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scene queens and that sort of thing! They were like my secret pleasure. I don’t believe in the term “guilty pleasure,” but growing up when you go through all of these phases in high school, my first phase was “I’m emo. I’m pop punk. I’m scene.” but I could never really fully commit to a look. Then when the scene queen thing was sort of a thing—the bright colored hair extensions, the Hello Kitty, the tutus, lots of make up—it was that sort of look but also “We’re going to drive to McDonalds and be really trashy, because we’re bored and in the suburbs.” Then they all just so happened to date all of these members of From First to Last. None of my friends cared about that stuff. I was really indie and was like “I listen to Bright Eyes. I like Saddle Creek Records and wear vintage dresses.” but I would obsessively look at these scene queens on LiveJournal. I would be like “Oh my god, they’re so cool! I want to look like that, but I can’t.” Molly Soda was sort of me taking that from that thing that was happening in 2005, 2006, and reiterating it for myself on Tumblr. I remember thinking This is the space for me to be the scene queen I always wanted to be. So I was like “Here’s my septum piercing, here’s my whole shtick.” If you look at pictures of me back then, I look very different that I look now. I mean, I’m sure a lot of us look very different from how we did seven years ago. For some people who don’t know what I’ve been doing now, when they think of Molly Soda they think of a caricature. They’re thinking of blue hair and raver clothing basically—plat-

forms and a can of Four Loko. That’s totally legit. But it’s funny because I feel like there was an element of me sort of living out my teen fantasy in a lot of ways. There’s definitely a quality of icon to it. But at the same time I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m always playing. I think that’s the biggest thing. What were some of your first projects that you put out online? One of the first major mile stones in my life was Tween Dreams. It was my senior thesis in college, but it gathered a lot of interest when I first posted about it. I was talking about what I was doing when I was on Tumblr so I was like “I’m doing this thing.” and I’d post a lot stuff about Tween Dream. For those who don’t know, it’s about a group of friends growing up in the early 2000s in the suburbs. They’re in seventh grade and it’s in a sort of fake sitcom world where I play every character—which is actually really weird and embarrassing. I like to be publicly embarrassed a lot of the time, haha. I remember uploading it and people were actually down with it. They were like “Oh my god, you have to make more! This is so cool! I love this character!” which made me think “Wow, this is sick!” I ended up making a second one, but it was just a lot of work. I’d love to make something like that again, but it’s just not where my work went, because it’s not really the most interesting thing I’ve done. I’m happy that I did that, but that was probably the first contained thing.

“One of the first major mile stones in my life was Tween Dreams.”

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FORGE. Issue 15: Union  

FORGE. is a quarterly submission based art magazine, with the sole purpose of showcasing the work of different artists on the internet and a...

FORGE. Issue 15: Union  

FORGE. is a quarterly submission based art magazine, with the sole purpose of showcasing the work of different artists on the internet and a...