I Heart Brooklyn Girls Calendar

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I Heart Brooklyn Girls Calendar

If you heart Brooklyn girls, or even if you just heart girls then you must get your hands on this years  "I Heart Brooklyn Girls" calendar. For the last four years photographer Erica Beckman has spearheaded this DIY annual pin-up calendar project of and for queer ladies. Each year the calendar has taken on a stylistic theme. This year has got to be my absolute fav, pulp covers of the 60s.

The launch of each calendar happens with the hippest Brooklyn party of the year, its a kind of seen and be seen event. I chatted with Erica recently as she was busy at the printer checking her calendar color plates and planning this Saturday's (Oct 23rd) launch party.

The "I Heart Brooklyn Girls" calendar has become a New York tradition, what gave you the idea of creating it?
It was originally a project put together by a group of creative friends who wanted two things: 1) to give femme queers more visibility in and out of the LGBTQ world, and 2) to make something that showcased their creative talents.
 
How many years have you been doing it and what have the previous themes been?
This will be our 4th calendar, but we had a one-year hiatus because of financial restrictions. The 1st was a 2007 calendar and it took almost a full year to produce since it was our first attempt and we were trying to figure it out as we went along.

The theme was pinup through the ages. The 2nd calendar was a swimsuit calendar all shot at Coney Island since it’s such an iconic Brooklyn locale, and we wanted to capture it on film, because it’s been slated to go through so many changes. The 2009 calendar was called “Women at Work,” and was a take on the 40s and 50s classic pinup made iconic by Elvgren and Vargas.
 
What is this years theme and how did you decide upon it?
This year, we’re doing a lesbian pulp fiction novel theme (not the movie, but the actual genre). Our wonderful calendar hair stylist, Topher Gross, who works at Arrojo Studio and produced a hair show at the salon with a pulp fiction theme, inspired it. All of the co-producers of the calendar helped played a part in the project.

I took all the photos, Jackie Schneider was a make makeup artist, Anna Conlan assisted me and also was a model and Laura Allen donated clothes. The images came out so beautifully, that we wanted to take his idea and really expand upon it.



Comments [5]

geek4grammar's picture

FUCK YEAH BK GIRLS

woot woot, I <3 brooklyn girls is back!!! I was so demoralized when we didn't get one last year. what is brooklyn w/o brooklyn girls? Smile WINNNN.

in case I didn't say it loud enough: BROOKLYN, BIOTCH!

We're all born naked. The rest is drag.
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Erika Davis's picture

NEXT YEAR!!!

I interviewed with the lovely ladies of Brooklyn Girls and unfortunately it didn't work it (this year).  I love what they do.  They are so down to earth, incredibly passionate about their project, and amazing at what they accomplish.  Sadly, I will be out of town for the launch but cannot wait to have those sexy ladies on my wall and next year ( hopefully) I'll be Ms. October Smile

 

 

Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile
www.blackgayjewish.com

Robin Rigby's picture

Some of those pics are pretty

Some of those pics are pretty hot. 

Julia Watson's picture

WANT.

WANT.

Conlite's picture

I like the idea of visibility

I like the idea of visibility through a calendar  I may get me one!