Tales from the Crip

Tales From The Crip: Crip Couture

Chicago-based artist Sandie Yi is the virtuoso behind Crip Couture, an avant-garde wearable art project for disabled people seeking to redefine constricting standards of beauty, agency and “normalcy.” Yi transforms traditional, uninspired prosthetics and orthotics into tailor-made creations for clients, taking into account the individual’s needs, desires and state of mind. The point is not to manufacture conventional, “corrective” physical aids that blend in with the status quo; instead these innovative pieces capitalize on the diverse beauty found in disabled bodies, highlighting difference and redefining not only fashion but disability itself.

Tales From The Crip: Maysoon Zayid: Arab Gone Wild

“For those of you who don’t know me, I’m not wasted, but the doctor who delivered me was.” So begins the standup comedy set from Maysoon Zayid: disabled comic, actor, humanitarian, and “Arab Gone Wild.” Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Bolshy Divas: Masked Feminist Avengers

Taking a cue from feminist art-world culture-jamming collective the Guerrilla Girls comes Australia’s Bolshy Divas—anonymous disability activists “in the style of feminist masked avengers, exposing and discussing discrimination, unmet need, and issues which affect people with disability and... Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Ode to Krip Hop's Leroy Moore

Leroy Moore is a man of action: poet, community activist, artist, feminist… the list goes on. Spend any time in the crip community and his name will inevitably surface, which should come as no surprise. Moore is a walking archive of disability art and history with a gift for broad networking... Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Laughing At The Disabled

Defying nondisabled persons outdated notions of what disability is like is difficult enough; making people laugh while doing so is a feat of its own. Thankfully, there are some badasses taking that immense challenge head on and succeeding. Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Lydia Callis: ASL Interpreter Heartthrob

Regardless of why Lydia Callis has become an overnight celebrity, she’s unintentionally brought ASL into the forefront of American media, highlighting not only the vibrancy of the language, but also the necessity of diverse communication strategies- particularly in emergencies. Read more »

Tales From The Crip: "The Paper Mirror: Drawing Alison Bechdel"

Renowned visual artist and educator Riva Lehrer has teamed up with brilliant cartoonist and graphic memoirist, Alison Bechdel in the new short film, “The Paper Mirror: Drawing Alison Bechdel.” Read more »

Tales From The Crip: "How's Your News?" Is Back!

How’s Your News?, America’s favorite (and only) newscast featuring a team of developmentally disabled reporters, has returned—and just in time for the 2012 presidential election! You may remember the team’s previous 2004 documentary, which chronicled their time at the... Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Wheelchair Sports Camp Comes Legit

Spin Magazine recently ran a comprehensive and funny piece called “The 50 Biggest White Girl Rap Moments Of All Time.” Being a white woman who vehemently loves rap music, best believe... Read more »

Tales From The Crip: Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro has been getting a heaping dose of publicity lately. It’s well-deserved. You may already recognize the charming comedian from her standup, or watched her play the feather-haired policewoman who briefly (and understandably) lesbianizes Sarah Silverman on the latter’s... Read more »

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There are plenty of web shows to choose from but one of my favorites from this year is the standout comedy, My Gimpy Life. Read more »