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digital editorial : Attitude

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Baroness Bodysuit, headpiece, and gloves all by Ashley Rose Couture Designs.

photographer : Boss Lady Photography
models : Shannon Reynolds, Sierra Colleen, and Caitlin Ford


Left, Misfits Bodysuit, headpiece, and gloves all by Ashley Rose Couture Designs.


Right, Iron Maiden Bodysuit, headpiece, and gloves all by Ashley Rose Couture Designs.



interview : Manic Panic

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Sisters Tish and Snooky are the owners of Manic Panic, the alternative cosmetics company founded in 1977 that provided American punks with the shocking hair colors that defined their look. Together they opened the first punk rock boutique in America, and saw their hotly hued style evolve from anti-fashion theatrics to mainstream celebration.

Manic Panic

interview by : Ariana Paoletti
photographer : Ron Douglas
photography assistant : Jenn Kowalik

You’re sisters and it seems like you’ve always been joined at the hip. Can you tell us a little bit about your childhood?
T : As a matter of fact, a friend of ours who’s one of the founding members of the Alice Cooper band, Dennis Dunaway, he calls us the “Siamese sisters”, we’re so joined at the hip.
S : Sometimes we’ll say the exact same thing at the exact same time, sometimes we’ll just… start singing!
T : Which is very weird.
S : In the same key, at the same point in a song. It’s just so funny, it freaks people out!
T : Yes, we’re definitely… connected.
S : A psychic told us we were supposed to be twins, but somehow Tish was late.
T : I’m usually the late one.
S : There’s no one else in the world that we have such a history with. We’ve known each other longer than anyone else in the world! But we’ve always been like this; Siamese-y.

[ additional images not seen in the February/March 2013 Issue ]






photo assistant Jenn Kowalik and writer Ariana Paoletti with Tish and Snooky


music video : Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Feeling a bit down after a long night of looking for salvation in the arms of sin and rooms by the minute? Good news! Nick Cave is here to offer a sermon on the subject of love, loss, rapture, and redemption with arms wide open. “Jubilee Street”, featuring Ray Winstone and directed by John Hillcoat (who also teamed up with Cave on his screenplay for the Western The Proposition), is available in both censored (scenes missing) and uncensored versions. Probably not suitable at work or around the kids either way, but may help to ease the burden of Catholic guilt experienced during the quietest hours of lent.

– Paul Morin

beauty editorial : Candy Coated

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Featuring beauty products by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, MAC, and Essie and fashions by I Still Love You NYC, Candy Drip, and more.


photographer : Bailey Northcott
creative director : Pretty Deadly Stylz
fashion stylist : Pretty Deadly Stylz
makeup artist : Andrea Brown of Andrea Brown Makeup
hair stylist : Vana Glory
models : Elle Sugar, Miss Madison Skye, Sasha Glitter & Vieve

[ additional images not seen in the February/March 2013 Issue ]

Candy Coated

Candy Coated


in attendance : The Edwardian Ball

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The 13th annual Edwardian Ball held in San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom left us wanting more. Spanning three rooms and two evenings, The Edwardian Ball is unforgettable in spirit and size. Edward Gorey would be proud of the ballroom, museum of wonders, and obscure vendors who have paid him tribute for a lucky thirteen years.

[ additional images not seen in the February/March 2013 Issue ]

photos : Arthur Koch

Edwardian Ball

Edwardian Ball

Edwardian Ball

item of the week : Freunde x Black by Vitaly Design

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Freundex Vitaly

image source www.vitalydesign.com

This black ceramic and stainless steel unisex double ring is a simple and striking statement piece. I’m digging the clean minimal lines and smooth finishes. Made in Canada by designer Shane Vitaly Foran, who is designing for the “iPod generation”. Shane is making a major splash in the fashion scene, while still maintaining a look that crosses many genres. It’s not going to be for everyone, but some of you are really going to dig the pieces being produced from Vitaly Design. So do yourselves a favor and go check it out.

Freunde x Black by Vitaly Design is available online for $130 at www.vitalydesign.com.

– Tasha Farrington

digital editorial : Cyberella

Thursday, February 21st, 2013


photographer : Cristy Elaine Photography
fashion designer : Genna Yussman
makeup artist : Whitney Stark
hair stylist : Matthew Tyldesley for Redken
models : Megan Ducharm, Kayla Essex, Chris Diaz, and Brittany Pike





auxiliary profiles : Dylan Madeley

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Dylan Madeley

photo : Amanda Robertson-Hebert
interview : Jennifer Link

Dylan Madeley is the copy editor for Auxiliary Magazine and a frequent contributor. He conducts interviews and writes articles for Auxiliary as well as contributing his writing talents to additional copy and introductions throughout each issue. He brings several years of experience covering the Toronto dark alternative scene with toronto-goth.com and reviewing books for Morbid Outlook. He also makes a hobby of travel and concert photography. Having participated fruitfully in National Novel Writing Month for five consecutive years, he spends some of his efforts attempting to transform novelism from a hobby to a career.

What do you do at Auxiliary Magazine?
I am a copy editor and also a writer.

How did you join the magazine?
I found an Auxiliary Magazine table at the Bazaar of the Bizarre, a seasonal indoor alternative marketplace in Toronto. I gave them my business card. It actually took a couple of tries, because I recall later on being reintroduced to the editors by a mutual friend while at [FAT] Fashion Alternative Week in Toronto and having another go at joining. They were interested in my skills as an interviewer, and I had plenty of samples to give them. It all went pleasantly from there.

With a passion for travel and concert photography and a passion for writing, if you had to choose, which method do you prefer as a means of expression?
I feel much more serious as a writer and I feel more likely to communicate an intended message using words. I have a more complete skill set when it comes to writing, while at this point in my life photography is something I do mostly for fun and experience.

