Keepin’ an Eye on Popeye and other East Village Shenanigans!


What do you get when you pair together an amazing wall mural of Popeye on the iconic Bowery & Houston wall with NYC’s favorite toothless pug wearing a punk/tattoo inspired frock plucked from the discount bin at Petco? East Village Fabulousness, that’s what you get! That’s right kids, legendary graffiti artist, Crash may have put his mad skills to use by spray painting Popeye’s giant mug and iconic forearm with anchor tattoo all over this marquee location in New York City but the finishing touches came weeks later when Mamma Biscuit pranced into the neighborhood in her black dress and curly tail for an early morning point-and-shoot session right in front of it! Hey, It wasn’t like we came specifically to see this mural, we needed some retail therapy that only Patricia Field (located right around the corner) could provide from this public art too! So before Patricia Field opened their doors, we were busy creating another epic New York Mamma moment right on the sidewalk of the Bowery—so come along and check it out!


After a can or two of spinach, Mamma made her way down to the Bowery in her black frock to pay a visit to this giant Popeye art. Now about Mamma’s dress, it’s less punk and more of an Ed Hardy appropriation that either Nadia G would wear on her show, Bitchin Kitchen (God I really find her Italian-American accent annoying) or some preteen would pick up at a Hot Topic in their local mall! Either way, the sale price was $4.95 so why the hell wouldn’t I purchase this dress? It has a red netted tulle bustle for crying out loud!


I feel like Mamma could have easily jumped off the black milk crate she was standing on and pranced right onto the red carpet of this years’ punk themed Met Gala wearing this dress! She would have looked great standing right next to that French prostitute . . . errr I mean Madonna wearing head to toe Givenchy! Now some queens (like Madge) have a proper throne but ours has a milk crate and a piece of cardboard, both furnished by the bodega next door from the Pug Palace up in Washington Heights—and that seemed to suit her well in the East Village, don’t you think?


It was quite windy out on Sunday morning along the Bowery and Mamma Biscuit had an unexpected Marilyn Monroe moment when the wind picked up the bustle of her dress and exposed her curly tail and butt to oncoming traffic! The cars, buses and bike riders all honked and whistled as our little gremlin gracefully ran around in circles on that damn milk crate to adjust the malfunction of her wardrobe!


She’s such a lady, even under gale wind forces!


After some breakfast at the nearby Whole Foods and some shopping at Patricia Field, we headed northbound to St. Mark’s place for some more shopping—because that’s what we gays do on a Sunday, we eat, shop and take photos of our pet pug wearing a dress that could have easily come from the Lip Service line circa 1994! Ahh, the early to mid 90’s, where did you go? Some of my favorite stores on St. Mark’s are now closed—Ian’s and Religious Sex to name a couple but thankfully, through the grace of the anti-gentrification Gods, we still have Trash & Vaudeville left!


I have been shopping at Trash & Vaudeville for almost 15 years now and have always enjoyed getting fashion advise from Jimmy Webb—the buyer and manager of the store! He once convinced me to buy a pair of dangerously skintight, hip-hugging jeans that literally made my hips bleed when I wore them for a few hours on New Years Eve 2004—welcoming in 2005! I mean, what a way to start the new year, with bleeding, bruised hips! This man is amazing and I run all of my T&V selections by him before actually buying them because he knows what he’s talking about! He also has some of the best motorcycle jackets I have ever seen any man wear in NYC (outside of myself of course) and he wears so much jewelry that he could quite possibly bring JFK to its knees if he ever decided to take a flight anywhere! At any rate, it was about time that I brought Mamma Biscuit in to meet Jimmy, both being such survivors in their own right—Mamma from her puppy mill past and Jimmy for living and enduring NYC for so long!


Check out this amazing Jimmy Webb video discussing punk, NYC and starting from nothing and making his way up through Trash & Vaudeville—he’s so beyond inspiring to me!

“I used to be a drug addict, a typical case. Living homeless in the park, no socks. I have a crate of socks out there, now, in the other room. Full of socks, because I never want to be without socks. I like passing them on to people—I believe socks represent love, because I remember when I didn’t have a pair.”

Enjoy and Happy Thursday!

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20 Responses to Keepin’ an Eye on Popeye and other East Village Shenanigans!

  1. T-Pup says:

    One way or another, Mamma’s gonna find ya.
    She’s gonna getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha….

    Mamma looks so cute in her tattoo print dress. LOVE it!

  2. This dress is just perfect with the day’s settings and friends! You make fashion performance art, Mamma B! Go Mamma Go! xoxo~ Gretta Rose de Pug

    • The Biscuits says:

      Thank you Gretta Rose! When you come to NYC, Mamma will take you down to the East Village for a fitting at Trash & Vaudeville! Every bad pug girl needs a few spikes in their wardrobe!
      Mamma and Family!

  3. Daina says:

    Love, love, love! Mamma looks amazing, as always, and I really like that mural. I haven’t been down to see it yet and your post inspired me to try to make the trip soon! I loved the mural back in 2011, seen here:

    Oh, and that MET Gala- so many amazing looks! Madonna rocked it, as did Nicole Richie and Sienna Miller.

