autumn affair ruffles lace shadows frost gloss saturation plaid pattern punk
jillian venters / gothic charm school xanthia pink hanin elias pinar eris AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2011
This issue is full of fashion and style for the transition into fall. Ruffles, lace, patterns, plaids, stripes, gloss, shadows, romance, dreams, pack the pages. On our cover and in our designer spotlight feature you’ll find the latest from beloved designer of all things dark and goth, Heavy Red. Get the perfect style for the season with bold, dynamic, sharp, and saturated looks in our beauty editorials. Tune up your makeup skills with our new Details feature showing you that to capture the latest trend, it’s in the details. Get nostalgic with our fashion editorial shot with film and full of innocence and playfulness. This issue may be a bit fashion heavy, can you blame us with it being the fall season, but there is plenty to fit the feeling to buckle down, get serious, and focus. Stimulate your mind with insights from Jillian Venters of the long-running advice column Gothic Charm School, Adam Rosina on the legalization of gay marriage in Black Theorem, and Hanin Elias formerly of Atari Teenage Riot in our Seven Deadly Questions feature. So enjoy the fashion and style with a hint of intellectualism that is autumn, or maybe you’ll see it with a bit less optimism, in the way our music editor Mike sees this issue, with a trend of doom, decay, and apocalypse throughout! As always, thank you for your support.
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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 dedicated 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.
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heavy red : 32 hanin elias : 23 gothic charm school : 5 xanthia pink . pinar elias : 27 . 38 ruffles . frost . plaid : 44 . 6 . 38 Photographer : Jennifer Link Fashion Stylist : Meagan Hendrickson Makeup : Andrea Losecco Hair : Erin Moser Model : Agatka
21 music reviews Clan of Xymox, Com Truise, Architect, Krystal System, and more... 23 seven deadly questions Hanin Elias
...if every day really will be Halloween Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School
permafrost frost and gloss looks for cooler seasons 12 tatters beauty draped in delicate lace 16 Cu29 antiquated and futuristic beauty picks for autumn 17 details glossy, smudgy, smoky eyes
24 black theorem cutting through pop culture and society at large 26 ask arden advice on relationship strategies 27 the PinUp Xanthia Pink in GirdleBound
31 style salvaged decay 32 designer spotlight Heavy Red 38 tartan plaid, pattern, punk for fall 44 hide and seek ruffles, shadows, and innocence 54 must unisex shoulder bag 55 where to buy
18 The Ward John Carpenterâ€™s return to the big screen 19 time capsule anime impact
20 quick picks Necro Facility, Juno Reactor, Washed Out, The Gothsicles, and more... 3
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E DITORI AL The ideas and viewpoints of our readers and contributors published to voice an alternative perspective on current day society, topics, and events.
. . . if every day really will be
Jillian Venters is the mastermind behind the long-running “Gothic Charm School” advice column where she dishes out tips on gothic etiquette as The Lady of the Manners, and the author of Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide For Goths And Those Who Love Them, her print guide intended to support different facets of goth, from parents of youths embracing the subculture to the elder goth looking for a refresher on the ways of goth today. Visit www.gothic-charm-school.com for more on her book and blog. by Jillian Venters
photographer : Libby Bulloff
black lipstick and nail polish is a sign that pre-teen and teenaged gothlings won’t have to worry as much about being bullied, or about their parents not accepting their interests, right?
Strange as it may seem, there are online tutorials for how to shred tights. Even stranger, there are boutique brands of hosiery and leggings that come pre-shredded. There are skulls on everything, high-end fashion houses are producing spikebedecked shoes and accessories, black nail polish became a neutral accent in the mainstream over half a decade ago, and there are hipsters wandering around in skeleton leggings, t-shirts adorned with black magic sigils, or upside down crosses. In other words, the dark look of goth/punk is not only in, it’s everywhere, all the time.
Alas, not so much, it seems. Many people are willing to dabble in fashionable darkness, but are still unnerved by those who remain interested in such things for longer than a fall fashion editorial. I find my reactions to the fashion tourists becoming a little more irrationally cranky as the years go by. It’s a reaction that I try to rein in, because who knows what will set off someone’s interest in goth or punk? Maybe that spiked and studded headband will be more than a seasonal affectation and, instead, prompt them to go exploring the music, movies, and literature that is the dark heart of goth. At least, this is what I tell myself when I see someone with an “ironic” t-shirt emblazoned with an oversized screen print of Siouxsie Sioux, instead of going over and demanding that they name more than three songs by her.
Which leaves clusters of goths raising our perfectly-drawn eyebrows in confusion. We’re used to the fashion industry turning its gaze to our shadow-clad selves every few seasons, and most of us wait with eager anticipation for the clearance sales, ready to snap up velvet frock coats and lace shirts at a discount. But the notion that our particular dark tribe has not just been mined by the mainstream, but that we’re merely another fluttering moth (albeit a nocturnal one) that’s been pinned under glass for every casual passer-by to dissect and study? At the risk of succumbing to a fit of, “But I’m a unique dark snowflake,” it’s a strange situation to be in.
I suspect it’s the irony part that sets off the urge to crankily shake my parasol at the “kids today”. To me, goth isn’t about irony, or wearing iconography from horror movies because it’s so amusing and “edgy” (a word I have come to loathe). It’s about a sense of dark wonder, of whimsy, of whistling in the dark because you want to simultaneously ward off the monsters, and have them come find you and adopt you as one of their own. I suspect it’s a little difficult to look for the beauty and magic in all the dark and possibly gruesome corners of life if you’re also trying to prove how unflappable and cool you are.
Part of it, of course, is due to the internet. To many people, goth (and punk, steampunk, industrial, black metal, circus, neo-cabaret, choose your subculture) are just fast-flowering internet memes. Those flowers may have thorns, but they still can be admired and easily plucked by anyone with access to a search engine. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that many of the major fashion brands (especially the ones specializing in “fast fashion”) have employees who watch blogs and online communities, always searching for something eye-catching that can be easily manufactured. (And if this does surprise you, you maybe should consider coming out from the rock you’ve been hiding under.)
Yes, it’s useful to have easily-recognizable signifiers so we can recognize others from our self-made tribes, but using those differences to fuel an antagonistic “Us vs. Them”, “freaks vs. mundanes” mindset seems more like locking ourselves into a cage, instead of having fun. It’s one thing to feel like you’re part of a spooky-fun secret society, it’s another thing entirely to start acting eerily similar to the closeminded “norms” we claim to be so ridiculed by.
Another part of it is the fact that goth has grown older. There are generations of black-clad spooksters around. Not only in the sense that there are countless families out there who feel that Gomez and Morticia are idea parental role models (and rightly so!), but that in every group of youngsters, there are at least one or two who identify with Wednesday or Pugsley. Like it or not, we’ve become a demographic, and a fairly profitable one, at that.
So bring on the co-opting of goth fashion, I say. Make it so babybats and busy budget-minded goths can easily find black velvet and blood-red lipstick at chain stores across the world. Hell, I’ll even try to smother my irrational cranky reactions to hipsters who sport Elvira t-shirts and hair ornaments made from animal skulls, yet still sneer at goths who look like they’ve escaped from a Victorian séance. (I’ll try, really I will.) If all of this means that finally, every day really will be Halloween, I’m all for it.
