Itâ€™s that time of the year where you can wear your sandals, as festival season is in full swing. Part time summer jobs at festivals are becoming a popular choice for students. A critic from the daily music guide tells us how working at a festival can be just as fun. The fashion industry relies on unpaid interns to help with the brunt of work, turn to page 9 for the truthful diary of a busy London intern. Body modification comes in various different forms, from piercings to neck stretching; a tattoist shares some trade secrets and pictures of their work on page 5...
Life of an intern pg 9
Tulles June Edition
5 Body Modification: the inside view 9 Life of an Intern 11 Bobbie Brown Party 12 Festival Fun 13 Charity Shop Treasure Chest
Rachel Capper, Editor
Body Modification pg 5
Body Modification T
attoing is a body art form which has been practiced in almost every culture in the world. It has been part of the human experience as an expression of ideals, beliefs and identities for thousands of years. In many cultures people are tattoed in order to be accepted into adult society, as a rite of passage or coming of age. In other cultures tattoos are used to show membership of a certain group, gang or class. Within modern western culture, people are tattoed to be seen as individuals, others as rebels against society, whilst some are tattoed purely for fashion. Celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and David Beckham showcasing their tattoos have made them grow in popularity.
Above: A wrist piercing done by Carl Fletcher.
Flecky’s Tattoo Studio based in Golborne is the workplace of artist Carl Fletcher who has been tattoing for 11 years. In this interview Carl explains some of the things to think about before committing to the permanent decision.
What should you do before you decide on a tattoo?
You should always research as much as possible what you would like, you don’t want to be walking out of the shop and feel regret for what is permanently on your body. You should also think about why you are getting one, if your doing it for a dare it’s not a very good reason. Every tattoo I have is significant and I make sure I research the artist’s work before I sit in their chair.
Do you think it’s a good thing having the age restriction?
Absolutely! I’ve had teenagers come in who are 14, 15 drunk with some ID that looks nothing like them. I tell them to get out, it’s not just safety for me, it’s for them too. They could wake up in 3 or 4 years and regret having ‘MUFC RULES’ plastered on their arm.
What are the dangers to be aware of? Obviously there are dangers when needles are involved, but there should be clearly presented health and safety rules as soon as you walk in. If in doubt walk out of the shop.
Above: A tattoist at work
Below: ‘Back to School’ pinup (artist Joe Capobianco) tattoed by Carl Fletcher.
Above and Below: Pictures from the Body Beautiful exhibit at Warrington museum.
What are the do’s and dont’s of getting a tattoo or piercing? DON’T - Let anyone talk you into something you don’t want. The tattoist may know what he is doing but it’s you who has to live with it. DO - Ask around. Look at other people’s tattoos and artist’s work before you decide on a design. DON’T - Be put off by a long waiting list or price That usually means a tattoist is really good at what they do. DO - Check for cleanliness. If a tattooist isn’t wearing gloves or using an autoclave (needle) then walk out. Your health and happiness should come first. Flecky’s Tattoo Studio is available on 07949 044528. Email: email@example.com Address: 27 Hugh Street, Golborne, WA3 3AX If you want some more information on body modification, a new exhibition called ‘Body Beautiful?’ is being shown at Warrington museum until the 11th June.
The Life of an Intern... D
avid Cameron recently said “Internships have been the best thing for undergraduates and students to get specific work experience”. Yet is it really worth not getting paid to take a step up the ladder? Thet Oo is a 23 year old English Language graduate from the University of Manchester who moved to the capital to try
What made you want to do an internship?
It was hard to decide what to do after university. I had a part time job at Topshop during my course; after university my boss offered me a graduate scheme at Topshop management. At first I enjoyed it because I was earning a lot more money but I began to dread going in. That’s when I knew it was time to move on.
What happened after that?
I told my boss I wasn’t happy and wanted a more hands on approach with the marketing side of the business. After telling me there was nothing available, I decided to apply for internships in London where the most opportunities in the fashion world are. I moved down south on my own 8 months ago.
