Weekly Photo Challenge: KISS

By Johna Till Johnson

471627_10150716407605951_747648912_oThis week’s Photo Challenge is Kiss.

What with Couples, and Love, and Valentine’s Day, we’ve had entirely too much romantic stuff lately. So, for something completely different—

.

A few months back, a friend and client invited me to a corporate event.

Not your typical corporate event: It was a “Battle of the Bands”, in which employee-musicians competed in front of a crowd of  hundreds of other employees and business partners.

Knowing my friend is a huge fan of the rock group KISS, I volunteered to come dressed in full KISS attire.

Okay, actually I didn’t volunteer. My business partner volunteered me, as in, “I’m sure Johna would love to dress up!”

Hmm… I’d love to, but… As the president and CEO of an up-and-coming technology research firm, did I really want to show up in front of clients and other professionals dressed like a rock star? Isn’t there something about, you know, having an image to uphold?

Upon further consideration, it took me about a nanosecond to agree with the idea. (After all, if I were diehard about maintaining a professional image, I wouldn’t be sporting a Billy Idol ‘do.)

Much longer, though, were the preparations.

First: Which member should I emulate? I was only dimly aware of the individual band members. My friend the KISS connoisseur advised that although Gene Simmons is better known, Ace Frehley’ Paul Stanley’s makeup is easier to do. (Note: As alert readers have noted, it was actually Paul Stanley’s makeup we emulated. I was confused by listening to “New York Groove” while writing this….)

Paul it was!

Then there were the logistics. Prior to the Battle of the Bands, there was an actual formal(ish) event during which we technology folks were to get briefed on the company’s products and services. The CEO would be attending. Did I want to show up at this event in KISS makeup?

In the end, I decided against that plan of action. Instead, after the event, my friend and I swiftly changed into KISS gear and did our makeup, rocking out to the sound of  “New York Groove”.

The results? I think we were a rocking pair of Pauls! And my friend accessorized with a blow-up guitar…

462936_10150716366545951_1711816500_o
470897_10150716573160951_282842149_o

By sheer coincidence, some time before Vlad had taken a photo of a Gene Simmons lookalike at the Hallowe’en festivities on the Upper East Side.  He didn’t recognize the costume, though: I had to provide some additional context.

DSC_0017 cropped small 2

After all, by then I was an expert in KISS!

________________________________________________________

Great minds think alike!: To Mother Earth, with Love

88 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: KISS

  1. Excellent! That must have been great fun. And you two look great! :)

    Like

  2. Great take on the challenge. THat is Paul, not Ace though!

    Like

  3. I was hoping someone would come up with this KISS :)
    Bravo!

    Like

  4. Good interpretation!

    Like

  5. Love it! Best kiss ever :)

    Like

  6. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss | Mirth and Motivation

  7. One of my elder brother’s favourite groups… I remember he had two posters in his room, one that showed Kiss and another one with King Kong hanging from the Empire State Building. :)

    Like

  8. Excellent for the theme – for years ago I was at a KISS live concert… :-)

    Great story and wonderful shots… :-)

    Like

  9. I LOVE THIS well of course any ROCKER would! :)

    Like

  10. The KISS of kisses. Nicely done, Johna!

    Like

  11. Love it … glad you let your ‘hair’ down!

    Like

  12. Nicee !!! I like the KISS !! :)

    Like

  13. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challlenge: KISS « The Adventures of Iñigo Boy

  14. Great!!
    ;-) :-P ;-)

    Like

  15. What fun, but as an above poster pointed out, and being a Kiss fan myself I noticed, that’s Paul Stanley’s make-up, not Ace’s :-D

    Like

  16. This made me smile :-)

    Like

  17. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss | The Blog Farm - A Growing Blog Community

  18. Nicely done–like your interpretation of the theme.

    Like

    • Johna Till Johnson

      Thanks! I’d take credit, but the idea was Vlad’s. (He basically said, “Tonight you have to write a blog post–I need you to write it up because I can’t.) I love getting writing assignments like that, especially on Friday evenings…..

      Like

    • Johna Till Johnson

      It totally was, Lynn! The whole evening was amazing. My favorite part was when the fiftyish, rather buttoned-down CEO ended up crowd surfing—and none of his employees dropped him!

      Like

  19. how fun! i loved scrolling through this narrative!!!! thanks for taking us along; the event was surely a success!

    Like

  20. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss of Life « What's (in) the picture?

  21. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss back in Time « What's (in) the picture?

  22. Great interpretation!

    Like

  23. LOVE it! A classic KISS reflection ~ Kat

    Like

  24. VERY Creative indeed!

    Like

  25. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss – Get the Insulin | Humbled Pie

  26. A brilliant interpretation. I wish I could have done it myself. Well done.

    Like

  27. Too cool! Nice selection

    Like

  28. Looks like a lot of fun. And perfect for the KISS theme. :-)

    Like

  29. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss II « Miljo Anne

  30. Ahahaha.. The band kiss, and their signature heavy make up! :D

    Like

  31. Pingback: 52 Bolivian Sundays [week 7, 'Kiss']. « 3rdculturechildren

  32. Pingback: Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss? « What's (in) the picture?

  33. Good job on the makeup and good picture for the kiss challenge. I was going to buy a big hershey kiss candy, but I didn’t.

    Like

    • Johna Till Johnson

      It was a hell of a lot of fun to do the makeup. I learned tips about makeup I’ve never known….And I think you listened to your better angels on the giant Hershey kiss! It would have been a wonderful photograph but *such* a temptation….

      Like

  34. A fun take on the challenge!!! ;-)

    Like

  35. My absolute pleasure having you join me for a memorable night!!!
    From our 65yr old CEO crowd-surfing, to the awesome photos rocking out….. That was my favorite analyst event ever!!!!!!
    Thanks for making it so much fun.
    And you have the special honor of being the only woman I have ever put makeup on and you looked AMAZING!!!
    Your friend. Bernard

    Like

    • Johna Till Johnson

      No WAY is your CEO 65! I felt bad about even saying “fiftyish”–maybe I should just stick with “prime of life” from now on!!

      Didn’t we have fun?

      And the music was great, too—even though I don’t recall them playing KISS. Next time, Bernard–you can’t let them get away without it!!

      Like

  36. That is great. Love the make up and the spirit behind it.

    Like

  37. I grew up listening to Scorpions, AC/DC, Def Leppard and KISS just to name a few, and KISS is still one of my favorites!! Love your post

    Like

  38. Hi Valdimir,
    Too cool! I am not a fan( I will admit, KISS was hot when I was in high school) but, KISS is fun :) Great makeup job, guys!!

    Like

  39. Just brilliant :-D

    Like

Comments are most welcome!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s