Editor: Kalyn Heffernan is a familiar voice to many regular readers of Backbeat. We've written about her band several times over the years. And this week, she's been sending us commentary on her third trip to Austin for SXSW. Read about why she still thinks it's worth it to go, and see every outfit she wore while there.
Today, we bring you her final dispatch: a festival fashion update from a butt-level view. "Flannels are in, leather is back, print is everywhere, shorts get shorter, it's okay for men to wear dresses," says Heffernan. "And jeans are still a thing."
Our sister paper the Village Voice featured WSC, and Heffernan in particular, in a December 2011 cover story by the excellent Camille Dodero. Here's the lead paragraph of that profile:
Kalyn Heffernan is 24 years old, weighs 53 pounds, and measures three feet, six inches tall. She's light enough to carry, compact enough to hide under a winter coat, and is sometimes mistaken for a child. But Kalyn, who has the brittle-bone disability osteogenesis imperfecta, is hardly innocent, precious, or inconspicuous: The Colorado native dabbles in graffiti, cusses gloriously, and has a septum piercing. She raps, scribbles rhymes, and has been known to cover the viral YouTube video "My Vagina Ain't Handicapped." If you ask--and even if you don't--she'll eagerly lift her shirt to show off the words "CRIP LIFE" inked on her stomach, an homage to Tupac Shakur's THUG LIFE tattoo.
Hence her particular vantage. "I spend a good portion of my life looking at asses," she says. "So needless to say, I'm a connoisseur. Here are some of my faves from SXSW."
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