Saturday night I went to a Halloween party hosted by my friend Ria (Ria has her own blog - she hasn't blogged much yet but she's a really interesting lady so I think she's well worth a follow!)...
I had rather grand plans for this year's Halloween costume. Even when I realised I was running out of time, I still thought I could pull something pretty awesome together. Then, I started to despair when time was really running out until it struck me that I had everything I needed to be a beatnik. I was more specifically inspired by the beatnik 'chick' in John Waters' Hairspray:
Black polo neck sweater: check!
Long black hair: check!
Black eyeliner: check!
Black skirt: check!
Black beret (for good measure): check!
It should probably go without saying that I'm well aware that what we think of when we think 'beatnik' is the cartoonish representation of the beat generation...but it's fun and an easy costume. And what subculture doesn't get misrepresented by mainstream culture? (And that's something for another day or probably not).
Without further ado, here's Andi the Beatnik...
I even took along my copy of Howl by Allen Ginsberg so there wasn't any confusion as I didn't have any bongos to take with me.
It's definitely not as creepy as my Black Dahlia costume, from last year, but, hey, you get to see me with my straight hair (it's all natural!) and no red lipstick. Gasp!
Here's one of my favourite songs from Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson pretending to be beatniks, too:
Please feel free to link me to pictures/posts of your fabulous Halloween costumes - I've missed an awful lot of posts, lately. Eep! But I'd love to see (or even just read about) what you all dressed up as.
Andi B. Goode