Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures
Vintage Halloween Costumes from the 1950s to the 1970s

Ah, Halloween. The streets fill with children in trendy, creepy, and cute costumes all hot in pursuit of the best candy. This year, households can expect the classics: some werewolves, witches, and wizards. As well as culturally hip get-ups parents with some free time conjured up (take a shot for every Hogwarts student, minion, Trump and creepy nun costume). This holiday also brings with it...

Live At The Purple Pit – An Interview with Nutty
Written by Baron von Swankenstein in Interview

Live At The Purple Pit – An Interview with Nutty

It all started with the familiar opening notes of “Take Five”. It was a lazy day off in 2012 and I was doodling at my art table with the sounds of Cocktail Nation with Koop Kooper in the background. Because the room reverb was slightly flat in the recording, I knew this version of “Take Five” wasn’t The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s original. And I was...

When Satanist Anton LaVey seduced Jayne Mansfield
Written by Baron von Swankenstein in Interview

When Satanist Anton LaVey seduced Jayne Mansfield

Halloween is here, a liminal time when the boundary between this world and the nether realms can more easily be crossed by all manner of evil spirits. Lest one be carried away by them, tradition dictates that we mere mortals disguise ourselves to fool the spirits into believing we are one of them. It was part of a tradition the Scots called “guising.” And while...

Halloween Special – Sex and Horror
Written by Baron von Swankenstein in Readable

Halloween Special – Sex and Horror

I love Halloween. Ever since I was a kid, Halloween has meant an exploration of my most personal Jungian archetypes wrapped in a gloomy shroud of adventure. All the tropes of gothic horror and Halloween – haunted houses, gothic cemeteries, werewolves, ghosts, vampires – have tapped my subconscious in ways I’ll probably never fully understand. Of course, I didn’t know that when I was eight....

Pacific Ocean Park – The Nautical Theme Park Lost to Time

Unless you’re an Angeleno, you’ve probably never heard of Pacific Ocean Park. Even then, you’d have to be of a certain age to remember it. However, if you’re a fan of vintage American TV, you’ve probably seen it: You saw it when Martin Milner’s character took a job at P.O.P. on Route 66 (“Between Hello And Goodbye;” 1962). You saw it when Jack Klugman chased...

Dressing like Jackie O
Written by Guest Writer in Fashion

Dressing like Jackie O

It’s hard to believe that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the First Lady more than 50 years ago, because she’s still well known and loved today — that’s what’s happens when you reach icon status. Even today, the mention of her name conjures images of her perfectly tailored wardrobe, pillbox hats and well-coifed hair. Shows like Mad Men have only made it more desirable to bring...

Bringing Mid-Century Modern Design to Life

Mid-Century Modern design began making its mark in the 1940’s and on through the 1980’s. It left its biggest impact, however, during the 1960’s and 1970’s when the world was going through drastic changes in terms freedom of expression, which could be seen and felt politically, socially, and culturally. While mid-century modern design may have made an impact in the 60s and 70s, it is...

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