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September 19, 2006

Tramps and Augustes

I attended clown class once again this evening to learn the art of the tramp and auguste clown face.

The tramp is the only true American clown. This style of make-up is believed to have derived from railroad hobos. When clearing coal dust and dirt from their eyes and mouth they exposed white circles in these areas. The red cheeks derive from sunburn. The tramp is the lowest ring on the clown ladder and he is most often down on his luck. The tramp is traditionally played by a male however females can also play thecharacter in full beard. Some women choose to play off of the tramp character as a bag lady of sorts. Tramps are traditionally the only clowns to show skin. Emmett Kelley Sr. is likely the best known tramp. Charlie Chaplin would also fit the category. Here is me in my first attempt at a tramp face. The make-up is very shiny because I have not set it with powder.

The auguste clown is the dimmest of clowns. They don't take orders well. I personally feel that augustes get to steal the show and have all the fun. The pie is always thrown at them but every so often it might miss. The auguste's clothes are mismatched and ill-fitting. Their make up is highly exaggerated and expressive. They usually have both an inner and outer mouth. Here is my first attempt at an auguste style clown face.

Posted by audrey at September 19, 2006 1:29 AM


i am actually pretty intrigued by all this clown lore.

Posted by: docbeezy at September 19, 2006 12:21 PM

Have you decided what you're going to be for Halloween? I am still up in the air but I want to break 14ish year hideous.

Posted by: Chris at October 12, 2006 10:32 PM

I'm gonne be the bride of frankenstein and kyle's gonne be frankenstein. So far I've only got my wig, and kyle has some bolts so we need get started on the rest. Any ideas for making giant monster shoes?

Posted by: audrey at October 16, 2006 12:38 AM

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