Gallery Mondays: “Knickerbocker Ave” by Ryan Peltier

Knickerbocker Ave mta art Ryan Peltier

If NYC had an underground Halloween/macabre dance party, I think it would definitely look like Ryan Peltier’s “Knickerbocker Ave”. Especially if this underground party took place at a Brooklyn subway stop.

“Knickerbocker Ave” is one of those subway art cards I can’t stop staring at. Whenever I look at it, I notice something more and more absurdly funny every time!

The characters in this piece by Peltier are based on friends and neighbors he remembered during his time living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The birds flying above the characters are also based on real subjects (pigeon people) he would see at the Kickerbocker Avenue stop.

Awkwardly contorted dancing aside, what is going on with the snowman-like figure in black? And the woman to his left with her hair covering half of her face? Is that even safe to be dancing so close to the yellow line with only one uncovered eye?!

Important questions!

See more of Peltier’s work here.

And, of course, if you like it so much that you want one for yourself, you can buy “Knickerbocker Ave” here.

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Fan Art Fridays: Loonette the Clown

loonette the clown big comfy couch fan art

A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I had one of those “where are they now” moments while discussing one of my favorite 90s children’s television characters, Loonette the Clown, from The Big Comfy Couch.

As anyone does, we did a quick Google search and found that Loonette was played by Alyson Court, who has a son and is now in her 40s. More on where she is now can be found over on MTV.com.

I used spend countless hours as a kid circa 1999 trying to perfect Loonette’s clock rug stretch on my bedroom floor after every episode (which was always a complete fail because I wasn’t that flexible then and I’m still not flexible now).

I woke up this morning remembering all this and decided I should probably make use of it for this week’s Fan Art Fridays. So, here’s some amazing fan art of Loonette and her doll Molly by nellii_bug on Instagram. It was created using ink brush pens, which give the fan art a watercolor feel. I also love the fact that she gave Loonette anime eyes!

BTW, would make a perfect Halloween costume idea for mother and daughter. You can even go as Loonette and take a Molly doll along with you if you can’t find a human to pair up with.

Check out some more of nellii_bug’s art over on Instagram.

 

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Cookie Lyon (Halloween Costume Edition)

Cookie Lyon Empire The Outspoken King Halloween Costume  Edition

If you’re looking for an excuse to dress head-to-toe in your favorite animal print, Halloween is the occasion and Cookie Lyon is your costume.

Whenever I picture Empire‘s Cookie Lyon, played by actress Taraji P. Henson, two things come to mind–leopard print and fur. She rocks both so well.

However, since 2017’s October weather in the Northeast can’t seem to drop low enough to feel cozy in fur outerwear, I’ve chosen to feature one of Cookie’s leopard print looks. This one throws it way back to episode two from first season of Empire, “The Outspoken King.”

Unleash your inner Cookie, and go be your sassy self in a leopard print fedora, bodycon dress, and crossbody bag with these options inspired by the character below:

Dress:

1. Milanoo, $18.71

2. Satin Sense, $39.90

Fedora:

3. Jet.com, $38.95

4. TJ Maxx, $12.99

Bag:

5. Dillard’s, $78.00

6. Kohl’s, $18.00

Fan Art Fridays: Madea

m rasheed madea fan art

Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is out in theaters today, for those of you who’d rather leave the cinema laughing instead of fearing nightmares this Halloween.

I really did not expect Tyler Perry to create a second Halloween-themed Madea film. Not that I didn’t like the first one, but this doesn’t seem to be a direct continuation of the 2016 film. I’ll still probably watch it when it arrives n DVD though.

I was quite young when Madea became a household name. My Godmother gave my mom one of Tyler Perry’s stage plays ages ago. It’s insane how far Madea’s craziness has gotten on the big screen.

For this week’s Fan Art Fridays, we celebrate everything that is Madea with this cartoon by M. Rasheed. It featured Madea and her many faces.

I’m not sure what possessed Tyler Perry to allow Madea to legally own a gun. I would not be caught dead near her while that thing was loaded.

View the original fan art on Pinterest, and watch the trailer for Boo 2! A Madea Halloween below!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Fallon Carrington in ‘Dynasty’ 2017 Premiere

Fallon fashion, Dynasty Premiere episode

I think I found a new show to dabble into!

The reboot of the 1980s soap Dynasty premiered last week, and aside from the endless drama between Fallon and Cristal that I do not want to miss, the show’s fashion is to die for.

Since the show focuses on the wealthy Carrington family, you can expect to see Fallon Carrington dressed in at least 3-4 lavish outfits per show. The premiere episode, “I Hardly Recognized You,” featured a barn house scene with Fallon in a gorgeous pair of fuchsia pants paired with a dog print blouse.

I love the pop of color in this outfit. It’s so bold and daring!

See below for some pieces inspired by Fallon’s look. Don’t forget to catch Dynasty on Wednesdays at 9pm on CW!

Blouse:

1. Farfetch, $879

2. DHgate, $15.15

Pants:

3. MetroStyle, $39.99

4. NA-KD, $59.40 

Gallery Mondays: Agoraphobic Gallery

agoraphobic traveller gallery

As a Google Maps Local Guide, I was invited to visit Agoraphobic Gallery over on 39 Spring Street in NYC earlier this month.

The gallery was quite interesting, as is the woman behind it, Jacqui Kenny, a.k.a. the Agoraphobic Traveller. Her agoraphobia makes it difficult to travel, so she peruses Google Maps street view as a way of traveling the world, taking cool screenshots along the way. She finds some really interesting hidden gems in her Google Maps travels, which made it into this gallery.

One of my favorites is the promo image used for the gallery, which I got to see IRL on a long skinny illuminated table lined with Kenny’s screenshots. Called “Camels getting out of the way of the Google car in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,” it features two gorgeous camels in the desert. I can imagine how awesome it must have felt to come across this find. I don’t usually look at Google Maps of places outside the US, so for me this is a really cool scene to have found.

You can view more of Kenny’s agoraphobic travels on Instagram.