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Archive for December, 2009

bring in the new year with dancing

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

It’s new years eve; 2010 is almost here.  What better way to bring in the new year than by dancing the night away?  There are many many parties and events going on this evening I’m sure… here are some of the highlights if you’re still deciding on plans.


Defcon and Metro’s New Years Eve Party
Defcon and Metro are joining forces to bring you a mix of indurstrial/noize/ebm and 80s dance music at The Pyramid, one of the last clubs in New York with regular goth/industrial nights.  Xris SMack!, fetish and club night promoter, and DJ Jet, Vampire Freaks mastermind, are guest DJing.  $10 cover.
more info at New Goth City


the PinUp : Jeffree Star

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Auxiliary’s playful take on the sexy centerfold pin up.  This month we bring you Jeffree Star in Trash and Vaudville.  Flip the page, cut out, and tac on your wall!


photographer : Steve Prue
hair stylist : Kristin Jackson
model and makeup : Jeffree Star

view more photos in the December 09 Issue

fashion editorial : boudoir

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Dare to flirt with decadence and intrigue in these 18th century inspired designs.

featuring fashions by Sweet Ruin, Cobblestone Lane, and Gigi Devlin Corsetiere


photographer : Jennifer Link
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
makeup artist : Maria Rivaldo
hair stylist : Kristin Draudt
model : Agata Waclawska

view the full editorial in the December 09 Issue

read Auxiliary on your phone

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Issuu, the online magazine viewer we use, launched Issuu Mobile today.  It is compatible with Android phones and soon they will be releasing a version for iPhone. Now you can enjoy Auxiliary anywhere you are, on your phone!  For more information visit www.issuu.com.  You can also sign up to get notification when the iPhone version is available.

beauty editorial : wet

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


photographer : Luke Copping
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
makeup artist : Rachel Mazurek
hair stylist : Jennifer Buscaglia
models : Samantha Sham and Kerry Quaile
assistant : Cris Puccia

view the full editorial in the December 09 Issue

music reviews : December 09 issue

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

music reviews featured in the December 09 Issue


Assemblage 23 – Compass

Bad Lieutenant – Never Cry Another Tear

Bauhaus – Mask (3 CD Omnibus Edition)

I:Scintilla – Prey On You EP

Ikon – Love, Hate and Sorrow

Leaether Strip – Yes I’m Limited V

Rotersand – Random Is Resistance

v01d – This Is Not A False Alarm Anymore & Burnt Upon Re-Entry (limited)

W.A.S.T.E. – A Silent Mantra of Rage

X-Fusion – Ultima Radio

read the reviews in the December 09 Issue

item of the week : cigarette girl flare mini dress

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Living Dead Souls’ Cigarette Girl Flare Mini Dress
available at Cats Like Us


image source catslikeus.com

The Cigarette Girl Flare Mini Dress by Living Dead Souls really stole my heart!  I’m a sucker for anything leopard print and I really enjoy the black on black subtle pattern on the dress. The high collar and peek-a-boo back both have fuzzy leopard fabric details mixed in with satin panels on the bust and waist area.

I can see this dress being worn alone with a cute pair of heels or very dressed up with a pair of knee high boots, waist cincher, and a pair of satin gloves. If the short length scares you, then add a black crinoline under the skirt to add some length and fullness. Another great versatile dress to have in your closet!

The Cigarette Girl Flare Mini Dress is available online at www.catslikeus.com.

– Meagan

the music videos : la roux

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

In a video that can best be described as an M.C. Escher drawing in a Ballardian car crash with a keyboard necktie. (coming from me, that’s meant as a good thing)   La Roux has cemented themselves as one of my new favorite acts.   The stunningly androgynous Elly Jackson wanders though an ever shifting landscape of shapes and colors in this three and a half minute pop masterpiece, accentuated by fractures, crashes, neon, and a brilliant fashion aesthetic that runs through the whole video.  La Roux has found that magic formula of great music, aesthetics, and mystery that served figures like Bowie, Madonna, and Prince so well. If you throw a bit of Vitalic’s sonic influence into that mix and you end up with a fashionable, sculpturally coifed, tough, and musically sublime figure that, if this and any of their other singles are any indications will become one of the major acts of the next few years.

 – Luke

designer spotlight : spragwerks

Thursday, December 17th, 2009


interview by : Lizz Schumer
photographer : Luke Copping
art director : Meagan Hendrickson

Working as an industrial mechanic in the post-industrial wasteland of Northeastern NJ to designing jewelry in Los Angeles seems like an implausible transition. But that’s exactly what Rich Sandomeno did.  Out of that risk was born Spragwerks, the jewelry company that fuses Rich’s passion for industrial design with his vision of a post-apocalyptic world where the boundaries between the organic and mechanic dissolve.

