The Sixties Twist goes Tiki!

Some of you might have noticed that my blog is slightly different. The thing is…I have a new blog header! And by the super lovely Alice Negri, a very talented illustrator from Italy.

I met Alice in 2015 through Instagram, where I discovered her illustrations inspired by vintage girls from all over the world. She even drew me taking inspiration from some recent pictures featured on my Instagram.

Her style is very neat and elegant, and uses many colours for her compositions. No doubt I had to ask her to design my new blog header. I love its tiki design and tropical vibes. I’m a big fan of the tiki culture and aesthetics, and she created this beautiful header for my blog. Couldn’t be happier!

Since I started this blog, back in late 2014, many things have changed: my style, my experience and also my community of blog readers…and the list could go on! So I guess it was time for a big makeover! I also plan on making other design changes during this year. Stay tuned! ✌

Alice Negri has her own site where you can commission her and buy her art, either prints, pillows, phone cases or even brooches.

What do you think of my new header?

Vintage Illustrators: Josh Agle (Shag)

There are many artists from yesteryear that have caught my eye, and also some from the 21st century that definitely could belong to the 50s and 60s. Today I’m going to show you the artwork of Josh Agle, also known as Shag. This North-American illustrator is popular in the rockabilly and vintage scene, and it quite clear why.

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Vintage Illustrators: Mike Ludlow

Today’s Vintage Illustrator is Mike Ludlow, american artist born in 1921. His work is specialized in glamour, so expect many sophisticated illustrations in this post 🙂
 He worked for important publications such as Esquire magazine, especially in the 50s, when he created illustrations with pin up girls ang stylish gentlemen. 

In he 60s, the women he painted were sexier. 

Mike Ludlow took inspiration from classic Hollywood starlets from the decade, like Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner and Jayne Mansfield. I love vintage glamour so he’s become one of my favorite artist so far.

He also collaborated with Esquire magazine with yearly glamorous calendars filled with pin ups, and designed the whole 1957 calendar – the last one of the Esquire series -. 
You can also check his work in the advertising business, creating ads and also illustrated covers for newspapers and romantic magazines. 

Hope you liked this post about Mike Ludlow (1921-2010)

Take care! 

Alberto Vargas and the pin up world

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As you may have noticed, I am an art nerd. I’ve always loved visiting museums and wandering through art galleries, just for the fun of it. Art gives me power and brings me happiness. When I first got into vintage, way back in my teens, I discovered the beautiful illustrations made by artists such as Gil Elvgren, Jon Whitcomb and Alberto Vargas. They have inspired me so much since I was a weird teenager interested in old things rather than dating boys and partying, and I owe this to my grandma, who used to collect illustrations. 

Alberto Vargas (1896-1982) was a Peruvian artist who became famous due to his pin up illustrations in the 1940s. His type of illustrating young women would be soon coin the term “Vargas Girls”, because of his type of creative work and palette of colours. He also illustrated celebrities from the era and made several collaborations with magazines, such as Esquire and Playboy. I love the design of his pin up girls: very neat, simple but detailed at the same time.

Have a great week! x

My new 1950s Fashion Illustration Book

I wanted to share with y’all some illustrations from a book I bought in Berlin the past April. Entitled “1950s Fashion”, it is basically a book with gift wrapping paper with amazing illustrations from the 1950s. 
I wish I were as talented as the illustrators who did these to draw some beautiful pin ups and fine gentlemen. 
I really hope you have a nice weekend with your loved ones! Enjoy these illustrations ❤