I’ve always supported the times that some flavor of goth has become fashionable. Greater acceptance of the trappings and fripperies of the goth aesthetic can only mean that the goth subculture is becoming more accepted, right? Chanel releasing 5
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Pre-fall is the perfect time to transition into cool-weather copper. Straddling the line between antiquated and futuristic, brassy and restrained, this multifaceted, rich, autumnal hue is surely destined to smolder like a Labor Day bonfire. Take an adventurous leaf out of a steampunk tome and embrace full-on molten metal on eyes and lips for all over clockwork doll appeal. Or travel a slightly tamer route by the way of an effortlessly chic, yet still plenty glamour packed, foiled manicure. As you bid summer’s sizzle adieu, get a head start on sweater season in a shade that’s worth its atomic weight in… copper. 1 Love utilitarian rivet girl fashions but hate being compared to one of the boys? Trade in your gender neutral messenger bag for the Steampunk Industria Chic Steel and Black Leather Handbag by Moda Industria. This tough-girl approved tote successfully marries straightforwardly streamlined design with ornate detailing, immortalized in rusted metal. available at www.modaindustria.com $80 2 Add elemental value to your grooming arsenal with SPI’s Copper Oval Paddle Brush. available at www.ulta.com $13 3 & 4 For that newly minted penny shine, dab a semi-matte frosted copper lipstick (try Nars Lipstick in Hot Voodoo) onto the center of your mouth, carefully pulling the color out toward the corners. Follow with a thin layer of sparkly sheer gloss (like Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Diamond Collection D18). available at www.sephora.com $24 & $18 5 Snag the “rusted” nail look, minus the looming threat of tetanus, with the help AUXILIARY august/september 2011
of Revlon Nail Enamel in Copper Penny. Two coats of this burnished varnish will undoubtedly look sick (sans actually making you ill) coupled with a button down leopard print cardigan and the remains of your tan. available at www.ulta. com $5 6 Curious to try steampunk-inspired looks, but not exactly down with introducing brown into your typically vibrant makeup palette? Lining your upper lashline with a creamy copper pencil (such as Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lucky) is a great way to rev your beauty steam-engine without using earth tones. available at www.sephora.com $18 7 Gearing up for your yearly round of Sci-Fi conventions? Let it be known that nothing accompanies a Slave Leia metal bikini quite like a coat of NYX Cosmetics Single Eye Shadow in ES16 Copper meticulously applied onto your lids. available at www.nyxcosmetics.com $5 16
B EAUTY author Mishka photographer Brent Leideritz makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion stylist Mishka model Gracie
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With a glossy smoky eye, the skin needs to be flawless but not overly powdered. Brush a sculpting powder (in a taupe or tan color) right under the cheekbones for depth and use a slightly peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks. Finish off the look with a matte nude lip and say hello to a sexy modern Bridgette Bardot. august/september 2011 AUXILIARY
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by Adam Rosina
Is The Ward, John Carpenter’s first foray into straight horror since Halloween, a triumphant return to the big screen or simply horror mediocrity?
Since we’ve been over this before, I’ll make it quick: I love John Carpenter. You know it. I know it. God, the Devil and Siddhartha fucking Gautama know it. Easily one of the most respected, influential, re-imagined (there’s been no less than three remakes of his work, with at least two new ones in the pipeline right now) and imitated fantasists in filmmaking, In his prime (the late 70s to the early-to-mid 80s), Carpenter was a financial cash cow, though not exactly immune to critical scorn over his films‘ violent content. Sadly, the tides began to turn with the release of The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, films that were panned by critics (viciously) and moviegoers. Carpenter, undeterred, unleashed a string of films (Prince of Darkness, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness) that further discarded traditional notions of horror and took on such intellectually robust themes as social control, quantum physics, and consensus reality, all to the detriment of his box office grosses and the confidence of his financial backers. It didn’t help that the man had a habit of losing focus and letting his films get away from him, turning them into confused messes. Thought-provokingly watchable messes, but confounding enough to convince viewers to cease drinking the Kool-Aid by the late 90s. By 2001, the director had so much trouble securing funding for his films that he was forced into unofficial semi-retirement. But after some long overdue critical re-evaluation and the explosion of his cult fan base, Carpenter was again able to muster the funds necessary to mount a theatrical release. Thus we come to The Ward, Carpenter’s first foray into straight horror since Halloween. In watching it, I was possessed of an emotion no other Carpenter film had provoked in me: Boredom.
Crazy broads dancing in the midst of supernatural peril aside, another thing I gotta take issue with is the scares, or lack thereof. It’s been established I’m no fan of jump scares. They seem like a cheap trick in absence of any real suspenseful atmosphere and blah blah blah... you’ve heard all this before, I trust? Ok, well the thing of it is, as little as I respect the technique, I’m usually jumpier than a coke-head with a nervous disorder, so they’re pretty effective at getting a purely physical reaction outta me. This movie assaulted me with a bevy of ‘em, and didn’t generate so much as a flinch. None of this is helped by the tired ghost design, which is just Sadako from Ringu, twice removed and a little worse for the wear in the decomp department. Ripping off J-horror hasn’t been trendy since, fuck, I dunno. I got off the bus after Gothika pulled similar crap (just an awful film, in case you haven’t seen it) and never looked back. And then there’s that freaking twist. When the big reveal happens, you go through some kind of twisted mockery of the stages of grief. First, mild puzzlement. Then, acceptance and momentary reconsideration of the weak film that preceded it. Finally, violent rejection with a vocal “Fuck this!”, realizing it’s merely a variation on the Fight Club twist. Audiences were reacting with mild annoyance when it was trotted out again in Haute Tension. At this point, it’s just sad. And then, at the very end, Carpenter gives you one final scare... the exact same one he closed out Prince of Darkness with! But all of this, every last bit of it, I MIGHT be able to swallow if not for one fact: John Carpenter did not score this movie. I love, not “like”, “like-like”, or “like more than a friend” his music, but outright love it. Former Christopher Young (Hellraiser) protégée Mark Kilian doesn’t do a bad job here, but by Crom, I came here to listen to the kind of rockin’ snyth-heavy soundtrack that only Carpenter can deliver! You’d think, with recent films like Planet Terror, Attack the Block, and Hobo with a Shotgun composing their scores as explicit love letters to Carpenter’s work, he’d take the hint that his music has newfound street cred and throw some in this flick.
The film opens in 1966, and our heroine, Kristen (Amber Heard) has been institutionalized for committing arson on an empty a barn for no discernable reason. At the psychiatric hospital, she’s placed in a ward with other young girls, Iris (Lyndsy Fonseca), Sarah (Danielle Panabaker), Emily (Mamie Gummer) and Zoey (Laura Leigh), who run the gamut from slightly disturbed to developmentally backward and all the way on to full-blown fucking Martian. Kristen is placed under the care of the kindly Dr. Stringer (Jared Harris), whose methods are considered controversial yet groundbreaking (in a 1960’s psych ward, this translates roughly as “slightly less torture than usual”). Spooky goings-on ensue, a j-horror look-a-like ghost starts bumping off the girls off at 20-minute intervals as Kristen attempts to get to the bottom of things and/ or escape, all before wrapping-up with a surprise twist! A twist takes you from scratching your head to groaning in mental agony in the span of a minute.
This movie was less than enjoyable to watch, but this review just plain fucking hurts to write. I wanted to tell all of you that The Ward marks John Carpenter’s triumphant return to big screen horror, but I’m not gonna sugar coat it out of reverence for his back catalogue. Indeed, I’m compelled to treat this film harsher than had some unknown director’s name had been attached to it. And it’s not like it could be argued that he’s slipping in his old age. The telefilms he directed for Mick Garris’ Masters of Horror series (Cigarette Burns and Pro-Life) just a few years ago were classic Carpenter. I would have much rather seen either of those given a bigger budget, extended runtime, and theatrical release than this contrived, hopelessly outdated ghost story. I understand that Carpenter doesn’t wanna rock the boat too much, after basing a career on doing just that and suffering for it, but this film is so bland and uninteresting it’s an insult to his fans and his own legacy. I can endure his more jumbled, incoherent offerings. Actually, “endure” isn’t really the right word, as some of my favorite Carpenter films are his ambitious, uneven “failures”. But what I won’t stand for is mediocrity, and neither should he.
The first sign that reads “Trouble Ahead” is a scene pretty early on, where the girls, after finally cozying up to Kristen a bit, slap on a record and do a bit of dancing! It seems so out of place, but if you’d swapped out the period song used here for “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, this scene would have been right at home in any 90s chick flick. These girls are absolutely clear on the fact that there’s a killer fucking ghost on the loose, yet all they wanna do is giggle and do the goddamn jitterbug?? If this was an attempt at humor on Carpenter’s part, it didn’t pan out. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
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A quick rewind to unearth those media artifacts that may have slipped through the cracks of your radar but should not be missed.
Anime and manga are more than just magical girls, guys with over nine thousand power levels, and animals that fit inside a ball sometimes 1/100th of their size. It is a real artistic medium that branches out from the confines of childhood reverie and extends into adulthood. This time capsule centers on some classics of the medium whose provocative themes and stunning visuals have kept millions interested well after the time when Saturday morning cartoons hold appeal.
Satoshi Kon’s debut as a director does not disappoint. Introducing some of what would later become Kon’s central themes of surrealism and psychosis, Perfect Blue portrays a vastly complex and cerebral world. Fans of his more recent works, Paprika and Paranoia Agent, will recognize this as a brilliant 1997 introduction into Kon’s imaginative universe.