    Hopefully we can meet up sometime this spring; it would be lovely to catch up in person!

    • The Biscuits says:

      Absolutely Daina, I would love to get together again and catch up! I’ll work something out with my schedule and we’ll make it happen! There have been so many murals in that location it’s hard to keep track but I never saw the one you covered on your blog from 2011 LOL it’s hilarious and your fun photos in front of it make it more hilarious! I thought Madonna was one of the best dressed regarding the Punk Met Gala but Nicole Richie really had a more modern, white-new-romantic-approach to punk as well! On a sad note, for some reason, I still cannot comment on your blog and I have no idea why LOL It’s so beyond weird because I’ve tried commenting on numerous posts of yours on both a PC and Mac computer and neither platform allows me to! I’m gonna try again later today to see if I can!

      Pug hugs and kisses from Mamma and family!

      • Daina says:

        Hmm… I am way too technologically un-savvy to know how to fix that! Maybe I will have some co-workers attempt to comment today to see if they are having the same issue… Excited to hopefully schedule a spring/summer get together!

        • The Biscuits says:

          Absolutely, let me know if they have any problems commenting on your blog! The beginning of June looks open for us, perhaps meeting up at the park on a Sunday could be fun, or even a flea market if you’re up for that! Let me know what weekends work best for you!

  4. Courtney says:

    I’m pretty sure after this, a “Marilyn moment” will now be known as a “Mamma moment” – I can’t get over it!! Your Sunday plans sound great – food and shopping? – count me in!! Jimmy and Mamma = too much punk fabulousness for one photo!!

    On another note – what are your thoughts on the boots Beyonce wore with her dress to the Met? Also, Mary Kate and Ashley – yay or nay?

    • The Biscuits says:

      Courtney, here are my thoughts about the punk themed Met Gala as a whole:

      I thought Madonna brought the best Vivienne Westwood/World’s End punk look on the carpet! It was ripped, shredded, over accessorized, spiked, chained, tartan and totally vulgar! Leave it up to a 54 year old woman to show up on Anna Wintour’s red carpet not wearing any pants and a Betty Paige wig, I loved it!

      Nicole Richie interpreted punk in the most modern way out of everyone. Her look was a hybrid of goth and new romantic and her gray hair was flawless—did you see her nails and accessories? even better than the white dress!

      Beyoncé was a total MESS! I know that Givenchy was the designer of the night (I don’t know why considering Vivienne Westwood is the Godmother of punk and only three people wore her clothing) but Beyoncé’s gown with matching gloves and boots was so NOT punk and so fucking ugly that her stylist should have been FIRED! The train on the dress looked like the Hot Wheels logo exploded all over it! There was something very Ed Hardy/Juicy Couture about the whole ensemble that for a hot minute, I thought she was actually wearing a Tina Knowles original—and you must know how terrible Tina Knowles is as a fashion designer!

      Now onto the Trollsen sisters—I loved both of their looks!
      Ashley Olsen wore that beaded orange Dior Couture dress with a sheer overlay that made her look like high fashion poltergeist!
      Mary-Kate Olsen wore her Chanel beaded, drop-waist black dress with fur-trimmed robe. Both looked like dumpster chic vampires—but then again, they always look like that! I loved both looks although I do not appreciate the real fur trim on Mary Kate’s robe!

      Christina Ricci also looked fabulous in her plaid print Vivienne Westwood dress and Lana Del Rey hair—her look was pitch-perfect! In the end, my heart is always with Madonna! LOL

  5. Jana says:

    Me thinks Mama is an ICON; nevermind that Popeye. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd you always manage to make me homesick but with a smile. I bought a corset once, back in the day, from TV that almost asphixiated me so I sympathize with your 2004/5 pain.

    • The Biscuits says:

      LOL Jana!!! We all have suffered at one point or another for fashion—especially some of the amazing looks to come out of T&V! The only one who seems to pull off every trend with ease, comfort and grace is Mamma Biscuit! xoxo

  6. candy says:

    MB for the win!!

  7. Katy Anderson says:

    Sweetest lil’ Olive Oyl ever!

  8. Patty says:

    Mamma just rocks that dress! I am a total Mamma B fan and love her no matter what she wears! :-) I especially like that first photo of her when she had the wind moment! LOL!

    xoxo Patty

    • The Biscuits says:

      LOL thanks Patty! You’ve been a fan of our little gremlin since the beginning! Mamma’s Marilyn Monroe moment was hysterical, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      xoxo The Biscuits

  9. bfish says:

    The wardrobe malfunction part was best of all — it cracked me up. We had a friend a long time ago who loved our first pug, Jeep, all except for his butt. I guess she was a Lab person or something and the notion of always being able to see the dog’s b-hole (due to curly tail) really bugged her. Different strokes I guess — the curly tail is one of the first thing that attracted me to pugs, oh-so-many years ago.

    • The Biscuits says:

      You had a pug named Jeep? how cute is that LOL The curly tail is by far th ebest feature of a pug even though their butt holes are on display! Of course with Mamma, her epic tongue is second in line for best features after her curly tail!

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