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editor’s letter

mission statement

It’s that time of year again, Halloween, and while we generally don’t do themed issues we couldn’t help but have this issue reflect our favorite holiday in many ways. I’ve said it here before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, I love how each issue develops it’s own trends and styles. In the end all the features end up complementing each other in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Let me take you down the spooky bone-chilling path that is the October/November 2011 Issue. First stop, you will find the raven perched upon his pile of beauty trinkets. Next up on the right, the statement lip is hard not to spot amongst the sea of club going zombies. Now at this beauty editorial, lean in and get a good last look at these styles straight from the coffin. Straight ahead you will find the infamous media house, visit it and you will have to fight aliens, occultists, and more to survive. Next stop, a collection of haunting portraits by Lori Earley and some insight on them from the artist herself. Moving along, here you will find Ronan Harris of VNV Nation and the seven deadly sins. Be careful around these parts and watch out for the members of God Module in the form of two vampires and a bat. Pause for a moment for a sip of some fall conjuring brews courtesy of the Thirsty Dudes. Our next stop is quite an attraction, the never boring Manzin. Join in on the festivities of Día de los Muertos by getting the right style and feasting your eyes on some stunning garments by Artifice Clothing. As we bring our tour to an end you will find plenty of fashion to satisfy your desires, spellbinding gowns, an aesthetic only for passion and death, latex and studded leather to send you into fashion bliss, and the perfect little witch’s hat for the perfect little Halloween.

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 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. 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.

Let us know what you think!

Sincerely, Jennifer Link

Share with us your thoughts on the issue, current events, or whatever is on your mind! email :

contributors Staff


Photographs / Illustrations

Editor in Chief Jennifer Link

Photographers Zach Rose Kim Akrigg Laura Dark Saryn Christina Ron Douglas Brent Leideritz Jennifer Link

Associate Fashion Editor Molly Hoeltke

Aaron Andrews James S. Cole Kelly Cole Jason Draper Aaron Fleisher Rena Finkel Meagan Hendrickson Mike Kieffer Arden Leigh Jennifer Link Mike Literman Mishka Paul Morin Derek Neuland Zach Rose Adam Rosina Vanity Kills email :

Graphic Design

illustration on 26 Nadir Balan

issue 18 : october/november 2011 ISSN 1948-9676

Logo Design Melanie Beitel

photographs on 33 Jennifer Link

No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the permission in writting from the publisher, except small excerpts for review purposes. Submitted work, reviews, ads, and photographs are copyrighted by their respective owners and fall under previous declaration. Copyright Auxiliary Magazine 2011.

Layout Design Jennifer Link

Fashion Editor Meagan Hendrickson Music Editor Mike Kieffer Associate and Copy Editor Zach Rose Associate Fashion Editor Tasha Farrington aka Pretty Deadly Stylz

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god module vnv nation artifice clothing lori earley . manzin : 14 romantic threads . toxic vision . thirsty dudes : 40 . 50

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Photographer : Zach Rose Fashion Stylist : Meagan Hendrickson Makeup : Anna Cadaverous Hair : Bryan Gunsell Model : Anna Cadaverous

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ravenous beauty picks to get you in the spooky spirit forevermore details rich deep statement lips one last look beauty straight from the coffin

24 tasting fall a drink selection by The Thirsty Dudes 26 black theorem cutting through pop culture and society at large 28 ask arden advice on relationship strategies 29 the PinUp Manzin


12 Attack the Block the most entertaining film of the year 13 time capsule survival horror 14 artist spotlight Lori Earley


33 style dĂ­a de los muertos 34 designer spotlight Artifice Clothing 40 spellbound captivating gowns that transcend this earthly plane 44 the passion of lovers is for death 50 euphoria cross the lines and find fashion bliss 62 must statement hat 63 where to buy


18 seven deadly questions Ronan Harris of VNV Nation 19 music reviews M83, Apparat, Accessory, The Field, Amen Dunes, and more... 21 quick picks Emika, Left Spine Down, Mondkopf, Mona Mur/En Esch, and more... 22 God Module Jasyn Bangert on their new album SĂŠance, their tour, and GothCruise


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by Vanity Kills






The black celebration is in full effect when birds of jet feather flock together and avian-inspired aesthetic comes home to roost. Inky eyes and lips unleash your inner bird of prey. Corvid colors in all finishes; glossy, matte, and crackled, establish a festive pre-Halloween air. Onyx-tinted plumage bestows slightly ominous charm upon the wearer, inducing envy and intrigue. Gorgeous here forevermore.

1 Not cool: Crow’s feet. Very cool: A black feather bag really worth crowing about. The Black Feather Clutch with Jeweled Clasp by Red Ostrich makes everyday feel like Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday. $95 2 Dating a goth boy was all fun and games ‘til he unceremoniously began draining your supply of black nailpolish on a regular basis. At least before Man Glaze in Matte is Murder came into the picture. And that’s how The Great Nailpolish Wars of 2011 ended. available at $6.66 3 Want to get that eyeliner wing in full swing? Tools of the trade include: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black (comes inclusive with a brush applicator), a mirror, a flat surface to rest your elbow on, and a firm belief that “practice makes perfect”. available at $10 4 & 5 Sometimes the line between “backstage at Yves Saint Laurent” and mallgoth becomes rather blurry. When in doubt, remember that the key to correctly pulling off a drastically dark mouth lies in applying color with clinical precision. AUXILIARY october/november 2011


Firstly, stop unflattering smudges in their tracks by filling in your lips with Nyx Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil in Black Berry. Follow with a coat of an opaque black lipstick such as Styletto by Lime Crime. Blot with tissue and reapply lip color to fully maximize its staying power. available at $3.50 & $16 6 Scare germs away with Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial PocketBac Sanitizing Hand Gel. In your choice of: Skulls, Scary Cats, or Bones. Turn up the spooky to 11, uh I mean 666. available at $5 7 Nail-spiration of the moment: Paying tribute to smashed jack o’lanterns of Halloweens past. Top off two coats of pumpkin orange varnish with a layer of Sephora by OPI Blasted Nail Color in Blasted Black and watch the crackle work its magic. available at $9.50 8 In America, $1 will buy exactly 1/3 of a Tall Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappucino or one e.l.f Essential Dramatic Lash Kit in Black. Frankly, the lashes will outlast the blended coffee beverage by a long shot. $1



author Mishka photographer Brent Leideritz makeup artist Mishka model, hair stylist, and fashion stylist Lyndall Vile

Makeup artist Mishka is truly a painter, an artisan of human skin, known throughout Australian and abroad for her unique point of view and attention to detail, Mishka’s interest in makeup artistry that lead to her professional training and certification at the Media Makeup Academy came from an early age love of drama, acting, and film. With experience as a MAC makeup artist, Mishka is now co-owner of Twenty Four b and owner of Makeup by Mishka.

the TREND :

rich deep statement lips Nothing beats the cool glamour of a bold lip with a nude eye combo. This season forget about the bright pinks and crimson reds, it’s all about rich, deep, sensual shades. Think wine, burgundy, and even the darker more exotic looking blackened eggplant hues. Use a creamy lip pencil first to create the perfect shape, keeping an eye on symmetry. For poutier lips, draw a little over your natural lip line, dark dramatic colors like these mean you can afford to go a little more over the top. Strong, defined brows look great with a statement lip. Use a pencil or powder to fill them in, and finish off by brushing them through with clear eyebrow gel to tame and groom. The last step and the key to keeping things modern and fresh is a slick of lipgloss. Now let your lips do the talking!

THIS PAGE On the eyes MAC Cosmetics Zoom Lash Mascara in Blackzoom. MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Burgundy in the brows finished with MAC Cosmetics Brow Set in Clear. On the lips MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Nightmoth, Lipstick in Diva, and Lipglass in Clear. october/november 2011 AUXILIARY

photographer Laura Dark photo retoucher The Dark Noveler fashion stylist Laura Dark makeup artist Deanna Roberts hair stylist Synthetic Rebellion model Brianne Jeannette, MsPoisoness, Deanna Roberts, and Odette Despairr

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THIS PAGE My Pierced Dark Heart Necklace, The C= Bling≤ Ring, and 3/4 bezel Darker Dawn Engagement Ring all by Atelier Gothique. On the eyes Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Gimp, Fatal, and Sex, and MAC Pigment in Pink Opal with Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E. Pencil for liner and Illamasqua Volume Mascara in Black. On the lips MAC Lip Erase in Pale and MAC Lipstick in Orchid. Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus for contour, Illamasqua Blush in Thrust, and MAC Barbie Beauty Powder in Pearl Sunshine.

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THIS PAGE The Gothic Empress Necklace, Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring, and The Dark Tension Noir Ring all by Atelier Gothique. On the eyes Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Buff, Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Gimp, Drama, and Soul with Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E. Pencil for liner and Illamasqua Volume Mascara in Black. On the lips Milani Lip Liner in Dark Chianti, Manic Panic Lipstick in Black Rose, and Illamasqua Brilliant Lip Gloss. Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus for contour with MAC Powder Blush in Dame. AUXILIARY october/november 2011

THIS PAGE Lilly Munster Gown by Dark Spectr paired with 3/4 bezel Darker Dawn Engagement Ring, Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring, and Gothic Rosary Cross SM all by Atelier Gothique. On the eyes Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Iridescent True Blue and Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Breathe with Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E. Pencil for liner and Illamasqua Volume Mascara in Black. On the lips Milani Lip Liner in Bonfire, Illamasqua Lipstick in Sanger, and Illamasqua Brilliant Lip Gloss. Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus for contour and MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby.

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THIS PAGE The Valentina Gown by Romantic Threads paired with My Pierced Dark Heart Necklace, The C= Bling≤ Ring, and 3/4 bezel Darker Dawn Engagement Ring all by Atelier Gothique.

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THIS PAGE The Gothic Empress Necklace, The Quint Cone Noir Ring, and Detroit Deconstruction Skull Ring all by Atelier Gothique. On the eyes Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Gimp, Bloody Mary Eye Shadow in Red, and MAC Pigment in Pink Opal. On the lips Illamasqua S.O.P.H.I.E. pencil, Illamasqua Lipstick in Box, and Illamasqua Brilliant Lip Gloss. Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Incubus for contour and MAC Powder Blush in Blushbaby.

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ATTACK THE BLOCK Starting to feel like The Angriest Critic only hates movies? Sometimes “great genre cinema” comes along and deserves prase like, “easily the most entertaining film of the year.” by Adam Rosina

Let’s cut the foreplay and get right down to it: Attack the Block was easily the most entertaining film of the year, and this was not a year without a great deal of exceptional genre fare. This Edgar Wright-produced film by British first-timer Joe Cornish is one of the most unexpectedly mind-blowing debut movies of the last two decades, and right up there with the first efforts of Tarantino, Smith and the rest of the 90s indie innovators. I make that comparison without the slightest hint of exaggeration. There’s just so much to love here! It’s an original film, but like many of its contemporaries, it isn’t afraid to wear its influences loud and proud, with an inspired mash-up of The Goonies and Monster Squad-type films of the eighties with Carpenter in his prime. But this is no mere homage, and Cornish is both a writer of great skill and a director with a keen eye for composition. He also manages to bring together an amazing cast of newcomers to deliver startlingly realistic (and often hilarious) performances one would never expect in the midst of a sci-fi horror flick. The creatures are perfectly terrifying and the action, while ever exhilarating, does not cross the line into violent “god-mode” parody. But the best part of this film is its revolutionary spirit, capturing the tensions of a nation and the frustrations of its marginalized youth. In short, Attack the Block is absolute punk-fucking-rock.

