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CALLING WRITERS OF THE ALTERNATIVE KIND... REBELICIOUS WANTS YOU! Love the alternative scene? Love writing? Rebelicious are looking for dedicated writers to contribute articles & reviews about events in the alt calendar, bands, designers & more. Get in touch with us at email@example.com with some info about yourself, things you love, and any ideas you might have for articles!
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Regulars 8 Soundtrack 9 News 10 The Graveyard Girls 26 Noo-Nooâ€™s Got Nothing On Me... 27 Problem? 72 Reviews
FASHION & BEAUTY 12 Raffles Bizarre 14 Rockalily Lipstick 16 Anathema Designs 20 Rockeresque Cosmetics 22 Tips & Tricks
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EXPOSED 28 Lily Le Roi 30 Photographamy 34 Marianne Harris 38 Main Feature: Miss Malice 46 J-Chans Designs 50 Mr Cryztalz 52-58 Etsy Exposure Featuring Vile Broccoli Fur, Reedpunk, Swank, Janine Basil Hats
MUSIC 60 Consult The Oracle 66 Silhouette of a Ghost 68 Giants: Album Influences 70 Volume
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Editor’s Letter EDITOR & DESIGNER: Dominique Marshall CONTRIBUTORS: Amy Phillips, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Georgia Scarlett Nash, Karen Byers, Naomi Lugo, Lily Le Roi EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITES: www.rebeliciousmagazine.tumblr.com www.facebook.com/rebeliciousmagazine www.twitter.com/RebeliciousMag COVER PHOTO: Amy Desmarais http://photographamy.com/ REBELICIOUS LOGO DESIGN: Amy Phillips REBELICIOUS MASCOT: Curtis Allen http://www.curtisallen.co.uk/ SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: All of our new contributors! Alice Berryman, Amy Desmarais, Marianne Harris, Joseph O’ Brien, Joe Henson, Jess Heath, ReeRee Rockette, Siân Rockwood, Paige LeRoy, Issanna Loughman, Jessica Rowell, Rory Bryans & Consult The Oracle, Jake Tellinghusen & Silhouette of a Ghost, Jack Longman & Giants, Mike Richardson, all the bands featured in Volume, and everyone that is reading this! ♥ Rebelicious is an independently produced non-profit magazine. All content copyright of Rebelicious Magazine unless otherwise stated. All opinions and expressed are that of the individual and not Rebelicious Magazine as a whole. All products shown may be subject to availability.
Howdy lovely ladies and gentlemen folk! Here in lies the third issue of Rebelicious, and this is definitely the most jam packed issue so far! I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone that has joined us on our Facebook & Tumblr pages & commented about how much you love the concept of the magazine. It really does mean a lot, and I’m glad you all like it! Down to the nitty gritty...I must admit, it was bloody hard as hell putting this issue of Rebelicious together. I’ve come into contact with an epic amount of creative people recently, and obviously all I just wanted to do was cram in EVERYONE! But alas, I had to control the urge, keep the number of features to what you’ll see on the following pages, and instead already start confirming features for issue four...But more on that when the time comes ;) So back to what’s in this issue...We get introduced to designers, models, photographers and bands that are all out making their mark on the alternative scene in the best possible way. We’ve got the lovely Miss Malice, who graces our main feature pages, Marianne Harris, PhotographAmy, J-Chans Designs, Raffles Bizarre, Rockalily, Anathema Designs plus more. We’ve also got interviews with some of the UK’s best upcoming unsigned bands, film and cd reviews, and even a few makeup and hair tips along the way. The magazine is always in a state of growth and progression, and hopefully you all enjoy reading this issue as much as I loved producing it! So as not to bore you any longer than I need to, I’m gonna wrap this little note up so you can get reading... STAY REBELICIOUS!!
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D N U O S LINKS FOR THE UNSIGNED BANDS IN THIS ISSUE... CONSULT THE ORACLE www.facebook.com/ConsultTheOracle GIANTS http://www.facebook.com/giantsuk SILHOUETTE OF A GHOST http://www.facebook.com/SOAGUK BENEATH THE TIDE http://www.facebook.com/BeneathTheTide WE LIE BENEATH http://www.facebook.com/weliebeneath YOUR CITY IS FORGOTTEN http://www.facebook.com/weareycif WE DIE TONIGHT http://www.facebook.com/wedietonight SKARLETT RIOT www.myspace.com/skarlettriot REIGN.BROKE.BETTER http://www.facebook.com/reignbrokebetter
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DISTURBIA CLOTHING LAUNCHING NEW RANGE “DEAD EMPIRES” SEPTEMBER 9TH!
The amazing clothing label DISTURBIA have been extremely busy as of late preparing to unleash their new Autumn/Winter Collection titled “Dead Empires”. If you’re in the Newcastle area, you’ll definitely want to head to their new headquarters at Hoults Yard, as they’ll be holding a launch party to commemorate the occasion! Drinks will be flowing, live art will be part of the proceedings, the first 50 guests will receive a free goodie bag, and you’ll also be able to see and purchase the new range first hand! www.disturbiaclothing.co.uk
FESTIVAL SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE... So with Download, Sonisphere, Hevy, Bloodstock and Reading/Leeds over and done with, we’re definitely looking forward to festival season heating up again next year. But until then, there are a fudge load of cool gigs coming up over the next few months! You’ve got the awesome NEVER SAY DIE tour featuring SUICIDE SILENCE, EMMURE, DEEZ NUTS & more, SYLOSIS, EVERY TIME I DIE, MACHINE HEAD with BRING ME THE HORIZON & DEVILDRIVER, VOLBEAT, ARCH ENEMY, TESSERACT, ARCHITECTS, FEED THE RHINO, MISS MAY I, LETLIVE & TRIVIUM to name just a few. For dates, ticket information & more gigs, check out seetickets.com, stargreen.com or ticketmaster.co.uk!
TESSERACT ANNOUNCE VOCALIST CHANGE! Progressive metallers TESSERACT recently announced that they had appointed Elliot Coleman (member of Zelliack, Haunted Shores, Sky Eats Airplanes) as their new lead vocalist, after it was confirmed that Dan Tompkins had left the band in July due to other life priorities. Their Facebook page was FLOODED with fan responses once the news broke out (both of the good and bad kind) but despite that the band, with Elliot, are now hard at work writing the follow up to their critically acclaimed album “One”. www.facebook.com/tesseractband
“PRE-FRESHERS ROCK NIGHTS”
“THE ABUNDANCE OF SHIT MUSIC LATELY...”
“BEN & JERRYS PHISH FOOD ICECREAM”
“SICK ON THE BUS’ NEW ALBUM”
“RUNNING OUT OF RUM”
“THE WEATHER OF FESTIVAL SEASON”
“TRIVIUM’S NEW ALBUM (IN WAVES)”
“SEEING MY AUSSIE MATE NEXT WEEK”
“GLEE RELATED THINGS INCREASING IN NUMBER...IT MAKES MY BRAIN HURT”
“GOING TO CANADA IN TWO WEEKS!” “MANAGING MY FIRST BAND & MEETING INTERESTING NEW PEOPLE” “GETTING TO SEE DEVIN TOWNSEND PLAY KI IN NOVEMBER”
“THAT I CAN’T SPEND ALL MY TIME DOING WHAT I LOVE BECAUSE I HAVE BILLS TO PAY!” “NOT GOING TO SEE DEVIN TOWNSEND PLAY ADDICTED IN NOVEMBER”
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S! TO REBELICIOU S IC M O C S L IR INE ARD G PLIMENTING L M E THE GRAVEY O M C O A LC S E A W H E O S W ER IP AL IN THIS ISSUE IRTS AND OTH H HE COMIC STR T -S , T Y D O R N A E L S E W IG F HATS, BO US A SHORT O E S V T A CREATED BY PA IS G S N LY O D C IN T K ISE THA . PAIGE OF MERCHAND SPIRED BY THE CHARACTERS REATIVITY... PHOTOS: PAIGE LE ROY C F IN O L L D L A R S O IE R W WORDS & ACCESSO N TO HER INTRODUCTIO
“I started The Graveyard Girls in late 2005. I was sitting in my parent’s kitchen drawing, and doodled a creepy little girl holding a flower. I remember looking over at my Mum and saying “She needs a name…” My mum stared at the drawing for a little while then simply replied “Violett” And that was that. I started drawing her more and more, creating little stories and comic strips. Then finally drew her up some friends, and started my website. I get inspired by a lot of different things! I’m a little obsessed with Tea parties, Halloween, and Vintage Fashion, I think it shows in my artwork.”
