The latest fan is
The whole gang:
David Robert Crews
David Heulun Jones
David Robert Crews
Gretchen and Kevin
Hex and Dze
Lynda L. Hinkle
Polly [Esther] Styrene
Zero Renton Prefect
How do I become
a Dreamland Fan?
Parts by Hioni
been a fan of Waters' work for about 15 years, but it wasn't until I saw
Cecil B. Demented that I became inspired enough to do something
about it -- create a "Honey Whitlock" fashion doll.
Modifying and customizing fashion dolls seems to have become quite a hobby
among doll collectors lately, and seeing their work (regardless of the
style or "quality") made me want to try it too. "Honey
Whitlock," in her "cinema terrorist" gear, of course, appealed
to me especially because Van Smith's designs are so fabulous. In addition,
the very idea of a "Honey Whitlock: Cinema Terrorist" doll ran
counter to the stereotypical customized fashion doll image -- which often
reflects mainstream cinema -- while simultaneously conflicting, at least
to some degree, with the anti-commercial message of Cecil and The Sprocket
All in all, that was just too much irony and satire for me to resist.
I had to make one! When I heard that The Seattle International Film Festival
would have, "An Evening with John Waters," I knew I'd have to
make something to take along. After all, there's no better place to share
such projects than in the company of other fans.
In order to have a doll who could strike "action" poses, I chose
a "Roxy of the Misfits" from Hasbro's "Jem and the Holograms"
line (made in the mid-1980s). "Roxy," who stands 12.5"
tall, has a fully articulated body and platinum hair (no roots!) with
bangs, so she was sacrificed "in the name of underground cinema."
basic costume elements, I used as many "ready-to-wear" doll
clothes as I could find. Specialty items, like the jacket, belt, and holster,
were created for me by my extremely talented mother, who also did the
facial repaint -- using acrylic paint for the lips and eyes, and gold
enamel for the eyeshadow. I didn't have time to really "finish"
everything before attending the event (not even sealing the paint!), but
I pronounced the doll "good enough for now," and took a few
It was my ultimate goal to find a sympathetic usher to slip some photos
to, so John Waters might perhaps learn that such a doll had been made.
Lucky for me, during the Q&A session, a few fans expressed their desire
to share items with him, so, I raised my hand and hoped to be called on
too. To my amazement, several people around me took it upon themselves
to draw attention on my behalf. (My thanks to each of them!)
When I handed over my photos, he took the doll as well. After commenting
favorably and holding her up for the audience to see, he said, "Are
you giving this to me?" I was stunned. What else could I do but present
her as a gift? He enthusiastically took it and assured me that it would
eventually be part of the cinema archives at Wesleyan -- alongside such
items as "Clint Eastwood's 'Dirty Harry' badge and Divine's 'cheater.'"
What an honor!
She's where she truly belongs now, in John Waters' collection instead