A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes at NOMA

Last year, when Mom and I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art for the Venice exhibit (and the Ferrari exhibition), I decided to go ahead and sign up for a membership to NOMA.  We tend to go a few times a year, and there are occasionally special events for members, so I figured it would be fun. And I was right. A few months ago, I got a press release from NOMA about their upcoming first-ever fashion exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes”.  Not only was I excited about this exhibition because it was focused on fashion, but they would also have some Alexander McQueen ensembles there on display.  My favorite couture designer is Alexander McQueen, and the opportunity to see his pieces in person was something I could not pass up. I recieved an invitation from NOMA to view a preview of the collection the day before it […]

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Enduring.

One Friday evening, back in the late 1990s (I think it was around 1998, but could have been 1997 or so) my boyfriend M, my friend Nicole, and I headed to the tattoo shop in Kenner (KENNA BRA). I picked a piece of tribal flash art off the wall, something not too big and not too small. I decided I wanted it on my calf – I figured that I could always wear tights or pants and cover it up if I had to. The artist transferred the design to my leg, had me lay on a table, and told me not to move. HOLY SHIT THAT FUCKING HURT, Y’ALL. For what felt like an hour the guy tattooed my calf. It was probably more like 30 minutes, but I was in a pretty major amount of pain. I held M’s hand and stayed as still as possible because the […]

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