Did you find an internship straight away? The competition is fierce, it’s like a job interview, even though you don’t get paid. I remember going for an Alexander McQueen internship and there were close to 40 girls there; all dressed in designer clothes trying to impressive.
What company are you working for?
Currently I’ve got a 6 month styling internship with Modus, which markets designers like David Above: Thet Oo wearing her £300 All Saints designer dress. Koma and Lacoste. I also help with sections What are the worst parts of your of the PR for magazines like Cosmopolitan, job? I am overdrawn by £2000 and I have a Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire. It’s unpaid so I credit card, my parents have no idea how have help from my family financially. much debt I’m in. I did have a bar job but Feeling undervalued is a big one. I make it’s so tiring, I work 9am till 6pm and then a lot of tea and sometimes have to be on reception answering phones all day. I used to go to workin a bar from 8pm till Do you feel pressure to buy designer don’t really learn anything from answer3am just to get some extra money. clothes to impress your employers? ing calls. Yes! It’s vital you always look your best. If you don’t represent the company then there is no What are the best parts of your job? point working there. I wouldn’t have this intern- I’m doing what I love and hopefully there Although internships are the best possible way to get experience in the field you ship if I didn’t look after my appearance. I’ve will be a job at this company at the end of want. You have to be prepared to work gone into debt to look good. my internship. I also get to meet designers for free untill someone is willing to pay and I make a lot of contacts. Socialising is you for the work you want to do. Until a big part of this job, I have to go to a lot How do you afford designer clothes if then, think of it as CV building, when you of parties. your internship is unpaid? are asked to make varous amounts of tea,
Clockwise from top: Jewellery boxes at Modus, Alexander Wang Anabela boots, Topshop pink camelia headband, Stella Macartney ruffled dress, All Saints pink petticoat dress.
Bobbie Brown Kyawt Zar is the new make up master of War-
he summer months are known as ‘festival season’; for years they have prominantly attracted more of a student following and the ‘cool’ events to go to during summer to hear favourite bands.
rington at the age of 25, and to celebrate her sucess, the former Bobbie Brown make up employee was thrown a party at Debenhams Manchester store on the 23rd April. Kyawt used to work at Debenhams from the age of 14, leaving just a few months ago after her university degree became too much with high profile clients such as Stacey Solomon favouring her make up tips.
Although some students have part time jobs, some rely on their student loan and can’t afford festival tickets which can prove to cost upwards of £140 for a weekend camping.
Kyawt has made regular trips done to London to spend time trying to break into fashion also.
So what better way to go to your favourite festivals than to work at the festival and get to watch all your favourite bands for free.
Bobbie Brown in Manchester allowed Kyawt to establish her fashion sense with a runway show becoming part of the party. It’s only a matter of time before Kyawt will put Warrington on the map of success. Until then the fashion stylist and make up artist is working hard to build her portfolio.
Samantha Kameen, 24, has worked as a litter picker in the past at Leeds festival.
After the Bobbie Brown party Kyawt said “I owe everything to my first job at Bobbie Brown. they are so sweet organising this party for me and the turn out is great. I hope everyone will keep their eyes out for my work in the future.”
Below: Kyawt Zar’s Maxmara shirt
Above: Kyawt Zar at Bobbie Brown party. Below: Model at Bobbie Brown party.
