Artfully Exposing Tinker Bell
Ever since she made the transition from a spot of light on the stage in 1903, to a tiny flying woman in a 1924 silent film, James Barrie’s Tinker Bell has been a shining example of how an indomitable spirit and a beautiful body can excuse even the worst behavior. Since appearing in a Disney film almost sixty years ago, she has inspired generations of artists to depict exploits her author never imagined.
Tinker Bell seems like a slender, shiny bug to 14bis, but still quite attractive clutching a leaf to hide her assets. Wagner provides his trademark curves to a particularly willful sprite easily overflowing her costume in every direction. Eddie Holly‘s teenybopper Tink is compactly cute and only a little bit naughty while Pat Carlucci‘s rendition is leggy, busty and glowing all over.
As long as children grow up to the tales of Never Never Land, adults will wonder how this most famous of fairies frolics, without necessarily wanting to make a trip beyond that second star to the right, and straight on till morning. Fortunately for us, curious artists are willing to make that trip, and delight us with their flights of frisky fantasy.
Written by Jeff in January of 2012. Last edited September 2014.