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item of the week : Christmas Sweater by Iron Fist

Friday, November 30th, 2012

image source sourpussclothing.com

It’s sweater season, and although I am not a fan of all the grampa sweaters in style currently, I am not opposed to all items of the knitted variety. So when we stumbled upon the Christmas Sweater by Iron Fist, I was put in the festive mood. I even added some non-skull ornaments to my Halloween, err, ah… holiday tree! This sweater has it all, as I am a big fan of hoods and long sleeves. With a multitude of black and grey jacquard patterns and white skull designs, the pink isn’t screaming too loud for me either. With the range of sizes there isn’t a girl or boy on your list that would be out of luck with this comfy skull sweater. If you are tired of  snowflakes, reindeers, and round jolly fat guys invading your closet this season, take a look at what Iron Fist has to offer.

The Iron Fist Christmas Sweater is available online for $60 at www.sourpussclothing.com.

– Tasha Farrington

music video : Killing Joke – In Cythera

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I’ve been listening to the newest album from Killing Joke, MMXII, for a review in the December/January 2012/2013 Issue. This could be a perfect album. Killing Joke is on their game with these last two albums. Perfect mix of their punk, postpunk, and industrial sounds. “In Cythera” is the lead single, which has a more mellow “Love Like Blood” sound than the rest of the album does. So good.

– Aaron Andrews

item of the week : The Five Wounds Earring Set by Ghostlove

Friday, November 16th, 2012

image source ghostlove.com

The spooky holiday is fleeting, stepping aside for a season of giving. At Auxiliary we know the pain and heartache of finding the perfect gifts, only to give them away to our near and dear. Ghostlove Jewelry has many great pieces: from earrings, necklaces, and rings to cufflinks and letter openers. All are reasonably priced so you can find the right gifts for friends and lovers. We may be approaching the season of giving, but let’s not forget ourselves either! Ghostlove’s The Five Wounds Earring Set is one of those finds you want to keep for yourself. It’s an armory of wicked weapons with 7 inches of chain and daggers that just about reach your shoulders. They bite gently at your neck but never break the skin. The contrast of the antiqued silver knives with the gunmetal chain is a simple, yet a satisfying combination. These earrings are dangerously close to wounding my heart if I don’t get a pair soon!

The Five Wounds Earring Set by Ghostlove Jewelry is available online for $45 at www.ghostlove.com.

– Tasha Farrington

runway : Bibian Blue spring/summer 2013

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Bibian Blue, a designer based out of Barcelona, Spain, is known mostly for her ability to showcase and, more importantly, reinvent the corset, taking it to all new levels of beauty, elegance, and edginess. Her recent spring/summer collection, aptly entitled Roses Lullaby, was unveiled at Valencia Fashion Week where Bibian Blue showcased an elaborate array of fun spring inspired designs paired tastefully with corsets. In collaboration with illustrator Victoria Francés, and influenced by the season, the designer elevated the humble floral print to new and excited levels of edginess. The girlish mood of the collection is set perfectly by the pretty pastels, and lovely shades of light vanilla and chocolate, that adorn each garment. Favoring light and airy fabrics like lace, gauze, and tulle, Bibian Blue features a variety of pieces from short skirts and pant suits to party dresses and break-taking floor-length gowns. Gloriously feminine, this collection is an excellent representation of girlesque charm, and definitely takes inspiration from the events of childhood. While the collection may be all sugar and spice and everything nice, it is clear that there is something a little darker going on beneath the surface, and that is what makes this collection so intriguing.

image source Bibian Blue’s Facebook Page

– Ashley Godwin

music video : Gram Rabbit – Final Clap Fever

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Gram Rabbit’s new music video “Final Clap Fever” paints a vivid picture of a little girl’s dark, playful fantasy. Front woman, Jesika Von Rabbit asserts herself powerfully as the girl’s seductive alter ego, prancing coquettishly as the girl falls to the ways of the Rabbit. The girl’s pure, virginal spirit devolves under Von Rabbit’s influence. Later, with a face full of makeup, she dons a flapper dress covered in jewelry and wanders the desert, strewn with trailers, transients, and the quintessential bunnies that grace the psychic landscape. The twisted, enticing imagery is relatable for anyone, anyone who’s been touched by their beckoning dark side.

Want more? Check out our interview with Gram Rabbit.

