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Auxiliary Magazine is an alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle magazine available online for free. JUNE / JULY 2011
skinny puppy / ohGr
amelia arsenic / angelspit
cassia sparkle
gore couture
hot hazy fashion
swimwear / retro graphic hip
vintage reclaimed
lollipop lolita
sleek dark cyber
house of etiquette
It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s hazy, it’s June and summer is here. And in the still heat of a derelict barn in the woods in the middle of nowhere sits Ogre at an Oliver type-
writer. The team behind Auxiliary Magazine are very passionate about the culture and lifestyle we cover in these pages, and our love of the music that inspired the fashion and the fashion that inspired the music, and those who’s creativity formed and shaped it runs deep. From day one, at our first meeting two and a half years ago for what would later be called Auxiliary, in addition to spotlighting new and fresh music and fashion we wanted to honor those who got it where it is today (and those who still work to develop and push ahead). Ogre was always one of the names at the top of our list of artists we had the goal of interviewing. We are very excited to bring you this five-page interview with exclusive photos surrounded by the highlights of the culture and lifestyle we all love. Enjoy the season and this issue featuring stylish summer casual and swim wear, reclaimed vintage fashions, sleek dark cyber beauty, Cassia Sparkle in high fashion House of Etiquette latex, an interview with Amelia Arsenic on her new jewelry lines and Angelspit, the ma-
cabre corsets of Gore Couture, lollipop lolita style, sunbursting beauty picks, the top Tiki picks for these hot days, and a look at the past and present of skateboard-
ing a summer tradition. As always, thank you for supporting what we all love!
Sincerely, Jennifer Link
Auxiliary Magazine. auxiliary = alternative, supplementary, to provide what is missing, to give support. We have always had a love for the different, the unique, the creative. But from all sides we’ve heard what we love is on its way out, is suffering, is dying, is dead. Today an alternative aesthetic is seen more than ever. Yet the core, the base, the scene; everyone is telling us is in a sad state. Reality is what you make it.
Our goal is to provide high quality fashion editorials, photographs, and articles; unique reviews and insights on the best media out there; and to create discussion and passion about alternative subcultures. There is a lot of amazing and creative stuff happening. We hope to find it, highlight it, and encourage it to grow.
That is why we’ve created Auxiliary Magazine; an online and print magazine dedi-
cated to fashion, music, and lifestyle with a darker aesthetic. There are no other boundaries than that. That is the strong point of alternative culture; and we hope to include it all.
That is a lot of ground to cover. So contribute! Send us your fashion, your music, your events, your opinions, your projects, your ideas. This magazine isn’t for a select few, we don’t know it all, this magazine is for you and what we all love.
Editor in Chief
Jennifer Link
Fashion Editor
Meagan Hendrickson
Music Editor
Mike Kieffer
Associate Editor
Luke Copping
Associate Fashion Editor
Molly Hoeltke and Pretty Deadly Stylz
Copy Editor
Zach Rose and Erin McPartlan
email :
issue 16 : june/july 2011
ISSN 1948-9676
Photographs / Illustrations
Saryn Christina
Chris of CarteBlanche
Zach Rose
Erica Eichelkraut
Deek Images
Steve Prue
Andriy Zolotoiy
Iberian Black Arts
Jennifer Link
BodГі Janos Attila
photographs on 10
Jennifer Link
illustration on 11
Maki Naro
illustration on 21
David M. Woodson
photographs on 35
Jennifer Link
T.U.K. Shoes photograph courtesy of T.U.K. Shoes
illustrations on 52-59
Shen Plum
Trevor Nicholls
Ken Dubois
Aaron Andrews
Arden Leigh
Meagan Hendrickson
Molly Hoeltke
Mike Kieffer
Jennifer Link
Paul Morin
Pretty Deadly Stylz
Steve Prinsen Zach Rose
Adam Rosina
Vanity Kills
Graphic Design
Logo Design
Melanie Beitel
Layout Design
Jennifer Link
Luke Copping
email : with all inquires
editor’s letter
mission statement
4 vanqui sh
10 sunbursti ng
beauty pi cks to outshi ne the sun
11 ti me capsul e pol ynesi an pop
12 Super
13 Ogre
of Ski nny Puppy and ohGr
18 qui ck pi cks
KMFDM, 16Vol t, Chai nreactor
Di gi tal i sm, and more...
19 musi c revi ews
And One, Juni or Boys, ohGr, and more...
ogre / ski nny puppy / ohGr : 13
amel i a arseni c / angel spi t : 28
cassi a sparkl e . gore couture : 25 . 32
swi mwear . vi ntage recl ai med : 36 . 44
l ol i ta . cyber . house of eti quette : 35 . 4 . 25
21 bl ack theorem
cutti ng through pop cul ture and soci ety at l arge
22 sk8i ng and the underground
24 ask arden
advi ce on rel ati onshi p strategi es
25 the Pi nUp
Cassi a Sparkl e i n House of Eti quette
28 Amel i a Arseni c
of Angel spi t on desi gni ng and bl oggi ng
32 desi gner spotl i ght
Gore Couture
35 styl e
l ol l i pop! l ol i ta
36 get l ost
graphi c, retro, hi p swi m and casual wear
44 conservatory
vi ntage fashi on recl ai med
52 daydream notebook
art and fashi on col l i de
62 must
Bench cover-up
63 where to buy
Photographer : Saryn Chri sti na
Makeup : El i zabeth Sl oan
Hai r : Jeanna Ki er-Burner Model : Ogre
Assi stant : Sara Petty
Let us know what you thi nk! Share wi th us your thoughts on the i ssue, current events, or whatever i s on your mi nd! email : edi tori al @auxi l i arymagazi
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tion. Copyright Auxiliary Magazine 2011.
june/july 2011 AUXILIARY AUXILIARY june/july 2011 VANQUISH
photographer Deek I mages
fashi on styl i st Pret ty Deadl y Styl z
makeup arti st Chri sti na of Si nner Sai nt Arti stry
hai r styl i st Dat Tran at Dat Sal on
l i ghti ng tech Steve Chokas
model s Madi son Skye, Pamel a Mars, and Sasha Gl i tt er
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On the eyes MAC Paint Pot in Painterly used as a base, MAC Eye Shadow in Passionate creates a cat-eye shape, and highlighted with MAC Eye Shadow in Gesso and White Frost. On the cheeks MAC Blush in Harmony, highlighted using MAC Cream Color Base in Luna. On the lips MAC Eye Shadow in Passionate lightly applied and topped with MAC Tendertone in Ez-Baby. Kevin.
Murphy Anti.Gravity and Session.Spray in the hair. Dystropolis BRACHYURA Jacket paired with AddictD Creations collar and bracelet.
On the eyes MAC Paint Pot in Painterly used as a base, MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel creates a cat-eye shape, and highlighted with MAC Eye Shadow in Gesso and White Frost. On the cheeks MAC Blush in Harmony, highlighted using MAC Cream Color Base in Luna. On the lips MAC Lipstick in Myth completed with MAC Tendertone in Ez-Baby. Kevin.Murphy Anti.Gravity and Hair.Resort with Damage.Manager to curl and finished with Session.Spray. Dystropolis COENOBITA Jacket with Banana Republic necklace and Aldo ring.
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On the eyes MAC Paint Pot in Painterly used as a base, MAC Eye Shadow in Bitter creates a cat-eye shape, and highlighted with MAC Eye Shadow in Gesso and White Frost. On the cheeks MAC Blush in Harmony, highlighted using MAC Cream Color Base in Luna. On the lips MAC Lipstick in Myth completed with MAC Tendertone in Ez-Baby. Kevin.Murphy Anti.Gravity and Session.Spray in the hair. Dystropolis P. MACROCEPHALUS Jacket with collar available at Northbound Leather and stylist’s own bracelet. THIS PAGE
On the eyes MAC Paint Pot in Painterly used as a base, MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel creates a cat-eye shape and lined with MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black, and highlighted with MAC Eye Shadow in Gesso and White Frost. On the cheeks MAC Blush in Harmony, highlighted using MAC Cream Color Base in Luna. On the lips MAC Eye Shadow in Electric Eel in the middle of the lip with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Tarred on the remaining area. Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray and Fresh.
Hair with MAC Pigment Hi-Def Cyan in the hair. Dystropolis BRACHYURA Jacket with stylist’s own spiked glove.june/july 2011 AUXILIARY AUXILIARY june/july 2011 THIS PAGE
On the eyes MAC Paint Pot in Painterly used as a base, MAC Eye Shadow in Bitter creates a cat-eye shape lined with MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black, and highlighted with MAC Eye Shadow in Gesso and White Frost. On the cheeks MAC Blush in Harmony, highlighted using MAC Cream Color Base in Luna. On the lips MAC Eye Shadow in Bitter in the middle of the lip with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Tarred on the remaining area. Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray and Fresh.Hair with MAC Pigment Hi-Def Green Space in the hair. Dystropolis COENOBITA Jacket with collar available at Northbound Leather.
On the eyes MAC Paint Pot in Painterly used as a base, MAC Eye Shadow in Passionate creates a cat-eye shape lined with MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black, and highlighted with MAC Eye Shadow in Gesso and White Frost. On the cheeks MAC Blush in Harmony, highlighted using MAC Cream Color Base in Luna. On the lips MAC Eye Shadow in Passionate on the center of the lip with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Tarred on the remaining area. Kevin.Murphy Session.Spray and Fresh.Hair with MAC Pigment Hi-Def Magenta Madness in the hair. Dystropolis PELECANUS Vest with stylist’s own spiked eye patch.june/july 2011 AUXILIARY by Vanity Kills
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Ti ki Road Tri p 2nd Edi t i on James Tei t el baum
Thi s book i s an essent i al gui de t hat l i st s Ti ki bars, Pol ynesi an rest aurant s, and any l oca-
t i on where a possi bl e Ti ki st at ue was spot t ed. James Tei t el baum revi ews each Ti ki dest i -
nat i on st at e t o st at e, gi vi ng hi s observat i ons about t he food, dri nk, and decor. Thi s i nfor-
mat i onal book wi l l t ake you on a fant ast i c t our of what t he Pol ynesi an Pop uni verse has t o offer you, so you can l i t eral l y pl an your Ti ki road t ri p.
Ti ki Mug
Mahi umi Gi nger Goddess Mug by Ti ki Farm
Houseware / Col l ect or ’s It em
Trader Vi c was one of t he ori gi nal ent repre-
neur ’s t hat brought i sl and flavors from t he Sout h Paci fic, and i nfused t hem i nt o exot i c cockt ai l s and t ropi cal del i caci es. These l av-
i sh rum-fil l ed concoct i ons were served i n ce-
rami c dri nk ware cal l ed Ti ki mug’s t hat oft en depi ct; t ropi cal scenes, hul a gi rl s, and Pol y-
nesi an art. The Ti ki mug has become an es-
sent i al component t o a col l ect or ’s home bar, adorni ng shel ves as decor, or si mpl y used as a dri nk vessel for a back yard l uau.
Ti ki Magazi ne
www.t i ki magazi
Magazi ne
Thi s quart erl y publ i cat i on i s dedi cat ed t o event s, l i fest yl e, and al l t hi ngs Ti ki! The bri ght l y decorat ed cover al ways rewards t he reader wi t h news of upcomi ng l uau’s, phot os of dreamy Wahi nes, and st ori es about fel l ow Ti ki phi l e’s. The feat ured art sect i on i s one of my favori t es, as i t i nt roduces me t o new art -
i st s t hat are i nspi red by Pol ynesi an cul t ure. Ti ki Magazi ne gi ves you current vi ew i nt o t hi s i nt oxi cat i ng worl d and i s hel pi ng t o re-
vi ve t he cul t ure one Mai Tai at a t i me.
Bl ue Hawai i Norman Taurog, st arri ng El vi s Presl ey
1961 / Movi e
Fi l med i n t he l ush t ropi cal i sl ands of Oahu and Kauai i n 1961, Bl ue Hawai i, i s a surf movi e st arri ng El vi s Presl ey. The movi e showcases a l ot of t radi t i onal Hawai i an mu-
si c and cost umes, whi ch makes up for t he cheesy 60s l i ngo used t hroughout t he movi e. There i s pl ent y of surf, sand, and pi neappl es, so i t ’s sure t o put a smi l e on your face. Whi l e Bl ue Hawai i may not be a fil m mast erpi ece i t i s cert ai nl y a Ti ki i con, i t has some ni ce Hawai i an eye candy and a cat chy soundt rack by Mr. El vi s Presl ey.
Beachbum Berry Remi xed Jerry Berry
Your Ti ki mug yearns t o be fil l ed wi t h some exot i c l i bat i ons, and you’l l need a profes-
si onal mi xol ogi st t o t each you. Jeff “Beach-
bum” Berry wri t es an i nt oxi cat i ng gui de t o everyt hi ng t hat you need t o creat e a t ra-
di t i onal Ti ki dri nk. The reci pe book gi ves you a hi st ory of where t he Pol ynesi an Pop cul t ure came from as wel l as hi st ory about t he dri nks t hemsel ves. The Beachbum Berry Remi xed i s a must have for your Ti ki bar, and t o i nspi re ot hers t o concoct t hei r own creat i ve cockt ai l s.
The Exot i c Moods of Les Baxt er
Les Baxt er
1996 / Musi c
To put you i n an i sl and st at e of mi nd, t he one and onl y Les Baxt er i s t he man wi t h t he won-
derful Exot i ca beat s. Exot i ca i s a mi xt ure of st yl i zed t ri bal rhyt hms mi xed wi t h novel t y sound effect s and percussi on i nst rument s, al l swi rl ed t oget her t o whi sk t he l i st ener off t o a t ropi cal paradi se. Les Baxt er, al ong wi t h Mart i n Denny and Art hur Lyman, hel ped forge t he Exot i ca sound i n t he 50s and 60s t hat has become t he soundt rack t o t he Pol y-
nesi an Pop cul t ure.
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Thi s i nst al l ment i s al l about Ti ki cul t ure, and t he Pol ynesi an Pop peri od of t he 50s t hat l i ngered i nt o t he 70s. The Ti ki phenomenon has made a modern resurgence and i s al i ve and t hri vi ng. Pl ease sl i p i nt o your mu-mu or Hawai i an shi rt and l et ’s get t ropi cal. Al oha!