Produced only five years ago, Tekkonkinkreet may not seem like a title one would consider time capsule worthy. Despite its recent release, however, this gem seems to have faded into obscurity. Set in the megalopolis, Treasure Town, where children can mysteriously fly, the film follows two boys, Black and White, through their childhood as homeless malcontents. The film is animated in a unique and playful style that fits in perfectly with the characters yet artfully ironic when one considers the seriousness of the plot.
A modern epic set in a medieval landscape, Berserk follows the ever resilient Guts through his life of horrific trials in his quest for revenge. Hardly an original concept, one may wonder what sets this work apart from today’s slew of Shonen Jump clone heroes. Berserk differs from the typical in its rich imagery that looks more like a painting than a manga. Further separating it is the excruciating amount of attention given to the concept of mortality and the effects it has on the characters.
From Final Fantasy fame, Yoshitaka Amano is not your typical anime artist. His first art book Hiten, released in 1989, introduces the world to his fantasy landscapes and characters that have since mystified millions. Its pages are filled with beautiful images of what can only be described as mythical, seemingly from another world. Not unknown to the anime world Amano has been art director and producer of a number of works including Gatchaman and Angel’s Egg.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
What begins as a seemingly typical mecha anime ultimately transforms into one of the most iconic titles in animation. Neon Genesis Evangelion is produced by Studio Gainax and created by Hideaki Anno. Airing in 1995-1996 it has since spawned a number of imitators including series Rahxephon and Eureka Seven. Its deeply rooted psychological, theological, and philosophical themes put it a step above many other popular serials and gives the series its place as a masterpiece.
Director Hayao Miyazaki’s (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) name is a hallmark of classics of artistic and innovative anime. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, released in 1984, is just one of the fabulous classics he has created that can be appreciated by both the young and old. It is hard to imagine that the film was produced almost thirty years ago. The film’s level of animation stands the test of time and rivals many of the productions released today.
Michael Arias 2006 / Anime Film
Satoshi Kon 1997 / Anime Film
Kentaro Miura 1989 / Manga
Yoshitaka Amano 1989 / Art Book
Hideaki Anno 1995-1996 / Anime Series
Hayao Miyazaki 1984 / Anime Film
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Necro Facility - Wintermute
Anklebiter - Queue
Juno Reactor - Inside The Reactor
Femme Fatality - That’s It, That’s It
Washed Out - Within and Withoutre-
The Gothsicles - Industrialites & Magic
released by Artoffact Records on 7 June 2011 genre : electro-industrial Necro Facility has been the buzz word in the undergound since the release of Wintermute. Taking gigantic steps forword from their previous releases, Wintermute is the zenith of their discography. The album has a heavy feel to it but there is a pop nature to it making it more accessable to the non-industrial music listener. The songs are well composed, deep with complex layers, and the clear vocals allow the lyrics to be digested. Multiple musical influences are present throughout the album from drum n bass to classic EBM giving a variety to keep your attention. It’s been a long time since I used the repeat button on my music player and Wintermute finds me clicking it every time. 9/10 - MK
released by Stickfigure Recordings on 26 July 2011 genre : electo Femme Fatality are back with That’s It, That’s It, a six track EP that’s full of energetic electo and is a solid addition to their catalog. I embrace this EP as the 2008 release of One’s Not Enough was played so much in my household that I can swear it is imprinted on my soul, unregretably so. The boys toned down their sound slightly from the 2008 album, but it’s like going from cocain to redbull vodkas, the fun intensity is still there, just a little bit under control. Five of the songs are more than danceable and should be played at all clubs and house parties around the world to pump some fun into the crowds. My only complaint is that it’s only an EP and hopefully this isn’t it. 7/10 - MK
released by Tympanik Audio on 24 May 2011 genre : downtempo, IDM Following up last year’s, I Will Wait, Anklebiter returns with the remix album Queue. Featuring two new songs from Anklebiter and nine remixes from artists like Dryft, Keef Baker, and Access To Arasaka. I Will Wait is rich in subtlety and nuance and the remixers don’t loose sight of that as they rethink the tracks and the twisting melancholy melodies that made the original material engaging are still in place. Because the remixers all have a similar downtempo attitude as Anklebiter the remixes are not genre shifting and no one offers a identity changing makeover, but each is aware of the material they started with and has bent it to their own thinking very well. 8/10 - AA
leased by Sub Pop on 11 July 2011 genre : indie electronic, dream pop The good: It sounds like Sigur Ros mixed with Ulrich Schnauss; dreamy, spacey, floating-on-clouds, and stoned out of your mind electronic music with ethereal vocals drenched in reverb, perfect for occasions like falling in love or making a slow motion black and white film about a bike tire rolling down the street (Bonus: Naughty cover design of disrobed couple getting it on also provides a suggested use). The bad: It’s been done before, and although that isn’t bad (in fact, it’s pretty good at what it aims to do), it doesn’t get points for originality. The ugly: Pitchfork recently gave it a good review. 6/10 PM
released by Metropolis Records on 12 July 2011 genre : Goa trance Juno Reactor’s Ben Watkins has put together a remix album spanning the band’s whole catalog. Ten remixes are from other producers and one lost mix is from Juno Reactor themselves. The featured remixers aren’t a who’s who of the current hottest DJs and chart topping remixers, which would probably be an easy task for someone with Juno Reactor’s name recognition to land. Instead it feels like every remixer has been carefully thought out and each mix fits into the band’s larger catalog perfectly. There are tribal breaks, psy & Goa trance, and even a Bollywood dub mix. All the tracks are different facets of Juno Reactor’s classic material but each is very aware of the source material and its spirit. 8/10 - AA
released by WTII on 9 August 2011 genre : EBM The Gothsicles are in a world of their own. Armed with witty lyrics and stomping beats they descend upon the scene once again with Industrialights & Magic. If you didn’t find the 2009 release Sega Lugosi’s Dead a hilarious romp then this release is most definitely not for you. Industialites & Magic is less acceptable then the previous release as most of the references are obscure. The album does have some relatable songs, like “Drunk Cuts” which is about being injured well intoxicated and “Baby Jesus vs. Baby Genius”. While it’s humourous at parts, the album falls short of living up to Sega Lugosi’s Dead. 6/10 - MK
Hanin Elias - Get It Back
Com Truise - Galactic Melt
reviewed by : Aaron Andrews genre : digital hardcore, dance rock, electro A founding and now former member of Atari Teenage Riot, Hanin Elias has returned from her Pacific Island retirement to take another shot at the world. Get It Back is her fourth solo album and on it we find her trying on new sounds and methods as she collaborates with a number of different artists from around the world. Get It Back is a trip through a few sounds and moods that doesn’t cling to the precedent set by Hanin’s previous work with Digital Hardcore Records. There is no escaping the influence of her work with Atari Teenage Riot and her riot grrrl energy, it’s still openly represented here in the songs “Axis Shifting” and “Do You Know!!!”, it’s impossible to deny the intensity of that origin is the backbone of all this material. However in many places during the album she steps back from the all out assault that is digital hardcore and delivers thought out vocal performances to accompany music that draws influences not just from her previous work but also from grime, dubstep, industrial, electro, and even dark wave (on the track “Melancolia”). The variety of the album will make it hard to embrace for those who are looking for another chapter of harsh music brandishing political agenda and social contempt but when approached with a more open mind the variety serves to spotlight Hanin as an artist with many influences and loves. Get It Back is a chance to get to know this artist past the harsh no nonsense facade we’ve all seen for so long. recommended tracks : Get It Back, Dead Eyes, Do You Know!!! if you like you may like : Atari Teenage Riot, Peaches grade : overall 7 - music 7 - lyrics 6 - recording quality 8
reviewed by : Paul Morin genre : electronica, indie electronic In the late 70s/early 80s, a lot of promises were made in movies and on TV about the future of the world, about the role of computers, and about the rapid advances of technology and the utopias and dystopias it would create (so much for the rise of Skynet). Early pioneers of electronic music took those notions and the cold, primitive sounds of synths and drum machines, and instead of creating anything remotely organic, pushed the limits of the inorganic. Com Truise harkens back to that age, of the strange promises of the future we received from synthpop, krautrock and the club-thump of Euro-disco and post-disco (think “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry or “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League). Most songs are based around a simple keyboard arpeggio that loops through the song, and the drum machines and synths are set to deliberately emulate the glory days of the 80s. Many of the patters reveal a subtle cleverness to them; this isn’t exactly music that could have been made in 1980 (it gets a little “crazy” at times and approaches IDM or drum n bass), and while the songs are dance floor friendly and funky, the melodies are light enough to almost be considered fluff. To put it another way, this sounds like the music of the future as expressed with the instruments and ideas of the past in the hands of an artist of the present. In the end, because it’s all instrumental, this album is great background music, ideal for retro 80s fans and fantasies or late night trips looking for old arcade games that never actually existed. recommended tracks : VHS Sex, Flightwave, Cathode Girls if you like you may like : Twin Shadow, Daft Punk, Metro Area grade : overall 7 - music 7 - recording quality 10
