Ludde – The Kool Kat

Posted in Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2015 by Tallee Savage

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295234_109224039226770_484624049_n I just lost a friend :( His name is Ludde Lindström – We all held on to the hope that he would beat his cancer, or at least gain a few more years. He wanted more time with his beloved 13-year-old son Oliver. But lost his battle and passed away a few days ago, on friday february 6. His best friend Nille Tholinder whom I kept close contact with, had called me the day before to tell me that Ludde now was unconscious… to sort of prepare me. I also sent Ludde a text message a few days before he passed away… I knew that he couldn’t read it, that he was to ill, but I felt like sending him a last big hug.

Ludde - Tio LivLudde was always somehow integrated in my life from time to time. Even when his soul seemed troubled and filled with anxiety over something, he always opened his heart and gave me the time of day. Business, relationships, music, politics, sports, women… etc. He had a genuine interest to listen and communicate. He was fun to hang out with too. His love for music, cats, A.I.K (Swedish football team), the color purple… the true interest in da rock biz. One thing he would not forget and understand was my complete un-interest in the his favorite band The Rolling Stones. He said I would learn when I grew up… Yes, maybe I will my friend :) He also always had lots of ideas for business. Good entrepreneur skills even if things didn’t always turn out the way he wanted them to. But at least he never gave up. He always fought and did everything to bring his ideas to life. Like the idea about writing a book about the not so entirely pleasant journey behind the scenes of the entertainment and restaurant business. The backside of beauty with threats, drugs, sex, money and violence – Tio Liv.

Tallee-KoolKat-PressBut for me Ludde’s interaction in my life was pretty much the same way as for many other people in Stockholm. Being the driving force and prominent figure behind the legendary Kool Kat Club – The no 1 rock club and a very important place and era for the majority of rockers back in the mid 80’s until mid 90’s here in Stockholm, Sweden. Together with his brother in arms Nille, he brought the club to success. And to me, and a lot of other friends, Kool Kat felt like home, from the day it opened on Kungsgatan back in 1986. This was the Mecka of rock’n’roll where I believe a lot of people perhaps had the most enjoyable period when it comes to Stockholm’s nightlife, where you could just chill and/or party and discuss the latest in the Rock and Metal scene. Famous and upcoming bands performed there as well. The place grew in popularity every year, hitting it’s peak in 88’-90, I believe, when moving in to Strömsborg Mansion in Gamla Stan (Old Town). The club was amazing; Huge with red carpets everywhere, crystal chandeliers, two dance floors, the best Dj’s. Maximum luxury with a long line of people patiently waiting to get in. This was the Rock Castle and the place for all Kool Kats to hang out. And I did! So often that Ludde finally said – You are here so often that I think I might as well hire you to work for me :) So I became his secretary in 1992 and I helped him and Michael Wiberg with the release of their new magazine Kool Kat News.

In 1993 Kool Kat moved to a new place on Strandvägen – Dixie Queen – a huge Mississippi style steamroller moored in central Stockholm. Right before the time when grunge music killed it all. The fun, the colorful, the positive, the happy era of Hardrock came to an end.. or so we thought. Ludde would talk about this often… it made it hard for Kool Kat to continue, at least with the same spirit as before. But I got one last thing out of the ending era of Kool Kat. I met my husband Mattias at Dixie Queen in march 1993. Ludde called me the day after and wondered who the lucky prince was and I told him it was one I intended to keep :) No courting and no dating <3 . We fell in love from the first second and became a couple at Kool Kat 22 years ago. Ludde found this to be both incomprehensible and hilarious. Our last long conversations where about his son Oliver. How much he loves him and how much he wanted to keep fighting to recover and be there for him. He was so utterly happy about coming to take photos in my studio with his son but the same day that we had arrangements for this, he sadly got very ill and taken to the hospital and never really recovered. He left earth life two months after, with his friend Nille holding his hand and to the song Lady Jane by The Rollings Stones. At ease and in peace! For me this means an era has passed on.

I’d like to say that I miss him and that he made a substantial effect both for me and for many others I think. He had a wonderful laugh and was full of energy. He was real fighter and he will not be forgotten. My love and sympathies to his family and other friends, but most of all his son Oliver <3

tallee-signRock on my friend – You were truly THE Kool Kat!

P.S If you have any stories or memories with Ludde or from Kool Kat. Please share them with us! In Swedish or in English works good!

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Fluffy hair and ready to Rock with my best friend Mimmi. On our way to Kool Kat in 1987

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My husband Mattias and I back in 1993. On our way to… you know where :)

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This photo was taken during lunch break when I was working for Ludde and Kool Kat News in 1993.

