So you guys remember when I mentioned that eagle bike I was working on? Yeah, of course you do because EAGLE BIKE! Well, I finished it and it made its debut this carnival season with the artist krewe of Kolossos. My friend Katrina runs both Kolossos and The Bearded Oysters which is how I came to be involved in this project. I put many hours into it and it was so worth it, I mean look at the picture above this paragraph from mardigraparadeschedule.com. That’s me with four Saints super fans majestically carrying red white and blue ribbon poles behind me. I don’t think I’ve ever felt or looked cooler. I may never look that cool again. Freedom!
I was doing non-stop paper mache while at my shop for three days straight, eight hours a day. I was dreaming about it at night. Everyone that came into the gallery loved it and kept asking, “So this is for The Mardi Gras?!” It is, I would reply and think about how it’s odd that tourists feel the need to turn Mardi Gras into THE Mardi Gras. Then I would just keep on sopping up glue water with phone book strips. I took her on a test drive around the quarter to make sure she was road worthy, fixed some problem spots, and brought her to the art lofts where I painted her all up.
It only took me one day to paint thanks to Katrina having already done a base coat of white for me. My sister Erin stopped by when she got off work and painted the claws for me. She also brought me a slice of pizza from Pizza Delicious which was much needed fuel at that point. Thanks Ern, shout out to you!
Muses was the tricycle’s grand debut. I wanted to be equally as fabulous as the bike so I made a huge feather head piece (because, necessary). As for my dress, I got it from a costume liquidation sale from a theater last month. It was a Donald Duck costume made for a chunky child which ended up being an almost perfect fit for me. I chopped off the arms, added some sequin trim, and called it good to go.
How amazing does it look lit up?! Amazing! I can’t take any credit for that, I know nothing about adding lights to art trikes. I rode it again on Saturday for Tucks and had an amazing time that day as well. I got a lot of “MERICA!!!!” along the route and successfully started many “USA! USA!” chants too. I’m hoping more pictures will surface in the next week or two because I was posing like a crazy lady. The one above this paragraph and below were both taken by one of my fabulous artists from the shop. Thanks, Loopy Boopy! And that’s that. Every year, when Mardi Gras ends, I’m sad that it’s over but excited to try and top my costuming and parading next year!