Want to gain a sense of some of the most sophisticated art coming out from queer community, and pick up a really great holiday present? Check out the 2011 I Heart Brooklyn Pulp Pin-Up Calendar. Since 2007, the calendar has been produced by a group of Brooklyn artists who have pooled their talents in photography, vintage fashion styling and fashion-mag styling to bring greater visibility to queer-identified femmes. This year’s is, by far, the best.
“I was quite excited to outfit the butch, trans, and andro hotties for our pulp pinup calendar this year, as this was a new direction for the I Heart Brooklyn Girls project. It’s also among my favorite styling scenarios, and one that takes sensitivity, ingenuity, and a trained eye. At Brooklyn’s Bopkat Vintage, I rooted through stacks of 1960’s trousers, swing-era shirts, and terrycloth cabana-boy swimwear sets to get the appropriate look and fit. For the Queer Alley scene, I even rented the jeans (vintage replicas down to the rivet) off of work wear historian and designer Jim Christiansen of youroldpaljim.blogspot.com. Each of our Brooklyn ‘bros’ was literally able to step into the shoes of butch and male roles from bygone days–and I was more than happy to shower them with appreciation.”