VIOLETT KNIGHTSHADE: Violett isn’t really a people person. She’s sarcastic, witty and bitter. She drives a 1956 hot rod hearse, and writes for an indie webzine called “The Mourning Paper”. She’s a tough girly, who can (and will) make a grown man cry.
SKARLETT FEVER: Definitely one of the most mysterious of the girls. Skarlett is a prim and proper victorian girl, dating Helga’s older brother Sebastian. They make a lovely pair, but there’s simply something she can’t tell him...She’s a vampire! ZOMBIE GIRL: The cutest zombie in the graveyard! She loves the colour pink, cupcakes, cookies, and brains drenched in sugar! She’s kind, caring, and a little bit loopy. She’s got the biggest heart in the world...Even though it stopped beating ages ago... ISABELL KNIGHTSHADE: Isabell is Violett’s younger, timid and kind sister. She spends her days hanging out with her friends, writing poetry, and having adventures with her pet rabbit “Spooky”. She’s a loyal friend and a good listener. HELGA MARTINI: Helga has a drinking problem... Not kidding, this girl pours vodka into her cereal every morning. With a bottle in her hand, flask in her pocket, and zaney attitude, she always makes their little tea parties interesting.
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“Thegraveyardgirls.com started off in 2005 as a web-comic website. I always put a lot of detail into drawing up their clothes, adding lace trims, big bows, and bustles, etc. I always really enjoyed crafting and DIY. So, a little after I got the website going I created a little web shop, based on things that The Graveyard Girls would wear day to day (bows, hats, T-shirts). My favourite thing to create has to be my Tiny Top Hat. I’m constantly thinking about new crazy ideas to try out. I’ve made hats with working pinwheels, giant features, and doll house decor. Hat making has become one of my biggest passions.” To keep up to date with the girls and see more products, check out the websites: http://www.thegraveyardgirls.com/ http://www.etsy.com/shop/thegraveyardgirls
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IF THERE’S ONE THING WE LOVE IT’S ONE-OF-A-KIND QUIRKY JEWELLERY. RAFFLES BIZARRE IS DEFINITELY ONE OF OUR FAVOURITE ONLINE JEWELLERY SITES, SO WE HAD A QUICK CHAT WITH FOUNDER JESS HEATH TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER WORK... WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: JESS HEATH
What inspired you to start up Raffles Bizarre? I started RB properly in 2007 whilst still at uni. I had been making jewellery for myself for a while due to becoming bored of high street jewellery and wanting to wear things that no one else had. I made the odd bits for friends and family as presents, and decided to see if I could actually make a little extra cash from it. I set up a myspace page and it took off straight away. Then it just went from there, I bought a web domain and started doing stalls and taking commissions.
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Why the name ‘Raffles Bizarre’? Well a lot of my jewellery is quite unusual and quirky, especially back when I started, so “bizarre” was the perfect word, as well as being a play on “bazaar”. I was sat on the tube thinking of any words that worked well with Bizarre, my cat is called Raffles and I thought that would be quite fun, as well as having a meaning behind it. I told a few friends and they all loved it, so it stuck!
Are there any pieces you’ve made that stand out as personal favourites? I really like a couple of my Queen B pieces, they’re always really fun to make because they’re made up of lots of recycled jewellery and found objects and every piece turns out different. Though I also love to make illustrated pieces, I love to draw and I think these are some of my most original pieces. Where do you draw your inspiration from? Absolutely everything! Things around me, other artists and designers, film and tv. Anything can trigger a thought process and get me doodling ideas and jotting down notes which may or may not end up as a piece of jewellery. It can be anything from imagery to colour to patterns or style. 12 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
As well as jewellery making you’re also big on illustration. Do you have any formal design training? I’ve always done art throughout my education and as a hobby. I did GCSE art, A level Art and Graphics, Foundation Art and Design and then my degree was in Model Design and Special Effects. I had to draw constantly for each of these and generally just have fun doing it. So, I’ve had the usual training as far as life drawing and some lessons in painting, but as far as style and technique most of it is self taught. What has been the main highlight of running your own business? Just working for myself, I love being able to set my own timetables and plans for each day. I can be super flexible so if I need to go away I can and I prefer to work at night, than the morning. In general it’s not much like “work” as it’s my hobby too. I have fun every day and I’m not sure everyone can say the same.
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t running Raffles Bizarre? Well I also work as a freelance make up artist so I would probably be doing that full time, or maybe model making. I’m super interested in animals and the medical profession and if I hadn’t been an arty kid maybe I would have ended up training in one of those fields instead. If you could have anyone in the world wearing your jewellery, who would it be & why? Oh wow that’s a really hard question!! I would just be amazingly happy to see anyone in the public eye wearing my jewellery! Someone quirky, who is also a bit of a style icon and generally admired by the public and myself like Zooey Deschanel would be incredible. What does the future hold for you and the brand? Well I’m currently running RB fulltime, it’s hard work right now, but hopefully things will just continue to get bigger and better. I have the odd stall coming up and I’m also working on getting some more advertising so fingers crossed. http://www.rafflesbizarre.co.uk/store/
PHOTO CREDITS Photographer - Marianne Davies Model - Dani D MUA - Jess Heath Jewellery - Raffles Bizarre
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WANT LUSCIOUS RED LIPS BUT CAN’T SEEM TO FIND THE RIGHT SHADE FOR YOUR SKIN? CHECK OUT ROCKALILY, YOUR NEW ONE-STOP SHOP FOR THE PERFECT EVERYDAY LIPSTICK! WE MEET OWNER AND FOUNDER REEREE ROCKETTE TO DISCUSS HER LIPSTICK, HER BLOG AND ALL THE WONDERFUL WOMEN SHE ENCOUNTERS... WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: REEREE ROCKETTE
You’ve been blogging at Alternatively Lovely for a few years now. What was it that sparked your interest in blogging? I can’t even remember! I have always been a social networker, even before that term existed. I started using chat rooms 14 years ago, and have used various chat rooms over the years, making some amazing friends along the way. Blogging was a natural extension of that. Reading through your blog, you are definitely a lover of all things vintage. Where did this interest stem from? I have always been a collector of sorts, and fascinated with the memories that objects can hold within them. As I grew older I developed an understanding of the history that I hadn’t been that fussed about as a teenager, and started getting more and more engaged with social histories.
What inspired you to start up Rockalily? It was Autumn last year, during a brainstorming meeting with a friend about what my dream job would be. I decided to try and make it happen! So I quit my career in education and have been developing Rockalily every since. Why the name ‘Rockalily’? Naming your ‘idea’ takes time, and Rockalily literally popped into my head randomly while walking down the street. I knew it felt right instantly, and couldn’t wait to do all of the relevant checks and get it trademarked. It summarises my brand identity perfectly, as a feminine brand with an edge.
You also run the networking group Wonderful Women. How did this come about? ‘Wonderful Women: Minding Our Own Business’ is the business group I run for creative women running their own businesses. I started it when I became self employed, as I was concerned that I would end up feeling isolated working from home. It has developed in the 10 months its been running, and women now pay a subscription and I host two meetings a month. I also have a new Norwich branch that has recently launched. I adore how it has grown, and the women are now some of my closest friends. Do the women within the group currently all own a business that lies within the alternative lifestyle, or is it a mixture of businesses? We really are a mixed bunch, but the majority of the businesses do tend to live with an alternative niche. Our businesses include photography, life coaching, magazine publishing, jewellery making, fashion designing, make-up artistry, millinery, floristry, sound design, and much more! For anyone that may be interested in joining Wonderful Women, what do they need to do? Email me! Reeree@wonderfulwomen.co.uk
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What has been the main highlight of running your own business? The flexibility of my work life. Although I still work hard, I have control over when and where I do it. I love being able to work from a coffee shop, or late at night from home. I also appreciate not having dress codes to adhere to! Describe your own personal clothing style…I am mainly inspired by rockabilly fashion, which really enables me to mix and match vintage with high street. I love 1940s and 1950s clothing, both in shape and style. What is it about the rockabilly/vintage style that you think is making it more and more popular amongst alternative women today? The internet must have had a massive impact on ‘alternative’ women. We can now form communities, devour fashions and research clothing histories in ways that simply weren’t possible before. There is a collective power in numbers, and I’m sure many women get confidence from seeing that they are not alone in their alternative-ness. What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t running Rockalily? No doubt I would still be in education, perhaps working my way to head teacher! If you could have anyone in the world wearing your lipstick, who would it be & why? Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani or Adele. These three women all have a fabulous confidence in their own unique and alternative beauty. They are beautiful but also intelligent and talented.