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Polynesian Pop
by Meagan Hendrickson
Low-key types might prefer their yellow to be of a more “mellow” and, frankly, boring variety, but this summer we’ll settle for nothing less than a highlighter-induced adrenaline rush. Forget the yawn-inducing “slight kiss of color”. These juiced up hues du jour deliver the most intense citrus-infused make out session of your life (yellow lips anyone?). When it’s 90 degrees in the shade, the makeup game changes. It’s no longer about coming on strong; it’s about outshining the sun.
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antagonist “Jock”), played to sleazy perfection by Kevin Bacon. Frank, after having his wife stolen (he sees the “stolen” part a bit literally), is inspired by Christian TV superhero Holy Avenger to be-
come a costumed vigilante, the Crimson Bolt, and take on criminals both dangerous and trivial with the help of his trusty crescent wrench. He eventu-
ally falls in with Libby (Ellen Page), a sociopathic comic book store clerk, who joins him in his cru-
sade as his sidekick, Boltie, and encourages him to escalate his violent crime fighting as he works himself up to a final confrontation with Jock.
The first 20 minutes of Super (documenting the im-
plosion of Frank’s already sad life) are really hard to endure without just turning it off. Not because it’s bad, but rather it’s the most depressing chunk of screen time I can recall from any recent film. If you’re ever contemplating suicide but can’t get over that fearful hump, watch the beginning of this movie. You’ll be painting the walls with your brains in no time. And with what little humor pres-
ents itself in the remaining 70 minutes, selling this film as a black comedy isn’t just misleading; it’s bullshit. Goodfellas has hilarious moments, but no-
body ever called it a comedy. The Scorsese com-
parison goes a bit deeper, as Super’s plot resembles by Adam Rosina
A twisted and disturbing superhero film, instantly in the shadow of Kick-Ass and wrongly billed as a black comedy, is it a commerical flop or future cult classic?
that of Taxi Driver, with it’s mentally disturbed protagonist’s war on crime. Argu-
ably, Super goes more in depth in explicitly portraying Frank’s psychosis, in that it depicts his religious-based hallucinations, which include hentai-esque tentacles jizzing on his brain. Seriously. This was no doubt to prevent the kind of misaimed fandom Taxi Driver still suffers from today (there are actually a TON of people who think Travis Bickle was just an average guy pushed too far; they’re called libertarians, and pray you never meet any of them). You may briefly root for the Crimson Bolt as he dispatches the real bad guys, but when he suddenly cracks dim-witted Frank (some fans have gone so far as to assert the character is actually autistic) in a way that reminds one of the Cujo’s titular St. Bernard. His idiotic blank stare and gentle nature disarms, masking the dangerous madness he’ll eventually unleash. And of course there’s also the strangely-
sexy gestalt that is Ellen Page. Lemmie get the male pig in me out real quick and say that I’d pay good money just to drink Ms. Page’s bath water (fuck, I’ll take toilet water if the bath’s off the ta-
ble!). Attractiveness aside, Page is likely the most talented young actress out there, always seeking out unconventional roles, and Super is no different. Libby starts off seemingly harmless, but the more she insinuates herself into Frank’s crime fighting, the more she reveals her unbalanced nature. As she dons a costume of her own, it’s heavily implied that she’s in this solely for the sadistic sexual thrill (some crowd pleasing self-fondling on Page’s part helps drive this point home). It becomes clear as she’s gleefully slashing baddies with Wolvie claws at the film’s climax that she is utterly amoral and devoid of empathy. The fact that the audience still finds her somewhat likable is a credit to Page’s skill.
Despite appearances, Super is an intriguingly original film that’s far more complex and dark than one could have anticipated. Sadly, Gunn’s uncompromising approach, coupled with following in the wake of a similar film (Super and Kick-Ass share a premise, but go in vastly different direc-
tions with their execution), misleading promotion, and a severely limited release guaranteed that it would become a financial failure. But some things you do for the art, and though Super did not attain much in the way of mainstream success, its combination of frighteningly damaged “heroes” and shocking violence will surely render it a cult classic in the coming years. Check it out on VOD services now. Just don’t expect a comedy. You won’t just be disappointed; you’ll be horrified.
AUXILIARY june/july 2011 photographer Saryn Chri st i na
makeup arti st El i zabet h Sl oan
hai r styl i st Jeanna Ki er-Burner
assi stant Sara Petty
model Ogre
of Skinny Puppy
Super could not have gotten a more raw deal had it set out to be a commercial flop. Firstly, it came out almost a full year after Kick-Ass, a film that played with the same general premise, that of a normal guy assuming a super heroic identity to fight crime (although here, the protagonist is far less normal than one is initially led to believe). Kick-Ass itself wasn’t a huge financial success, so a film that was seen by many (myself included, initially) to be a two-bit knock off didn’t really stand a chance. Secondly, IFC Films had no idea how to market the film, and ended up billing it as a black comedy. Are there comedic moments in Super? Yes, and when director James Gunn (Slither) feels like playing this up, he has you rolling in the aisles. But the vast majority of the film is conducted with a heavy emphasis on “black”. Indeed, Super is one of the most spectacularly twisted and disturbing superhero films ever released.
The movie opens on Frank (The Office’s Rainn Wilson), a pathetic nobody, reflect-
ing on the two best moments of his life: the day he married ex-junkie Sarah (Liv Tyler) and an occasion where he pointed out a mugger to a policeman in pursuit. Sarah soon returns to her old habits and falls in with drug dealer/pimp Jock (you get a sense of how Gunn’s high school years went when he straight-up names his some asshole’s skull with his wrench for cutting in line at the movies, it jolts you, and you’re certainly not cheering anymore.
Much of the violence in Super is shocking, not only in its viciousness, but its in-
eptitude. The characters’ ineptitude, mind you, not the filmmaker’s. Gunn’s back-
ground with splatter films like Tromeo and Juliet would have you expect violence of the fantastic variety, but no, it’s of a more realistic sort. Gunn closely follows Hitchcock’s method of depicting violence as ugly, difficult, and clumsy. When the Punisher perforates criminals with inhuman efficiency in one of his flicks, it’s clearly pure fantasy. But here, Rainn Wilson repeatedly bashing Michael Rooker’s skull is staged with a realism that is really uncomfortable to watch. And not con-
tent with mere blood and guts, Gunn ups the ante with a rare female-on-male rape scene, with Ellen Page as the sexual aggressor (prompting my first and hopefully last utterance of the term “adorable rapist”), the act is portrayed as quick and sav-
age as any other rape on film. But it’s Ellen Page. My mind could get around the morally reprehensible nature of the act. My dick did not get the memo. Super benefits from a killer principal cast (and Liv Tyler). Rainn Wilson plays june/july 2011 AUXILIARY and
Influencing a generation of musicians and artists, a founding member and mastermind behind Skinny Puppy, Ogre gets behind our lens and talks about the newly released ohGr album unDeveloped on Metropolis Records, his role in the cult classic Repo! The Genetic Opera, the upcoming long awaited Skinny Puppy album, and more.
interview by Aaron Andrews
It’s a bit like Harry Potter when he comes back and sees himself by the lake being destroyed by [the dementors], the specter-like creatures that are like the reapers. He ends up seeing a light on the other side of the lake, at first when he’s experienc-
ing this he sees a stag then later on you see that he’s come back to save himself. I’m a very big believer in a multiverse, and that there are different versions of you or I out there and some of them are benign and some of them are malign and some of them come back and give us little nudges and taps on the shoulder. …That was long winded, have fun transcribing that. [laughs] I felt like the sound of this album and Devils In My Details seems a lot darker and feels a little more like Skinny Puppy than other ohGr material. Was this darker theme intentional?
O : Well, when it came down to actual pragmatic making the album and making decisions sonically Devils In My Details is very dirty sounding, very lo-fi sound-
ing. It was mastered for vinyl so it has a different quality. Those are all distinct decisions... but I’ve never based anything conceptually around a preplanned idea; it’s always been very close to experience. So I think within that context there’s people who write really great songs that pull hooks in your heart and you’ll ap-
ply them to a point in your life which I guess is really how this would affect the listener. For me as a writer, it’s always semi-biographical or biographical in a way. It always has to do with whatever mess I’ve gotten myself into or experience I’m going through at the time. Everybody has those things that they go through in life, whether or not I hyperbolize them or they’re just weirder, I don’t know. I’ve stumbled upon some weird stuff in my life and I talk about it. Do you find themes reoccur in your music and life? O : Yeah, certain themes reoccur. Like more downbeat themes in various stages and various ways. I’ve never really -- I’ve self-medicated obviously, but never gone the other route of taking pharmaceuticals so I’ve ridden through a lot of my depression. And one thing I can say is that there’s light at the end of the tunnel; whether it’s neurons that are fading because of age or dendrites and connections that are, you know, made over; like earthquakes in the brain that causes these dendrites to snap and you kind of forget the pain. I’m not sure but there’s certainly 14
a shift you go through. Obviously some people go the other way too, and their bodies become unlivable... To get back to unDeveloped and the album, one of the aspects that touched me and twisted my head was “Crash” and the way how Michael Jackson’s death affected me. We’re basically the same ages, around. I’m a little younger than him; but the same sort of, no matter how much fun you have you can’t run from yourself. I think I spent a lot of years dealing with that. When I was young dealing with that, in my twenties and when I was partying a lot and not caring, I always knew in the back of my mind that I had many sobering moments going, “at one point in your life, Kevin/Ogre, whoever you are, you’re going to have to deal with this,” and I did, but aspects of that still remain. So I think the reoccurring themes in a lot of my work are because of body politics, accepting that the body dies as the mind dies, people leave, and things are painful. Who is Mr. Brownstone and what is he working on at his Oliver typewriter? O : Yeah, I don’t know who that fucker is. I’m still trying to figure it out, he’s almost like my Tony Clifton. Somehow he got a MySpace page and then he got a Facebook page. I think he’s military intelligence, he says he is. He has some pen-
chant for music and I think he has something against me for the fact that, maybe some of the things I said earlier on in Skinny Puppy, he seems to have picked me and chosen to have taken over my identity. I have no idea who he is, other than he looks a bit like me, but I could say Trent Reznor looks a bit like me or has in the past. So there’s these doppelgangers out there. Call it my insanity, call it his, I don’t know. He’s definitely there serving a purpose. Right now his sole purpose seems to be to obstruct and complicate certain aspects of my life.
Looking at the website for unDeveloped,, it felt like an open-
ended Myst-like puzzle, which was engaging to me. Maybe we can dig a little bit for the details of who he is.
O : I can tell you a little bit of what he’s done. He’s a clever prick. He’s a very clever prick and what he does is he feeds off the collective consciousness of peo-
ple. He’s somehow able to take what people tell him and further set a map forward based on people’s own ideas and their own analogies of what the puzzles are. He’s cobbled together these little boxes which he thinks are so cool because they have messages about me. He’s a fucking asshole and he’s built these things and he’s giv-
ing them away for free to listeners of the music, my music that answer questions correctly. So far these fans that I have are incredible with their -- they cooperate, they co-mingle, they share answers and spread this information and a lot of really interesting esoteric information with each other based on their own findings. It all comes back to this asshole Brownstone and I can’t tell if he’s spreading disinfor-
mation or if there’s some truth somehow within the shit. I don’t know. He has a captive audience of people that he’s having his way with and disseminating his idea what the truth is in the world, I guess.
Let me move to a question about you. Because we’re a fashion as well as a music magazine, I’m curious about how you build your various characters’ personalities through wardrobe. Do you work with what you have? I know the Plague Doctor was custom built. How do you usually put together your stage performance as far as costuming and appearance?
O : They usually come from ideas. And the concept I had for the last tour, for example, I wanted to take the idea of a dunce cap, a KKK adornment, and the idea of a billowing smokestack; the idea of this decaying putrefied fossil fuel existence that we live in and combine those things with something that could be projected on and what came out of it was this almost Popeish, decrepit KKK figure in a walker that smoked. I’m lucky enough to live in California and there’s a lot of special ef-
fects shops and I have friends in the horror industry and I found a smoke machine small enough to fit on my back so I could have smoke coming out of my head. You’re looking for images, you’re looking for things that are a two-part scenario, you’re looking for something that reads to an audience theatrically and you’re looking for something that has meaning. Something that has multiple meanings is even more gratifying. I come up with the concepts and in the case of the Plague Doctor it was done by a woman who’s an artist in Detroit. One of her skills is tak-
ing toys and I don’t know what they call it, jamming something where they turn toys into little musical instruments, like circuit bending or something like that. So she was kinda from that vibe but she also made costumes. She unraveled all the fi-
bers [from a fire hose] and basically made me the costume out of that fire hose. So things like that have a little meaning. And for the new costume I worked with the woman, Kerrie Kordowski, who did the costuming for 2001 Maniacs who I met on set and got along with and she has great ideas. She came up with five sketches of what I’d given her a description of and nailed it. I’ll probably work with her almost exclusively now because we have a good relationship. So it comes down to a lot of things, relationships, and good ideas. Ultimately all this stuff, music, good ideas, it doesn’t matter what you have, it’s what are you going to say and how are you going to say it is really what it comes down to. I’m sure it’s the same in fashion as well. You’re selling clothes ultimately, but whatever you have on top of that is what are you going to say and how are you going to say it.
Do you feel like the process is any different between ohGr and Skinny Puppy, how you build characters and the appearance?
O : OhGr is a very intimate project with two writers, myself and Mark Walk who are extremely close friends. We’ve been close friends for years. we’ve been with each other and been in and out of relationships; we’re like family. Our girlfriends know each other; his wife I should say, and my girlfriend. It’s an intimate process where there’s less of an uphill battle in music made by committee. In the case of Skinny Puppy, the differences are that you’re not really starting with vocals, you’re starting with music already written basically and Skinny Puppy has always MUSI C
Si nce 1982 Ogre (aka Kevi n Ogi l vi e) has been bendi ng our mi nds and breaki ng new musi cal ground. Fi rst as a foundi ng member and t he vocal i st for t he hugel y i nfluent i al and i nfamous Ski nny Puppy and l at er i n t he st arri ng rol e of t he sel f-
named duo ohGr, Ogre’s one-of-a-ki nd vocal st yl e combi ned wi t h hi s vi sual l y engagi ng and i n-your-face st age persona have been wi del y copi ed and hi s con-
t ri but i ons can al so be heard wi t h bands such as Mi ni st ry, Pi gface, and KMFDM, i n addi t i on t o bei ng a cast member of newl y mi nt ed cul t fil m cl assi c, Repo! The Genet i c Opera. OhGr ’s fourt h and l at est musi cal effort unDevel oped bui l ds on t hi s st rong l egacy and reput at i on. Ogre was ni ce enough t o t al k wi t h us and di scuss t he premi se and sound of t he new mat eri al, agi ng, cost umi ng, deat h, t he creat i ve cul t ure of Ski nny Puppy and ohGr, and l ast but not l east, even Mi chael Jackson.
