My not-so-secret confession: I’ve been obsessed with The Fabulous Stains for most of my adult life.
I remember my first time the way some people remember their first kiss. Or the first time they drove on their own. Or the first time they ate a pot brownie. “Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains” is most definitely my first pot brownie, guys.
I was a senior at my university and went to Blockbuster video with my then-boyfriend, as we did every week. We were near the end of our relationship and there was no walking around looking at potential ways to spend our evenings together. Instead, he meandered around the the store, picked out a movie, and I did the same, but probably in an opposite direction. Two movies, one to sate each of us. I went in expecting to grab another classic from my rotation of favorites: Valley Girl, Clueless, Josie and The Pussycats or Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (other people might use these parenthesis to justify their listing these choices, I am using them to DENY myself that pleasure and will instead note that I align with the idea of not having guilty pleasures which I read about in a book that I would most def namecheck here if only my brain meats weren’t failing me). Anyhow, I distinctly remember that one lowly dvd was in the new releases, and it was notable because 1.) the cover was black and white 2.) it was a photo of a lone punk girl with a microphone, but instead of yelling into it or looking soulful, the only thing she was expressing was overt boredom 3.) there was only one of this movie, which meant no one in the business of stocking Blockbuster’s DVD inventory expected any more than one party to check it out at a time.
And so, for those reasons, I was all in. I grabbed “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”, told my ex-bf I was ready to go, checked out on our club account while gently breathing in the stale popcorn air, and took it home.
That is where our grand love affair began.
This movie. THIS MOVIE. This. Movie!
(It is now that I am at a crossroads. Do I talk about my favorite parts of the movie, thus unraveling every glorious thing you might discover upon your own first viewing? Do I talk about it in grand platitudes, which I am not deft enough to do without sounding like an asshole? Do I just say: if you want to know more, you’ll have to watch the movie?
None of those! I will do NONE!)
This movie permeated my brain the way a parasite has permeated my best friend’s insides after her trip to South America. I make connections to it all the time, no matter the intention, the history, the reason for existing. I am convinced that it was made for me, only twenty years too early. And that is why, when I decided to do a rock’n’roll collection of tshirts, I knew I had to create a photoshoot based on “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”.
This is that photoshoot.
If you haven’t seen the movie, will you please go do that already? It’s on Amazon Prime for free if you are a member. It’s probably still at the two remaining Blockbusters in the USA. And if you know me IRL will you just shoot me a message and come over so we can watch it together? That would really make my day!
Til then, Suckers.
Be Natural tee found here.
I Love Art tee found here.
I Am Art tee found here.
Rhythm Changes tee found here.
Eff Natural tee found here.
See Sharp tee found here.
Fabulous Stain: Augusta Gail
Art Direction, Styling, MUA, and Photography: Aurora Lady