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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
6:09 pm - The Gentleman's Guide To Alternative Event Uniform, written for CarnalNation


I am frequently asked by gentlemen in the alternative / burner / circus / kink / goth / costume / steampunk community what the basic requirements for their wardrobes are, and how to find them.
Dressing appropriately for an event is a good start towards getting laid; it shows you care about the aesthetics and customs of your community. For women, it’s easy: you need a burlesque outfit, a circus outfit, a fetish outfit, a Victorian outfit, a Regency outfit, a pirate outfit, another fetish outfit, a goth outfit, a flapper outfit, a steampunk outfit, a Baroque/Rococo outfit (with a ship to put in your hair), a Renaissance outfit (cause sometimes you have to go, cause your friends are performing), a Zombie Prom outfit, and a lime green fake-fur coat and pink lamé hotpants for the playa.

Most women I know have all these things handy, as there are some weekends when you have to go from the fetish dinner party to the steampunk ball to the clown sex party, and just change in the car.

For gentlemen, however, the staples are different. Because exotic, period, fabulous or refined gentlemen’s clothing is harder to find, and usually costs quite a bit more, gents must choose carefully. I offer here a list of items that will get the gentleman through a wide spectrum of events without disgrace, remembering that in most cases the gentleman or butch is merely a dark backdrop for the finery of the lady or femme. Of course, if you go to a serious period event put on by a costume guild, purists will scoff at you no matter how accurately you dress, because your clothes contain zippers or aren’t hand-sewn; the scoffing is part of the event for them. Pay them no mind.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
10:10 pm - J&S Aug 2 2009

J&S Aug 2 2009
Originally uploaded by slurkflickr
Finished portrait of darling J & S, who I really enjoyed getting to know. Yay!

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
5:19 pm - I have been derelict...
at both reading and posting on lj for the last month...
sorry if I missed yr posts! Am trying to catchup

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009
10:16 am - m and mom 6 15 2009

m and mom 6 15 2009
Originally uploaded by slurkflickr
This past weekend a lovely client who has commissioned several portraits took me up to Seattle to paint him and his mom at her country house on Bainbridge Island. This is an iphone foto but at least it gives the general idea of the picture I did of the two of them.

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10:13 am - Slurkin'

Slurkin'
Originally uploaded by slurkflickr
Libby calls this photo "Slurkin' ". Libby Bulloff is a simply amazing photographer, and I had a wonderful time with her at Starfish Studios doing this shoot. You can find Libby at http://exoskeletoncabaret.com/ and as exoskeletoncabaret on flickr and etsy.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
12:53 pm - Whooo!

Whooo!
Originally uploaded by vonslatt
This photo by Jake Von Slatt tells you everything about my Maker Faire experience. It was exhilarating!

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009
8:29 pm - Terminator: Salvation rules or, the Haters Can Suck It.

I wasn't expecting much from T4, given the vortex of suck that was T3- I can't remember ANYTHING about T3 except that it wasn't good.
But T4, made in the same era as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is a real Terminator movie. Like T:SCC, it fired on all the cyclinders it needed to. At least in my brain.
The Terminator franchise is a super-hero franchise. The stories have always been comic-book stories, cut big and freewheeling. Time travel makes for a framework you can play around with a lot, and the very first images of the machines crushing human skulls are pure comic-book storytelling.
Everything about the first two films is so perfectly constructed- the story is told economically so there's plenty of room for explosions and scares. The single effective detail that tells us Sarah Connor is someone unusual is that she keeps an iguana- and the iguana is used to great effect. I got myself an iguana as soon as I lived alone, and kept them for years, inspired by Sarah. When the second movie came out, I got obsessed with lifting weights and developed upper-body strength I had never imagined having- it hadn't occurred to me that a woman could be so strong, physically.
I have a deep investment in this universe, because of its woman warrior and its wish-fulfillment. Far deeper, for example, than my investment in the Star Trek universe, despite the fact that ST has been part of my life since babyhood and Terminator only since I was 17.
Sarah Connor's story has always been very close to my heart. The summer my boyfriend Rob died, I watched Terminator on television in an amniotic haze of wine coolers, weeping with Sarah, drawing strength from her. I know what is to lose a boy you had just for a short time, a boy who had never loved another woman, whose life had been full of dark pursuits and who looked at you like you were the sun. Watching T:SCC has reinforced this, as the show moved with parallax grace through Sarah's grief and survivor's guilt.
Somehow, the violence has always seemed to be an essential part of the story- the only way to tell the horror of Kyle's world, the only way to show that the machines just keep coming BECAUSE they are machines. T:SCC has done such a beautiful job of communicating how high the stakes are in that universe, how great the price is, and how determined Sarah is to preserve some last traces of humanity in John even as she makes him machine-like. Everything that was implied in T1 and T2 was fleshed out in the tv show- most of all the central theme of T2, the humanization of the machines.
The machines in the Terminator universe serve the same function as the "good vampires" and "good demons" in the Buffy/Angelverse. They represent what we fear is "other", taboo to the tribe, wrong-smelling, in ourselves. We root for the vindication and acceptance of the human-like machines and the demons because we want to believe our shadow sides can be embraced. We want to believe in a second chance, and that people, or T-800s, or vampires, can change. Even murderers.
This theme at the center of T4 too, and there is a nicely-constructed, ultra-violent, mayhem-tastic, emotionally manipulative action movie built on it. There are homages to all the great images of the first two movies, and to the concept of making a soldier out of a civilian, and awesome explosions and chases and a robot factory denouement with actinic blue sparks and molten metal. There is Sarah Connor's triumph, that despite everything the adult John Connor is a man whose heart is intact, a man who is married and expecting a child. That spoke so clearly to me of the character who couldn't kill MIles Dyson in front of his family.
The friend I saw T4 with thought it was unintentionally funny, and derivative, and perhaps dumb, but liked it anyway; I cried for the last ten minutes and it was terribly serious to me. I liked the new Star Trek a lot, but it didn't make me cry; I don't identify with the perfect future of the Roddenberry-verse, or the relationships or motivations of those characters. I just care for them because they're part of my history, like old friends. Frank Wu wrote in his review that Mc G is incapable of creating characters we can care about; I think that's a relative thing, relative to the investment you bring to a given mythology.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2009
2:15 pm - Mah current and upcoming Art Show stuffs!
(remember, no link from me is ever SFW :)
Currently, I have a show up at the Center for Sex and Culture
, featuring my beautiful young male models. You know who you are.
http://www.centerforsexandculture.com/
It's up for another three weeks or so.

