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Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow

To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.

—Takashi Murakami

Looking for a momentary escape from it all? Head straight toward 555 West 24th Street, NYC to the Gagosian Gallery and treat yourself to the incredibly imaginiative and psychedlic world of artist Takashi Murakami’s In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.

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Walking in past the welcome desk, I was instantly wowed by the remarkable size of the exhibition. Immediately, three of my most favorite things were found: flowers, bright colors and skulls, all of which are key characteristics of Murakami’s infamous works. You also may recall the artist’s name and his style from several collaborations with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton starting in 2002. 

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(I’m rocking a vintage Enzo Angiolini reversible trench coat, shaggy sweater vest from LF Store, Gap skinny corduroys, Dolce Vita booties with snakeskin heels, an All Saints silk & leather handbag, vintage mink hat)

Utilizing key religious symbols of Japanese culture, depicted in a rather forboding and grotesque, yet inviting, fashion, Murakami portrays the battle between faith and the uncontrollable elements.

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Also depicted is the innate and inescapable human condition to engage in war. No matter how much we try to avoid it, we cannot escape it. Has it always been survival of the fittest? Must there always be a struggle, a fight, or a war?

Our entire existence has been plagued by these neverending battles. We look to religion to explain this as well and keep us motivated during the most difficult of times, yet this in and of itself is the root cause of so much war. Nature may be unpredictable, but we humans are uncontrollable.

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Make sure you don’t miss this stunning exhibition, which I certainly will be visiting several more times! It’s running until January 17th and is free admission to enjoy.

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Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sometimes, fate happens. Just like when I went to the Beacon’s Closet Greenpoint location for my bi-annual closet clean out. If you aren’t familiar with Beacon’s, it’s an awesome secondhand store with various loactions in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There, you may sell clothes and accessories that you’ve kept in good condition and are looking to get rid of. If the buyers like your stuff, in return they will give you 35% of their tagged price in cash and/or 55% in store credit. It’s rather affordable and you are very likely to find everything from big name designers to unique vintage pieces.

So, while I waited my turn for the hip buyers to sift through my offerings, I meandered through the store and perused the racks upon racks of clothing, shoes and accessories. I was hoping not to find anything because the whole point of the purge is to rid, not accumulate. But, there it was! Hidden between this jacket and that jacket – THE jacket!


This incredibly warm and Funfetti (best cupcakes in a box EVER) colored sweater, obviously handmade to perfection with contrasting black paneling TOTALLY brings me back to high school days and letterman jackets. I was a cheerleader during that era, albeit an admittedly mediocre member of the varsity team. Come to think of it, I now think I really didn’t give it my all because I didn’t give a shit if the football team scored, won, or even showed up. Maybe, if my heart was into it, I would’ve kicked a little higher and shouted a little louder.

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One team that I could totally get behind is COLOR – the uninhibited, with a vivacious, in-your-face neon punch, color! An immediate urge to perform chants and do cartwheels overcame me as I deeply wanted to express my adulation for my newfound sweater coat treasure. I dreamt up picking up my dusty pom-poms and cheering my team to victory!

Color always brightens up the muggiest of days and awakens the spirit, even when paired with the darkest of blacks. I guess if you are going to cheer for something, it should certainly be something you care about. And, I will forever and always be the greatest advocate for living colorfully. I’m about to organize a pep rally in hopes of drumming up support in this movement! In life, we can choose to live in darkness, but it’s so much more fun to choose vibrant, kaleidoscopic light!

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I got a little crafty with riches from the Dollar Tree, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and my garbage bag pom-poms!
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In the words of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Give me my coat. My amazing colored coat.” And Beacon’s did! With my trade, I not only walked off with this masterpiece, but cash as well to make up the difference. I’d call that a fashion win! Goooo Team!


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