– Jessica Jewell

interview : Tonikom

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Rachel Maloney, AKA Tonikom is a New York City based solo musician specializing in very cool, very current, atmospheric electronic music. She borrows from many different electronic music palettes then reinvents it into her own unique sound, capturing the attention of many ears. Tonikom’s amazing talent can be heard in her discography of six albums. Her sixth and most recent release is Found and Lost from Hymen Records. Tonikom joined Auxiliary’s Hangedman via Skype to talk about her music, her new album, and everything Tonik!

interview by : Hangedman
photographer : Ron Douglas
fashion stylist : Gillian Leigh Bowling

Let’s talk about the new album; this album is appropriately named Found And Lost. This is an exciting album for everyone because it seems like a lifetime since the last, much acclaimed, 2009 The Sniper’s Veil. Can you tell us about the journey from Sniper to Found And Lost?
Tonikom : Sure, this album is very purposely titled, the reverse of what we’re normally used to hearing. I went from creating a lot of work, creating a lot of music, producing a tremendous amount, and then going to creating none at all. It was a really tough time for me. As much as I wanted to create music I just couldn’t. I came off of my 2009 tour; we did a little mini tour in Europe. We played all these shows, and it was a whirlwind tour and I got like three hours of sleep. It was really exciting and a lot of fun but I got home and I just kind of crashed.

Like creative block kind of thing?
T : Yeah! I just got into this kind of terrible gray nothingness that was in my brain whenever I tried to sit down and start to work in the studio or kind of play around on the laptop. It was just brutal. I just had the most difficult time with it and I started to realize that I really couldn’t force myself to do it. There was no real deadline I could enforce or try to sell myself, okay in three months I’m going to make one track, or I’m going to do a little bit of sound design and that’s it! None of that worked. I finally realized that I really just had to let go, and walk away and be okay with that, be okay with having total lack of control over whatever creative outlets I have in my life. I just had to be like, “okay, I can’t do anything right now, and I have to be okay with that, and if it comes back it comes back and whenever it does come back it’s just going to be due to circumstances beyond my control.”

And we’re all very happy it did come back!
T : As am I. I find music very cathartic and it’s a very therapeutic thing for me. It does not matter if I’m working on a really upbeat track or a really low-key track, sometimes it kind of lulls me into almost sleep, which is something I really don’t get a lot of. [laughs] So, anything that gets me into that really calm state is very satisfying.


interview : De/vision

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

De/Vision has long been known as a quintessential cornerstone of synthpop. In a frank interview, De/Vision speaks openly about their recent album, Rockets & Swords, their longevity as a duo, and the future of the band.

interview by : Jessica Jewell

De/Vision has remarkable longevity. What do you feel has kept the project going for 24 years and how do you keep each release fresh to retain your fan base?
Thomas Adam : I’m not sure, I never thought about that. We simply love what we do and somehow we always managed to reach the hearts of the people. We have always tried to evolve, to go new ways, and re-invent ourselves every once in a while. Not every fan has always been happy with that but it is not our job to fulfill anybody’s expectations. Maybe that’s the secret why we are still popular after 24 years.

Your upcoming album, Rockets & Swords, has a different mood compared to past albums like, Noob. What was it that drove you to explore the softer, poignant territory expressed in the track “I Want to Believe?” I personally love the change of pace. It provides an interesting mental shift at the right point in the album.
TA : Of course it has a different mood, which has to do with the fact that it contains different songs. The way you’re describing it, the change of pace and exploring the softer, poignant territory, it could be almost any other D/V album; it sounds like a typical D/V release to me. I have no idea what drove us to do this or that. This kind of approach is too intellectual to me. When we start writing new songs we never know how the result will be like, we don’t have a plan or formula. We’re only trying to write good songs, that’s it.

read the full interview in the October/November 2012 Issue

item of the week : Rainbow Boot by Fluevog

Friday, November 9th, 2012

image source fluevog.com

Seasons change. In my neck of the woods that means wind, wet, rain, sleet, sludge, snow… well, you name it we get it. So what’s a girl to do? How to stay stylish and dry? Fear not, for Fluevog has got you covered. John at Fluevog is a busy guy, but he hasn’t abandoned us to the seasons. Fluevog has created an amazingly high, yet super comfy boot. I am talking about the impeccably stylish Rainbow Boot. Since there are no actual rainbows on the boot, I can only conclude that it derives the name from the rainbow-like arch of the boot. I am in love with the black leather and the high wood platform, although it also comes in leopard spots. The circular studs, a simple statement, are not as in your face as a tree spikes, but still very much punk. This boot is finished off with a nice non-slip rubber tread which is  great for any icy patches. I am by no means a “shoe” person, but come on people are you blind? These are epic. Fluevog is known for its quality and style, and with this new Rainbow Boot, they haven’t disappointed. Go check it out, and take a look at their many other designs, you’ll be happy I pointed you in their direction. (Or redirected you if you’re already a Fluevog fan!)

