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These events left a profound impact on me in my childhood as I witnessed them on television and how they affected the people around me and myself, and shaped me into the person I am today.

I couldn’t find the exact clip I saw on TV, but you get the idea.

I was captivated by this performance, still am.

This news changed me more than anything in my life. At the time I didn’t know that it was going to affect me the way it did, but I guess you could say this was the person I would soon find myself having a large amount of empathy for. It was not just about the sadness I felt while watching this as a child, but the fact that it was going to become more relevant to me than I could have ever imagined as a three year old.

(The discovery of Weezer and their video for Buddy Holly was actually from the installation disk from Windows 95 to promote the new video for the band in 1994 when we got our first computer, I loved watching Happy Day’s and my parents rushed me over to the new computer to watch this video.)

Courtney, yes. What more can I say.

I was obsessed with Gwen Stefani’s bindi’s and also the black patent leather shoes and fishnets she wore at the 1997 Billboard Awards.

My parents forced me to watch many movies with them that gave me many fears, Psycho scared me so much I took baths until the second grade when I realized taking showers was a big kid thing and if I wanted to be cool I had to brave it out and take a shower. I seriously thought someone was going to come in and stab me.

Thanks Mom and Dad for the awful visual images that I always remember because of this film. This scene is the one that scared the little toddler butt off of mine!

Out of every scary movie my parents had me watch this one was by far the most horrible. I had nightmares every year after seeing this film in December, I would wake up in a panic and I would scream for my mom and run to her room. Finally sometime in the 4th grade I had a dream where Chucky and I made a truce and became friends and never had another nightmare about him again.

I was a huge Spice Girls fan as a kid (still am) my Mom video taped this for me when it was aired on TV.

This is also not an exact video of what I saw on TV, but there were many news casts about Geri leaving the Spice Girls. I always said she would rejoin them, and I was right.

I remember everyone including myself being sad when this news came about. I felt so bad for her sons that I drew them a picture and wrote them a sympathy letter and asked my mom to send it to them.

I watched this whole scandal unfold everyday on TV before and after school. Kind of hard to forget. But I still think Clinton was a fantastic president despite his personal mistakes.

I could go on forever with videos, but you can see how pop-culture has influenced me and why my art revolves around it.

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Marilyn Monroe Leggings I own by Betsey

As we all know Betsey Johnson is officially closing her clothing line forever and all of time after a long 30+ years. For 21 of those years I enjoyed the colorful clothing designed by her. As a child I dreamed of wearing the clothes, once I got older I still dreamed of wearing them. As a child what I did not realize was how expensive Betsey’s line was; I was too infatuated with looking at the models wearing the flowery fun bright creations that I assumed I would have a wardrobe full of  when I could fit into them. When the time came that I could wear her clothing I was saddened that my mother could not afford to buy me Betsey Johnson. I found it very hard as a teenager finding clothes that mimicked her designs, after all teens my age only wanted to wear preppy clothes and I just didn’t want to look that way. With the

The Betsey Dress I wanted to wear to Prom, but was around $350.

lack financials I also lost much confidence in my body with gaining weight and

attaining womanly curves that just were not flattered by the Junior Section.Over the years I obtained a necklace, a pair of leggings, tights, leopard pajamas

and 3 pairs of socks by the famed designer when they were on sale at Macy’s and the boutique. Still dreaming about her clothing, I just became so jealous of those rich girls

Betsey bikini I bought on clearance at Dillard’s

who got to wear her dresses to the prom. All I wanted was a Betsey dress.A couple of years back I gained enough confidence to finally wear bikini’s again, after shopping up and down I could not find anything that had underwire or was cute that would lift and flatter my Double D chest, but then at Dillard’s there it was on clearance, a Betsey Johnson Blue and Red Rose bikini. I went into the fitting room, tried on the top and BAM! that was it, lift, cute, fits, supports. I bought the bikini and felt so awesome, but still I had yet to own a dress.Three months ago I was shopping in my favorite resale shop and stumbled upon a Betsey dress, yes finally. I paid $26 for the dress, it’s black with white lace that synched

Betsey Dress I bought at the re-sale shop.

at the waist, it showed off my Marilyn Monroe curves and my Kat Bjelland baby doll

look. Although the dress needed some altering, I bought it anyway because it was an easy fix.Last month I found out the dreadful news that my favorite childhood designer would no longer be in business and all of her clothing would go into liquidation. My Mom and I were shocked and decided that this would be my last chance to own something special from Betsey’s collection. We drove to the boutique at the fancy mall in the city. When we entered the store there were sale signs

Betsey Dress I bought at the boutique with price tags showing the original price before the discount.

everywhere and bunches of cute dresses. We looked at all of the racks, we oohed and awed at the

designs, but we kept seeing the $300 price tags, and in reality 40% off of $300 is still notaffordable. As we made our way to the back of the store my Mom and I spied a beautiful black lace floral baby doll dress in my size. The price tag was $138 + 40% off, still too much. I became extremely saddened, once again I could not afford a Betsey dress from the boutique even when they are on liquidation. I began to wander to other dresses as Hole’s song Doll Parts started to play, I became even more sad because at that moment Courtney’s lyrics described how I felt, I wanted to cry. I just wanted to be able to buy a brand new Betsey dress, a dress that doesn’t need alterations, a dress that fits like a glove, flatters, and reflects my personal style since the tender age of three.

The full Betsey Dress

My Mom kept telling me try it on, try it on, just see. I was hesitant because I did not want to fall more in love with the dress, but I caved when one of the workers came over and asked if I wanted

a dressing room. I followed the girl to the dressing area, closed the curtain, and slipped the dress on. As I looked at myself in the mirror I was amazed at how well the dress fit. I came out and my Mom lit up and began to say how great the dress looked, and then all three of the girls working atthe store gasped, complimenting me on how good I looked in the dress. I felt like Courtney Love on the 1995

Courtney Love on MTV Unplugged 1995

episode of MTV Unplugged with the lace sleeves, flowing short length of the baby doll dress, and my wavy platinum hair messy from lifting the dress over my head. My Mom said that we were going to buy the dress and we would split the cost. I agreed. I felt like part of my childhood dream came true, I finally had that one Betsey Johnson piece that I longed for, I can forever remember my childhood every time I wear it.

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