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Lynda of La Motocyclette Magazine (photo © Meg Wachter) The Miss-Fires MC riding around at sunset in Brooklyn, NY (photo © Meg Wachter) Amanda (photo © Meg Wachter) Lynda (photo © Meg Wachter) Leslie hot-doggin around on her bike in Brooklyn, NY (photo © Meg Wachter) Suzy (photo © Meg Wachter) Amanda and Lynda riding over the Pulaski Bridge at sunset in Brooklyn, NY (photo © Meg Wachter)

Got a Girl Crush On: Lynda Lucas of La Motocyclette Magazine

Tell us about about yourself—who you are and what you do.

Lynda Lucas: I’m senior visual designer for a design consultancy called frog design. Just moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco about 5 months ago. New York rules so hard, but I miss glorious Californian nature; epic redwoods and sweeping coastlines.

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and who or what drew you to want to ride and own one? What’s been the hardest part?

LL:I rode vintage mopeds for several years and was involved in a nation-wide community of moped gangs called Moped Army. After moving to California several years ago I started wanting to leave the city to go on longer trips and enjoy the glorious nature; which is difficult on a moped.

Let me paint a picture for you of the exact minute I decided I had to learn how to ride motorcycles. I used to live above a sketchy motorcycle gang clubhouse (don’t tell my mom!). One night I was coming home, and a gang member asked me what I thought of his new high handle bars. Because I was so involved in the more gender-neutral moped community at the time, I answered without censoring myself. I said something like, “oh, my arms would probably get tired if I had handlebars like that.” He responded with shocked laughter, “Oh, sweetheart, I didn’t mean you could ride it, bitches ride on the back.”

Bitches. Ride. On. The. Back.

I will remember that moment always, and the certainty that I would prove people like him wrong.

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Got a Girl Crush On: Kooky animal lady, humorist, & illustrator, Lisa Hanawalt

I first was introduced to Lisa’s work by getting bold with a friend and posing in our birthday suits for Mike Perry’s drawing collective marathon, Get Nude, Get Drawn series and was smitten by her take at the could be tried age-old format of live figure drawing (editor’s note - the is not me in the previous link). Upon seeking out her actual portfolio, I can’t stop giggling at the world Lisa creates (like Coyote Doggirl, or Tuca the Toucan who lives in the city).

Check out more of her work over at www.lisahanawalt.com!

(via: lisahanawalt)

Got a Girl Crush On: Erin M. Riley and her “Woven Selfies”

We’ve blogged about Erin before, but this is the first installment of GAGC Originals — content created solely for this website.

Erin’s been getting a lot of attention recently—interviewed by Alter Street and on the radio alike, about what it means to be a woman that creates weavings of photos of other women in states of undress. Is it perpetuating a patriarchal subjection of women? Is it commentary on social media and a younger generation seeking outside validation seeing as “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s word-of-the-year in 2013? Or is it just really embracing women as sexual beings and how they express that in a digital age? Could be a bit of all of the former, could just be visually interesting—regardless we think they’re freaking amazing!

She culls Google and Facebook for subjects for her wall-sized tapestries. The viewer is confronted with nudity, used tampons, remnants of sex, drugs, and women posing in front of a mirror with their iPhones. A modern discussion of the permanency of what happens once you upload a photo the the internet is tangibly captured in an ages-old art form. 

Check out more of Erin’s work at www.erinmriley.com!

Got a Girl Crush On: The women behind Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn,and their new bi-annual publication, TAC!

Textile Arts Center is made up of a dedicated team of entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and textile enthusiasts. It is a community space dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults—and they’ve only been around since 2009!

In the spirit of promoting and supporting independent press, we invite you to check out their latest and more far-reaching effort: TAC Magazine!

TAC is a biannual publication that gives voice to the modern textile movement, and fits naturally into the mission of Textile Arts Center. Rooted in an educational and community-centric approach, TAC will deliver curated content that informs and inspires. Through 96 pages of ahead-of-the-curve tutorials, designer and artist studio visits, current textile news, fashion editorial spreads, and travel guides, TAC will bind a community hungry for knowledge and inspiration, and provide a missing link in connecting the international textile community, while attracting new enthusiasts.

Video filmed by Isabelle Selby, music composed and performed by David Linaburg.

Got a Girl Crush On: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s "Stop Telling Women to Smile" street art project

Similar to projects like Holler Back!, artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh decided to enlarge the problem of harassment by viscerally bringing it to everyone’s attention. There is no denying or confusing these wheatpastings from other street art—this is addressing everyone who walks by to rethink what some may think as harmless.

Stop Telling Women to Smile is a street art project that addresses gender based street harassment.

The project consists of a series of portraits of women - women who I have sat talked with about their experiences with harassment. The portraits are designed into posters, including text that is inspired by the subject’s experiences. And then I wheat paste. 

STWTS started in Brooklyn in the fall of 2012. It is an on-going, travelling series and will gradually include many cities and many women participants. 

Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street - creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe. 

If you want to call attention to this issue too, Fazlalizadeh has STWTS shirts & prints, too.

Got a Girl Crush On: Issue #3 contributor, photographer Amanda Jasnowski

Instagram: @hokaytokay

Got a Girl Crush On: Issue #3 contributor, photographer Amanda Stosz

Instagram: @amandastosz

Got a Girl Crush On: Issue #3 contributors, photographers Yael Malka & Cait Oppermann

Instagrams: @caitoppermann & @yael_malka

Got a Girl Crush On: Issue #3 contributor, illustrator & painter Amelie Mancini

Instagram: @ameliemancini

Got a Girl Crush On: Adren Wray’s photos of creatives project, Boots & Pine

"I am inspired by those who use dress as a vehicle for creative expression and for serious fun. Boots & Pine started with my love of people watching and of style, and is growing into something bigger and better than I could’ve imagined. I’ve loved getting to meet and befriend so many wonderful people, and I hope to continue growing this project into the future."

Peep her gorgeous portraits over on Boots & Pine (and check out the rest of her photography, too!)