“My grandfather was a mechanic, my father was a mechanic, so I sort of fell into it out of not having the confidence to make art,” Rich explained.  “One day I woke up and realized I didn’t want to be a mechanic for the rest of my life, so I started taking night classes at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  I only took about two classes in jewelry making, but it just stuck, so I built a small shop, people started liking it, and things started to take off.  Eventually I realized I had to give it 100% or not do it at all,” he said.  “I had a condo to sell, so I gave myself a year to devote completely to my jewelry, to Spragwerks, so I started traveling around to shows and tattoo conventions, meeting people and selling my stuff.  That’s what really got me started.”

read the full feature in the December 09 Issue

fashion editorial : winter manor

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Stylish yet functional outerwear for the cold season.

featuring fashions by Plastik Wrap, Shrine, and Urban Outfitters


photographer : Joey B
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
art director : Jennifer Link
assistant : Allison M Brown
makeup artist : Jessica Jean and Leane Christine
hair stylist : Jessica Jean
models : Christie Ann Campbell and Ashley Nichole James

view the full editorial in the December 09 Issue

interviews : Rotersand

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

interview by Mike Kieffer and Jennifer Link

Since Rasc, Gun, and Krischan formed Rotersand in 2002, they have become a very well respected and highly popular band, known for their catchy melodies, great basslines, and intelligent vocals.  With the release of their new album Random Is Resistance, Rotersand prove they can and will continue to make albums that can dominate the clubs and alternative charts but also remain true to their unique sound and artistic vision.


How does a Rotersand album come into existence?  How long did Random Is Resistance take to create, where did you work on it, and how did it vary, if at all, in process from past albums?

It starts with a first sketch of a bassline or a vocal line or an inspiring chord progression, or sometimes just a slogan or one word.  And from there we shape it step by step, note by note, beat by beat, as long as it still gives us that kind of unmistakable Rotersand feeling we need to keep going.  All three of us have some sort of personal studio equipment to record guitars or vocals and do some programming with.  For the final production we mostly meet in Krischan´s Studio 600.

You have stated before that Rotersand draws off many different styles of music.  And each band member has a different background in electronic music.  What styles in particular did you draw from for Random Is Resistance?

In a German review somebody described our new album, Random Is Resistance, as a kind of time travel through different music styles of the last decade, and we can definitely relate to that.  That is owed a great deal to the fact that all three of us draw from different musical backgrounds.  In collaborating as a band, we are privileged to be able to combine ideas and influences from a large pool of rather diverse personal taste and know how.  It is that combination of musical personalities that shapes our sound; much more than certain styles we could be trying to implement.  It goes from Pink Floyd and Queen to contemporary techno music (mainly Detroit provenience), has audible roots in EBM and a bit of euro-trance, but than again also in 70s glamrock and classical and pop music.  That’s us.

read the rest of the interview in the December 09 Issue

item of the week : cavalry

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Plastik Wrap’s Cavalry spats


photographs by Joey B

The Cavalry spats are a brand new item from Plastik Wrap this week!  Auxiliary Magazine had the first exclusive on this new design, they were featured in the Winter Manor editorial in the December 09 issue. In the Winter Manor coat editorial the Cavalry spats were paired with Plastik Wrap’s Historitek jacket that both shared a matching black brocade detailing.

The Cavalry spat design is very versatile and can be worn over a plain mid calf boot, granny boot, or even an ankle boot. The adjustable straps on the back of the spat are a nice feature for those that have smaller calves or can be left open to accommodate a fuller leg. My favorite part about this design is the lovely black brocade fabric that can be worn with many different types of outfit combinations. Mixing and matching is essential! For a bit bolder statement they are also available in red brocade.

Plastik Wrap is really starting to take on elements of those by-gone eras and incorporating them into their new designs. The new Cavalry spats will most definitely catch the hearts of all Plastik Wrap fans as well as start to get noticed by others that love some old timey flavor in their wardrobes.

The Cavalry spats are available online at www.plastikwrap.com.

– Meagan

Yaby : Liquid Foundation

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Don’t let the small size of the packaging fool you, these 8mm tubes of foundation pack a punch and a little goes a long way. About the size of a tube of lip gloss, Yaby’s liquid foundation, available in 18 shades, provides smooth and light coverage that is exceptionally layerable to provide just the right amount of coverage for your purposes. Rather than piling on the gummy and paint like foundations that some other companies push these days, this product is about subtlety rather than overkill, and delivers a much better result in the end. Yaby’s new line of foundations mimic the sheen of natural skin, for a very wearable look thats not too shiny or too flat and matte as to be unrealistic, and because of this natural look it requires very little in the way of touchups on set or for daily wear. These foundations blend extremely well, so if you find yourself between shades it should be simple to create your own custom tint to match your skin tone perfectly. When we met Liz Yu, the creator of Yaby at IMATS in Toronto a few weeks ago she was extremely enthusiastic about this new product line, and I can see why, she has truly created a wonderful and versatile product with a variety of useful applications.


photograph by Luke Copping

– Rachel Mazurek

december 09 print copies now available and on sale!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Print copies of the December 09 Issue of Auxiliary Magazine are now available for purchase online!  They are available through MagCloud at www.magcloud.com and regularly priced at $15.  But MagCloud is currently having a holiday sale, 25% off all magazines until January 1st!  So that means the new December issue is only $9.60 and all the back issues of Auxiliary are on sale as well.  As always Auxiliary Magazine is available online for free, but you can’t really give something free (or something you can’t really wrap) to your friends for the holidays.  You can however take advantage of MagCloud’s holiday sale and give them a copy of Auxiliary Magazine (or give it to yourself and treat yourself this holiday)!