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Street Wear For The Street Artist. by Aurora Diaz

What’s cooler than a strong-minded woman that’s willing to take big risks and make a powerful statement? Not much if you ask Us Bettys and we certainly want to come in contact with women of the sort. With the Boys Lie theme in tow, I caught up with the Bushwick street artist The Feds on a snowy afternoon to snap some pics of her and her work. Her street name may not ring an immediate bell, but if you live in the area like myself you have most likely come across her tag “Boys Lie”. With a message like that, how could I pass up a possible opportunity to have her be part of The Bettys? The stars just seemed to align.

I asked The Feds about her ‘Boys Lie’ movement and she told me “It was born mostly out of anger”. Fair enough, we’ve all been there. I needed to know about her commonly tagged ghosts. A simple tag it may be, but the emotion behind it – not so much.  The ubiquitous “hood ghost” represents her memories of hurtful and disheartening times in her past. Rather than dwell, The Feds uses the ghost to claim those memories as her own the same way she claims that territory by making a tag. She uses the tag to take back the hurt and make it something more: something of strength and substance.  Here’s what she had to say:

“ 'Hood Ghosts' are a reoccurring theme in my street art. A 'Hood Ghost' is a dark memory. Ghosts are a lot like memories; you can't touch them because they're dead. But that doesn't mean they aren't real. They come around on their watch, and sometimes its kind of scary. Other times it can be sad, or very maddening. They hide in the cracks in the wall; in the shelves at the bodega, in dark alleys, in chimneys, in drainpipes... So I put them there. And I leave them there. Where they belong.  “

The Feds has a few other streams of creativity. Another element of her work is her cartoon illustrations. The artist says she sees everyone as a cartoon and ever since she can remember holding a pencil, she was drawing cartoon illustrations and comics of those who stood out to her. She sees cartoons as dark, yet funny at the same time and uses Tom and Jerry as a perfect example based off its “wildly exaggerated never-ending homicidal chase between friends.” The dark is shown through digital photos of places or objects we see every day: alleyways, 40 bottles, and a dark staircase. The light then comes from her whimsical illustrations. This side of her art is definitely how life is viewed from a personal perspective.

In her words, “Street art is kind of obnoxious. It's meant to be a sort of mischievous or offensive way to make your presence known...To make a statement about something. It's a way for me to display my ideas, whether in the form of poetry or cartoons.” Us Bettys fully support this girl and we’ll be keeping a peeled eye for all the work to come. We can’t wait to see more of the world through the eyes of The Feds. click through the gallery below to see more of the feds work!

Style Spots + Leopard Steeze by Janine Ciccone

As a Betty, it's near impossible to pick only one answer as to why we love leopard print so much. There are all different elements for which we completely adore. The print is certainly classic, it will always be 'fierce', and you can't deny that it has graced so many of the greats across the world. I do believe that what could be the utmost FAB factor about the dear old print is the scope of its place in history is vast, ample, and tremendous. When you think of the extent from the early 20th century right to today, there's a ton of material to leave a lasting impression. Starting from the stunning elite that we simply gag over to the hot sassy-trashy housewives we love (i.e. the homegirl Peg Bundy) dearly. Leopard has truly been used in some remarkable ways, and we want to cast some shine on some of our favorites. For Style spots + Leopard Steeze we've compiled a photographic list of what keeps us inspired and what keeps us coming back to the enlivening #Leopard. 

                                                                                                                Azzedine Alaia Winter Collection, 1991

                                                                                                                Azzedine Alaia Winter Collection, 1991

                                               E  lizabeth “Betty” Threatt for Harper’s Bazaar, 1943

                                               Elizabeth “Betty” Threatt for Harper’s Bazaar, 1943

                                                                                     Jayne Mansfield, 1967

                                                                                     Jayne Mansfield, 1967

                                                                  Grace Jones for Interview Magazine, 1977

                                                                  Grace Jones for Interview Magazine, 1977

                                               Grace Jones ‘La Vie En Rose’, 1977

                                               Grace Jones ‘La Vie En Rose’, 1977

                                                              Eartha Kitt, 1968

                                                              Eartha Kitt, 1968

                                                            Marion Nixon, 1920s

                                                            Marion Nixon, 1920s

                                                                       Jerry Hall, 1980s

                                                                       Jerry Hall, 1980s

Don't forget, you can always turn to your BFF Barbie for fashion tips and inspo

                                                                  Fashion Barbies & Various Couture Dolls

                                                                  Fashion Barbies & Various Couture Dolls

STYLE CLUB PRESIDENT LIL KIM

                                                                                                                   Lil Kim, 1997

                                                                                                                   Lil Kim, 1997

 and OUR FLEXIN' AUNTIE Mary J. Blige

                                                  Mary J Blige at Mark Bouwer FW Collection, 2000

                                                  Mary J Blige at Mark Bouwer FW Collection, 2000

Then Naomi came to OWN EVERYTHING for  THE REST OF eternity

                                                                                                                                Naomi Campbell for Harper's Bazaar, 2009

                                                                                                                                Naomi Campbell for Harper's Bazaar, 2009

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                                                                               Cadillac Debutante, 1950

                                                                               Cadillac Debutante, 1950

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the perfect ending