Tom Talmon Studio Inc. is the company behind some of Lady Gaga's props. They create miniatures, mechanical props, costume lighting and effects for film, television, theme parks, Broadway musicals and many other entertainment events.
Creations with the Haus of GagaEdit
- Main article: Haus of Gaga
Disco Stick, 2008Edit
The Disco Stick is silver chrome pole with a point on the bottom side of it and crushed acrylic plastic in a dome like shape on the top. The prop was used during performance of "LoveGame" from May of 2008 to February 24, 2010 before being replaced with a Disco Torch.
The term "Disco Stick" was first coined by Gaga as a catch phrase.
- "I was in a bar in New York and I said to this guy I was hitting on 'I wanna take a ride on your disco stick' and he just started laughing."
She further explained the story behind it during an interview with "Rolling Stone" in 2009.
- "It's another of my very thoughtful metaphors for a cock. I was at a nightclub, and I had quite a sexual crush on somebody, and I said to them, 'I wanna ride on your disco stick'. The next day, I was in the studio, and I wrote the song in about four minutes. When I play the song live, I have an actual stick — it looks like a giant rock-candy pleasuring tool — that lights up."
While brainstorming for her upcoming live shows of 2008, Gaga wanted to create an actual "Disco Stick" to have onstage while performing the song "LoveGame". She wanted something that was both feminine and masculine that everyone can celebrate. Creative director Matthew Williams presented a picture of a white lamp in a dark room and said to her "This is your inspiration. You don't have any light show. You have to be your own light show." On page 9 of the Book of Gaga, Gaga wrote a summary of their creative process "So, I became the light show. + no matter how dark it was in the club. my fans could see me." They used frozen acrylic that they crushed with a hammer to make crystals.
Matthew Williams then requested the expertise of Tom Talmon Studio for the illumination and beam of the "Disco Stick". Inside of the "crystals" are 18 small LEDs which let off the bright blue-ish white-ish light. They are powered by batteries hidden inside the chrome pole, which can which can be accessed by unscrewing the bottom part of the disco stick. To turn the light on, there is a small back button.
They also create a thick long black tube to expand the "Disco Stick", which also has crushed frozen acrylic at the top of it.
The disco stick's first appearance was in May, 2008, when Gaga first launched her career in the club scene. Since 2008, Lady Gaga has used a version of a Disco Stick when performing "LoveGame". The Disco Stick was seen in The Fame Ball tour in the songs: Just Dance, LoveGame and occasionally Beautiful, Dirty Rich. In The Monster Ball it's only used during LoveGame. But it was used as a video camera in the new version of The Monster Ball where Gaga is doing a skit with fans. There are two episodes in Transmission Gagavision where the Disco Stick appears - one where she's putting the batteries in it and another where she calls her engineers to fix the Disco Stick because it had technical problems.
Reference in popular cultureEdit
In a skit on Saturday Night Live, Gaga and Madonna get into a staged cat-fight, over who is more popular and attractive. During the struggle, Madonna yells: "What the hell is a Disco Stick?", referencing the controversy over the item's concept.
iPod LCD glasses, 2008Edit
One of Lady Gaga's more well known props is her iPod LCD Glasses, with them being prominently used in performances, music videos, and in her concert films. These glasses consist of two LCD screens, made from a iPod Classics. The glasses work by connecting an iPod to a composite cord in the glasses which then sends to the LCD screen 'lenses' whatever the source iPod is playing. They inspired the GL20 Camera Glasses.
LED shirts, 2008Edit
The LED shirts are a collection of black t-shirts and a tank top with a square shaped 14 x 14 LED screens fixed underneath it. They were worn by Gaga's four dancers for the New Kids on the Block: Live tour: Asiel Hardison, Ian McKenzie, Michael Silas and Anthony Lofendo. The LED shirts were worn for the last few weeks of the tour starting on December 11 and ending on December 31 of 2008 During the show, the shirts LED would light up using pre-programmed patterns that included a heart and colored squares.
Disco Gloves, 2008Edit
The Disco Gloves are a pair of gloves created by the Haus of Gaga. A second version of the gloves were created shortly after the first. The gloves come in two versions, and are somewhat of a reminiscence of Lady Gaga's Disco Stick. They consisting of a black plastic colored base for Gaga to put her hand in, and a clip space which holds the mic, which connects to the end of it allowing Gaga to hold on to the glove. Also, there are smaller gems which change colors.
The 2nd "Final" version has on top, small LED bulbs which were stacked into metal tubes with holes in them, those holes then are covered by the same crystal, as seen on the Disco Stick. The gloves have a built in computer chip which allows programmable LED patterns on the glove.
They were used for many performances at small clubs and press events.
