Dean Yeagle is an American animator and cartoonist best known for his character “Mandy” who often appears on the pages of Playboy Magazine. After coming back from Vietnam he went to work for Jack Zander (Golden age animator that did Tom & Jerry among other cartoons) at the infamous Zander’s Animation Parlour. Yeagle now runs his own Caged Beagle Productions that produces TV commercials, CD-ROMS, sub-contracts on features and character design. All that and…MANDY.
Personality and character is what sets an erotic pin-up above the rest. Mandy (with her equally cute little dog) embodies that kind of sexuality. Sure she’s in skimpy outfits and always seems to be naked in her dreams but she’s also something more than a one off painted cute blonde that was the work assignment that Yeagle got from Playboy. She’s almost as cool as Hipster Barbie.
“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” – Jessica Rabbit
There’s something special about pin-up art. They’re idealized images that are erotic without being graphic. A pin-up is a throwback to a simpler time when a bit of art could be a motivator and not just another X rated click. Arguably pin-ups objectify women but it’s just as true that it’s an art form embraced by modern women who feel empowered by Bad Girl Art. Rockabilly chic, Suicide Girls, Dita Von Teese; The pin-up is out there and alive in performances, photography, fashion music and tattoos