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in attendance : Mass Appeal 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Buffalo NY, November 5 – In November Buffalo’s Mass Appeal 2010 took place, a unique local fashion event produced by Erin Habes, featuring many designers and boutiques including Morgan Love and Holly Hue.  Auxiliary Magazine is happy to share with you some backstage interviews and amazing video coverage of the event by Nathan Peracciny.  Mass Appeal has become an important and vital event and is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the key events in the growing Western New York Fashion scene.


video by Nathan Peracciny

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fashion editorial : anticipation

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

featuring fashion by Lip Service, Heavy Red, Ghostlove Jewelry, Blue Velvet Vintage, and more

photographer : Jennifer Link
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
makeup artist : Leane Steck
hair stylist : Erin Moser
models : Kerry Quaile, Sarah Wintle, and Benn Pullis
assistant : Zach Rose

view the full editorial in the December/January 2010/2011 Issue






mlaagg final installment : October/November 2009

Friday, December 24th, 2010

The Dec/Jan 2010/2011 Issue saw the final installment of My Life as a Goth Girl, an article that has been in the magazine since the first issue two years ago. Mlaagg, by Vanity Kills, is the fictional stories and dramas of Kimmy, the subculture-elitist, fetish-fashionista, yet sweetly endearing queen of the goth scene that everyone loves to hate. In honor of its end we will be posting all the illustrations done for the reoccurring article over the years. Read the final chapter of Kimmy’s story in the December/January 2010/2011 Issue out now!

October/November 2009 Issue

illustration : Maki Naro

Kimmy and Eli go clubbing at Sanctum.

… I have been secretly counting down days, hours, and minutes until tonight’s fabulous excursion to Sanctum.  Well, as fabulous as an outing to a dive bar in the midst of the ghetto can be.  Normally, I don’t get THIS psyched to attend our weekly drama and watered-down, booze filled goth night; but as you have probably guessed, the fact that Eli will accompany me has SOMETHING to do with the enthusiasm. …

Read the full article in the October/November 2009 Issue!






film review : Tron Legacy

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Just saw Tron Legacy on IMAX 3D! For those who may not know I am a growed-up cyber-girl, a HUGE fan of the original Tron, and pretty obsessed with futuristic/cyberpunk films in general.

Overall I thought the movie was a great sequel and definitely delivered on the visuals. The storytelling and the dialogue specifically were okay, but a movie like this was clearly visually driven and I spent most of my brainpower sucking in as much as I could on that end.

Here are specific thoughts (mostly on styling) in general order of appearance:

I liked the development of Encom from a games software company into OSs as well. Software sharing and downloading I thought was a very timely topic to include in the movie, as was “funny videos of animals”.

There were many scenic references to the original movie and Sam Flynn hacking open the secure door to Encom from his Nokia phone was the first one I caught. In another scene that relied heavily on the original film, I was impressed by how faithfully they recreated Flynn’s arcade and the room overlooking it… even the dusty old sofa and mini-blinds were visually consistent with the original!

The 3D effects were stunning, my favorite probably being the pixelated glass shattering, and there certainly was a lot of that to enjoy.

I have to say, first thing I was disappointed by were the Siren cyber babes. I thought the styling was overly simplistic and went for obvious answers: white hair, ice blue contacts, heavy liner… mega lashes? I mean really, who came up with “let’s just put all their hair in buns”? This would have been a great opportunity for a really sick Pepi’s ‘do, or even just strands of plastic tubing blended in with the natural hair. The all-white cyber character has been done in film many times and I wish that the designers had done more to differentiate themselves from what has been done before.

