Tuesday, June 5, 2012

China Revisited: Welcome to the Weibocalypse

From Johnny's Beijing photo shoot last year
during his Artistry on Ice 2011 tour,
published in The Bund magazine
(let it load, then click on the cover and scroll through
to page 51. Do it. It's even huger there.
And the entire magazine is gorgeous!)
Another super-size version here.

Update: Tweeted by Johnny 
Wednesday morning US time!!

OK! He's off to Taiwan at some point today, to spend the next two weeks touring China with Artistry on Ice: Red Temptation, which, if last year's China tour was any indication, should be... BEYOND amazing. Like the photo above. And like the complete avalanche of pics and vids that were posted on Weibo, the microblogging platform for all of China that is sort of a Twitter / Facebook lovechild WITHOUT the annoying Timeline thing and WITH an endless supply of Johnny.

Here are a few more refresher pics from last year:

Johnny with his ever-present fan.
by @TU_LY, who tweeted:
"Poseur! Love @JohnnyGWeir's animal bag!"

During endless rehearsals, at which 
the temperature in the ice rink was generally 
a warmly tropical 3,000 degrees centigrade.

In Beijing during the Artistry On Ice
opening number, which, as far as I can tell,
was informally known as "That Matrix Thing."
Thank you so much to @zhonnika, from whom
I discovered this, and to the Chinese Angels
for posting it originally.

Update: Not rehearsal, but performing 
the "Sex and the City" group number, 
featuring fashions by Schiatzy Chen
Thanks to sharp-eyed Jenn Kittler for the info!

Johnny during his Bad Romance 
performance in Beijing. 
Still need this as a poster.
Or possibly a mural.

And his performance to Edith Piaf's 
"Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien."

And let's not forget all the incredible picspam provided by fabulous Beauty Bear Eric Alt, who accompanied Johnny to China last year. You can roll around in all his wonderful photos here, here, here, here, and here. These are two of my favorites:

On their last day in Beijing.
How much do I love this photo.

Getting ready to hit some stores in Shanghai.
Eric says: "Johnny doing the happy dance..."

So we wish Johnny safe travels while we once again undertake the mathematical burden of trying to figure out WHEN Johnny is based on WHERE he is (Taipei first, then Beijing, then Shenzhen, and finally Shanghai--info all on his official website's Events page!), but I just realized in consulting the World Time Clock Converter for the zillionth time that Taipei is exactly 12 hours ahead of New York. This is a number concept I can dimly grasp. So if he's arriving in Taiwan sometime Wednesday NIGHT (after a quick stopover in Narita, his "corner store" in that corner of the world), then hopefully his Chinese fans will start posting pics for us on Weibo Wednesday MORNING of them greeting him later that night at the airport. O.O Whatever. You had me at "pics on Weibo."

But first there's that long drought of no-twitpics-no-tweets-no-nothing as we enter the state of suspended animation that is Johnny flying around the world, so to help get us through a little of that, and in keeping with our Asian theme, we have a new Japanese interview to read! This article is in the just-out issue of Figure Skating Days, Vol. 14, which is, in fact, available via Japanese Amazon for just $20! plus $40 shipping!, so a wonderfully kind Japanese Angel has provided this translation of the first portion of the interview for all of us who are scraping our pennies together for his birthday gift and can't really do $60 for a magazine although don't think we didn't spend at least an hour pondering it....

Johnny Weir: 
A New Dream and a New Family

In a photo described as
"postage-stamp size"
accompanying the article,
here are Johnny and Victor 

with Victor's parents.
Congratulations on your marriage and your return to competition. It has been two years since the Vancouver Olympic Games.
My life has had very kaleidoscopic changes and has been very interesting. I wrote a book, released a song, was on various TV programs, and also performed in ice shows around the world. However, I missed the serious feeling that I get from competition, training every day, and trying to do my best. I sometimes felt, “I have something more that I can do,” when I was walking the red carpet and in fashion shows. It was really fun, but on the other hand, I'm still young, my body is still working, so I thought, “I want to skate.” I do want to skate as much as I can. During these past two years, I have been eating everything, enjoying the party life, making friends, and then I got married. It was really fun, but I've grown up. Now it’s time to be serious.

