**** NOTE: My November 2012 posts have been lost due to system issues. They are: Good Guys Show, Nostalgia Drags and my Day of the Dead shoot...hoping to recover them. Sorry if you came here to specifically see those posts.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

!Galeria De Los Muertos Anniversary Fiesta!

Fiesta De Los Muertos...at the Galeria

(WARNING: May be offensive to some viewers...though no one I know)

El Vaquero Muerto, artist and gallery owner threw a big bash Friday (10/21/11) at his Galeria De Los Muertos located in the Roosevelt art district in Phoenix. It was a celebration of the gallery's one year anniversary and the contributing artists' Dia De Los Muertos inspired art. This is not the Mexican folk art (which I love) you'd see at most Day of the Dead events, galleries, or arte shops around town--these are modern interpretations ranging from beautiful and colorful to dark and macabre; humorous to horrific--some pieces manage to combine all of the above. There's a lot of passion in these works and it's all facinating to take in. 
That's my unqualified overview anyway. To even get more pedestrian, I'd say there are many that are just too creepy for my place...the kids do need a good night's sleep... but there are plenty of pieces that I would love to hang on my walls too, and I shall return to the galeria on that mission.
Oh, and Mr. Muerto knows how to throw a damn good party!
But first here's a very small sampling of the art.
An interior shot of the gallery with a piece by the Man, El Vaquero Muerto
Here we have the lovely local model, Bindi Modela on gliclee canvas.

Nikki Napalm rocks a fat fendered convertable...yes, there is a car in the picture.

Fiesta time!
Romantasy Cabaret, a local burlesque group entertained to an enthusiastic crowd.

DJ Con and lovely lady I did not get the name of.

Model, Martha Palacios taking art & make-up to another level.

The Trucha Clothing models.

Pinata Protest, from San Antonio
TX rocked the crowd.

Stileto de Milo

Dr. Reverend Stephan Strange & Sahar Strange from the Strange Family Circus.

Romantasy Cabaret performer, Maxi Millions

The elegant, Jana Marie

My amigos, Hyla & Patrick

Firedancer, Burden Blossom was spectacular!

Maxi Millions

Not mentioned here, but featured on my previous post, there was a Dia de los Muertos fashion show...if you didn' catch that post...do so! 


Monday, October 24, 2011

Fiesta De Los Muertos...Painted Ladies

The Fiesta De Los Muertos 

I attended the one year anniversary bash for the Galeria De Los Muertos in Phoenix. I will be posting some cool coverage of the event in a few days. For now, I will say it was a blast! There was a Dia de los Muertos fashion show featuring painted beauties in "Muertos" themed clothing by local designers. I am devoting this post to some strolling portraits I took of these pretty participants.
To the ladies gracing this post....thank you so much for allowing me to take your picture and being so kind and gracious about it. Please contact me if you would be interested in a pin-up type of shoot. I will be needing ladies for upcoming upcoming projects. Also, If you're attending the Tempe Rockabilly Reunion --let me know.
!Muchas Gracias!

More to come on this great fiesta.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Classic Derby @ Turf Paradise, Phoenix

Stepanie Marchese

I think Courtney McFarland, the charming organizer of the first Classic Derby, had to be pleased with the showing...not only because my family and car buddies all had a great time, but I just saw that she posted a date for the next show on Facebook! Calendar marked: October 13th, 2012.
It was hot. 100 degrees in mid-October just isn't right and it lightened the attendence. Still it was a good showing and next year I'm sure it will be bigger, better, kooler and COOLER.
Paul Iba's Kool Ford.

Bomb Squad, Kerry Hudson's newly painted '56

I love this Buick!

Pat Roberts and the Heymakers had a few hard-core music lovers dancing in the heat...and everyone else couldn't control tapping their feet. Good stuff!
Clubbing at the Derby, Paul & Dave.

Here it is ..."Jaden In Excess".....my sister picked this winning horse and let's just say we broke even on beer & cocktails.
Art at the Derby. Kerry's '56 with striping by Rex Kopicki, fellow Bomb Squad-er.

Here (below) is the lovely Stephanie Marchese. You saw her at the beginning of this post doing pinup moves, and in November you can see her race this (and above) Chevy Gasser. She threw down a challenge to a couple of the Bomb Squad crew..she means business and it sounds like a blast.
I'm heading out there on November 13th for the car show & drag race:
Southwest Nostalgia Drags, Speedworld Dragstrip, Suprise AZ.
Click here for more details: Speedworld Dragstrip
The Classic Derby kicked off whats looking to be a great month for car kulture lovers. Hope to see you all at the next event...