Any more insight than that, you choose your own level of involvement. The alien design is a clever conceit. Portrayed as pitch black, even under the harshest light, vaguely recalling Lovecraft (yes, him AGAIN) and his penchant for “colors” outside the normal visible spectrum. It’s left entirely up to the viewers’ minds to fill in the blanks, with the only feature to even hint at their physiology being several rows of jagged, phosphorescent teeth (the lack of eyes obviously recalls Giger’s xenomorph). But, suspenseful (and likely budgetary) reasons for the aliens’ appearance aside, their look serves a couple of thematic purposes, in that this movie isn’t about them, it’s about the boys and they really only exist to get these kids into crisis and watch their characters reveal themselves and develop. They could have been zombies, gangsters, or almost anything (demonstrated by Assault on Precinct 13, this film’s most obvious ancestor) and it wouldn’t have mattered; they need only be the anonymous “other”. Their indistinctness also works in that it allows them to represent any number of faceless threats (the government, the police, inner-city violence, etc.) the filmmakers or the viewers want to superimpose upon them. Monsters, social subtext, and all else aside, it’s the acting that confirms this film’s greatness. There’s been a great deal of praise for John Boyega’s performance as Moses, some verging on the hyperbolic, but there’s no denying it’s an impressive debut. Boyega charts the journey from troubled youth to adult in a way that seems like a natural progression even within the confines of a 90-minute film, with a commanding street-level stoicism that cracks to show hints of vulnerability. Alex Esmail gets the easiest, but perhaps most entertaining role as token honkey Pest, spouting profane comedy like poetry the way only the young can make look easy. Honestly, the entire main gang (rounded out by Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, and Simon Howard) are all fully realized characters in their own right, and the lot of them form a believable family unit. You get so invested in the group as a whole that when (HERE BE SPOILERS) they start getting killed off, you’re genuinely surprised and wounded by it. It’s rare that a film gets you to invest this much in its characters without you even noticing.

The movie kicks off with our principal cast of young hoodlums, led by Moses (John Boyega), mugging a defenseless woman (Jodie Whittaker) for petty cash. Shortly thereafter, a hostile extraterrestrial crash-lands in their midst. The gang immediately deduces its alien origin and, rather than turn tail and run, proceeds to fearlessly (and gleefully) beat the lil bastard to death, to the shouts of, “Welcome to London, muthfucka!” Not grinning at this point? You can leave now. Anywho, soon aliens of a much fiercer variety appear in greater numbers and the boys retreat back to “The Block” (British equivalent of a housing project), forced to join forces with their robbery victim, Sam, and a couple of stoners (Nick Frost and Luke Treadaway) to fend off not only the bloodthirsty monsters, but the police (when KRS-One’s on the soundtrack, you better believe the cops ain’t the good guys) and a murderous gangster in an epic siege scenario. Before the recent London riots, I doubt most viewers (least of all Americans) outside of said city would have caught the social subtext floating about here, but it’s there for anyone that’s looking, offering a glimpse into the sentiments that were floating around in the time leading up to the violent uprising. There’s little in the way of overt attention paid to it, and that’s all the better. If you need to club your audience into a vegetative state with a message, you’re probably not skilled enough to be delivering it in the first place. There’s a brief mention of the government flooding the streets with drugs and guns to kill off minorities (analogous to the “crack & A.I.D.S.” theory on this side of the pond) and the aliens being analogous to this. Add an apology delivered to Jodie by the boys indicating they wouldn’t have attacked her had they known she was, “from the block”, and that’s all you need. Even for viewers with zero knowledge of street life, that’s enough to frame the gang’s earlier exploits as nothing more than survival crimes and defense of their neighborhood from perceived upper-middle interlopers indifferent to their plight. AUXILIARY october/november 2011

Attack the Block is excellence in genre filmmaking of the highest order. It demands invocation of tired critical buzzwords like “smart” and “hip”, but with them actually meaning something for the first time in what feels like a lifetime. It’s self-aware, but never winks and smirks at the audience like it’s too pleased with itself. It’s got a touchingly tight band of brothers at its core, but all that heart doesn’t pull you out of the action or the humor one bit. It deals with complex social and moral issues, but it lets subtext be subtext and refuses to treat you like an idiot and spoon-feed you the message. But above all, it’s got insane action, suspense, and, to quote one of its characters, “big gorilla wolf motherfuckers!” I struggle with the confines of the English language to describe how much I loved this movie. If it were a woman, I would chain it to a radiator, menace it, and document the proceedings with blurry Polaroid’s. In other words, romance it. Only dare to miss this flick if you hate great genre cinema and/or yourself. 12


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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.


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by Aaro

A lot of subjectivity is present in defining what qualifies as survival horror yet despite this I believe there are some key qualifiers: characters in isolation, horrifying entities, and a focus on survival rather than that of heroism or valor.

The Best of H. P. Lovecraft:

Resident Evil

Shinji Mikami 1996 / Video Game

Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre

1900s-30s / Book

Sometimes you have to start with the cliché. This game is widely considered the original survival horror game title. Influential enough to create a multitude of imitators, the Resident Evil series is iconic. What really differentiated it from its predecessors was the use of polygon graphics to create three dimensional spaces, a technique which lends itself incredibly well to a feeling of something lying beyond each rendered corner!

Though there are many collections of Lovecraft’s stories, this is a good book for beginners because it really gets into the meat of his writings without delving into his longer and more involved pieces. He shows mastery at creating various worlds of horror traversed by often doomed characters. Their trials are varied, but Lovecraft always manages to present a compelling narrative that forces the reader to feel the tension of his character’s struggles. Few writers are capable of representing forces beyond human understanding as terrifyingly as Lovecraft.

Clock Tower

The Birds

1995 / Video Game

Alfred Hitchcock 1963 / Film

Never released officially in the US, (but translated in emulated ROMs on PC) Clock Tower is a classic survival horror game made before the genre really existed. Horror elements abound: collapsing stairways, possessed furniture, and a psychopathic hunchback with giant scissors! Clock Tower is a perfect game to laugh at and just imagine a time when pixilated images managed to scare the bajezzus out of people.

It is certainly arguable that Hitchcock’s The Birds, was one of the sparks that ignited the survival horror genre. It is hard to imagine the Romero Dead trilogy ever being conceived without this hallmark film. Its use of isolation and inexplicable events turns the focus from the immediate danger to that of the impending danger and creates a wonderful example of that tension that has since cemented itself into the modern horror ideal.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Arkham Horror

There is just something about this movie that changes me from the absolutely silent involved movie viewer to a shouting, gesturing mess of my former self. The film has a really inexplicable element to it that just makes you want to throw up your hands and say, “Seriously?!” The final scenes may be the only part of the film dealing with a survival aspect but it leaves a strong impression both in the original film and the remake.

If you weren’t so sure about Lovecraft’s influence on the survival horror genre take a look at this. Gates to other planes open up outside the town and you must survive the onslaught by closing the gates and escaping the extra-dimensional beings. Given that this is a board game and lacks any suspense it may seem odd how it fits in, yet all the elements are there. The setting is isolated, strange creatures are trying to kill you, and a premium is placed on your survival.

Tobe Hooper 1974 / Film

Richard Launius 1987 / Board Game


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Femme and Fatalité by Rena Finkel

the art of Lori

Lori Earley’s haunting portraiture has been a staple of the alternative and art scenes since she first began exhibiting her works in 2004. The beautiful women in her world are ethereal creatures; fantastic mannerist figures full of secrets. Their large eyes and elongated limbs are immediately recognizable, but it is the elegantbut-fierce melancholy mood that pervades her work that has given Earley such distinction. We were fortunate enough to be able to talk to the New York City artist about her work and her recent diagnosis with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Tell us about how you developed your style. Lori Earley : I honestly don’t know, it’s something that just came to me naturally. However, I think I might have finally found the reason and source of the distortion which I will explain later on. In high school art class, I was assigned to draw a self-portrait for the first time. When I drew mine, I found that I had a really difficult time making the eyes look real and in proportion to the rest of the facial features. I always inherently drew them much larger than they were. I tried several times after that to make my drawing look realistic but after several attempts, I had to give up because I just couldn’t do it. Whenever I was asked this question, I would say it was something I couldn’t explain. The best way I could put it into words was that the distortion of my figures was a visual manifestation of how I felt inside. The really interesting thing now though is that I was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It’s an extremely rare, genetic syndrome in which the physical features of someone with it tend to have large eyes, a slender build and stretchy, elongated hyper-mobile limbs, as I do. The reason for this is because Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects the collagen in your body which is essentially the “glue” that holds your ligaments, bones, tendons, etc. together so it makes you very hyper-mobile and you tend to feel very stretched and elongated. The interesting thing about having this condition is that you can contort your body into unusual positions (many contortionists have the syndrome), but otherwise, depending on which type you have, the pain can be mild to excruciating, and I think the pain has lent itself well to emotions of the figures in my painting. When I found out I had it, it was like an epiphany! I finally had an answer as to where the natural distortion from my figures came from, and a lot of my fans made the connection as well. It was a very interesting discovery! Because I have Ehlers-Danlos though, it can be very difficult to keep up with my painting along with the business aspect of it (amongst other things), so I need assistance and found an amazing assistant who helps me tremendously with my business. She has been working with me for five years now and has become my best friend as well. I feel she deserves to be mentioned because without her, I wouldn’t be able to paint because I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everything because of my condition. So thank you, Sarah Smith! Where do you get your inspiration? Do you look for it or does it come to you? LE : Growing up, I was very shy and quiet and kept to myself so I just felt this need to create as a form of expression. My father was a police lieutenant and my mother was an administrative assistant so I had no exposure to the art world at all... I just felt this need to draw and started drawing as soon as I learned how to hold a pencil in my hand. Because I knew nothing about art, I wasn’t really inspired by anything growing up. My desire and inspiration to create just came from my need to express myself. I used my art as an outlet through a lot of troubled times as an escape. Now that I have more exposure to the art world, my inspiration oddly enough still doesn’t come from art, but rather music or life experiences. I would have to say that music is my main inspiration though for my art and I always listen to music while I paint. I listen to many different genres of music, but my favorite is AUXILIARY october/november 2011


classic alternative music and The Cure has always been a huge inspiration for me. As for the second question, I don’t really look for inspiration; it just comes from the inside out as opposed to the outside in. Why do you focus on female portraits? LE : I’m not really sure why, it was never a conscious decision. I guess because I use my painting as a form of expression, they are all in essence self-portraits. I have nothing against men at all; in fact at family gatherings or parties, etc., you will always find me hanging out with the guys! [laughs] As a child too, I would always be the one girl at play time in school who would be playing with the boys with cars and toy guns instead of playing tea time and dolls with the girls. Do you work exclusively with oil painting? What’s your relationship with oils as a medium? LE : I actually used to work with acrylics when I first started painting. However, I was classically trained to paint with oil paint just as the old masters had. I went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City. When I was first introduced to oils, I hated it, but overtime I grew to love oil paint because I find that it gives me more control. Because it doesn’t dry right away as acrylics do, I can build up the paint with layers which make the colors more vibrant and give the painting more richness and depth. I also work with graphite and make very rendered drawings. However, I am open to experiment with other mediums, and if time permits, I may do a sculpture for my next solo show and perhaps sometime in the future I may design jewelry or clothing. As for my relationship with oil paints, I love working with them but at the same time I realize that they’re very toxic and sometimes I’m a little concerned as to what it might be doing to my health, I mean, working with lead and heavy metals isn’t exactly the healthiest thing to do! [laughs] It can’t be good for you, but I was born to be an artist and I love it so much that if it kills me, so be it! [smiles] In addition to having a sleek, modern stylization, there’s a clear influence of past aesthetic in your work. How do you see the past as influencing the world today? Do you feel that comes through in your work? LE : Well, this is a very interesting question because I really don’t think of the past other than my technique being that of the old masters. The world in which my women live in is their own world, not our world, although there might be elements of our world in it. I don’t like to put anything indicative of a certain time period in my paintings because I prefer them to be very timeless and I want their world to be as unique as the figures are themselves. Your portraits heavily feature alternative fashion. From where does that influence come? Do you have a favorite designer? LE : I wanted to clothe the women in my paintings in clothes that were ethereal and other-worldly but at the time knew nothing about fashion so I began to do some research about seven years ago and really began to appreciate fashion a lot and even saw it as an art form. Some of the women in my paintings are wearing Jennifer Nicholson’s beautiful designs. She’s a collector of mine and was nice enough to lend me her gorgeous gowns for my photo shoots. I also like Christian Lacroix and Christian Dior, but my absolute favorite designer is and will always be Alexander McQueen. I think he is one of the most brilliant designers and has one of the most brilliant, creative minds. I’ll never get over his passing and the fact that I’ll never get to see any more new creations from him. I even dedicated one of my paintings to him, titled “Lee, the Pink Sheep” (his nickname). I recently had


