“The whole stinking world…” Pendant

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It’s been a weekend of revisiting familiar subjects for me: I went and saw Thor 2: The Dark World with my friends, began re-reading Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde, and I re-watched Velvet Goldmine.

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1/4″ star metal stamper
1/16″ letter metal stamping kit
1/4″ copper anodized aluminum blank circle with hole
1″ purple anodized aluminum blank circle with hole
7mm anodized aluminum jump ring
Jewelry pliers
Jewelry anvil
Hammer
24″ metal ball chain


— Italian dub (still gorgeous as hell)

There’s a vein of trickster mythology running through LGBT culture and our history in the west, as we’ve historically been branded as deviants and a threat to “civilized” society even as we emerge as creators of civilized culture (or, rather, counterculture) as well as participants. Velvet Goldmine establishes this in the opening prologue, showing an alien infant that will grow up to be Oscar Wilde left on the doorstep of a posh Dublin home, followed by embattled and abused public school boy, Jack Fairy, the first heir to Wilde’s legacy, wiping the blood from his split lip into a Cupid’s bow of lipstick. All the while, a soft spoken narrator outlines the beginning of the revolution Fairy and Wilde’s other heirs will spark in just a few short years.

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Glam rock was a powerful era in music history and Goldmine’s narrative captures the queer essence of artists like David Bowie, Slade, Marc Bolan and T. Rex as well as the outsider rage of proto-punk rock artists like Iggy Pop, the MC5, and Lou Reed. For young queer kids growing up in pockets of both provincial and urban blight, where they are made to feel that they can’t be themselves and that, indeed, being themselves “at full volume” threatens their lives, music and art are empowering forces that encourage them to come out, to live out loud, and to contribute good things to the culture in their works and their visibility as Other. “The whole stinking world would be theirs” is as loud and clear a clarion call as any word of protest, any call to action.

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Very proud of how this turned out and happy to have created something so gorgeous and so representative of one of my favorite films.

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~ by blackmoodcraft on November 11, 2013.

2 Responses to ““The whole stinking world…” Pendant”

  1. This is awesome! I’ve been thinking a lot of re-watching Velvet Goldmine lately (in part because I’ve been watching the new Dracula on NBC — well, my downloaded copies — and it’s got JRM playing Dracula, so hot), and I have that old VG fanfic I’d wanted to write eons ago. I can’t even remember exactly what I wanted to do with it, other than it was a Curt/Arthur fic. So many fics to finish now, though. LOL

    • Thanks! 😀 I hadn’t watched it in a long time, but I’ve been listening to the soundtrack a lot lately and I felt like it was a good time to re-watch it.

      I thought about this a lot, watching it: the ending seems bleak as the world has rejected queerness and glam rock and left people like Curt, Arthur and Mandie in the dust while Brian gets to switch faces and count the money as Tommy Stone… but it’s only 1984. They’ve got time to move on and their time (the ’90s, grunge, the return of punk rock, the renewed rise of queer visibility) is coming.

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