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why i’ve converted to gagaism. PART TWO.

December 29, 2009

is gagaism the dadaism of the 21st century?

From the Dada wiki page:
“Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media. The movement influenced later styles like the avant-garde and downtown music movements, and groups including surrealism, Nouveau réalisme, pop art, Fluxus and punk rock.
Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, a starting point for performance art, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of anti-art to be later embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960s and the movement that lay the foundation for Surrealism.”

See also: Neo-Dada

“I went to art school, I studied pop culture, I know everything about music and iconography, pop, cultural and religious, I’m self-manufactured. . .. (I look) at it not as poison or lowbrow, but looking at it in a very highbrow way, and self-making myself to be a powerful visionary and say something that will genuinely speak to people”
— Lady GaGa / June 25, 2009

I’ve been watching interviews with Lady GaGa all day, she mentions performance art many times, she is a performance artist, a bit of a shock star.

“What has been lost in pop music these days is the combination of the visual and the imagery of the artist, along with the music – and both are just as important… When I’m writing music, I’m thinking about the clothes I want to wear onstage. It’s all about everything altogether – performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it’s everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.”

She’s bizarre, she’s strange, but above all, she’s Lady GaGa, she’s inspiring, she’s everything a rock star should be. She’s real, she’s not cookie-cutter pretty, or talented… she’s a super-idol, super-star. She’s got it all, she’s multifaceted, she does it all, she IS it all.

“My realization of GaGa was five years ago, but GaGa’s always been who I am”

She prefers not to be called by her real name, her mother even refers to her as GaGa. She totally lives in this.

“I don’t appreciate when people call me Stefani, because if they don’t know me, I feel like it’s their way of acting like they do … they’re completely ignoring my creative existence… (Lady Gaga) is who I am. Me and my hair bow, we go to bed together. She sleeps where I sleep”

GaGa started playing piano at age 4, started performing at open mic nights in dive bars at age 14, escorted by her mother.  She originally started at Interscope as a songwriter, until Akon discovered her vocal talent. She wrote the song, “Telephone” featuring Beyonce, for Britney Spears, but Brit turned it down.

I truly believe GaGa is the wave of the future, I believe she is the 2010 we were promised, with flying cars and frequent trips to Mars, contact with aliens, and robot butlers. Lady Gaga’s fashion is what I sense we’d be striving toward (her’s still being eccentric, due to the fact that she is.. a rock star.), her music, her vision, her reality, our reality. I feel GaGa could be refueling our aspiration of this future and inspiring us to create it.

Lady GaGa is fresh, is NEW, she’s something we’ve never seen before, yet she’s bringing something back. Originality? The super star?  She is a true icon, a leader, she’s bringing a new era. She gives me hope.

…to be continued…


why i’ve converted to gagaism. PART ONE:

December 29, 2009

My first female fashion/rock idol was Gwen Stefani… a girl amongst the guys, the front woman of one of my favorite bands, feminine.. fashionable, hanging out with her brother’s friends.. something I feel I did, (or tried to do?) a lot.

I’ve always gotten a long with boys better than girls, yet I am woman, rawr. I guess I was kinda tom-boyish as a kid, but my favorite colors were definitely pink and purple; I’d take the teenage mutant ninja turtles over my little pony.. and beer over a mixed drink any day, but I definitely don’t dislike girly things, I have a distinct memory of being very sick once, and my brother bringing me home a my little pony movie from the video store.. and I was pretty much over joyed.  I suppose I’m a bit androgynous in my personality. I’m a recovering WoW addict, I’ve always been a Star Trek fan (I’ve always wanted to name my son Jean-Luc), I thoroughly enjoy cooking, cleaning, and sewing, I’ve always had the instinct to mother. I drink beer, I burp, I enjoy hot women… I’ve always enjoyed fashion, and I like looking good. I giggle and obsess over boys, I played with Barbies, but I also spent a lot of time in the garage hitting things with hammers, making who knows what out of scrap wood and nails…

After Gwen came Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. cute, crazy, and oh man.. those outfits. I’ve long stated that Karen O is in some way, my alter ego.. and that I cannot be a rock star, simply for the fact that Karen O exists… I’d be her clone. Haha. Now, that’s really only partially true.. I am a “chameleon” after all, right? That being said.. Karen O’s enthusiasm on stage is definitely something you’d see reflected in rock star me, way back before I knew of her I was rocking and bopping and hippin’ and hopping all around my bedroom Karen O style.

Then there was Kathleen Hanna in my feminist phase (we share the same birthday squee!) and of course Patricia Day of the Horrorpops  in my Rockabilly/Psychobilly phase… not too many leading females in the Reggae genre… but I’ve been fascinated with “Ruca“, from the Sublime song. Peaches and Miss Kitten when I first discovered Electroclash, Tegan and Sara at the beginning of Indie Rock, Yelle and Dragonette for Electropop… I could go on.

And now, well, now there is GaGa.