Did your marriage affect your decision?
Yes, very much. Victor supports my efforts. So he's making me try my best to get to Sochi. My family on the ice is Russian, and half of my real family is Russian. It would be wonderful to go to Sochi and be with everyone. Victor is really supportive. Of course, I wouldn’t have come back if he had said, "No, don't go back." I want to make my life with my husband. You know, what I have to think about now is not just myself, but my family.

Victor didn't know you were a skater when he met you for the first time. Really?
He didn't know that that's what I do, and he didn't see me perform until much later.

When and how did you first meet each other?
Several years ago we met at a Russian restaurant in New York. We were just introduced through mutual friends. I never dreamed that he would be my husband, because he seemed to be a regular guy, and not gay. But after that, at the beginning of last year, we contacted each other. He found me on Facebook, and then we talked through Facebook. Once he came to New York and we could meet again, I felt something special day by day, and suddenly it became really special.

Is his presence a special support when you are skating?
Yes. When I'm skating, I'm very spiritually happy. Because I'm excited on the ice, even with the hard training. Before, I sometimes felt like I was going to jail when I went off to practice. I was not excited, not joyful. Sometimes I thought it was just a daily routine. Now I like skating very much, and to be back in competition. I skate not as a duty, but because I want to. It’s a big difference. Now I know I am returning to the people who are waiting for me, even though the training is hard or I’m hurting a little bit. I know that I'm forgetting about it being just a daily routine, and instead it is my life.

(...to be continued!)

Photo of Johnny's wedding ring 
from the article.


Photo tweeted early Monday morning 
by Johnny: "Good morning sleepy head!"

And, just in case you missed it: Best. Pupdate. Ever. 
Tweeted by Victor last Friday: "This is a video of our son 
on his best behavior. ‪#proudpapas‬"

Wishing a very happy birthday 
to the lovely Patti Weir
May today be just the beginning of 
a year of happiness and dreams come true. ♥

Very special thanks 
to my dear Japanese Angel friend 
for all her hard work in translating this interview!

It's that time again!! Show Johnny Weir the Love 
is putting together an amazing birthday gift 
for Johnny (and Victor)! Details here. 
Just $5 gets your name on the card; 
deadline to participate is Friday, June 22!
Photo © David Ingogly.

Yes, we're also doing a wedding gift
 for Tara and Joshwho were married on May 10! 
As always, just $5 gets your name on the card. 
Please send via PayPal to misfitmimes@gmail.com
Deadline is Monday, June 11. Mazel tov!!

From "The Essence of Poetry," the latest series 
of black-and-white photos of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Not to be missed. 
Photo © David Ingogly.

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

New on Johnny's website!! Johnny returns 
to perform again in Sun Valley this summer! 
He'll be the headliner at the Saturday, August 4, ice show, 
and tickets are on sale now!! Don't miss it!

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!)

Weibo, here we come!!
He's heading to China today
for Artistry on Ice: Red Temptation!

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!"

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!

copyright 2012 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved


germansoulmate said...

This interview..it confirmed what I´ve been thinking all along. I always have thought he now comes off like he has had his time off the ice for the last two years which I feel he sorely needed to get new inputs, he has been trying out, succeeded and failed likewise, got to know the man he needs in his life and now is ready to take on the world and his sport again with a different view and determination. He has someone waiting for him at home,someone to share his days with and much more.The same goes, of course, for said man in Johnny´s life.
I´m really and honestly happy for him and Victor.

Anyway, thank you for reminding us of all the glory that came out of last year´s Artistry on Ice with this little memory picspam, and special thanks to the kind japanese fan who has translated that interview. I can´t wait for the next part.

aaaack said...

Thank you for the photos and interview translation.

Seeing Johnny happily married/soul-partnered and settled in his life is a great joy. There is a strong streak of liking to be conventional in certain ways in Johnny, and one of those ways is a strong and loyal marriage.

Princess Johnny-Love ♥ said...

YAY!! ty so much for sharing these beautiful pics and article!

i'm SQUEEING myself up into a new-pic-awaiting-frenzy!!!

*wiggle wiggle squirm squirm*

can't wait!!!

and Happy Happy Birthday to the lovely Queen Mother! <3



WheresMyKoppy said...

Victor didn't know (or care) who he was, and Johnny didn't know Victor was gay. Yet they ended up together and are happy. A true love match!

I had forgotten about Eric being in China with Johnny! Thanks for all the great reminder pics, MM!Thanks again for a great blog!

Happy Birthday, Patti!

Have a great life, Josh and Tara!