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Tar Beach Bikini

If it’s a good beach day, it’s probably too sweltering to sit in your sweatbox apartment drowsing in front of fans…

Story by Teo J. Babini - teo@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Icarus Blake Video by Raoul Beltrame

Tatiana Likhina from Citizen Brooklyn on Vimeo.
New York City, with the exception of Coney Island’s iconic Wonder Wheel, is not famous for its beaches. And yet, there is quite a selection; from the house music guidos of Jones Beach in Queens to the topless hipsters of Fort Tildon in the Rockaways. I myself am a Brighton man, mostly due to the convenience of getting there, the lack of wind and the fact that I have friends living near by. But, there is something to be said for the characters that inhabit this less then luxurious patch of sand.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Rouge Séduire – Black lace bra and Panties
Vintage Kimono (Stylist’s own)
Ami Club Wear- white leather bracelet, wire bracelet, black heals
Chain necklace (Stylist’s own)
Photo © Icarus Blake

Signs in Cyrillic and streets filled with Eastern pastries, you get a sense of the place well before the boardwalk. Finding a spot by the ocean, you’ll notice plenty of slender gals in revealing swimwear soaking up the sun, chaperoned by their ever-watchful babushkas. The entire beach, though, is truly lorded over by plump Ukrainian men in gaudy gold jewelry and speedos who stand as though fondly looking upon their own little created kingdom.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Darling Lace Shrug
Meishulanna Bra
Pull-in boy-shorts
Shully’s -Sequined heels
Ami Club Wear -white leather bracelet, wire bracelet
Photo © Icarus Blake

Alas, there are days that, for whatever reason, one can’t make it out. If it’s a good beach day, it’s probably too sweltering to sit in your sweatbox apartment drowsing in front of fans, leaving sweat stains on sheets, and so the better option is a little rooftop tanning session. There is a phrase for this in old Brooklyn: “Tar Beach”, due to the melty black roofs ubiquitous of pre “new build” New York. No replacement for Brighton in my heart, I heal the wounds by “bringing sand to the beach”… and nothing invokes the spirit of Little Odessa like a bikini clad Russian model sunning herself atop a building on a hot summer’s day.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Anemone bathing suit
Ami Club Wear- White leather bracelet, wire bracelet
Claire’s Accessories- Crystal earrings
SHAUNS Eyewear – Sunglasses
Photo © Icarus Blake

Photo © Icarus Blake

Chantelle- Pink Lace Bra and Panties
Astridland Chain
Claire’s Accessories- Crystal earrings
Clara Kasavina- Rings
Shully’s- Sequined heels
Photo © Icarus Blake

Photo © Icarus Blake

Vintage black suede top, stylist’s own
Black Bottoms, Victoria’s Secret
Clara Kasavina- Rings
Amiclubwear Bangles
Ami Club Wear- wire bracelet
Shully’s- Sequined heals
Photo © Icarus Blake

Photo © Icarus Blake

Aubade, Pinstriped top
Black bottoms, Victoria’s Secret
Shully’s- Sequined heals
Amiclubwear Bangles
Ami Club Wear- Wire Bracelet
Clara Kasavina- Rings
Photo © Icarus Blake

Model: Tatiana Likhina provided by Q Management
Stylist: Astrid Brucker
Hair and Makeup: Shay Zaire Hair

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