PLUR Profile: Dirty Cat Designs
Starting today, I am going to be launching a little series called the ‘PLUR Profile’ which will highlight small businesses, individuals, performer/producers, or other notable members of the community who excel in their craft, give back to others, or who have shown excellence in their dedication to their customers.
It brings me great pleasure to kick of this series with none other than the infamous Dirty Cat herself,
the pony bead maestro behind some of the most daringly different kandi masks you will see on the festival circuit.
Gaining recognition initially for her original Cheshire mask, Dirty began designing unique and complex patterns as well as hand-cutting her own signature teeth. A highly flexible artist, Dirty has even created new patterns to accommodate discerning patrons who seek a more custom experience, often making the original piece A standalone design after the pattern has joined the available options. Although users must pay for Dirty’s services, the investment is justified once you consider that these masks are her sole source of income, and much of what she makes is funneled back into her high-quality faux fur, crystals, and EL wire used to make these
Dirty has made many creative dreams come true, and even repairs customers masks for free should they encounter any extensive damage. She works around the clock to execute shockingly magical designs, offers her unique teeth as a separate purchase, and even creates custom teeth and accents on request… all while planning her own wedding.
Normally, I don’t contribute to ‘send me to EDC’ requests because in my experience they are used as PR stunts, are improperly executed, and lead to resentment. However, I am asking my followers & friends one very conservative request: because Dirty is looking to secure funds for both her wedding AND EDC this year, I would like to ask anyone that is willing, to give her a bit of a hand. When Dirty opens again for commissions, I am asking that anyone who orders please leave a small tip to help her reach her goal of 2 tickets to EDC for herself and her fiancee.
Anyone who would like to
make a more immediate impact can donate directly to Dirty by setting up a payment by visiting her website.
Dirty’s masks are incredible pieces that leave a lasting impression, and are also built to last. Sadly, Dirty is only on Instagram, but I’m sure she would love a follow and maybe a shout.
If you think you know a person, small business, performer/producer who you think should be profiled, give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now a while back I did a little list of clothes and makeup essentials for festival season. Now, here are the basics:
1. Deodorant. Shocker right? You’re going to dance, and you’re going to sweat. Sweat happens. My top pick for this would be Dove’s Advanced Care line. Personally, I’d vote opt for an unscented stick, as the scented sticks from Dove tend to develop a bizarre and unpleasant smell when they’ve reached max capacity. Especially avoid the flower-scents and they smell worst after usage. The unscented lasts a pretty good while (I was able to go a solid 8 hours before I had to throw in the towel) and doesn’t ruin black shirts. This should be the first festival purchase you make after tickets and hotel fees.
2. Sunscreen. The biggest mistake anyone makes at festivals be it rock, edm, or what have you is forgetting the SPF. No matter how conservative or creatively scant your outfit, you will want to avoid the ‘lobster look’ on day 2 & 3. Do yourself a favor and set aside the Hawaiian Tropics oil, and get something more robust and sweat-proof. My top pick for this is my swear-by Coppertone Water Babies. It’s hyp0-allergenic, it’s not going to break your bank in price, and it’s tear-free (because let’s face all sunscreens WILL melt into your eyes eventually). It’s not going to make you a bronze demi god, but at least you won’t be taking aloe vera baths later.
3. Chapstick. I know it may seem painfully simple, but yes you will need chapstick, and what you will discover is among festival goers, chapstick-losing seems to be a collective habit. The solution I’ve found is chapstick that clips on to stuff. This makes it a hell of a lot harder to lose. You’ll notice that few companies offer these (as it actually benefits them if you lose your chapstick and have to buy another). One company that offers a clip-on chapstick is Aloe Gator, whose little lipstick has SPF 30 and a ‘not nauseating’ mint flavor.
4. Non-Abrasive Face Wash. As much as you might want to scrub off your festival makeup, sunscreen, and other layers of grime…always make sure your scrubbing agent won’t irritate your skin. Wearing glue-on crystals, fake lashes, face paint, eye makeup, and the like will already irritate your skin. The best thing to use after a long day of sweating off makeup and sunscreen isn’t a ‘salt scrub’, instead try Olay Foaming Face Wash. It’s gentle and foams up so that you don’t need to scrub like a crazy person to lather up. Also, no matter what you use DO NOT USE SCENTED. This will absolutely make your skin burn.
