What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Dress-Up For Semi-Grown-Ups




I have been a fan of Chicago club icon, Sal-E, for quite a long time. Since 2004, I’ve favorited his photos on Flickr, and used them as a template for many, many costume makeup looks. He single-handedly inspired me to buy an airbrush, and every cut crease I do is really a tribute to him.

But while my rave-look days are largely behind me, time never seems to touch Sal-E. While he maybe can’t be considered a club “kid” anymore, his performance art is still going strong, and he is still serving as an inspiration to makeup mavens and drag artists all over the world. Today is a love letter to his tireless consummate artistry.

“I … play with androgynous fashion and paint as a means to express myself to the world. I often call myself a clown and to this day do not consider myself a drag queen.”

Along with bestie, dollmaker Jojo Baby, Sal-E was the subject of the book by photographer Bernard Colbert entitled “Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e.” Jojo Baby also shows up in a lot of Sal-E’s photos. There’s nothing like a bestie who shares your obsession!

All images property of the forever fabulous Sal-E.



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

4 thoughts on “Dress-Up For Semi-Grown-Ups

  1. Such a unique style, it’s pretty cool!

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  2. Absolutely loving these, especially the first one. A slightly deranged Pierrot is absolutely perfect.

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