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saint valentine’s white party
This source is a poster and flyer advertising the Saint-at-Large’s 1998 White Party.
The White Party is a celebration of February’s Valentine’s Day, and is a “complement to its infamously salacious sister The Black Party” (McEwan). The White Party is a little sweeter, and a little more innocent than the Black Party, but is just as scantily clad as any other party at the Saint. When Bruce Mailman, the Saint’s founder, commissioned a photo shoot of muscular men stripped down to their white underwear for that year’s White Party advertisement, the White Party transformed into the “hottest underwear party of the year” and has remained that way since (McEwan).
The poster for the 1998 White Party features eight copies of a man with brilliant blue butterfly wings similar to the color of neon blue lights. Indigo coloring enhances the brightness of the iridescent blue found in the center of the thick butterfly wings.
The man’s wings are stunning and appear to be digitally altered for the purpose of enhancing their color. Violet and indigo streaks express the texture of the wings by giving three-dimensional volume to an otherwise flat surface. The wings almost look like the feather fans burlesque dancers perform with. They appear to be soft, thick, and pliant.
The man’s flexible wings have a black border. A thin black strip runs across the top of the wings, whereas the wings’ sides possess a thicker black margin.
Five white circles within the black margin dot the wings’ pointed tips near their upper brow.
Red circles appear like shadowed reflections beneath the white polka dot circles above them. The red circles are arranged along the entire length of the wings and reveal the slight concavity found in the middle of each wing.
the blue morpho butterfly man
The wings look like the wings that belong to the blue morpho butterfly, which can be seen below. According to the Rainforest Alliance, the blue morpho butterfly is one of the largest butterflies in the world. Its wingspan ranges from a width of 5 to 8 inches.
Light-reflecting microscopic scales reside on the backs of the blue morpho’s wings; these scales give the morpho’s wings their vivid color, whereas the underside of the butterfly’s wings sports black eye-spots and brown camouflage.
Because of its dichotomous coloring, in flight, the blue morpho butterfly appears to disappear and reappear in thin air (“Blue Morpho Butterly”). When closed or folded, the blue morpho’s brown wings match its tropical forest surroundings and better conceal the butterfly from predators. Blue morphos can be found in many of Latin America’s tropical forests.
Adult blue morpho butterflies prefer to remain camouflaged by keeping their wings folded and spending most of their time near the lower shrubs or leaves of the forest floor.
During the mating season, however, blue morpho butterflies fly across many of the levels of the forest, and present their brilliant blue wings during this time.
Morphos enjoy sunbathing, and have been observed lounging in large groups underneath the sky’s warm sunshine “above the treetops” by many pilots (“Blue Morpho Butterly”). See a bathing blue morpho butterfly below:
Blue morpho butterfly basking in sun. by Bug of the Week
On the 1998 White Party poster, a butterfly man appears in eight separate replicas, whose images are evenly spaced and neatly organized. The image of the butterfly man repeats twice across four separate rows.
Thus, two butterfly men occupy each of four rows on the poster where the butterfly men are present.
The images of the blue butterfly men are brightened by the stark white background that they appear on.The man’s body lies in between either iridescent wing, exactly where a butterfly’s body would be found in nature.
The man’s human body is discernible only by his torso, neck, and face. The bottom half of his figure has been transmuted into the abdomen of a butterfly, which begins at his waist.
The man’s butterfly abdomen is a deep indigo or violet color. The abdomen contains magenta splotches in its center column, and ripples with clearly defined segments. The man’s butterfly abdomen looks like a merman’s tail, especially given that the insect body part extends from his waist. However, the butterfly abdomen’s pointed tip differentiates it from a merman’s tail.
The butterfly man appears to be on display:
Open for admiration and observation, the butterfly man lays naked and exposed, completely defenseless. His unprotected, shirtless chest is further elevated towards the viewer due to the position of the man’s constrained hands.
He has been laid bare, like the butterflies found behind the glass casings of private butterfly collections.
He even appears to have been deified and splayed over an invisible crucifix.
The man’s flexed, muscular arms are raised above his head. The inside of his elbows nearly touch the sides of his head as his wrists come into contact with each other, his left arm overlaying his right.
His hands are splayed, with fingers that are open, unfurled, and straight. His large biceps and triceps elongate his torso as he stretches.
The shadows of the lights under which the photo of the butterfly man’s form was taken disguise his eyes.
Similar shadows contour the man’s muscled chest and darken the man’s armpits, forearms, and left hand.
The butterfly man appears to the viewer like an offering, sacrifice, or even a snack.
when and where
Light gray text the color of a rain cloud appears below the startling blue butterfly men.
The first line states THE SAINT AT LARGE PRESENTS in small font, beneath which appear the words THE WHITE PARTY in large, legibly elegant font.
Beneath the announcement of the WHITE Party is the date that the celebration was meant to take place. The date has been centered between the two vertical edges of the flyer; it announces that Saturday, February 14, 1998, is the date of that year’s White Party.
A gray line sections off the rest of the text beneath the major declarations.
Music: Joe D’Espinosa
Lights: Richard Sabala
239 West 52nd Street
Doors open at 10pm
Dancing till 3pm Sunday
$40 (plus service charges) from Ticketmaster (212) 307-7171
$40 cash only at Raymond Dragon 130 7th Avenue
Day of Event Tickets
discussion of tHe source
This White Party poster is a valuable source because it demonstrates the Saint-at-Large’s spectacular artistry, and furthers my understanding of the legacy of the Saint’s celebrations.
Tradition, memorial, and loyal reverence dictate that the Saint-at-Large remain respectful to and expressive of its metaphorical bloodline the Saint. However, throughout the years, the ingenuity and proficiency with which the Saint franchise continues to dazzle spectators with such inventive works of art is stunning.
Throughout my research, it has become evermore apparent that the Saint did not resonate emotionally with crowds only because of its music or its energy or its lighting technology. All of these factors collaborated with one another to create the unique experience that members of the Saint enjoyed during its reign.
Now a new generation can appreciate the immersive environment of a disco highly skilled in stimulating the human senses and producing unforgettable nights.
This poster for the White Party demonstrates yet another element of the inventive character of the Saint franchise: its print advertisements, flyers, and posters.
Unfortunately, I was not able to analyze an original version of the White Party flyer/poster, and could only view the content digitally.
The lack of a tangible representation of the original 1998 White Party poster/flyer limit my interpretation of the flyer.
I do not know the dimensions of the flyer/poster, or what it felt like.
I also could not read the small text given in the bottom right vertical edge of the poster because I could not focus the image well enough to perceive its meaning.
However, this rendition of the original 1998 flyer is still constructive in increasing awareness of the legacy of the Saint’s creative talent.