Screaming Betty Page T-Shirt
SCREAMING BETTIE PAGE
She was the Counterculture poster girl of the 1950s. Bettie Page appeared in a fetching Santa hat and nothing else in the first issue of Playboy, and after that she became a legend in girly magazine circles. Not only did she have a fabulous body and an adorable face, but she and photographer Bunny Yaeger worked as a team, with a keen sense of humor, coming up with those over-the-top Bondage and Wild Woman poses. An entire generation of men grew up drooling over Bettie Page; her trademark black pageboy hairdo, with saucy bangs, has appeared as homage in everything from Archie Comics to Pulp Fiction. At some point Bettie married, became Born Again, moved to Florida and disappeared. Later it emerged that she’d had mental problems, largely caused by financial stress. Ironically her photos passed into the public domain. In the 1980s her star rose again with a generation of new fans. Bettie became aware that, in her seventies, she had become a pop icon. She moved back to LA and into the Playboy Mansion, and with the help of old friend Hugh Hefner, hired an attorney who put her in the black, gave press interviews (no pictures), inspired a movie based on her life, and autographed a print of this very painting. If you know who stole it, please return it. After all, Bettie liked the painting and autographed it for me.
I painted Bettie from photos but put on fishnets and posed the legs myself. I already had the skull, and it was simple to set it on fire. I painted this in 1992, in 72 dpi, to thank dear Fred- I’ve lost his last name- for giving me my first Wacom tablet. In 1995 I sold Giclee prints of Screaming Bettie Page at a show next to a tattoo parlor on Sunset Boulevard. In 2004, this exact image appeared in a tattoo magazine, on somebody’s chest. In 2016 I bit the bullet and repainted it in 300 dpi poster-size. It took two weeks, but it’s a hell of a poster and yes, we’ll make it available.