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What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start up their own business? If you really feel you could do it....don’t over think it. You need to take action, and just start the process. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage and support you, but also find a couple who will tell you when you’re wrong. You’ll need confidence and the ability to take a risk. What does the future hold for you and the brand? I have so many things I want to achieve, and I am really just at the beginning of my journey. http://www.rockalily.com/
The Different Shades Available! Rockette Red: A classic bright blue-based red, with a creamy and luxurious texture. Roulette Red: A slightly darker classic red, still with a creamy and luxurious texture. Hot Rod Red: An orange-based bright red, which can work well with olive skin tones. Pompadour Pink: A semi-gloss fuchsia which is blue based to flatter teeth and pale skin tones.
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CHAINS, ZIPS AND OTHER UNUSUAL MATERIALS ARE ALL PART OF WHAT MAKES SIÂN ROOKWOOD’S JEWELLERY LINE ANATHEMA DESIGNS SO FASCINATING AND EYE CATCHING. WE HAD A CHAT WITH HER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER AMAZING CREATIONS... WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: SIÂN ROOKWOOD
How did anathema designs begin and how did you come up with the name? I’ve honestly always made jewellery pieces for myself. I feel like I have quite an individual sense of style and could never quite find anything on the high street that fitted in with that, for an affordable price, so I thought that I would try my hand at designing pieces just for me. I found that I was getting a lot of compliments on my pieces and friends started asking for custom made items as birthday or Christmas gifts. Eventually someone asked me why I didn’t make jewellery to sell, it seemed like a good suggestion and I got straight into designing some new pieces and exhibiting at local craft sales - it’s spiralled from there! In terms of the name, I’ve always had a love of underused words and I think ‘anathema’ happens to be one of those. It originates from the Greek language and used to mean an offering, particularly a religious offering. Over time its meaning has morphed into something more negative, something which is cursed. I like the notion of changing perceptions and feel it fits in with what I’ve set out to achieve by using ‘harsh’ materials in a soft way. The word ‘anathema’ is almost anathema to my design philosophy and I like that juxtaposition! Where do you draw your inspiration from? Pretty much anything and everything to be honest. I get excited about the texture, patination and colour of my materials but I find my inspiration often in the most unlikely places. Different lighting or shadows, the latest fantasy or sci-fi book I’m reading, illustrations, nature, music, film, and certainly photography and fashion are all major sources of inspiration for me. I’d like to think that everything I find interesting finds its way into my work one way or another! With all your jewellery being handmade, how long does it take you to create a piece? It varies hugely depending on the piece and the collection it’s come from. The chainmail designs tend to be the most labour intensive as a serious amount of steel
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bending is required! They probably take anywhere from a day to a week or two for the larger pieces. The reclaimed designs are often the fastest to make - which is reflected in the price - and can take only a few hours. The zip pieces are all hand sewn and are part of an organic process - I basically sit down and start sculpting/sewing without a very clear idea about where I want to go with the piece. I let the zips bend in a way that feels natural to me as I go along. I’d estimate they take anywhere from 4 hours to a couple of days depending on the size of the piece.
same rationale to my jewellery materials. I try to use things that perhaps are not deemed ‘beautiful’ in the traditional sense - and use them in an interesting way, in an attempt to challenge pre-conceived ideas about what ‘beauty’ really is. I use metals which may tarnish, or rust slightly or change colour and texture with age and wear and I use reclaimed parts from broken watches, clocks etc. This is not to everyone’s taste but it is what excites me most. My chainmail pieces in particular embody this design philosophy.
You currently have three main collections - Chainmail, Reclaimed/Recycled & Zips. What inspired each one? Fundamentally, I work towards creating statement pieces at affordable prices. I’ve always had a love of structure and texture and this is evident in my style of work and the materials with which I choose to work. I see my jewellery designs as an extension of my architectural aesthetic and principles. In my architectural work I like to reuse materials and old, crumbling structures. I like to use materials that age and change over time, that have their own sense of character. I strive to apply the
The Chainmail Collection is inspired directly by my design philosophy and by historical items associated with war and past civilisations. Chainmail itself is often associated with battle; it is thought of as something which is hard and unforgiving, practical not pretty, cold and brutal. In reality I find that the metal has wonderful character; all the rings are ever so slightly different, be it in colour or patination; and it warms up so wonderfully after mere minutes of wearing. I hope my designs will show that even tough materials can be delicate and feminine. Chainmail is not just for knights!
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The Reclaimed Collection is an amalgamation of my love for mechanisms and gearing and inspiration from authors such as H.G.Wells and Jules Verne and films like Howl’s Moving Castle. The Zip Collection really is just about the graphic nature of the steel teeth against the black fabric, I love the contrast and the statement that it makes. I like how organic the designs are, so I can’t really claim that anything in particular is the inspiration for the collection, I just let it go where it wants to! Are there any pieces that stand out as personal favourites? I personally love the larger, weightier chainmail pieces like Copper Ophidian and Twine although I think my favourite piece to date is an as yet unseen multi-chain, reversible piece - so you’ll have to stay tuned to see that! Do you have any formal design training? I have no formal fashion qualifications or training to boast of. I graduated from Cardiff University, Wales, with an undergraduate degree in architecture and I am currently working towards my masters in architecture. I have always had a tremendous passion for all things creative. I think there are many key skills that are common to any design based degree/job that can be transferred to other areas of design. My architectural training has helped me to refine my ideas and develop my own personal design aesthetic. I know what I like - I think this is critical for any designer. It is important to learn to stand your ground and defend your designs, it is impossible to please everyone all of the time. My
architectural training has taught me to be thick skinned and how to take constructive (and sometimes not so constructive!) criticism on board and use it to better myself. Other than jewellery design, what else are you interested in? I’ve always loved being creative, so I draw, make and illustrate whenever I can (I’d love more time to do this to be honest). I’m also very passionate about music (I’m a pianist and a cellist). Other than that, I probably spend too much time gaming, watching films and reading sci-fi or fantasy books, I’m just a massive geek at heart. I also really enjoy baking and cooking - and of course, eating!
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If you could have anyone in the world wearing your jewellery, who would it be and why? I’d like to think that anyone could wear my jewellery and I hope that it’s accessible to people of every age and lifestyle. My nan actually owns one of my chainmail pieces and wears it to church on a Sunday! I’ve made chainmail for bridesmaids and sculptural zip pieces for posh parties. I hope that if you want something a bit different and handmade then it’s for you! I’d love to see someone with a kick-ass attitude like Emily Browning wearing some chunky chainmail jewellery, she has such a beautiful doll-like face, which would work perfectly with a tough, statement chainmail piece. What’s to come in the future for you & the brand? I hope that I will continue to improve and develop my work. I’m planning to do collaborative work with some young fashion designers and photographers in the near future and have some things in the pipeline, which I’m very excited about. I’d love to be at a point where I can design a more exclusive collection, with more precious materials but I will always continue to expand each of my three main collections: zip, chainmail and reclaimed. I am currently working towards an armour inspired chainmail and zip collection. I visited the British Museum not that long ago and saw a beautiful body chain from the Hoxne Hoard (a wonderful collection of Roman pieces found in Suffolk) and took great inspiration from that. You’ll have to wait and see the collection but expect to see larger pieces such as body chains and shoulder pieces. I hope to be able to move onto a new reclaimed/steampunk inspired collection once that is done. I have lots of design ideas that need to be realised, it always feels like there’s too much to do and not enough time! http://www.anathemadesigns.co.uk/
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Rockeresque Beauty FASHION & BEAUTY
BASED IN AMERICA AND HAVING ONLY STARTED EARLIER THIS YEAR, ROCKERESQUE BEAUTY COMPANY HAVE QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF THE TOP COSMETIC COMPANIES IF YOU LOVE YOUR MAKEUP 100% ANIMAL CRUELTY FREE, VEGAN & WITH AN EDGE! FOUNDER ISSANNA LOUGHMAN GAVE US AN INTRODUCTION...
WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: ISSANNA LOUGHMAN
What inspired the beginnings of Rockeresque? There are a few things which occurred to inspire me to create Rockeresque. I really wanted to make a full line of cosmetics that was both vegan and edgy. There are many companies out there that are partially vegan, unfortunately not enough are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The ones that are tend to offer mainly neutral tones. I wanted a cosmetic line that had everything, where you could go to the store and pick out any item and know that you were purchasing something which was always vegan and not have to check to make sure it was or not. Color selection was also very important as I did not want to focus on neutrals or brights, but literally every color of the rainbow and then some. Another very important factor was to have a company that offered education. Not enough people worry about the ingredients of the products they are using. Rockeresque offers a monthly Cosmetics Corner where we focus on a different topic each issue from what the FDA requires to be on a cosmetic label, to what ingredients mean, or even just a fun tutorial. I want clients to know we care. I want them to know what to look for whether they buy from Rockeresque or anywhere else.
Model: Heather Berhosky Photographer: Joe Shoots Me Editing: The Cute Institute Hair: Heather Berhosky Make-Up Artistry: Tara Lindrose Rockeresque Colours Used: Peppermint Gummy Bear, Dead as Night, and Platinum Blonde (eyes), Zombie Ballerina (lips)
With Rockeresque being a vegan company, you must feel very strongly about animal testing… Yes, not only does Rockeresque not test on animals, we also do not order our ingredients from suppliers who test on animals. Animals are for loving, not testing on. I have always been a big advocate for animals and their rights. I grew up in New Hampshire and a fun afternoon as a kid would be to walk down to the dairy research facility at UNH and pet the cows. I gave up eating meat in third grade and I always had animals growing up. Now as an adult I have 2 dogs and a kitty. We rescued both dogs, one was on Craigslist (he was not treated well) and the other we adopted from the Pug Rescue of San Diego. Our kitty I found in a dumpster when she was just a baby. I have been banned from taking in any more animals for the moment! My whole life animals have played a huge role and them being mistreated for any reason greatly upsets me. I will never allow Rockeresque products to be tested on animals. Having only started this year, and with a large number of followers on Facebook etc, you must be really happy with how successful the company has become in the space of just a few months? Yes, the company has grown very quickly. I am thankful everyday for its success. To date
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coming out between now and the next year and a half, even with the products not yet made.
Model: Alysha Nett Photographer: Jennifer Erickson Make-Up Artistry: Morgan Panter Rockeresque Colours Used: Girl Fight and Dead as Night (eyes), XOXO (lips)
What has been the highlight of running Rockeresque so far? O wow... there are a few! One highlight would be when clients receive their products and are so excited that they post an image of them opening their box or even wearing the make-up. It’s just so exciting to see how much someone loves what you have made! Another highlight has been when a few people I have looked up to have told me how much they love my product, this includes makeup artist Morgan Panter, the owner of Ohh La Latex, and model Jane Jett. My heart skipped a beat when hearing their comments. The other top highlight would be having our first wholesale order from a new store in Australia, Tattooed Zombie. The girls and I had a bit of a celebration when that order was completed and shipped, Dom gave us an amazing opportunity by selling Rockeresque in her store. She even put a vanity up so that clients could try Rockeresque before purchasing. If you could have anyone in the world wearing your makeup and/or accessories, who would it be and why? This is a hard question. I would have to say my mother. She is the polar opposite of me, but I love her with all of my heart. The day my mom wears my cosmetics will be the best day of my life.
“ANIMALS A RE FOR LOVING, NO T TESTING ON...I WILL NEVER What does the future hold for Rockeresque? So much! Besides more products being released that are currently in ALLOW ROC development (lip gloss, foiling serum, eye liners, foundation, KERESQUE etc) we also have some great events coming up. The one I PRODUCTS am most excited about will be next Spring, but.... you will just TO BE have to check up on us then to see what it is! TESTED ON ANIMALS.” http://www.facebook.com/rockeresque Rockeresque has been open around 2 months and it just astounds me all the time that I have created something people love so much. Physically making makeup is a lot of work. It is many days of staying up all night drinking multiple Rockstar beverages and listening to Pandora. I have even fallen asleep on the lab’s concrete floor from exhaustion at one point because sales have been so high so quickly, but I will stay in the lab working until everything is crossed off the daily check list. My clients are my number 1 priority. Who comes up with the names for the different shades of colour available? The majority of them I do come up with. They are all influenced by people, places, and items that are important to me. For example Lower East Side is where I use to live, Misshapes is a place I use to party, and Peppermint Gummy Bear is one of my favorite drag queens. I have the names of all the products that will be
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FASHION & BEAUTY
AN EIGHT STEP GUIDE TO LOOKING GOTH-TASTIC! PUT YOUR RACOON STYLED EYELINER ASIDE FOR ONE NIGHT AND TRY ON THIS TASTY NEW (AND SIMPLE) LOOK! (P.S. I LOVE RACOON EYES...TOTALLY NOT HATING!)
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Step 1: Apply dark purple shadow to your lid. Step 2: Create a classic cat eye and place a dot near your temple. Step 3: Extend cat eye by connecting the line from your classic cat eye to your dot. Step 4: Place a dot on each side of your nose bridge. Step 5: Extend the eyeliner from the inner corner of your eye out to your dots. Step 6: Make a line connecting your bottom liner to the dot, creating a triangle shape.
Things You’ll Need For This Look:
Black Liquid Liner Black Shadow Dark Purple Shadow Mascara QUICK BEAUTY TIPS!
Step 7: Wet a Q-Tip and dip it into dark black. Trace over your bottom liner. Creating a smokey effect. Step 8: Take a flat makeup brush filled with black shadow. Apply black shadow to the crease then fill in the space in the extended cat eye. This will create a dark pointy effect. ...You should probably put on Mascara next but....I FORGOT!!!
• Keep mascara in your purse, just in case you forget ;) • Toliet seat covers are made from the same material that those fancy Oil Blotters are made of. If you find yourself to be very oily and you are in a public washroom, grab one and blot that oil away! • If you mess up your eyeliner or have a mascara run, use a cotton swab with a dash of soap and a little bit of water to fix it! It works so well for small fixes. • If you find your shadow isn’t as bold as you want it to be, get your brushes wet! It makes the colours much more intense and it stays longer! 22 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
STEP 8 WORDS & PHOTOS: LILY LE ROI
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FASHION & BEAUTY
Dye Your Hair
WHETHER YOU’RE CONVINCED THE COLOUR GOD GAVE YOU IS WRONG FOR YOUR SKIN TONE, PARANOID ABOUT THE GREYS OR JUST A LITTLE BORED, HAIR DYING IS A STELLAR WAY TO RID YOURSELF OF THOSE LITTLE PARANOIAS AND BOREDOM ITCHES... WORDS & PHOTOS: ELIZABETH FITZGERALD
RULES! Try not to rebel at this point… STRAND TEST! I know, its lame and you want to have flowing turquoise hair already, but you’ll regret not doing it when you have bits of hair falling out and a burning scalp. Do it on the underneath bottom side of hair so it can be hidden if you’re going to leave it a day or so between dying. PRE condition. The cuticles (the bit that nourishes the whole length of the hair) need to be well moisturised and not dry to prevent the length of the hair being brittle and snapping. POST condition. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS on the paperwork in the box; the guys making the dye know what they’re doing. HAIR HEALTH AND LENGTH Healthy hair drinks hair-dye like you drink coffee in the morning; quickly and begging for more. Once you’ve found the colour for you, you’re going to want to get to dying it right away. A few pieces of advice:
Your locks will be slightly less healthy after you’ve dyed them so PRE AND POST condition. (Extra tip: if and when blow drying, hold the dryer NO CLOSER than 30cm) If your hair is any longer than shoulder length, buy two COLOUR boxes of dye because like I said your hair will soak it up and A careful consideration – the colour you want might not to ensure you get full head coverage (no embarrassing pale suit you. Fear not! There will be a version of that colour that spots) might be expensive but it’s worth it. was practically made for you. After you’ve washed, dried and found it looking fabulous darling, I recommend you cut about an inch from your hair Ask friends opinions (for more honest results ask parents). (my hair just covers my lady lumps) so for shorter hair I suggest half an inch? Just to give your hair a bit of a freshen Mess around on Photoshop/online hair salons to change up, after all imagine how old the end of your hair is – its your hair colour. lacking in the nutrients the roots of your hair has. Test it out, try a semi-permanent dye (usually washes out in 6-8 washes).
