Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Condom Lady and Bicycle 80's Dance Party

The first pics are of the Condom Lady who bops around Tompkins Square park trying to give people condoms and dental dams..She then asks you for a donation..I really don't think she is affiliated with any outreach sex safety groups..She just somehow got all these NYC subway condoms..If you give her a dollar she gives you an oddly decorated NYC subway condom in a little paper package with a weird drawing on it..I collect them and it looks like the drawings are done by 4th graders who are told to draw an interpretation of what they think happens to you if you don't use a condom..This pic features a young girl sitting down and looking all depressed because maybe she has THE AIDS or THE CLAP or something..She looks about 5 years old.

The rest of the pics are from a drive-though 80's Dance party done by the group Time's Up..They ride their decorated awesome bicycles from park to park, then blast 80's dance music for about half an hour before driving off and repeating this again somewhere else..It's pretty fun, though I think it was too humid and hot to draw a crowd that day..About 20 people danced around to Flock of Seagulls and A-ha, with some park regulars from the chess tables wandering over at times to join in..At one point hotdog, me, and a few others joined hands and danced in a circle like we were dancing some traditional Jewish dance done at weddings..And a cute little boy joined in and seemed really happy about the whole thing..


  1. Yes, I wondered about this woman with the sobriquet "Condom Lady." She does appear to be combining a kind of social service commentary with folk art forms; thematically, it's all really rather conceptual...Pieter (the Elder) Brueghel's youngest son, the least known of Brueghel's offspring, Robert Brueghel, painted very much in a primitive style (not unlike the work in this photo), rejecting his father's and brothers' Flemish approach. RB, as he was known--and as he signed his work--did, however, adopt his father's penchant for irony, humor and social commentary. RB would have painted in the early 17th century, with most of his so-called "Primitives" being completed in 1605, just before contracting syphilis...wait just a doggone minute here!!! Upon closer inspection, this condom wrapper is signed by an "RB" in '05!!! The work also has an unmistakable pre-syphilitic quality that indeed is very much reminiscent of Brueghel the Youngest's pre-syphilitic style! Why, this woman is dealing in rare works of art by pre-syphilitic master painters!!! ...The whole "Condom Lady" moniker brilliantly fits!!! She's a genius!!!!!!

  2. She is beyond genius, this condom dame!
    The last condom drawing I got from her led me on a wild
    goose chase through Europe. I ended up at The Louvre, where
    a virgin albino mother Mary just happened to be buried.
    If you dig below the surface of the drawing you will find that
    Davinci is the original artist..or maybe it was Bruce Kaminski his
    lesser known half step cousin. I don't know anymore.
    The condom broke at any rate so it ended the water balloon fight!

  3. I'd pay more than $1 for one of the condom lady's drawings.

  4. I love her!
    I was recently fired from my job& decided to mope around TSP. Out of nowhere, this jolly dame pops up and says "GIRL, you look like you need some con-doms."

    it brightened my day!