Monday, June 18, 2012

"Footsteps That Chase Dreams and Never Stop"

Johnny during the opening number 
of Artistry on Ice in Beijing. 
Exclusive photo courtesy of Maria Ma.

He's headed home! After the final Artistry on Ice performance last night in Shanghai, Johnny's on his way back to the East Coast, scheduled to land this afternoon at oh just about 45 minutes or so before he took off from Narita today.


So as he's winging his way across continents and oceans to get home to Victor, we have oceans of picspam still to enjoy from the incredibly generous Chinese fans. Even though he's already concluded his AOI performances, we haven't even finished with the series of pics from Beijing--let alone Shenzhen and Shanghai. Oh, and we also have leftover picspam from Taipei....

But first, here's a look at his two most recent "Fighter" performances, from Shenzhen on Friday and Shanghai on Sunday. As he was prepping for the final show in Shanghai, he tweeted this photo:

"Held up by as much hairspray as @mrericalt 
can make! It's 'Fighter' time!" he wrote.
Although I think it took everyone at least five minutes
to notice that he even has hair in this photo....

"Fighter" from the Shenzhen show 
on Friday, 06-15-2012.

Same show, different angle.

And "Fighter" from Shanghai.

Brief picspam from Shanghai: Chopin...


...and a zillion flowers.

And then it was all over except for the bittersweet goodbyes. Johnny, who finally got his Weibo account to work with his iPhone, thanked his Chinese fans for a wonderful show. Among the hundreds of responses was this one:

@JohnnyGWeir, See U next year. [呵呵] I'm using my last drop of strength to smile to U. Hope U will have a good rest after back to home. I'll miss U! Shanghai is crying for your leaving as well. The rain just won't stop :(

Back to Beijing

So whilst he's in the sky on the Endless Delta Flight From Forever Possibly Longer Beginning With A Two-Hour Delay, here are pics from the opening number in Beijing, courtesy of the lovely Chinese Angel Maria Ma. Some of these have already appeared on Weibo, some are premiering here. All of them are gorgeous.

As always, please click any photo twice for larger view.


The night of the Shenzhen show, Johnny tweeted:

Which prompted an outpouring of support on Twitter, my favorite being this tweet:

Shenzhen reviews on Weibo were extremely positive. Among the usual amounts of squeeeeeeee punctuated by a truly astonishing variety of the spinning / chortling / eye-popping rotating pigs, squirming bunnies, and nodding panda emoticons available on Weibo were these thoughtful analyses (as cobbled together by that delightfully madcap couple, Google Translate and Bing Translator, who set aside the absinthe for just a moment in order to produce an actual coherent string of sentences for us):

His faith and perseverance come strong! Some people think he is only flashy appearance, vanity, monster beauty, but under this shell is the pure heart of an athlete who was not willing to be stopped by frustration, but wanted to continue to fight.

Genuine respect and admiration for Johnny, for his courage and faith, his footsteps that chase dreams and never stop. Nothing to win, nothing to lose; not every human heart is so broad and strong and pure.

Bonus pics!! Johnny at the Shenzhen press conference...

...the Shanghai press conference...

...with a wonderful gift from a fan in Shenzhen...

...and with fans in Taipei. 
Exclusive photo 
courtesy of Sachie Kaneko.

Bonus video!! Johnny's Chopin performance 
with Edvin Marton in Shanghai.

Very special thanks 
to Maria Ma and Sachie Kaneko 
for the exclusive photos!!

Just one week left to contribute 
to Johnny's birthday gift!!

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

Jampacked with exclusive photos from Junko Mi
and exclusive pics, vids, and stories of 
the Taiwanese fans' experience with Johnny, 
thanks to Zoe Cheng. A must-read!
Photo courtesy of Zoe Cheng.

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!

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!

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


Novia said...

Those shots of Johnny in tux and top hat kill me. All the overworked and drained adjectives to describe male beauty, from dashing to charming, seem to gain a new life just to describe him. Monster beauty indeed.

Thank you, Binky, for braving the nodding pandas, rolling pigs and whatnot of Weibo to collect all these gems. xoxo

aaaack said...

Grueling travel pace, but such great photos and moving performances. Johnny brings out the fighter in all of us. Fight on, friends and loved ones! We won't stop until we all have the rights and respect we should be born with!

aaaack said...

Ooooh, love that wreath of pink roses. It's awesome handiwork.