“ I don’t like to put anything indicative of a certain time period in my paintings because I prefer them to be very timeless and I want their world to be as unique as the figures are themselves. ”

M E DI A the pleasure of attending his show Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. It was one of the most beautiful, memorable experiences of my life. The entire show felt like you were taking a walk through his beautiful world that existed in his mind. One of the most memorable visuals at the show for me was a 3D hologram of a woman suspended and twirling around in the air, wearing one of his beautifully ornate gowns which was flowing and seemed to be made of air. The expression on the woman’s face was exactly how I envisioned my painting titled “The Pinnacle” to look and feel. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I just stood there and stared at it in complete awe. I forgot about the world around me and all my pain and problems for the six minutes that I was watching it. I’m so thankful that I had a chance to see his show because I know if I had missed it, I would have regretted it for the rest of my life. I will forever miss him. You’ve previously used models like Aprella for your paintings, do all of these portraits have live models? If so, what’s that process like? What’s your favorite experience with a model? LE : Yes, all of my paintings are of real people which I photograph myself and use as reference. Sometimes they’re my friends, sometimes real models, and sometimes just random people I see that I want to paint. The photo shoot is the most fun part of my process and everyone who poses for me has a great time. We make the photo shoot into a mini party, wine, snacks, goofing off, and being spontaneous. I love photography just as much as painting and lot of people don’t know that I’m also a photographer. I’ve never had the time to introduce my photographs to the public yet, but might do so in my next solo show. After I photograph the models, I then use my photo as reference which I then do a line drawing from. I don’t a have sketch book (I know, it’s the strangest thing, I don’t even sketch ever!) and the only drawing I do is the line drawing from my photo. Distorting the image in my head is another favorite part of the process for me. Some people ask if I distort them in photoshop but I don’t, it would defeat the whole creative process and fun

for me! When I first saw Aprella on Myspace with her large eyes and long neck, I knew she had to pose for me. She had already looked like a live version of my paintings! Aprella is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met, both inside and out, and we quickly became great friends. She is such a great model and is so professional that she will never leave my apartment until she knows I definitely got the exact expression and perfect photo I needed from her for my painting. She’s a great actress and therefore is a perfect subject for me to shoot. I’ve met many great people from having them pose for me and most of the models that pose for me end up becoming friends of mine. How has the internet affected your art and how you produce it? Does access to larger and more immediate distribution and better interaction with fans change anything about your process? LE : The internet hasn’t really affected my art that much, but it has really made it SO much easier to find reference. I remember the days where I would have to spend hours in the libraries trying to find reference for an ocean, sunset, or whatever reference I needed. Now all I have to do is a quick image search and I have countless photo reference at my fingertips in a few minutes! It’s great! Sometimes, I can literally work everyday for a month straight trying to make my solo show deadline, and I have to admit it can get very lonely and depressing. It’s something that most artists often complain about to each other. You miss out on some life experiences, never see sunlight, have no social interaction, and other things (one of the few downsides of the job but ever job has them!). When the show is finally all done and you receive hundreds of beautiful fan emails though, all of the blood, sweat, and tears you put into your paintings seems to not matter anymore. One of my fans once wrote something to me which I never thought about, he said, “an artist never gets to see their audience or hear their applause, but we are all here and appreciate and see all the hard work you put into your art.” I have received hundreds of amazing, beautiful fan emails and some have literally made me cry from their words of appreciation for my art. It’s such an amazing feeling when you are slaving away on your work, lonely, in pain and exhausted and receive a letter from a young girl on the other side of the world who tells you how much of an inspiration you are to her and how your art is the only thing that makes her feel less lonely and misunderstood and the only solace she finds is in your art. I absolutely love my fans. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to paint for a living and would be completely lost. I really wish I could write back to everyone one of them individually. So to all my fans reading this who has written me, thank you and I love you all very much (and I mean that, I’m not a kiss-ass!). [laughs] Do you have any upcoming projects or shows? LE : Yes, I was supposed to have a solo show a couple years ago but I had to take a hiatus because my Ehlers-Danlos had unfortunately attacked my hands. I couldn’t move my hands or use them from the pain and swelling and because I couldn’t paint, I was really angry and upset. That motivated me to spend the past two years going from doctor to doctor until I finally found out what was wrong with me through my own research and putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is so rare that most doctors have never even heard of it so it took a long time to get a diagnosis. I’m not exactly happy at the fact that I am telling the world that I have this condition, but I figured it’s not something I should be ashamed of or embarrassed about and I’ve also decided to bring awareness to it since 90% of people who suffer from it don’t know it until something life-threatening happens to them. I began to start my next show a couple years ago and I think it’s going to be my best show ever because this whole process of going through all that I’ve been through in the past couple years has lent itself very well as a pool of inspiration. I’m very excited to start these next paintings. I think everyone will love them. I’m very proud of the ones I already started working on awhile back. The show might take place at the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013 and will probably be at the Opera Gallery in New York City. The good thing about getting a diagnosis now is that I can work on fixing my hands to get back to painting. I want all my fans to know that I do not want sympathy from them, just their patience and understanding, and I promise my next show will be worth the wait!

“The Pinnacle”

Lori Earley’s art can be viewed and purchased at

CLOCKWISE “Lee, the Pink Sheep”, “Ms. V”, “Cocktail Hour”, and “The Drought”.

MUSIC Perhaps the most well known modern EBM/futurepop group of today, Ronan Harris and Mark Jacobs of VNV Nation continue on their vigilant quest to spread their music to any willing ear. Automatic is their newest weapon, which is powerful enough to please their fans and pull many more onto the VNV bandwagon.

interview by Mike Kieffer & Vanity Kills

Ronan Harris of VNV Nation revels how he sins. entertaining for its innocent mix of crime mystery and slapstick charm. William Powell wasn’t Cary Grant or James Cagney. He was all style with rough edges but exuded a class, style, and swagger that’s been rarely seen since. I guess that with a question like this, there are too many people who would be great to look like for an hour or seven, go somewhere that’s incredibly public and do something so inhumanly embarrassing that the true person’s career and reputation would have been inextricably altered forever. “I did what at the Lincoln Monument?” You get the idea.

VNV Nation is entered in a fight to the death battle of the bands, who would you want to square off against and what weapon would you choose? Ronan Harris : Not being a fan of violence or displays of testosteronal inspired violence, this is hard to imagine but if this was a scene in some far-fetched, postapocalypse, low-budget sci-fi movie with Christopher Lambert or JCVD as the cyborg leader whose very word means life or death through the medium of bad acting and interpretational dance, and including some obligatory cliché punk looking folk driving around in chopped up Pintos, firing shots into the air, while inexplicable gas explosions shoot up into the sky around an abandoned factory... etc. (see 1980s for more on this)... I guess I’d go up against Belinda Carlise, if nothing for the sheer bizarreness of it all. Was she a band, even if she was a solo act? Who cares. It’s my answer. VNV vs Belinda Carlisle. Weapon of choice; I think grenades or an MP5K should do it. It’d be quick. The after-party would be awesome.

A device is invented that would erase an album from existence, except one master copy, would you use it to release old albums as new material? RH : The problem with old albums is that they sound like the production quality of the time; i.e. complete and utter pants the further you go back. Then there’s the paradox that this album may well have been instrumental to your success so erasing it would change the space-time continuum and you’d find yourself rereleasing, albeit for the first time to listeners, an album that had put you where you are. Since no one remembers it, it never happened and your perspective in the cosmos has been changed. Next up, you find the critics slating you for being out of date and angry mobs at your door dressed as Romanian Villagers with torches and an array of farming tools. Our albums happened in sequence for a reason and I’d like it to stay that way. No, I think the opportunity would be used on quite a few disastrously vapid pop albums that plagued the radio and TV of my youth that I would love to have erased from human memory. I would ensure that the single remaining copy was centre to a ritual involving fire, chanting, a yak, the Mormon tabernacle choir and a spectacular demise of the master copy.

If you could put one item on your tour rider that you would always get regardless of price what would it be? RH : When we started out we used to put “One shaved Golden Condor” and some other necessary items on the rider that you really do need on tour but people didn’t seem to have the sense of humor we expected. Hell, it was for our amusement, no one else’s. If I could put an item on the rider now that I could actually have, it would be one of two things… One, a fabric-lined, wooden box containing a bottle of an ultra rare single-malt scotch that I happen to like, and a collection of handrolled Dominican Republic cigars. After load-out, when everyone’s gone home, the whole crew would all sit around and act like kings of the road, enjoying some fine scotch and discussing the day because our crew’s conversations are hilarious and it would be the high point of the day. Two, an inflatable bouncy castle to be erected in the corner of the hall. You can never go wrong with a bouncy castle. It’s the ultimate icebreaker at cocktail parties and promotes fine conversation covering a wide range of topics. That or people would take their shoes off, get on the thing and re-join the 8 year old mosh pit club, remembering what it was like to smash their nose while flying around on one, though without a parent to run to after.

If you had to rank VNV Nation’s albums, which one would your number one be and which one do you think would be number one to the fans? RH : Hard to answer which would be my favorite. Every one was a reflection of a part of my life, like a diary. I can’t say one was better or worse. Some were made during hard times, others not. Not wanting to sound like an advert for the new record, on the new album Automatic I am firmly in a good place where everything seems right. I can listen to this record endlessly. When writing music, I write music for myself first and foremost before sharing it. As for the fans, there are the Empires and Faith, Power and Glory camps which were ten years apart. It depends what your introduction was and which time you heard it. Some people would love us to go back and be what we were when they were in their late teens, getting on their groove at the local dancing establishment, some want us to have all the piss and vinegar but with the staunch focus of later records.

