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Archive for January, 2011

behind the scenes : Harlequin Valentine

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

A behind the scenes look at the photoshoot for the February/March 2011 Issue fashion editorial Harlequin Valentine.  Styled by Auxiliary’s Pretty Deadly Stylz, shot by Stephanie Bell of Emerging Design, and featuring designers Betty Monroe, Ego Assassin, Karen von Oppen for KvO Designs, Purrfect Pineapples Lingerie, and more!  See the end result in our February/March Issue out in just a couple days!






item of the week : love tokens by RockLove Jewelry

Friday, January 28th, 2011

RockLove Jewelry’s Love Tokens

image source rocklove.com

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and RockLove Jewelry has a unique way of declaring your love with a centuries old custom of giving love coins as tokens of affection.  RockLove has revamped this tradition and is introducing their love token coin necklaces in sterling silver and 14k gold.  The token’s come hand engraved on a hand cast recreation of an antique coin that is hung on a chain to wear around the neck.  These are a great gift to give to your mother, friend, or lover.  You can read more about the interesting tradition of the love token on RockLove’s website.  Hurry now, as there is free shipping on these beauties until February 1st!

The Love Tokens are available online at www.rocklove.com.

- Meagan






mlaagg final installment : Oct/Nov 2010 and Dec/Jan 2010/2011

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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 2010 Issue


illustration : Maki Naro

December/January 2010/2011 Issue


illustration : Harley Sparx

Read the articles in the October/November 2010 Issue and the December/January 2010/2011 Issue!






interview : Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Jack Dangers has been making music for over twenty years.  His pioneering work with Meat Beat Manifesto continues to inspire and fascinate.  With the new album Answers Come In Dreams released in October 2010, Mr. Dangers shows no signs of slowing down.  The album is a dark excursion into dubstep, electro, and ambience.  I caught up with Jack Dangers to ask him about his work and his enthusiasm for electronic music history.

interview by Mike Parker

There has been a transformation in the sound of Jack Dangers and Meat Beat Manifesto. This process can be traced over the years. Recently, you acquired a Synthi 100, which is a rare and vintage synthesizer from the early 1970s.  Can you share with us your thoughts on the role of the Synthi 100 Synthesizer in this transformation?

JD : I’m looking at it now! Well, something this big coming into the studio is going to make its presence known and demand attention.  [writer’s note : The Synthi 100 is a massive instrument.  You can see a picture of one HERE]  It can be so many different things.  A synthesizer with 7200 control points available at your disposal makes it difficult for me to know where to start, really.  I’m still learning how to use it.  I think I always will be.  It’s so vast, what you can do with it.  Even if someone came up with a digital version of it, a software version, you wouldn’t be able to fathom what to do with it without being able to stand in front of the thing and start throwing pins in the patchbay grids to route the signals.  The people who designed it bordered on the eccentric.  It’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever used.  I’ve got a bunch of different modular synthesizers and they’re all pretty easy to grasp, but this one I am still learning.

When did you become comfortable with the Synthi 100?

JD : Probably after about three months of just playing with it.

When did your first recordings with it appear?

JD : I purchased it back in the late 90’s from the University of Adelaide in Australia.  I think there were only about 27 of them ever made.  Afterwards, I sent it away for almost a year for repairs and modifications.  My first recordings with it appeared in 2002 [on the album RUOK?].

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music video : Cult of the Psychic Fetus – Out of the Grave

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I’m beyond over joyed that one of my favorite bands, Cult of the Psychic Fetus, has released a video to their song, “Out of the Grave”.  The video shows film images from the 1922 horror classic, Nosferatu that are perfectly synced to the rhythm and lyrics of the song.  If you’re not familiar with COTPF, they are an amazing four piece Cleveland, Ohio based band that really forged their own sound infusing gothic sensibilities into the rockabilly genre. “Out of the Grave” is one of the newest songs from COTPF that was released on their Facebook page in 2010.  I’m hoping that a full length album will soon follow as their last album, Funeral Sessions, was released in 2004!  If you like a band that is all horror with haunting guitar rifts, voodoo drums, and howling vocals, check these groovy ghoulies out on Facebook and www.myspace.com/cultofthepsychicfetus.

