Friday, December 28, 2012

The Husbands 2012: The Year in Pictures

December 2011. 
A look back, tweeted by Victor earlier this month and captioned "VICTORY," at that beautiful moment nearly a year ago. For more on the year that was, please be sure to read Johnny's latest column for the Falls Church News-Press, "Johnny’s World: The 2012 Plan."

Monday, December 24, 2012

Gift

Johnny, Ave Maria, 
Holiday Dreams on Ice, 
December 2012. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



Friday, December 21, 2012

Army of Badassery. In a Corset.

Screencap of Johnny on the Today Show this morning, 
just before his performance to Christina Aguilera's 
"Army of Me." New slate-colored hair by Eric Alt!



So Johnny performed on the rink at Rockefeller Center this morning for the Today Show, running on very little sleep after being awake since 1 a.m. due to the "'End of the World' rainstorm," and skating on a surface that he politely termed a "lake," with new dramatic hair by Eric Alt and clad in his gorgeous but not at all warm garter leggings by @SenaNYC, with bonus corset.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Dreams on Ice: Picspam Preview

Beautiful Johnny 
at the beginning of Ave Maria 
in Holiday Dreams on Ice, with
the lights of a menorah behind him. 
After the group number, he gave the first
individual performance to open the show. 
Exclusive photo © David Ingogly.



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Johnny in Chicago: Fandemonium!

Johnny at Scarlet Bar's 
5th Anniversary party in Chicago. 
Exclusive photo © Stacy McReynolds.



Kayso our Scarlet Bar story concludes with more fabulous exclusive picspam courtesy of Stacy McReynolds plus a few behind-the-scenes vignettes...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Adventures in Boystown

Johnny at Scarlet in Chicago 
with an awesome photo from Fashion on Ice 
that he autographed for the photographer, 
Stacy McReynolds, who also took 
this awesome exclusive photo.



I had almost forgotten how luminously beautiful he is in person.

It has been nearly a year since I last saw Johnny, just a week before he got married. Flashback to Holiday Dreams on Ice 2011: Davey and I show up just in time to completely miss Johnny's practice, so a volunteer escorts us down a hallway at the UPenn rink to show us where to set up for the group practice coming up next, when a door to the left suddenly bursts open—and there he is!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ambassador Amazeballs

Johnny at his first Cup of Russia 
practice, November 8.
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva



From Our Kayso This Is One 
of the Coolest Things Ever Dept.

Screencap from the December 2012 issue of State Magazine, the official publication of the Office of the Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Random Tuesday Roundup, Or: OMG Johnny's Coming to Chicago!

The husbands in Russia. 
Exclusive photo © Nadya Vasilyeva
More from this series coming up!



WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG TO BRING YOU A TWEET OF VITAL IMPORTANCE POSTED LATE LAST NIGHT AT WHICH POINT IT WAS, IN FACT, ALREADY TOMORROW IN SEVERAL LOCALES AROUND THE WORLD BUT WHATEVER SURE WE'LL WAIT:

Friday, November 30, 2012

"Believe in Yourself"

Johnny at his first Rostelecom / Cup of Russia practice 
on November 8—before the short program, 
before his injury, before he had to make 
the excruciating decision to withdraw 
from both his Grand Prix events. 
Exclusive from the gorgeous 
new series © Elena Vasileva.



To close out the week, we have the first set in a huge series of practice picspam from the lovely and generous Elena Vasileva. I was going to edit these down to just one set of highlights from the entire series, but as I was clicking through all 190+ shots, I was so drawn into them that it felt as though I were there, following his every movement on the ice, spellbound, as always.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Johnny Is an Outstanding Role Model"

Johnny, late in the day,  
hours after the Russian fan meeting: 
Still all smiles for his fans 
waiting for him in the hotel lobby. 
Exclusive photo © Nadya Vasilyeva
More from this series coming up!



Today we present the last in the series of exclusive Russian fan meeting pics from the very generous Nadya Vasilyeva so that we can move on to another 90+ amazing random exclusive photos also from Nadya after which we can then make way for a series of nearly 200 exclusive pics from one of Johnny's Cup of Russia practice sessions courtesy of the equally generous Elena Vasileva....

Yes, I am seriously drowning in Russian picspam. Please don't rescue me. I promise to do the same for you.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Post-Tryptophan Photocalypse

Yes, we have yet more amazing fan meeting pics!! 
Please visit Natasha Ponarina's gallery to 
roll around in all her gorgeous photos.



