Pin-stripe style

The pin-stripe style, aka the pencil cut, is a super-thin version of the landing strip. Just leave a thin line of short hair, starting above the clitoral hood and rising to the top edge of the natural pubic hair line.

Thin is in (Lightly censored edition)

Unless you have a very steady hand, it might be worth using a soft, bendy plastic ruler as a stencil. Any flexible straight edge will do, so long as it easily bends to the curve of your vulva.
First trim your pubes short all over, to a length of about 6 to 10mm. Then lay your stencil over the hair you want to leave behind, and shave along the edge. Flip it around to do the other side.

Pubic funnies

Here’s a light hearted look at pubes, in a small collection of cartoons and goofy pics from around the web:

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Celebrity pubic styles – European edition

Can you identify the European celebrities whose pubic stylings appear in the strip below?

Euro celebrities pubic hairstyle quiz!

Celebrity number 1: This formerly Ukrainian, now American sci-fi action star revealed a subtly trimmed bikini line in this clip from a photo shoot for Purple Magazine
Celebrity number 2: Secretly shot while on the set of movie Hippy Hippy Shake, this UK fashion model and actress sports a ‘narrow arrow’ style
Celebrity number 3: Another ‘narrow arrow’ on this English fashion model turned actress, in a feature for art magazine 032c. She played Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans.
Celebrity number 4: This English former ‘Page Three’ glamour model flashes a pubic tattoo at a party
Celebrity number 5: Another Brit, this doll faced Vogue model and occasional actress bared her russet pubes in a shoot for French magazine Paradis

Click the ‘more’ link to see the answers.


Merkin’ art

Vice magazine explores the creative possibilities of the pubic wig, or ‘merkin’, in this 2010 photo-shoot, featuring ‘Tuxedo Pussy’, ‘Carrot Pubes’ and ‘Ponytail’ among others. More of an art piece than practical proposition, since the merkins featured are big, bulky and rather tickly looking, but nonetheless worth a look.

Pimp your pubes

Incidentally, I understand that the merkin was originally devised by 17th century prostitutes who wanted to cover up their STDs. These days they’re more likely to see service on a Hollywood movie set. Or at the Burning Man festival.

Vajazzle: Design Ideas and Images

Here’s an article with tips, pictures and product recommendations for would-be vajazzlers.

‘A kiss on the lips may be quite continental, but…’

Photographic art: Dye by Ali Kheredyar

Quote: “Ali Kheradyar‘s Dye, is a set of photographic images using the product Betty Hair Dye – a dye specifically designed to be safe for pubic hair.”

Unfortunately, Keradyar’s photographs don’t show us what the results of the dye were once it was washed off, but nonetheless the images are arresting.

Dye by Ali Kheredyar

Ancient pubic styling

Pubic shaving appears to have been around since ancient times. It’s intriguing to note that, as shown in the first two pictures below, while ancient Greek nudes of men have elaborately carved curly pubic hair, nudes of women are hair free. According to Paige Walker at Berkley, “since this pubic hairlessness was … not remarkably unusual in the goddess Aphrodite, renowned for her beauty, one may infer that the Classical Greeks also considered the depilated female genitalia to be beautiful.” (The author represents the practice as some kind of male power play, but this seems to me to be a very modern ‘PC’ interpretation.)

Pubes through the ages

(From right to left: detail from The Three Graces; detail Roman male nude; detail from the tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep; Queen of the Night relief; relief from the Porta Vittoria)

Roman women also practiced pubic hair removal, by shaving, waxing or with tweezers, and under their influence the fashion spread far and wide. But the Greeks and Romans were by no means the first cultures to practice pubic depilation. The third image shows part of an Egyptian mural featuring several figures visiting a barber. The man shown on the left is having his pubic hair plucked by the attendant at his feet. The fourth image is of the Mesopotamian goddess Ianna Ishtar, similarly free of pubic hair.

It appears that practice was brought back to the West by returning crusaders. Apart from the written record, there’s plenty of evidence in art and painting. One extraordinary example is shown in the image on right. It’s is a relief dating from the 13th century showing a woman shaving her pubic hair, from the ancient city walls of Milan.

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