awards go to:

*Hottest Shoes – Madeline Glasseater.  I would give her any award just to get my hands on those shoes.  Tasty all on their own, she actually hula hooped in them! Pure talent and sexpot to boot.

*The ‘D’ award – Ayr Lox’ide.  Divine, divine, divine dress, dreadlocks and sfx.  Easily the best kept dreadlocks (and I’ve seen a lot thanks to my hippie commune days), phenomenal sfx including a fake collarbone poking out of rancid bloody skin, and most scrumptious dress I’ve seen on stage in a long time (Sponsor anyone?).  Swoon territory.

*Body roll award – Georgie. I’m in love with the cupcake body roll.  I’m definitely inspired to make cupcakes for a whole new reason.

What the Zombie Pageant lacked in contestants (there was only seven), it made up for in amazing make up effects, wanton wardrobe creations and pure performance sass.  Egged on by the large mass of people crowded into the smallish stage area, I expect this pageant become even bigger and more gruesome next year.

Who knows…next year I may fancy myself as a bit of a Graveyard Doll contestant.  Any excuse to wear scrummy clothes, get dolled up, prance about the stage and put on a bit of show.

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If you want to watch the Zombie Pageant in full, go to this youtube link to see it all!

On a personal note…

As lead blogger for the expo, I had a fabulous opportunity to meet such an amazing, talented group of people.  Thank you for being just the most gorgeously creative, and all-round delicious bunch. I spent my time gazing adoringly at the pin up and rockabilly wardrobe delectables and wishing I could have every square inch of my body prettied up with tattooes from Perth artist Kat Abdy (my personal favourite).  Hopefully next time…

Huge shout out to my cousins Candy and Matt for helping me cover the expo and stepping in to enjoy the fun.  

I’ll be blogging the Sydney Tattoo and Body Art Expo in March next year and giving away some free tickets so watch this space! 

 

Photo Credits (the professional looking ones!):

Model Name: Ayr Lox’ide

http://www.facebook.com/AyrLoxide

SPFX Makeup Artist: Tee Taylor Spfx Mua

http://www.facebook.com/tee.taylorspfxmua

Photographer: McZany Photography

http://www.facebook.com/McZany.Photography

Hair accessory: Candy Coated Sinners

http://www.facebook.com/CandyCoatedSinners

Other photography: Candice Tuffin & Matthew Willis

 

 

Inking Love, Zombie Sass, BloodArt and Cherry Blossom Wishes

Inking Love, Zombie Sass, BloodArt and Cherry Blossom Wishes

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I have just returned from having had my ink fetish petted and my pinup wardrobe obsession pampered.  I feel entirely loved up creatively and I still have another two days to fill my ink well up because the inaugural Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo is on tomorrow from 12-10pm and Sunday from 11-7pm.

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Today was just a taster for me…to sample the delights from each stand, to gush girly love over the fashion, and to gaze lustily at the phenomenal body art around every corner.  I have to tell you that I felt so ultra bare and utterly boring, although I did get three random compliments on my tailored sailor pinup dress (Thanks SandraV).  I wish I had invested in some temporary tattoos or at least a very large Audrey-style coat to hide my lack of inky loveliness.

 

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Supremely talented purveyors of tattooing and body art lined the expo walls, making me feel very jealous that I was supposed to be ‘working’ not shopping for tattooist potential. Adam from TenTen Tattoo got me the most hotted up and wistful while I watched Therese add to her creations.

Then came the realisation that my ridiculous excuse for inky love may be my undoing when I discovered a stand full of Japanese tattooists at play.  I spent some time hiding the three tiny Japanese characters I have tattooed on my back from view while I was checking out their work.  I was certain one of them was going to laugh, point and exclaim, ‘Why do you have *** (insert a word you really wouldn’t want tattooed on your back) on your shoulder blade”.  It’s supposed to say dolphin in Japanese but to be honest, the source from whence it came was rather questionable (an ex-boyfriend who, having returned from an exchange student trip to Japan, purported himself as being fluent in Japanese).

So, today was the first day of the first Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo.  It wasn’t as busy as I had envisaged but it was a Friday and most people would have planned to visit after work tonight or during the weekend.

The stream of people entering the expo was steady, and clearly a committed bunch; gorgeous pinups, burly girls, scrumptious looking men with sleeves to swoon over and even funky Mum’s getting temporary tattoos put on their delightful mini-me’s.

With a full, crazy weekend loaded with fashion parades, tattoo contests, burlesque acts, Zombie Pin Up Pageants as well as the 99 stalls, exhibitors and artists, I have no doubt that this Melbourne show will be a resounding success.

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So, who did I meet today and who gets the much sought-after Minxy Merit points (I just made that up, but I’m sure you’d want some)…

  • Craig from Ruff n Ready.  I’ve never met him, (facebook doesn’t count) yet he greeted me with a hug. Anyone who does that gets a whole stackload of Minxy Merit points.  Plus he has hair spiky enough to take an eye out.  Fabulous pinup, rockabilly, tattoo, punk and Kustom Kulture goodies served up to you by a seriously up-to-stuff chap with a truckload of awesome things in the works, including bringing Mad Sin, the legendary Psychobilly band, out from Germany (stay tuned).  I’m a huge fan – that hug was yum.  You’ll see more of Ruff n Ready on Angelica Minx in the coming weeks. Find Craig and Ruff n Ready at Booth 108 (near the bar).
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  • Diner of the Dead…enter pin up bliss.  If the Angelica coffers had been full enough today, I would’ve bought the entire rack.  Polka dots, leopard print, cupcakes, cherries, halter necks…delicious cheesecake heaven with a side order of zombie sass.  I am going to place a very large Christmas order and request that my stocking is entirely filled up with goodies made by this gal.  If you’re going to stop by and check out their stand, have money and be prepared to have it grow wings.
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  • Twisted Sailor – hairbows, clip and jewellery vintage heaven.  Comic book super heroines, spiders, pin up girls, dotty prints, nautical themed bows, cherries…sigh.  I have an already established addiction to hair accessories and earrings. Finding Twisted Sailor was all kinds of bad news for my now-void-of-savings savings account.
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Tomorrow I’m worshipping at the altar that is Dr Rev Bloodpainter.  I’m not quite sure what to expect from an artist who hooks up a direct IV line into his forearm and uses his own blood to create uniquely confronting bloodart.  I’m a tad nervous and very, very excited.
I may just have to finish off the day with a new cherry blossom tattoo if I can convince someone to do it for a tickle and a hug (oh, and a year’s worth of free blogging).  Any takers?
Minxing It Up at Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo

Minxing It Up at Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo

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Despite feeling a tad minxy in my vintage navy themed wiggle dress and funky new hair, I feel rather tattoo- less. En route to Melbourne Tattoo and Body Art Expo, I have just realized how void of colours and art my body really is.

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With the exception of one minuscule black Japanese character tattoo on my right shoulder blade, I am sadly free of creative body art. Who knows, maybe today might be the day that my much desired full back cherry blossom tattoo is born.

I’m getting butterflies just thinking about it.

So, what’s on for today? Three hours of perusing 99 phenomenal artists, countless retails, pin up parades and fashion shows. Goddess my life as Angelica Minx is hard.

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Top of my lust, oops, list..is an interview with the unique and unrepeatable Dr Rev Bloodpainter. Hooked up to his airbrush via an IV in his forearm, he creates beautiful artwork in his own blood. Truly life mimicking art.

More to come as I tweet and blog throughout the day.

Angelica xxx

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