DYES If you don’t want a standard brown or blonde look, you can find all the colours of the rainbow for your hair, from brands If your hair is darker than the colour you want to go, you’re like Manic Panic and Stargazer (which are semi-perm) going to have to bleach it. and L’Oreal Feria and Schwarzkopf live colour (which are permanent dyes, but do fade to pale versions of themselves). DOING THE DEED Letting the dye go dry in your hair, then conditioning (with Righty ho! You should have one or two boxes of dye, a colour care conditioner) for longer and washing it out with computer screen full of the images you’ve dragged up over cool water will help dye last longer. ALSO if you’re using the past few weeks and days for inspiration, a towel, a good Stargazer or Manic Panic (one part dyes) you can half empty friend and possibly an episode or two of Family Guy. P.S. your conditioner bottle and fill it up with hair dye, shake it Don’t use a white towel – mum will kill you. like a Polaroid picture (though you shouldn’t ever actually
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shake a Polaroid) and every time you condition your hair, leave it in for 5-10 minutes to keep your colour topped up!
LATER THAT DAY… Got the dye in and hate it? Wrong colour for you? Vosene shampoo works WONDERS for stripping colour, you may need a few applications and a lot of conditioner but it’s definitely worth it rather than dumping bleach straight in there. Alternatively if you used a semi-permanent dye, don an awesome hat and big boots and pretend you’re a punk until it’s washed out.
A! ET VOIL
REDDING IT UP
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“Noo Noo’s Got Nothing On Me!” WELCOME TO THE MENTAL MIND OF NEW CONTRIBUTOR SCARLETT NASH! FOR HER FIRST ANECDOTE FOR THE MAGAZINE, SHE DESCRIBES THE CURIOUS CASE OF HER EVER CHANGING HAIR COLOUR...
ARLET OS: SC T O H P &
“When I first dyed my hair it was the best feeling in the world. It was my ex’s birthday, with my depression I was feeling down, alone and wished to be anything but myself. On my birthday I would always get a text from him asking how I was and what I’ve been up to, if he could come to the party or meet up soon. I would always send him a text on his birthday too, it just seemed like a year long routine but this time I was ignored. When it hit me that maybe this was it, we were actually over for good, it hurt. I just wanted to change. I felt angry... I felt Red.
A month later I decide to experiment… I went ginger (Not on purpose sadly but in a stupid moment). I wanted to try a new semi-permanent Poppy Red by Directions, so I bleached my hair. Half way through the bleaching process I got bored and decided to look at the little red pot. Then I saw it…. DON’T MIX WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE…. Oh Shit! Wearing a bunny hat my mum drove me 3 miles to the nearest tesco to find ANYTHING that wouldn’t mix with the peroxide. Purple. It was different. Dark for me. I’m a natural blonde so this… Wow? But oddly I loved it.
On that day when I looked at my wet stained hair in the mirror I felt different, I actually smiled. Suddenly I gained so much male attention, I thought it was the hair at first but I soon learned that it was my confidence. With each compliment I became a happier person and oddly enough it was having red hair that got me out of my depression.
When it faded so fast it was upsetting but it drove me to try something else. Pink? Blue? Green? I currently have green hair, I personally adore it, however I have got into trouble at both my jobs. Never before had they had issue with my constant hair changes. I have gained nicknames such as Orville the duck, Seaweed, Hulk and Toxic Waste, but at the end of the day I’ve decided I don’t care, it makes me feel good to be different. They said it could offend customers but I have come to find it’s a bit of a conversation starter, one woman even offered to be my mum! I guess the pressure of work made me worried about my hair so I attempted to dye it Atlantic Blue but well..... It only made my hair greener. The only thing I got out of it was a blue pillow and a Smurf face (the dye ran down and stained my face). It has also taught me to think before I do it next time. If I wasn’t so worried about what people thought I would have realized that the colours would only create a darker green, I don’t know. I guess we are all entitled to be idiots every once in a while, but sometimes it takes that stupidity to learn. So wear your hair proud, at the end of the day it’s not what others think but how you feel about yourself. Its Turquoise next for me, wish me luck!” REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 26
Mr Uncle agony has his shoulder open for business once again...& He’s definitely not holding back on his ruthless words of wisdom this time round! I WAS AT MY FRIENDS HOUSE, AND SHE ACCIDENTLY LEFT HER FACEBOOK OPEN ON A CONVERSATION BETWEEN HER AND ANOTHER ONE OF MY MATES…. TOTALLY SLAGGING ME OFF! SHOCKED, I TRIED TO PRETEND I HADN’T READ IT AND QUICKLY MADE AN EXCUSE THAT I HAD TO LEAVE. I DON’T KNOW WHETHER TO TELL HER I’VE SEEN IT. I HAVE A PRETTY BAD TEMPER SOMETIMES, AND ONCE I START I KNOW I WOULD END UP WANTING TO BITCH SLAP BOTH OF THEM! BUT I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN KEEP IGNORING IT AND ACT LIKE EVERYTHING’S OK.
I say do it… bitch slap the shit outta them! These two girls are clearly not your friends. Give yourself a bit of distance between them, openly ignore them, act like your upset around them but don’t let on why. They’ll start to wonder if they’ve done something wrong and the guilt and paranoia will eventually drive them crazy… *cue evil laugh!
I SERIOUSLY CAN’T STOP SPENDING MONEY. CLOTHES, MUSIC, NIGHTS OUT. AT THE END OF EVERY MONTH I AM BEYOND POOR AND COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS, HOURS, MINUTES TO PAY DAY. IT’S BECOMING A REAL PROBLEM. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Ever heard of prostitution?
I KNOW THIS ISN’T SOMETHING MOST GIRLS COMPLAIN ABOUT, BUT I HATE ORAL SEX. I DON’T MIND GIVING THE ODD BLOWIE, BUT I HATE HAVING MY BOYFRIEND GO DOWN ON ME. I JUST DON’T GET ANY REAL PLEASURE FROM IT AND I’M ALWAYS PARANOID ABOUT ‘DOWN THERE’. IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME?
Not with you… there’s something wrong with him! Clearly his skills aren’t up to scratch. Watch a bit of porn or something, see if he can get any tips. Failing that, tell him and overly praise him when it feels good. Because you can’t keep faking an orgasm… boys suss that shit out! Now back to you, just keep things clean (and I don’t mean in the bedroom!).
MY FRIENDS WHOREY-NESS IS STARTING TO PISS ME OFF. ON NIGHTS OUT, SHE USUALLY ENDS UP GROPING SOME PRICK IN THE CORNER WHILE I’M ALONE AT THE BAR FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE. I TRIED TALKING TO HER ABOUT IT, BUT SHE JUST SAID I WAS UPTIGHT AND LAUGHED IT OFF. HOW DO I TELL HER SHE’S A DIRTY LITTLE SLUT?
Ever thought about joining her? Y’know, slag it about a bit? There’s no harm in being young and horny (just use protection kids!) and you may have a better night than usual. But if that’s not your thing… shout “You’re a dirty little slut!” at the top of your voice in the middle of the bar next time she does it. Embarrass her into toning it down a bit.
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Y L I L I O R LE
L TORIA U T S E TH EY RIBUTOR O G Y T E OH M D LET CON H T E L T R WRI T WE WOU LLS TOO! E H G I OI : LILY LE R LETTIN E THOUGH ELLING SK S I PHOTOS O R A E L Y L IL D L W LL/L MARSHA AS WE BELICIOUS, OU HER MO MINIQUE O D : S D R WO Y E FOR R ROI SHOW LILY LE OTHER THINGS I DO
“My name is Lily Le Roi, I am 21 years old. I love working with different designers and photographers and making their artistic visions come to life. I love the world of Alternative Modelling, I feel like it’s more chill....less attitudes ;) I’m not about the egos. Models are stereotyped to be ditzy snobs with huge egos. I am soo far from that. I love kicking back, drinking beer and watching netflix! (bad horror movies and old super hero cartoons are my favourite “unwinding” things to watch). I’m kind of a girly tom boy. I am totally the kind of girl that climbs a tree in her high heels or moshes in the pit in a sundress.
INSPIRATIONS I find inspiration from strange things...decaying urban settings...cotton candy...flowery fields. I am also inspired by vintage fashions of all sorts. My fashion icons/inspirations have always been: My mum (she is a 80’s punk rocker and style queen) Lily Munster, Twiggy and Morticia Adams.
I act. I am in a new slasher film called Ft. Slaughterdale, We are filming in the fall. I make giant hair bows and sell them on Etsy. I do makeup...zombies are my favourite. I cut and style wigs.” How did you become involved with alternative modelling? My twin sister Paige is a designer and I started modeling for her company when I was 15. She runs www.thegraveyardgirls.com (which is featured in this here issue!) I totally fell in love with modelling and it just kind of grew from there. What has been your favourite photoshoot so far? I just did a Marie Antoinette photoshoot with a wonderful photographer named Lindee Robinson! We shot in an old house in Detroit...in an antique bathtub! Bubble Bath, Rose Petals, Awesome Victorian Wig, AND CUPCAKES! It was fabulous. We totally ate the cupcakes afterwards =) Are there any makeup/beauty products that you always have with you and can’t live without? Bumble and Bumble Tonic and Grooming Creme! They are perfection.
