Hello management of ASDA. Hiya to the powers that be at Tesco, the buyers at Morrissons, Sainsbury’s, ALDI ‘n’ Lidyl. Lift your glasses, a toast to the nation’s health.

And hello NHS, as it’s the National Health Service that will be dealing with the effects of low-cost, SPECIAL OFFER supermarket alcohol poisoning within casualty departments, before GPs test for liver damage, diabetes.

Whilst every individual has the choice in making to imbibe responsibly or not, many celebs send out a dangerous message, when photographed with a drink to hand. 

Having fun seems to equate knocking booze back and there’s nothing new in that.

ALCOHOL = FUN

Just listen to BBC Radio 1 and Radio  2 DJs to count up the regular references to neckin’ a stiffy. Jo Whiley seems to particularly keen to preach the faith of self-medication each broadcast. Silly moo.

ALCOHOL = SLOW POISON

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THE WHAT: A festival CrowdTHE WHEN: 2010sTHE WHERE: Off Beat
©Molly Macindoe/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A festival Crowd
THE WHEN: 2010s
THE WHERE: Off Beat

©Molly Macindoe/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Cindy Cat wearing 1960’s inspired colourful modernist clothing jewellery and make-up.THE WHERE: LondonTHE WHEN: 1980s
©Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Cindy Cat wearing 1960’s inspired colourful modernist clothing jewellery and make-up.
THE WHERE:
London
THE WHEN:
1980s

©Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

INKED

Revulsion. Sorry, but that’s what I feel with 99.09% of tattoo ‘work’ that I see upon people making an exhibition of themselves. Vulgaric, barbaric.

Body ‘art’? Modification? Pro-primitism in a technological world? Come on… more consideration seems to be given to a choice of B&Q wallpaper than it does for many a random ink job.

Tattoos are invariably not deep and meaningful. All too often, as with a drunken sailor on leave in another time, they’re paint-by-numbers jobs that are selected to be one of the crowd. Fit in. Be one of the circus lads or ladettes, all making the same personal statement of individuality, inspired by youth-centric celeb influence. Personal credo, my arse. Trickle up, trickle down.

The graphic form has now spread beyond the body, spreading across all forms of merchanise, from handbags to stockings. 

Sure, I photograph ‘em from a trending perspective, as part of Social and Fashion History, but my stomach invariably churns at the sight of one inked generation after another. It’s the permanency of tattooing that irks me. Wouldn’t want to live with the same wallpaper forever, would we?

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THE WHAT: Three skinhead/mod girls, laughing and drinkingTHE WHEN: 1980sTHE WHERE: UK
©Peter Anderson/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Three skinhead/mod girls, laughing and drinking
THE WHEN: 1980s
THE WHERE: UK

©Peter Anderson/PYMCA

Photographer Molly Macindoe presents her exclusive monthly column with a spark of feminine attitude.

LUSCIOUS LADIES OF LEISURE

This month’s Two Cents is inspired by what is undoubtedly the best and most fun photography job I’ve ever been booked for. Two years in a row at Boomtown festival, I’ve been the official photographer for the ‘Luscious Ladies of Leisure’ – a high-energy, interactive, carnivalesque performance group consisting of dancers and actresses and Djs, an open collective of female talent — for professionals and  amateurs alike, available for all kinds of events.  And many of these women have families—partners and children—who in fact accompany them.  Some of the baby girls who were taken to festivals are now older children and join in the carnival costume-fest.

My job summary: following around and photographing a group of gorgeous young women, dressed up to the nines in fabulous, colourful and sexy outfits, catching the eye of every passer-by and generally bringing a little happiness into people’s day as they pass through the festival site.   The only exception to this that I witnessed was a policewoman who stalked off angrily when the group, garbed in a ‘Barbarella’ theme, tried to pose in character.  The male officer was a genuine good sport and didn’t resist.

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THE WHAT: A Punk at a gigTHE WHEN: 1997THE WHERE: London
©Naki/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A Punk at a gig
THE WHEN: 1997
THE WHERE: London

©Naki/PYMCA

THE WHO: MorrisseyTHE WHEN: 1980sTHE WHERE: Oscar Wilde’s Flat, London.
©Laurence Watson/PYMCA

THE WHO: Morrissey
THE WHEN: 1980s
THE WHERE: Oscar Wilde’s Flat, London.

©Laurence Watson/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A group of boys posing with a motorcycleTHE WHEN: 1973THE WHERE: West London, UK
©Richard Braine/PYMCA

THE WHAT: A group of boys posing with a motorcycle
THE WHEN: 1973
THE WHERE: West London, UK

©Richard Braine/PYMCA

Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.

retroFORWARD > IOW

Strains of true teen spirit are evident at specialist and somewhat exclusive stratas, such as the Isle of Wight’s scooter ride out each August Bank Holiday Weekend. 

From the customised American Fish Tail Parkas to the Vespas and Lambrettas at Smallbrook Stadium and alongside Ryde Superbowl, new interpretations on 60s and 70s styling feel playful and fresh and worth documenting.

By night, the dancefloor at venues such as Ryde Town Club on Star Street, feature a mod / skin’ vibe. Strict door policy: NO WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS.

DJs Junior Boss and Jay Reggae on the decks, provide three nights of vinyl-only BOSS reggae sounds. The lads favour razor-sharp Adam of London tailoring with new-line Brutus shirts mixed in. 

Yeah, ‘n’ Ben Shermans and Fred Perry polos, worn under nutty-boy tanktops, with the girls going for e-Bay treasures, graphics that they won’t get run over in.

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THE WHAT: Goth girlTHE WHEN: 1980sTHE WHERE: UK
©Gavin Watson/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Goth girl
THE WHEN: 1980s
THE WHERE: UK

©Gavin Watson/PYMCA

THE WHO: Chuka and Dubem twinsTHE WHEN: 1980THE WHERE: London
©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHO: Chuka and Dubem twins
THE WHEN: 1980
THE WHERE: London

©Hartnett/PYMCA

THE WHAT:Portrait of a Young ModTHE WHEN: 1981THE WHERE: Woolwich, London
©George Plemper/PYMCA

THE WHAT:Portrait of a Young Mod
THE WHEN: 1981
THE WHERE: Woolwich, London

©George Plemper/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Psychedelic BandTHE WHEN: 2010THE WHERE: The Enterprise, Camden, London.
©Catherine Holmes/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Psychedelic Band
THE WHEN: 2010
THE WHERE: The Enterprise, Camden, London.

©Catherine Holmes/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Inna Jungle, Scumtek III,THE WHEN: 2014THE WHERE: Canning Town, London
©Molly Macindoe/PYMCA

THE WHAT: Inna Jungle, Scumtek III,
THE WHEN: 2014
THE WHERE: Canning Town, London

©Molly Macindoe/PYMCA