Fierce – IF

Looking through my sketchbooks, (because I didn’t have time to do a new illustration); I remember sketching this “fierce” individual taking a smoke break from a fabulous drag show!

During the early to mid 1970s, I was a teenager growing up in NYC. I would sneak downtown to get into the clubs in Manhattan. I got into clubs like Studio 54 and The Garage, I also got into various drag clubs, too!

It was during that time, that I first heard the word, “fierce” used as slang. It’s so New York!

The term, “Fierce” was a slang term which meant, fabulous and nothing could touch that kind of fabulous, in other words, that person was, “fierce“!

I still hear the term used now…

To all the Fierce Girls and Guys, happy weekend!


  1. Great idea and i love your colours too!

    Comment by ValGalArt — June 27, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  2. I grew up in that same time…and I know what you mean by fierce!! Back in New England we’d also use the expression “wicked cool.” (As in this illo!)

    Comment by studio lolo — June 27, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

  3. Fine illustration; especially love the hand. Thanks for sharing the life in New York! More please.

    Comment by Connie — June 27, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  4. Fierce illustration….

    Sounds like we share an era….it wasn’t long ago I was telling my three boys how their mom got into Studio 54, back in the day….seems like a hundred years ago :)

    sadly, they were unimpressed….

    Comment by NANCY LEFKO — June 27, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

  5. Really like this “Fierce Fellow”, very fabulous indeed!
    Have a great weekend too!

    Comment by Flying Colors — June 27, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  6. nice take on the topic and beautifully painted.

    Comment by ujwala — June 27, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  7. wonderful portrait and great colours, I suppose a “fierce” illustration

    Comment by COBOL — June 27, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

  8. How original!! great work.

    Comment by Filipa — June 28, 2008 @ 5:34 am

  9. that would have been amazing and frightening and memorable to see.
    I dont think I heard the word fierce used until americas next top model :-/

    Comment by AscenderRisesAbove — June 28, 2008 @ 7:12 am

  10. Great story to go with the illustration!

    Comment by Vicki Smith — June 28, 2008 @ 7:33 am

  11. definitely fierce! i love the whole madame butterfly vibe, this person must have been a character…wonderful illustration!

    Comment by rachael — June 28, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  12. I didn’t know that! he really does have a fierce look like ‘I dare you to tell me quit smoking’!

    Comment by Teri C — June 28, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  13. Great illo! You can’t get much more fierce, I don’t think!

    Comment by Wicky Woo — June 28, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

  14. what an incredible illo, fierce!

    Comment by Forever Young — July 1, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

  15. Looks like he’s kickin butt and taking names!

    Comment by Shano — July 1, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

  16. Fierce indeed! Love the artwork and the background talk. Thanks!

    Comment by Mixed Media Martyr — July 1, 2008 @ 6:31 pm

  17. This is awesome. Love it!

    Comment by Laurel Neustadter — July 4, 2008 @ 6:30 am

  18. This is totally fierce ~ love it!

    Comment by BJ Lantz — July 20, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

  19. cool drawing love the attitude

    Comment by damon — July 21, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

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