Local Hardly Art band Tacocat has had us oohing and ahhing over their signature technicolor threads since day one. For a group whose style is as much an extension of their feminist politics as it is personal expression, it seems only appropriate that they would swap the time-honored band tee for a more forward accessory.
Prior to their recent record release show and subsequent international tour, Tacocat and touring partner Boyfriends collaborated with local lipstick hand-maker Yéyé Cosmetics to create with their own unisex lipsticks. The results are out of the world: Tacocat's teal "Alien Girl" and Boyfriends' blue "Space Diva" are matte and heavily pigmented, derived from the bold pop colors you’ll find on Tacocat’s album artwork. The packaging, too, was thoughtfully designed with the Lost Time album artwork in mind.
Yéyé Cosmetics, brainchild of Jo Claxton and Kate Leaver, tells us that the partnership was a "match made in heaven." While the new brand keeps the ingredients natural and minimal, they don't skimp on the pigments. Keep an eye out for their beautifully saturated lipsticks at the upcoming Crafty Wonderland in Portland and Seattle Maker's Market.
For now, Alien Girl and Space Diva are sold exclusively at the bands’ merch tables, so you’ll have to catch their show to nab a stick. However, Claxton hints that a second run may be created for sale on Tacocat’s website upon returning from their tour.