Since I created Don’t Call Him a Hipster Strong Man back in January I’ve been thinking about doing a series based on the circus. I’ve also been thinking of turning them into a series of cards, all with the same basic color palette and everyone wearing some piece of apparel that’s red and white stripped. This week I completed my aerialist.
When it comes to aerialists in the circus it pretty much comes down to high wire acts and trapeze artists. Personally I’ve always like the high wire better. I think it may be because it seemed like the one act I might be able to do if I ran away with the circus. I’ve never been gifted with any sort of physical prowess, but one thing I could do was walk a balance beam. When I was a kid I always dreamed that the circus would take me in and seeing my skill at walking a straight line in the grocery store parking lot they would eventually teach me how to ride a bicycle fifty feet in the air.
Of course a bicycle just isn’t dramatic enough, so I decided to go full on unicycle. That’s right, a single wheel and an amazing amount of core strength. For both my aerialist and my strong man I decided to focus on the Barnum years of the circus and plan to do the same for the rest of the series. I’ve tried to keep the costuming related to the late 1800′s without being too slavish to the time period. I also love the idea of a woman who can wear a bustle and bear her legs. Scandalous!
As for the title, well… mostly I wanted it to match up with my strong man title. Of course it’s also because there’s a hipster in my neighborhood who lurches around on his unicycle and I just want to push him down. Listen, I’m all about expressing yourself, but a unicycle is not the way you get around a major metropolitan area. Now that I think about it I haven’t seen him in a few weeks. I wonder if he unicycled to the wrong part of Philly and someone did push him down…