a massively extended version of ruthlesscalculus’ post
Frances Benjamin Johnston, Self Portrait (c. 1895)
“[Johnston] presents herself with beer mug in one hand, cigarette in the other, and skirt scandalously hiked up above the ankles. On one of her fingers are several rings from male suitors she had rejected.” (Martin W. Sandler, Against the Odds: Women Pioneers in the First Hundred Years of Photography)
Badass of the day: Frances Benjamin (muthafuckin’) Johnston.
Date: 16th century
Medium: Steel, ivory, gold, silver gilt
Dimensions: Length 12 1/4 in. ( 31.12 cm)
- On acanthus-shaped chape: mark of Turkish silver-smith - Inscriptions: a) topline - Ottoman Turkish “I asked for water from your dagger-wielder if you would drink but one it will run (appear) from your side”. b) lower line -Persian “If I thirst his dagger is not laid down (does not descend) by my bloody desire no water will pass through this throat”.
Source & Copyright: Metropolitan Museum of Art
‘The Original Beat Girl’ by Hunt Emerson
“In 1979 The Beat were a young Birmingham ska band being managed by a couple of friends of mine. The group was exciting and fun, and released a single (Tears of a Clown) on The Specials’ label, Two-Tone. The Beat asked me to draw them a logo, something to go alongside Two-Tone’s Walt Jabsco figure - the guy in the shades and white porkpie hat. I found a photo of ska star Prince Buster dancing with a nice looking girl, and I used her as the basis for the Beat Girl. This drawing has become a bit of an icon; it’s part of the standard visual paraphernalia of the Rude Boy culture, appearing on t-shirts, badges, parkas, Vespa paint jobs, and tattoos.”
My pal Amanda just created this absolutely stunning piece for her show opening this Saturday at Rivet Gallery in Columbus….this is my favorite piece of hers to date.
“Duchesse” for “Forgotten Finery”, opening this Saturday, April 7, at Rivet Gallery.
Rudolf Klein-Rogge (1885-1955)
A German actor, most famous for his roles as villains in Fritz Lang’s films. He was a successful stage and film actor, famous for playing the villain in the latter, and would take on many roles and films that would set the stage for modern-day genres- perhaps the most important are the thriller (“Dr. Mabuse”) and science fiction (“Metropolis”). He would also act in many French films. In addition to acting, he was also a director and acting instructor. He was good friends with Fritz Lang and had a very interesting way of dealing with Lang’s unpleasant way of directing- he would never listen to Lang’s direction, which must have led to some interesting fights on set.
He would be a member of the Nazi party in it’s early days, but after falling out with Goebbles, his career and activity within the party would decline. Throughout and after World War II, he and his theater group would travel through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to perform.
He would be married four times, first to Gerda Melchior, then to Thea von Harbou (Most famously Lang’s wife- she would marry him after she and Rudolf divorced), Margarethe Neff, and finally Mary Johnson, whom he would be married to form 1932 until his death in 1955.