- Meagan






mlaagg final installment : April/May 2010 and Aug/Sept 2010

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

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!

April/May 2010 Issue


illustration : Jinx in the Sky

August/September 2010 Issue


illustration : Harley Sparx

Read the articles in the April/May 2010 Issue and the August/September 2010 Issue!






item of the week : dorian mens shirt by Gloomth

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Gloomth’s Dorian Mens Shirt

image source gloomth.com

Gloomth has now introduced their men’s clothing line to their catalog.  The Dorian by Gloomth is a romantic medium weight cotton button up shirt that is available in white or black. The shirt is adorned with a front ruffle with a raw unfinished edges that gives the shirt a distressed touch.  The buttons on the shirt cuffs and elastic sleeve garters give the shirt an aristocratic edge that can be dressed down with a pair of black skinny jeans or paired with a bow tie, pinstriped slacks, and a waistcoat for a more dapper appearance.

The Dorian mens shirt is available online at www.gloomth.com.

- Meagan






mlaagg final installment : Dec/Jan 2009 and Feb/March 2010

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

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!

December/January 2009/2010 Issue

illustration : Alec Lewellyn

February/March 2010 Issue


illustration : Maki Naro

Read the articles in the December/January 2009/2010 Issue and the February/March 2010 Issue!






digital editorial : mane

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

photographer : Luke Copping
makeup artist : Stephanie Signorelli
hair stylist : April Grigajtis
models : Alexa Martino, Tina Fekht, and Rachel Stephanie

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upcoming : The Edwardian Ball

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

San Fransisco CA, January 21-22 and Los Angeles CA, March 5 – A west coast event not to miss is The Edwardian Ball.  The San Fransisco edition is this weekend and promises to be an, “extraordinary two-day festival of petticoats and corsets, hairpins and top hats, where Edward Gorey macabre meets Edwardian-era panache at the transformed multi-level historical Regency Ballroom.”  If you’re not making it this weekend you can start planning your trip to the LA event now! And keep an eye out for an article on The Edwardian Ball in our upcoming Feb/March 2011 Issue!

For more info visit, www.edwardianball.com.






behind the scenes : Feb/March 2011 beauty editorial

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Here’s a little behind the scenes peak at what went on at the photoshoot at SHOOT studios for the Feb/March beauty editorial.

From left to right, art director/fashion stylist Meagan Hendrickson, photographer Luke Copping, makeup artist Andrea Losecco, hair stylist Jessica Jean, model Catherine Johnson, model Paige Carson, and assistant Jason Stoos.

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designer spotlight : Bibian Blue

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Spain’s underground fashion can likely hold a torch to the tight lace, undulating ruffle, and arresting shades and colors of Bibian Blue.  Using the corset in so many interesting ways, including steampunk, couture, and glamour designs, the catalogue of style at Bibian Blue appeals as much to the imagination as to the delight of the world over.

interview by Zach Rose and Meagan Hendrickson
photographer : María S. Varela
makeup artist : Jose Valle and Masuimi Max
hair stylist : Jose Valle
models : Masuimi Max, Bárbara Masiá, and Miss Doll

Could you tell us about the origin of the name “Bibian Blue”, how did you come by that name?
Bibiana : My real name is Bibiana and Blue is an adjective that when I started, described perfectly the sort of mood that I wanted to transmit into my clothing. Nowadays my collections are more colorful and diverse but still keep the romantic feeling of it. I think it suits my designs.

Your designs clearly have a lot of passion behind them, what are the goals or principles you try to adhere to when creating them?
BB : I just do what I like, I don’t really think about it that much. With time I am getting more confident about my ideas, so I just let them flow. I love to experiment with new directions.