So I had a really lovely Thanksgiving holiday and honestly I was having a hard time rousing myself from my tryptophan-induced lethargy to do anything other than eat more turkey and take more naps, waking at random intervals for pie, until I dragged myself to my computer to check my email (I have no idea why. No one sends me pie via email) and discovered this sparkly tidbit amongst my Google news alerts:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pre-Thanksgiving Picspampalooza

Banner designed by the Russian fan group, 
"Johnny Weir — King on Ice," displayed at 
Cup of Russia and at the fan meeting in Moscow. 
Johnny autographed the banner 
during the meeting. :) 
Photo © Nadya Vasilyeva.



Today we present Part 2 of our Russian Lovefest, i.e. the glorious exclusive picspam we have from the Russian fan meeting that continues to make our blog overfloweth with both happy and thanksgiving.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Mega-Multimedia Wrap-Up of the Week That Was

Johnny in his gorgeous new Phoenix costume 
near the end of his Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia 
free skate practice last Saturday, just moments before 
he made the decision to withdraw from the competition. 
Photo tweeted by the lovely Irina Volkova
As stunningly beautiful as this is, the pain 
and enormous stress he was under at the time 
are evident on his face.



Monday, November 12, 2012

Love in Any Language

Johnny at the fan meeting in Moscow 
on Sunday with flowers from his beloved Russian fans. 
After his difficulties at Cup of Russia, to see him smile 
like this is indescribably wonderful.
Exclusive photo © Tatiana Edrenkina.



So that was... rough.

And not the Cup of Russia that fans were hoping for—or, more importantly, that Johnny was hoping for.

Friday, November 9, 2012

"You Are So Beautiful"

Johnny at the end of his Poker Face short program 
at Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia. 
Screencap from the video of his performance.



UPDATE: 
Johnny has withdrawn 
from Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia 
due to injury.

Cup of Russia: Johnny Returns to the Grand Prix

Johnny this morning
at the men's short program practice 
for Rostelecom Cup / Cup of Russia. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



Good luck, Johnny!! 
We love you and believe in you! 
GANBATTE!!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Desire

Success is focusing 
the full power of all you are 
on what you have a burning desire 
to achieve.
 —Wilfred Peterson

Johnny at the men's practice today in Moscow. 
Photo tweeted by Elena Vasileva.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pretty in Pink Political Asylum

Johnny chats with fans after his post-free skate 
press conference at Finlandia Trophy. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva
If you need me, I'll just be here all day... 
(after I vote, of course.)



Monday, November 5, 2012

To Russia With Love

Johnny takes a moment to enjoy a bouquet
 from his beloved Russian fans upon his arrival 
at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Saturday. 
Exclusive photo © Elena Vasileva.



He's competing in Cup of Russia in four days!!

I can hardly wrap my mind around it.

Johnny returns to the Grand Prix for the first time since 2009.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Power

Photo tweeted by Victor about 7:15 last night: 
"This is how I caught @JohnnyGWeir 
when the power came back on. 
But I repeat, WE HAVE POWER!" 
A few hours earlier, Johnny had tweeted
"Packing...in the dark...for 15 day trip. Hell!" 
But clearly the ever-resourceful Johnny was not about 
to let a little thing like hell get the better of him...  
#spelunkingforclothes



Friday, October 26, 2012

Random Friday Roundup

Johnny in the kiss-and-cry with flowers from fans 
after his short program performance at Finlandia Trophy. 
Photo © Elena Vasileva / Elle-velle.



OK! So much to catch up on this week! Here's all the exciting stuff that's been happening in Johnny world whilst I was busy doing boring things interrupted by frequent bouts of cleaning up cat vomit.... #whatismylife

Friday, October 19, 2012

In the Spirit of the Day


It's Spirit Day. Wear purple. 
Say something nice to someone 
you wouldn't usually talk to. 
Stop attacking people 
for being different. 
#love



Friday, October 12, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Real "Dude on Skates"

Johnny during his warmup 
before his short program at Finlandia. 
From this incredible gallery by photographer 
zhem_chug on Flickr. Don't miss it!