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What advice would you give to anyone wanting to become a model? Never let anyone tell you that you can’t! When I was a kid, my friends and I were sitting around talking about what we wanted to be when grew up. I said I wanted to be a model...Everyone laughed and told me my butt was too big! Kids are cruel...so are adults ;) Never ever let other peoples words keep you away from your dreams! Just go for it. What’s to come next for Lily Le Roi? A world takeover ;) http://www.lilyleroi.com/ http://www.facebook.com/LilyLeRoiOffical
PHOTO CREDITS OPPOSITE: Makeup by Haylee Coleman, Photography by Katelynn Rae Ralston TOP LEFT: Photography and hair by Lindee Robinson TOP RIGHT: Corset by Pink Label Fashion, Photography by Adrian Goetz BOTTOM RIGHT: Headband by Deathglam, Photography by Adrian Goetz
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APHAMY WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: AMY DESMARAIS
What was it that got you into photography? I think I’ve always been ‘into’ photography... I always had a camera in my hands when I was little. Well, littler! I don’t even make 5ft , haha! But yes... I suppose what got me into fashion photography was seeing all the weird and wonderful high fashion creations. Some of them are so bizarre, they make your imagination run away to a different place. I LOVE that. Escapism can be such a huge part of fashion photography. What got me into alternative fashion photography was Bizarre Magazine and the shiny, shiny latex! Seeing all those hot girls in shiny rubber outfits was fascinating to me! I’m like a latex magpie! I’ve just always loved creating. And with creative fashion photography, you can create ANYTHING. It’s limitless. The only limit is your imagination.
D AIS, UP AN R A M S E D MEET AMY RNATIVE FASHION LTE COMING A AND A SELF R E H P A R G PHOTO MAGPIE!’ X E T A ‘L D E CONFESS
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Is it something you’ve always wanted to do as a career? I remember wanting to be a photographer when I started taking it a little more seriously when I was about 13. Obviously before that, when you’re a kid, you want to do all kinds of things. I wanted to be a forensic scientist at one point. The photographer within forensic science, however! Haha. Taking pictures on the crime scene. A little morbid, but I do like to delve into some morbidity. I also wanted to be a nurse at one point too, but I didn’t do well in Science at school so it was clearly not going to happen. What are the main pieces of equipment you use? My main piece of equipment is obviously, my camera! I have a Nikon D60 at the moment which I feel does limit me slightly, but I am afraid money is a big obstacle. I have dreams of owning a Nikon D3X which goes for around
5k without a lens, haha, so I reckon thatâ€™ll be some time before I get my hands on such dreams. I also have some professional studio lights which I use at every opportunity, especially because light is EVERYTHING in an image. Where do you draw your inspiration from? My inspiration comes from all over the place. It comes from music, my life, my dreams, other photographers work, illustrations, artists, models who tick my boxes, it comes from everything in my life. I love the work of photographers such as Steve Neaves, Robert Alvarado, Tim Walker, Dangerously Dolly, Julian M Kilsby, Alexa Poletti (Who is one of my friends so go check her out readers ;] ) I could go on! There are so many photographers who are FANTASTIC. Do you remember what your first ever photo shoot was like? Hmmm my first photo shoot was probably when I was in college. My boyfriend at the time was helping me out with a project at college and posed for me in the studio with his guitar. It was a classic black and white studio shoot, on film! That was the first official photo shoot that I had, and I am still happy with the images today.
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Are there any photographic styles & concepts that you haven’t tried yet, but would like to explore in the future? Well, I have a whole book full, and a folder on my computer, full of my inspirations... There are SO many things that I want to try.. So many things that I want to be able to express through the beautiful creative medium of fashion photography.. You know? I want to create some truly stunning high fashion images, the kind that your grandkids, or great grandkids would learn about on their BA Photography course at University... Those kinds of images that just STICK to the world forever. It’s not really a concept, but it’s something that I am striving for. But besides that, I am going to have to keep my ideas close to my chest for now, until they are properly formulated and ready to be released into the world ;] If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Oh, hell, what a question! I’ve been thinking about this question for a few days now... and there are so many models that I want in front of my camera... But if I had to choose, just one, it would have to be Nina Kate. I have loved looking at Nina Kate ever since I first saw her, I think she’s SO beautiful! I think she’s so sexy without having to be in-your-face-on-purpose about it. She just IS. So, Nina Kate is my answer! But because I love too many of these beautiful women, I have to add it would be Nina or Sabina Kelley..... And some hot rockabilly guys and girls... Aaannnd some more people that I have in my “beautiful people” folder. There are so many beautiful creatures on the planet! And I want them ALL in front of my camera. What’s to come over the next few months for you? In the next few months I will be doing as many shoots as possible and trying to get my images out there. I will be appearing in a few online and print magazines in the next few months as well, which is really exciting! I will also be continuing with my current liquid latex series, getting more models involved and seeing it take shape! I’ll also be venturing into more projects which I have planned, which are top secret at the moment unfortunately! I am finding it hard to not tell people, haha! You will see some exciting shoots coming from PhotographAmy in the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled! (Where did that saying even come from? The thought of peeling your eyes makes me feel weird!) photographamy.com
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ME THE G N I R B , R , THE EMBE W M O E R R R O O T M O A DAY N, BURY T TOGRAPHED R O K , N O O HORIZ , SHE’S PH ! P E .Y .. S S E E DARKN LOT MOR A D N A L THEM AL WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: MARIANNE HARRIS
What initially got you interested in taking up photography? Well I started going to local shows, small ones mostly that up and coming bands were playing, and I’d take pics with a tiny digital compact camera. It got to the point where I felt lost without it and didn’t feel all that comfortable just being at a show, watching bands. So I bought a DSLR and started trying to take good photos, began sending them to bands and posting them online. It was the music that made me take it up really, rather than the art of photography. Is being creative something you’ve always enjoyed? I always enjoyed sketching things as a youngster and narrowly missed out on an A grade in my Art GCSE, so yes I’d say I’m quite creative, but that was a very long time ago! I’ve been teaching Art to primary school children for 13 odd years. Aha that’s a little known fact I guess. I don’t do anything I’d call artistic or creative outside of photography other than that though, I don’t think I’d be all that great at it now if I tried. I am rather fascinated with taking things apart to see how they work though, and trying to put it back together. Usually a massive fail, but it’s a great way of finding out how things work. 34 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
Talk us through your main pieces of camera equipment… I have fairly old equipment to be honest, hoping to get a new camera in the next month or so. I have however been saying that for 2 years at least! I’ve been using a Canon EOS 30D for the last 5 years or so. It’s fairly bashed up, keeps breaking and I have dropped it a lot of times. Don’t get me wrong, it’s much loved so it will be difficult to not use it when I buy a new one because I’m so used to it, but an upgrade is badly needed I’d say. I also have a 40D that was an endorsement gift, and various EFS lenses: 70-300mm IS, 75-300mm, a 18-55mm IS lens that I bought when another lens broke and I was desperate for something at very short notice, and a 17-85mm IS kit lens that I use for EVERYTHING! What inspires you? Music, the weather, interesting people.
