Posts Tagged: ‘rockabilly’

Welcome to Creepsville

May 8, 2013 Posted by rissvandal

First off, my suggestion is that you Youtube “Blood in My Eyes” by Calabrese while looking over this post, because it’s the perfect complement to these images of a should-be horror punk frontman. 


The pep talk before the shoot went like this: “You’re an undead rockabilly ghoul…go creep around the cemetery like it’s your home.” And then I’m pretty sure the words “look evil, and like you think you’re cooler than everyone” came out of my mouth as well.



Look Stupid Festive Without Losing Your Cool Kid Points

December 16, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

This is not a post about ironic Christmas sweaters–no one needs another post about that. If I was going to talk about sweaters, the only one worth mentioning is this He-Man and Shera one from 80s Tees, but I’m not, so who cares. What this post is about, is how to look super festive, but without losing your edge.

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Interview with Bink from Pearls & Swine

November 1, 2012 Posted by rissvandal

I recently interviewed Bink, the designer and visionary behind Pearls & Swine—a brand that specializes in hats, fascinators, masks, eyepatches, and hair accessories that seems to have been plucked straight out of a surreal dream, and often appear to defy gravity. Bink also developed a sister brand, Temptress of Waikiki,  where she produces custom burlesque accessories. Bink works nonstop (she currently has over 150 items in her shop!), and her selection caters to tastes across the board—glam rock, steampunk, pop culture kawaii, rockabilly, and delicate bridalwear. In our interview, Bink explains the “mistake” that spawned her business, her inspiration, and offers a bit of advice and insight to artists and creatives who struggle with self-doubt and the pressure to lead a “conventional” career path.

Q: On your website you say that you “always intended to be sensible” but could never really settle on a conventional career path. When you decided to devote your life to your artwork, were there people in your life that discouraged you or lead you to question your decision? If so, how did you deal with those negative outside forces?

A: I was the only real block that stopped myself from being allowed to be creative. I did have some friends who questioned whether or not anyone would really be interested in unconventional headwear, but on the whole I have been extremely fortunate in mostly having support in my business. My partner Trafford Parsons is an artist and has been there for me every step of the way, even when my doubts crept back (and they do, even after years of being in business).

Q: What advice would you give to young creatives who are pressured to take a more “conventional” path in life, or who are surrounded by people who may not “get” their work?

A: Looking back I realize that, had I allowed me to be myself, a creative, instead of fighting it till I was 30, my life would be very different now. However, I do believe that everything we endure is for a reason…perhaps I had to take the journey I did to get to where I am now.

My advice to anyone is always to know you are going to make it if you want something enough. Many creatives aren’t very driven or confident in their art. The secret of confidence is pretend–one day it will come but you have to have determination and a disregard for wealth…. just go for it!


Grab Your Tux and Princess Top, It’s Time To Get Your Swim On

April 18, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

I’m not gunna lie–I actually don’t remember the last time I swam. But that doesn’t stop me from admiring swimsuits every year, pretending I intend to go swimming…


Springtime Indulgences

April 10, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

No matter what the season, I sing the praises of dark colors year-round. But after catching a glimpse of this darling watermelon dress from New York Couture’s Wonderland collection, I went on a springtime kick–seeking out pieces just as bright, fruity, and sugary-sweet. 


The Three “Hell Yes” Moments of the Week

February 2, 2012 Posted by fashionvandals

New York Fashion Week is coming up, Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbooks are being released, a number of amazing couture  runway shows occurred–this is one of the more exciting times of the year for anyone who follows fashion in general. But along with all that, I’ve found a few additional, more personal, “oh hell yes” moments to get psyched about in the last two weeks.

1. Jeantrix relaunched their online shop with LOADS of new items up for sale.


Model of the Week: Miss Cobweb

October 24, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

Check out Miss Cobweb, a 23-year-old model from England. This lovely lady is a  hairdresser, makeup artist, as well as a new mom as of this year.


Always Creepin’ Around

October 5, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

I acknowledged long ago that Creeper’s aren’t the most flattering shoes for females, yet the punk rock kid in me is forever drawn to them. The obvious go-to is T.U.K, but I wanted to branch out a bit and I found a lovely selection of Creepers, as well as Winklepickers (I love that word), from Underground, based in the U.K.


The Pin-Up Files

June 14, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

We started off the week with a lovely pin-up lady, and I figured we’d run with that theme a little longer. For any and all pin-up enthusiasts, you have to check out The Pin-Up Files. It’s an extensive database of pin-up art and photography, ranging from vintage to modern and classic to horror.



Model of the Week: Heidi Van Horne

June 13, 2011 Posted by fashionvandals

Heidi Van Horne is a pin-up model who has a hand in basically everything else there is to do out there. She acts, produces, directs, photographs, sings, and writes.



















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