You are forced to exchange your physical appearance with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why? RH : Me personally? The 1930s William Powell. Not a lot of people know who he is so let me explain. In the history of cinema, there’ve always been those classic series of movies where the first was so successful it led to more. Back in the 30s and 40s, there was the “Thin Man” series, the first of which, released in 1934, and which is one of my favorite classic movies of all time. Witty, Sarcastic, full of in-joke innuendo, tons of alcohol being consumed (it depicted the post-prohibition era and was made before the censorship crackdown of the late 30s) and AUXILIARY october/november 2011


Actual significant others aside, you can make anyone your “beloved”, dead or alive, who would it be? [continues on page bottom of 19]

music reviews


God Module - Séance

M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

reviewed by : Mike Kieffer genre : electo-industrial God Module returns after four years since the last album, Lets Go Dark, with a new full length Séance. Ringleader Jasyn Bangert pulls in the talents of Clint Carney of Imperative Reaction and Courtney Bangert, this gruesome threesome mesh well together and deliver superb performances. Right from the intro track “Ouija” the listener is entranced into another world of the supernatural. The lyrics throughout are smart and interesting yet they possess the correct “pop” elements to them to make them catchy and easy enough to remember. The distortion on the vocals is enough to give it the dark aspect found in most electo-industial/aggrotech groups but it’s toned down to the right level where you don’t need to be a master of the music to understand the lyrics. Jasyn’s vocal talents pave the way on this album but you will hear all members contribute throughout and they even have Courtney take the lead on “Into the Outside”. The structure of the songs, length of verses, and choruses, etc. are spot on, there won’t be a point where you think, “when will this song end?” The songs as expected are very club friendly, typical bass lines with trance like synths pilled on top and with a dash of movie samples for added flavor (not Full Metal Jacket). The most frustrating thing about Séance is deciding which song is your favorite, for me it will rotate from one to the other and eventually I will cover them all. It’s nice to see a legacy band come out with a solid album, I guess after some criticism from their fans for their 2007 release being too goofy, God Module made sure that no one could complain about this one! recommended tracks : Rituals, Doppelganger, Into the Outside if you like you may like : System Syn, Agonoize grade : overall 8 - music 8 - lyrics 8 - recording quality 9

reviewed by : Aaron Andrews genre : dream pop, indie dance M83, Anthony Gonzalez, has released a new double album and its distinctly M83 soundscapes are just in time for fall listening. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is an album based on the concept of dreams, with each song having the intent of being its own dream and having its own personality, which is easy to hear, and the good thing is that each is not so individual that it falls apart as an album. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming starts out strong and rich, a sonic wave of warm synth and voices wrap you in and emotional blanket. It starts with “Intro” featuring a great performance by Zola Jesus, followed by lead single “Midnight City” (there’s a remix EP for the song to be released soon) going into “Reunion” and all three are a strong chain of radio friendly songs. As the double album plays on the songs drift around more and more between dream like synths (like “Another Wave From You”) in the vein of their 2003 album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts and more upbeat songs (like “OK Pal”) similar to Saturdays = Youth. There is a good back and forth of the two and by taking on a double album Gonzalez gave himself the ability to explore both mind sets. The songs cover many different feeling from the innocent and fun “Moi Une Historie” to the quieter and moodier “Splendor”. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a good balance of Until The Dawn Heals Us and Saturdays = Youth offering something to fans of either. Its failing, however, is it doesn’t manage to reach the level of either of those very good albums and as you push through into the second part of the album you feel a little lost. Don’t get me wrong, this is still above average, but I’ll take Until The Dawn Heals Us any day. recommended tracks : Intro, Midnight City, OK Pal, Klaus I Love You if you like you may like : Telefon Tel Aviv, Ulrich Schnauss grade : overall 7 - music 7 - lyrics 7 - recording quality 8

released by Metropolis Records on 13 September 2011 data : 5th album . 12 tracks . 53:49 run time .

released by Mute on 28 September 2011 data : 6th album . 22 tracks . 72:26 run time .

Apparat - The Devil’s Walk

released by Mute on 27 September 2011 data : 6th album . 10 tracks . 47:42 run time . reviewed by : Aaron Andrews genre : IDM Berliner Sascha Ring’s fourth Apparat album is thoughtful, contemplative, and rich in mood and heart as he pursues a course of making intimate and fulfilling songs with more than their share of quirky melancholy. Written partially in Mexico and finished in Berlin, with contributions from both Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and in larger part Patrick Christensen (Nakt), The Devil’s Walk has the weight of Apparat’s musical heritage and also a feeling of casual openness inspired by sunny days on a hill much nearer to the equator than his typical studio. If you were to only give this a

brief initial listen you could easily pass on by and get the impression of a sparseness and lack of weight. However, Apparat has made an album that when closer attention is paid fills out wonderfully and reveals its scope as pretty, heartfelt, and genuine. With a careful and attentive ear you begin to pick up the care placed into building the sonic universe of subtle synth swells, carefully placed chimes, strings, and guitars as well as quiet yet touching voice choruses. All of those small details merely serve as a bed for the lyrics served up in quiet and powerful vocal styles. I think this album and M83 (reviewed elsewhere in this issue) are the two new things for my autumn playlist this year, just perfect to enjoy as the air gets crisp. This is an album that proves again the ability of an electronic musician to build music with an intimacy and human emotion, music with a soul. recommended tracks : Song of Los, Black Water, Goodbye if you like you may like : Telefon Tel Aviv, M83 grade : overall 9 - music 9 - lyrics 9 - recording quality 9

RH : You haven’t specified if the dead ones look and act like they did in the period when they were the wonderfully attractive and adorably charming person you found them to be while drooling over them. The last thing you want is to name some classic actress and next thing you have a rotting decaying corpse that is besotted with you. How do you explain this to your friends? Hi lads, this is Eva Gardner and this is Rita Hayworth... sorry about the smell. One of our crew just mentioned Miss March Playboy 1974 and I have no idea why or where this quick answered precision of his comes from. I’ll bet she was hairy and drank Tab.

What beverage do you consume the most of? On tour? And off? RH : Serious answer? Sparkling mineral water. I know I know. How rock and roll. I know that this shatters the illusion many have of me with my own private cocktail bar, complete with illuminated depictions of hula dancers and palm trees (mmm classy). I pound the stuff away. I also drink Scotch but nowhere near the amount needed to warrant a new liver. Mark’s answer, since he just walked back into the backstage, is red wine. Simple and to the point.


music reviews


Accessory - Underbeat

released by Metropolis Records on 21 September 2011 data : 7th album . 12 tracks . 54:26 run time . reviewed by : Mike Kieffer genre : EBM Accessory has been around forever, and when you go to think about EBM you most likely will not think of them. Perhaps this will change with their newest album Underbeat being that it is their finest work to date. As usual Accessory doesn’t try to do anything that they are not about, and what they are about is slaughtering the dance floors with irresistible hard beats. “Shout It Out” is a 4-4 hard beat with the aggressive vocals commanding you to move. If you are not feeling like being ordered about perhaps the raunchy “Ruff Fuxxx” will get things moving. While it does repeat, “Do you want to fuck me, do you like it rough,” over and over, this track is amongst my favorites because the dance beat and synth lines convey pure energy, plus I get weird looks from anyone who can hear me singing over my car radio. Accessory also offers a chance for you to impress your friends, all you have to do is sing along to the German vocal tracks “Voran” and “ Tanzrichtung Vorwärts”, although you

might need to learn German first. Moving on to the track “Sunrise” which tones down the anger, I tend to skip this track as I feel it doesn’t fit very well, or maybe because I just don’t like it. Do you like Front Line Assembly? Well that’s a bonus because the song “World6000” sounds just like them and it is a solid track. Are you still with me? Good I am glad you got this far, we are now at my favorite track off of Underbeat, (track 10) “She Says It Feels Good”, this is the track that will be in your head when you wake up and it will take you three days to figure out what it is. Once you have your eureka moment, you will be able to take joy in this fine song. While Accessory is intended to be played at the clubs and I do implore every DJ to do this, Underbeat does offer stimulating dance songs that can be enjoyed without sweaty shirtless men dancing about. recommended tracks : She Says It Feels Good, Ruff Fuxxx if you like you may like : Staftanz, Informatik, Solitary Experiments grade : overall 7 - music 8 - lyrics 6 - recording quality 9

Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw

The Field - Looping State of Mind

reviewed by : Paul Morin genre : experimental, psychedelic, folk This is psychedelic, experimental folk music. Before you get an image in your head of some Wavy Gravy-type with an acoustic guitar going on about peace, love, and vegetable rights, this is much more of the hada-bad-trip-and-carved-a-swastika-into-myforehead kind of hippie music. I have no idea what singer Damon McMahon is going on and on about because he seems much more concerned with sounds and syllables than enunciating words and meaning, but he also has the kind of voice capable of drawing listeners to the Kool-Aid in droves. Opener “Baba Yaga,” for example, starts with a few very quiet, spoken lines, soft tribal drumming, and sparse, minimalist accompaniment that builds and builds with a very subtle intensity until McMahon is chanting at the top of his lungs like a man possessed. From there the album slowly starts to decay from form into experiments, as though someone was slowly pulling a thread and the fabric of the album was unraveling. By track 6 or 7, it becomes a bit difficult for most ears to listen to, with long drawn out delay loops attached to the guitar and bass, and the vocals lapsing into their own hypnotic patterns of babble. The rest of the album weaves back and forth between pure experimentalism and more easily comprehensible patterns and structure. Through Donkey Jaw takes a lot of chances and creates its own strange world with varying degrees of success depending on your level of tolerance and patience for this sort of thing. But if you’ve been thinking of joining an esoteric cult (or you already belong to one) or just taking a lot of drugs and running naked through the pines to become one with the divine, you may want to give this album a spin. recommended tracks : Baba Yaga, Lower Mind, Bedroom Drum if you like you may like : Syd Barrett, The Legendary Pink Dots, Current 93 grade : overall 7 - music 7 - lyrics 5 - recording quality 5

reviewed by : Paul Morin genre : minimal techno, ambient techno, experimental I want to be able to say this record is unlike anything else you’ve ever heard. It’s not. I want to be able to say this is a great album. Thankfully, it is. The Field, AKA producer Axel Willner, is in a tight spot. After receiving universal critical praises for 2007’s From Here We Go Sublime (which landed on everyone’s year end best-of list, including mine), and then receiving a mixed bag of reviews for the follow up, Yesterday and Today (I gave it a 10/10 in this magazine, if you’re keeping score), this album seems to be at a dangerous crossroads. You blow it tonight, girl, and it’s keggers with kids all next year. Willner’s response to this sweatbox situation? A dose of self parody, by naming the album Looping State of Mind, which is roughly the equivalent of Ted Nugent naming an album Songs with Sexual Innuendo. Looping (surprise, surprise) is made from tiny microsamples that are looped and chained together for roughly 8 to 12 minutes, building into crescendos and then falling into gradual release. This has been The Field’s game over the course of the past two albums, and Willner did not change the overall formula, he merely tweaked and refined it. The samples he chooses are (again) difficult, ambient, and intriguing, often giving the listener the feeling of a dog with its head cocked to one side, and the production with which they are realized is immaculate and impressive. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from The Field, and in the end, that is the real success of this album. It’s not reinventing the wheel; it’s just putting the wheel (or, rather, the loop) to good use. recommended tracks : Is This Power, Arpeggiated Love, Then It’s White if you like you may like : Brian Eno, Underworld, Boards of Canada, Gas grade : overall 8 - music 8 - recording quality 10

released by Sacred Bones on 16 August 2011 data : 2nd album . 14 tracks . 56:49 run time .

