Hotline Dial 1 for... Judith X Rusty Cuts
While Fever Hotel was on tour in Cali, we just had to pop in and meet this mysterious woman making the raddest bespoke gears, with a badass Nudie Cohn twist. We found the garage studio of Rusty Cuts in Eagle Rock was not unlike our studio back home, organised chaos! And we rummaged through collectors paradise.
Her full name is Judith Beatrice Rothman-Pierce. She grew up in San Diego and moved to San Francisco, the second she could escape. That's where she started Rusty Cuts in 2009 - as a way to sell the clothes, she'd made out of vintage fabric in her spare time. Somehow over the last 9 years, it's turned into her full-time job and she's been learning how to run a business as she goes. Now Judith has gotten to the point where she mostly makes custom one of a kind items for people - and she's living her dream!
Check out Judith's handmade clothing and accessories here.
Worst hotel experience? Rate it 1-5...
I was on tour and we had to stop outside Corpus Christi, Texas around 3AM and stay in a motel for the night. AKA the middle of nowhere full-blown Texas chainsaw massacre style. First off, we stayed in a motel room with three beds in it (so weird, never seen that before) and we were all really sick. The beds had baby pink sheets with stains all over them and blood in the bathroom. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a murder that went down in that room... I'll rate it a 2 because it could always get worse...
If you could dress someone, dead or alive, who would it be what would you dress them in?
DAVID BOWIE!!! And I'd dress him in the most beautiful alien garb that I could possibly dream up. With rhinestones into oblivion.
A typical day in the life of Rusty Cuts goes something like?
It definitely starts with coffee. Then there are all sorts of things I might do - shop for fabric, pack orders, thrift, design new stuff, cut patterns or just sew. I should probably clean more but that's always at the bottom of my to-do list. I'm a tornado.
We are starting a bit of a "Fuck You Pay Me" artist movement, what are your demands as a respected artist?
I think every artist should be paid fairly for their work. As far as clothing goes, a lot of people want handmade, unique clothing but want to pay Forever 21 prices for it, so it's really frustrating when people try to talk you down on a price you decided was fair for your own work. Or they turn around and copy something and make it in China. The internet and Instagram, in particular, has given us access to everything, but it's a double-edged sword.
What makes you really fucken happy?
Off the top of my head, when really great documentaries come out that I haven't seen. I'm a nerd. The cult of Elvis, finding something epic at a thrift store, my insanely comfy bed. Oh, and perfect french fries.
Any secrets you would like to spill?
If I told you my secrets, then they wouldn't be secrets no more!! But here's a secret, I still have two of my baby teeth, that's why I'm so young at heart :)