But when I saw E!’s tweet, I didn’t think Pippi at all. What I thought was, “Been there, seen that, got the t-shirt.”
The braided lady on that t-shirt is gorgeous Wall Street Journal artist Noli Novak. When I worked at the Journal in the early 1990s, I shyly gawked at Noli from a distance for a while. She was by FAR the coolest-looking person there. When I finally worked up the nerve to talk to her, I found out that she was the lead singer of a band called Gluegun. I got the shirt and a CD — which I also still have — at one of their shows. The braids were Noli’s onstage ‘do.
I interviewed Noli and her bandmate for a free Manhattan magazine called City. I’m going to dig up that clip and do a little email interview with Noli to get the update on what she’s doing musically when she’s not doing art for the Journal. Yep, she still does the Journal’s iconic stippled illustrations! But I couldn’t wait to share her 20-years-before-Gaga braids. There’s truly nothing new under the sun.