Back in the day before e-cards, I used to send out elaborate holiday cards. I started when I was traveling the world with Princess Cruises and continued after I left the ships. I got really into it and it was usually a huge production. I gave making the card in the late 2000's and guess what, I don't miss it that much. But some of these cards are pretty fun and they're really interesting reflections of their time. In other words, there are references to The Spice Girls and Blanket Jackson being dangled over a balcony.
1998 - The card that started the craziness. I went all the way to B.F.E. for the shot.
1989 - Xmas Italian style...and I had the foresight to take a Santa hat into Venice.
1990 - Shot in North Hollywood by photographer Rex Bullington. I had a real thing for hand colored photos at the time.
1991 - Shot on a beach in Tahiti and I remember my fellow cruise ship dancer friend Becky Wilson drew the snowman and took the photos. I was very impressed when I saw how good her snowman was.
1992 - My first foray into color copying, this a tabloid themed creation.
1993 - A photographer named Peter Duke that I met through Detour Magazine shot this at the Beverly Center and he Photoshopped it, too, although maybe it wasn't called Photoshopping then. I remember changing in the mall bathroom and that we had to be sneaky to get the shots.
1994 - Designing my friend Scott Williams, this one was a compact disc cover. Remember compact discs. This was the year RuPaul burst on the scene so I did a little drag. Anything for my art.
1995 - In 1993, I interviewed Sandra Bullock for Detour magazine. She was pretty unknown at the time but I could tell she was something special and we got along really well. Not long after that, she blew up in "Speed" and I got to interview her again in Jackson, Mississippi where she was shooting "A Time to Kill." She was totally game to pose for this parody of her hit movie "While You Were Sleeping." What a gem of a gal.
The 2-page interview that came inside the "While You Were Shopping" card:
1996 - This was inspired by those folded paper fortune tellers we all use to make in elementary school and features pictures of me with actors I had interviewed; Billy Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianna Margulies and another celeb that I accosted at a Pool Aid benefit, Tanya Harding.
This was the letter that went with it. The photo was taken in New Orleans. I was on a bike ride and happened by that amazing Santa.