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product review : magic dust eye shadow and candyfuture lipsticks – Lime Crime Makeup

Monday, December 20th, 2010

It’s likely that Lime Crime needs no introduction courtesy of yours truly. On the off chance that you’re not yet acquainted with the brand and its founder, Doe Deere, feel free to peruse Auxiliary Magazine’s February/March 2010 issue, where the unicorn queen of quintessentially loud lipcolor and pigments that pump up the volume shared her candyfuturistic mission statement with our readers. While it was a mighty fine article (I wrote it!) in which the aptly named, doe-eyed, makeup mastermind gave us the scoop on how her fairytale came to pass, I’m not here to rehash it. Oh no, I’m here to answer those hard burning questions. Mainly, “Is this rainbow hued stuff worth parting with your hard earned bling?” and to a lesser extent, “Do I wear or eat these sumptuously packaged little things?”

Doe Deere . image source limecrimemakeup.com

photo by Rahul Saha

Magic Dust Eye Shadow

Recently reformulated to remove all animal based ingredients (such as carmine), each eye dust serves up 2 grams of loose, vegan, cruelty-free pigment that lets the wearer conjure up a veritable cornucopia of attention grabbing  lid art. In addition to ditching the dried up beetles (that’s what carmine is, kids) as of August 2010, the plastic jars containing the dusts were refurbished with sifters, which allow greater control over product dispensation and minimize potential spillage. While the price can be considered steep at $14 a pop, these shadows pack a hefty punch so a little goes a long way. I’m pleased with the fact that all the shades I had the opportunity to test drive were highly-blendable, easy to apply and provided both good coverage and solid color payoff (but don’t skip the primer regardless).  For added drama, apply with a slightly dampened brush.

Sadly, since the eye dusts received their facelift in mid 2010, I noticed that the gold pigment disappeared from Lime Crime’s lineup. I’d love to see it added back to the brand’s repertoire.

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upcoming : GANTZ live action film

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Throughout USA, January 20 – “A mission to eliminate aliens!” or so the Fathom Events trailer says, they sure do make it sounds cheesy but I’m so exited for this!  GANTZ, anime and manga, has been made into a live action film in Japan and NEW PEOPLE, NCM Fathom, and Dark Horse Comics are bringing the film to the US for a one night movie theater showing.  We have already purchased our tickets!

A little synopsous from Fathom… “College student Kei Kurono (Kazunari Ninomiya) witnesses his childhood friend Kato (Kenichi Matsuyama) attempting to help a drunk who has fallen onto the subway train tracks and jumps in to help him. However, both are run down by an oncoming train and are transported to an apartment. In the center of the living room is an enigmatic black orb known as ‘GANTZ’. GANTZ forces each of them to take part in a mission to hunt down and kill aliens, providing them with equipment and weaponry.  Is this world, which tests their will to survive, a game or reality?  The film stars two of the most popular actors in Japan today, Kazunari Ninomiya (Letters from Iwo Jima) and Kenichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City, Norwegian Wood).”

And now for some trailers!  Don’t watch the Fathom one first!

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item of the week : tokidoki x hello kitty die cut coin purse by Sanrio

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Sanrio’s Tokidoki x Hello Kitty Die Cut Coin Purse

image source sanrio.com

Tokidoki and Sanrio have teamed up to once again make cute accessories that are quirky and fun! The black Die Cut Coin purse is a limited edition piece that features Hello Kitty among her Tokidoki friends. This coin purse is a best seller at sanrio.com, so make sure you mark it on your wishlist this holiday season. Merry Hello Kitty-mas!

The Tokidoki x Hello Kitty Die Cut Coin Purse is available online at www.sanrio.com.

- Meagan






mlaagg final installment : August/September 2009

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The Dec/Jan 2010/2011 Issue saw the final installment of My Life as a Goth Girl, an article that has been in the magazine since the first issue two years ago. Mlaagg, by Vanity Kills, is the fictional stories and dramas of Kimmy, the subculture-elitist, fetish-fashionista, yet sweetly endearing queen of the goth scene that everyone loves to hate. In honor of its end we will be posting all the illustrations done for the reoccurring article over the years. Read the final chapter of Kimmy’s story in the December/January 2010/2011 Issue out now!

August/September 2009 Issue


illustration : Michael Maglio

Kimmy’s “date” with Eli at Lord of the Wings.