OK, things are pretty much still Disaster: The Boxed Set (literally. So many boxes. What IS all this crap?) at the Haus of Bink, so I don't have a lot of time to write any words of my own, so today I'm borrowing some from other awesome people whilst I dig through the same boxes for the thousandth time to try to find the glass thingy that goes in the microwave without which I am utterly helpless, and also ponder the Companion Mini-Volume—Greatest Hits: If It's Already in a Box and I Forgot to Label It and I Totally Don't Know What It Is and We've Already Lived a Week Without It, Can It Just Be Donated to Goodwill as Long as We're Sure It's Not Grandpa's Ashes...?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Finlandia: The Phoenix

Johnny at his free skate practice this morning. 
Photo tweeted by @ESJW.



UPDATE: 
Congratulations, Johnny, 
on an amazing and powerful 
comeback to competition!! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Poker Face 2.0: First Look!

Photo posted to Facebook by Absolute Skating: 
"'Finlandia Trophy flash': Long awaited! Johnny Weir 
in his gorgeous Lady Gaga program costume." 
From this morning's short program practice in Espoo.



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dreaming in Darkness



A man must dream a long time 
in order to act with grandeur, 
and dreaming is nursed 
in darkness.
— Jean Genet




Friday, September 28, 2012

Family-Friendly Friday: Going Home

A pensive Johnny gazes out the window 
on the way to his hometown book signing 
in Lancaster, PA, January 14, 2011. 
Moments before, Tara had explained to him 
that 11-year-old Michelle Babineau, diagnosed with 
an incurable brain tumor, would be coming to the signing 
to fulfill a dying wish: to meet him. 
Michelle had been offered the chance to either 
go to Disneyland or to see Johnny. 
She chose Johnny.



On a wintry Friday evening in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, two families and their extraordinary children came together for a brief but heartfelt moment in the name of love.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

BGJW2 Screencapalooza!

Johnny listens intently during BGJW2, episode 4, 
as Ice Theatre of New York executive director 
and event producer Jirina Ribbens offers her advice 
on getting his "Spectacular" off the ground.



Today's Action Items:

(1) Freak out that Finlandia is a week from tomorrow. #flail Pester every single fan in the world one more time to PLEASE. FIND. A. LIVESTREAM.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Flashback Friday: Flint Revisited

Johnny performs "Dirty Love" for the first time 
at Holiday Dreams on Ice, Flint, Michigan, December 2010. 
Love the way his costume is reflected in the ice. 
I know he said on Monday's BGJW2 episode
"That was horrifying ... We all know it wasn't good"
but the big crowd in Flint (yes! People came! 
Probably more than one gay even!) loved him, 
as you'll see in the video below...
Please click twice for larger view.
Photo © David Ingogly.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Be Good? He's Better Than Ever!

posted on their website yesterday. 
The print edition hits NYC tomorrow. 
I'll take 84 million copies, thanks. 
(Hair by the fabulous Eric Alt, of course.)



OK, before we discuss Be Good Johnny Weir, let's get the other Next Magazine pics out of the way, shall we:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"I'm Here. I'm Weir. Get Into It."

Logo's new profile pic 
for Twitter and Facebook! Love!



So yesterday was an explosion of Be Good Johnny Weir Season 2 fabulosity beginning with the promo video that actually was released Tuesday and that I think has been running on Logo for some time now but which I never seemed to catch but now it's available on YouTube for endless repeat viewing and also here it is again in case you missed it!

"Johnny Weir is here, and I'm going beyond the ice. 
I need to find my next career. I'm trying out a few new routines. 
I want to try out for a movie, model, design a fashion thing. 
I want to sing, I want to write my memoirs, 
I want to make my own Spectacular ice show: 
I want to bring together all of the freaks, 
Lady Gaga, purple ponies. 
I'm afraid of not being good at anything else 
aside from my skating. 
I'm here. I'm Weir. Get into it."



Friday, September 7, 2012

Flashback Friday: Japan, Beijing, Butt Waxing...

Johnny in Fukuoka last week, 
modeling a gift from a fan. 
Exclusive photo courtesy of the fabulous Junko Mi
Please click twice for larger view, 
or here for stunning full-size image.



Finlandia Trophy begins exactly four weeks from today.

O.O

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Of Skating, Balls, and Tough Questions

Johnny backstage at Papio ice rink in Fukuoka 
prior to the skating seminar he co-taught with Miki Ando 
Wednesday evening as part of the public relations activities 
Exclusive photo courtesy of Shannon Lenihan.



