When I nervously slipped on the Bussin With The Boys Ja Stud T-shirt Apart from…,I will love this one-piece, made with a pouch for people who have penises, I thought of all the times I had to hide and pretend that I had a body that wasn’t mine. This time, I was given permission to not only come as I am, but celebrate myself and those who share my experience. I was asked to let myself breathe and take pleasure in just being me, alongside my community. Hair and makeup was intended to emulate archival photos of Black trans icon Marsha P. Johnson, with heavy blush on her cheeks and flowers throughout her hair. “So much of Marsha’s legacy was around fashion,” says Tourmaline. “Marsha’s actions were in rebellion to the morality of the state, using fashion to control trans bodies, like with the anti-crossdressing laws police enforced to raid Stonewall. Those laws have an aesthetic level of violence.” The runway show was a ritual in remembrance of the people who led the way for us to be able to be all of who we are.
Bussin With The Boys Ja Stud T-shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
When we listen to the Bussin With The Boys Ja Stud T-shirt Apart from…,I will love this ocean, we are listening to ourselves. If we listen closely, we can hear the laughs of Marsha P. Johnson, the shouts of Sylvia Rivera in between drags of her cigarette. We can hear the clacking heels of Octavia St. Laurent. As writer and scholar Alexis Pauline Gumbs teaches us, water holds memories through sound waves that live inside the ebb and flow. All of this history is stored and carried along the Hudson, down to where the river meets the coastline of the Rockaways. And from there, it travels to the oceans that carry our trauma and our lineage. Here we are, unabashed, in each other’s arms, in their name, in their memory. For as long as I can remember, I’ve admired the way writers dress. Good style, it seems, by measure of the frequency with which it appears, is a trait practically essential to those who achieve prolific careers in publishing. Who would not fall as infatuated with Kathy Acker in her leathers as they would for her irreverent prose? Same for Patti Smith, so gothic and uncouth at first impression, and James Baldwin, immortalized through his essays and his clothes as enduringly debonair. Though particulars vary widely between personalities, most writers tend to package their iconic literary sensibility into a unique personal aesthetic. Consider Jack Kerouac—could he have written On the Road in anything less American than a gingham button-down and medium wash denim? And would Sylvia Plath, hugely responsible for the popularity of modern poetry, have seduced her audiences without her mid-century sensibility, in outfits simultaneously kitsch, adorable, and impossibly chic?
Doug Horton (verified owner) –
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Doug Horton (verified owner) –
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