Viva Las Vegas: Day 4!
Day 4 of my trip to Vegas for Viva Las Vegas was a very important one because my best friend Santiago had his very own booth at the car show. This was his first booth and we were soooo excited and nervous to see how thousands of the rockabilly community would embrace his beautiful works of art. The nervousness comes from the fact that Santiago’s work isn’t always exclusive to one culture/era, his work is a marriage of every thing that inspires him about history, fashion, art, and beauty. So a purist of rockabilly culture may not relate to the unconventional yet absolutely amazing art Santiago brings into existence. Alas, my mom and I were there to show our full support (although he didn’t need it!). This is the reason why we relate to each other so well as best friends. Though I may be absolutely in love with the rockabilly culture and be a purist in some ways or another, my style isn’t always conventionally rockabilly but a marriage of everything else that inspires me as well. Being able to mash and clash opposites, cultures, eras is an art within itself and with that said..I am so happy to say that Santiago’s art was well received (duh) and he was nearly cleared out of all his portraits. Lets not forget that this was also his FIRST debut of his new project “Hottie Rodz” where he transforms pinups into hot rods! I feel SO fortunate to be #1 of his soon to be collection and I was completely FLOORED when I saw this piece. He even gave me the Prada shoes I always wanted! People were going nuts asking if he had prints of the Hottie Rod as he debuted it on a giant canvas and there was a waiting list till now! Here is where you can buy the Hottie Rod #1 print of me. Santiago has such a huge fan base so it really was amazing to see how many people came just to meet him and have his work signed to them. It was even crazier that some of those people even came to see me and have his previous portraits signed by me as well! My mom and I were so happy for him. It was even more awesome that we were neighbored by the beautiful Lisa Love who also had a debut of her own with her gorgeous paper dolls by Nathalie Rattner and her husband Julian Mendoza who is an incredible artist. It is always nice to be surrounded by good people. Speaking of…Mom and I took a stroll around the awesome vendors and in the mix I ended up bumping into so many familiar faces! And there were also soooo many amazing cars. I swear, we didn’t see a car we didn’t like. It was an all-around great day full of so much love and awesomeness. See more inside!
Santiago’s booth!Do you believe that someone actually bought his BANNER?!BOOM. Hottie Rod numero uno featuring moi! His smaller portraits flew off the table and into the hands of his loyal fans ❤Some of his bigger prints!
We also collaborated with Mark Mori, the director of the “Bettie Page Reveals All” documentary and his dvd’s sold like hot cakes as well. These photos do these colors no justice!Posing next to Santi’s portrait of me and of course I had to wear my Prada mules to match! I have been DYING to wear them for months! I was in pure racer girl fashion in my vintage sun top, Betsey Johnson shorts, Polaroid cat eye sunglasses, and vintage bandana!This pretty lady is a huge fan of Santi’s work and recently commissioned him to do a portrait which ended up being one of his best yet! It wasn’t hard for him to transform an already gorgeous lady into a vampy pinup! This is her portrait!Santi with David and his pretty wife! David has shown us both such great support over the year.
Now this lil lady made my day! Cutie-pie Tina Marie came to the booth to say hi to both of us! Turns out she has been following my blog for some time now and has been a loyal supporter of my work and Santi’s so she bought two of my portraits and had them signed by both of us. SO SWEET.lol I was so nervous to sign the portrait because I write like an 8-year-old lol.This pretty Sailorette came by the booth too and I was so happy to see her! Charlie is also a very sweet reader of mine who has been beautifully supportive.
And can we talk about her awesome outfit!?These two were the dynamic duo! Every time we bumped into them it was GLAM. Don’t even get me started on GLAM… Pinup Lisa Love is the queen of glam and was our neighboring booth at the show. She spent the whole day meeting and greeting her loyal fans, signing books and prints of her amazing work. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and definitely one of the most fashionable. She is Viva’s cover girl and muse!She collaborated with Nathalie Rattner to create these adorable pinup paper dolls! Her husband Julian Mendoza is a talented artist and his work is incredible. I have been a fan since I started going to Viva. I used to buy his tanks and shirts at the La Pachuca booth. I bought my mother one once and since then she has been hooked! Can you blame us? His work is incredible.My mom was sooo happy to finally get her hands on one of his prints and have it signed! He is so sweet and him and Lisa are the cutest couple. Another great artist we stumbled upon was Big Toe. His colorfully vibrant and animated tiki works of art can light any dark room. We love his work and my mom bought one of his necklaces!Love Love Love!So cute. Here is my mom with the artist himself.
Another one of my favorite booths is Lucky Hellcat. This girl is SO talented! She creates and designs necklaces, rings, skateboards, patches, ceramics, and more. I bought a necklace from her last year. But I have my eye on one of these Elvis’s! I even love this portrait! I bought the Elvis patch! Love her skateboard design! Love these mermaids too!Love the pin striping art going on here!Can I haz them all? This was another cute booth that had some interesting things. I WANT THEM ALL.
Ran into Jess of Kustom Voodoo! I love her bows! I have been buying her bows for years here at the NY Enz shop!They are so cute and beautifully crafted. I definitely left with some of these! Love these too! Yes Yes Yes!Loved the vintage booths at the car show too.
I ran to the ATM to buy this radio and when I came back it was sold.:(
Vintage purses galore! Love the head vases! Can I haz this hat box please? My mom wanted to take all of these muertos portraits home! The Pinup Girl booth was at the car show too! Love that harlequin print! Bumped into these two sassy gals! Tina Tokyo and Miss Rockabilly Ruby! Such beauties! So cute. I can’t even deal. I also bumped into the adorable Pip Jolly and her sweet friend Lilly!These dolls were handing out flyers in such cute ensembles! My mom and my girl Amandita! I am so happy I got to see her! We missed her so much!I also bumped into NY Glamazon Raquel Reed. WERK that jumpsuit girl!
It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces and I am glad I got to see these girls! Another highlight of my day? Seeing the beautiful Angelique! She is so sweet and has such a light about her. Off to see the cars! Or truck in this case. Mom loved this one! My mom looks so cute in her Bettie Page dress! BOOM. BOOM. See what I mean? Great cars everywhere! Aw, what a cutie!Taking pics with cars at a car show is the usual. My mom fell in love with this car too!She was about to drive off with it!
Loving the hood ornament. Love the pinstripe details we saw on many cars. BOOM. CanI haz this one?In case ya missed it! Perfect for a car show eh? My favorite truck 😉 How cute is this!? Elegance. Glazed. Yup. This is an ice cream truck haha. High heels and fast wheels! Casper! LOVE Amazing. Can I keep you?This lovely couple came by at the end of the car show to pick up their 30-something portraits and Santiago’s banner. They loved his work and we loved their look and personalities. They were such a cute couple!
Stay tuned for day 5!