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By Jeff Alexander Pinup imagery continues to be a vital piece of kustom kulture lineage. The timeless style and engaging backdrops complement every angle of kustom bikes, ‘rods, and apparel. The style’s golden age was during World War II but the demanding masses craved more salacious visuals which ultimately gave rise to publications such as Playboy. As kustom kulture exploded into the mainstream, pinup models have evolved and followed suit, ensuring their permanent place in the subculture. Photographer Adam Mars of Lucky Devil Pinups has worked to preserve the classic imagery yet update the style for today’s discerning tastes. “There...

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By Leah Minadeo Bettie Page had long vanished from the public eye when she died over a decade ago, yet she remains forever-thirty-something through her extensively-reproduced likeness. Her ability to convince us in one moment that she is naughty and to equally convince us the next that she is nice has proved timelessly captivating. By all accounts, she was quite the girl next door, a side of her captured in some of her tamer “cheesecake” shots. It’s a stark contrast compared to those produced by Irving Klaw, the man responsible for some of the most controversial shots of Page—bound, gagged,...

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