I heard great thi ngs about the Auxi l i ary Magazi ne shoot of you for thi s fea-
Ogre : It was fun, she’s a great phot ographer.
I’m gl ad to hear you enjoyed the sessi on.
O : Wel l, i t ’s al ways a bi t daunt i ng at t hi s poi nt i n l i fe. I cal l i t t he Dori an Gray effect. So i t ’s al ways a bi t daunt i ng. When you work wi t h ni ce peopl e who under-
st and al l t he subt l et i es and sensi t i vi t i es t hat go al ong wi t h wat chi ng yoursel f decay on fil m over a l i fet i me, i t i sn’t so bad.
Tel l us a l i ttl e about the new al bum. What have you been expl ori ng and thi nk-
i ng about wi th unDevel oped?
O : unDevel oped i s ki nd of a begi nni ng poi nt and al so cl osure for me. It ’s some-
t hi ng t hat began wi t h Devi l s In My Det ai l s, so i t ’s a cont i nuat i on of t he concept of Devi l s In My Det ai l s but cl osure t o t he cont ent; i n t hat I t hi nk t he l ast four years of my l i fe I’ve had a number of revel at i ons and experi ences t hat have been very profound t o me. I t ri ed t o correl at e t hat i n a much more j ournal i st i c way i n Devi l s In My Det ai l s i n t he moment and unDevel oped i s a di fferent l ook at t he same si t u-
at i on t hrough a much cl earer resol ut i on l ens. Al most aki n t o l ooki ng at somet hi ng t hrough a chi l dhood mi croscope and t hen t aki ng i t i nt o a l ab and l ooki ng at i n under an el ect ron mi croscope and re-exami ni ng t he same i nformat i on. So unDe-
vel oped real l y came out of t hat, i t was t he cont i nuat i on of a real l y great proj ect wi t h Mark t hat we have a l ot of fun wi t h and we’re real l y act i vel y i nvol ved i n foment i ng and creat i ng an i mmersi ve experi ence and t aki ng t hat one st ep furt her. Obvi ousl y t hi s t i me peri od i s ri fe for t ons of i nformat i on bot h confusi ng, I’m sure t erri fyi ng t o most peopl e; but t o me, somebody who’s had t hei r head up t he ass of al l t hi s spect acul ar and covert and, um, l eft over ri ght, ri ght over l eft, even when t hey’re al l t he same. I’ve had my head seasoned t o t hi s for so l ong t hat t here’s j ust so much i nt erest i ng st uff t o wri t e about i n t he fashi on t hat I do t hat i t ’s a bi t poet i c. I t hi nk wi t h unDevel oped t oo i s I’m get t i ng cl oser and cl oser t o t he process of my own wri t i ng. I’m not t ryi ng t o say t o sound bi gger t han l i fe, I say t hat wi t h a great deal of humi l i t y i n t he sense t hat my wri t i ng has l ead me t o where I am now and on t he rout e has had t hi ngs t hat were al most prophet i c and very myst eri ous t o me. AUXI LI ARY j une/j ul y 2011 “ I think the reoccurring themes in a lot of my work are because of body politics, accepting that the body dies as the mind dies, people leave, and things are painful. ”
been more of a soundscape with the voice as an instrument. It’s two completely different ways of writing, I think, ultimately. What do you pick as your personal fashion choices off the stage? Are you a jeans and T-shirt kind of guy? And what does your style say about you?
O : I’m probably the most self-denigrating person in the world. So in the most self-denigrating of ways, in the most gently self-denigrating of ways I will skip over the question as I don’t really think of myself as anything. If anything my ar-
rogance hovers around a more Bukowski playfulness within all of this, in that I keep one foot in the gutter and one foot elevated in the places where people count the number of angels that form the head of a pin. I’m really grounded in the fact that all of those people wait in line and I’m just very lucky that I’ve had the op-
portunity to use emotion as a commodity in a world that I probably wouldn’t have survived in because the idea of selling things is becoming clearer to me now when I’m older and watching things fall apart in a Keynesian economic system that for a while it was really a challenge for me how I was going to navigate my way through life. [laughs]
Let me ask you about Mark Walk because I’ve always been kind of interested in him as he’s always been kind of a quiet person in your projects. Can you give us some brief in-
sight on why you got together with him to do W.E.L.T./ohGr?
O : Besides the obvious kind of idea that he’s an extremely talented writer, arranger, composer, and deeply, deeply, deeply, deeply regarded in music, whether it’s writing the picture, he has so many sides to his personality musically. We got along really well right from the beginning and I think that for me came from a place far less assured than I am now. I tended to gravitate to-
ward people that where like-minded and I could actually learn from and I had a lot of mentors in my life. The way Mark and I came together on things is, he’s an extremely diverse musician and personality and we’ve never had a bad mo-
ment. We’ve had a few little bad moments, but it’s been very efficacious relationship, one of the few in my life. So I think when you find things like that you value them and hold onto them and cherish them. The writing I’ve done for ohGr is probably for me, and that’s not saying for other people because once a piece of me is released its no longer mine, the act of working with Mark over the last sixteen years has probably been the most soul fulfilling, whatever it is, the most creative kind of efficacious time in my life. Just feeling fulfilled, feeling sated and into what I’m doing. It’s all about relationships. I guess there’s people who write music by themselves, but I mean, when you look at when music is written between two people and you see that union and there’s something alchemical and unique about it, that changes from relationship to relationship. I’m starting to see that’s the holy grail of a lot of really strong musical projects.
So what would you say is different with your working relationship with Mark as opposed to cEvin Key?
O : I’ve worked with Mark through Skinny Puppy. He’s produced Skinny Puppy. Like I said before, there’s two different styles of music. I think what people really enjoyed about Skinny Puppy for a long time was the dissonance, so that relation-
ship was based around dissonance, in truth, and I’m not writing history to say there’s acrimony during a large part of our relationship which is in a lot of ways what made it work. Do I think it’s satisfying? Sometimes... and sometimes no. So from a personal point of view, the differences are heartfelt. But as far as audio work goes, when I look at it all laid out, I mean, I am obviously proud of both sets of work and have a huge amount of respect for both sets of work. They’re differ-
the makeup, and some dark dirty things, I could really enjoy myself because that’s really a whole lot of fun, this kind of... exploring that side of my personality. We’ll see how that unfolds.
Do find you have many fans now from Repo! or 2001 Maniacs that are new to your non-film work?
O : Oh, yeah. Most of the people who come to the conventions are Repo! fans who are kind of getting into the music. There’s definitely a crossover. The cool thing with Repo! is even though it opened to a dismal box office, it’s maintained a certain cult credibility. There’s a lot of midnight shows and these things called Shadowcasts which is basically a theatrical performance of the movie as the movie is on, akin to Rocky Horror. If that happens that’s really great and great to be at-
tached to it.
Can we expect to see you touring as ohGr or Skinny Puppy again soon?
O : OhGr is looking at something in August right now, we’re just working out some details and kind of looking at an exciting band to tour with. It hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll find out in the next few weeks how it’s going, but it’s looking like August for ohGr. Excellent, looking forward to it! Thanks for your time, I appreciate it.
O : Thank you so much for your support.
right now. It is kind of cEvin’s musical direction on the record.
How is the acting career going? I understand you just appeared at Chiller Theater Expo. So I’m curious about the acting career and what the horror conventions are like for you?
O : I used to go to the conventions a lot, so I have a lot of fun at the conventions. The acting thing is something I’m definitely working at. It’s a work in progress and it’s something that’s not as easy as it looks in the sense that there’s a lot of actors out of work right now. It’s a slow process and I’ve been lucky enough to have the few parts I have. I’m not really pursuing it really aggres-
sively. I think once this is over with the ohGr disc, I’ll sit down and get my reel together and there’s a woman who’s expressed an interest in managing that part of my career, so I’m going to let her go out and see what’s there. But... it’s certainly more difficult than what I’ve had with the control of music and at the same time it’s a whole lot of fun, so I’m going to pursue it with-
out a doubt. I don’t have huge expectations of becoming a leading man or anything. I think that if I could play a few character roles and things in ent in their operational perspective.
I just saw the news that Skinny Puppy’s new material has been completed and will be called HanDover, when can we expect that?
O : I think it’s coming out in the fall. SPV has it slated for fall release, the fourth quarter of 2011.
Is this the same material that was delayed by the limbo of your record label or brand-new stuff?
O : Well, nothing sat around in some pantry and waited to come out. We’re all smart enough at this point in our lives to know when things are going south and use that limited amount of energy you have left in your life to work. So there’s no lost record or any sort of throw away sort of thing. When it came time to actu-
ally finish the record it happened quite fast actually. There was a flurry of activity and things that were started were either abstracted or finished or taken upon and changed or rerouted in some way. But it all ended up very current, where we are 16AUXILIARY june/july 2011 MUSI C
june/july 2011 AUXILIARY Digitalism
- I Love you, Dude
released by V2/Cooperative Music/Downtown on 21 June 2011 genre : dance rock
I first heard Digitalism through Dave Gahan’s solo work and was excited to give this, their second re-
lease a listen. I found that through the entire album all the songs I really liked were the electro instru-
mental ones, but they felt almost second class be-
cause their play times were under 4 minutes. The seemingly feature songs were a bit disappointing too, I never quite got on board with the dance rock and the vocals they offered. I think these guys have an immense talent for great electro over the rock/
EDM merge but what this needs is longer versions of the instrumental songs that make up most of the album to allow the listener to experience the great song writing and good feelings. 6/10 - AA
quick picks
released by Metropolis Records on 26 April 2011
genre : industrial rock
KMFDM are on another rampage, taking no prison-
ers and leaving destruction in their wake. Käpt’n K K and his Kadets use the KMFDM formula to create typical KMFDM songs, but this time they kicked all the weak solutions off the album. WTF?! is hard and heavy with Sascha and Lucia splitting vocal du-
ties. The album is full of hits like “Krank”, “Rebels in Kontrol” and “Lynchmob” with the weakest song being “Take it Like a Man” but even it is more than tolerable. The most unique song is “Death & Burial Of C.R.”, an ambient industrial noise track that will send little children screaming. WTF?! is a solid re-
lease that will never be mistaken for anything but a KMFDM album. 7/10 - MK
Chai nreact or - I nsomni ac
rel eased by ProNoi ze on 1 Apri l 2011
genre : rhyt hmi c noi se, i ndust ri al t echno
Who says harsh dance musi c can’t be l i st ened t o out -
si de of t he cl ub? Chai nreact or ’s second al bum In-
somni ac i s hard poundi ng rel ent l ess beat s, crunchy synt hs and formul ai c breakdowns. There are al so a pl et hora of wel l -pl aced vocal sampl es t hat are t weaked and mani pul at ed addi ng a hi gher l evel of i nt erest. Thi s i s cl ub musi c, no doubt about i t, and for some reason I keep goi ng back t o t hi s rel ease when I want somet hi ng t o l i st en t o. Perhaps i t i s t he al i gnment of t he moon or my l ow vi t ami n D l evel s, but t hi s al bum has found a pl ace i n my permanent rot at i on for home and cl ub use. 7/10 - MK
Army of the Uni verse
- Mother I gnorance
rel eased by Met ropol i s Records on 25 May 2011
genre : el ect roni c rock
Army of t he Uni verse’s debut al bum Mot her Igno-
rance i s one of t hose al bums t hat doesn’t bl ow you away but i t al ways draws your at t ent i on. The songs are a ni ce bl end of dance beat s wi t h power gui t ar spri nkl ed t hroughout. The vocal t al ent s of Lord K are sol i d addi ng a bi t of sexi ness t o t he overal l feel. The most posi t i ve poi nt of t hi s al bum i s t he di versi t y i n song st ruct ure, from t rack t o t rack you get a smor-
gasbord of audi o pl easure, t hi s i s a wel l -produced al bum. Mot her Ignorance i s goi ng t o be enj oyed for many mont hs as we eagerl y wai t for a fol l ow up al -
bum. 8/10 - MK
The Fresh & Onl ys - Secret Wal l s EP
rel eased by Sacred Bones on 26 Apri l 2011
genre : i ndi e, psychedel i c
The Sacred Bones l abel i s on fire ri ght now. Every rel ease t hey put out (Zol a Jesus, Sl ug Gut s, Moon Duo) i s equal l y as compel l i ng as t he l ast, and t hei r packagi ng makes t hei r rel eases a compl et e work of art. The Fresh & Onl ys are no except i on. Vocal i st Ti m Cohen del i vers hi s l i nes wi t h ghost l y, haunt i ng i nt onat i ons, and t he musi c seems t o hover some-
where bet ween Tel evi si on and Johnny Cash. Secret Wal l s i s a dark, somber ri de t hrough t he count ry l at e at ni ght, wi t h bi g reverb and t remol o-soaked gui t ars sl owl y pul l i ng t he horse and carri age al ong, none of whi ch woul d sound out of pl ace as a t heme or cl i-
max t o a l ong forgot t en West ern. 8/10 - PM
musi c revi ews
16Vol t - Beati ng Dead Horses
rel eased by Met ropol i s Records on 10 May 2011
genre : i ndust ri al rock
16Vol t ’ s comeback i s now four years i n and t hree al bums deep. Thei r newest effort, Beat i ng Dead Horses, cont i nues t he onsl aught of superb musi c. Lyri cal l y t hi s al bum i s al l about maul i ng one’s ego, t here are no happy songs t o be heard, j ust depres-
si on and sel f-l oat hi ng. In cont rast t o t he l yri cs; t he vocal s, heavy gui t ars, hard snappi ng drums, and fla-
vorful synt hs l i ft t he l i st ener out of t he bl ack pi t s of sui ci de and i nt o an agi t at ed t est ost erone-fuel ed happy pl ace. No mat t er i f t he human race j ust got obl i t erat ed or you got a si ck promot i on at your j ob, t hi s al bum i s a great l i st en. 7/10 - MK
Mi ck Harvey - Sketches From the Book of the Dead
rel eased by Mut e on 2 May 2011
dat a : 7t h al bum . 11 t racks . 40:29 run t i me . www.mi
revi ewed by : Paul Mori n genre : i ndi e, fol k, al t ernat i ve
Mi ck Harvey i s best known as t he t ravel i ng si de-man t o Ni ck Cave (he’s t he guy wi t h t he gui t ar si nce pre-Bi rt hday Part y days). Though t hey have recent l y part ed ways, i f t hi s al bum i l l ust rat es anyt hi ng about t he re-
l at i onshi p bet ween t he t wo cl earl y, i t ’s t hat t hei r rol es have bl urred t o t he poi nt where i t i s di fficul t t o t el l who has i nspi red whom, and who i s t he t eacher and who i s t he st udent. Sket ches From t he Book of t he Dead st ands up t o any of Ni ck Cave and t he Bad Seeds’ finest works, t hough many of t he same musi cal and l yri cal t hemes have (not surpri si ngl y) carri ed over t o Harvey’s sol o repert oi re. As t he morbi d t i t l e i mpl i es, t hi s i s an al bum about l oss and change, about fri ends commi t t i ng sui ci de, about deat h and t he reflect i ons and ni ght mares t hat fol l ow i n i t s wake, and about t he nat ure of l i fe meanderi ng i t s way t owards i t s i nevi t abl e end i n everyt hi ng you see and t ouch. It ’s dark st uff and not for t he fai nt of heart, but i t ’s al so sophi st i cat ed, spi ri t ual, and i nt i mat e. If you can handl e t he t ri p, you’re goi ng t o arri ve i n a pl ace very di fferent t han where you st art ed. The musi c i t sel f i s st ri pped down, focusi ng on t he heart of an acoust i c gui t ar and Harvey’s warm, si ng-speak voi ce. Ot her i nst rument s are sparsel y pl aced i n t he mi x (harmoni zed vocal s, l i ght percussi on, organs, pi anos, l i ght st ri ngs, and gun-
sl i nger gui t ars firi ng off at wi l l ), al l of whi ch gi ve credence t o t he poet i c aest het i c “l ess i s more.” Hi ghl y recommended. You won’t find much t hat wi l l compare or compet e wi t h i t.