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released by Kompakt on 11 October 2011 data : 3rd album . 7 tracks . 64:01 run time .


quick picks


Mona Mur/En Esch - Do With Me What You Want

Emika - Emikareleased by Ninja Tune on 10

Left Spine Down - Cautionreleased by

Mondkopf - Rising Doom

Hecq - Avenger

Brighter Fires - Brighter Fires

released by Artoffact Records on 13 Sept 2011 genre : experimental, industrial The second album from this now Berlin based duo with impeccable industrial music credentials is a sexy, slinky duet of production and voices. The smartly written and performed songs are influenced by pop music, classical, rock, industrial, drum and bass, and cabaret music; the combination of these make a fresh new album that’s not quite like anything else out now. There’s a sense of pride and craftsmanship as well as pure enjoyment whether the song is one of dark mellowness or more upbeat playfulness. If you’re finding nothing new appeals, this should break the monotony. 8/10 - AA

released by Fool House/In Paradisum on 3 Oct 2011 genre : dark electronic Mondkopf’s second release Rising Doom has been flooding the airwaves wherever and whenever I can blast it. This album is well thought out, each track pulls out emotional feelings in the listener that are prodded and poked from track to track without sudden jars that would mix the mojo. Not sticking to one genre, along the way you will hear techno, dub, some hip hop flavors, experimental, ambient, and I am sure a lot other styles. In spite of mixing it up, Mondkopf has a unique sound that is present in each track. Rising Doom with all its gloomy emotions is the perfect album for the dreary fall days and long winter nights. 8/10 - MK

released by Ninja Tune on 10 October 2011 genre : dubstep and others Emika’s debut album comes highly anticipated after releasing singles earlier this year that earned high praise from critics and fans. The full length picks up the ball and keeps running. Heavy dubby bass with haunting vocals splattered throughout Emika is dark and eerie. While stated that the roots of techno culture inspired her, I think her influences were not limited to that. There are a lot of experimental elements to be discovered. What ever happened to get her here, were all the right pieces. I keep thinking that this is what Portishead would sound like if they started in 2011. It’s a brilliant debut album that hopefully will lead to a long career. 8/10 - MK

released by Hymen Records on 9 September 2011 genre : IDM, dubstep Since 2003 Ben Lukas Boysen has putting out some incredible music as Hecq, his new album Avenger keeps all of that going and it’s a rough gritty ride to boot. The dirty, omnipresent bass combined with glitchy stuttering beats, the swells and drops of some dirty synth parts plus a good sense of melodic hook build a sound that is foreboding and unsettling. The remixes are IDM are flavored twists that add a creepy mood to the end of your listening experience. The attitude and atypical style of the recording have me saying it’s not to be missed. 8/10 - AA

released by Metropolis Records on 23 August 2011 genre : alternative, industrial I was down on trying this out, thinking that with the bands connection to Front Line Assembly this would sound derivative. Wow I was wrong. It’s very unique and these guys really have fun! There’s a strong energy to the performances and the guitar heavy music has many influences and sounds, from punk to metal and electro-industrial. The changing and morphing styles of Kaine Delay’s vocals are a big reason these songs keep getting caught in my head. Caution exhibits a freshness and love in the music that makes this something I came back to and enjoyed. 7/10 - AA

self released on 28 September 2011 genre : postgoth, postpunk, alternative The self-titled debut album by Brighter Fires once again pairs current Bella Morte front man Andy Deane and former bassist Gopal Metro into a new band blending, goth and post-punk with elements of IDM dark ambient and even death rock. As an intro-release, Brighter Fires is an album ripe with anthemic and sometimes haunting experimental variety, which creates an interesting sounds combination. Some of the more emotional lyrics paired with Andy’s rich vocals are all about real life, picking yourself up when you’re down or celebrating better moments, while others are definite rock out tunes. A new regular in my current play list. 8/10 - ZR

god module For over twelve years God Module has injected a healthy dose of creepy into the dark electro scene. We had the chance to interview Jasyn Bangert, the mastermind behind it all, as he once again sets loose his imagination and musical talents to eager fans with the release of God Module’s new album Seance on Metropolis Records. ` interview by James S. Cole, Kelly Cole & Mike Kieffer

God Module seems to be a band that cares a lot about and has a close connection with it’s fans, how does this relationship effect the band? Jasyn Bangert : One of the great things about God Module is that we have some very devoted and supportive fans. In response to this I have always made a point to go out of my way to stay in contact with our fan base on a personal level. Since I was a kid I have been deeply involved in the gothic/industrial/alternative scene and I still remember every time I met people in bands who were important to me. Now that things have changed and I find myself on the other side of these situations, I’ll be honest that I do find it strange from time to time but it is also just as important to me as it is to them. I don’t take our fans or our success for granted in anyway.

and the theme of the song. As for the rest of the CD I think the songs “M.D.K.” and “Rituals” are going over really well live. Are there any influences or inspirations that you have that would surprise most fans? JB : Davey Havok, C.M. Punk, and Kanye West. Going to go out on a limb here and say that you’re big horror fans... [smiles] Is there a single defining moment, perhaps as children, when you realized you liked it spooky? JB : There are a few things that stick out in my mind. When I was a kid I was obsessed with the weekly Creature Feature show on channel 50 in Detroit hosted by Sir Ghastly Graves. I loved monster movies from a very young age. My first memories of my bedroom have King Kong and Godzilla posters on the walls, so it stared really early. The first horror film I saw in the theater was Phantasm and it’s still in my top five favorite movies ever!

What is your personal favorite song on Séance and which song do you think will excite fans the most? JB : At this point my favorite song is “Doppelgänger” for a few reasons. I really like the synths in the track and think they give the track a pretty but unsettling, eerie feeling. I used samples from the film Happy Birthday To Me when I had my yearly viewing on my birthday this year. They really fit perfectly with the lyrics AUXILIARY october/november 2011

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MUSI C typical scene when working on new God Module tracks. What do you require for creativity or relief? JB : My creative space has to be reflective of things I find aesthetically stimulating. My studio is predominantly filled with my Friday the 13th collection, which I am very proud of. The rest of the decor is random bones and skulls, Mexican luchador masks on mannequin heads, photos of Courtney, and other assorted art.

whether it’s music or any of our other interests. Aside from that we do things that we like to do with people we like to be around. You’re about to set out on tour in support of Séance, what previous tours or shows stick out in your memory? JB : One of my favorite shows was the first time God Module played The Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig Germany. It was our first show in Germany and the live line up was my really good friend Alex Matheu from the band Negative Format, Courtney, and myself. It was an awesome experience to have with such amazing people and it’s something I will always remember.

How did writing Séance differ from past albums, did you try any different methods or approaches? JB : At this point I have a very defined way of writing and it works really well for me. I never go into a track with any preconceptions as to what I want it to end up being. I start by building off of bass and drum rhythms then work from there. If it’s going to be a slow atmospheric track or a pounding hard, dark track isn’t up to me. I am just a means to an end, my music writes itself in a sense.

The words “goth” and “cruise” seem to be a bit of oxymoron, but the juxtaposition should be delightful. What are you looking forward to the most about departing on this year’s GothCruise coming up in October? JB : I think the main attraction to this is the absurdity of the idea in general and how much fun it should be to do something so different. I hope that the people who like God Module enough to go on the cruise the year we are headlining are looking forward to the same thing we are and that is just having a really fun week doing some really strange and weird things. And the best part is that it ends with a spectacular 90 minute God Module show that will be taking place on a boat in the middle if the fucking ocean! That’s some shit you don’t get to see everyday!

Now that you have corrected the pronunciation of “Ouija” for all your fans, can you explain how you come across the sound samples used on the album and how you decided to incorporate them into the music? JB : It’s funny because every time I talk to someone on tour about the song “Ouija” they seem to correct themselves on the pronunciation. So just to air the record straight I too say the word as if it ends in “e” and not “a”. That sample came from an 80s horror movie called Witchboard and I thought it fit really well with the intro song on the CD. When I feel like a track needs a sample that deals directly with the lyrical content like “Ouija” did then I just go through movies I have seen that I think have dialogue that might work. There have been a few times that I have heard a line in a film and felt like I should write a song around the sample. That hasn’t happened too often but it was the case with the track “M.D.K.” on the new CD.

“ Well everyday when the sun sets Courtney and I rise from our underground lairs and feed upon the blood of innocent[s]. Then we wait for Clint to fly into the room in the form of a bat and together we sit in complete darkness until it’s time to once again flee from the sunlight... as awesome as that would be we live somewhat normal but extremely busy lives. ”

What do you think each member brings to God Module? Would you say that Clint being in other bands is a hinder or help? JB : Clint brings very long legs and his really nice ability to do awesome tattoos to the band. Courtney brings her angelic 80s vocal style and the option to make out with a member of my band at anytime without all the online homosexual internet rumors that happen when Clint and I do. [smiles] And finally I think I bring a really weird and unorthodox style of music writing that sometimes actually sticks out in a world full of bands so similar it’s almost like existing in a hall of mirrors. All of these things are a one hundred percent true but at the same time Clint and Courtney do offer a lot to the creation of the music I do. Courtney is very integral to making sure the tracks all revolve around hooks and contain a thinly disguised synthpop undertone that is really important to what we do. Clint is an extremely talented musician and songwriter. He is far more than simply someone who sang some songs I wrote when we played live as the last person in the band was. His experience and sense of melody really helped in writing a few of the new songs. I also really love his vocals on music and made it a point to not have him try to sing like me but rather be himself and add that to what I do and I think it worked great with the new CD and should just get better as time passes. I think that there will definitely come a time where his being in System Syn and Imperative Reaction will cause problems schedule wise. It makes him even more of a busy man but that’s just who he is. But this is just something we will work around since his work with SS along with our friendship is why I wanted him to join my band to begin with. Outside of God Module, what are your day-to-day lives like? JB : Well everyday when the sun sets Courtney and I rise from our underground lairs and feed upon the blood of innocent people. Then we wait for Clint to fly into the room in the form of a bat and together we sit in complete darkness and watch nothing but fucked up horror movies in the old haunted mansion we live in until it’s time to once again flee from the sunlight and return to the grave... OK as awesome and weird as that would be we live somewhat normal but extremely busy lives. Courtney is the only one of us who has a day job at the moment. Clint, Courtney, and I are all insanely driven people when it comes to working on our art, 23

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Tasting Fall : a drink selection by

The Thirsty Dudes

Three friends, Jason Draper, Mike Literman, and Derek Neuland, had a concern, they didn’t drink alcohol but they didn’t feel they should miss out on drinking tasty beverages because of it. Their solution, Thirsty Dudes, a blog dedicated solely to the review of hard to find and exotic sodas, waters, and various other beverages. With the approach of fall and Halloween they’ve put together a drink selection fit for the season.

Harcos Laboratories - Blood Energy Potion I hate these damn kids who are trying to be vampires. I know people who work in banks are always afraid of being robbed, but who would have thought a blood bank would be robbed on a regular basis? Has there always been teenagers who want to be vampires? Bram Stoker wrote Dracula back in 1897 so they have been a part of popular culture for over 100 years. I obviously wasn’t alive back then but I can only assume it inspired some kids to want to drink blood. The earliest vampire craze I can remember vividly is when Buffy: The Vampire Slayer came out but I was still delivering papers back then. Ever since these stupid Twilight books and movies have become popular, I’ve had at least three nerdy teenagers a week trying to steal blood while I work the overnight shift. Luckily I’ve discovered something to outsmart them. Harcos Labs makes this Blood Energy Potion that looks just like a pouch of blood. I’ve started to hang them up in front of the real blood pouches so when the kids run in and grab them, they don’t get the good stuff. The joke is on them. This stuff tastes like bubble gum that’s been soaking in a cup of fruit punch. The high-energy content will also make them twitch. I can only hope that it solves the problem and these kids get a life. – Derek Neuland

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blk. You’ve been out at the club all night and the only time anyone has left the dance floor was to grab a beer or to refill their vodka tonic. It’s been a good night all around. It’s Halloween weekend so the DJ has been playing nothing but classic hits. All of your friends are out and the level of drama is shockingly low. It’s unfortunate that you’ve been dubbed the designated driver for the night. All you’ve been drinking is Diet Coke, but you can only down so much of that sludge. You’d love a water, but the filth that comes out of the sinks in the bathroom is brown and chunky. You really don’t even want to think about that being in your mouth. It must really be your night because the bartender can read your mind and hands you a bottle of blk. The music is so loud that you can’t hear what he’s saying, but he knows you’re the one driving so you trust this is alcohol free. In the darkness of the club this tastes like water, plain and simple. Suddenly “Every Day Is Halloween” comes on and you are filled with an undying need to shake your hips. In the lights of the dance floor you notice that it’s the liquid that is black, not the bottle. Now that you have a visual it tastes slightly different, you can almost taste the minerals. It must be psychosomatic though as it tasted normal before. As you continue drinking a secret message is visible on the bottle. It says, “Enjoy the Dark Side (of the Spoon).” It’s interesting, it’s refreshing, and it’s going to keep you dancing until the house lights come on. – Jason Draper

