Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Romance of A Little Black Tulle and Roses, A Sinewy Arm and Gold's Gym




Gold's Gym in Venice is mythic and I've been back for two weeks. Long ago, it was a scruffy, stinky, steroid-taking mess and hardcore bodybuilders posed and bulged. It's air conditioned and there are several hand-purifier dispensers scattered around thoughtfully, towels are usually brought to wipe sweat off a seat and sometimes you can spot Bruce Willis (insanely cool) or Hulk Hogan posing for pictures. Ellen Barkin trained here before her Ron Perlman fiasco. It's a kinder place with nice cars in the parking lots but there's still a spot for mean motorcycles gussied up.

My copy of Robert Maplethorpe's Lady, Lisa Lyon is tattered somewhere. I don't bring bags of cereal to the gym anymore or carry a list of what machines to do that day. Being strong would be nice, I think.

Beauty comes in all shapes but a beekeeper hat with a flower becomes dangerously romantic. Mary McDonald made them for me with yards of tulle and flowers. Daniel Storto's glamorous hand made gloves would be necessary too. A little fantasy and three sets of twelve. My little white leather weightlifter gloves are not my mother's little lady gloves.

More photos of Robert Maplethorpe's exquisite work.

9 comments:

  1. beautiful picture! and i've been meaning to sign up at my local gold's gym too!

    www.benchesandchandeliers.com

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  2. and I am lazily off to it, white gloves and all.

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  3. please tell me, is that a picture of you? saf

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  4. Oh I wish ... Lady, Lisa Lyons as shot by Robert Maplethorpe.

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  5. I love everything about the design and content of the April 9th page, with your banner, the print and your story -- would like to dry mount it for home gym. Is such a thing permissible and if so, how would it be done? And if such a thing is not permissible, no slight intended. Thank you! saf

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  6. Thank you. I have a hyperlink for the gorgeous Lady, Lisa Lyon book at Amazon which is available for either a lot of money or very little.

    Please, do what you want. Thank you so much.

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  7. So cool of all gym's to join that you would join Gold's. I imagine everyone's getting down to business at that gym! Good for you!
    Cupcake

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  8. I've been contemplating gym too. Since converting to yoga, I abandoned it, but am thinking any exercise would be better than none...
    Also, love your description of Gold's: like an excpert out of a novel.

    xx

    M

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  9. I love tough chicks. I fancy myself one... most of the time :) White lifting gloves... style and strength. The perfect combination.

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