The Rainbow Boot by Fluevog is available in stores and online for S399 at www.fluevog.com.

– Tasha Farrington

contest : Sourpuss Tote Bag Giveaway

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

We are giving away a Sourpuss Human Canvas Tote Bag as seen in the Oct/Nov 2012 Issue!

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The winner will be chosen at random from those who left comments on Auxiliary Magazine’s “Sourpuss Tote Bag” blog post at www.auxiliarymagazine.com and from those who share the Sourpuss Tote Bag Giveaway photo on Auxiliary Magazine’s Facebook Page between November 8, 2012 to November 15, 2012. You can enter to win two times by doing both. You must leave your email in the email field when commenting in order to enter on Auxiliary Magazine’s website. The email field is only visible to the website admin and will only be used to contact the winner of the contest. The winner will be contacted on November 16, 2012. Giveaway is for one Sourpuss Human  Canvas Tote Bag. The item will be delivered by mail with postage covered by Auxiliary Magazine 1-3 weeks after drawing.

inspiration : Mosh – blonde bombshell

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

photographer : Kilker Photography
model : Mosh

The blonde bombshell is one of the most iconic sex symbols. An hourglass figure and blonde hair but also a bold personality, which makes it a fun persona to play with. Mosh does this look perfectly with matte red lips, a curled retro hairstyle, a classic white corselette, nude stockings, and black pumps. Take this look out by covering with a solid color, formfitting dress or dare to wear your undergarment as your only garment (appropriate for a more risqué party, club night, or fetish event). Or keep this look at home for yourself or someone special, pair with fur rugs and bubble baths.

– Jennifer

music video : M83 – Steve McQueen

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

M83 have a new music video out for their upcoming and latest single “Steve McQueen” from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The video is the winner from a competition run in partnership with Genero TV yet it still follows the same loose plot line of previous videos from this album.

– Jennifer Link

auxiliary profiles : Arden Leigh

Monday, November 5th, 2012

photo : Steve Prue
interview : Jennifer Link

Arden Leigh is a frequent contributor and writes an advice column for Auxiliary Magazine on relationship strategies called Ask Arden. Known for being today’s freshest voice on women’s dating and relationship strategies, she brings together her experience in neuro-linguistic programming, brand marketing, psychology, pick-up artistry, and the fetish industry, to offer great advice to Auxiliary Magazine readers. She is the founder of the Sirens Seduction Forum for Women and the author of The New Rules of Attraction, published by Sourcebooks in December 2011. When she isn’t writing or coaching, she enjoys modeling and being a part of the New York nightlife scene as a personality and performer. Arden is currently working on a solo music project and aims to release her EP, “Break Me In”, by the end of 2012. She has been publicly labeled a “predator” and she took it as a compliment.

What do you do at Auxiliary Magazine?
I write each issue’s Ask Arden column, where I answer readers’ inquiries about dating, relationships, lifestyle, fashion, and generally being awesome. I also from time to time coordinate interviews with musicians, models, and other personalities if I am kind of crushing on them and want to exploit my press credentials in order to seduce them. (Oops, did I say that out loud?)

How did you join the magazine?
Steve Prue, a close friend and very talented photographer, offered Auxiliary an exclusive photo set of me that we’d shot together, and they chose to use it to feature me as their next issue’s PinUp. After that, they approached me about submitting an editorial, which I eventually did. When a few months later they put feelers out for me to do another one, I suggested a regular advice column. I think Auxiliary covers an important alternative corner of culture, and that corner rarely gets its own romance mentors. The dating gurus who are out there for the most part are aggressively mainstream and usually don’t even fit into the same generation as the demographic of our readership. We needed a voice to advocate for that part of our lifestyle.

What skills and experience from your past do you draw on when offering relationship advice in Auxiliary?
First off, I always keep current on my reading. I dislike experts and authors whose advice seems to come from a purely anecdotal place, so I am always reading books and articles based in hard science from an anthropological standpoint about the biological reasons we behave the way we tend to in relationships and applying their arguments to the way I think about my work. That said, I also practice every word I preach, so much of my advice also comes from my being on the front lines of dating and daring to risk and try new things just to find out what’s going to work best. Something most people don’t realize about me is that I didn’t even have a boyfriend until I was twenty-two, so I was never a “natural” at romance. Everything I practice is a skill set that other people can learn and apply to their lives too.