Harcos Laboratories - Zombie Blood Energy Potion Are you sick and tired of worrying about the impending zombie apocalypse? Does it keep you up at night thinking about the day when you and your family will be attacked and the walking dead will rip the flesh from your bones in order to get to your sweet, sweet brain nectar? Harcos Laboratories has a new product to put your mind at ease. After years of research, and movie watching, it was scientifically proven that zombies do not attack their own kind. With this knowledge Harcos employees worked long and hard in the lab to come up with a syrup derived from actual zombie blood that will cause the imbiber to give off certain pheromones that will trick the living dead into thinking you have already been turned. In layman’s terms your brains will smell like butt-soup to them instead of sizzling prime rib. It’s lucky for us that zombie blood in its natural state tastes like melted green freezie pops. The difference is that downing this I.V. pouch won’t make you cough like the dickens. Unlike the mind, it’s not a terrible thing to taste. It also has added ingredients to give you extra energy to run to safety in case you are in the .01 percentile that are unaffected by the blood of reanimated corpses. – Jason Draper AUXILIARY october/november 2011

Rocket Fizz - Black Licorice How many times have you spent your lunch hour alone in a near abandoned city mall, eating a bag of black licorice jelly beans, slowly burning up your taste buds? If you say more than once, then I have the perfect product for you. Rocket Fizz black licorice pop. Now, you no longer have to look like that strange kid in school that eats black jellybeans. You never understood them and they never understood 24

you anyhow. If you like the taste of black licorice, then you know the way to succeed, otherwise, you know the way to suck eggs. Now, whenever your desire for more than ten but less than twenty ounces of pure, unfiltered, ungelatinous, pleasure arises, you know where to go. For those of you that think that only crazy people enjoy the taste of black licorice, Dillinger Escape Plan wrote a song called “Black Bubblegum” and no research and full assumption points to the truth that a product such as that would taste like black licorice. Skinny Puppy’s Too Dark Park was written not only about crazy Canadian animal rights, but titled after the place where Ogre and cEvin Key used to go to avoid adolescent persecution and eat jellybeans which were “too dark” for the rest of the kids. How does it taste? Well friends, I’ll tell you. The smell is as familiar as the darkest Halloween night and the taste is much like that, but lighter. More of an early morning, November 1st taste. Now that you know it exists, I would expect it to fly off the shelves. It’s the perfect drink from at any time from last fall to early spring. The perfect time to quench your darkest, most depressed thirst. – Mike Literman

as a great standby in case you don’t feel like showing up to thanksgiving dinner. – Derek Neuland

Reed’s Spiced Apple Brew Hoodie weather has arrived. Look at the calendar. It shouldn’t say October, it should say “sweatshirt”. November is “sweatshirt”. December is “sweatshirt and thermals”, as is January. February is “legitimate jacket” and March is “tastes like tears because it will never end”. You can wear what you will in March because nothing you do matters anymore. By April, it’s all over. You can no longer find anything apple that isn’t apple juice which, face it, is for kids and grandpas. Grandmas drink tea. Grandmas don’t drink apple juice. You’ve got a couple choices in fall but you’ve got to make the right one. This isn’t like one of those, “Do I give the baby away and if I don’t, do I take the top half or the bottom half? Or is it the front half or the back half? I never know how they’re going to split those buggers,” type choices. It’s more the, “Apple cider or spiced apple?” Way different, right? Way easier and way cleaner. If you want me to answer for you, which you might, take the spiced apple. Sometimes your tongue needs something to write home about and this is it. It’s the complex taste of nutmeg, cinnamon, apples, and all sorts of other things that just scream fall. Come on. It’s honestly a little unfair that beer culture has all those custom, hand crafted fall drinks. What? Kids that don’t drink or kids that don’t want to drink don’t deserve a seasonal drink? You’re wrong. We do. We deserve a drink like this. I will coin it, “The perfect fall drink.” I hear kids talk about their snotty fall beers and say things like, “This tastes like a bonfire.” Who wants that? You’re going to be a filth pig who’s hair is going to smell like ash and smoke for up to four days regardless of whether or not your took a shower? I don’t want that bottled. I want something spiced, apple’d, and autumn���d. No, two thirds of those aren’t words. – Mike Literman

Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda Grandmas are pretty great aren’t they? They’re nice, give great presents, and they always are baking some sort of delicious treat. The fall is perfect for this because it’s pumpkin pie season. If you don’t like pumpkin pie you probably hate your grandma. For those who are good humans and love their grandmas like I do, you probably like to eat delicious treats with her. Sadly, you know someday she is not going to be able to eat solid foods anymore and those confectionery eating days with her will be over. It’s a good thing they now make this pumpkin pie soda. You’ll have to convince her that the organic cane juice in it is much better for her than the gross Splenda she puts in her tea. Once you get over that hurdle, you can enjoy the sweet taste of pumpkin pie with her once again. It will also work 25

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BLACK THEOREM A Fireside Chat with Rick Perry by Adam Rosina

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. To anyone still reading (i.e. those with a sense of humor and at least half a brain), enjoy. Good evening, Governor Perry. We’ve got a lot to talk about, but let me begin by extending you some praise. You are every glorious Texan stereotype ever conceived, rolled up into one. It’s as though someone cloned John Wayne, bred all the bitch out of it, pumped it full of steroids and bald eagle piss, then raised it on a steady diet of Johnny Rebel albums, church hymns, and cattle-fucking. Do you have a mural of the Alamo above your bed, so that you might gaze upon it while you make sweet, sweet indifference to your wife? I’d like to think you do... What I’m getting at is that you’re a god among Republican politicians (and thus a pubic louse among human beings). To hell with the fact that you’ve been known to dabble in secessionist speech or that you rub elbows with religious leaders that claim the Nazi Party were a bunch of “homosexual thugs”. Which is to say nothing of your comparison of gays to alcohol addiction. Who else but you would have the balls to speak such “truth”?! And so what if you run the Texas state government with such obscene levels of cronyism, you’re outright embarrassing Bush at a game he seemingly perfected? What are friends for?! Anywho, lets get down to it. As of the most recent Republican debate, it’s become increasingly clear that you and Mitt Romney will be the last two candidates left standing when the Gathering draws to a close. Michelle Bachmann’s star is fading (someone should have warned her that no matter how much she hates her own gender, she never had a chance of tricking the GOP into thinking she herself lacked ovaries), and while Romney appeals to moderate voters and narcolepsy fanatics, but it’s only a matter of time before people discover his emotionless exterior is a result of his origins as a golem, conjured up by a mischievous Kabbalist, so he’s out. Thus, you’re the likeliest to claim the Prize. With the support of Bush nostalgists, Tea Partiers, and people who call the president “a fucking nigger” in the comfort of their own home everywhere (there’s a lot of ‘em; when you have my kind of dashing, Aryan-esque good looks, which makes ladies swoon and men gnash their teeth in envy, people get real comfortable with dropping n-bombs around ya), you have a legitimate chance of taking down Obama. But there’s something you need to hear, something that neither your aides nor your loved ones are saying. Something that even left-wing media pundits won’t just come out and say. It’s very simple: You are fucking crazy and you NEED TO STOP.

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.

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The evidence of your madness is pretty overwhelming. I mean, you more or less think The Flintstones is a historical document. You make militia members look like sensible gun owners by waiving your six-shooter around college campuses (Is there a “Seung-Hue Cho Day” in Texas I don’t know about?) and blasting 26

varmints within city limits. When you talk about all the men you’ve sent to the chair during your tenure as Governor of Texas (more than any Governor in modern history), you are visibly sporting an erection. When you speak skeptically of science, you make it very clear you don’t just hate it; you want to make fucking war with it. And then, in spite of said incalculable hatred of science, modern medicine, and all the other things you know simply as “voodoo”, you signed an executive order mandating all Texas girls get HPV vaccine shots, in complete defiance of your own beliefs on government intrusion with nary an explanation. You signed off on a bill that forces rape and incest victims to endure invasive transvaginal ultrasounds, then makes them look at the fucking pictures before they can finally terminate their pregnancies. Double the trauma, double the fun! Not that any of the above is beneath most of your far-right contemporaries. It’s the zeal with which you go about it, like you’re on some mission from God, that confirms you’re criminally insane. Your little statewide prayer day a couple months back made that pretty clear. Except you’re not the goddamn Blues Brothers. That voice in your head isn’t God, it’s fucking dementia. If there was a god, you’d have been stillborn. The last president with delusions of divine mandate was bad enough. But compared to you, he was just some poor mongoloid child in a sheriff’s outfit, playing cowboy. True, he broke all his folks’ stuff and pissed off ALL the neighbors in the process, but he just seems so harmless compared to what you might do. He was playing “Cowboys and Indians”. You’re playing fucking Blood Meridian. I’ve lived in “God’s America” before. I lived in it for eight damn years, and I’m not doing it again, least of all with the Martin Sheen character from The Dead Zone at the helm. And I am NOT alone in my resolve. You should probably just be satisfied that, against all logic, you were allowed to run an entire state (I thought Texas executes the mentally ill, as opposed to giving them executive power). I mean, that’s more than even the most exceptional feces-eating maniac could hope to accomplish, right? So maybe pick up your toys (and by “toys” I mean guns; your fuck-ton of guns) and go home. Because the battle line’s drawn here. If you think the Left gave Bush a hard time during his years as Commander-in-Chief, you have no conception of the dissent that’s headed your way if ascend to the throne. And it isn’t just us. After a few months with you in charge, all but your most fervent supporters are going to be looking at you like a hung-over frat boy looks at the fat chick he’s discovered laying naked next to him in bed. And with hazy recollection, they’ll think, Oh shit, I did it again. So let’s say you just save us all the trouble? Pretty-fucking-please? Glad we could have this little chat. Now kindly fuck off. After watching untold hours of right-wing television while researching this piece, Adam elected to trepan himself with a common power drill. He’s lost an awful lot of blood, but he maintains that he needs to “let the evil out”. We’re all very concerned.

He’ll be back next issue with a brand new installment of Black Theorem!

L IF E S T Y L E photographer : Ron Douglas

Bringing together her experience in neurolinguistic programming, psychology, pick-up artistry, and the fetish industry, Arden Leigh, today’s freshest voice on women’s dating and relationship strategies, answers your questions.

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what is the difference between seducing older and younger men?

Ask Arden

Love is when you want to grow together with someone in a way that is best for them, their life, their dreams, and their potential. Love is when you want what’s best for the person rather than just what’s going to make you happy in the shortterm.

Q : What differences are there between younger guys and men in relation to seduction?

How do we transform attraction into love? That’s often the part we just have to leave up to fate. You can create mystery, intrigue, romance, attraction, and connection with someone, but you can’t make them love you. All you can do is give them the space and support to love you if they choose to and if they’re capable of it. Cheesy metaphor here, but it’s like a seed; you can plant it, water it, give it good soil and sun, but whether it sprouts or not isn’t ultimately under your control. You control the circumstances, but not the result.

A : I think the real difference is that younger men are attracted to the obvious, bright shiny objects and physical lures, whereas older men have seen enough of them to be less attracted by that alone. With younger guys, the promise of a gorgeous body; of amazing sex; of sensual pleasures such as food, parties, or anything exciting and exotic, is going to create enormous temptation. With older guys, they’ve seen and done a lot more, and had many pairs of beautiful breasts in their lives that didn’t necessarily equate to a great and fulfilling relationship, so they are less easily enticed by the visual. Don’t get me wrong, the visual is still important; they just know that it’s easy to find a young and beautiful woman, but not quite as easy to find a young beautiful woman who can also keep their minds and hearts engaged. An older guy will want to know what you’re passionate about, where you’re going in life, and whether you can hold a conversation, both with him and potentially also with his business partners at his super-serious corporate company. With a younger guy, you have more leeway to get drunk and be a party girl and have a wild life, whereas an older guy is going to be over that pretty fast. You have to play a delicate balance between the deliciously irrational younger woman who can bring excitement back into his life and the surprisingly mature younger woman who will still be able to dress for his conservative parties and talk to his 50-year-old friends without his being totally embarrassed by her.