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BURY TOMORROW What was it like when you first had your work published? I had my very first thing published in summer 2006, less than a year after I started. I’d heard Kerrang! were reviewing a local show, so I emailed them and asked if I could take some pics for them. Going into a shop to buy a copy of the mag to see my pics in it was a pretty amazing feeling. And being paid for it was even better! It made me quite determined to get more things into magazines etc. Despite someone telling me years ago that it takes an average of 5 years to get anything published it’s been a fairly easy task in hindsight; my work’s been in 25 physical music releases to date as well as countless magazines, websites and on merchandising. The difficult thing has been getting paid for everything I’ve had published. But that’s another story. What have been some of your favourite photoshoots to date? Shooting A Day To Remember and The Devil Wears Prada on the same day, back in 2008, was pretty exciting for me as I was a huge fan of both those bands before they exploded and got massive, and ADTR put one of those pics into an album. I also loved shooting Skindred, again I’m a big fan, and The Darkness most recently. All such lovely down to earth guys, incredibly easy to work with and the shoot went so well. I was really pleased with the results and they’ve used the pics quite extensively. Another favourite shoot was with Deaf Havana a year or so
ago. It wasn’t the first time I’d done a shoot with them as I’ve known them some time now and had done others previously, but it was one of the quickest shoots I’ve ever done (10 mins tops) and produced one of my personal favourite promos ever. How did your connections with Monster Energy Uk and Big Deal Clothing come about? I used to work with a Monster endorsed band called Lavondyss, who are sadly no more, who invited me to an awards ceremony in Brixton they were playing at (they actually won an award too) because they knew the guy who was signing up bands to Monster would be at the ceremony and they wanted me to meet him. Within a few minutes of meeting him he’d offered me a job! I was fairly stunned but completely ecstatic. Monster are the best thing that’s happened to me I genuinely believe, and I absolutely LOVE working with them. Everyone’s so passionate about it and totally kick ass. It’s a massive family for sure. Big Deal came about because of Shadows Chasing Ghosts actually. I went to Europe with them a few times last year on tour and on one of those tours Dougie, who owns Big Deal, came along too. We hit it off and he asked me to shoot some of his new range, and he hasn’t got rid of me since. I like what he stands for, he works extremely hard and already had connections with lots of bands I work with too. I REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 35
guess it’s a similar connection that Monster and I have with some of the same bands too, and we all kinda interlink together. It all works. Because of some of these connections Monster and Big Deal now work a lot together too. It’s great!
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Looking through your blog, you definitely have a great relationship with bands that you photograph. Is this something that has always been important to you? Yeah I think it’s really important to me. Some of the people I’ve met since doing photography, and yes, most of them are in a band or connected to a band in some way, I’ve now known for quite a long time. When you’ve spent 2, 3, 5 years shooting the same bands you can’t avoid getting to know them outside of what happens on their stage for half an hour at a show. You learn about them, their friends, their family, and you see them progress, their fanbase build and grow, you get to listen to their news first, hear their new songs first. It turns into something more like friendship than business. It’s actually easier to shoot people I know because there are no pretentions, nothing false, they give it all they have on stage, I know what they’re going to do and can capture it etc. It’s hard as well though because I easily get attached to people and sometimes I wish I could just be ‘business’ so that nothing affects me. That’s not human nature though I guess and it’s that connection to people that helps motivates me to take good photos for them, it’s what drives me to succeed and inspires me
BRING ME THE HORIZON to try to help them succeed too. And I don’t think I could be any different if I tried. I like being involved and knowing what’s happening. If I didn’t have that I don’t think I’d be so bothered about taking photos at all. If you could do a shoot with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? Anyone? At all? I would love to do a photoshoot with Linkin Park. Or Take That. I’ve been a massive fan of both these bands at various points in my life. They’re all good looking fellas, and…I look at some of their promo shots and just think ‘meh I could have done that. I could have done BETTER than that.’ HAHA!! What would you say has been the best bit of advice that someone has given to you? Hardly anyone’s ever given me any advice, and useful advice has been even more lacking, but Cindy Frey, back in New Year 2007, gave me the best bit of advice ever. She said I was taking good photos and that I should start valuing my work. And stop working for nothing. It was an effective kick up the ass. What would be the worst/not so helpful bit of advice given to you? Ooh I’m not sure I’ve had any terrible advice. If I had any I didn’t listen. Haha. I wish someone could have told me how hard it would be though. But then I probably wouldn’t have listened to that either… There are loads of people out there that are trying their hand at music and portrait photography. Do you have any advice for those wanting to get into the industry? This is difficult, because there’s so much advice to give, but mostly advice is given based on personal experiences or knowledge. I’d say to put 110% into everything you do, only put out your very best work, keep at it, and to keep your expectations realistic. What career path do you think you would’ve taken if you didn’t go down the photographer route? I wanted to be a midwife for years! I guess I could still do that..?
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HOW DID YOUR MODELLING CAREER BEGIN? I did some modelling when I was little for a children’s clothing company, and again helping out for a friends band album cover later in my teens. But I properly started modelling when I was at university by helping my friends who studied photography. I never planned on starting to model, it just kind of happened as after helping out I started to get quite a few images together & local photographers would ask me to shoot with them. Now I have been published in international magazines and a book and on many websites modelling latex/clothing. I would never of thought it would turn into that which I feel so happy and lucky about. DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BECOME A MODEL WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP? I would never of said it was an ambition of mine, I’d always admire top models and the fashion world so I was always aware of modelling but never ever thought I’d end up doing it as a profession. YOU’RE WELL KNOWN FOR MODELLING LATEX AND HAVING A MAJOR PASSION FOR IT. HOW DID YOUR LOVE OF LATEX COME ABOUT? Well I always think it came about before I was even born! Whilst my mother was pregnant with me, she had cravings for sniffing rubber. That must have something to do with it surely? Seriously though I was always aware of the fetish scene just by browsing the internet for clothes & inspirational people to pin up on my wall or use for school projects. In my late teens I knew of the top fetish models & popular latex designers and companies. It wasn’t until I was old enough I could experience this and even better model the amazing stuff ! 38 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
LATEX HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TOP FETISH CLOTHING STYLES WITHIN THE ALTERNATIVE SCENE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, AND WE CAN DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND WHY! MISS MALICE, AKA ALICE BERRYMAN, IS ONE OF THE UK’S AWESOME ALTERNATIVE MODELS THAT LOVES HER FAIR SHARE OF LATEX MODELLING. REBELICIOUS SPOKE TO HER TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER MODELLING CAREER, HER VERY OWN CODESIGNED LATEX COLLECTION, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN-BETWEEN... WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ALICE BERRYMAN/AMY DESMARAIS/JOSEPH O’ BRIEN
YOU’VE ALSO CO-DESIGNED YOUR OWN LATEX COLLECTION WITH VIOLACEOUS LATEX. TELL US ABOUT THIS VENTURE…I have indeed and I am so very proud of that. I studied Fashion in college & then in Uni but quit after the 1st year as the course just wasn’t right for me and seemed to be just the wrong time in life to be there. I intended on getting the knowledge of fashion, pattern cutting etc to hopefully create my own latex someday. So I am so appreciative of Annabelle of Violaceous Latex giving me the opportunity to express my creativity and providing her incredible skills in the making of the designs. We worked so well together and the collection turned out exactly how we imagined and it’s great to see my favourite models wearing the designs! Check it out at www.violaceouslatex.co.uk OTHER THAN LATEX, WHAT OTHER TYPES OF CLOTHING DO YOU LOVE? I am a funny one really, I go through phases all depending on my mood. I love the comfy style of denim hotpants, a cute top and a pair of vans and other times I completely vamp it up in black velvet and killer heels. I’m definitely one for dressing up to go on a night out! When I was younger I used to look very gothic and then went through a stage of skateboarding and now I’m a mix, depending on my mood but more toned down & mature! WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE MODELLING SHOOTS? I really enjoy the liquid latex shoots with PhotographAmy! The cold running liquid feels so nice against my skin and even though it hurts to pull off at the end, it’s really fun! I feel ultra sexy whilst dripping with hot pink goo, its not something you get to do every day. I actually really like shoots that are different to the usual latex as its something new and I feel inspired.
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ANY STRANGE/WEIRD SHOOTS? I’d say the strangest feeling on a shoot was the Elizabeth Bathory themed photoshoot. Myself and the photographer went to an abandoned motel and filled a bath up with fake blood in one of the run down rooms. The motel had a very eerie feeling to it, so it helped us get a great feeling to the photos. IT SEEMS THAT A LOT OF WOMEN ARE TRYING THEIR HAND AT ‘ALTERNATIVE MODELLING’ AT THE MOMENT. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WANTING TO GO DOWN THIS CAREER PATH? Get yourself as many varied photoshoots as possible to start up a decent portfolio, maybe even pay a professional for a good quality set of images. You have to expect to work for free for a long time unless you’re lucky! Keep your confidence shining and only go further with it for a career if you are happy within yourself and confident in what you do, it’s a bitchy industry and it’s not for everyone. It’s sometimes good to have a photoshoot to make you feel good about yourself, others may find it’s their passion and push for a career in it. Either way, do what makes you happy. YOU MUST BE INCREDIBLY CONFIDENT DOING WHAT YOU DO? DO YOU HAVE ANY BODY INSECURITIES? I have gained so much confidence through modelling; I appreciate that a lot as when I was younger I wasn’t confident a lot of the time and was badly bullied in secondary school. I got bullied about the way I looked 40 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
and dressed, I ended up having plastic surgery on my ears as they stuck out and my bullies made me very conscious of that. It was for me and not for them though as I was not happy with myself, after the operation I was like a new person! I have my insecurities now, quite a few actually as at the end of the day I am human and everyone has insecurities. I’ve come across people assuming that models are immune to feeling rubbish about themselves, but the truth is quite the opposite. Everyone has their issues, I can’t leave the house without make-up on! SURELY YOU CAN’T BE SUPER HOT AND SEXY ALL THE TIME. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON YOUR DAYS OFF? Well funnily enough whenever I get a chance to model I use my days off from my care work job for modelling! But when I’m just chilling out I’m usually on the internet networking for modelling, seeing my friends, shopping (online and real life) going out and partying and just sometimes nothing as I’m so tired from work! AS WELL AS MODELLING, YOU ALSO PERFORM AT DR SKETCHY’S IN FALMOUTH. HOW DID YOU BECOME A PART OF THAT AND WHAT IS IT LIKE? I had an email from the lady who runs it asking me to perform/pose at one of the events. I hadn’t done anything like it before and was really nervous but went for it and really enjoyed the night. I loved that the ideas/theme of the performance was totally up to me, so I went a bit crazy and got a life sized cardboard coffin to enter the room in dressed as a vampire posing to Rob Zombie & Lady Gaga. I was truly in my element and the drawings were awesome, definitely a one of a kind event.
