Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Weatherproof Snowmen

A sad feature about snowmen is that they die when spring comes. Therefore the evolutionary process has developed fitter snowmen made of fashion industry raw materials. I wonder what do they do in summer?
Photo by Andres Putting, December 2008.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry SS-mas

The first uses of the swastika date back to the Neolithic period. If one tattoos it on one's head then, at least for me, it shows the person sort of reverses brain functions to a neurophysical caveman state. As the swastika and SS do have violent and destructive connotation in Western culture, the looks of that youngster make me feel all but happy. Though the cutting marks on his chest are way more convincing than a pair of Versace glasses or Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Photo by Kris Moor, 2005.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Some creative stamping

Underground club Juuksur in Tallinn uses a stamp with its logo as a ticket for concerts.
Usually not as creative but still good for remembering in the morning where you went last night.

Photo by Kaarel Arb (Popop)

Summer Cannibal

Stanislav says hello from Tallinn in July where you could go topless. At the moment the weather station promises heavy minus degrees. I like the looks of this youngster, there is something alarming in him that somehow reminds me natives from a cult movie called "Cannibal Holocaust". And yet he's so sweet.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Seto Kingdom day 2006. Photo by Kadri Kõusaar.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stylish Shoes

One does not need to explain the shoes. Just enjoy the pics.

The shoes of Heidi Purga, Editor in Chief of Radio 2, April 2008, Illusion Club, Tartu. Photo by Priit Salumaa.

The shoes of an Estonian singer Charlene, December 2008, Illusion Club, Tartu. Photo by Priit Salumaa.

Cachetic Panther

Skinny guys are sexy, can't help it. Now look at this chap, doesn't he drive your thoughts towards bed? Wearing pyjamas on a book presentation is a good idea and kinky glam panther/leopard patterns are evergreen. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting) in December 2008.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Nude Casual

Traditional Estonian swimming suit is the same that was worn by Adam and Eve before they messed it up at god's place. It's not a hippie camp, it's a literary seminar (Lätete pääl) and there are some distinguished Estonian writers in the picture. Photo by Priit Salumaa, July 2007 in Ketta

Breaking the Law

It seems that if you wear enough fur you can consider yourself an animal and do not have to obey traffic signs meant for people and vehicles. That overcoat is absolutely fabulous and practical, though. Would love to see a corresponding hat with that. Photo by Andres Putting, 8. December 2008.

Russian Protest Spirit

A member of the Estonian Russian-speaking minority protesting in front of the parliament on Toompea. Blackshirt aesthetics flavoured with the flag of Russia. The gentleman was later taken away by the police. Photo by Andres Putting (freelance/Delfi), 12 August 2008.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Writing Class Hippies

Members of Estonian Writers' Union (the stunning and talented girl at right is the youngest one). Folk Music Festival, Viljandi, 2008. Photo by Mart Valner.

Elegant Napping

The idea one feeling good has not only to do with the looks but also how you present yourself. In the photo above you can see a typical representative of coat-wearing zavood-person. His looks are not flashy, and he emphasizes his looks with his über calm behavior. What else would strike out you and your looks, than a nap on a beer soaked pool table in the middle of a multi-crowded bar.

October 2006, Zavood. Photo by Priit Salumaa.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Estonian-Finnish Battle

Well, no battle really, as the men in black are armed only with spoons and all are using rough jokes as ammunition. Guys on the left are wearing traditional Estonian ring hats (murumüts), made usually of six pieces.
Photo by Ebe Pilt, July 2008 in Kunda.

The Friends' Market (Sõbralaat, Sepramarkkinat) on north coast of Estonia and south coast of Finland dates back to the beginning 20th century. The tradition of crossborder festival and handycraft market was revived after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The vintage photo was taken by Carl Sarap on the same event on Mahu beach more than a hundred years ago; snatched from Kunda Club website.

Leaving Las Tallinn

She's in a hurry to catch a bus, bag open and boots loose, but still she has style. Lovely details like the red handbag, the colourful scarf and that grey round object, probably a sleeping bag or a blanket. Photo by Andres Putting, 11 December 2008, Tallinn.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tired Santa Beggar

Global economic crises mean loss of jobs for many but too much workload for the beggar Santa Claus featured in our blog already. Looks like he has read a book called Saku Rock.
Photo by Andres Putting, 9 December 2008, Tallinn Viru Street.

Fur Hats Forever

Respect to all furry animals! They are wiser than humans who have lost most of their hair in so called evolution and even shaving off the few that are left. On the other hand humans are wise enough to produce false fur. A fur hat was neglected for a while but it's making a great come back in Estonia and all around the world. Keep your head and feet warm and you'll survive. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting) on a book presentation in December 2008.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New World Twins

New World Street Festival (Uue Maailma tänavafestival), September 2008, Tallinn.

Photo by Grete-Stina (Popop).

Mourning Glory

Mourners@funeral. Photo by Aapo Ilves 2008.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cold Days - Layer Cake

One wonderful characteristics of the Estonian climate can be described as "shitty ski weather" ("sitt suusailm"). During the last 15 years or so the sunny / snowy Estonia has turned into a muddy / rainy Estonia. This means that our weather is usually quite cold but the lack of snow doesn't allow us to go outside and ski. This is why we stay inside and drink.

Ok, but our winter is still wonderful - the cold enough weather makes people dress up in layers. That enables the use of different styles at once - for outdoor and indoor conditions. In addition, alcohol makes girls easy.

The photo above describes an outer shell - warm and woolly enough to keep the cold outside and heat inside. The photo below depicts the inner shell, which lets it all out, the sense of style and feminine grace, the sex appeal of the subject.