How do we know it’s sincere or does it matter at all: One of the sucky truths of life is that we will never be able to measure how our partner feels for us. We can try to read and interpret it in their words and their actions, and surely those are good indicators, but we’ll never actually be able to measure it. I get insecure sometimes that people stay with me just because I’m good at seducing them, and not because they actually love me, but then I ask myself, what’s the real difference and how would I even begin to measure that? What’s the difference, even, between who I am and the actions I perform? I have dated guys who told me over and over that they loved me but treated me like shit. I have dated guys who were totally uncomfortable uttering the word love but who treated me with sincerity, tenderness, and compassion. Maybe they actually each felt exactly the same about me on the inside but expressed it differently. I’ll never know, because I’ll never be able to measure it.

how do you transform attraction into love? Q : I can’t remember if you wrote about this before. What is love to you? How do we transform the attraction our partner has for us into love? How do we know it’s sincere? Or, does it all matter at all?

Ask yourself this: Are you happy? Does your partner treat you well, give you affection, make you a priority, try to meet your needs, give a shit about how your day goes? Ask yourself also: Do you desire him? Do you want to be with him? Do you enjoy the time you spend with him? Does it feel right? Does it at least feel worth doing? If yes, then do it. Stay in it and, for your part, love as hard as you can. Love the fuck out of that person and let the chips fall where they may.

A : To me? Love is the ardent investment in another person’s self-actualization. AUXILIARY october/november 2011





the PinUp

Auxiliary’s playful take on the sexy centerfold pin up. Flip the page, cut out, and tac on your wall!

photographer Ron Douglas makeup & model Manzin location Beauty Bar New york

THIS PAGE Express shirt with Phaze striped pants.

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THIS PAGE Lip Service shirt, self-modified D.I.Y. jacket, Lip Service vinyl hotpants, vintage gloves, and Alexander McQueen boots. LOWER RIGHT Cheap Monday shirt, Terri King leather pants, Chrome Hearts necklace, and Steve Madden leather booties.

Starting out as a model borrowing his styling cues from Marilyn Manson, Manzin developed into a unique homme fatale. Manzin is now loose in New York City, not afraid to break the rules, and taking gender ambiguity to a personalized new level.

interview by Arden Leigh You recently relocated to New York City. What have you been up to there and how has the new environment affected your personal style? Manzin : Mostly I’ve been getting lost in the city and abandoning myself to whatever interests me. Once the tricky business of finding a job was out of the way, I could indulge a bit more in the restaurants, bars, clubs, and shops and I’m really enjoying the variety. It’s making me a bit more polished than I was before, I like to think I’ve come a long way from haunting thrift shops, now my key pieces are by quality designers and I have more access to better materials to play with. Plus spending time pounding the pavement has exposed me to a lot of different people and I’m constantly inspired and to some extent influenced by who and what I see on the streets.

chameleon behavior. Your work features photos of you both in very masculine looks as well as very feminine looks, and anyone who knows you through your social media knows that gender ambiguity is a huge part of your personal style. Any idea where the attraction to androgyny came from? Any plans you can share for future projects that involve more ways of gender bending? M : I’m convinced it started with Manson. In Ohio especially where I’m from it’s very gender binary. The girls go shopping and babysit and cook dinner and wear makeup, the boys play sports and mess with their cars and chase girls and watch the Almighty Ballgame. It was so Midwestern. God, sports, white, middle class suburban life. I grew up feeling alienated from not only the girls but the boys as well, though I had interests that overlapped both but neither I felt really accepted me and I didn’t put forth much effort toward fitting in with anyone. I was convinced I would always be some sort of weird anomaly until Manson came along. He was my first clue that it was possible to make your own rules as far as gender expression and society in general went and I’ve been lawless ever since. I have a few things in mind but the suspense is at least half the fun.

Gothic seems to always hit the mainstream fashion world as a trend this time of year. How do you style yourself and what designers, mainstream or alternative, do you look to keep your look going all year round? M : With fall coming it’s a good opportunity to layer and I’m looking forward to being able to more comfortably wear leather and some of my jackets. After my move to NYC I can get into various shops that weren’t around in Ohio, so my closet is starting to take on pieces by Marc Jacobs, John Varvatos, BCBG, and Religion but I like to mix those up with old school Lip Service and some of my older thrift pieces. Whatever I feel like wearing at the time, sometimes I’ll under dress or overdress for the weather and suffer through it because I’m feeling one look or another so much.

You have an all-expenses-paid weekend-long romantic getaway with the girl or boy of your choice. Where do you go, and what do you do there? M : I reject this “or” business, so I’m taking a girl AND a boy and we’re spending five days in New Orleans. It’s one of the places I’ve always wanted to go but haven’t yet, so it looks like we’re going to have to feel out the city for ourselves. We’ll probably drink too much Herbsaint and gain four pounds from beignets alone. And I can pretty much guarantee ultra cheesy graveyard photos.

Your modeling career began with your recreating looks made famous by Marilyn Manson. While his influence is still clear, how would you say you have branched out in your own individuality since then? M : The funny thing about Manson is I started out trying to express a connection to someone else and ended up finding myself somewhere in there. A lot of the effort that went into making his clothes and the techniques I use to duplicate his makeup looks have served me very well in my own explorations. He’s fairly restricted to looking like himself in the present, his fans expect him to look like that. I think my fans have come to expect surprises as far as what I’ll be wearing at any given time, I do love to mix it up well beyond even Mr. Manson’s famed AUXILIARY october/november 2011

How does it feel to be chosen as Auxiliary’s pinup of the month? Are you accustomed to being a sex symbol yet? M : It was a total surprise when I got the email asking if I’d be interested and of course I was, though I think of myself as more of a “pin-down” than a “pin-up”. As for being a sex symbol, I’m not so used to it that I take it for granted, but I’m happy to rape the rewards. 30

name : Manzin nickname : Maus, Tweedle Damn, Papi birthday : December 12 birthplace : Youngstown, OH eye color : green-grey turn-ons : Anything that appeals to my senses, particularly scent and touch. Sarcasm. Charisma. The quick-witted. Intelligence. That somewhat indescribable but undeniable “star quality”. Someone who’s a snappy dresser or has a strong look. turn-offs : Having no personal style. Stupidity. Discourteousness. Lack of “common” sense. Preachy bastards. Anyone who won’t share the mirror. why do you model? : It’s a lot of fun to be able to collaborate with other people to make something beautiful. I like the planning, the shoot itself, and the rush of attention when the finished product is released. It’s one of my favorite drugs. how did you get into modeling? : I started out by taking photos of myself dressed in Marilyn Manson’s various looks over a decade ago. I didn’t think much would come of it but people saw that I had potential and eventually I was approached by photographers who’d seen me out and about at local events and I started working on just one side of the camera. I branched out beyond just self-shooting Manson’s material, but I still do now and then. It’s a lot of fun for me and I think for him as well. favorite musical artist : Three guesses, and your first two don’t count. favorite movie : Some favorites are Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, Showgirls, Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood, and The Libertine. favorite tv show : I routinely stream True Blood, Nurse Jackie, Spartacus, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, and King of the Hill. If none of those are on, I have Investigation Discovery stored in my favorite channels quickflip. favorite book : Don’t really have a favorite, but right now I’m reading Aztec by Gary Jennings and The Persian Boy by Mary Renault, both books I’ve read before and greatly enjoyed. favorite cocktail : If there’s rum, we’re golden. If there’s no rum, there’d better be absinthe. If there’s no rum and no absinthe, I’m leaving. favorite color : Ink. Candy apple. Brushed aluminum. favorite tattoo : My one and only, though by the time this is published I’ll have a second one and they’ll be tied for favorite. favorite article of clothing : Either my two buckle platform ankle boots or my Marc Jacobs jeans. favorite fashion designer : A little bit McQueen, a little bit Gaultier, a little bit Eirik Aswang. favorite fashion style : Wavers greatly between gritty leather rock boy and glossy dandy homme fatale with various stops in between. favorite star/icon : Is it ridiculously narcissistic to say “myself”? Probably? Ah well. favorite outdoor activity : Road trips. Window shopping plus snacks. Urban exploration. favorite indoor activity : There’s a couple ways I can answer this and most of them aren’t printable. Let’s go with “indulgences”. favorite club/club night/place to go out : When in Los Angeles, probably Bar Sinister. For NYC, The Box or White Noise. anything you’d like to say to our readers? : Never settle for “either or” if “all the above” is an option. for more visit www.




Día de los Muertos Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that takes place on November 1st and 2nd that honors deceased family, friends, and ancestors. Calaveras or skulls are the most common symbol used to represent the holiday. Sugar skulls are decorated skulls made out of sugar or chocolate, which are given as gifts to both the living and dead in celebration. Little folk art skeleton figurines are made to depict deceased loved ones which are then placed on altars to honor them, alongside them marigolds are placed which is a traditional flower used to decorate, cleanse, and ward off evil spirits. While wearing sugar skulls and calaveras on clothing is common to the Día de los Muertos holiday tradition, it has taken on a new form in modern clothing designs and can be seen in fabrics, t-shirt graphics, handbags, sneakers, and even tattoo art. The sugar skull and calavera may have become fashionable trends, yet their traditional roots have spanned thousands of years.




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1 Fly Rite Top in Black/Cream by Sourpuss Clothing paired with Sugar Skull Pleated Skirt by Hemet. 2 Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Girl Antique Bronze Earrings by Kasket Kustoms. 3 Marigold Skully Hand Fascinator by Coffin Kitsch. 4 Muerte Gray Naughty Tee by Sourpuss Clothing. 5 Framed Día de los Muertos Tattoo Skull Necklace by Kasket Kustoms. 6 Sugar Skull Large Messenger Bag by Hemet. 7 Virgin Mary Guadalupe Art Collection Wallet by Hemet. 8 Ladies Santeria Platform by Iron Fist Clothing.

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ArtIFICE photographer Kim Akrigg creative director Pretty Deadly Stylz fashion stylist Pretty Deadly Stylz makeup artist Larissa Palaszczuk of Blonde Moxie Makeup hair stylist Linda Radan model Kelleth Cuthbert of NEXT

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If you’re tired of the same old smut when it comes to PVC, well so are we. Emily Rishea of Toronto, the lady behind Artifice Clothing, brings the variety and artistry to her designs in a way that makes wearing PVC in public (and private) a positively enviable experience. interview by Vanity Kills

Think PVC jumped the shark? Newsflash: Since 2004, Emily Rishea of Artifice Clothing has assisted vinyl in transcending its painfully outdated one trick pony image with a dazzling array of theatrical kimonos, pleat-accented neck corsets, and Victorian straightjackets. And that’s long before you get to the easier-thanSunday-morning version of the Polygamist wife dress (perfect for the jaded fetish fashionista ready to graduate from the naughty nun habit and plaid Catholic school girl skirts) complete with a decidedly non-FLDS approved thigh-baring hemline. If the copious amounts of shiny splendor aren’t enough to plunge your brain directly into sensory overload, prepare to have your mind blown by the icy blue glow emanating from Artifice’s painstakingly detailed Tron-inspired collars, shrugs, and minis. Hungry for more? Feast your eyes on high-waisted lace overlay underwear, candy cane-esque striped stockings, and unique cosplay renditions of iconic comic book femmes that easily manage to one up the originals (three words: Poison Ivy corset). Or redefine power dressing with a slick little corporate shrug: a padded shoulder wardrobe essential for the CEO with a kinky side. As you can see, there’s more to the wonderful world of polyvinyl chloride than what meets the eye on the racks of your local adult outlet.

