I’m just a sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania.
Last week in America, love won, so it seemed like the perfect time to bring out my very favorite mad-movie-scientist: Dr. Frank N. Furter. Have you guys ever had to describe The Rocky Horror Picture Show to someone that’s never seen it? I did this week when a friend asked me what was going to be on Sunday’s square. That explanation got weird. I can’t remember what all I said (I think I was too busy dealing with the fact that there’s an adult in my life that hasn’t seen Rocky Horror), and after rambling for a bit I just started singing the Time Warp. I did voices. I’m pretty sure I looked really cool while doing it, and I’m just sad I don’t have a video for you. To compensate please enjoy this Time Warping Flash Mob.
Before I move on, can we talk about the mad skills on the one guy dancing in the group. If you know that dude, please tell him I’d like to be besties.
Anyhow, before I got distracted by the Tubes, I’m not really sure how to go about describing The Rocky Horror Picture Show or Frank N. Furter to you. We generally strive to do that in this space, but where do you even start on this? Look, if you haven’t seen it, get some friends together and make it a party. A best case scenario is a live screening, or to check out the stage play for your first viewing, but those can be hard to come by. Feel free to use the comments though to post about upcoming screenings you know about.
I’ve been dying to put this square out. I would go so far as to say that I was shivering with antici…..
I actually learned a lot when I was doing the research for this post. For example, I knew that the red triangle on Dr. Furter’s lab coat is a pride symbol. I did not, however, know the history behind that particular imagery. An upside-down red triangle was used by Nazis to identify gay people in the same way that the yellow Star of David was used to identify Jewish people. Later, the gay community turned it right side up as a show of pride and solidarity. For your pleasure, here are 21 fun facts about Rocky Horror.
For this square I chose to represent the mad-man-building Doctor with the red triangle from his lab jacket and the iconic Rocky Horror Lips. The lips went through several revisions, but I’m really happy with how they turned out.
Whether you’re knitting, crocheting, or cross stitching this square, you can download the Dr. Frank N Furter pattern here. When you’re finished making it, don’t forget to tweet or instagram your squares at me @Doctor_Llama or Jac @jac_attacking with the hashtag #geekalong, so we can all oooh and ah at it together.
Give yourself over to absolute pleasure.
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