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Group portrait | Photographer Unknown | 1980

Debbie Harry [Blondie], Viv Albertine [The Slits], Siouxsie Sioux [Siouxsie and the Banshees]

Chrissie Hynde [The Pretenders], Poly Styrene [X-Ray Spex], Pauline Black [The Selecter]

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I made a thing for International Women’s Day. Just a small few of my favourite ladies.

anonymous asked:

hi! i really hope i'm not bothering you but i have a quick question if you don't mind. i'm planning on doing a nepeta cosplay and i was going to try to use the illustration board for her claws, and i wanted to know if it mattered what kind i got in terms of thickness, texture, etc.? i didn't even know it existed until now so i'm a little lost :'3 also i just absolutely adore your cosplays and you're a big inspiration for me doing my first cosplay this year :3 i hope you have a fantastic day!!

Well, when I bought mine the thing I was worried about was it peeling at the edges, so I looked at/poked at the corners of the different kinds to see what would hold up the best! I definitely would not go too thick or for a textured one, I don’t think. On the tag, mine says “Art Board, Bristol, Smooth" and it’s Canson brand. This is what it looks like!

Make sure you seal the illustration board with mod podge to help it stay sturdy and not peel!! 

However, I also recently decided to look into plastic sheets to remake her claws?? o: I bought this at Dick Blick recently, which is a thick clear styrene used for framing!

It’s about the same thickness as illustration board, but quite sturdy! I’m currently making a tiny blade out of it for Armin, and it worked quite well!

However, you do need to buy a special heavy-duty cutter for it (or any sort of plastic usually) that looks like this. The styrene is a little bit harder to cut curves out of, but I did test it and the best thing to do is take your time and sand it a bit after you cut it. Also, this isn’t the only kind of plastic sheet out there, your art store might have something different!! I’d look around and ask the people at your store what they recommend (and especially ask them how easy it is to cut!)

I hope that helped! And thank you so much, you’re really sweet! (◠∀◠)♡

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Poly Styrene

Marianne Joan Elliot-Said (b. July 3, 1957) or better known as Poly Styrene was the leader of the British punk rock band, X-Ray Spex. Poly Styrene was born in Bromley, England to a Scottish-Irish mother, who raised her alone, and a Somali father. After running away from home and gaining inspiration from seeing a Sex Pistols concert, Styrene decided to form her own punk band and so was the creation of X-Ray Spex in 1976. She soon became the public face of the band and with her braces, fashion, and heritage, she refused to be boxed into the conventional image of a punk rock front person. Poly Styrene was firmly against the 70′s archetype of female rock artists as sex symbols and stated that “If anybody tried to make me one (a sex symbol) I’d shave my head tomorrow”. Her punk feminist attitude led to songs such as “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”, a song that became an anthem for the riot-grrl movement that spoke out on consumerism and materialists. X-Ray Spex debut album “Germfree Adolescents” follows this attitude as well. Poly Styrene left X-Ray Spex in 1979 and released her album “Translucence” in 1980. Sadly, she died on April 25, 2011 from breast cancer and is survived by her daughter Celeste Bell-Dos Santos.