released by Rustblade on 7 June 2011 data : 4th album . 11 tracks . 40:36 run time . www.haninelias.com
released by Ghostly International on 5 July 2011 data : 2nd album . 10 tracks . 43:00 run time . www.comtruise.com
Clan of Xymox - Darkest Hour
released by Metropolis Records on 24 May 2011 data : 13th album . 10 tracks . 51:42 run time . www.clanofxymox.com to give it a listen, hoping they had continued to make progress down a rewarding new path. Regrettably, I was disappointed once again. True to its title, this is a very dark brooding album, unfortunately, instead of being a great example of gothic rock at its best, most of it just sounds dreary and a bit whiny. There’s definitely a lot of heartache here but it doesn’t seem to do much, it’s just sort of there. This type of album should be cathartic, it should drag you kicking and screaming through a minefield of broken emotional baggage, if only to prove to you that you can emerge from it relatively unscathed. But this didn’t do that for me. There’s certainly nothing overtly wrong here, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a point to any of it either. There’s just not much new here and at one point I wondered if I was listening to a collection of rejected tracks from the mid 90s. This is not terrible, I was just expecting and hoping for so much more. recommended tracks : Delete, Dream of Fools if you like you may like : The Cruxshadows, The Birthday Massacre grade : overall 5 - music 6 - lyrics 5 - recording quality 6
reviewed by : Steve Prinsen aka DJ Darkwave genre : gothic rock, darkwave In the late 80s and very early 90s Clan of Xymox/Xymox where one of my top five bands, in fact Depeche Mode was probably the only band that consistently outranked them in my adoration during that period. However by the mid 90s it began to feel as if they had lost focus and their subsequent releases just didn’t seem to have that same spark I had come to expect from them. There were a few good tracks here and there but nothing to rival either their early experimental gems or their late 80s synth-pop genius. Eventually I lost interest, but I continued to check their new releases hoping to hear a return to form. With the release of In Love We Trust in 2009 I finally started to feel that they were getting back to a place I could respect. So when Darkest Hour was released in May I was excited
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Architect - Upload Select Remix & Upload Select Remix.2
released by Hymen Records on 12 July 2011 data : 6th & 7th albums . 26 tracks . 142:58 run time . www.architect-music.com reviewed by : Aaron Andrews genre : IDM Architect is the project that, the seemingly always busy, Daniel Myer gets to stretch his thinking out and try sounds different from his various EBM projects. Last year’s Consume Adapt Create was an IDM album steeped in heavy drum n bass influences. This year’s remix companion is comprised of two releases, Upload Select Remix and Upload Select Remix.2. These releases step back from the original influences and allow a variety of different takes on the material with remixes by 26 different artists such as Stendeck, End.User, Hecq, Subheim, Dryft, Andre Winter, Synnack, and Brazda Lui Novac. The sounds presented here span melodic electronica, tech house, and even some darker downtempo reflections of drum n bass and dubstep. The remixes are all good, unsurprisingly so, as there are many talented contributors whose unique
visions make each rework great on their own merit. With multiple listens I found that while there are a variety of personalities to the songs, there is one universal mood tying them together. The downtempo and ambient aspects of the original tracks seem to be pulled to the forefront and ends up being all that’s represented. What made Consume Adapt Create a great album was its juggling of laid back and in your face songs and I was dying for the mixes by End.User and Hecq to turn up the intensity of the originals, but they fell short of my expectations. All in all these are good companions to an incredible album but they fall a little short of equaling it.recommended tracks : Pure (Andr_ Winter Remix), The Beauty And The Beat (The_Empath Remix) if you like you may like : Orphx, Mnemonic, Karsten Pflum grade : overall 7 - music 7 - recording quality 9
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Krystal System - Nuclear
reviewed by : Paul Morin genre : indie, experimental Somewhere between Joy Division, Suicide, and the theme from Knight Rider, there is the music of John Maus. Censors sounds like a lost gem of the 80s, but without any of the polish or finished production of that decade; it sounds more like a 4-track cassette tape that was dropped into a dumpster and recovered years later. Everything is buried in the mix, and the production decisions make this recording not so much “lo-fi” as deliberately damaged and unfinished, and those imperfections are what makes this whole shebang really interesting and separates it from a million other musicians working with the same retro parameters. Tape hiss and other “mistakes” are left in. The songs end abruptly. A bass line is flubbed and missing a few notes. And Maus’ baritone voice, which draws immediate comparisons to the likes of Ian Curtis or Nick Cave, was apparently recorded at the bottom of a deep well with enough delay and reverb to make the members of Pink Floyd blush. All of this is mixed with a schizophrenic genre-bending of tracks moving from languid and narcotic to bouncy and goofy. Fortunately, since the songs clock in at between 2 and 4 minutes, if you get bored with one, the next is on the way. It’s tough to nail down and will leave a lot of listeners scratching their heads as to the intention and aesthetic merits, but as a whole the album holds up surprisingly well on repeated listens and its best moments are downright brilliant. recommended tracks : Believer, …And the Rain, Cop Killer if you like you may like : Joy Division, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Suicide grade : overall 8 - music 8 - lyrics 6 - recording quality 1
reviewed by : Mike Kieffer genre : electro rock I would like to thank France for giving us Krystal System. This male female duo provides plenty of grinding guitar, slick bass lines, crashing drums, and synths. Does that formula sound familiar? Well unlike your typical hometown band, Krystal System knows how to use the formula to get maximum results. There are many familiar sounds to keep your brain active as you try and put a finger on what a particular one is, from surfer guitars, to KMDFM riffs. The majority of the lyrics are in English although there are a few sung in their native tongue, but for the non-French speaking listener it doesn’t pull away from the enjoyment they bring. Bonnie does the majority of the vocal duties and while her accent is a little hard to understand at times, it is infectiously adorable and makes me want to squeeze her to death, although I feel she would give me a quick gut shot if I ever moved in. Seven also contributes vocals, mostly backup, but on a few songs he is the lead and he delivers a fantastic performance which stands amongst the best male vocals in the genre. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear Nuclear out at the clubs, typically the songs have a strong 4-4 beat that could be included if the DJ starts to get into a heavy set. Nuclear keeps growing on me the more I listen to it, it is the perfect album to blast at full volume with your air guitar in hand running around the house without a care in the world. recommended tracks : World is Calling, Nuclear Winter if you like you may like : I:Scintilla, Imperative Reaction grade : overall 8 - music 7 - lyrics 8 - recording quality 8
released by Ribbon Music on 28 June 2011 data : 3rd album . 11 tracks . 31:52 run time . www.mausspace.com
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released by Alfa Matrix on 17 June 2011 data : 2nd album . 14 tracks . 54:34 run time . www.krystal-system.com
Former member of Atari Teenage Riot, Hanin Elias revels how she sins. Former founding member of Atari Teenage Riot, Hanin Elias is back with the new solo album Get It Back! out on Rustblade.
interview by Mike Kieffer If you had to review your new album Get It Back, what would you say about it? HE : Get It Back! Hanin Elias is back with a new album after five years of silence (she lived on a small isolated island in the South Pacific.) The new album is as varied as you can imagine, it just won’t fit into a box but will burst the one you are in! Hanin worked with collaborators all over the world and the result is an amazing one! Styles from electro hop, dark witchy pop, rockstep, and digital hardcore. Industrial and electronic melt into each other and Elias’ lyrics about human exploitation of the planet, showinism, and deep melancholia gives all a sense! [winks] The album is euphoric, deep, and powerful! She is back and there is no doubt about it! [smiles]
What would your reaction be to a fan getting plastic surgery to look exactly like you? Would you consider that self love? Hanin Elias : I would be horrified! Plastic surgery already gives me shivers of horror when I see someone who had done it. I think you always see it and it just makes the person look very unsure and a poor victim of superficial narcissism and a fear of getting old is something I don’t have and I wish no one would have it. I would begin to doubt if the people really get my messages right... You enter a food eating competition, what food would you choose to rule over and become the champion? HE : I would choose maybe raspberries, I can eat tons of them!