Do you think that the written word is just as important as an image?
I like the written word because I readily took to it as a form of expression in my youth, whereas I had a frustrating time with visual arts until I tried photography. I also place a great value on writing when it comes to keeping histories and traditions. For example, I have been challenged while researching some ancient European cultures for a novel idea because these particular cultures did not develop literacy until much later in history. What I have found instead are conflicting accounts from two different Roman writers, each of whom sought political gains from the opposite portrayals they were making. If you don’t write about your thoughts, thought processes, or values, you leave it to others to interpret how you live. They may not be as interested in how you see your world, or accuracy in general. In contrast, we not only have plenty of visual art to give us ideas about how Ancient Greece or Rome looked, and how people looked and dressed. We have surviving texts, like preserved thoughts. They help us understand the mindset and the values of the time.

release of the week : Iceage – You’re Nothing

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

IceageIt’s late February and I am getting restless and I can tell that because I have been in the mood for some sloppy raw punk music. Lucky for me the band from Copenhagen, Iceage just released their sophomore album this week on Matador Records titled You’re Nothing. This album has an old school punk feeling to it. The raw emotions and rough edges remain in tact which is often lost in recording and post production. They’re also headed over to North America soon to do some touring!

You’re Nothing is available for purchase at Matador’s Store and can be listened to online on Spotify.

– Mike Kieffer


the PinUp : Jenny Boa

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Meet Jenny Boa, a model who says “I only do it for fun” but has an impressive range of accomplishments from cover model to runway model for big names in alternative fashion like Eirik Aswang and Abigail Greydanus to spokesmodel dressed in latex and heels on tour with Katy Perry. Her “I only do it for fun” mentality clearly isn’t a lack of drive and ambition, but rather an indication of a free spirit who is open minded and can infuse fun into her work as a breath of fresh air. When she isn’t modeling she is trying her hand at other creative endeavors or working as an exotic and domesticated animal specialist.

Jenny Boa the PinUp

photographer : Saryn Christina
fashion stylist : Kelly Cercone of Anachronism in Action
makeup artist : Stephanie Lawrence
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
model : Jenny Boa

[ additional images not seen in the February/March 2013 Issue ]

Jenny Boa the PinUp

Jenny Boa the PinUp


in the media : Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Vampire Commercial

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Nutri Grain Vampire Commercial

Kellogg’s has a new commercial airing now for Nutri-Grain bars with an endearing vampire family as the spokespeople! Sure the concept, vampires are now morning people because they like morning Nutri-Grain bars, is a little cheesy but there is so much to like about this commercial, who cares? The old timey/Victorian styling is spot on! Nice to see the aesthetic done well in a commercial.

Nutri Grain Vampire Commercial

If I have kids one day, I hope they look like this. I would be such a proud mother watching them from the window as they wait for the bus!

Nutri Grain Vampire Commercial


music video : Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – The Bed Song

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

This week’s video is another music video from Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra’s album Theatre Is Evil. When asked how she and the director captured the raw emotion of the song in such an elegantly powerful visual story, Amanda Palmer has this to say, “When I wrote the script for ‘The Bed Song’ video, I knew it could either turn out looking like a heartbreaking piece of filmed theater or a bad soap opera. I think we achieved the former, but only due to the lucky, lucky alchemy of people and resources that collided to make it happen. The director, the designer, the location, the impossibly talented range of actors… all of them came together with the kind of unlikely timing that happens once in a lifetime. If I never make another music video, I’ll die happy knowing I made this one.”

– Jennifer Link

in attendance : Arden and the Wolves at RBar

Monday, February 18th, 2013


New York NY, January 17 – Arden Leigh, author of the book The New Rules of Attraction and our Ask Arden relationship advice columnist, has brought her power and beauty to the world of music! Her new band Arden and the Wolves hit the stage for the first time at RBar on Bowery in NYC on January 17th. Her stage presence was enthralling. The best thing besides the music is the band’s look, Arden is very fair, like a Snow White, and her band members are very rock and rough (I mean rough in a good way boys!). Band members include lead guitar Gabe Mera, rhythm guitar Mick Royale, bass Percy Trayanov, and drums Matt James.



Arden Leigh took a few minutes to answer our questions!

What made you want to start singing?
Arden Leigh : I can remember wanting to sing for as long as I’ve been alive. I would sing at recess in school and the other kids would tell me to shut up. I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood singing in theater, but that got old. I started writing acoustic singer/songwriter stuff in my early 20s, and then later decided I wanted to take advantage of my higher range. Indie pop rock bands (Paramore, Anberlin, The Classic Crime) have always been the kind of music that gets under my skin, and that’s what I wanted to put out there.


item of the week : Minnie Top by House of Etiquette

Friday, February 15th, 2013

image source www.houseofetiquette.com

It’s the month of love and I can safely say I’m in love with the Minnie Top. House of Etiquette is really becoming a house hold name in quality latex. They are definitely on the forefront of designers that are bringing latex out of the fetish scene and making pieces that you can mix into your everyday wardrobe. With its high collar, slightly puffed sleeves, peplum detailing, mix of vintage and modern, and let’s not forget the easy access zipper; the Minnie Top is a great piece. House of Etiquette offers this gem of a top in a multitude of colors from mint to plum to transparent purple! This top is such a classic style and definitely a latex fashionista must. And if you are new to latex, why not start with a piece that can be dressed up or down? Go ahead, add a little shine to your style!

The Minnie Top by House of Etiquette is available online for $270 at www.houseofetiquette.com.

– Tasha Farrington