Samantha said “I basically have to go to the festival earlier and clear up from the night before, then I can do what I like, then there is usually an interval and I do 30 minutes work then, and sometimes I may have to stay after to clean up to qualify for my free ticket. It’s been really good to not spend the same amount of money as my friends, they have all spent £210 already. Meanwhile I have saved that and had the same experience as my friends. Olly Hunter, 23, is a media reporter from the Daily Music Guide online magazine and a student at University College London. Festivals have an allocation of tickets for press, but applying for them needs to be done early. Olly said “When I started working for the Daily Music Guide I asked if there was a possibility they would need me to go to festivals. My boss informed me that noone had wanted to go before and was happy I was offering. So I could decide which
Above: Main stage Leeds Festival. Below: Samantha Kameen litter picking. person with me so I would get the festival feeling of going with my mates and be more inspired in my writing which worked really well.” Media reporters like Olly probably get the best position when going to a festival. The work can be done on their own time and their system of working. Going to a festival for free by doing a portion of some work doesn’t affect the fun your gonna have. As Samantha insists “You make new friends when you get there by working as a litter picker. I’ve even met guys there, my current boyfriend I met at Leeds Festival last year by both of us litter picking. Leeds Festival Tickets available from: www.leedsfestival.com
Charity Treasure Chest C
harity shops are thought to be waste grounds for people’s unwanted things. Especially old clothes. But can you find hidden gold when charitable celebrities live in the local area? Oxfam charity shop in Wilmslow on Water Lane has many celebrities living in the nearby wealthy area of Alderley Edge and the surrounding area. “Coronation street stars are regular donating in here” says manager Mary Collins. “It’s very generous of them to donate more expensive stuff because we can sell it for more. Obviously people hear of celebrities coming in charity shops and it gives our shop publicity which is really good.” Mary has been the shop manager for 4 years and has seen a lot of celebrities walk into the door and donate their unwanted belongings. “The thing is another person’s trash is another’s treasure.” Celebrities can buy new clothes and handbags when they are out of season but to the public having a piece of designer clothing for the fraction of the price is amazing and to have a celebrity wearing it before them only adds to the glamour of the item. Mary says “Celebrities usually just come down to the shop, but it is better if they ring first, so they don’t cause a stampede. Samia Smith who plays Maria in Corrie came down to the shop with binbags of old clothes and you could see these old women staring at her from across the shop. They ran over to her and asked her why she was with Tony if he had murdered people, like it was real life.” The advantage to charity shops is that it’s unlikely that anyone else is gonna have the clothes, because it will most likely be old or vintage. “Once someone caught wind that Victoria Beckham was coming into the shop. We had cameras outside before we opened, and it was just mayhem with people everywhere. In the end she came back after we closed because she wanted to make sure we actually got them in the store, rather than trusting someone else with the job. She hasn’t come in for years now that she has moved to America but other female celebrities
Above: Oxfam Charity Shop based in Wilmslow. Coleen Mcloughlin also lives near to the area and Mary said that “she was the most generous when it came to donating. Coleen once told me that she empties her wardrobe every season, she literally came in with her entire wardrobe. Including 70 pairs of shoes.” Wealthy people donating to charity shops is not a new occurence but it’s hard to recognise what could be designer and just old. Mary said “I think it’s one of them things where you have to research what celebrities live near the shops, and ring around different shops, they should be more than willing to tell you if a celebrity has recently donated, it will bring more people into the store.
Below: Vintage satchel bag worth £120 found in Oxfam Wilmslow Store for £30
Above: Jennifer Goode, 19, in Wilmslow Oxfam Charity Shop looking for designer treasure. A customer in the Wilmslow store was on the look out for celeb donations. Jennifer Goode, 19 from Moore is a student at college. Jennifer said “I always come here and ask Mary (the manager) when new shipments are coming in. I’m a fashion student and need to find designer items at a low price. Sometimes I put stuff on Ebay and sell it for more than what I bought it for. A few times I have found pairs of designer shoes and a mulberry designer clutch bag.” Charity shops are good for finding unwanted designer clothes for a fraction of the price. For students like Jennifer it saves money and is very valuable to her course as a fashion student.
Water Lane is packed with charity shops, including Cancer research and Barnados. So if you live in the North West head to Wilmslow for some amazingly cheap designer items. Oxfam - Wilmslow store. 11a Water Lane Wilmslow. SK9 5AE Tel no: 01625 528070 Cancer Research - Wilmslow store 21 Water Lane. Town Center Wilmslow SK9 5AE Tel no: 01625 533 184