recommended tracks : The Bal l ad of Jay Gi vens, Franki e T. (Franki e C.), Oc-
t ober Boy
i f you l i ke you may l i ke : Ni ck Cave, Mi chael Gi ra, Scot t Wal ker
grade : overal l 8 - musi c 8 - l yri cs 9 - recordi ng qual i t y 8
Di spl acer - Ni ght Gal l ery
rel eased by Tympani k Audi o on 24 May 2011
dat a : 6t h al bum . 11 t racks . 42:38 run t i me . www.dspl
revi ewed by : Aaron Andrews genre : IDM
Si nce 2003 Toront o’s Mi chael Mort on has re-
l eased si x al bums under Di spl acer wi t h Ni ght Gal l ery as hi s l at est endeavor. Ni ght Gal l ery i s a more focused and downt empo di rect i on t han 2009’s X Was Never Li ke Thi s where he expl ored sampl ed phrases and j oi ned forces wi t h l i ke-mi nded musi ci ans i n a fun and di rt y romp. Thi s t i me around Di spl acer i s more focused on t he subt l et i es and evol ut i on of 11 much qui et er and personal songs, perfect l y produced by Di spl acer hi msel f and mast ered by Gri dl ock’s Mi ke Wel l s. Despi t e my sayi ng t he songs are qui et, t hey aren’t abst ract soundscapes, t o t he cont rary t hey are bui l t on a st ruct ure of careful l y pl anned beat s and bass rhyt hms embel l i shed wi t h excel l ent sound desi gn and subt l e flouri shes. The songs are, wi t h t he except i on of “Fal l i ng”, i nst rument al s and combi ni ng t hat wi t h t he sl ow bui l d ups and qui et det ai l s of every song t hi s i s best descri bed as mood musi c. Ni ght Gal l ery i s enj oyed much more on headphones or i n qui et spaces t han as dri vi ng or get t oget her musi c. The cover art and t i t l e poi nt your expect at i ons i n exact l y t he ri ght di rect i on as you feel aft er a whi l e you’re st ari ng at t he sky whi l e subt l e t ransmi ssi ons from t he uni verse fil t er i nt o your head. The voi ces of st ars, pl anet s, radi at i on, radi o waves, and even t he open voi d are al l pl ayed by di fferent sounds and beat s as t hey act l i ke brush st rokes fil l i ng out a gl ori ous port rai t. Each compo-
si t i on requi res t he l i st ener t o t une and have some pat i ence but t hey end up bei ng so rewardi ng as your worri es mel t away and you become one wi t h t he ni ght.
recommended tracks : Radi oact i ve, Awakeni ng, Fal l i ng
i f you l i ke you may l i ke : Gri dl ock, Bl ack Lung, Archi t ect
grade : overal l 7 - musi c 7 - l yri cs 7 - recordi ng qual i t y 9
TV Ghost - Mass Dream
rel eased by In t he Red Records on 12 Apri l 2011
dat a : 2nd al bum . 11 t racks . 40:55 run t i me . el evi si onghost
revi ewed by : Paul Mori n genre : garage, horror-punk, art -punk Fi nal l y, a band t hat answers t he quest i on: What woul d happen i f t he members of Echo and The Bunnymen ci rca 1980 had t aken t oo much aci d and t hen gone on st age duri ng a bad t ri p? Young, confront at i onal, menaci ng, i n-your-face, and bat -shi t crazy, TV Ghost are l i ke get t i ng st uck on a haunt ed house ri de at t he fai r t hat someone greased and sped up t o unt i l i t ’s goi ng off t he rai l s at every t urn. Lead si nger Ti m Gi ck sounds l i ke a cross bet ween a spast i c, exci t ed Crocodi l es-era Ian McCul l uch and Bobcat Gol d-
t hwai t, yel pi ng hi s way t hrough each song as t hough si mul t aneousl y st ruggl i ng wi t h epi l epsy. The l yri cs are not hi ng t o wri t e home about, general l y sayi ng some-
t hi ng about “I’m crazy i n here and get me out,” (a ment al -hospi t al -on-t he-l oose vi be), and i s t he sort of t hi ng every wei rd si xt h-grader has scri bbl ed al l over hi s or her t ext books, but fit perfect l y wi t h t he ki net i c frenzy t he band del i vers, whi ch i s somewhere near t he t op of t he l ouder-fast er-wi l der aest het i c. Gui t ars cranked way i nt o t he red shi ft bet ween spi dery, bare-bones mel odi es and t eet h-chat t eri ng burst s of noi se. As far as cl assi ficat i on goes, t hi s i s by-t he-numbers garage-punk, wi t h spl ashes of ol d school got h a l a Chri st i an Deat h and art -punk a l a Gang of Four t hrown i n for good measure, but i t ’s damn good wi t hi n t hose confines. It ’s creepy, unset t l i ng, and noi sy, guarant eed t o pi ss of your nei ghbors and at t ract at t ent i on from t he 5-0 i f you pl ay i t l oud enough. recommended tracks : Wi red Trap, Doppl eganger
i f you l i ke you may l i ke : The Cramps, Bi rt hday Part y, A-Frames
grade : overal l 7 - musi c 7 - l yri cs 6 - recordi ng qual i t y 7
j une/j ul y 2011 AUXI LI ARY 20
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of Black Theorem!
Most peopl e onl y wi sh t hey l i ved i n an act i on movi e. Me? I grab l i f e by t he t hroat and scream i mpossi bl y sadi st i c t hreat s i n i t s f ace unt i l i t BECOMES AN ACTION MOVIE.
Just outsi de Abbottabad, Paki stan. May 2, 2011. The mood was t ense as we approached t he drop poi nt. The ot her men on t he Bl ackhawk (whose names I’d never bot hered t o l earn) seemed anxi ous, growi ng more uneasy each t i me one of t hem gl anced over at me. It coul d have been t he chi l d-si zed Deadpool cost ume I was weari ng (whi ch handsomel y accent uat ed my beer gut, and my package even more so), but I t hi nk i t was i rrefut abl e knowl edge t hat I was t he most dangerous man i n t he uni t. They coul d sense my unequal ed combat prowess, overt sexual menace, and pungent man-st i nk, and coul d not hel p but i nst i nct i vel y fear yet respect i t.
I had prepared for t he mi ssi on l i ke I had for al l past ones: si ngi ng al ong t o Queen’s “Pri nces of t he Uni verse” whi l e pl easuri ng mysel f. You know, l i ke medi t at i on. Inci dent al l y, t hi s i s al so how I prepare for al l my dat es, and i f rocki ng out t o a flamboyant homosexual bel t i ng t he Hi ghl ander t heme at ful l vol ume whi l e you furi ousl y si re some sprog doesn’t get you i n t he mood t o nai l pussy or spi l l bl ood, you ai n’t a real man i n my est i mat i on. And yet, I was l ess t han Zen as we approached t he l i on’s den. My superi ors had deemed my usual weapon syst em (t wo doubl e-barrel ed shot guns and a hal berd al l sol dered t oget her, dubbed “t he Brons_npeni s” by yours t rul y) was “unaccept abl e” for t hi s mi ssi on (“or any mi ssi on”, t hey were qui ck t o add). I was saddl ed wi t h t he far more st andard AR-15, al bei t wi t h a modul ar crossbow and undersl ung grenade l auncher. Hey, i f I’m t aki ng down t he Mad Arab, I’m doi ng i t wi t h some sembl ance of st yl e. But t hi s was no t i me t o sweat t he smal l st uff; i t was go t i me. The hel i copt er hovered as I repel l ed down, and bri efly consi dered shri eki ng, “I am t he ni ght!”, t o i nst i l l fear i n my en-
emi es, but real i zed t hat t hi s came wi t h t he unfort unat e consequence of al ert i ng t hem t o our presence. Al so, I presumed t wo comi c book references mi ght red flag me as a “compl et e fucki ng nerd”, and I j ust coul dn’t suffer t hat bl ack spot on my reput at i on. Wai t, di dn’t I j ust … Fuck!!! Wel l, anyway…
As t he bal l i st i cs t eam moved i n wi t h breachi ng charges, I t hought t o mysel f, “That ’s not how �Meri ca get s shi t done!” and wi t h t hat, racked a grenade. I saw my C.O. runni ng t owards me, screami ng somet hi ng I coul dn’t make out as I squeezed t he t ri gger. No doubt commendi ng me on my ski l l ful l y unort hodox ent ry t echni que. “No t i me for congrat ul at i ons now,” I t hought. “We have a j ob t o do.” Al so, t he sound of t he grenade bl ast had t emporar-
i l y deafened t he l ot of us, so t he accol ades woul d have been rendered mut e. Undaunt ed by t he l oss of heari ng, we st ormed t he corri dor t owards t he room cont ai ni ng Publ i c Enemy No. 1, wi t h me headi ng up t he pack. I ki cked down t he door wi t h a bl oodt hi rst y rage, and shot s began t o ri ng out al l around me.
I cut t hrough t he ai r wi t h a somersaul t, sprayi ng t he room wi t h a flurry of crossbow bol t s and howl i ng madl y. It was a move so manl y, i t woul d have st ruck Chuck Norri s i mpot ent as he wept out of envy and shame! Sadl y, as I st uck t he l andi ng and scanned t he room, I saw I’d hi t not one of my t arget s. I t hi nk some l ady may have caught a coupl e i n t he l eg, but I wasn’t real l y payi ng at t ent i on. Because ri ght t here, a mere t wo met ers before me, was t he shri vel ed face of t he devi l hi msel f: Osama bi n Laden. Our eyes met and I coul d t el l he knew i n hi s heart he’d soon suffer t he col d wast es of Zamhareer. I t hrew my ri fle asi de and drew my gut -hooked bl ade as he mut t ered i n some st range, al i en l anguage (I l at er found out t hi s was Arabi c; i t ’s not l i ke I’m some goddamned l i ngui st!). I approached my prey as hi s compat ri ot s fel l around me. I si l ent l y t hanked t he Great Spi ri t, sweari ng t o not wast e a bi t of my ki l l. Bone, meat, and hi de woul d al l be put t o good use (I was pl anni ng on maki ng a chai r).
He mi ght have l i ved as a coward, but by god I was about t o make hi m di e l i ke a warri or, l ooki ng me i n t he whi t es of my eyes as hi s went dead! Thi s was for j ust i ce! Thi s was for AMERICA!!! And t hen some ot her guy ran up and doubl e-t apped hi m wi t h a .45.
USS Carl Vi nson, northern Arabi an Sea. May 2, 2011. There was much cel ebrat i on aboard t he Carl Vi nson as we made our way back home, wi t h our quarry i n t ow. Not for me, t hough. I fel t robbed. Cheat ed. That mad bast ard’s head shoul d be mount ed on my wal l, not some ot her asshol e’s (an asshol e, I shoul d add, whose name I st i l l hadn’t t aken t he t i me t o l earn!). Si t t i ng t here, “cel ebrat i ng” wi t h my t hi rd handl e of scot ch, I t hought on t he now l i fel ess body of t he modern era’s great est vi l l ai n. Ameri ca had cert ai nl y had i t s vi ct ory t oday, but what of my gl o-
ry? Di d t he el i mi nat i on of our nat i on’s great est enemy out wei gh t he st i ng of my personal fai l ure? In my heroi cal l y drunken st at e, I deci ded t hat no, i t di d not. So I grabbed hi s bul l et -ri ddl ed ass and chucked i t overboard, l i ke a boss! No t rophy for me, no t rophy for anyone, mot herfuckers!
Adam i s currentl y bei ng hel d i n a secure mi l i tary faci l i ty whi l e awai t-
i ng charges. Hi s unauthori zed di sposal of bi n Laden’s body, coupl ed wi th hi s reckl ess and gross negl i gence duri ng the commencement of Operati on Neptune Spear, means he coul d very wel l hang.
