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Safety Pins's Blog – September 2010 Archive (10)

Wtf, Afro-Punk Hairstyles on eHow??

Alternative black trends must be getting recognized if eHow just published a "how to" guide for African-American punk hairstyles. Making reference to music artists from Roscoe Dash to Busta Rhymes, the post gives some tips on how to create a funky, yet functional look. The funny thing is that the post uses terms like, "asymmetrics" and "jazzy mohawk" in a technical manner. Now, it really brings to question the race of the person who… Continue

Added by Safety Pins on September 24, 2010 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Tattoo of the week: A Comic Book Marvel

It's shiny. It's oily. Yummm, the smell of a fresh tattoo, all petroleum jellied out announcing it's newness and permanence. This week we had to feature the new tattoo from Mitchell Douglas, who recently got the comic book character, Luke Cage of Marvel on his upper arm with plans to develop it into a full sleeve. Mitchell said he got the Marvel character because his admiration of comics ability to stretch his…

Added by Safety Pins on September 22, 2010 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Solange rocks Afro on cover of FashizBlack magazine

More fashion this month, with a nice find of songstress, Solange Knowles, on this month's cover of French magazine, FashizBlack. Photographer, Itaysha Jordan, captures Solange in some dope shots sporting an alined Afro and ethnic prints that she's been into lately. Nicely done. Solange has also been sported around New York for fashion week, hitting up…

Added by Safety Pins on September 17, 2010 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

Fashion month- When it comes to black beauty, do we sleep on the hood?

“In my own middle-class world, I don’t see or hear many acknowledgments of the beauty that exists in low-income urban communities. Yes, every now and then a rapper will give a shout out to hood chicks. But in terms of being a beauty muse for black culture, we tend to look elsewhere.”

When it comes to black beauty, do we sleep on the hood?

By Leila Noelliste for…

Added by Safety Pins on September 13, 2010 at 7:00pm — 15 Comments

Willow Smith says be who you are with new single!

We normally try to stay away from posting music news on pop tunes, but hold the press. We just couldn't get pass 9-year-old Willow Smith's (daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) newly released single, Whip My Hair. At nine years old, most youngsters are trying to figure out what to wear to fit in with their fourth grade friends. Willow not only matter of factly states that she is comfortable being who she…

Added by Safety Pins on September 10, 2010 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

Up and Coming Designer: God+Rock+Glam = Syeko

What does God look like? If you ask Brandi Lewis she would say God herself was an infusion of rock and glam. All of these are what inspires her line. God, rock and glam. One big ball of love reconstructed with paint and vintage pieces are what make this brand so amazing. Syeko first caught my eye in 2008 while hanging in a design studio in Maryland. Not only was I intrigued by the tattooed, blonde loc beauty behind the line, the…

Added by Safety Pins on September 10, 2010 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Tattoo of the week: Hawaii's got pride

Originally from Honolulu, our feature for this tattoo of the week is 26-year-old, Amonica Phipps. Amonica currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a full time student getting her masters at Rutgers University and has been inked up 12 times. Our favorites are the Hawaii islands she has trailed on her stomach. So dope. For the cool background story and collective stomach tattoos, this week we are proud to…

Added by Safety Pins on September 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — 8 Comments

Janelle Monae strips fashion secrets for Vogue

In ode to fashion month, over the next several weeks we will be highlighting fashion in the Afro-punk community. From artists to musicians to designers, we wanted to feature all things that highlight creativity, individuality, and artistic expression in the way we look. We recently found this dope piece on Vogue Black, where one of our all around fav's, Janelle Monae, talks about her…

Added by Safety Pins on September 7, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Intolerance in the natural hair community

“I know there’s a need for discussion about the self-esteem issues, cultural stereotypes and pigeon holes. But we should all check ourselves for any degree of intolerance that may be influencing our attitudes in these discussions. Diversity of opinion benefits everyone and is necessary to avoid group thinking.”

Intolerance in the natural hair community

By G G, Contributing Writer for…

Added by Safety Pins on September 3, 2010 at 7:40pm — 7 Comments

Tattoo of the week: What's a little ink on the neck

Neck tattoos are daring and come with lots of unusual stereotypes that imply dangerous antics and trouble. Our featured tattoo this week, Shantel Haynes, says she is breaking that stereotype with her neck ink of her mother's name in cursive. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, Shantel is an artist who got her first tattoo at 20. She now has three and has no regrets with getting her mother's name on her neck. Shantel, for…

Added by Safety Pins on September 1, 2010 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

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