Aline: "My parents moved there twenty years ago and some of my best memories are of the many hours I spent with my mother visiting the beauty parlor, Hair Magic, and the beautician, Cookie, who performs miniature miracles there on a daily basis. The 'look' there is big blond hair, big lips, and big tits, and you can always count on there being some personal philosophy and practical tips thrown in.
"Being a cartoonist, I wanted to find a way to capture this atmosphere and these fabulous women -- the creators and their creations! I am fascinated by their idea of beauty and by what women are willing to do to achieve it. As a 63-year-old woman raised in the Five Towns of Nassau County on Long Island, logically I should be 'one of them,' but I was touched at age 8 by some divine intervention and was propelled in a very different direction- I became an artist/observer. Still, there’s a part of me that is curious and can identify with this 'other type' of female."
(Photo of Aline Crumb by Seth Kushner)