War i n My Head
by Adam Rosi na
Adam Rosi na, aka The Angri est Cri t i c, cut s a swat he t hr ough pol i t i cs, pop cul t ure, subcul t ure, and soci et y at l arge wi t h t he sur gi cal pr eci si on one woul d expect of a doubl e- bi t bat t l e- axe f or ged i n t he f i r es of hel l - bor n i nsani t y. Fact or f i ct i on? He doesn’ t even know, so why shoul d you?! Joi n hi m as he makes some j okes al ong t he way and gazes i nt o t he abyss i n Bl ack Theorem.
j une/j ul y 2011 AUXI LI ARY Juni or Boys - I t’s Al l True
rel eased by Domi no on 14 June 2011
dat a : 5t h al bum . 9 t racks . 51:31 run t i me . www.j uni
revi ewed by : Paul Mori n genre : i ndi e el ect roni c, dance
I’ve never real l y t rust ed t he Juni or Boys. They st ri ke me as t he ki nd of band t hat t o your face woul d buy you a dri nk, but behi nd your back t hey’re sendi ng t ext s t o your gi rl fri end ask-
i ng her i f she want s t o go out for Sushi some-
t i me. Thei r musi c and l yri cs are masked wi t h a sense of i nnocence and awkwardness, but at t he same t i me t here’s a cert ai n confidence i n t hei r st ep t hat makes i t seem l i ke a game t hey know and pl ay al l t oo wel l. Ent er t rack t wo on t hi s al bum, “Pl ayt i me,” whi ch i s t he modern el ect roni c equi val ent of a Yacht -rock bal l ad, compl et e wi t h dri ppy 70s/80s synt hs movi ng i n sl ow mo-
t i on beneat h a mi rror-bal l drum-machi ne pul se as t he si nger whi spers i nt o t he mi c “Come a l i t t l e cl oser/ St are a l i t t l e l onger l i ke compet i t ors do.” At t he same t i me, t hough, you ki nd of feel sorry for t hese guys, because when t hey’re not spi nni ng woul d-be baby-maki ng bal l ads, t hey’re maki ng somber reflect i ons on how l onel y i t get s when st uff j ust doesn’t work out ri ght (“Never seen, never been/ In a t rul y happy endi ng”). So maybe t he gi rl t hey’re t ext i ng never sends t hem t he repl y t hey’re l ooki ng for. The al bum moves i n and out of st andard i ndi e ret ro el ect roni c fare, some t racks more danceabl e t han ot hers, wi t h echoes of act s l i ke Pri nce, New Order, and The Bl ue Ni l e. Fort unat el y, t hrough al l of t hi s t here i s a si l ver l i ni ng: The JBs know how t o wri t e cat chy hooks and wrap t hem i n a real l y ni ce package where not a moment i n t he song i s wast ed or out of pl ace. Thei r craft, t hough an ol d game, i s one t hey have perfect ed, and t hey sel l i t very wel l. At i t s best mo-
ment s, t he al bum i s, as i nt ended, compel l i ngl y sexy and seduct i ve. recommended tracks : It chy Fi ngers, A Trul y Happy Endi ng
i f you l i ke you may l i ke : Tel efon Tel Avi v, New Order, Cut Copy
grade : overal l 6 - musi c 7 - l yri cs 5 - recordi ng qual i t y 10
ohGr - unDevel oped
rel eased by Met ropol i s Records on 10 May 2011
dat a : 4t h al bum . 14 t racks . 52:58 run t i me . www.wdi ht
revi ewed by : Mi ke Ki effer genre : el ect ro-i ndust ri al
Ogre and Mark Wel t t eam up yet agai n on t he fourt h ohGr al bum, unDevel oped. Whi l e t he funky use of capi t al i zat i on i n t hei r band name, al bum, and songs keeps screwi ng wi t h my word processor ’s aut o correct and ul t i-
mat el y pi ssi ng me off, t he al bum does not. Ri ght from t he openi ng t rack “101” a gl oomy at mosphere i s set wi t h an i nt ro t hat bui l ds ant i ci pat i on t o feveri sh l evel s before t he song ki cks i n. Thi s use of an i nt ro t o t ransport t he l i st ener i nt o a desi red st at e i s repeat ed t hroughout t he al bum, most not abl y on “Crash” whi ch uses t he 911 cal l report i ng t he deat h of pop st ar Mi chael Jackson. Thi s i s ohGr ’s darkest al bum t o dat e, so dark t hat I t hi nk t he sun di ms a l i t t l e when you put i t on. Thi s remi nds me of great el ect ro-i ndust ri al al bums of yest eryear where l i st eni ng t o i t makes me feel el i t e for knowi ng i t exi st s and un-
derst andi ng why. The musi c and vocal s from st art t o fini sh work i n concert, pl ay-
ful l y droppi ng, bui l di ng, and compl ement i ng each ot her, you can t el l t hat t hese t wo i ndi vi dual s have been worki ng t oget her for a l ong t i me. unDevel oped reeks wi t h flavor. You get a sense t hat no st one was l eft unt urned, every opt i on was expl ored for t he best possi bl e out come. It i s an experi ence, l i ke wat chi ng a wel l -
fil med movi e as opposed t o wat chi ng an hours wort h of YouTube vi deos, you j ust feel more sat i sfied i n t he end wi t h t he former.
recommended tracks : Comedown, t raGek
i f you l i ke you may l i ke : Ski nny Puppy, Proj ect Pi t chfork
grade : overal l 8 - musi c 8 - l yri cs 7 - recordi ng qual i t y 9
And One - Tanzomat
rel eased by Out of Li ne/Met ropol i s Records on 4 March 2011
dat a : 10t h al bum . 12 t racks .
revi ewed by : Steve Pri nsen aka DJ Dark-
wave genre : EBM, synt hpop
And One’s 2011 rel ease Tanzomat fol l ows rat her fai t hful l y i n t he foot st eps of t hei r ear-
l i er ful l l engt h al bums. There i s a good mi x of sl ow burners and upbeat st ompers, al t hough t here are no obvi ous dance floor ki l l ers on t hi s rel ease. That ’s not t o say t hey won’t get you movi ng, but don’t expect somet hi ng on t he l evel of “Mi l i t ary Fashi on Show” t o drag you t o t he floor. Thi s i s a much more subt l e col l ect i on of songs. The first si ngl e, “Zerst orer”, i s oddl y mi ssi ng from t he final rel ease, al t hough t he B-si des from t hat si ngl e are i ncl uded here. I’m not sure I’ve ever run i nt o t hat odd occurrence, but t he band (especi al l y l ead si nger and mai n member St eve Naghavi ) has a reput at i on for bei ng a bi t eccent ri c so perhaps t here’s no real myst ery here. There are a coupl e of pol i t i cal st at ement pi eces i n-
cl udi ng “Seven” a 9/11 reference t hat wi l l i nt erest t hose of us who st i l l have ques-
t i ons about t hat day and “El ect rocut i on” whi ch t ackl es t he deat h penal t y i ssue. There i s al so a good deal of t ongue-i n-cheek goi ng on as can be expect ed from t hese guys. Thi s i s al most ent i rel y an Engl i sh l anguage rel ease. That combi ned wi t h t he l yri cal cont ent on most of t he songs seems t o suggest i t i s geared t oward a more Ameri can audi ence. Despi t e t he l ack of l anguage i ssues, I st i l l oft en have a hard t i me figuri ng out exact l y what And One i s t ryi ng t o say wi t h t hei r l yri cs, but t hey rarel y fai l t o del i ver on t he fun. There i s al so a l i ve compani on di sc i ncl uded wi t h t hi s rel ease. I di d not get t o revi ew t hat di sc so I can’t speak t o i t s wort h, but havi ng seen t he band l i ve I have no doubt i t ’s ent ert ai ni ng.
recommended tracks : Save t he Hat e, Sex Dri ve i f you l i ke you may l i ke : Mi nerve, Mel ot ron
grade : overal l 7 - musi c 7 - l yri cs 6 - recordi ng qual i t y 7
AUXI LI ARY j une/j ul y 2011 How did you get into skating?
Steve Sojka : I just had my second open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital. My doctor said I could never play any full contact sports. This news crushed me at the time. I would never be able to live out my dream to become an NHL goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres. At that age all the kids were getting into sports. Foot-
ball, soccer, basketball, or hockey consumed the time of many of the kids in my neighborhood, so I spent a lot of time by myself. I took an interest in skateboarding because it was a way to be artistic while taking out a bunch of aggression. I remember, I was coming home from the hospital and saw a “skatepunk” for the first time. The rider of the board was more like a cartoon character. He had a full orange mohawk and was sporting ratty jeans and a concert t-shirt. The guy on the skateboard was like nothing I had ever seen and I was fascinated by the tricks he was doing. He looked menacing on the outside but I could tell he was in his own world while on that board. Truly happy.
Eric Bifaro : I started skateboarding when I was around 13 years old. And I just sort of got one to screw around, and I didn’t really know anything, but now it’s what? 14 years later and I still am absolutely awful at it, but love it more than quite a few other things in life. Later, when I started playing in punk bands and one time, we went on this weekend tour, and we played… I don’t remember where we were, but there was this old-school snake run into a pool, and there were all these weirdo punk rocker, skateboarding, weirdo redneck lunatics, hanging out in this snake run. That was half the appeal of going on this trip. I remember being around these people and being like, seventeen, eighteen years old, and thinking �who are these weir-
dos?’ Here I’m surrounded by these somewhat like-minded people who are into riding around and hurting themselves, and I thought, this is awesome.
What about skating drew you in, do you still skate with that same motivation?
Steve Sojka : Owning the fact that I would never grow up physically “normal” because of my artificial heart valve, I gravitated toward the artsy/rebellious people (i.e. skatepunks). I found these people shared a majority of the same feelings and situations that I did and were grossly misunderstood by �normal’ folks. Yes, I have the same motivation. If I ever need to get out of the world for awhile, I’ll go skate. Nowadays it’s usually speeding down the street on a coffin-shaped long board and 70mm wheels.
Eric Cedrone : I’ve always been addicted to progression and skateboarding had �milestones’ of progression. Unlike team sports, where the more you practice, the more you generally improve, the more you practice skateboarding the more specific tricks you learned. Skateboarding was a family. I was friends with 20-
year-olds while I was 13, because we shared a passion for the sport. Back before everyone and their brother skated, you knew everyone in your school and town that skated, and you were all friends. Unfortunately, after a few broken bones, domestic life, and age, I don’t skate as often. But when I do skate, I still enjoy it very much.
Eric Bifaro : I have much less time for it. I remember when I was growing up and getting into skateboard-
ing. I was a bored suburban kid who would just go around and find stupid things to skateboard on and get kicked out of places and just have fun. Nowadays I have much less time, I’ll go out with friends to the banks on North and Franklin and just fuck around for a while. It’s still with the same passion, but I have less time to devote to it.
What changes in the skating scene over the years are you skeptical about?
Steve Sojka : I guess you could say the commercialization of it. I always treated skating as a way of life and Sk8ing and the Underground
we’ve lost something. It’s become more about how accessible it is, and how much of a sport it’s become. It’s become less about having fun, or sneaking into some public pool that’s been drained for a small amount of time. It’s more about landing tricks and getting sponsored.
What are your hopes for the future of the skating scene?
Steve Sojka : I hope it maintains the level of agro-creativity that has always been associated with skating. That combined with the individualism and style that each person brings to the street, ramp, or skate park. I hope that the competitive side doesn’t overtake the art now that it has been recognized as a �sport’. If that happens, then it will be just another sport.
Eric Cedrone : I hope that it could decrease in popularity enough to strengthen the bonds that were once there. Any young skater that I meet that doesn’t care what the next kid is wearing, what he is skating on, or how many flip tricks he can do, that impresses me. Do your own thing and be happy. Eric Bifaro : There’s some sort of love or passion - however you want to see it - that is what keeps it all going. Wanting to have fun in this day and age, that’s something I think people take for granted with skate-
boarding. People get worried about technical ability and landing tricks. Who cares about all that shit? I got into skateboarding because it was really fun. And I still have fun with it, so I am not going to stop doing it until it’s not fun.
There are points in their interviews where it became hard to separate the punk from skating. I couldn’t help but wonder what skating would have been like if another subculture had spear headed its rise. Eric Cedrone offers some further insight into what draws people into skating today, “There’s the love for being part of a subculture too. It may be why skateboarding has ties not just to the punk community, but also the underground hip hop community, graffiti, body modification, and other subcultures.” Skating, in spite of its mainstream popularity, will probably remain the sport of the underground for many years to come. The transgressive nature of the activity appeals strongly to people on the fringe, offering them a past-time to collect around. As almost all subcultures of the underground can agree with Steve Sojka when he explains that, “Rolling up to do a 50/50 grind or rail slide on a corporation’s embankment still in my mind gives me the satisfaction of sticking it to �the man’.”
by EJTower
On my dai l y wal k t hrough t he park I hear t he sound of boards gri ndi ng across concret e, but t he sounds t hat ac-
company i t are di fferent t han when I was a ki d. In t he parks, Jay-Z has repl aced Bad Rel i gi on and fit t ed caps have repl aced bri ght -col ored mohawks hel d up wi t h El -
mer ’s gl ue. These ki ds are t he new generat i on of skat ers, but t he skat er punks aren’t gone. You can st i l l see t hem rol l i ng down t he st reet s on l ong boards, or skat i ng t he ol d pl aces on t hei r days off l i ke an endangered speci es. Seeki ng out t hese ol der skat ers, I want ed t o di scover what t hey t hought of t hese changes. I cont act ed Eri c Ce-
drone, manager of TwoFourFi ve Boardshop i n Lockport, NY, St eve Soj ka, t he drummer for horror rock band The Rabi es, and Eri c Bi faro of Feral Ki d Records, al l l ong-
t i me skat ers comi ng from a punk background. As t hese ki ds of t he new generat i on head out for anot her summer, I asked t he ol der generat i on t o reflect back.
I t hi nk t hat aspect of i t ki nd of get s l ost wi t h al l t he hype. But hey, peopl e need t o put food on t he t abl e, ri ght? I t hi nk t he abi l i t y t o have a sponsorshi p i s great! If you get t o t hat l evel, good for you, but never forget where you came from. We al l t ri ed our shot at bei ng sponsored. I t hi nk i t ’s a l ot t ougher for ki ds now because of t he compl exi t y of t he t ri cks nowadays.
Eri c Cedrone : Skat eparks are now mi ni -compet i t i ons. Every skat er t here i s t ryi ng t o one-up anot her, and not al ways i n a fri endl y way. It seems t he brot her-
hood i sn’t as st rong anymore. It may j ust be my age t al ki ng, but al l t he ol d skat -
ers l i ke me are st i l l a communi t y and st i l l do i t for fun. I see many young ki ds t hat are concerned wi t h sponsorshi ps and are pressured by peers and t hemsel ves t o accompl i sh cert ai n t ri cks or at t ai n a cert ai n l evel of skat i ng not for t hei r own benefit. Thi s i s not skat eboardi ng, t hi s i s t rai ni ng, and as an ol d punk t hat used t o skat e seven days a week, I do not approve.
