A couple years ago, I went to Coney Island for the first time. At some point, I stumbled into a hot pink store on the boardwalk that was full of cool clothes!

I was enticed by a charming mannequin with no hands, and took the following lomo photo of him:

look ma no hands

I bought a shirt on the spot and eventually came back for another.

Lola Staar - Elephant Hotel

This shirt commemorates the Elephant Hotel in Coney Island. I know it burned down in the late 1800s, but I can’t find much more info. Either way, it’s a rad shirt!

Lola Staar - Thunderbolt

This shirt depicts the thunderbolt roller coaster, which is also no longer. (Wikipedia entry on the Thunderbolt.)

You can order your own off the Lola Staar website here:


If you’d like to keep up with upcoming news from them, you should check out their myspace blog.

Apparently, she’s opening a roller rink. Go Lola!

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  1. nicola says:

    This post is such great timing! Just today I was looking through my old photos of when I lived in NY; there is one of me sitting on my cousin’s shoulder in front of the Coney Island Thunderbolt (it was ’82 or 3 so it probably closed already). I wanted to find it to compare that Luna Park to the Luna Park here in Melbourne. Looking for information on the Ingersoll Luna Parks histories I found this site: (http://mmcsl.com/coney/html/page009.htm#eli) that said that the Coney Island Luna Park was built on the site of the elephant. I had always thought that the Coney Island-elephant association was because of Thomas Edison killing an elephant as a publicity stunt there to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current. But I guess it is from the hotel.

  2. tokyomade says:

    We are big Lola Staar fans. She influenced us greatly when we met her here in Tokyo. An inspiration!
    The tees look super cool on you!

  3. thisisstar says:

    I mis coney island like crazy. I’ll have to go back over the summer sometime. I didn’t know there was a Luna Park in Melbourne!

    & what’s up tokyomade? I love your blog!

  4. Marie says:

    Freakin’ cute with that septum bebi gurl!! Also how I miss the east coast.

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March 10th, 2008