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Persuasive Pin-Up

Persuasive Pin-Up

ALBERTO VARGAS

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One of the most popular pin-up artists Alberto Vargas had a contract with Esquire Magazine to produce monthly pin-up art during the early forties. Millions of those magazines were sent free to World War II troops. Unlike the other popular Esquire pin-up artist at the time, Gil Elvgren, the Vargas Girls skirted a line of open eroticism making Vargas a target of censors late in the war. Even when they were contraband GI’s loved the Vargas Girls and Vargas never turned down a serviceman’s request to copy one of his girls as a “mascot.” In 1978 the 83 year old Vargas was persuaded to come out of retirement to paint the cover of Candy-O by his niece who was a fan of the Cars.

I’m not badI’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.

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8 Comments

  1. Acadia Einstein

    Someone should draw pictures of contemporary models and actresses like pin-ups. I bet that would be a big seller.

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    • Cider

      Good idea! But yeah with their permission dummy. I don’t know are you allowed to do fan-art without permission?

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      • Joseph Bowley

        Nobody cares if you do that for a private commission. If you try to sell it, for example in a calendar, then you’re violating the copyright on that persons likeness. The loophole that’s been used since the days of pulp fiction covers is painting so the subject looks similar to someone famous. Mamie Van Doren thought that her body was on enough books to fill a library. (A bit shorter than Marilyn the artists all thought she had a better body)

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      • Acadia Einstein

        We don’t need their permission. This isn’t Russia!

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  2. Penny

    I bet it would but wouldnt the models and actresses want a cut?

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  3. Aaron Gilliland

    Pin-up more like Tin Cup lel terrible movie kek lmao kekekeke

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  4. Paddy

    I like Vargas. I dont like the Cars. I check out Hot Rod Pin Up – they are on FB. Good stuff.

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    • Sangfroid

      I hope people like it enough that we get to modern pin-ups. I picked four of the old school giants for the first month.

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