… To my surprise the formerly argumentative and eternally defiant Eli agreed to do as I said without as much as a single peep of protest. I smiled at my reflection in the mirror, beaming with pride over the fact that I finally grew a pair. I kissed my glass-encased counterpart and headed out the door to meet whatever destiny had in store for me. …






the angriest critic : Branded To Kill

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Seijun Suzuki is Japanese cinema’s original renegade filmmaker. Since the 50′s, Suzuki has been making B-movies, mostly gangster pictures, that increased in originality and insanity as he went on, much to the chagrin of his employers and the indifference of most of the movie-going public. The Nikkatsu Company, Suzuki’s primary employer during the 50′s and 60′s, imposed heavy financial restrictions on his films in an effort to curtail the perceived incomprehensibility of his work. This only pushed him to create films more brilliantly anarchic and bizarre, but, unfortunately, just as unprofitable as his previous output. After the box office failure of Tokyo Drifter (a Yakuza epic shot in a style that emulated the Pop Art movement with elements of the musical, western and comedy genres thrown in for good measure), his budgets were slashed to such a degree that he was forced to shoot in black & white for his next two pictures. In addition, he was warned against using any of the radical techniques and themes he had previously worked into his films. Suzuki essentially took it as a dare. The studio threw him a grade-Z script for yet another Yakuza film, and demanded he rewrite it and begin filming immediately, a decision they’d later regret. The hectic schedule meant that the film was being rewritten as it was shot, the pressure pushing Suzuki to the height of his creativity. This film would come to shatter genre expectations and incorporate film noir, surrealism, absurdist humor and perverse sexuality in ways that Suzuki hadn‘t dared previously. The film that emerged was Branded to Kill, the biggest “FUCK YOU” to the studio system released up to that point (or arguably ever). It’s difficult to imagine the balls it took Suzuki, who had essentially been banished to Japan’s Poverty Row and explicitly told not to fuck around any more, to ignore his employers’ demands and to essentially deliver the cinematic equivalent of Metal Machine Music. But deliver it he did, and was promptly sacked for it.

Suzuki fought Nikkatsu in the courts for wrongful termination, not to mention the smearing of his name in the media and his blacklisting in the Japanese film industry. A great deal of support came from student film clubs, who helped to sway public opinion in Suzuki’s favor. Nikkatsu, nearly in financial ruin by this point, settled with the director (albeit for a pittance compared to what he originally demanded), but the damage to Suzuki’s career was already done. The blacklist persisted, and Suzuki would go ten years before directing another feature film. Jumping ahead to the ‘80s, North American audiences got their first taste of Branded to Kill, both through showings at film festivals and VHS (selected for release in an Asian film VHS series, entitled Dark of the Sun, by none other than Painkiller mastermind John Zorn). A entire generation of future filmmakers, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino among them, would be influenced by the maverick director to create incredibly idiosyncratic, risk-taking films the likes of which the West had never before seen. Back in Asia, a similar phenomena occurred, and directors such as John Woo, Takeshi Miike and Chan-wook Park would be equally inspired to push the boundaries, both in structure and content, of what was expected of film, genre or otherwise.

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mlaagg final installment : june/july 2009

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The Dec/Jan 2010/2011 Issue saw the final installment of My Life as a Goth Girl, an article that has been in the magazine since the first issue two years ago. Mlaagg, by Vanity Kills, is the fictional stories and dramas of Kimmy, the subculture-elitist, fetish-fashionista, yet sweetly endearing queen of the goth scene that everyone loves to hate. In honor of its end we will be posting all the illustrations done for the reoccurring article over the years. Read the final chapter of Kimmy’s story in the December/January 2010/2011 Issue out now!

June/July 2009 Issue

illustration : Nadir Balan

Kimmy debates going on a “date” with her drop dead gorgeous former arch-nemesis.