You suddenly have hundreds of servants catering to your every worldly need. What do you do with your new found freedom? HE : I would feel embarrassed and couldn’t enjoy it probably. But if all these people do it freely and would enjoy being my servants I would do more music and leave the whole technical and bureaucratic stuff to them...
If you could have any one thing (object or event) in the world, what would want? HE : A moneyless world without banks and greed! What is the most embarrassing pick up that has been used on you and that you’ve used on someone? HE : ‘Hey, do you wanna have coffee somewhere someday?’ And from me… ‘I wonder how big it is...’
A world wide revolution starts in your name and the world police force captures you on a televised event, what are your final words? HE : ‘Oh see the birds… they don’t seed, they don’t harvest... and still they have everything they need!’ And probably… ‘Start the riot! We must go free! Now is the time!’ 23
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The Day the Gayz Took Over
by Adam Rosina
Adam Rosina, aka The Angriest Critic, cuts a swathe through politics, pop culture, subculture, and society at large with the surgical precision one would expect of a double-bit battle-axe forged in the fires of hell-born insanity. Fact or fiction? He doesn’t even know, so why should you?! Join him as he makes some jokes along the way and gazes into the abyss in Black Theorem.
DISCLAIMER: Like a hairdryer manufacturer being forced to include a warning label instructing the inevitable idiot consumer to not take their product into the bathtub, I am compelled to include some forewarning. This is a work of satire, and if you, the reader, are too stupid to get that, walk away now, because I have no time for your holier-than-thou outrage or white liberal guilt. Furthermore, I implore my LBGT readers to understand the joke is not on you, but rather your oppressors. To anyone still reading (i.e. those with a sense of humor and at least half a brain), enjoy. On June 24, 2011, a day that will live in infamy, the New York State legislature, in utter defiance of God’s law and its’ dominion on earth, passed the Marriage Equality Act, granting homosexuals the right to marry. There was ample warning of the dire consequences that would befall us if we dared break our covenant with the Lord. The religious leaders, conservative politicians and other similarly wise men did everything in their power to prevent it, but in the end, man’s pride and arrogance won out. But all the ominous predictions of the coming cataclysm were indeed wrong. What ensued was not as mind-rendingly terrible as we had been warned against. It was much, much worse. The word was out, and in an instant, everything became fabulous. Apocalyptically fabulous. The gays threw off the last vestiges of normalcy that they had reluctantly worn and reveled in their subhuman perversion. They left the tea rooms and bath houses, and took to committing heinous, foaming-at-the-mouth buggery in the streets, in full view of decent Christian eyes. And then, no longer content with mere gay-on-gay fornication, they turned on us. It was then that we learned being gay wasn’t merely a choice; it was a disease.
If the virus had been confined to fluid exchange, we might have been able to fight it back. But when the news that gay marriage was legal hit the airwaves, the children became the next, and greatest, causality. Any child witnessing the media coverage and discovered that, now, it was OK to be homosexual, was struck with “the gay”, as though a switch had been flipped in their tiny brains, and it took hold like some powerful hypnotic suggestion. Boys took to the playgrounds, tugging not on girls’ pigtails, but the hair-tufts of the other male children, all the while lisping with an effeminacy so foul, it would have made even Truman Capote recoil in horror! Girls threw down their Barbies and took up baseballs. Not softballs, mind you, honest-to-god motherfucking baseballs!
Roving packs of gays began to choke the streets with their numbers. Running on all fours in a bestial manner, they pounced from person to person, each victim buckling under the force of the impact. Their prey incapacitated, the rutting commenced with a demonic fury. Finished, they leapt on to the next warm, Godfearing, heterosexual body, with their previous victims scurrying off into the night to do as had been done to them, the spread of their contagion assured. The hipsters fell first, their frail bodies providing them little strength to fend off their attackers. The guidos were spared, their creatine-enhanced bulk and immaculate spray tans inadvertently caused the gays to mistake them for muscle-twinks (a common and understandable misconception). Those of us that survived the initial onslaught were left to look on as a queerdemic of Romero-like proportions unfolded, growing worse by the moment. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
If there was any question as to whether or not our punishment was heaven-sent, it was moot the moment the elements themselves began to rage against us. The seas boiled! The air became foul, and the heavens rained glitter and meth in equal measure, and in place of foreboding thunder, we were instead menaced with booming house music. Horrifically danceable house music! Volcanic eruptions occurred simultaneously in Rome, Jerusalem, and Mecca, looking for all intents like the 24
earth itself had sustained a trio of fiery, ruptured hemorrhoids, no doubt the result of the vigorous and passionate spiritual sodomy it had sustained at the hands of humanity. Then, when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, AIDS went fucking airborne. Finally, the sky cracked in twain. The Lord Jesus Christ himself appeared. He chastised us for our decadence and perversion. We had defied God’s laws in the passing of our earthbound ones for the last time! The gates of heaven would be forever closed. This world belonged to the Devil now, the road to his ascendance paved by our hubris as much as by his foot solders, the gays. And he was going to buttfuck each and every one of us… …except absolutely none of that shit happened. The sun still rose the next morning, same as it always had. The world was not plunged into utter chaos. The terrorists didn’t win. The nation was not bombarded with natural disasters as a sign of some imaginary deity’s wrath (well, no more than usual). The children did not wake and announce to stunned parents that they’d decided to be gay, because it’s not a fucking choice. Yet the bigots still clung to their bibles and guns, like talismans to ward off the tide of progress and change, ever the same superstitious and cowardly lot they’d always been (+10 nerd points/-10 “ever have sex again” points right there). The only thing that changed was that, in New York State, gay and lesbian couples were finally granted the right to share their lives and their love in the eyes of the law, same as any other citizen. And that state stood as an example to others, that we might not let our laws be dictated by religious dogma or irrational hatred, but instead let them be enacted by virtue of what is right. Special thanks to Michelle Bachmann, Fred Phelps, the GOP, and, most recently, David Tyree, not to mention religious fanatics everywhere, for doing the heavy lifting on this piece. The above work may have been crazier than what the lot of you spew from your vicious little mouths, but not by much. Fuck off and die, every last one of you. And lastly, R.I.P. Divine, Donny the Punk, Burroughs, Darby, Mapplethorpe, and all the other LBGT folks whose work had a profound personal affect on my attitudes, artistic output, and life in general. This legal decision might not, had any of you lived today, have had any direct effect on your lives, but I’d like to think it would have been celebrated by all as a sign of coming change and greater freedom on a national (if not global) scale.
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L IF E S T Y L E Bringing together her experience in neurolinguistic programming, psychology, pick-up artistry, and the fetish industry, Arden Leigh, today’s freshest voice on women’sdating and relationship strategies, answers your questions.
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Q : I take all my first dates to the same perfect (I thought) place, but it never works out, and now I’m wondering, is there such a thing as too nice for a first date? Does it make me look desperate? Should I be saving the swanky spot for second dates?
Q : I’m not satisfied with the sex I have with my boyfriend. He always makes me come at some point but the actual intercourse is never enjoyable for me. It’s getting to the point where I don’t feel as attracted to him as I once was. How can I solve this without hurting his feelings?
A : Wait wait wait wait wait wait WAIT. You had me at, “I take all my first dates to the same place.” Are all your first dates with the same person? This is your problem. This place is about your comfort and preference, not your individual targets’. You must always, always, always tailor your seductions to your individual targets.
A : This is why I kind of love non-monogamy (at least in the beginnings of relationships, and possibly throughout, depending on how the relevant parties feel. For my complete thoughts on it see my blog entry at www.ardenleigh.typepad. com/blog/2010/11/musings-on-monogamy.html.) Sex is really important to relationships, and if the chemistry isn’t there, sometimes the relationship feels less valuable. At least that’s been my experience. And until I feel certain about that chemistry, I would rather be able to have the option of having sex with other people in order to see if the chemistry, sexual and otherwise, organically draws me to one person over the others. That way I don’t have this problem. I prioritize the sex and relationships I have by how good they are.
