City Paper: Pinup Girls
If you haven't seen the City Paper this week
you'll notice that the cover story involves the resurging Pin-Up industry. Both of the women featured work for the company I work for... as a matter of fact there are about 15 or so of the "action girls" or "mod squad" as I like to call them cruising around. They are so much fun to work with and make this place even more special than it already is... Cheers to them.
Barich and Sneed agree to meet me for lunch at a Mount Vernon coffee shop to discuss the fine points of pinup. They're coming from their day jobs at Agora Publishing, but their office clothes are styled with vintage flair. Standing together, the two women have the Bert-and-Ernie physical symmetry of partnerships meant to be--Barich's curvy proportions and '50s starlet makeup make her resemble Edith Massey's much, much prettier sister, while the tall and narrow Sneed wears the cat's-eye glasses of a secretly wild librarian. Even their lunchtime order of the roasted chicken and gravy hot plate is retro. Their interest in all things Populuxe extends to their membership in the Karb Kings hot rodders car club, and not just as hood candy--Barich has rebuilt her own 1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe, including a complete rewiring of the car's electronics as well as doing something called a "drive-train swap," an advanced procedure that, even after squinting at several auto restoration how-to sites, I'm too mystified to explain. (Apparently I'm not the only one confounded by her grease-monkey credentials. "Once [guys] find I built the car," she gloats, "they don't know how to handle it.")
- This is now - and I guess has always been very popular down the Hamden to Mt Vernon corridor. Bring on the piss!
Read the article here.