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A new effort to start Kool Kat in 2004. With Ludde at KGB and with my <3 Mattias at Stacy’s.

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Poster and add for Kool Kat at Bryggarsalen 16 november 2012 Electric Boys played that night. Wonderful gig!

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Ludde with his best friend & partner in Rock ‘n’ Roll, Nille. Photo session we had in May 2013.

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Poster for Kool Kat at H 62.

Goth calendar – feat. Adora BatBrat

Posted in Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2015 by Tallee Savage

Finally my calendar for 2015 featuring Swedish Goth model Adora BatBrat will arrive tomorrow morning! 100 exclusive calendars. With 12 out of 13 original photos which has never been published before. Each month have a big 11″ x 14″ (28 x 36 cm) picture with make up tips and a quotes. Signed by Adora on request. HURRY UP… because there’s a limited amount and you don’t want to be without!

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ADVISORY: Contains nudity – not recommended for children!

Photo & Styling: Tallee Savage /Graphics: Mattias Savage

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Christmas 2014

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2014 by Tallee Savage

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In a wink it was gone! Now it’s only one year until next time. I really can’t complain though as my chilean/american christmas lasts for three beautiful days. Same procedure as every year. Only this year we were 18 people, one more person with my sister Violeta’s and Roger’s baby Yindi Lo. It was nice, time of peace and good cheer with all political talk left aside (this year). It’s not easy being the chatelaine I tell you, it takes me a few weeks to prepare everything and when everybody leaves after three days I look like a troll doll (penntroll). The house is now quiet and as I sit in front of the fireplace relaxing, I do find myself missing everybody. I really LOVE having my big family around me <3

tallee-signI hope you all had a marvelous, wonderful, restful Christmas too. Here are some photos I took while doing our christmas photo sessions. First out is my daughter Adina.

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Adina, Tallee & Lizzy

The emerge of Racism and Xenophobia in Sweden!

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by Tallee Savage

Despite my satisfaction of the recent Swedish election in September, I’m sad to say that 13% of the swedish people voted for a white supremacist and neo-Nazi supportive party. Yes, we struggle with the same depressing and ugly struggles that a lot of americans have to deal with. Negative, prejudice stereotypes and beliefs about threats that undermine the “True Swedish” ways. The same prejudice bullshit about immigrants being the problem for EVERYTHING: Unemployment, major cause of crime. Yes, of course if you have dark hair or skin you automatically fight, steal, sell drugs and rape women (???). Lies about us foreigners not wanting to work, or not working hard enough, or wanting to fit in… The Swedish people who earlier refrained from these beliefs and attitudes are growing and legitimizing their xenophobic beliefs and giving their votes to parties that have strong roots and implement polices from RRP (radical right-wing populist) parties. The fear of individuals or culture that might be “different” or “strange”. Yes, it is very sad because once racism receives parliamentary stronghold it might be difficult to get rid of it. It is simply vicious. How quick some people forget history ..huh?

Nevertheless 87% do remember and they see the beauty of a multicultural society. They as well as me also acknowledge the problems we are dealing with within the country, but we strive for a solution and do not believe in shutting down the borders on human beings that seek shelter from persecution, war, death, torture and hell. We do not give our votes to a xenophobic party because we are afraid and egocentric. The situation is deeply worrying but I’d like to strongly underline that most of Sweden’s politicians and its people are wonderful and open-minded and have always been known for their humane and enlightened point of view on this earth!

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I wrote something on my Facebook yesterday and I’d like to share it on my blog so that others can read it too. It is regarding the Swedish Public Service Television’s “SVT” decision to change a few insignificant little things from the TV adaptation of “Here Comes Pippi Longstocking” from 1969. We see the part where Pippi refers to her father as the “Negro King” removed. She now only says King. The other part is Pippi pulling her eyes so they skewed and then sing “ching ching chong”, impersonating an asian person. These parts were by swedish TV considered offensive and because the target of the audience are children they simply believe that it can be experienced as hurtful and demeaning for kids. Ok, so this made headlines everywhere in Sweden and lot of people whine and cry blood over this. Shouting and condemning others of being politically correct. Some bring up the problem of censorship, but of course it has also given the xenophobic people something to complain about. Turning it into a patriotic slap on people’s fingers and pointing accusation towards wanting to take a way the “swedishness” out of Sweden and resulting in giving racism more air under the wings.