If you’re dating my roommate Helena (a glamorous young member of the literati who regularly trots around Europe), then there is no such thing as too nice for a first date. If you’re dating my friend Eddy (a blues-singing art photographer and rock music nightlife staple), you probably shouldn’t leave New York’s Lower East Side and you better be able to hold your whiskey. If you’re dating Anna Evans (a glam rock-loving, eternally corseted burlesque performer), it doesn’t matter where you take her nearly as much as it matters that you’re wearing eyeliner and you like David Bowie. Do you get my point?
Then again, I am a seduction coach, not a sexpert, as I have often said. So you may want to get a second opinion. My field of expertise is not in how to help you have better sex, but rather how to help you get to have sex with the people you want to have sex with. Once you’re already having sex with them, the best guidance I can offer you is to communicate, pay attention, be fearlessly uninhibited, be committed to your partner’s pleasure, and take responsibility for making sure your own needs get fulfilled, which are the exact same things I would tell you to do in the seduction part leading up to the sex before it even happens.
There’s another issue here in that “dates”, such as dinner dates at swanky restaurants, have become a bit passé as a way to start off a potential relationship. They’re too formal, and they can be dangerously awkward or boring. Try an excursion that’s more mobile, with a more immediately engaging environment, a rock concert, barhopping (especially if there’s a pool table or darts so you have an activity to focus on), dodgeball in the park. By the time you’re sitting across a table from someone at a restaurant, you should be absolutely certain that you want to spend two hours stuck there with them.
My only real guidance here is to be communicative with your boyfriend about what turns you on. Guys can be obtuse sometimes and they need a little help. Speak up about what you like, both in and out of bed. Phrase things in the positive (i.e., dos rather than don’ts) and always let him know when he’s doing something you’re enjoying. Part of the work of seduction is that we can’t expect anyone to be a mind reader except ourselves.
But more importantly, I have a feeling that your issue here is a much deeper and more extensive one, since it seems your perfect restaurant choice is still ultimately about you rather than about your targets. If your dates are about impressing a woman in order to maintain your own comfort zone around her, it won’t matter how nice a place you take her (unless she’s the kind of gal who’s going to date you because she suspects you’re going to take her shopping, and really, no one wants that). You need to pay attention to what she likes and find the little details and surprises that will please and delight her. Stop looking at restaurants and start looking at the women you’re trying to seduce. That’s where you’ll find your answers. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
Beyond that? We have the art of seduction so that we can have sex with the kinds of people who are going to blow our minds. And if someone isn’t doing it for us, we know we can move on and have other options. So, consider an open relationship, or seeing other people, or breaking up entirely, if the sex doesn’t get better. Life’s too short for mediocre sex. 26
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Auxiliaryâ€™s playful take on the sexy centerfold pin up. Flip the page, cut out, and tac on your wall!
photographer Saryn Christina makeup, hair, model Xanthia Pink
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Thereâ€™s plenty of pink to go around when it comes to Los Angeles based fetish model Xanthia Pink. Xanthia is a creative whose modeling, styling, and very own hair accessory designs give fans of her work plenty of pink goodness to absorb through rose-colored glasses.
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name : Xanthia Pink nickname : Xan birthday : November 20th birthplace : Orange County, CA eye color : Brown and at times they can be hazel. hair color : Pink turn-ons : Lip gloss, Delicious smelling perfume/ cologne, awesome big hair, latex, and stiletto shoes. turn-offs : Bad body odor, too much body hair, and a bad attitude. why do you model? : I love to create and be a part of art! I love connecting with the camera and sharing parts of my life in an artistic way! I enjoy taking photos in general to document my life and how I live it and with the people I love! how did you get into modeling? : I saw photos in Marquis and Skin Two (fetish fashion magazines) and was fascinated! I started going to clubs in LA meeting people and networking as well as joining model networking sites like Model Mayhem (I’m MM#2573) and started building a portfolio! It all grew from there! It was just one of those things from the beginning that I just knew I had to be a part of it! So I made it happen! favorite musical artist : I have to name a few, because I couldn’t just list one Bjork, Tori Amos, Madonna, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, and so many more! They have been favorites of mine since I was thirteen! favorite movie : The Wedding Singer ( I love Romantic Comedies and the 80s and especially Drew Barrymore!). favorite tv show : Breaking Bad favorite cocktail : Depends on what mood I’m in but off the top of my head I’d say Raspberry Lemon Drop or Pomegranate Margarita. favorite color : Pink favorite tattoo : My left sleeve. [smiles] favorite article of clothing : My black ruffle Betsy Johnson party dress. favorite fashion designer : Betsey Johnson favorite fashion style : My own! Flirty, fun, and colorful! And always accessorized with my own hand made hair bows and flowers! (Xanthia Pink Designs) favorite star/icon : Madonna and Drew Barrymore! Very talented, strong, and creative women that have made themselves over and over again! favorite outdoor activity : Walking or bicycling. favorite indoor activity : Making hair bows and other crafty things! anything you’d like to say to our readers? : I’m very happy to be the featured PinUp model for Auxiliary Magazine’s Aug/Sept Issue! So much thanks to the wonderful photographer Saryn! If you’re interested in seeing my hand made designer hair accessories please visit my website www.xanthiapink.com and www.xanthiapinkdesigns.etsy.com! Thanks!
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salvaged decay How would you dress yourself in a post apocalyptic world that is drowning in depravity, crawling with scavengers, and riddled with anarchy? Luckily this is not the current state of our world, but arguably some people could say we’re heading to our doom. If you would like to slip into the warrior role, you’re going to need to transform some found objects into protective, yet functional clothing that may involve; scraps of leather, nylon straps, netting, and distressed pieces of cloth. Most of you aren’t going to wait in your basement for the apocalypse and DIY may not be part of your skill set, so choosing designers that can provide you with some “end of the world” chic may be in your future forecast. Whether you’re channeling the character’s in Tank Girl or taking influences from the dystopian action movie Mad Max, you will be fashionable in your post apocalyptic inspired survival gear.
1 CoVert Utility Belt, Sync Leggings, and Sway-Mini all by Crisiswear with Mod 373-S2 boots from the MPX Extreme Collection by New Rock. 2 Ratty Wear By Sarah Viscera Heavy Texture Desert Cowl. 3 Pewter Bat Skull Necklace on Fire Orange Feather Pelt by Miyu Decay. 4 Cthulhu Adrift Teeth and Chain Fringe Earrings by Savage Salvage. 5 Hardware No. 5 Upcycled Mixed Metal Chain Bracelet by Savage Salvage. 6 Urchin No. 3 Modern Tribal Coral Bib Necklace by Savage Salvage. 7 Black Fringe Bat Skull Necklace with Coins by Miyu Decay. 8 Ratty Wear By Sarah Viscera Apocalypse Net Crop Top and Shredded Ribcage Tank. 31
styled and written by Meagan Hendrickson photographed by Jennifer Link model Sarah Viscera
THIS PAGE Heavy Red Effigy Dress and Devastation of Innocence Corset paired with Striation Madness Tights, Dresdan Doll Tea Glove Set, and Love is Lost Cross Necklace. Stylistâ€™s own hat.
photograher Jennifer Link fashion stylist Meagan Hendrickson makeup artist Andrea Losecco hair stylist Erin Moser model Agatka
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Enshrouded in a sensual darkness, Heavy Red has always catered to those seeking something more from goth style. An icon and designer whose workmanship has entitled them to countless loyal fans and followers, Tyler Ondine Whitman and the crew at Heavy Red continue to redefine the concept and approach to gothic by playing with both subtlety and drama always with an air of sophistication. For connoisseurs of a darker aesthetic, a darker beauty, the future of goth fashion has never looked so bright. interview by Vanity Kills Heavy Red’s fashions bring out the best in a woman without overshadowing her. This great achievement can be partially attributed to the countless hours designer Tyler Ondine Whitman invested into studying and photographing the female form in all its variance; from the bare flesh of strippers, swaying from the poles of Chez Paree in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, to the hyper-exaggerated visages of femininity presented by pageant winning drag queens in Alabama. Repeated exposure to this colorful Lucite heeled and be-sequined cast of characters taught Whitman how to articulate sensuality-drenched garments which readily invite flattery and praise, instead of simply drowning the wearer in a metric ton of lace, ruffles and tulle netting. As Heavy Red tirelessly continues to uphold the maxim of, “you should wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you,” Tyler teases with previews of their fall 2011 collection, shares relevant tips on swimsuit season survival aimed at the black-clad crowd, and talks of perusing the principles of form fitting design at nudie bars.