Tomorrow, Friday May 22, there is a champagne reception for my show at Madame S- from  7pm to 9 pm.
Madame S is located at 385 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94103 
It's focussed on fetish, of course!
http://www.madame-s.com/
 
and last but far from least, I'll be a Maker in the Steampunk area, Carnivale Mechanique, at Maker Faire San Mateo May 30 and 31st.
http://makerfaire.com/
well, actually this link is perfectly safe for work. In fact, this is the one event I do all year where you can bring your kids!
 
 
Would love to see you at any of these, and many kisses to you all!
 
xox,
 
Suz

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Monday, May 18th, 2009
6:08 pm - OMG my collector gl rules!
Thanks so much, g! (He sent me a check for some drawings, along with a Starbucks card- how thoughtful! :)

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Sunday, May 17th, 2009
1:19 am - Violet Blue's shot of me drawing-

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Originally uploaded by violet.blue
at Art of Restraint 2.

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Friday, May 15th, 2009
6:43 pm - Suzanne's cougar story

Suzanne's cougar story
Originally uploaded by docpop
Doctor Popular took this photo of me at Bawdy Storytelling. I love that he captured me just as I was acting out reaching for the 23-year-old boy's enormous cock in the DNA bathroom.

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12:25 am - I told a story!

I went to "Bawdy Storytelling" and told the incredibly nice and funny people there about that time I got thrown out of DNA. Mademoiselle unwoman  posted about it and since the theme was "Cougar Confidential" I had to go! I am not a performer, I do not have the performance gene, but I also do not have the public speaking phobia- I actually used to speak in front of really large groups in my recovery program, and get recorded for posterity and everything. So I was not nervous; I did enjoy it, and they said they would like to have me back again. One thing this life of mine is good for is stories, actually.
"It reads better than it lives"- Ian Fleming, in a James Bond novel.
But sometimes it lives very sweet indeed. I had great fun explaining why I never intend to sleep with a man my own age; "you heard it first here", I informed the crowd. A friend of mine, in his mid-thirties, was there and he proudly announced that he had the honor of being the person closest to my own age I'd slept with.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009
6:41 pm - Internets!
I has them, again. Oh thank god. What a relief. Hi there!!

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
4:35 pm - If you're not on twitter....
You prolly don't know why I have disappeared from the internets. Is cause there is no phone jack in my new apt. What? I know. It's being installed. NEXT FUCKING WEEK. So I have no internets at home and must catch up where I can- I will try to stay abreast of teh nnews of youse!

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009
5:07 pm - Fastest 200 views on flickr EVER.


Posted this last night: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32609854@N00/3474660613/
 

You'd think people never saw a miniature porn movie shoot with a 2" tall goat in it before.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
11:05 pm - it is too hot.
that is all.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
9:37 pm - Holy cow,
I am so damn grateful for the constancy of Lost at tartanhabit  's. That is all.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009
12:48 pm - Suzanne Forbes at Orbis Nex
Look at this beautiful picture Mr. Nightshade took of me at Orbis Nex!

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Friday, March 20th, 2009
1:06 pm - My Little Han Solo in Carbonite
Oh internets, you suck my time, and yet I love you.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
1:43 pm - Costume inspired by Elizabethan costume, medical appliances, back braces and proshetic limbs.
What a beautiful string of words. I found this researching Elizabethan costume for Guidolon, had to share.

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