How would you put art, fashion, globalism, strippers and politics all into one sentence? I just did. You’d be surprised how many strippers know anything about these subjects. I’m that pink deer, that rare diamond that could school you while you drink your $1800 bottle of wine and enjoy a $500 lap dance… you might get a topless straddle and a politics lecture instead. LOL! Hey, I got great boobs.
I’m an art major and I studied fashion design, merchandising/marketing AND media and journalism at the International Academy of Design and Technology for 2 years, and Academy of Arts University San Francisco for 4 years. In one of my classes: Art History, We often discussed the interconnectivity of the influence of religion and politics on art beginning with ancient Egypt and transitioning through Greek, Roman Empire, Byzantine, Constantinople, Midevil and Renaissance times. It’s interesting how many modern designs are influenced from ancient history. History gives fashion depth. It gives it intelligence and a voice. Intelligent art is identified only by the intelligent and a small group identifies with the subtle brilliance in pieces where others may miss it.
Fashion is an ever changing world. The 5 major fashion cities use to be New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. Today China and India are emerging as fashion capitals and the United States has lost our industry, despite the famous New York Fashion Week. Our textile industries and manufacturing have been outsourced by cheaper laborers like China. However, the quality of technology in our products, faster turn around, honest service protecting us from stealing patents and keeping American money pumping into our economy are the upsides of keeping your fashion business in America. At the end of the day we pay a premium for those luxuries that don’t always price position our end product in a competitive market. The smart business men are outsourcing to China, however, they are often criticized by people who do not support global markets or products made in China.
Look at companies like Banana Republic. $100 average price for a garment or dress. Banana Republic a part of GAP has had many controversial raids in India and other Asian countries getting busted for child labor and employee deaths. A parallel in comparison company to Banana Republic… Zara. Average price for a garment is $50. Zara is a Spanish co. and with self owned warehouses in Europe including countries like , Portugal, Turkey and Morocco, they keep costs down by having a zero advertisement policy and outsourcing some of their shirts to Asian countries like China, Indonesia and Vietnam. Another company equal to Zara and Banana Republic would be Armani Xchange. The average jacket or dress could be $100-$150 and is of similar quality. They are manufactured in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Peru; however, some pieces are made in the US or in Italy, thus high prices on some garments like blazers and cocktail dresses with finer detail and cheaper prices on simple garments like t shirts and tank tops.
American Apparel is an American company which demonstrates a low volume operation, however it has still been under the radar for unethical work environments, abusing illegal latino immigrants in California. The more I searched online to find a popular American company that manufactures in the US, the more I realized there aren’t any names. I was unable to find anything in the mainstream. There are a lot of small clothing brands that are high in quality and made in small production, however the companies are small, profit margins are low, and costs are high. It is a fashionable thing to buy “Made in America” just like it is to buy “Made in France” or “Made in Italy.” What happens in the fashion world is a reflection of what is happening in the world with globalism, politics and all business. It doesn’t matter if you’re making Victoria Secret panties in China or bottle caps for Coca Cola. The business practices are the same across the board. Cheap labor, tariffs and import/export taxes.
I learned a lot about business and parallel industries dancing in Vegas for a decade. Every year I meet people in town for the bi-annual fashion “Magic” show. I attend the AVN adult awards and Nascar and get to meet all the adult porn stars. That is always fun and brings out an eclectic variety of personalities. I meet a lot of wealthy doctors and pharmaceutical reps during pharm conventions. More intellectual classy types taking their ladies out for some debauchery. The jewelers come every year to the jewelers convention. Lots of middle eastern, Jewish and Lebanese friend’s I’ve made. Middle Eastern guys are horny. More than the rest. I especially love the World of Concrete. Bearded contractors are always generous, and extra cuddly, but kind. They don’t talk to you like a piece of trash they just bought, like some customers. They can be kind and treat you like a human being. (: They’re generally the nicest guys. Even the cunts that show up during electronics conventions esp. the tight wallet Chinese guys that shoo you away like a pigeon and the cheap asses after a UFC fight all drunk trying to get free attention without spending a dollar on a single girl; all these surroundings offer me perspective into different markets. Sometimes a big fight like Holly Holm and Rousey enticed me to come to work and I’d kill $1500 between 5 pm and 10 pm because the turn up was so good and there were no girls smart enough to show up to work.
What interest does a stripper have in politics? Plenty. If you’re a ghetto girl, then you gotta hustle hard to get volume in customers. If you’re resourceful, intelligent and beautiful, you work smart, not hard. You are able to pull those high end clients that go for a VIP or throw you a couple grand to miss work over the weekend and hang out, go gambling and shopping and be entertained w dinner and lounging for the weekend. Chances are those upper bracket clients are Republicans. Throughout Obama’s administration I saw my entire income deplete by over 50% within those 8 years. I look forward to see my income rise during Tump’s administration. I saw many of those clients lose their lifestyle and income. Clients who once spent regularly were more frugal with their money. Many people changed jobs and industries and opened new businesses catering to new markets. An entrepreneur will always be an entrepreneur and in changing markets will always evolve. To be honest… the strip industry is DEAD, even in Vegas, the hosts are scrambling to pimp girls for their 40% “tips” and stamp out the competition because they are desperate for survival. It’s no longer a prosperous industry unless you’re a high end prostitute that can pull $10,000 clients regularly.
I’ve noticed the older strippers leave the club to become high end prostitutes and many women of international origin, who are less desirable in appearance become prostitutes in the strip club. My old roommate and I sat at the stage at 5 am trolling strippers. Within an hour he got 5 girls numbers. 4 out of 5 girls propositioned him for sex ranging from $200 to $400. To his credit, my roommate was an extremely good looking guy, nonetheless… they offers were extremely low, devaluing the marketing of the strip club. They said they were desperate and rent was due. Working at Spearmint Rhino, it is $400-$500 for a VIP hour dance. Prostitutes usually on the high end cost $1000-$3000. Is the market so bad now that strippers are willing to go home with you for $200?
How does globalism affect this all? America is being outsourced in prostitution, manufacturing, even skilled laborers. Over 45% of highly educated doctors are from international waters. Prostitution in countries like South America and Asia are so cheap that nobody wants to pay $3000 for a hooker in Vegas. Manufacturing is clearly cheaper in countries with unethical environment and labor practices than America. We have no choice but to assimilate with the ways of global markets. But how does America stay competitive? I’ve been asking myself this for a long time. The world does not care about ethics. American companies thrive with quality, but it is only American’s who mostly buy American products. The world does not like imported American products. Why would Asia and Europe import electronics or cars when they have better ones? Why would they import Budweiser when they have Kirin and Scotch? They often don’t and we lose on all planes of trade. America needs better brands that can stay competitive, but we can’t without globalizing our markets. So we’re at a stalemate.
What is America’s industries? War. Acquisition. Investments. Do you see how we profit from keeping the world at war and monopolizing commodities? IDK Food for thought. I have a lot going on in my mind.
I am an entrepreneur… I’ve never had a job in my life. My savings has depleted and even now I refuse to get a job. I’m hustling my side gigs and getting clients right now. I think my entrepreneur mindset gives me an outlook into the business world. Being a fashion major, I’ve studied the complexities of globalism and understand how politics, religion and history play a role in business. I see how we are all interconnected, how art is influenced, how markets influence each other and it gives me a deeper understanding of the world we live in today.