They did absolutely the right thing to remove those small parts. This doesn’t change the story at all. It is not censorship as the state had nothing to do with it and Astrid Lindren herself stated in an interview that she regretted using the word negro and would remove it if it was possible. We all know the word is used as a demeaning term towards people from Africa, more like the word “nigger” really. I feel the world is changing and society with it, and no harm is done by cutting those parts out. My post on FB was in swedish but now you all know what it regards. Feel free to comment or give your opinion on ttallee-signhe matter in english or “på svenska” and remember “The ability to think different today than yesterday separates the wise from the stubborn.”


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SVT tog bort ordet “Negerkung” ur Pippifilmen. Av allt skit som händer i världen så väljer många på fullaste allvar att klaga, gnälla och bli upprörd över detta?? Statusar på FB lyder”Jag skäms för att vara svensk”, “Fyyfaaan”, “Endast PK & moralpredik” … My God, get a fucking grip people! Kan det inte bara vara så enkelt att ett ord som var normalt för 50 år sedan, idag är förlegat, nedsättande och kränkande? Tycker många har sådan extremt märklig livsåskådning alltså. Att ordet “neger” klippts bort har ingalunda någon som helst betydelse för handlingen och Astrid själv skulle med 100% säkerhet aldrig själv valt att använda det ordet idag. Och NEJ detta har inget att göra med att man vill ta ifrån oss “svenskheten” eller sabba vår tradition, kultur eller historia eller censurera konst. Och Ja det finns extremt mycket gammal klassisk litteratur med “rasistiska” budskap som möjligen inte alls var tänkt så… Nevertheless så är detta en barnfilm och ordet är idag kränkande och det var lätt åtgärdat att plocka bort. Är det verkligen något att gråta blod över?

“Förmågan att idag tänka annorlunda än igår skiljer den vise från den envise”.

 

BLACKFISH

Posted in Animal Rights, Movies, Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2014 by Tallee Savage

This is an eye-opening documentary by Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, following the controversial captivity of killer whales.
I too have experienced the excitement of watching a 8000 orca or “killer Whale” fly through the air at Sea World, always in perfect harmony with their trainers. One day a few years ago as I was visiting Sea World in San Diego I told myself NO MORE! Nothing in particular had happened, kids were happy and everything was “normal”… I just felt a hard sting in my heart… feeling I was wrong to be there, supporting this horrible and cruel treatment of these huge majestic mammals. I felt bad to my stomach for not realizing this sooner. Never again did I, nor will I set foot at Sea World or any other similar oceanarium again. Why?

Because a lot of the whales have been locked up in a place no bigger than a bath tub for over four decades, in dark and horrible small areas, being punished for misbehaviour. Of course accidents would happen sooner later. And they did… many times. You will see how nature gets revenge on man when pushed to its limits. The Sea World killer whale is responsible for the death of three individuals already. But Sea World told the public a different story. Hear and see the shocking never-before-seen stories and footage of many workers and trainers who were misled for many years from the highly profitable sea-park industry.

Please watch it, show your kids, share it, think about it! A lot of people do care, but have no clue of how these animals are treated and what they feel. These are highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals and they deserve to be free! Protest to these animals being captured, caged, displayed mistreated and tortured. Watch the movie and tell me here what you thought of it. Available on Netflix!

Here is the trailertallee-sign : BLACKFISH >>>

 

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Photo: Stefan Jacobs

Just Jaz

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , on May 5, 2014 by Tallee Savage

A session with Fine Art Nude model Jasmine Sundström. A girl with many passions, but what I like the most about her is her bright and joyful way of seeing life in general. Always conducting interesting debates, open-minded and eager to learn. Extremely easy to work with too.  Here is a previous session from last year if you’d like to check that out as well. “Androgyny Fashion

Photo & Make up: Tallee Savage
Model: Jasmine Sundström  – webpage and blog.

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Happy Easter session… \m/

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Model 40, Personal with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2014 by Tallee Savage

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Photo: Mattias Savage

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2014 © Savage Beauty - Photo: Tallee Savage

We had an Easter dinner with both sides of the family (24 people). Conveniently on the same date as my daughter Adina turned 17 years old (Selfie pic below).

Lots of vegetarian food. No, we don’t care about the traditional easter foods. We eat whatever comes to mind that day. My contribution this year was a vegetarian coconut milk stew with spinach and chickpeas and vegetarian meatballs. It took me and my daughter Elizia hours to roll them and it was frustrating at first as they turned out square and flat before we got the hang of it. My son Tim’s Västerbotten’s cheese pie was undoubtedly and unanimously the most popular easter dish this year.

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Adina and Elizia did the baking; Three cakes with little cute marzipan chickens … Goody!

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