Cynthia Plaster Caster -- A Groupie With a Twist!

Amy Keyishian
Photo from The Cynthia P. Caster Foundation
I can't believe it's been 10 years since I saw Cynthia Plaster Caster's work with my own eyes. It was a hot summer day in the late '90s when I saw that a museum in SoHo was having a show of plaster casts of rock-star penises, I knew I had the best lunchtime activity ever. And it was a hoot.

Yes, you heard me right. In the anything-goes '60s, Cynthia Plaster Caster (I'm sure she had a real name, but this is the one she goes by) needed a gimmick: As a groupie, she wanted a way to stand out from the pack and gain access to the musicians who came through her town. A college art project assignment, to "cast something solid," gave her what she needed. She quickly figured out how to use dental mold to make quick casts of hard things, and soon she was a backstage fixture at rock shows.

And her casts of famous rock penises were soon legend.

She has had her ups and downs. Jimi Hendrix was the first rock god to "pose" for her. She achieved notoriety, and things really got exciting when legend Frank Zappa moved her to LA, where her collection could expand more easily. Alas, it wasn't easy enough, and she eventually moved back to Chicago, leaving her collection with a crooked manager who claimed they were his. She had to go to court to regain control of the phallic statues she'd worked so hard on. (Heh heh, I said hard on.)

More recently, she has taken to casting rock queens, like Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- their breasts, not their vajayjays.

You can't see the actual penises on Cynthia's official website; you can see (and even buy copies) of them at the Cynthia P Caster Foundation site. You can also get all the dirt on her exploits in a documentary called Plaster Caster ($13.49 at Amazon), made in 2003. It features interviews with some of the people she cast, including the late Noel Redding (from Jimi Hendrix's band), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, and Eric Burdon of the Animals.

And incidentally, if you'd like to make a cast of your man's equipment -- I did, and while it wasn't the sexiest experience, it was pretty hilarious -- a kit is $45 at Good Vibrations.

What do you think of Cynthia's work? Would you ever cast your man's penis? Tell us in the comments!

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