Eri c Bi faro : When I was get t i ng i nt o i t, skat i ng was becomi ng much more ac-
cessi bl e. You know, X Games, soon t o be fol l owed by Tony Hawk pro-skat i ng, whi ch coul d have done a l ot of cool t hi ngs for skat i ng. But i nst ead, I t hi nk ABOVE Eri c Cedrone . UPPER LEFT St eve Soj ka LOWER LEFT Eri c Bi f aro . phot os : Al ex Fi scher
Ask Arden
Q : What would you say are the top three things you must do to get a guy to notice you? I read your blog and would think becoming his fantasy would be one of them... what else?
A : I’d say he has to notice you before you can become his fantasy. Becoming his fantasy is important in long-term seductions, but in order to become his fantasy, you have to get to know what his fantasy is, which means you need to get him to talk and observe him, so noticing you comes before that. That said, here would be my top three:
1. Have an intriguing reputation. It helps if he’s heard of you before he meets you. This is why it’s so handy for me being a seduction expert; the moment someone hears that about me, they’re like, “Really?” And whether they’re in awe or suspi-
cious or even outright skeptical, the important thing is that they’re thinking of me. The rest will follow later. So do something interesting, or be someone interesting, so that your reputation precedes you.
2. Be where you can be seen. Honestly? This is why I pole dance at rock bars. I have met and been approached by countless potential targets because when I’m dancing on a pole on top of a bar, there’s no way they don’t see me. You don’t have to do the same thing, but find a way to be seen, literally.
3. Have a compelling appearance. Dressing monochromatically helps here be-
cause it causes you to stand out to the eye. Dress in anything eye-catching. I go to clubs in my lingerie sometimes -- I mean, why not? it’s not like I’m showing anything that wouldn’t be seen on a beach. Whether it’s your makeup, your hair, your clothing -- be someone that people will turn and look at twice.
how do you get someone to notice you?
how do you deal with insecurity and jealousy?
Q : About six months ago I found out my boyfriend of two years had started hanging out with his ex without me knowing. I found this out because I was on his computer and I clicked photo booth to leave him a cute picture of me and I found pictures of him and this girl. They seemed so happy and super friendly with each other in the pics. The girl called me and said that he was a great guy and nothing happened but she’s known to be sneaky in my group of friends. Since that incident it’s hard for me to trust my boyfriend. I know sometimes I keep bringing up this girl and I feel insecure. He tells me not to worry because he’s with me and not with her and he will never see her again, but I don’t know what to believe. All I think about is the pictures I found.
A : Trust is a bitch but you have to do it. Here’s the thing: You have two choices here. One is to give in to your insecurities and be weird about it and ask your guy to delete the photos and never see her again and then go around asking all your group of friends about this girl and your guy and starting a whole lot of drama in your social circle. The second is to decide that your guy is being truthful, that you’ve discussed it and he knows how you feel about it, and to trust his hon-
esty and move on. Visualize both courses of action and their respective outcomes. Which do you think is going to be best for your relationship? (I suppose you also have a third choice of deciding you actually don’t trust the guy and breaking up with him, but I get the feeling that that’s not what you want to do.)
People suck sometimes. Some people cheat and lie and do shitty things to each other. But not all of them. How do you know the difference? Unless someone has a reputation or you can discern clues from their past or you’re supremely intuitive, you don’t. How do you know which road you drive down is going to have a drunk driver in the lane next to you and which one is going to be safe? You don’t. But you still get in your car and drive.
When we practice seduction, what this work is about is giving ourselves the op-
timum chances of succeeding in our romantic goals with a potential partner. We can’t anticipate who’s going to hurt us and who’s not -- and sometimes even when Bringing together her experience in neuro-linguistic programming, psychology, pick-up artistry, and the fetish industry, Arden Leigh, today’s freshest voice on women’s dating and relation-
ship strategies, answers your questions. we can, we choose to ignore the signs because of our feelings for the person and decide to get involved and give it our damndest anyway (or at least I do, but then again, I do a lot of stupid shit). We can’t control the actions of other people. All we can do is control our own actions and give ourselves and our partner the best chance of succeeding in a relationship, create a safe space for trust to develop, add value to our partner’s life, try our hardest every day to be our partner’s best option. This is why it’s so important to do this work long before we ever meet our partner -- because by the time we meet him, we want to be so confident that what we have to offer him is something that no one else could ever bring to the table, that we don’t even feel threatened by anyone else around him for more than a few fleeting seconds. No one else on the face of the earth will ever be able to bring to my partner what I can. Though someone else might be able to bring something different -- and if that’s the case, if he wanted something different anyway, then we weren’t right for each other.
I always say that I wish seduction were like a cheat code to a video game, that it was something we could learn to avoid all romantic pain and loss ever, but it’s not. There are no guarantees in life. I’ve probably been hurt far more than the average woman who doesn’t study seduction, because I put my ass on the line more often. But I’ve also reaped more rewards. I mean, hey, don’t do this shit if you don’t want to get hurt. Do it if you don’t want to be bored.
The good news is that you CAN control your side of the equation and give yourself the best possible chances to succeed. This is why you need to stop freaking out about this other girl -- because chances are, your own freakouts will be far more dangerous to your own relationship than this other girl could ever be on her own. I know it’s hard to wrap your head around, but once you start to understand that that behavior will get you the best results, it’ll be easy to embody, because you’ll associate it with a positive outcome. And unless your boyfriend is a dickwad who was going to hurt you eventually anyway -- in which case good riddance to him -- a positive outcome is likely what you’ll get.
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An artist and model, Cassia Sparkle of Toronto shines in so many ways. In addition to being an emerging, popular alternative model she is currently designer of an accessories and jewelry line called Altar Dollies, working as a makeup artist under the name Sparkle-Studios, and front-women of the experimental metal band Avasinity. Cassia Sparkle is an example for the rewards of dedication, hard work, and love for the alternative.
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nickname : Cassia Sparkle
birthday : 31 December 1989
birthplace : Canada
eye color : hazel
hair color : turquoise
turn-ons : fetishism, latex, high heels, bruises, piercings, tattoos, skittles, the military, skeletons, candles, musicians
turn-offs : ignorance, racism, homophobia, illiteracy, mullets, slobs, arrogance, long hair on men, body hair
why do you model? : I’ve always felt comfortable behind the lens whether it be for acting or posing for designers. There is something extremely attractive and exciting about the fashion and photography industry, it is constantly evolving and producing an infinite source of creativity. I thoroughly enjoy taking part and fulfilling the creative vision of others.
how did you get into modeling? : A designer (Fashion Whore) approached me and I enjoyed the first shoot so much that I continued with modeling as a hobby. favorite musical artist : Mike Patton, Jack off Jill
favorite movie : Beetlegeuse, Edward Scissorhands
favorite tv show : Dexter
favorite book : Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol
favorite cocktail : sex on the beach
favorite color : hot pink
favorite tattoo : My Alice in Wonderland backpiece.
favorite article of clothing : My babydoll slip.
favorite fashion designer : Betsey Johnson favorite fashion style : Harajuku Japan
favorite star/icon : Mike Patton
favorite outdoor activity : gardening, picnics
favorite indoor activity : painting, song writing
anything you’d like to say to our readers? : Never stop believing in yourself. You can always fulfill your dreams no matter how distant they may seem. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.
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fashi on styl i st Amel i a Arseni c
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AUXILIARY june/july 2011 For some it’s hard to balance a career with play and creativity but Angelspit’s Amelia Arsenic
does so with seeming tirelessness. As a designer about to release two new jewelry lines Crime and Punishment and Taxidermia
, a musician with a UK summer tour ahead and new album slated for October with Angelspit
, a writer with her own highly popular blog
, and more, Amelia’s creative prowess has had many different pathways to follow and surely will have many more in the future to explore.
You are about to release a new line. Tell us a bit about that.
Amelia Arsenic : I’m actually on the brink of releasing two lines at the moment. One’s called �Taxidermia’ and the other is called �Crime and Punishment’. �Taxi-
dermia’ is a jewelry and women’s shirt line inspired by Victorian attitudes to-
wards death and memento mori. Symbols of decay such as flies and bones are used throughout the graphics and jewelry. The other range is called �Crime and Punishment’ which was inspired by the first fetish magazines from the 1950s. It’s an apparel and latex accessories line for both women and men. The graphics for the shirts are photographic and stark portraits taken by my friend Anna Swiczeniuk [] and embellished with graphics by me. The latex compo-
nents of the line are a collaboration between my friend Nina Kate who runs Jane Doe Latex [] and A is for Arsenic. We have both worked very hard on the line and are very excited for the results! Both lines are due for release [soon].
What have been some of the trials and tribulations in getting this line ready for release?
AA : The hardest thing has definitely been trying to organize the funding to pro-
duce the line to the high standards that I want A is for Arsenic to be known for. Getting the best quality materials comes at a price, but is definitely worth it as I want the products to last the test of time and to be worn and loved by their owners for a long time! I have spent a great deal of time on producing matching packaging and promotional materials for the line as well as put a great deal of effort into the promotional photoshoots. Since it’s a company basically run by myself, doing all of this around my performance and release schedule for Angelspit has been incred-
ibly hectic and almost impossible. However, I’m nearing the finish line and I can’t wait to have it completed!
You have released a cosmetics line, jewelry line, are in a successful band, per-
form on stage, model, design, write, and more. What have you found to be your most rewarding creative outlet?
AA : The thing I love to do the most is design. I’m an image maker at heart and I’m interested in creating whole imagined worlds. This might involve several me-
diums; makeup, set design, jewelry design… and more. That’s why I dabble in so many things because I want to try to create as much of what’s in my imagination as possible.
Your favorite?
AA : My favourite medium is probably design because that’s what I started with initially and I studied it for many years at university. It’s also connected to so many creative spheres that I find it’s the foundation to most of my artistic practice.
You got your start writing zines and currently maintain a popular blog, would you say writing is the fuel or foundation of your creativity?
AA : Of all of the things that I output, I would say writing is the hardest thing for me to produce. I actually avoid writing as much as possible. It will take me a great deal of time to write something that reads satisfactorily but I find it much easier to communicate using images. Whenever I dream it’s always without any dialogue, only in pictures and colors which I think is symptomatic of how my brain prefers to work. Although I started writing zines and maintain a blog, the core content and main inspiration will always come from visual material initially. However, another interesting point is that when I’m designing I’m a compulsive list maker and write out my ideas instead of sketching them out.
All your projects are clearly designed to complement each other, or “brand-
ed” if you will, do you consciously strive for this or does it come naturally?
AA : My academic background is in visual communications where I learned a lot about branding and marketing, so it’s an approach that’s sort of been hammered into me and is now a very natural part of my creative process. Branding is some-
thing I enjoy immensely and designing a whole marketing package to comple-
ment a creative project is just as fun for me as it is to create the actual product. Sometimes I’ll have an idea for the packaging before I have designed the product or have an idea for a brand before designing the product line. For me, branding is LI FESTYLE
j ust as i mport ant as t he act ual product as i t hel ps gui de peopl e t o product s t hat are appropri at e t o t hem. For exampl e, t hat was t he i mpet us behi nd Mi ss X Aest het i c Laborat ori es. I want ed t o creat e a qual i t y brand t hat resonat ed wi t h real under-
ground cul t ure as I saw a gap i n t he market for al t ernat i ve cosmet i c product s and j ewel ry.
How i mportant i s thi s underl yi ng aestheti c?
AA : I guess I do have an underl yi ng aest het i c t hat underpi ns most of my work, whet her i t be from my graphi c desi gn work for Angel spi t t o shi rt desi gns for A i s for Arseni c. Part of t hi s i s i nt ent i onal because I want my work t o have a sense of cohesi veness t hat t i es al l of t he brands t oget her as t hey are most l y ai med at t he same audi ence, and anot her part of i t comes compl et el y nat ural l y as i t comes from what I l i ke i nst i nct i vel y.
You just fini shed a tour wi th Lords of Aci d, what was one of the most crazy or memorabl e stops?
AA : Ini ti al l y I was just exci ted that I made i t i nto the USA i n the first pl ace. I experi enced a l ot of del ays wi t h my vi sa and onl y made i t t o Los Angel es, t wo hours before t he show! I don’t even remember doi ng t he show I was so j et l agged. Int erest i ngl y enough, t he t our has been pret t y l ai d back compared t o some of t he ot her t ours I’ve been on. The audi ences were pret t y out of cont rol i n some ci t i es l i ke Ci nci nnat i and Chi cago where we had some crazy ci rcl e pi t s happeni ng. The t our was very fun i n general because Lords of Aci d fans know how t o part y and are real l y fun l ovi ng, so i t ’s been super fun hangi ng out wi t h everyone aft er t he shows. The best t i me I had was i n El Paso where peopl e enj oy t hei r Jager and for some reason t he merch guy Ape and I ended up danci ng on t he merch t abl e and ended up hol di ng hands wi t h 30 peopl e doi ng a gi ant wave. There was al so l ot s of geekery on t he bus, t humb wrest l i ng and dance part i es on t he bus where we showed off our st upi d dance moves l i st eni ng t o Skri l l ex. The end of t he t our aft erpart y was pret t y i nsane. We were dri ven i n l i mos t o t he aft erpart y where t he promot er had THIS PAGE
Lat ex eyepat ch and hal t er t op by Jane Doe Lat ex pai red wi t h l at ex gl oves by Lady Luci e and neckl ace by A i s for Arseni c London.
Jewel ry by A i s for Arseni c London.
j une/j ul y 2011 AUXI LI ARY booked the entire level of a hotel for us. There were hot tubs in every room, alco-
hol aplenty and lots of debauchery to be had!
With two Angelspit remix albums in the last year, Carbon Beauty and Larva Pupa Tank Coffin, for Hideous and Perfect, when can we hope to hear a new album?
AA : We’ve just completed a bunch of demos for our upcoming album which we work and party at the same time. For the music, fashion, and cosmetics industries, I think it’s a great base to work from.
To visit?