A brief list of who GaGa is being compared to, and who she’s inspired by/idolizes:

  • Gwen Stefani (ahem. :D)
  • Bowie (I am beyond in love with this man)
  • Andy Warhol (one of my favorite people on the planet)
  • Queen (listened to them obsessively growing up.)
  • Micheal Jackson
  • Madonna
  • Debbie Harry
  • Grace Jones
  • Donatella Versace
  • “I’m inspired by fashion. I’m inspired by the moonlight. I’m inspired by sex and pornography and slasher films.”

I’m sold. This woman is already a legend. She’s adorable, unique, clever, talented and gorgeous. As if this wasn’t enough, I’ve got more…


THIN MINTIES! as good as the real deal?!

December 18, 2009

thin mints have long been the #1 most popular girl scout cookie (they make up 25% of sales!), they’re so soft, yet crunchy, and the PERFECT ratio of mint to chocolate (in my own humble opinion, of course.) my one and only complaint with these little bits of heaven is the fact that they’re not available all year round! what a shame. quite honestly, i think they’re the absolute perfect cookie for this time of year. what screams winter more than chocolate and mint?! not much, not much.

to tackle this issue of no girl scout cookies in winter… i’m gonna make my own. after a little googling, and hunting down my favorite food blogs, i’ve come across a couple recipes:

the first one i found, and the one i’m using.. (first?) — so far the dough tastes spot on, this website also had recipes for a couple other girl scout cookies.. i may try making as well. omnom nom. (thank you baking bites! i’ve used several recipes from this site, and they’ve all turned out fabulously.)

home-made and all natural thin mints (nom! healthy delicious makes me far happier than just delicious delicious.)

which lead me to the interesting top secret recipe which involves cake mix?

made the dough last night.. it’s been in the freezer since. today i’m going to tackle the slicing and baking (easy peasy) and the dipping in chocolate (not so easy peasy).

last night also happened to be my friend (aka, my first boyfriend) dustin’s (of static hum records and teeth gnashing) birthday, so i called him up to wish him a happy one. he suggested that my two old friends from school (and girl scouts!) get together and wear all our old scout gear while baking these cookies (sounds like a blast, right?) i think i’m going to have to call them up for a get together when i tackle another one of those recipes…

but since the baking process for this batch has already started, i’m going to leave you with some girl scout inspired fashion(123), and a short playlist of my favorite tunes from waaaaay back in the day. haha.

*le sigh*

December 16, 2009

well, fall semester is over.

i’ve been stressed, and all around pretty unpleased with my life as of late. i don’t have a job, and i definitely didn’t do as well as i’d hoped this semester. i’ve kinda felt myself slipping back into depression, and i’m really not digging it. it’s hard to shake off, and psychology has taught me exactly why. (psychology has also taught me that i’m highly likely to get sick now that finals are over, which is why this sore throat isn’t surprising me and i’m bumping up my vitamin c intake.)

right before heading to my pysch final this afternoon i decided to stop by gala darling’s blog, which is where i stumbled across this. of course, leave it to gala to say exactly what i needed to hear, at exactly the right time. thinking back upon where i was exactly a year ago, compared to where i am now certainly banished the blues. i walked into that psych final with swagger and confidence.. and i think i aced it. ha!

really, compared to then life is SO good now, i think i set my goals for the end of this year a little high, which is never really a bad thing, i don’t think i’d have come as far as i did if i hadn’t. i’m really quite proud of myself, and i’ve at least gotten myself in a place where i can tackle these goals.

anyway, winter break = boatloads of free time, so here’s what to expect in the next few weeks:

my diet overhaul plan, entitled: “rice: i hate it, but it makes me feel so good.” this will probably turn into more of a series, i’ll share lots of recipes. rice pretty much bores the hell out of me, but i cannot deny that when i eat it i feel so good, healthy and full of energy. so i’ll be blogging as i attempt to discover how to make rice a staple of my diet without getting too horribly bored.

an attempt to label myself, i’ve always thought labels were pretty silly, but what the hell, i’m gonna take a stab at defining myself, accurately. “a priceless hippie with an affinity for fashion magazines and punk rock.” seems to be a pretty good start, no?

my religious views/philosophical outlook on life.  “god is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, hunger and satiety.”

why i’ve converted to gagaism. i can’t deny it any longer, i’m quite the lady gaga fan.

a couple playlists, and a few TiLTs, of course.

things that are good.