What led you to where you are as a writer today?
I spent several years as a high-earning professional dominatrix, which ran concurrently with the time I began studying seduction (the two of which have some overlap in their applications), and I thought, how funny would it be if I wrote a book on seduction from a kitschy pop culture dominatrix standpoint and called it “Whipped: A Professional Dominatrix Shares the Secrets to Wrapping Men Around Your Little Finger”? But then as I wrote it, I realized I believed in every word I was writing, passionately so, and it got less and less kitschy and more and more sincere. By the time I inked my deal with Sourcebooks, we were moving farther away from the pro-Domme angle (which is still referenced in the book, but not remotely the main focus), and before its publication we decided on the title The New Rules of Attraction. It’s not just a dating/relationship book but also a lifestyle manifesto.

Prior to that I was writing plays and questionable spoken word poetry and assiduously keeping personal journals. I credit almost all my writing abilities to my compulsive journaling. I took very few actual writing classes; I was just lucky to have a gift and to be able to hone it like a muscle. Nowadays I’m working on both a memoir and a screenplay, so I continue to branch out into other genres.

Do you think that words or images are more important?
In a magazine, my eye gets drawn to images because I’m usually seeking style inspiration or looking for something beautiful and breathtaking. But the things that have had the most impact on me over the years have been words, key sentences that haunt me. Then again, I’m probably biased.

How has subculture changed over the years in your opinion? How does/has it varied from place to place?
I find the most interesting difference in our subculture to be the difference between New York and Los Angeles. In LA, looking hot means looking like you stepped out of a salon an hour ago, whereas in NYC, looking hot means looking like you had sex an hour ago. As for how it’s changed over the years, I’m not sure. People are always moving in and out of different scenes. I have always been true to my style tastes but I tend to move fluidly through different social circles.

Do you think the fashion drives the music or the music drives the fashion?
I think it used to be that the music drove the fashion, but lately I haven’t seen many new looks coming out of the music scene. We’re stuck in this awful hell where you can buy a reproduction of an 80s band T-shirt for thirty bucks, but there’s very little in music today that’s original when it comes to fashion, so the people who are just now trying to look “edgy” by wearing skulls or motocross jackets or CBGB T-shirts are catching up to us and we have no new ground to escape to. The only exception I can think of is Lady Gaga, whose crazy shoes and asymmetrical minidresses and giant 80s Bowie shoulders and shiny gladiator metal and studded leather show up ripped off in every mall storefront. And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but love and respect for Gaga, who is a true original, a sincere artist, and someone who works her ass off for the love of what she does, but she can’t be the only voice out there. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen an alternative artist dress in a way that I didn’t feel was a copy or at least an amalgamation of other things I’d seen before. But then again, maybe I’m not looking closely enough, and I’m always open to being introduced to new inspirations.

What piece is a fashion staple in your closet?
I’m a sucker for wearing all white, especially in alternative culture since it’s so dominated by dark colors. I manage to pull off a fringe semi-goth look by looking like an Edgar Allan Poe ingenue, a shipwrecked castaway, or a Victorian apparition. So my closet is full of white lingerie, billowy white dresses from All Saints, and one white Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress that is all Sophia Loren classic Italian curves. But my current favorite piece has to be the sheer ivory lace slip from Agent Provocateur that I wore to the Auxiliary June/July release party in LA. It’s so vulnerable yet sexy at the same time, revealing but innocent.

When you go out for a night on the town, where can you be found?
I love going out to my friends’ bands’ concerts at places like Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Highline Ballroom, Irving Plaza, etc. When I feel like getting up to some mischief I’ll head to Three of Cups, a divey rock and roll bar in the East Village. I love taking dates to speakeasies like Please Don’t Tell or Milk & Honey because they seem so secretive. For a sexy but casual lounge I head to Vintage, which has a cocktail list with over 200 martinis and is decked out in red velvet antique furniture. And for dinner and a show, I go to Nuit Blanche at Beaumarchais on Wednesday nights for some spectacular performances and amazing food.

