by Ashley Thompson
(Murrieta, CA, USA)
My name Ashley also known as Teasie Marie and some of my first memories of the pin up "era" are with my great uncle Nino Lolo who passed about 4 years ago. He lived in a little trailer that looked like we we're still in the 50's.
He'd be waiting for us to visit him with his radio not more than an arms reach away playing his favorite swing and jazz songs like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong telling stores of his day as a musician and what it was like back in the day.
Vintage pin up girls were always posted on his old fridge so some of my fondest memories are enjoying the music of the past, marveling at how wonderful the girls must have looked like in person from the devilish hair to their blood red lipstick.
Not until recently did i actually have the opportunity to be dolled up like the girls from my memories. My very good friend Jami Clark who i had not seen in a year was picture perfect in pin up and i was amazed. From that moment i knew i needed to try out this old school look.
We got together and the transformation was made. When i first looked at my thick curls, thick liner and deep red lips it was a blast from the past. The music from my Nino Lolo's radio played in my ears and brought back those lovely memories.
I have a huge respect for the people who pin up everyday. its hard work but you bring back an era that was truly incredible, and won't be forgotten just like the memory of my Lolo.
i say a big thank you to Jami Clark for giving me a chance to become apart of that world i had always imagined and i definitely want to continue dressing pin up!