So the internet just gave my tumblr name a whole new (literal) meaning. I was alerted to a photo of me gathering massive attention via a friend who linked me to a Reddit post titled “Don’t worry guys, I’m taking hipster to the next level.”
Apparently some guy on the train uploaded this photo to twitter it has been spreading like wildfire since. Surprisingly when I read the thread on Reddit a lot of it was positive/supportive. I’m surprised by how unfazed and genuinely funny I find the negative comments. People’s theories as to why I am dressed like this, and who I really am are also really interesting.
I’m dressed like this for a number reasons. Firstly, and fore-mostly, I genuinely like the clothes I am wearing. I’ve described my look as “anywhere from hipster chic to kawaii gangsta Harajuku princess”. This is the epitome of the latter. I love sailor moon, I love pink, those converse are kawaii as fuck and yeah fuck you I’m wearing Prada sunglasses. I don’t really dress like this all the time, but I wish I did more often. I mostly don’t because I want to keep the look fresh. I wore this outfit because I had an art exhibition at my college and wanted to express myself.
I also find men’s fashion extremely limiting in both types of clothes, cuts of clothes and colours. Women have so many beautiful options. So I pillage their aisles a lot because I wanna look pretty.
This was also a statement. As an artist I think fashion is incredibly important. This day, I wanted something that not only reflected my personality and artistic sensibilities but also have some social commentary. A lot of my work, or what I want my work to speak about, is sex and sexuality and notions of gender and gender roles. How many of you knew pink actually use to be associated with boys, not girls? Personally I think the idea of “This is a boy colour”, “This is a girl colour” or “Barbies are for girls”, “Power Rangers are for boys” is dumb as fuck. Creating social and cultural boundaries does nothing but limit the potential of a person. By dressing like this I am breaking that boundary for myself and attempting to reflect that sentiment.
Keeps getting better. Rock on, man.
So, it’s been a little while. Sorry for that! I’ve been very hard at work on a cosplay project (which you can read all about here), and, well, time just kinda got away from me. But hey, I’m back now!
My original thought was that it would be fun to pair this red skirt with the blue heels, and by the time I added the white knee highs it became clear that I might as well go full on school uniform inspo! I think it’s super fun, though, hmm?
Beginning of spring look.
So, I’ve played a bit with gimp and tried to hide the beard shadow from my last photo set (I’m not that good at make up yet, nor do I have all the stuff required to do this right).
How’d I do?
A rarity for me to post a look with several detail shots like this but there’s some new things here and I’m excited about them. First off, I continue to love this Kimchi Blue dress from Urban Outfitters that I bought to wear as my Christmas party dress in 2012. It continues to be very versatile.
Today I’m pairing it with the amazing “Peek-a-Booty” slip that was made by truly delightful Etsy shop Kolouri. All handmade stuff from Downtown Los Angeles, she has some kick-ass leggings and I’ve gotten some of her scarves both for myself and for gifts. The Peek-A-Booty slips are the perfect accessory for tall girls like myself who do occasionally fret about how short a dress might be. This dress in particular I go back and forth on so it was awesome to have a way to mix it up.
And the SHOES! I got these in the same order from Payless as the brown mary jane’s I made such a splash with on here last week, and I was excited to throw this ensemble together so I could wear them. I like them so much I even threw in a detail shot of the slip and the shoes, as well as one of those “trans feet on desk” pictures that the crazy tumblr kids are all into these days.
Side shot too of me in my favorite coat, since it is currently what passes for winter in LA.
I got new shoes yesterday.
First, welcome and THANK YOU to all of the new followers I’ve gained over the holidays. I hope y’all enjoy this blog and know that I really do appreciate the support! If you didn’t know, I have a blog outside of Tumblr over at hisblackdress.com, on which you can view even more content from me. I’d appreciate if you’d check that out, if you haven’t.
Also, a huge thanks to everyone who has followed this blog since I started it, your continued support and participation is awesome. I love you all! <3
Quite a few folks have messaged me asking if I’m alright, as it’s been a little while between posts. I’m sorry that I haven’t gotten back to you (I’ve got a pretty big queue of asks here, currently, oops), but yes I am okay. I’ve been pretty busy lately, as January happens to be both my anniversary and my daughter’s birthday, so there’s been that. I’ve also been working very hard on a cosplay for an upcoming convention (which you can check out on my new cosplay blog, Kigurumi For Villains), and that’s taken up a lot of my free time and attention. Also, the weather here has been absolutely manic, and that’s kinda put me in a bit of a fashion funk.
Anyhow, what I want to say is that I haven’t forgotten about this blog, and I’ll be back before you know it! Just know that I appreciate you, and we’ll be rockin’ soon, okay?
Last OOTD of 2013.
Jury nullification. Pass it on.
Jury nullification is so fucking important.
This is something that more people should be aware of, if only because (in many states, at least) defense attorneys are actually prohibited from mentioning it to jurors. The law allows a jury to return a “not guilty” verdict contrary to the facts of the case, but not for the defense to inform them of that power or to argue for its application in the current trial.
I didn’t know about this. Wow.
This is SUPER IMPORTANT and also a good reason to show up for jury duty. You know all those laws you think are stupid? This is your chance to maybe do something about it.
Semmes, Alabama is a town of some 3,000 mostly white and conservative people located just outside of Mobile, Alabama. The town puts on an annual Christmas parade that is organized by a group called Friends of Semmes, and this year, the group unwittingly invited some guests that they apparently did not vet so well, considering the audience that the guests would be performing for.
Those guests were none other than the Prancing Elites, a group of five young black men from Mobile who happen to be gay. They have been around since 2006 and were formed in part because males were not allowed to audition for the dance teams in their schools. Their style of dance is called “j-setting”, a form of cheerleader style hip hop. It also happens to be, according to the Prancing Elites Kickstarter page, very popular in southern black gay nightclubs.
So with all of this in mind, you can imagine that when the Prancing Elites showed up for the Semmes, Alabama Christmas parade to perform, dressed in skimpy Santa Claus outfits and wearing makeup, that their act was going to go over like a lead balloon.
Prancing Elites leader Kentrell Collins said: “We are no different than any team out there dancing. We want people to stop looking at gender and focus on the talent,” he said. “It’s OK for a woman to put on tights and play football but when a man wants to put on leotard and tights, it’s a problem.”
Viva Prancing Elites and their courage to perform in defiance of bigotry!
these group members are so elegant, in handling the pure hatred coming toward them. definitely watch the video of their dancing and their interview, linked in the title.
dance on *s
Can you imagine being a tiny queerby and realize who was dancing down your street at the annual christmas parade?
Can you imagine for the first time in your life seeing people who were THEMSELVES dancing down the street at you?
Can you imagine how that would feel, knowing for the first time, you weren’t alone?
Subtext from ignorant white folk: “I had to talk to my shitty kid!”
So I took a few photos, haha. I’m really diggin’ this outfit, though, so can you really blame me? Also, these tights, y’all. These. Tights. Right?