So many things have been going down the past week, I have hardly been able to keep up with it all on my blog! Let's start with the most recent AWESOME happening: I went to see Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball in Antwerp yesterday. I'm a huge Gaga fan (I wrote my master's dissertation on her) and I had already bought standing tickets for the show, but then Skype emailed me last week to offer me two awesome seated tickets so I gave my original tickets to my sister and her friend. Shared joy = double joy in my book.
As I'm typing, little monsters are counting down for Gaga's second Antwerp show and I SO wish I could go twice as well, as the the entire evening was so amazing. My boyfriend and me were seated at the front right of the stage, maybe 10-12 meters from one side of the Monster Pit. Gaga is an artistic mastermind as far as I'm concerned, and the entire show was planned to perfection. My favorite part was the Highway Unicorn intro: Gaga came in as an Alien Predator queen riding a unicorn, looking like one of the four horse(wo)men of the apocalypse. Iconic, dark and fantastical.
As Gaga slowly and ominously trodded by me, I actually felt a *PANG* in my heart. I'm not as big a fan as those that camped outside for a week to be sure of a Monster Pit Pass, but I have felt a connection with this young woman for the past 4-5 years. I have spent almost a year studying her and the motives behind her work for my master's thesis, and seeing her walk by only a few meters in front of me felt surreal. A tiny woman filled with inspiration and love for her fans, heading a huge tour that takes her away from her home, her loved ones and her privacy.
It baffles me how people continuously repeat that she "tries too hard". How can anyone try too hard? Is success only acceptable when it comes without trying? She fights to get her visions realized, to reach people with her positive message and to change the world. One can simply not try hard enough if those are your goals. I look up to Lady Gaga in a big way, and I may or may not have blinked away a tear at some points of her act.
Of course not everything was perfect: for one I wish the show was even longer (which actually is a positive), but I also noticed her sounding a bit nasal and out of breath at times. Maybe Gaga had a cold. But even with those small faults pushing her beneath her usual vocal expertise, she still blows big pop stars like Rihanna and Katy Perry WAY out of the water. Safe to say, I'll be first in line to buy tickets for her next tour as well. GAGA 4 EVER
MAJOR thanks to Skype for the tickets!! Even though I was seated among a bunch of random people who were obviously not into it at all, determined to stay seated AT ALL TIMES which actually caused Gaga to give them all a tongue lashing forcing them to stand the fuck up. I was glad she did because I felt like an asshole standing upright on my own, but I hated her thinking I was one of those faux-fans :( :( :( GAGA I WUB U
And this is what I wore. My style has been a bit more edgy and Gaga in general lately, so I had an easy time picking out a special outfit I felt great in. Keywords: eyeliner, wild hair, denim, studs, bra, safety pins, fake ink, leggings and platform boots. Very Kelly Bundy.
bra, leggings: H&M - vest: thrifted, DIY - boots: Ebay - earring: Topshop - watch: c/o Swatch - tattoos: Faketattoos.se, Tattooforaweek.com
PS: First day at my job tomorrow! EXCITED