Anyone who thought that drag wasn’t worthy of being called ‘art’ have been proved very wrong… The UK has become the first country ever to offer a module in the art of drag queens and kings as part of the performing arts, dance and drama degree at Edge Hill University in Lancashire. The module will include how to perfect a lip sync, the use of makeup and costume, comedy and general stage performance. Theories surrounding gay, lesbian and transgender activism will also be included.
American drag queen superstar, Ru Paul
The senior lecturer of the course, Mark Edwards was in charge of pushing the module forward.
“This module not only explores drag as a highly camp performance art, it also engages with complex gender, feminist and queer theory to explore the social and political implication of ‘doing gender’ in performance. Drag as a performance art form has seen a relative decline in the past decade, yet there are new and exciting emerging forms coming through which makes this module all the more relevant to performance contexts. There’s a lot more to drag studies than wigs, make-up and high heels!”
Trixie Mattel with British drag queen, Meth who also runs the London drag night, The Meth Lab
This groundbreaking step forward for the LGBT community comes in the same month as the closure of infamous pub, The Black Cap which used to host The Meth Lab – one of the most popular drag nights in London. Last week saw a large protest outside the venue with many famous faces of the drag community rallying together to prove their undying love for this iconic venue. Paul McGill, owner of Camden securities which agreed terms on the pub in December stated, “It’s a site of historical value, we understant that. We feel we are saving it as a venue, not destroying it.” Only time will tell if McGill holds any truth in what he says!
Female drag star, Tete Bang who was a long running performer at The Black Cap.
Today, we’re loving this beautifully serene portraits of women by Graham Little…
Images from: www.alisonjacquesgallery.com
A mobile tattoo parlour has been touring Bristol, encouraging the public to document their tattoos with photographs and share their stories. The project “I Will Always Have You” will be featured in the city’s art and culture show and started in Knowle West in June 2014.
Arts producer Melissa Mean curated the exhibition in order to gather memories and stories behind tattoos to add to growing digital archives.
By exploring the power of personal narratives and the construction of character through body art, we hope to better understand the growing popularity of tattoos across the UK and the richness of Knowle West’s tattoo culture.
The exhibition will be on show at Knowle West Media Centre until Christmas. People can add their tattoos to the online archive.
Image and Melissa quoted from bbc.co.uk
Dutch artist Handiedan creates beautiful hand-cut collages inspired by traditional imagery drawing upon vintage female pin-ups. Handiedan collects the vintage frames herself to house her computer montage and scuptural collages.
The classic pin-up body parts are collected from old playing cards, antique sheet music, stamps and ornaments and laid over baroque and Victorian backdrops.
View more artwork at www.handiedan.com
Artist Victoria Selbach paints female nudes as they really are – as their bodies truly are in domestic, everyday settings. The women are just that – women, cast free of social projections and celebrity airbrushing.
The human presence stripped bare of pretense and accouterments is simply alive, revealing a deeply personal identity, present in the light of one unique moment.
Quoted from her artistic statement
Images from Huffington Post
Tattoo artist Little Swastika who tattoos from a private studio in Germany (you can only contact him via email), created the word ‘Love’ over four people’s backs.
He painted the design by hand onto the four backs before beginning the long process of tattooing. Little Swastika frequently tattoos large back pieces, with designs flowing down both arms and legs, to him the whole body is a canvas.
Somewhere in middle of Italy in a private living room. 4 people and a total of around 32 hours of tattooing over 4 days on two working spaces. This was in a way killing me, but in another way showing me what is possible. When I started a few years ago with my first double piece I was just dreaming of making a tattoo in a size like this. Without many compromises at all. Many thanks to all you 4 and to all other pieces who made me walk, more than once, over the borders of dreams and reality…..
He has created tattoos over two people before but the love project is his biggest piece to date.
Creating art is my key to escape from our life in our reality. Tattooing for me is a piece of freedom.
Images and quotes from Little Swastika’s Facebook
Artist jirka väätäinen has created images of how Disney Princesses would look in real life. Of course they are a beautiful reflection of patriarchal ideals.
Innocent and curious Alice
Whimsical and delicate Snow White
Jasmine has a Kim Kardashian look about her
Youthful and alluring siren of the sea Ariel
Fiercely sexual Pochantantis
And then there’s Ursula in all her villainous glory
“There will be pain. Pain and blood.”
Jake and Dinos Chapman hope to raise £25,000 through Art Fund and their crowd-funding website Art Happens to open a tattoo art project at the Jerwood Gallery.
Those who donate can help bring the brothers back to their home town of Hastings, where their new art exhibition will be on display. Not only will the brother’s be painting over old junk shop finds, but they are encouraging the public to bring in art from their homes for the brothers to update with paint.
Jake and Dinos are also opening a pop-up tattoo parlour in the gallery, in which they will reward those who donated with specially-designed tattoos turning them into walking one-off pieces of art.
The original idea was to have Dinos tattooing in a wooden box, the victim – or lucky customer – would stick their arm through a hole in the box where it would be strapped down, totally hidden from site. Dinos would tattoo a design of his choosing onto their arm and on removal from the hole the recipient would see their new tattoo. Fortunately this idea was dismissed on health and safety grounds by Frieze Art Fair.
Chapman brothers tattoo design
Neither one of the brothers has any formal training and Jake’s forearm is covered with blue scribbles done by Dinos.
He isn’t very good, and he really dug in with the needle – it was very painful.
Will you be donating? Would you let someone tattoo a mystery design on your skin?
Chapman Brothers quoted from The Guardian
Images from The Guardian and www.blouinartinfo.com
Artist Jessica Harrison has created these stunning figurines that we need in our (tattooed) lives!
These ladies are being exhibited, along with many others at Galerie L.J. in Paris 15th May- 24th June.
We are very pleased to announce that Sailor Jerry will be sponsoring the opening of IDENTITY – Portraits | Modification | Adornment – our exhibition at Into You London in May 2014.
Join and celebrate with us:
Thursday 22 May from 7pm
Into You, 144 St John St, London EC1V 4UA
Sailor Jerry will be providing awesome cocktails including:
Jerry and Ginger Beer
Sailor Jerry and Coke
Shave & a Haircut
. Respect his legacy, drink responsibly.
What more could you ask for? Ink, art and booze. See you on Thursday…
Jerry and Ginger Beer
Shave & a Haircut
Cocktails recipes from Sailor Jerry coming soon. More information about the event here.