Aaaaand that's pretty much all I know about that, other than the photos we ran yesterday, but yay there's new picspam courtesy of the Fukuoka American Center's Facebook page! They also note that Miki served as interpreter, the students demonstrated their intensive training achievements, and Johnny and Miki co-starred with the students in a piece at the end of the seminar.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Multimedia Wednesday With Your Host, Doctor Who

Photo tweeted by @ESJW after the 
Fukuoka skating seminar: "Thank you @JohnnyGWeir, 
I enjoyed your teaching to young skaters. ❤❤❤"



OK, we've just got a mishmash of things this morning that are in no particular order because part of what we have are random photos from the skating seminar Johnny already conducted with the fabulous Miki Ando in Fukuoka on Wednesday at 6:30 pm which hasn't actually happened here yet (paging Doctor Who) though we already also have video (O.O), but first, this important Public Service Announcement accompanied by a Champs Camp flashback:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Goodbye Champs Camp, Hello Japan!

Johnny greets fans at 
Narita Airport, Tokyo, on Monday.
Exclusive photo 
courtesy of Ineko Nakagawa.



OK! While everyone else was busy doing whatever it is normal people do which I don't even know what that is, Johnny became a rhythmic gymnast, completed Champs Camp, contemplated a run for the presidency, flew 8,000 miles, greeted 8,000 wonderful fans who gave him 8,000 bouquets and who also all thought he seemed quite slim and wished for him to get more sleep, shopped (which probably goes without saying), and is now on yet another airplane headed to Fukuoka to teach a skating seminar with Miki Ando before returning to perform three shows this weekend in Fukui.

IDEK how he does it all. But here's some photos of him doing it.

Friday, August 24, 2012

"Johnny Weir Can Skate a Little."

Johnny unveils Poker Face for the very first time 
at the VMAN Magazine launch party, 
NYFW, Feb. 2009. VMAN blogged about 
his "bravura performance" in a brief piece titled,
"Johnny Weir Can Skate a Little."



It was a program born out of one of the darker times in his career, after a disastrous 2009 Nationals and subsequent controversial snub by USFS, who left him off the Worlds team despite having sent him to Worlds every year since 2003.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Level 4. Repeat: We Have a Level 4.

The Albino Peacock has landed. 
First appearance of Johnny at Champs Camp 2012. 
Photo tweeted by U.S. Figure Skating on Tuesday. 
Best caption, from dethspiralz on Tumblr: 
"He’s not gonna wear your shirt, 
or your cowboy ensemble
or take off his sunglasses. 
And you’re going to accept that."


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Albino Peacock

With the advent of Champs Camp this week, 
it has suddenly dawned on me that he is, in fact, 
truly, actually, seriously, you know, 
COMPETING. THIS. SEASON.
O.O



OK. Champs Camp. What do we know? 

(Besides the fact that Johnny's favorite animal other than Тёма is the albino peacock. Appropos of nothing. Or maybe of everything.)

According to U.S. Figure Skating: "Champs Camp is a two-to-three-day conference for elite U.S. Figure Skating athletes and their primary or secondary coaches held annually in Colorado Springs, Colo."

Or, also according to U.S. Figure Skating: "Champs Camp is an annual three-to-four-day conference attended by U.S. Figure Skating athletes who are asigned [sic] to an ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event and their primary or secondary coaches."

(Once again numbers appear to be slightly troublesome.)

Anyway. Here's some history:

"At it's inception, [and suddenly Leo DiCaprio is in my head, explaining that the past two-and-a-half years has only been a dream within a dream within a dream, all designed and implanted just to bring me to this point: the sudden gripping realization that that should be "its," not "it's"...] the purpose of the camp was to familiarize the attendees with U.S. Figure Skating's policies and procedures in order to enable them to create strategies for achieving their personal and performance goals leading into the Olympic Winter Games. [What.] However, in 2010, Champs Camp switched to a performance based camp to prepare the athletes for the upcoming season." [Leo whispers silkily in my subconscious: "You see it now, don't you...?" "Yes. Yes, of course. It should be 'performance-based.' With a hyphen."]

"Athletes perform their short program and free skate programs (ice dancing teams: short and free dances) in a simulated competition environment. [Inception meets The Hunger Games. Which is demurely wearing skates.] The camp also included [and perhaps still includes] technical feedback sessions, pre-participation physical exams, mental training sessions and nutrition seminars [at least one hour of which shall be devoted to a comprehensive discussion of skaters and their Chipotle obsession]. Primary [wait, only primary, NOT secondary....?] coaches of an athlete assigned to a 2012 Grand Prix Series event are required to attend."