… It would seem that over the course of the past 15 seconds I developed a strangely obsessive interest in numismatics. As I awaited the outcome of Cassy’s quarter toss with bated breath, I began asking myself if I reached a new level of indifference in my relationship with Shayne. After all, I did allow a nickel-plated image of George Washington to dictate the outcome of tonight. Letting 25 cents decide my fate; what has my life become? …






item of the week : sparkling art deco drop earrings from Plasticland

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Plasticland’s Sparkling Art Deco Drop Earrings

image source shopplasticland.com

When I saw these earrings my first thought was, “gimme, gimme, gimme!”  The Sparkling Art Deco Drop Earrings from Plasticland are a steal at the $18 price point, making these a great gift idea.  The “diamonds” are so wonderfully sparkly and would be an awesome accessory to wear for the holidays or save them to wear with your New Year’s Eve cocktail dress.  These earrings make a statement with all that bling, yet are still very sophisticated with the art deco inspired design.

The Sparkling Art Deco Drop Earrings are available online at www.shopplasticland.com.

- Meagan






in attendance : IMATS Toronto

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Toronto ON, November 6 – I recently attended IMATS in Toronto for Auxiliary Magazine. For those of you who are unfamiliar, IMATS is a makeup trade show for makeup artists, models, and photographers. I’ve been to IMATS before and I have to say that 2010 has been the best! This year was very organized, a lot of exhibitors, and not to mention, a great Alice In Wonderland themed runway show. I was very impressed with the number of exhibitors and deals that were available! Some companies in attendance were Yaby, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Naked Cosmetics, Crown Brush, Kryolan, and Make Up For Ever, just to name a few.

I only attended on Saturday. I got there around 11:30am and already the place was jam packed full of eager artists ready to learn, buy, and see this wonderful trade show. It was very exciting to see some of the speakers and educators who attended, such as Tom Savini, Kandee Johnson, Eve Pearl, and EnKore Makeup’s Koren Zander. I spent a lot of time at the OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) booth, and in my opinion, they were one of the best exhibitors there. I got a lot of their wonderful Lip Tars (check out Purple Reign featuring OCC’s Lip Tar in the Oct/Nov 2010 Issue) some nail polish, and a few loose color concentrates. They are just amazing and I couldn’t thank them enough for the samples they gave us! I really appreciate it! I also spent a lot of time at the Yaby, Kryolan, Make Up For Ever, and Temptu exhibits.

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music video : O.Children – Ruins

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Formerly of Bono Must Die, Tobi O’Kandi’s new project O.Children has made a slow but steady impact upon the music scene, bringing a moody post-punk sensibility that is more a total reworking of the genre than mere homage. Diverging from the throwback styles of other post/punk/pop acts whose sound can seem disingenuous at best. O’Kandi’s vocals have a certain rawness that lends a more aggressive flavor to O.Children’s sound, a trait rare is other modern frontmen working in the genre, whose affected boredom and laconic sound is more posture than passion. Though their album was prefaced by a number of singles in the UK and finally released in mid July, their presence stateside has been a steadily growing phenomena to the point now where a critical mass and more notable attention is not far off for them here in the US.

- Luke Copping






December/January 2010/2011 Issue out now!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

The December/January issue is the thirteenth issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle.  This issue features a designer feature on Bibian Blue, interviews with iVardensphere and Massiv in Mensch, Kelleth in Artifice as our PinUp, the art of Molly Crabapple of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, and Auxiliary’s Top 20 albums of 2010.  The issue also contains a fashion editorial featuring evening wear for a night of anticipation, a fashion editorial of playing on your fetish for heels, boots, and shoes, a beauty editorial of nostalgic glamour looks, a Iconic Edward inspired style feature, and an editorial by Gopal Metro.  It features photography by Zach Rose, Saryn Christina, and Franklin Thompson to name a few, and fashion by Lip Service, Heavy Red, Iron Fist, Fluevog, Irregular Choice, Dominic Louis, Ghostlove Jewelry, Blue Velvet Vintage, Glamour Lush, Lux De Ville, and much much more.

You can download it HERE for free.   Print copies are available online HERE and in stores HERE.  Enjoy!