“ Heavy Red is itself like a young woman, one who is always discovering new facets of her personality. A woman who can be the picture of elegance during the day and a down right naughty spectacle after dark. ” by barbie doll swim wear. The Swim Noir line gives an edgy yet personal twist to the classic bikini. I think that when bathing suit shopping the number one rule is to find a bathing suit that titillates you, makes you want to run around half naked amongst a sea of strangers. Stay away from anything that makes you feel self conscious, embarrassed, or worst of all like an impostor. Search for prints and colors that reflect your personal sense of style. The Heavy Red Swim Noir cut although it is a bikini has a classy sophistication with its straight across boy cut bottoms and full back. We don’t do g-strings, half the allure of a bathing suit is the tease, don’t show everything, leave them wanting more...
Heavy Red is getting ready to launch their fall collection, what surprises do you have in store? Tyler Ondine Whitman : Heavy Red is itself like a young woman, one who is always discovering new facets of her personality. One who explores her sexuality, one who redefines herself through substance and style. A woman who can be the picture of elegance during the day and a down right naughty spectacle after dark. The new fall line has so many exciting elements to help you create a look that is an absolute you. This season suitings, herringbones, pinstripes are playing a big role. Corsets like you have never seen before which will leave you breathless. Our new winter coat is in the works, definitely a must have for fall season. As always I have had some extra fun with some very over the top skirts. I am continuing to push the boundaries of what one could call a hoodie, with all new draping and accentuating of the silhouette. And of course some very unexpected surprises to tantalize the sophisticated Heavy Red shopper.
I have found that two piece suits are easier to fit especially for girls who are shorter or longer in the torso then average. Also girls whose measurements are not as proportionate, heavier in the bust and smaller in the waist and hip and vice versa. In the end it comes down to what is right for your body type. I feel another key to a successful bathing suit is the accessories. I think that coveralls such as loose semi-sheer shirts and little slip dresses are wonderful because they protect you from tan lines, and provide that ever crucial tease in a very stylish way.
Many ladies of the gothy persuasion struggle to find swimwear that’s equal parts functional, flattering, and ultimately satisfying to a darker sensibility. As an originator of the Swim Noir collection, can you offer any tips on picking the perfect spooky bikini or one piece? TW : I’ll be the first one to say I am not a beach person, nor am I much a fan of the sun. When I had to wear a bathing suit I would pick whatever understated bathing suit I could find without hideous adornments or tacky loud colors. I would search high and low for a plain black bathing suit. It wouldn’t have much personality, but I found it was the lesser of two evils. When I would wear it, it wasn’t me, here I am in basically my bra and underwear for the whole world to see and I feel self conscious and plain, two things I don’t like to be.
What’s the easiest way to transition an airy, lightweight gothy summer wardrobe into fall? TW : I think layering and accessorizing is a great way to make the transition. Heavy Red creates many foundation pieces, which means simple pieces that are the basics you need to then create an outfit. With these basic pieces you can then begin layering clothes and adding accessories. For instance a great way to layer for fall would be to take your airy dress, add a waist cincher over the top, a crop jacket or matching shrug, arm warmers and cute stockings, and a pair of fierce heels and you will find yourself fall chic as you walk down the street amongst falling leaves, a cool breeze, warm coffee in hand.
Last year, I was down by the water in Venice at night, and out of no where at least a dozen girls wearing black dresses raced toward the water. As they got closer one by one they pulled of their dresses and ran in to the water. They were each wearing their bras and underwear. Some were fancy and lacy, some were simple, some matched and others clashed but you could see the girl reflected in her choice of style. Watching these noir nymphs I was inspired to create a line of bathing suits for the girls with dark style and a personality that should not be suffocated
You began the foray into the fashion world by selling unique, handcrafted items such as winged dresses in your eBay shop. Any possibility of restocking updated versions of these vintage Heavy Red classics sometime in the future? TW : Someday I hope to release a wedding dress based of that very design, all hand sewn and dripping with decadence. We are sent a lot of the wedding photos 33
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where the bride wore one of our dresses, and everyone at the office looks at them and tears up, it is such a pure moment the look of happiness on a new bride’s face. This has to be one of the most rewarding aspects of this job, a woman’s most special day and she allowed me to dress her.
Heavy Red’s garments boast quite descriptively poetic names (“Moment of Solitude Pencil Skirt”, “Violet’s Last Breath Steel Boned Waist Cincher”, “Innocence of Disregard Dress”). How do you approach the process of titling your latest creations? TW : I close my eyes, imagine myself in the piece and find my senses transported to various fantasies. When I can smell, taste, and touch the wonderland where the clothes belong the name just comes to me.
Your brand prides itself on providing the consumer with, “clothing for sexual sophistication and seduction created by the gothic fashion trendsetting”. On that note, have you given thought to expanding your current offerings of corsetry and hosiery to include more gothy underpinnings such as lacy lingerie, petticoats and sensuous nightgowns for the morbidly inclined. TW : You ready my mind you sneaky girl... Yes I have several divinely debaucherous under things in the works.
Do you prefer to have complete creative control over the images used for Heavy Red’s catalog by shooting and styling all the models yourself? Or do you enjoy collaborating with other photographers and stylists? TW : I won’t lie I’m a bit of a control freak. I have such an exact vision and I know our customers so well that I want to make sure I stay true to Heavy Red’s message of elegant dark beauty. My heart is so very invested in every piece. I want to see it take form and be worn all over the world bringing fashion ecstasy to each owner. I have always taken all the photos and I love doing it. Since the photos are the only way many people view the clothing I think it is so important to show the clothing in the context it was designed for. I have collaborated with makeup artists in the past and have had a great time. I love to work with other artists and watch our mad ravings turn to reality. Over the last year or two I have taken on the role of stylist for many of our shoots, as it seemed like an very interesting challenge, like the last piece of the puzzle.
A few seasons ago I designed several garter belts which I shot as outer wear, but of course could be worn as an undergarment as well. They received so much praise and since then many requests, that we will be releasing all new styles of garter belts, lacy unders, and what not in the fall.
“ I won’t lie I’m a bit of a control freak. I have such an exact vision. My heart is so very invested in every piece. I want to see it take form and be worn all over the world bringing fashion ecstasy to each owner. ”
You’ve spent a considerable amount of time photographing the exotic dancers of San Francisco’s Chez Paree gentlemen’s club. It is imperative that I inquire if any of the residual “live nude girls” aesthetic crossed over into your later work as a fashion designer. Are there any elements of “stripper style” you found yourself cannibalizing and reconstructing while working on one of Heavy Red’s pieces? TW : The Chez Girls project was such a rich experience in many ways. To become part of these women’s lives through the day in day out turmoil of stripping in a dive all-nude club in the Tenderloin district.
What did you find to be the most useful utility for marketing your wares while trying to generate buzz around the Heavy Red brand? TW : Ten years ago it was definitely eBay. Now even though we have Facebook and Twitter pages I would still say the number one resource for marketing is our customers and fans. They are so loyal. Most of our customers continue to order from us every season. They are so happy with Heavy Red clothes that they are inspired to spread the word like gospel. They are the ones who have made Heavy Red grow in to the success it is today. Our fans inspire me to work harder and create more unique and amazing pieces for them every season. To our fans, I am grateful.
I think what I took with me was a far deeper understanding of the female shape. Watching naked women of all sizes curving, bending, gyrating, really allowed me to understand how a design needed to fit, how it needed to move with her curves, and look great on many varied body types. The human form is what has inspired art for centuries and it continues to inspire me. I will say, in my heart I forever carry some of the tragedy as well as the eroticism from those women. It is the beauty in the dark subtle moments that can translate in to clothing with feeling and expression. The clothes we make are not just pieces of cloth, they are statements, visions, dreams, fantasies.
As Heavy Red continues to grow and evolve, what’s your business strategy TW : As always I like to change things up a bit, experiment, and have some fun. There is a big surprise coming for Heavy Red fans this winter, something we have never done before... I’m so excited, but I am sworn to secrecy!
Finish the sentence “The best life lesson I learned from a drag queen was…” TW : How to promote your attributes and diminish your flaws. The things that are great about you should be showcased, the aspects that you don’t love should be minimized. This is what sticks with me while I design. As a woman I know what I want to show off and what I want to hide, so I make designs that are easily adjustable, that frame ones face, that distract from women’s problem areas such thick arms, bellies, wide hips, shortness, etc. I want to let women show the best side of themselves so that they walk with confidence and pride. Heavy Red’s goal has always been to make women feel beautiful, well dark and beautiful.