Walls With Mirror Pieces, 2009Edit
Tom Talmon created 5 plates with incrusted mirror pieces to be used on the opening number during the Fame Ball in 2009. Each plate had mirror pieces glued on them and was hold by a dancer. As the song progress, Gaga emerged from the "wall" with her dancers moving the plate as if it was a spyder leg.
Pyro Bra, 2009Edit
The Pyro Bra is a custom made metal bra that can shoot sparks using a remote control.Lady Gaga has said that the pyro-bra represents how the female body can be used as a weapon.
Tom Talmon Studio was contacted in June 2009 by Matthew Williams, creative director at the Haus at the time, to make "Gaga's tits blow up". Matthew described the bra design as “It’s really just sparklers—the old sparklers on the tits trick.” However, the effect is in reality created using high-speed miniature motors outfitted with special carbide grinding wheels. When Ferrocerium rods are pushed into the wheels the sparks are produced. Tom Talmon Studio created the bra and the remote control for the spark system.
Lady Gaga first debuted the accessory during the ending of the "Poker Face" performance at the MuchMusic Video Awards in 2009. Gaga also used the Pyro-Bra on some festival dates of the Fame Ball following the performance at the MMVA. It was later featured in the music video for "Bad Romance". During the live performance, Gaga usually have the remote in her hands as to control when to start the rods.
Razor-blade Glasses, 2009Edit
The Razor-Blade Sunglasses are a pair of sunglasses designed by Tom Talmon Studio after an idea by the Haus of Gaga. So far, the glasses have only been used in the 2009 music video for "Bad Romance". Lady Gaga told MTV, she wanted “to design a pair for some of the toughest chicks and some of my girlfriends — don’t do this at home! — they used to keep razor blades in the side of their mouths”. What she wanted to project is “that tough female spirit. It’s meant to be 'this is my shield, this is my weapon, this is my inner sense of fame. This is my monster'”.
Ecto-skeleton Headpiece, 2009Edit
Gary Card was asked by the Haus of Gaga in 2009 to recreate latex props he did for a photoshoot for Vogue Homme Japan with Steven Klein with stylist Nicola Formichetti. Gaga loved the latex pieces and asked Gary Card to make them for her Monster Ball tour.
Gary Card made headpiece and arm pieces for the 10 dancers. Lights were added inside of the bones by Tom Talmon Studio. The bones were then used to make a hat and a top.
During the Theater version of the Monster Ball, Gaga used the same hat but added tulle inside of it. Same items as shown on November 22 except that Gaga's hat was added tulle inside
Green Laser Grid Masks, 2009Edit
The Laser Grid Masks were first created for Michael Jackson's This Is It Tour but were scrapped after the death of Jackson. The studio decided to give the props to the Haus of Gaga which decided to include them for the Monster Ball.
Disco Torch, 2010Edit
The Disco Torch is the name of a much larger model than the original Disco Stick. The new model also include a hand handle.It emits a yellow light from the helicopter light inserted inside of it. The Disco Torch have two "on" mode with one being simply being turned on and the other make the light flash on and off. The new version was made by Tom Talmon Studio, illumination and programming while Optic Nerve Studios created the props.
It was first seen at the Monster Ball: Arena Version on February 26th 2010 during the performance of "LoveGame". Since then, this version of the Disco Stick been used throughout the Monster Ball Tour. Lady Gaga uses it as a flashlight (or, "torch"), before "Boys Boys Boys" to "get a good look" at the audience and see what they're wearing.
Pyro Pantie, 2010Edit
The Pyro Pantie is a metal pantie that can shoot sparks downward and is controlled by the same remote control as the Pyro Bra created earlier.
This accessory debuted during the "Paparazzi" performance, at The Monster Ball Tour of 2010, and was worn again on Gaga's appearance, on the cover of TIME magazine.
Lipstick Gun, 2011Edit
The Lipstick Gun is a air-soft desert Eeagle modified by Tom Talmon Studio to be used in the "Judas" music video. In the video, the gun was used by Gaga to smear lipstick on Judas' face. The gun was rigged to twist M·A·C Cosmetics Retro Matte lipstick color "Ruby Woo" out of the barrel and gold plated it. As of now, the gun was only used once during the filming of the music video in 2011.
|“||That was actually a real last minute thing, I was going in for the kiss and then Jesus and I looked at each other like, "Are we going to make out? What's going to happen?" But then she runs over in that outfit and she goes, "I got an idea! I'm going to pull out this gold gun, one that shoots lipstick out of it, and then I'm going to put it on you!" and then gave me a look like, "Is that cool with you?" and I just said, "Rad!" So she said, "Great!" It was totally last minute.||”|