Conclusion: The shitty ski weather helps us wear different styles at once - something from summer and winter wardrobes. It also helps the ugly Estonian men to get laid once in a while.

A girl from a Senegali - Estonian concert at Treff on December the 5th 2008, Tartu. Photo by Priit Salumaa.

Santa Claus Beggar / Kriisiaegne jõuluvana

Santa Claus was spotted today begging for money on the way to Tallinn's poshy Old Town. Says it's his forth day at "work", daily income 50-60€. Nice boots, though. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting) 8th December, 2008.

Tänane leid, Viru tänava nurgalt.
Kriisi Jõuluvana: Inimesed, andke Jõuluvanale pappi!
Rosin: Mis eksperiment see on? Kas pilti võib teha?
Kriisi Jõuluvana: Võib, aga anna natuke pappi ka. Jube palju pildistatakse, TV3 ga rääkisin pool tundi. Aga kui tuttavad ära tunneks oleks jube häbi, läbi selle habeme keegi ei tunne.
Rosin andsi kümneka.
Kriisi Jõuluvana: Neljandat päeva seisan siin. Külm on, muidu on tasuv töö. Üleeile sain tonni, eile sain 700.- . Inimesed on ikka lollid. Kui sa kümneka annad, oled lahke, aga kui 100.- annad oled loll.

A Wife with a Knife

Don't mess with Estonian ladies, they carry huge knives. Photo by Elo Kuuste, taken at Mütofest, 16 August 2008.

Kissing an Arab

As we have almost no Arabs in Estonia, we sometimes dress up like them. This is usually welcomed by the crowd with kisses, embraces and vegetable gifts. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting), July 2008.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Glam-Punk Twin-Style

Using twins is an unexploited but a very powerful styling tool that an experienced stylist can use just as well as he can use a piece of clothing or some make-up. The stylist can build the whole concept on just one feature of the subject-pair.

Estonian television host duo the Ojasaar sisters, backstage at the Fashion Night in Club Illusion, October 2008, Tartu. Photo by Priit Salumaa.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Natural Fur Is Cool

An apology for all animal rights activists but wearing white natural fur is the right attitude with the cold Estonian winter approaching. That is what the albino European Polecat (Mustela putorius, tuhkur in Estonian) is doing. The lovely pet and its mistress are visiting artist Sandra Jõgeva's book presentation. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting) 28 November 2008 in Kultuuritehas Polymer, Tallinn.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dog Soldier

"Dog soldier / Big and strong / Dog soldier / Heavily armed", The Exploited sang. Well, this Tallinn punk here is armed with a classic beer grenade and lovely Kerberos. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting), Tallinn, December 2007.

Flowers from Wehrmacht

Repetition in Võõpsu. 06. 2008. Photo by Aapo Ilves.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New trend: Kid-Hat

You can wear a kid as a hat. Yellow kid-hat. Obinitsa 2005. Photo by Aapo Ilves.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Girl in a Poet´s Coat

Taken by Liiso in Kütiorg on the first weekend of July 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008


The Cunt That Sees All on the arm of a writer. Cunt-design (from this book) & photo by Aapo Ilves, paintings HuupI. 05 2008.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Lady from the Russian Border. Deep Purple

Estonian Russian-speakers have a distinct Slavic sense of style that adds a nice touch to our mostly Scandinavian looks. This lady was born with natural fashionista sense and follows the style at full scale: coat, makeup, nails... The photo was taken by Rosin (Kass Ting) in Estonian-Russian border town Narva. Bombed down during WWII the town now is an interesting post-Soviet stalker zone, a hidden treasure for nostalgic shopping and street style hunting.

T-shirt Fashion Case 2

Members of Young Authors' Association (Noorte Autorite Koondis - NAK) - Priit & Andra. Folk Music Festival, Viljandi, 2007. T-shirt-design & photo by Aapo Ilves.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Her favorite writer is Macintosh

Ode's favorite writer is Macintosh. Hopefully she doesn't mind if I call her style Estonian gothic from 1935. Photo taken by Rosin (Kass Ting) in June 2008, a highschool graduation in Tartu.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


A charming family from South-Estonia. Photo by Aapo Ilves, taken for this brochure.

The Pilot

On a movie set, Otten 2005. Photo by Aapo Ilves.


Performance artist Billeneeve in Võru (2007). Photo by Aapo Ilves.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Calling America - T-shirt Fashion Case

Artist (Disneyland) & folksinger (Burger King) in Kütiorg. Photo
by Aapo Ilves 2005.

Military Girl

There can never be too much camouflage.
Photo takeb by Liiso on 12.07.2007 in Ruusa

Viking Girls

Two lovely young ladies depicting the old days of glory: Estonian vikings are said to be the ones who destroyed a rich Swedish city Sigtuna. This is how their daughters, sisters or girlfriends looked like. Clearly not many animal rights activists among them.
Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting), Viking Camp in Kiruvere (Kiruvere Muinaslaager), July 2008.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Make Up Makes Men Beautiful

Defence army drill "The Spring Storm" 2007. The "God of War" says: "Men, you just got killed, damnit!" Photo by Aapo Ilves.

Red Smoker

Räpina, South Estonia, spring 2006. Photo by Aapo Ilves.

Keep your head warm / Hoia pea soojas

Your can still keep it cool while keeping it warm. Who said rasta hats are a Jamaican tradition? That is how kids were dressed for cold weather in 1982. Photo of himself provided by Kaido Veski.

Holy Father / Püha isa

A genuine orthodox priest. Photo by Rosin (Kass Ting), Kuku cultural club, Tallinn, 2008.