From here on out, shampoo and body wash and the like should be whatever you use normally. I would suggest those for you, but since we are all unique little unicorns with different hair and skin, that would just be silly.
Anyways, as you get your tuts fluffed, your fluffies combed out, and your mega-packs of pony beads, don’t forget to cover your basics for festival season!
I’d been meaning to write a meaty article fully detailing why I am so vehemently anti-slut shaming, anti sexist bullshit, and very viciously feminist. However, before doing so a friend shared an article that much more eloquently summed up what I had wanted to say. In an article entitled ‘What Is Rape Culture’, several Buzzfeed staff members deconstruct and eloquently elucidate the true meaning of ‘rape culture’ and the various components the can be seen in society today.
Many facets of what is covered in this piece are highly applicable to stigma and attitudes present in the attitudes and perceptions at play at major festivals, clubs, raves, and beyond. Recently, one writer of Daily Beat, identified only as ‘Gianna’ wrote about ‘how to be classy‘ and specifically accused the unidentified woman as dressing like a “cheap whore”. The article from Buzzfeed addresses this kind of ideology directly and succinctly:
“The old metaphor is that women who dress provocatively are the same as homeowners who don’t lock their doors at night. But this argument only further reduces women to objects and asks them to be responsible for preventing their own rape.”-Buzzfeed
In other situations, I’ve found myself offended by some of the content shared by people I consider to be friends. In one such instance, an image of a puppy with the caption jokingly stating that ‘roofies were high in vitamin C’. As someone who has had friends who have been victims of date rape (via drugs) and has direct experience with it, I was incredibly offended. Instead of an apology or a polite resolution, I was met with a “get over it” response typical of rape culture acceptance.
Essentially, I’d been hit with a trigger in the form of a “harmless” rape joke.
“Beneath the debate over whether rape jokes can be funny is the larger question of whether it’s healthy for a society to laugh at the idea of sexual violence.”-Buzzfeed
On a personal aside, I have been that girl. I’ve been the girl who wakes up in an unfamiliar bed with no memory of the night before. I’ve had to scramble terrified into a cab in early hours of the morning frantically texting friends for help to figure out how I got there. I’ve mysteriously lost all memory after only a few drinks, and fearfully wondered if anything had happened against my will while I was compromised. This has happened more than once. I can tell you, there was nothing funny about it.
Someone reading this might think:
- “Maybe if you didn’t dress like a whore it wouldn’t have happened.”
- “Maybe if you didn’t drink so much it wouldn’t have happened.”
- “Maybe if your friends had taken better care of you / been there it wouldn’t have happened.”
- “Maybe if you hadn’t stayed out so late it wouldn’t have happened.”
This brings us to what bothers me the most: we should view rape not as an act brought upon oneself, but as something perpetrated by another.
“Rape culture is telling girls and women to be careful about what you wear, how you wear it, how you carry yourself, where you walk, when you walk there, with whom you walk, whom you trust, what you do, where you do it, with whom you do it, what you drink, how much you drink, whether you make eye contact, if you’re alone, if you’re with a stranger, if you’re in a group, if you’re in a group of strangers, if it’s dark, if the area is unfamiliar, if you’re carrying something, how you carry it, what kind of shoes you’re wearing in case you have to run, what kind of purse you carry, what jewelry you wear, what time it is, what street it is, what environment it is, how many people you sleep with, what kind of people you sleep with, who your friends are, to whom you give your number, who’s around when the delivery guy comes, to get an apartment where you can see who’s at the door before they can see you, to check before you open the door to the delivery guy, to own a dog or a dog-sound-making machine, to get a roommate, to take self-defense, to always be alert always pay attention always watch your back always be aware of your surroundings and never let your guard down for a moment lest you be sexually assaulted and if you are and didn’t follow all the rules it’s your fault.”-Shakesville
I’m sick of reading articles about “how to be classy” or why I should “see the humor” in rape jokes.
The articles cited above are well worth the read, ad I highly recommend everyone read them.