“ It’s odd how so many people think our designs are latex. I just personally prefer PVC. You can create so many more interesting styles and structured shapes with fabric that can be sewn. ” the tell-tale signature glowing blue piping, reads like a love letter to Tron. It is apparent that the 1982 Disney film holds a special place in your heart. How did you feel about Tron:Legacy? ER : Oh my god, I know it sounds horrible but it was just a great excuse to use this glow in the dark trim and to work on some cool high fashion cyber pieces. A friend from Toronto hooked me up with the glowing tubing source and the interest in glowing clothing has really helped the images and outfits get exposure because so many people have reposted it. None of the pieces we have are actual cosplay from the movie but I think the amazing design aesthetic of the movie definitely influenced the feel of it and the photographer artfully tailored the set/hair/makeup to that feel. One of my friends helped me with some cool glowing trim combinations for the corsets and I’m hoping to re-shoot some of the glowing green, lilac, and red sets in November when I have time to amp up the designs. I’ve actually (sorry people) never even seen the original movie. When I think of 1982 Tron I think of the awkward looking guy with the glasses and moustache posing dramatically (was it Tronman?) whereas the new movie was just gorgeous to watch.

Your artful array of rainbow hued corsets, skirts, tops and accessories appear to have enjoyed an astounding degree of success since the launch of Artifice Clothing’s website in 2004. What prompted you to begin experimenting within the realm of cosplay? Emily Rishea : Thanks! We don’t really have a wide selection of cosplay looks but the ones that we do have amp up the normal characters outfit. The most recent shoots we did (Harley and Tronesque) were tailored for Halloween customers who can incorporate some of our pieces into outfits they put together themselves. I feel bad since the amount of customers who are constantly emailing us for cosplay outfits is ridiculously high. We just don’t have time to do custom outfits for people since my staff is kept really busy with our regular outfits and I’m not personally interested in doing direct cosplay outfits anyway. Pretty much the only “official” look outfit we have is the Harley catsuit and I designed a fetish version of the Emma Frost look as well in the spring since people kept asking for a standard outfit option.

What do you foresee being a best seller for the Halloween 2011 season? ER : Although we do have a lot of Halloween sales most people who buy from Artifice are buying clothing for fetish parties and goth clubs so they don’t only need to dress up just at Halloween. [smiles] That’s right ladies, you can dress skanky the rest of the year too, [winks] if you want to. I think it’s really cool when people make their own versions of the characters instead of straight up cosplay. I also love when people do kind of ironic versions of the sexy/whatever look. One of my assistants made herself a sexy carrot look last year which was the best thing ever. Someone (not me) really needs to do a sort of sexy inanimate objects collection, sexy tree, sexy hairdryer, etc...

How did comic books and their movie adaptations influence the way in which you approach your design aesthetic? ER : I think they definitely influenced me more when I was younger. More anime actually more than anything and I loved the gothic look blended with touches of cyber and lolita. Right now I do tend to prefer a sort of classic high-end gothic look with a more fetish feel. I think that as we all get older and more secure we our develop our own personal style so you can be sort of a cooler version of yourself instead of a copy of someone else, which sounds horribly vague, I don’t know how to say that properly.

What factors contributed to your decision of working exclusively within the medium of PVC? ER : I think as with any trade the more you specialize in one medium the better you get at it. Rather than trying to have a broad collection with different fabrics it’s just better to specialize in PVC so I can focus on getting a broad range of high quality items in that one fabric. I find it interesting that so many new designers are working in latex now, the market seems very flooded when you look at all the competition now but that’s never affected our sales. It’s odd how so many people think our designs are latex and even all the horrible knockoff companies that are making latex now steal pictures from our sites to sell their latex. I just personally prefer PVC. You can create so many more interesting styles and structured shapes with fabric that can be sewn.

Which famous superheroine do you consider to be trapped in a perpetual sartorial slump and therefore desperately in need of an Artifice Clothing makeover? ER : Hmmm... It’s hard to say. A lot of the outfits that tend to work so well in 2D don’t translate well to the real world. I remember being so horrified though when I saw the movie versions of many superheroines’ outfits. But I guess realistically a fetishistic outfit with high heels and mega cleavage won’t work out that well for stunts. I loved the costume design for The Watchmen. That was impeccable in every way.

Thigh and knee corsets are seldom, if ever, seen in fetishwear. How did you develop and execute this unique concept? ER : Well we were doing sort of a mechanical ballerina look for a show in Toronto last year. And I just wanted something corseted to work with the whole look and the knee braces were just something we made for the show and then it worked its

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F A SHI ON “ For them its the one day that they can go crazy glamorous whereas if you are goth you can wear a wedding dress (in white or black) pretty much every weekend if you want to. ” way into a few other photoshoots. I’d love to do a plastic surgery chic look with an all white PVC and knee and thigh corsets. I just need to find a special effects makeup artist and get it scheduled. The Victoria skirt in white PVC would lend itself beautifully to a wedding ensemble. Do brides-to-be make up a significant portion of your clientele? ER : We don’t really sell as much of the older Victorian-esque clothing as much now, the longer skirt style is still popular but not as much as it used to be. Although quite a few brides have bought sets from us in the past and some have sent pictures which was awesome. I think the wedding outfit is something that people who don’t dress up normally are more excited about. For them its the one day that they can go crazy glamorous whereas if you are goth you can wear a wedding dress (in white or black) pretty much every weekend if you want to. At this very moment, what’s your personal favorite color combination? What colorways are most frequently requested by your customers? ER : It’s hard to say. My hair is green now so I’ve been sticking to black and matte black more for myself but for photoshoots it depends on the model. Customers tend to choose more items in black and red in the US and Canada but the more vibrant colors seem to be more of a Europe and Australian thing. Has your brand marketing strategy undergone a significant shift over the past seven years? ER : It’s hard to say. There never seems to be any definite plans for style changes or advertising. I’m inspired by the models and photographers I work with. Thus far, what do you consider to be the highlight of your career? ER : It’s hard to say. I know this sounds odd but being at the point where I can pay back the photographers and models who have helped me in the past by mostly doing paid shoots with them makes me feel so much better. I’m also very happy to have skilled staff I enjoy working with who help with the design and production process whereas in the early years I did everything myself. I’ve worked on a lot of TFP sets and I just feel that it’s only fair to pay people for their time and work when you can. For a lot of models and photographers this is their only source of income and I’ve been pretty lucky that based on all the support in the past I have a business which is doing well so right now I kind of prefer to turn down most TFP requests and only work on paid projects with models and photographers who I love. I’ve been primarily working with Revel (Aesthetic Alchemy) over the last few years and her eye for styling and set design is impeccable and I think the high quality of her photoshoots has really helped increase sales. She’s also an incredibly fast and efficient photographer and I think having her arrange most of my photoshoots lets me spend more time designing the clothing itself. Let’s discuss the prospect of a road not taken. Do you ever wonder what your days would look like if you did not pursue your love of fashion? ER : Have you ever seen Pekinese wedding? Just Google it on YouTube. I’m sure when I get sick of working 24/7 I’ll start making cute dog clothing. It’s serious business... I’ve bought my dogs mullet wigs and sailor hats and many many sweaters. I’m clearly a monster. What’s next for Emily and Artifice Clothing? ER : I’d really like to get some of the PVC lasercut so we can do some very structural Victorian PVC pieces but with metallic PVC laser cut into lace like designs. I’m also really into the clear PVC now and would like to work towards making some bizarre raincoat style pieces and playing with creating clear volumed layers of clothing for a really cool silhouette.

THIS PAGE Kinetic Zippered Overbust Corset in Matte White PVC and Kinetic Zipper Pencil Skirt in Matte White PVC both by Artifice Clothing paired with shoes by Jante. AUXILIARY october/november 2011

THIS PAGE Origami Kimono Dress in Blk PVC and Corset Belt in Blk PVC both by Artifice Clothing paired with shoes by Jante.

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THIS PAGE Blue Victorian Reproduction Set by Romantic Threads. OPPOSITE PAGE Valentina Off-Shoulder Victorian Gown by Romantic Threads. october/november 2011 AUXILIARY

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OPPOSITE PAGE Bondage Belt by Noir Leather and Ribcage Tee by Rockin’ Bones Clothing paired with Necklace with 3 Bones and Black Glass Beads #85 by Scavenged Art by Suzanne Talmadge. Cemetery T-Shirt by Rockin’ Bones Clothing, Chain and Tooth Necklace #86 by Scavenged Art by Suzanne Talmadge, and model’s own bullet belt paired with Black Feather Ear Clip by Koala Art & Design worn in the hair. THIS PAGE Ribcage & Bow Necklace by Koala Art & Design, Black Bride of Frankenstein corset top by Rockin’ Bones Clothing, and model’s own D.I.Y. vest, paired with bondage belt by Noir Leather.

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THIS PAGE Ribcage Tee by Rockin’ Bones Clothing with Necklace with 3 Bones and Black Glass Beads #85 by Scavenged Art by Suzanne Talmadge. Cemetery T-Shirt by Rockin’ Bones Clothing with Chain and Tooth Necklace #86 by Scavenged Art by Suzanne Talmadge.

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THIS PAGE Ribcage & Bow Necklace by Koala Art & Design, Black Bride of Frankenstein corset top by Rockin’ Bones Clothing, and model’s own D.I.Y. vest, paired with bondage belt by Noir Leather.

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cross the lines... and find fashion bliss photographer Kim Akrigg creative director Pretty Deadly Stylz fashion stylist Pretty Deadly Stylz makeup artist Faye Castro hair stylist Dat from Dat Salon models Cait M and Kassandra Love

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THIS PAGE Frankie Mini Jacket by House of Etiquette and High Waist Short by Toxic Vision paired with stylist’s own bracelets. OPPOSITE PAGE Jacket by Toxic Vision, pasties by Sex on a Stitch, Dahlia Cinch Pantie by House of Etiquette, and boots by Aldo.

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THIS PAGE Bette Romper by Sui Generis paired with belt and wrist cuff by Heavy Metal Laundry and platform pumps by Aldo. AUXILIARY october/november 2011

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author Meagan Hendrickson & Jennifer Link photographer Jennifer Link fashion stylist Meagan Hendrickson model Meagan Hendrickson location Club Diablo

Statement Hat The bewitchingly cute Samantha Hat by Topsy Turvy Design is the perfect little witch hat. A must for Halloween is the statement accessory; it will take your Halloween outfit beyond the world of costume and turn it into a truly stylish ensemble. “Treat” yourself to this wonderful millinery piece and it will do the “trick”, and in addition keep you in the Halloween spirit all year long. The design is a perfect homage to vintage witchy Halloween pinups and to the beloved Samantha of the 1960s television show Bewitched. Spooky-ooky never looked so adorable! Happy Halloween!

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THIS PAGE The Samantha Witch Cap by Topsy Turvy Design, Hell Bunny Black Serpintine Dress, Lip Service Ripped Net Pantyhose, and model’s own jewelry.

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Alexander McQueen

Heavy Metal Laundry

Make Up For Ever

Sex on a Stitch

Artifice Clothing

Hell Bunny

Man Glaze

Sourpuss Clothing

Atelier Gothique


Manic Panic

Steve Madden

Bath and Body Works

House of Etiquette

Nine West

Sui Generis

Bloody Mary


Noir Leather

Terri King

Cheap Monday

Iron Fist Clothing

NYX Cosmetics

Toxic Vision

Chrome Hearts

Kasket Kustoms


Topsy Turvy Design

Coffin Kitsch

Koala Art & Design

Red Ostrich




Rockin’ Bones Clothing

Ego Assassin

Lime Crime

Romantic Threads


Lip Service

Scavenged Art by Suzanne Talmadge

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