AA : New York City is a great place to visit if you want a healthy dose of entertain-
ment, nightlife, culture, and shopping. Gala Darling [] has a podcast available on her blog which is a great definitive guide to the city. At the moment I’m falling in love with London which is where I’m living at the moment. Coming from a young country like Australia, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the sense of history that is impossible to miss while traversing through the winding streets of London. Summer nights in Soho are my favorite, where party people spill out onto the streets and the atmosphere is bohemian and magical.
What fashion styles, trends, or designers are you most attracted to right now?
AA : Currently I’m really enjoying the resurgence of pagan kitsch imagery in graphic shirt designs. My favorite shirt brand at the moment is Obesity and Speed [] out of New York. I also love the offerings available at Blood is the New Black []. I am also pretty addicted to making and wearing my own leather harnesses, they can really transform any existing outfits. Zana Bayne [] has the best leather harnesses available that I’ve seen around. Her blog Garbage Dress [www.] is also worth checking out. I’m loving the latex design work of Abigail Greydanus [], Jane Doe Latex, and of course the inimitable Atsuko Kudo []. All of these three designers are cementing latex into the fashion world, creating beautiful, wearable yet strik-
ing garments. Gareth Pugh is probably my favourite designer at the moment. His filmic presentations of his latest collections via Show Studio [www.showstudio.
com] are very inspirational. He can do no wrong!
You have worked with many artists and musicians over the years for your various endeavors, who were some of your best creative collaborators? AA : This is a super hard question to answer, but I would have to say that hands down the collaboration between photographer Helen White and my band Angel-
spit has produced some of the best visual work we’ve released. We worked with Helen from the beginning and she has helped us create unique imagery with every Angelspit release. Every time we work together we produce something better than the last. On the music side of things, working with KMFDM and Alec Empire on LI FESTYLE
vari ous remi xes has been a dream come t rue, wi t h t he out comes t urni ng out fant ast i cal l y!
Who do you owe the most thanks to?
AA : At t he moment I’ve real l y got t o gi ve t he most t hanks t o my boyfri end Ri ch who encour-
aged me t o st art A i s for Arseni c and t o keep my bl og goi ng. He’s ki nd of l i ke my personal cheerl eader i n t he background and has kept me goi ng when I t hought about qui t t i ng (whi ch has been oft en!) My bandmate Zoog from Angel-
spit, my longest best friend and artistic collabo-
rator, is the other person I owe the most thanks to. We have grown together artistically and personally over the years and encouraged each other to keep going. Who would have thought our little music experiment (The Nurse Grenade EP) that we released in 2004 would lead us to having full-time international music careers? I also want to give a shout-out to all of my sup-
porters over the years who have read my blog, bought my CDs and my designs. This means the world to me and has enabled me to continue sharing my crazy visions with you all.
Who do you hope to collaborate with in the future, whom you haven’t gotten the chance to with yet?
AA : It’s my dream to work with photographer David LaChapelle whose work I’ve admired forever. The makeup artist Alex Box is someone I’d love to collaborate with as she is truly the most amazing makeup artist of our generation. Music-wise, I’d love to work with Skrillex, IAMX, and with Nic Endo from Atari Teenage Riot.
You have accomplished a lot in your twenty-
five years, what are your plans and goals for the next ten?
AA : My next goal is to move to Berlin and set up a studio workshop for A is for Arsenic. I’m getting tired of moving my workspace around the world and would like to set up a more per-
manent workspace. The final goal would defi-
nitely be to open an A is for Arsenic flagship store in Berlin also while having outlets around the world. With my music, I see exciting things on the horizon for Angelspit as we have gained three new band members for our next tour. I’d like to continue our upward growth in the future and want to play bigger venues and festivals. Overall, I’d like to continue just as I am at the moment, trying new things, experimenting, col-
laborating, and sharing it with readers of my blog and fans of my Angelspit and A is for Ar-
senic. I’m thrilled that I’ve somehow managed to cobble together a strange career which has been scary at times but fun more times than not! In the next ten years I’d like more of the same.
Check out Amelia’s projects at : destroyx.
com,, and
hope to release in October. After we finish the last part of our tour, we are going straight into the studio and are go-
ing to start recording our next album. We just finished the photoshoot for the artwork with photographer Dangerously Dolly, so it’s full steam ahead! This album will prove to be different as we now have a new drummer, Chris Kling (drummer for Mortiis and Hanzel und Gretyl) and guitarist Valerie Gentile (Cruxshadows and Black Tape for a Blue Girl) which will add a new chaotic element to our sound.
You are quite the world traveler; Sydney, New York City, Berlin, and more. What has been your favorite location to live in? AA : My favorite place to live would definitely be Berlin. It’s a total mecca for the avant garde. The price of living is so affordable that it attracts creatives from all over the world. There are so many crazy things to do and people to meet that it’s impossible to be bored. I’ve never hung out at more interesting and weird bars in my life! As a big fan of electronic music, the clubs in Berlin are affordable and the best. I wrote a guide to Berlin on my blog which you should check out if you ever are lucky enough to visit. A very close second to Berlin is New York. It’s the first place I fell instantly in love with. The vibe of the city and its creative community is unmatched. It’s the place to meet people, net-
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Corset by Veritee Hill paired with latex gloves by Lady Lucie and necklace by A is for Arsenic London.
Necklaces by A is for Arsenic London.
We all have a penchant for the dark, the macabre, and the taboo. Nottingham UK’s Krissy Gore of Gore Couture makes this otherwise “secret” fascination a part of her everyday. In a word: sick, but we love it that way. It is the one-of-a-kind artistry that goes into each corset fashioned at GC that brings the taboo to the forefront, but makes ownership of any of these creations an experience in blood-soaked craftsmanship.
i nt er vi ew by Vani t y Ki l l s
If sugar and spi ce and everyt hi ng ni ce i sn’t exact l y t he first t hi ng you l ook for whi l e corset shoppi ng, t here’s al ways broken mi rror shards, di sembodi ed dol l heads, and st i t ched cadaver flesh. Let ’s face i t, somet i mes grat ui t ous use of graphi c horror vi ol ence warms t he cockl es of one’s bl ackened heart i n ways pi nk floral brocade never wi l l. Such occasi ons cal l for weari ng somet hi ng t hat makes a t rul y vi sceral i mpact. Li ke a gore-geousl y craft ed st eel boned underbust, bedecked wi t h pri nt ed pages st rai ght out of a seri al ki l l er ’s di ary -- compl et e wi t h eyel i ds harvest ed from t hose who peri shed at her hands. At t i mes l i ke t hi s, Kri ssy Gore of Gore Cout ure makes exact l y what i t t akes t o quench your sart ori al bl ood l ust. Thi s mast er craft s-
woman and corset i ère, adept at gl amouri zi ng t he ghast l y, wi l l cl ot he your i nner zombi e/vampi re/bi rd of prey i n t i ght -l aci ng garment s desi gned t o el i ci t st ares of awe and admi rat i on al i ke. Who says t hat t ort ure and di smemberment shoul dn’t be synonymous wi t h st yl e?
When di d you first di scover your l ove of corsetry? When di d the deci di ng mo-
ment of mergi ng your l ove of horror wi th your l ove of corsets take pl ace?
Kri ssy Gore : I di scovered my l ove of corset ry many years ago. For me t hey were al ways t he i ci ng on t he cake t o any out fit, whet her on show or worn as a founda-
t i on garment. Gore Cout ure was a nat ural progressi on havi ng al ready worked and been associ at ed wi t h ot her al t ernat i ve cl ot hi ng compani es. I was al ready maki ng corset s and was want i ng t o combi ne my corset ry ski l l s wi t h my art when I met Mi ss Fi endi sh who at t he t i me was maki ng some pret t y awesome PVC pri nt s. We got t oget her and creat ed Gore Cout ure. GC i s now j ust mysel f, Kri ssy Gore, creat-
i ng al l t he desi gns, pri nt s, and embel l i shment s from scrat ch.
Looki ng at your Gorel esque Corset accentuated by both organza ri bbon tri m and smears of bl ood poses the questi on as to why the juxtaposi ti on of the seducti ve and the macabre i s so al l uri ng to so many women. In your opi ni on, what’s the appeal i n bei ng a sexy sl asher or a cutesy cadaver?
KG : I bel i eve everyone has a dark curi osi t y of t he macabre i n some way, whet her t hey choose t o admi t i t or not, be i t t he cl i ché i mmort al l i ne or due t o t he ri se i n got hi c cul t ure accept ance and TV shows cel ebrat i ng vampi res and t he l i ke. Ot hers si mpl y because t hey l i ke t o t ake somet hi ng dark and once t aboo or not t he norm of beaut y, maki ng i mages t hat ARE beaut i ful. Weari ng somet hi ng t hey bury on t he i nsi de, on t he out si de. They can be bot h l i ght and gi rl y and al so be dark and seduct i ve, appeari ng bot h cut esy and vul nerabl e, but al so very much i n cont rol and not t o be messed wi t h! A forgi ng of t wo si des, and t he ul t i mat e compromi se t hrough fashi on. What’s your favori te horror movi e? What scary fli ck showcased the best-
dressed vi l l ai ns i n your opi ni on? Do you gi ve preference to cl assi c monster movi es over sl ashers and the recentl y popul ari zed Hostel -esque “torture porn” genre? KG : I have so many favori t e movi es i t woul d t ake t oo l ong t o l i st t hem al l. I l i ke everyt hi ng from t he Dracul a cl assi cs t o t he sl ashers. I l ove t he sl eaze of what i s cl assed as �t ort ure porn’. I al so real l y l ove my sci ence fict i on! I do t hi nk my favori t es woul d have t o be t he Dracul a cl assi cs, al t hough I do have an unheal t hy obsessi on wi t h seri al ki l l ers ri ght now! I recent l y desi gned a corset �Amel i a’s Di -
ary’ based on a charact er I creat ed who i s a seri al ki l l er. The pri nt I creat ed was made from her di ary pages and t he eyel i ds of her vi ct i ms of whi ch she has cut off and kept as t rophi es. The phot oshoot I di d for t hi s corset i s set i n an asyl um for t he cri mi nal l y i nsane where Amel i a i s a pat i ent. I do i nt end t o carry on t he st ory of Amel i a i n fut ure desi gns. Al l t hi s bei ng sai d, I t hi nk t he best -dressed vi l l ai ns have t o have t he ri ght st ory, t he ri ght t heme, t he ri ght col ors, what ever i t t akes t o make a good movi e, t o make t hat charact er �t he’ best dressed. It i s a cockt ai l of many t hi ngs and not j ust rel i ant on a good out fit.
Any words of wi sdom for Auxi l i ary’s mal e readers potenti al l y i nterested i n l aci ng up? What are some thi ngs that men shoul d keep i n mi nd when shop-
pi ng for wai st-reducti on garments? KG : Most of t he corset s I make are made t o measure and woul d al so be for my mal e cl i ent el e. Obvi ousl y t here are di fferent measurement s t hat have t o be t aken i nt o consi derat i on when maki ng a corset for a man. Don’t be t empt ed i nt o buy-
i ng a cheap off-t he-rack women’s corset; i t i s not goi ng t o fit ri ght and wi l l more t han l i kel y mar your whol e experi ence of corset weari ng! Everyone has di fferent expect at i ons of what t hey want t o achi eve from weari ng a corset, whet her i t be t o act ual l y l ook more femi ni ne or i f t hey j ust want a more st ruct ured l ook and good post ure.
Whi ch of your pi eces do you find to be most sui tabl e for a novi ce wearer? KG : I woul d recommend an underbust corset for a first t i me corset wearer. I can t ai l or make one t o my cl i ent ’s needs dependi ng on how or where i t i s goi ng t o be worn. Who woul d your dream customers be? KG : I don’t real l y have a fut ure dream cust omer. As cheesy as i t may sound, al l my cl i ent s so far have been dream cust omers. I am very grat eful for where I am at t he moment and t hat peopl e appreci at e my work and real i ze t he t i me and effort t hat goes i nt o my pi eces. The maj ori t y of my cl i ent s are ret urni ng cust omers and t o me t hat means everyt hi ng.
From hand-scul pted dol l head ornaments to bl ood spl atter pri nt PVC, Gore Couture’s creati ons are hal l marked by an attenti on to detai l. Out of al l the corsets you crafted, whi ch desi gn proved i tsel f to be the most chal l engi ng? KG : Al l of my corset s are qui t e a chal l enge t o make, t hat i s one of t he t hi ngs I l ove about creat i ng t hem. Some of my desi gns have been i n creat i on for a number of years before act ual l y comi ng t o l i fe. I t hi nk t he most chal l engi ng ones I have made have been cust om creat i ons I have made i n t he past for my cust omers. On get t i ng t o know my cl i ent I t ry and reflect a l i t t l e bi t of t hemsel ves i nt o t he pi ece, so t hat when t hey open t he box t o reveal t hei r fini shed corset i t becomes an experi ence i n i t sel f. More IS more!
How di d the concept of usi ng a si de busk fasteni ng for your “Vani ty Ki l l s” corset emerge? KG : Thi s corset was act ual l y ori gi nal l y desi gned for my good fri end Mi chael. I want ed t he broken mi rror desi gn down t he front of t he corset but st i l l want ed a busk t o make t he corset ful l y funct i onal for hi m. I was not sure how i t was goi ng t o work on a more curvy femal e form but I l oved t he desi gn so much I t hought I woul d gi ve i t a go and i t worked qui t e wel l. I real l y l i ked t he corset so I deci ded t o offer i t as one of my st yl es!