Also: At Champs Camp 2008 they had to build cardboard boats.

All righty then. I feel like I just woke up from a nightmare in which I was supposed to attend some kind of slightly cheesy multi-session corporate seminar whose instructions regarding attendance requirements were both complicated and contradictory, though provided in a highly authoritarian manner, only to discover that someone has left the TV on and there's a fascinating nature program concerning the elusive albino peacock....


The male albino peacock prefers a more solitary existence 
and is generally uncomfortable in groups. 
Even with others of its kind, it is highly visible, 
striking in both appearance and attitude. 
(Champs Camp 2008)


In a more relaxed setting, the albino peacock may 
surround itself with females who admire 
its unique appearance and strong sense of self-display...
(Champs Camp 2008)


...as is clearly evident in this moment 
captured by the camera.
(Champs Camp 2008)


Though its extraordinary appearance, self-possession, 
and utter lack of concern about what anyone else thinks 
is often enough to keep enemies at bay, 
the albino peacock may at times be forced to defend itself. 
In general it finds this very difficult and tends to lose 
because it is not such an aggressive being for the most part. 
It keeps wanting to shield its face instead of going in for the kill. 
Its opponent may seize the opportunity to go diva on it and kill it.


When it comes to sharing food, the albino peacock may choose 
to enjoy the company of others at mealtimes. 
Although it still will mostly just push the food around 
on its plate--unless it's the off-season, during which 
it may consume copious quantities 
of chicken fingers, caviar, and pelmeni.
(Champs Camp 2009)


At other times, the albino peacock may engage 
in complicated rituals designed to subtly establish 
its dominance as the most stunningly fabulous 
creature for miles. This is usually quickly apparent 
to even the most casual observer.



Kayso not really sure we know any more than we did when we started, but not to worry:

Sweet Weirsus, I even retweeted them. I believe that's one of the Seven Signs of the Albinpeacopalypse.



For more on past Champs Camps which Johnny attended, please see this interview and the Ice Network galleries for June 2008 and June 2009. Though, out of 101 photos in said galleries, you'll find just 7 of Johnny (mostly the ones above), because, as my lovely friend @zhonnika explained, he seemed to be somewhat... photo-resistant. But of course that was before twitpics and Instagram...

(You might have more fun checking out the Pop Star on Ice gallery from the New York premiere, also June 2009.)



Bonus vid!! This, from Champs Camp 2008, is priceless. 
The sound doesn't track quite right with the visuals, but OMG. 
Absolutely not to be missed. :DDD
(And don't miss this, either.)



Bonus gif!! From the Jaguar video posted on Monday's blog
Because the albino peacock is awesome 
when he's strutting his stuff.
Which is pretty much always.
(If the gif won't play for you, please try refreshing the page, 
or click the gif to open it in a new window.)



And one more. Photo tweeted yesterday 
by Johnny: "I'm the Joker...."



Wishing you safe travels and
good luck, Johnny! Ganbatte!!



UPDATE!!! The return of Johnny to our TVs.
Set those DVRs now: New premiere date is
Monday, September 1710 pm EDT / 9 pm CDT 
only on Logo!


Previews!! Johnny with Australian Olympic 
diving champion Matty Mitcham...
International fans: 
Please try this link or this link for the video.


...and Johnny with the ever-fabulous RuPaul.
International fans: 
Please try this link or this link for the video.



Please be sure to read Johnny's fabulous
London 2012 blog entries on People.com! 
Here's a listing of his blog posts (newest first):
My First Impressions of the London Olympic Games
Fierce Competition (and Fashion!) at London Games



Yes, YOU can be a part of Johnny's comeback!  
Please visit Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund today 
and chip in as little as $1 via PayPal. 
Our small gifts can help make his dream of competing 
in his third Olympic Games come true!
And now you can leave a message 
of support for Johnny, too!



More from Johnny's website!! 
He's heading back to Japan in early September 
for Fantasy on Ice! Info here!



HE REALLY, REALLY IS!! 
Landing quads and kicking ass 
at a Grand Prix event near you!
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!



Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as "Best Sportsman"
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his "58.132" rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)



It's not too late! Subscribe now 
and get the entire Johnny Weir perspective, 
including his never-before-heard free skate commentary 
available exclusively on icenetwork.com!



Q and A! Go read it now!



with MAC is pretty much sold out, 
but I'm leaving this video on here 
for a little while longer 
because I love it so much.



Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on eDressMe.com!



At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!


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