What is your design process and how has it changed over the years?
BB : When I start a collection, I find the general concept of it, and I spend a few months looking for inspirations toward that direction, like colors, shapes, and fabrics or anything that I find interesting or related to the concept of idea of the collection. When part of the designs are drawn, then I start to make them. Some of them are the same as they were drawn and some end up completely different from the original idea, but in any case, there’s been a few months of work behind them.

read the full interview in the December/January 2010/2011 Issue






music video : Alice in Videoland – In A Band

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The new Alice in Videoland album A Million Thoughts and They’re All About You is now available through Artoffact Records.  The new video for the track “In A Band” on the album will give you a taste.  The video is pretty standard as it’s the band performing their song, but it really shows off the energy they have!  While I really enjoyed their last two albums, I find I am instantly in love with A Million Thoughts just like I was when I heard their first album, Maiden Voyage.  Keep an eye out for our interview with the band in the upcoming Feb/March issue!

And for a little bonus below is the original version of Swedish singer/songwriter/rapper Neneh Cherry’s “Buffalo Stance” which AiV covers on A Million Thoughts.

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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I love Tetsuo: The Iron Man. I mean, really love it. Like, filthy bathroom stall love. It’s easily my favorite cult film, if not my absolute favorite film of all time. Director Shinya Tsukamoto (A Snake in JuneNightmare Detective) used stark B&W photography, a combination of stop motion animation and live action, and a hyperkinetic editing style seemingly designed specifically to induce motion sickness to tell a tale of ever-encroaching technological malevolence, obsessive erotic desire and MOTHER FUCKERS TURNING INTO METAL BEASTS AND DUKING IT OUT ON THE STREETS OF TOKYO. It’s wonderfully nonsensical and supremely disturbing (one legendary sex scene gave horrifying new meaning to the colorful euphemism “drilling a girl”) nature has earned it accolades from the likes of cyberpunk author William Gibson and NIN’s Trent Reznor, and cemented it as a bona fide classic among fans of underground Japanese film and extreme cinema in general. Tsukamoto’s follow up, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, was disappointing by comparison to the instant classic that came before it, but not without its own merits. Now, 22 years after the release of the original, Tsukamoto returns to the film that launched his career with the release of Tetsuo: The Bullet Man.

Made specifically for the North American market, Bullet Man is Tsukamoto’s first English language film, and from the looks of the above trailer, he is clearly having an easier go at directing in the foreign tongue than his buddy Takeshi Miike has in the past (see Miike’s Imprint for an idea of how wrong this could have went). A further appeal to Western audiences is the casting of US born actor Eric Bossick (mostly known for his motion capture and voiceover work in video games) in his big screen debut. What little story that can be gleaned from the trailer seem to follow the same beats as the first two films, with a meek salaryman (Bossick) experiencing a traumatic event (here the death of his son), after which his rage fuels his transformation into the titular Tetsuo as he seeks revenge, all the while being pursued by a mysterious aggressor (again played by Tsukamoto himself). The film favors the series’ trademark stop motion and prosthetic makeup effects over CGI, and while I was initially concerned these techniques would not hold up after two decades, after watching the trailer I have no doubt Tsukamoto made the right call, as the special effects are just as effective as they were in the original. The trailer is somewhat misleading in its claim, “Featuring Music by Trent Reznor”, but worry not, hardcore Tetsuo fans. Longtime Tsukamoto collaborator Chu Ishikawa (of band Die Eisenrost) returns to score Bullet Man with his signature brand of percussion-heavy industrial noise, with Nine Inch Nails only contributing the film’s closing theme.

After making its rounds at the festivals this past year, the film is finally getting a release here in the states, courtesy of IFC Midnight, in both Video-On-Demand format starting on January 19th and a limited theatrical run beginning on January 21st in NYC. No word yet on how limited of a release this is gonna be, but here’s to hopping more major US cities get a taste of Tsukamoto’s newest work of twisted brilliance.

- Adam Rosina