Havana is an anomaly, an enigma, a conundrum
Visual Arts

Havana is an anomaly, an enigma, a conundrum

The panoply of influences swirling about the island has also forged standards of beauty and fashions particular to its melting pot status. For example, the ideal Cuban woman is pear-shaped, like a Spanish guitar, full-bodied, buxom, and with carnita (a little bit of meat) on her bones – diametrically opposed to the wispy waifs glorified by the global movie and modeling industry… Continue reading

Travel & photography: Postcards from the road
Visual Arts

Travel & photography: Postcards from the road

“The long decayed remains of a white wall tyre lay on the disused turnoff road in front, now buried under vegetation, detritus and dust. I wonder if this was a service road or maybe the original 285? It a lovely moment, a kiss through time into the world of then, the experimental archaeology of my journey. I could almost hear the tread of Robert’s shoe in dust, or the cackling laughter of Marylou, wild and lost in the backseat of Kerouac’s Cadillac. Are we ever as free as when we are lost?” Continue reading

Tattoos of Honolulu
Visual Arts

Tattoos of Honolulu

‘Although tattoos were once employed primarily to indicate one’s affiliation with a group, they are now more frequently adopted as individualized statements of personal identity’ (Negrin 2008). Dress scholar Llewellyn Negrin (2008) argues that tattoos in the West began to be seen on other types of people (e.g. women, gay men, middle class) in the 1970s who used tribal motifs from traditional cultures such as those found in the Pacific, including Hawai`i. Continue reading