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Pin up artists

Pin-up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or on a postcard or lithograph.

List of pin-up artists

Such pictures often appear on walls, desks, or calendars. Posters of pin-ups were mass-produced, and became popular from the mid 20th century. Male pin-ups were less common than their female counterparts throughout the 20th century, although a market for homoerotica has always existed as well as pictures of popular male celebrities targeted at women or girls.

Examples include James Dean and Jim Morrison.

Beginning in the early nineteenth century, pin-up modeling had "theatrical origins", burlesque performers and actresses sometimes used photographic advertisement as business cards to advertise shows. Being sexually fantasized, famous actresses in early 20th-century film were both drawn and photographed and put on posters to be sold for personal entertainment.

Among the celebrities who were considered sex symbols, one of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable, whose poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G. Miss Barrey displayed ample cleavage and full frontal nudity.

Her pictures were cherished by soldiers on both sides of the First World War conflict. Other pin-ups were artwork depicting idealized versions of what some thought a particularly beautiful or attractive woman should look like.

An early example of the latter type was the Gibson girl, a representation of the New Woman drawn by Charles Dana Gibson. Prior to World War II they were praised for their beauty and less focus was on their sexuality.

Famous Pin-Up Artists

There are fewer filters to pass through before their art is in front of thousands of eager eyes, giving them the freedom to subvert norms. Unlike previous ranks of women worshipers, these modern day pin-up artists resist pigeonholing — a loose group of men and women around the world with different backgrounds, interests other than womenall working in different mediums.

In their hands, the genre has never been so exciting. Those women were typically depicted with nothing more then a sweet smile and a couple of contextual props.

10 artists provoking a pin-up revolution

The artist has a distinctive style and is influenced by rockabilly fashion and gritty subject matter. That power is only enhanced when the piece is created by a woman… things have had to change, especially when you have an audience who now wants to be the pin-up, or at least find a narrative in the imagery. She adds, "Pin-ups have a totally magical quality to them. Aly Fell has been creating alluring, attractive and often quite dangerous characters for years, and puts his growing female fan base down to avoiding only passive muses or sexy sluts.

The English artist often brings a darkness to his female characters, creating gothic hell-raisers both in colour and personality. She was a pirate, highwaywoman, Arabian princess — all sorts of things.