What is one relationship mistake that you see all too often? And what piece of advice would you give to anyone to live by?
I see people spending too much time overanalyzing tiny details and losing sight of the big picture. It’s like, one person will send a text in a hurry that is maybe phrased a little carelessly, and the other person will be all “what was that supposed to mean” or “why are you being this way”, which will set the first person on the defensive, and which can result in awkwardness or fights that can last far longer than they should. Or they’ll freak out about the person seeing their ex once in a blue moon when they themselves are spending time with them three or four nights a week. People need to chill more and respect that if someone is showing up and being good to you and you feel you’re pretty much on the right track moving forward, that’s what counts. Let the little things slide a bit and don’t create battles where they’re unnecessary. Save your lines in the sand for points that really matter to you.

The one piece of advice I would give everyone to live by is to refuse to let fear stand in the way of going after what you want. You have to think strategically, plot a course of action, and then commit to it and follow through. You must be able to clearly see which variables are under your control and which are not, and to decide how to play your controllables and then let go of your uncontrollables. Don’t be so attached to outcome that you allow fear of failure to keep you from pursuing a goal at all. Failure is really not that big of a deal. In fact, it’s a necessity. If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not learning anything. Accept the suckiness of the occasional failure as the price you pay for the awesomeness of your successes.

digital editorial : A Gray Day

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Dress by Margit Brandt Copenhagen paired with necklace by House of Harlow.

Photographer : Tina Picard
Creative Director : Tina Picard
Fashion Stylist : Kirsty Macdonald
Makeup Artist : Amber Sheikh
Hair Stylist : Kirsty Macdonald
Model : Tiffany at Angie’s Models

On left, tank top by Joie, vest by Doma, and leggings by Designer Remix Collection paired with necklace by House of Harlow. On right, dress by Margit Brandt Copenhagen.

Dress by Joe’s.

On left, dress by Joe’s. On right, jumper by Rag & Bone paired with necklace by House of Harlow and long necklace by Belle Noel.


auxiliary profiles : Aaron Andrews

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

photo : Jennifer Link
interview : Mike Kieffer

Aaron Andrews is a long-time contributor for Auxiliary Magazine and an electronic music DJ. He writes music reviews and interviews artists and bands ranging from the most influential icons to shining new-comers. Currently he hosts the weekly radio show “Sequence” on Buffalo, NY’s 91.3fm WBNY. DJ Aaron Andrews has had a shared weekly at Buffalo’s beloved but closed goth/industrial club The Continental, is a frequent guest DJ at Rochester’s Club Vertex, and is the co-host of Transmission’s New Order vs. Depeche Mode parties in Buffalo.

What do you do at Auxiliary Magazine?
I contribute music reviews and music interviews.

How did you join the magazine?
I was invited to participate starting with issue number one. I guess the staff liked me and what I do because I’m still here.

What moment in your life turned you into a music junkie?
I grew up in small town Western New York and we were close enough to Canada that I spent those years watching and listening to TV and radio from across the lake. In high school that window outward become more than a curiosity and has influenced so much about who I am musically today. Every weekend I would listen to Toronto’s CFNY radio for the live to air club nights and “The Ongoing History of New Music” with Alan Cross. The club nights featured music and artists I never would have heard of otherwise (that club goers were nuts for) and Alan Cross provided an academic context to know and understand what I was hearing. Music became more than something to listen to, it became an understanding and true love. I realized alternative music had history and a web of context and collaborators, it’s genuine and living.

You have the power of time travel, what one live performance past or future would you attend?
Ministry’s 1989 Rollerball tour. When I finally had my chance to see Ministry they were nowhere near as cool as they were then.

What music related things do you do outside of Auxiliary?
When I get drunk at bars music seems to be the only thing I can talk about… but I also happen to be a DJ. I host a weekly spotlight on electronic music called “Sequence” on 91.3fm WBNY Buffalo where I play music from various genres and try to turn people onto new things. I’m also a club DJ and have played around Upstate New York and in Toronto.

Do you think the fashion drives the music or the music drives the fashion?
I think they’re two forms of expression that start in their own places and reflect culture, society, and personal experiences. As they age and grow they somehow become entwined in an unbelievable way, so both. I think that there are looks that happen first and sounds that happen first.

What band is your all-time favorite? Guilty pleasure? Most hated?
Depending on the day and my mood, I find New Order, Skinny Puppy or Underworld often come to mind as my favorites. They all have incredible catalogs of music and long careers. My guilty pleasure? Talk radio, I love it. I find the break from music kind of relieving.

When you are at the clubs, what does it take to get you on the dance floor?
Something that just kicks me in the gut. I need to feel music in my soul, especially when I’m dancing. Some songs just have it, you know? It helps when something isn’t completely worn out for me.