September 8, 2009

and ramona flowers inspired fashion. not much to the story (yet?) but it sure is pretty i know i’ve posted this before.. but omgsogood.

my dream converse came in the mail this week:

they’re soooo gorgeous. mucho better in person. i saw these on zappos and just fell head over heels in love, i knew they were it, the pair of converse i’ve been waiting my whole life for. they make me feel pretty complete. so many delicious ideas, i don’t know where to start!

my friends! i’d be so so lost without you guys. thank you for making me smile while going through some shitty shit. honerable mentions: ian kaser – seriously.. everyday i find another reason to thank the lord for sending me this friend. he’s incredible. matthew ingwerson – my hubby. my rock, honestly.. this man makes me feel so grounded, solid, safe and strong. tom sloger – a charming, funny man with a fantastic taste in music and women; a saint for driving me to LA and putting up with my antics all weekend. sean o’toole – a recent addition to my collection of friends, and one i’m pretty damn glad to find. he’s a hell of a lot of fun.

car!!! she’s a funky, old, ’79 honda hatchback, with a stiff steering wheel and no radio.. but she’s mine!!! and she’s actually a lot of fun to drive. (i could be biased.)

miss molly jones – can’t forget the dog. she’s still the cutest damn thing i’ve seen in my life, fills my heart with joy on a daily basis and never fails to crack me up. i love this dog more than you’ll ever know. she’s truely my best friend.

LA ROAD  TRIP!!! – last weekend: cake, point break live, “1988!!!”, matt furden, hollywood, THE FAINT, bali shag, pancakes, echo location, showers in the dark, photography assignments, cockroaches; it was all so good.

school, holy crap.. it’s exhausting, and time consuming.. and school.. so i can’t help but hate it a little… but i’m surprising myself with how much fun it is.. and i’m really enjoying all of my classes. pilates is kicking my butt!

photography –  can’t get enough of this class. i need my own darkroom, there is absolutely no way for me to get everything printed i want to print.

life in general… my last two weekends have been full of fun and unforgetable memories, i’m feeling very loved, successful, happy and confidant as of late. life is good, life is gooood.

two weeks without a post.

September 5, 2009

life has been busy as of late… and i’m quite frankly uninspired. seems like i had a lot more ideas for this blog when i started it than what i’ve got now… it’s nothing but TiLTs… and while those are a brilliant idea, they’re totatlly un-original. le sigh.

life seems to be picking up though, things are falling into place. i’m inspired in most all other areas of my life, but lacking in funding… and blogging is something i’ve yet to get the hang of. haha. i feel like i’m in a swing state, life is good, and getting better, but it’s still not quite where i want it to be.. i’m still waiting. so sick of waiting.

things to expect in the near near future: a late TiLT post, a playlist, and some inspiration dumping.

tralala! – steph.


August 20, 2009

oh wow! i totally forgot till now that i owed another TiLT! school started this week, my head has just been elsewhere.

this is going to be tough, i haven’t been in the highest of spirits the last few days, but i’ll give it a shot..

lets start out with molly, she’s a constant source of love and currently keeping me quite warm.  no matter how terrible my mood is, she makes me smile and my heart sing with joy. seriously, she bubbles up so much happiness in me, it’s astounding. i just wanna squeeze the shit out of her. she’s so damn adorable and aauuughgghg. haha.

secondly, ian. i’ve been becoming increasingly aware of how damn lucky i am to have this boy in my life, he’s my hero. swoops in when i’m on the verge of a breakdown and fills my head with sunshine n rainbows n all that good crap. he’s just, he’s helped push me into a really good part of my life, he makes me feel so good about myself, so comfortable with myself and so damn happy. he’s one of the greatest friends i’ve ever had.

metric – just happens to be what i’m listening to at the moment, but omg, talk about rediscovery. haven’t really listen to these guys in forever – but they feel so damn good. i’m glad to have remembered that.

LMFAO – honestly, i wasn’t the biggest fan of these guys at first.. but now i’m HOOKED. they probably make up the majority of what i listen to right now, haha.

my mommy! she came home from her threeish week vacation on the east coast and i’m SOO happy she’s home! i missed her!

sweet potato fries – yum!

parties all weekend!

school starting, and more importantly – photography! last tuesday, the first day of the class we took a tour of the lab and ooooooooooh god it feels so good to be back in there. i’m so super stoked on this class.. and really all the classes i’m taking. this semester is going to be challenging – but i’m SUPER interested in these classes, so augh, it’s gonna be great – and hopefully successful. i’m feeling pretty damn optimistic about school now, i think taking that summer class and passing WITH A C really helped up my spirits. i set my mind to school, i worked hard and.. yeah, a c isn’t the best grade ever.. but i’m pretty damn proud of myself.

hanging out with friends that i’ve never really hung out with outside of a large group before. haha, tuesday i ran into two of my guy friends, jared and sean, on campus and we chilled for awhile – i kinda surprised myself with how much fun i had.. and they’re now (hopefully) joining my pilates class! stoked!

LA next weekend! cake! modest mouse! the faint! epic!

sesame honey almonds from trader joes – i’ve been nomming on these babies all week. they’ve really made school sooo much bearable, delicious and full of protein! best snack evar?

heh – this was actually a lot easier than i’d anticipated.. once i started things kept popping into my head, but i’ve ran outta steam. i was just about to promise a better list next week – but who knows if i’ll get to it! i’ll probably be heading to LA right after school andddddddd then CAKE! i’ll try and post one.. better late than never!