Do you consi der corset constructi on to be a sci ence, an art, or perhaps a com-
bi nati on of the two? KG : For me i t i s a combi nat i on of my craft and my art. I put a l ot of emot i on i nt o my pi eces and t he way I’m feel i ng at t he t i me I’m creat i ng i t. It i s defini t el y my creat i ve out l et. It keeps me sane, but i t can al so make me a l i t t l e crazy at t i mes! GORE COUTURE
photographers I beri an Bl ack Art s Phot ography and BodГі Janos At t i l a
model s/styl i sts Morgana, El yssi a, RazorCandi, and Si l ent Noi se
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Blood red silk with a hand sewn overlay of distressed/torn sheer micromesh with black silk trim Lorena corset in Lady Killer underbust style. 33
Lolita is first and foremost a street fashion movement that started in Japan, and has morphed into a lifestyle. Living the Lolita life-
style is immersing oneself in things that make you feel like a princess; wearing elegant cloth-
ing, participating in “feminine activities” (baking, sewing, etc.), and conducting yourself with grace and proper ladylike man-
ners. The clothing style has taken on many forms over the years, yet the initial inspiration has been linked to the aesthetics of the Vic-
torian and Rococo Eras. There are rules to dressing Lolita, yet the anatomy of the outfit does not tell you what to wear, rather than how to wear it. The overall idea of dressing Lolita is to be modest and appear cute rather than sexy. Whether you’re a Sweet Lolita, Gothic Lolita, or Guro Lolita, etc., Lolita is a vast and eye catch-
ing fashion subculture. 1 Nobiru Dress with Animimi Blouse by Ichigo Black
2 Pink Heart Skull Cameo Fascinator by Jilted Coquette
3 Pink Deco Bow Fascinator by Jilted Coquette
4 Blond Bag in Sweet Lolita by Dungaree Dolly
5 Miyuki Wrist Cuffs by Ichigo Black
6 Cameo Skull Heart by MobTown available at Cats Like Us
7 Candy Hana Bloomers by Ichigo Black
8 White Drop Pearl Charm Bracelet by Jilted Coquette
9 Fawny Deer Maryjane’s from the La Bella Doll Collection by T.U.K. Shoes
styl ed and wri tten by Meagan Hendri ckson
photographed by Jenni f er Li nk
model Vena-Kayt a
Do you currently employ any assistants or is Gore Couture a one-woman op-
eration? KG : Gore Couture is just me right now, although when I am very busy my friend Minty will come around and help me sculpt and paint doll faces, but we always make sure it is a night shift, listening to music and drinking fine wine while we work. We have to keep it fun! Do you have plans to expand your brand beyond corsetry? KG : I don’t at the moment, but I can never say never. Most of my time is taken up with what I do and studying the things that go into it. I can’t ever stop learning about my craft and I am very passionate about it. I’m happy where I am at for the moment. The day I wake up and decide I don’t like what I am doing I will stop.
Have you given any thought to possibly collaborating with horror-oriented special effects makeup artists for future photoshoots? KG : I have quite a few collaborations lined up when I eventually find the time. I am lucky to know some extremely talented and creative people. I am sure if ever the opportunity arose to work with anyone in special effects I would definitely consider it. It would have to be something that I was really interested in though. I have to stay true to myself. What’s next for Krissy and Gore Couture? KG : I have a few new designs that I am working on at the moment but in the main, just going to carry on with what I’m doing. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done that I have planned. FASHI ON
“ I bel i eve everyone has a dark curi osi t y of t he macabre, be i t t he cl i che i mmort al l i ne or due t o t he ri se i n got hi c cul t ure accept ance and TV shows cel ebrat i ng vampi res and t he l i ke. ”
AUXI LI ARY j une/j ul y 2011 Hand craft ed/pai nt ed dol l heads on a corset of si l k wi t h a cracked porcel ai n effect overl ay Dol l y Deat h corset i n Si ren overbust st yl e. Cl assi c bl ack si l k l ong l i ne overbust wi t h hand fini shed si l k t ri m Amel i a Si l k corset i n Harl ot Hugger overbust st yl e. Cout i l panel s i ndi vi dual l y pri nt ed wi t h a sparkl e flock t o resembl e webs on a frost y morni ng Webs of Decei t corset i n Brazen underbust st yl e. On ri ght, cout i l panel s pri nt ed wi t h si l ver reflect i ve bi nary and pi nst ri pe t ri m Code:HATE corset i n Brazen underbust st yl e.
photographer Zach Rose
fashi on styl i st Jenni f er Li nk
makeup arti st Andrea Cl ai re Losecco
hai r styl i st Bryan Gunsel l
model s Hayl ey Campbel l of Spot Si x and Guy W. Gane I I I
Sci on xD provi ded by Adam Li nk
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in graphic retro and hip bathing suits and causal wear
Senora Negra Tee, Cut Me Down Cardigan, and Sabbath Denim Walkshort all by Iron Fist paired with Cruisin USA Black Wayfarer Sunglasses available at Cats Like Us.
Follow Your Heart Button Shoulder tee, Set Your Sails Skirt, and Here I Lie Bandeau Bikini all by Iron Fist paired with Anchor Rosary Pendant Necklace by Rock Rebel available at Cats Like Us and Iron Fist Sweet Skull O Mine Casual Bag.
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Set Your Sails Skirt and Here I Lie Bandeau Bikini both by Iron Fist paired with Anchor Rosary Pendant Necklace by Rock Rebel available at Cats Like Us and Iron Fist Don’t Hold Your Breath Wedge. On right, Here I Lie Tank and Here I Lie Boardshorts both by Iron Fist paired with Lucky 13 Dillinger Car Work Shirt available at Cats Like Us and Urban Outfitters black fedora.
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Iron Fist Hong Kong Garden Wrap Tank, ModCloth Cut a Fine Figure Shorts, and Iron Fist Ruff Rider Gladiator Flat paired with ModCloth Road Rays Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters Mix Metal Feather Drop Earrings, and Dungaree Dolly’s Los Novios Carryall Totebag available at Cats Like Us. On right, Senora Negra Tee, Cut Me Down Cardigan, and Sabbath Denim Walkshort all by Iron Fist paired with Cruisin USA Black Wayfarer Sunglasses available at Cats Like Us.
Iron Fist Party Animal Tee paired with Urban Outfitters BDG Skinny Stretch Chino in Navy. On right, Sourpuss Clothing Out to Sea Blue Sun Dress and Lolita Girl Clothing Sailor Betty Classic Swim Suit both available at Cats Like Us paired with Urban Outfitters Pins and Needles straw hat, Anchor Rosary Pendant Necklace by Rock Rebel available at Cats Like Us, Iron Fist Bleeder Sandal, and Iron Fist Frank The Tank Tote.
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Iron Fist Bela’s Dead Bandeau Bikini, ModCloth Cut a Fine Figure Shorts, and Iron Fist Ruff Rider Gladiator Flat paired with ModCloth Road Rays Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters Mix Metal Feather Drop Earrings, and Dungaree Dolly’s Los Novios Carryall Totebag available at Cats Like Us.
Iron Fist Party Animal Tee paired with 3D Sunglasses available at Cats Like Us. On right, Sourpuss Clothing Out to Sea Blue Sun Dress available at Cats Like Us.
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Iron Fist Cabin Fever Zip Hoody, Iron Fist American Nightmare Burn Out Tee, and Urban Outfitters Toddland Greatest Pant in Grey paired with Risky Business Shade Sunglasses available at Cats Like Us. On right, ModCloth Bathing Beauty One Piece in Wine and Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Paperbag Short in Black paired with MobTown Chicago Deerest Darling Necklace available at Cats Like Us and Iron Fist Lacey Days Peep Toe Flat.
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model s Hayl ey Carrow and Cat Hedl und
assi stant Chri s Henneberger
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Reconstructed cream linen and cotton tunic with cream lace applique detail, scalloped neckline, and Juliette sleeves by Once Vintage Couture paired with vintage 1930s Lace hat by Once Vintage Couture. “Mum” upcycled vintage lucite flower necklace with gold-tone accents, “Gertie” upcycled vintage Lucite flower necklace with gold-tone accents, and “Mum” ring upcycled vintage Lucite flower ring on gold-tone adjustable ring base all by by Dana Saylor Designs.
Reconstructed tan chiffon button up blouse with accordion pleat collar and side button epaulettes paired with reconstructed high waisted, silk lined, silver and black lace shorts with side button detail and side zipper enclosure both by Once Vintage Couture. The “Beaded Blesssing” featuring ten small angel and saint medals and a large center medal, each hanging from a faceted red glass bead from the “All the Angels and Saints” collection by IMAGED JEWELRY, Sheila Petrocy Green.
june/july 2011 AUXILIARY Vintage fashions reclaimed.
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Reconstructed vintage white polyester, chiffon, and silk dress with drop waist and delicate bead work detail by Once Vintage Couture. “Millie” Upcycled vintage rhinestone bow brooch on two strands of faux pearls paired with “Millie” bracelet in vintage rhinestone and pearls by Dana Saylor Designs.
Reconstructed vintage blue silk and tweed vest with back panel and mock collar and reconstructed paneled brown leather stretch micro-mini skirt with back button and zip enclosure both by Once Vintage Couture paired with stylist’s own cream eyelet lace bustier, stylist’s own tan and brown leather suspenders, and vintage 1940s cream gloves by Once Vintage Couture. The “Colorful Blessing” necklace featuring ten tiny colored angels and saint medals from Brazil with an enameled large Miraculous Medal in the center from the “All the Angels and Saints” collection by IMAGED JEWELRY, Sheila Petrocy Green.
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Reconstructed vintage navy silk button front mullet maxi with black chiffon flounce layers and black ribbon and lace trim detail paired with reconstructed jersey cotton navy wrap top with black eyelet lace trim detail both by Once Vintage Couture.
Reconstructed vintage black sheer chiffon button front blouse paired with reconstructed periwinkle blue accordion pleat mini skirt with black lack trim, front black silk corset piping, black lace panel, and tie front enclosure both by Once Vintage Couture. Layered Silver Blessings two necklaces and four bracelets, “Blessing” necklace adorned with a large center medal and ten smaller angel and saint medals, “Blessing” bracelet has six small angel and saint medals, “ Big Blessing” necklace has a large center medal and twenty smaller medals, “ Big Blessing” bracelet has thirteen medals from the “All the Angels and Saints” collection by IMAGED JEWELRY, Sheila Petrocy Green.
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Reconstructed white lace paneled sheer maxi by Once Vintage Couture paired with stylist’s own grey bodysuit and layered Silver Blessings two necklaces and four bracelets, “Blessing” necklace adorned with a large center medal and ten smaller angel and saint medals, “Blessing” bracelet has six small angel and saint medals, “Big Blessing” necklace has a large center medal and twenty smaller medals, “Big Blessing” bracelet has thirteen medals all from “All the Angels and Saints” collection by IMAGED JEWELRY, Sheila Petrocy Green. On right, reconstructed rust orange bustier tank with back lace up enclosure paired with reconstructed vintage 19th century cream eyelet and lace petticoat maxi with cream cotton mini slip and back zip enclosure both by Once Vintage Couture.
Reconstructed vintage cream full accordion pleat maxi skirt and reconstructed cream cotton drop front capelet tank with drop fringe detail both by Once Vintage Couture paired with stylist’s own cream eyelet lace bustie. On right, reconstructed vintage black crochet sheer maxi with black polyester mini slip by Once Vintage Couture and stylist’s own black bandeau top paired with vintage crown style wedding veil, embellished with glass seed beads and rhinestones reconstructed into a shear front capelet, adorned with angel and saint medals from Italy centered by a replica of the Papal Cross Ferula from Italy from “All the Angels and Saints” collection by IMAGED JEWELRY, Sheila Petrocy Green.
Reconstructed vintage 19th century cream eyelet and lace petticoat mini skirt with mini daisy embroidery detail paired with reconstructed vintage silk tan oversized asymmetrical top with button front detail and mini daisy embroidery detail both by Once Vintage Couture. On right, reconstructed vintage cream polyester and cotton high waisted shorts and reconstructed navy and tan polka dot bandeau top with lace top detail both by Once Vintage Couture paired with stylist’s own vintage gold pocket watch and vintage gold pocket watch necklace.
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makeup arti st MacRae
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model s Kel l et h Cut hbert, Chl oe Veroni que, and Trevor Ni chol l s
arti sts Shen Pl um, Trevor Ni chol l s, and Ken Duboi s of Pause Desi gns
Kal i Cl ot hi ng Anat omy of t he Heart T-Shi rt, Pause Desi gns The Last Cardi gan You Wi l l Ever Own, and Fut urst at e Pant s pai red wi t h st yl i st ’s own gl asses and Monst er Aest het i cs Cust om Shoes.
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Monst er Aest het i cs Bl i nd Gi rl s Deep V T-Shi rt and Monst er Muffin Rol l er Derby Short s i n Red pai red wi t h May 28t h Wat ch and Monst er Aest het i cs Cust om Gi rl s Shoes.
Monster Muffin Tank and Futurstate Skirt paired with Elizaveta Yankelovich Little Waterfall Fringe Necklace.
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Kali Clothing Anatomy of the Heart Tank and Monster Muffin Roller Derby Shorts in Metallic Blue paired with stylist’s own shades, Elizaveta Yankelovich Little Wind Fringe Necklace, and Melissa Brand Shoes.
Pause Designs Fruit of the Plume Tank and Futurestate Skirt paired with May 28th Watch and Eco Bling Bracelets.
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Monster Aesthetics Ram T-Shirt, Kali Clothing Jezebel Tank, and Futurstate Skirt paired with stylist’s own shades, Samantha Nemiroff Best of My Life Necklace, Eco Bling Bracelets, and Melissa Brand Shoes. On right, Monster Aesthetics Bite The Hand T-Shirt, Monster Muffin Fine Lee Bowler in White, and H&M Jeans paired with stylist’s own shades, May 28th Watch, and Monster Aesthetics Custom Shoes.
Futurstate Jacket and Ashley Zaba Kaleidoscope Bikini paired with Eco Bling Bracelet and Melissa Brand Shoes.
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Monster Aesthetics Green Plaid Shirt, Pause Designs A Little Too Ralf T-Shirt, and H&M Jeans paired with May 28th Watches. On right, Ashley Zaba Birds of Flight in Yellow Dress paired with Elizaveta Yankelovich Kissed by Eyelashes of the Sun Necklace.
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author Meagan Hendri ckson & Jenni f er Li nk
photographer Jenni f er Li nk
fashi on styl i st Jenni f er Li nk
model Nat al i e Czapl i cki
A summertime essential is the cover-up, for the beach, by the pool, and to keep you cozy during those cooler summer nights. Bench is a global clothing brand started in the late 1980s in Manchester, England, who offer more than just the average streetwear. Bench hoodies are extra long in length and have nice detailing making them a more stylized and sleek option than the average hoodie and the perfect summer cover-up. This dark purple zip-up features large front pockets, soft fabrics, matte screwhead styled snaps, thumb holes, and a track jacket styled collar which all combine to make a comfortable, yet hip urban styled garment. Bench has plans to expand into US markets within the year and is currently available in stores throughout Europe, Russia, Canada, and South Africa and through online retailers. Check out what the brand has to offer in men’s and women’s fashions at
Winner Zip-up Sweat in Eclipse by Bench
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Polka-dot underwire swimsuit top in Agate by J.Crew, Bench Winner zip-up in Eclipse, and Iron Fist Wolfbeater Toe Thong..
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