What’s next for Tyler and Heavy Red? TW : Halloween is on my mind, every year we make a very special limited edition costume that always sells out, much to the dismay of late shoppers. I have so much fun creating a re-imagined Heavy Red take on a classic icon and turning it in to a costume. Heavy Red is also very excited to announce that the HBO show True Blood will be featuring our clothes in its upcoming Season 5!
Could you tell me a little more about the Japanese street fashion influence that’s ever-present in your work? TW : I have been enchanted with the Japanese culture for a long time. I admire their sense of personalized self expression. Whenever I imagine myself walking the streets of Tokyo I can feel an abundance of draped fabric, cinches, and pulls to create customized fitting, I see elongated silhouettes, I feel a cold and sometimes rebellious acrimony. I love to create pieces from this inspiration and meld it with the warmth and passion of a Neo Victorian. I have found that people are never one
I personally am hoping to spend some time in Paris this year. I love and miss that city very much. I am currently working on a new book of photography and have been asked to write a fictional book. I am scheduled to have an exhibit this spring showcasing some of my new visual art. So although busy, this looks to be yet another exciting year. 35
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THIS PAGE Heavy Red Arsenic & Lace Dress Shirt paired with English Herringbone Corset, Histrionic Desires Necklace, and modelâ€™s own skirt. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
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THIS PAGE Zane Black Asymmetric Neck Leatherette Bolero and Pixie Red Black Cigarette Pants Legging with Liuva Plaid Waist Corset all from the 2011 spring/fall collection by Pinar Eris. To achieve this look try MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural and MAC Satin Lipstick in Myth. OPPOSITE PAGE Eurydice Short Sleeve and Sparrow Bustle Shorts all from the 2011 spring/fall collection by Pinar Eris. august/september 2011 AUXILIARY
THIS PAGE Zane Black Asymmetric Neck Leatherette Bolero and Pixie Red Black Cigarette Pants Legging with Liuva Plaid Waist Corset all from the 2011 spring/fall collection by Pinar Eris. OPPOSITE PAGE Eurydice Short Sleeve and Sparrow Bustle Shorts all from the 2011 spring/fall collection by Pinar Eris. To achieve this look try MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder.
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THIS PAGE Romy Black Gray Plaid Side Ruffled High Waist Mini Skirt from the 2011 spring/fall collection by Pinar Eris. OPPOSITE PAGE Zane Black Asymmetric Neck Leatherette Bolero and Pixie Red Black Cigarette Pants Legging with Liuva Plaid Waist Corset all from the 2011 spring/fall collection by Pinar Eris.
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photographer Donnor fashion stylist Molly Hoeltke hair stylist Whitney Curry models Melissa Murphy and Rachael Kandefer
OPPOSITE PAGE White Victorian Grand Dame Blouse and Black Victorian Long Layered Ruffle Skirt both by Retroscope Fashions paired with Vintage White Petticoat by Once Vintage and White Rose Gothic Lolita Parasol by Retroscope Fashions.
THIS PAGE Feminine Cocktail Dress in gold metallic silk chiffon with crossover and tiered ruffle bodice from Made By Anatomy paired with two Plum and Gold Pearl Strands, Reverse Cameo Trio Necklace by Sweet Romance, brass vintage inspired locket ring by Jan Michaels, and brass vintage inspired cuff with natural stone by Jan Michaels all from Lotions and Potions. august/september 2011 AUXILIARY
THIS PAGE Delicate silk and lace mini dress with boned silk charm bodice from Made By Anatomy paired with 1930s Lace Dressing Robe by Once Vintage. Handmade Silk Blue & Gold Rosette Belt with lace and pearl by Lee Andiâ€™s, vintage style metallic beaded wristlet, and vintage repurposed cocktail ring all from Lotions and Potions. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
UPPER THIS PAGE Flirty strapless dress with dĂŠcolletageflattering bow bodice, high waist, and flared skirt in metallic silk from Made By Anatomy paired with mixed metal layered teardrop necklace, gold coin cluster necklace, and vintage ring by Renee all from Lotions and Potions.
LOWER THIS PAGE Feminine cocktail dress and flirty strapless dress both from Made By Anatomy. august/september 2011 AUXILIARY
THIS PAGE This goddess gown gathers with a delicate ruffle at the bust line and halter straps adorned with silver stars, nude silk chiffon shirrs at a high waist and drapes gracefully to the ground from Made By Anatomy. Silver bangles with pearls and rhinestones, silver All the Angels and Saints bracelet by Imaged Jewelry, and coral cameo cocktail ring all from Lotions and Potions. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
THIS PAGE White silk charmeuse gown with a delicate v-neck and empire waist with tiered ruffled train of alternating cream and ivory tonal shades cascades to the floor from Made by Anatomy paired with Black Ladies Tuxedo Tail Jacket by Retroscope Fashions. august/september 2011 AUXILIARY
THIS PAGE Flowing, ethereal pale citron silk chiffon gown with billowing bodice shirred at center seam and scooped back neckline blooms with delicate handmade silk flowers from Made By Anatomy paired with handmade porcelain mini-rosette and pearl clusters drop tassel necklace by Colleen Tolland, handmade porcelain mini-rosette and pearl clusters wrist cuff by Colleen Tolland, and gold filigree and deep blue rhinestone vintage inspired ring all from Lotions and Potions. AUXILIARY august/september 2011
UPPER AND LOWER LEFT Dress made of sheer organza glittered in gold stars accompanied by layers of tulle netting with a youthful, ambitious flare from Made By Anatomy. Collage vintage cameo cuff, teardrop cluster mixed metal necklace by Sweet Romance, and Italian made Elizabeth Riccardi ring all from Lotions and Potions paired with three layers of vintage repurposed grandmotherâ€™s style viewbox bracelets.
LOWER RIGHT Goddess gown from Made by Anatomy.
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THIS PAGE Marigold Satin Victorian Sleeveless Blouse and Tan Stripe Victorian Long Bustle Skirt both by Retroscope Fashions paired with Italian resin ivory cuff by Bellissima, vintage inspired cocktail ring by Olli Pop, and ivory and carnelian ring by Jan Michaels all from Lotions and Potions.
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THIS PAGE Black Victorian aristocrat blouse and capelet used at waist both by Retroscope Fashions paired with Swan Lake lightweight high waisted billowy chiffon mini skirt with tiered layers of organza flowing from the waistband to meet a stiffened and defined hemline that bounces with charisma from Made by Anatomy.
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F A SHI ON author Meagan Hendrickson & Jennifer Link photographer Zach Rose fashion stylist Jennifer Link model Robert Zelin
Unisex Shoulder Bag This fall add a sleek and sophisticated bag into your wardrobe to help keep you organized in your daily life. Slip the Mike Portfolio Bag in Tabacco Brown by Fluevog onto your shoulder and embrace the wonderful craftsmanship that John Fluevog products have to offer. Fluevog is known for their distinctive shoes but they also offer bags, belts, and other accessories. This unisex leather bag is nice for trips to the office or studio, hopping a mid-town train to meet friends, or just being used as a stylish vessel to protect your laptop. With the Mike Portfolio you will always have a fashionable, yet functional bag that will last you through this season and for years to come.
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THIS PAGE Fluevog Mike Portfolio Bag in Tabacco Brown, Banana Republic Soft Wash Cotton V-Neck Tee, Express Rocco Jeans, Fluevog Tokyo Yokohama boots in Black Montana, and modelâ€™s own jewelry and cowboy hat.
where to buy Banana Republic www.bananarepublic.gap.com
Ratty Wear by Sarah Viscera www.oOoplasticcouture.etsy.com
Made by Anatomy www.madebyanatomy.com
Retroscope Fashions www.retroscopefashions.com
Miyu Decay www.miyudecay.etsy.com
Savage Salvage www.savagesalvage.etsy.com
Moda Industria www.modaindustria.com
NYX Cosmetics www.nyxcosmetics.com
Slipshod Sally www.slipshodsally.com
Heavy Red www.heavyred.com
Once Vintage www.oncevintage.com
SKS Cosmetics www.skscosmeticsstore.com
Lotions and Potions www.lotionsandpotionsny.com
Pinar Eris www.pinareris.com