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ARE THERE ANY MODELS/DESIGNERS ETC THAT YOU HAVEN’T HAD THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH YET THAT YOU WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN THE FUTURE? Loads and loads. I live all the way down in Cornwall where there is a lack of photographers and the ease of getting to big cities easily for last min castings and shoots. So I have made the most of what Cornwall offers but hope to travel more in the future so I can work with more people and get myself out there. My dream would be to have a shoot with Mosh or Alex SimWise, now that would be sexy. IF YOU WEREN’T A MODEL, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING? Definitely something else creative, I don’t model full time as a lot of people assume I do. I’m actually a care worker for people with learning disabilities, which I love, so I’d still be doing that but something else on the side to keep me sane! I soon hope to set up a Youtube account for make-up tutorials as my fans have been asking for ages now! FAVOURITE BANDS? The Devil Wears Prada, Cradle Of Filth, Deadlock, The Pretty Reckless, A Day To Remember, Tinie Tempah, Nicki Minaj, Parkway Drive, I Killed The Prom Queen, Hadouken!... As you can see a very varied taste in music, depends on my mood! DRINK OF CHOICE? I love champagne. Not so much the taste, more what effect it has on me! But on a night out it’s always Rattler cider and then onto the vodka and energy drink, nothing better than being completely wasted and hyper at the same time. WHAT’S NEXT FOR MISS MALICE? Honestly I don’t really know! Just one month ago I was supposed to move to London to further my modelling career, but for personal issues it did not happen. So I have promised myself to go on adventures all over, starting with London, LA, France! Also as I said earlier I will be doing makeup tutorials and hopefully working on the many tattoo’s I’ve been longing to get for so long! Search ‘Miss Malice’ on Facebook missmalicemodel.weebly.com
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MAKEUP ARTISTRY, HAIR STYLING AND FASHION DESIGN ARE ALL PART OF JESSICA ROWELL’S WORK. DELVING INTO HER MODELLING ESCAPADES FOR A SPECIAL REBELICIOUS INSPIRED SHOOT, SHE TELLS US ABOUT HER COMPANY J-CHANS DESIGNS...
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WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: DREW FRITSCHEL
Tell us the beginnings of J-Chan’s Designs and what inspired you to start it up...I started out when I was just a teenager, about age 14 (having previously participated in sewing club when I was an elementary student, I had some prior experience)…at the time I was studying Japanese as a second language and I became obsessively interested in the sub-cultural performance art known as “cosplaying”, essentially dressing up in costume as your favourite anime, video-game, comic book, sci-fi, or fantasy character. Among forming a Japanese Anime & Cosplay club at my high school, I also started attending local themed conventions regularly, and by age 15-16 the con-circuit had devoured me. At that point a majority of my time, money, and energy were invested in my cosplay hobby; I had even skipped out on school for a couple weeks. But as I started expanding my fan base and travelling out of state to attend these events, both competing in Masquerades and Costume Competitions, and later appearing as a special guest and craftsmanship judge, I received recognition and various awards for my talent in costume design. My sense of style and approach was well received by the attendees at various cosplay events that I participated in, so I started taking private commissions and custom orders. My business sort of fell into my
hands and slowly evolved into what it is today. At 17 I got my “official” start in the industry, having previously developed a portfolio from my years in cosplay, I joined a modelling network website and by 18 I was working exclusively with akin industry professionals. To this day I’m still heavily inspired by cosplay, it’s more than apparent via the collection of character-based photo shoots I’ve executed since my start! What influences the work you create? One of the most prominent influential elements in my work derives from my passion for Japanese culture. Although my personal style of artistry has evolved over the years and slowly deviated away from my roots in “cosplay” I’m still frequently told that my designs exhibit traces of Japanese influence, both in a traditional sense as well as in a modern sense. Whenever those traces are recognized I find it gratifying especially since my past experiences with their culture have impacted me in such a strong way. I’m also highly inspired by my environment, nature, and my surroundings. I think the energy, appearance, and feeling of an artist’s space is crucial as it can alter their process of creating, so I often take that into consideration. I don’t follow fashion or trends; some of the artists who inspire me are Aya Kato, Yoshitaka Amano, and director Yimou Zhang. Designers who I admire are Eiko Ishioka, Coleen Atwood, and the late Alexander McQueen.
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J-Chan’s Designs incorporates makeup artistry, hair styling and fashion design…being creative is something you must’ve always enjoyed? It’s difficult to say whether or not I’ve always enjoyed my creativity. For the greater part of my teenage youth I was an outcast and banished for my unique aesthetic and taste in makeup, hair, and fashion. I found freedom and voice in self-expression, and I never let the outside negativity crack my shell. Neon dreadlocks are perfectly normal in my world! Before my discovery, I always felt limited. I knew from an early age that I had more to offer, so the drawing, painting, animation, life-drawing, sculpture, pottery, and other miscellaneous activities I participated in never fulfilled my curiosity or craving. It wasn’t until I started designing in the fashion industry that I began enjoying my creativity, and even now there’s bumps in the road! However, as long as I’m unsatisfied, I will always have something to offer! What have been some of your favorite shoots/ concepts to date? From a personal stance, my favorite photo shoot is my Picasso tribute, which I based off of one of his last paintings produced during the blue period called, “La Celestina.” I had the opportunity to visit the Picasso exhibit while in Seattle and upon
viewing “La Celestina” I felt comforted and haunted all at once…I knew I had to interpret it. My favourite concept is the Geisha; this is one of my ongoing themes that I never tire of! Are there any concepts that you would love to explore in the future? I have yet to create a massive, large-scale sci-fi or fantasy mascot type of costume. At some point I would love to dedicate a sufficient amount of time and research into recreating a historically accurate Queen Elizabeth gown. You’ve been published in a huge number of magazines and have received a number of awards and honors. Did you ever imagine that your designs would become as successful as they have? Honestly no, I did not! Any accomplishments I’ve achieved seemed to of all occurred in haste. I’m confident and proud of my work, but I wasn’t expecting the success I’ve gained. A majority of my work as an artist seems routine and sometimes stagnate, so I find that it takes a while for me to fully process and absorb the rewards I’ve reaped. Other than running J-Chan’s Designs, what else do you like to get up to? Presently, I’ve been enjoying the spontaneity of my modelling escapades thus far! Several of my industry friends and colleagues have either suggested or requested to photograph me in the past, so after years of denial I finally succumbed in my decision of, why the hell not?!?! I feel incredibly fortunate for the attention I’ve received from the magazines as well as the overwhelming heap of support I’ve received from my fan base. Outside of my art, I love camping, travel, museums and exhibitions! Is there anyone you haven’t had the chance to work with yet that you would love to collaborate with? Within the modelling industry, no…not really…this past New Year’s my goal was to work with the brilliant visionary that is Austin Young (http://www.austinyoung.com/), and in February I realized my goal. I’m usually always on the look-out for extraordinary, unique talent but I’ve noticed that as I’ve grown as an artist there aren’t as many people on my wish list, not as many artists who I aspire to collaborate with. In my lifetime I’m hoping for the opportunity to one day create with Tim Burton, and someone who I would absolutely LOVE to design for is Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord. What do the next few months have in store for you? Hopefully travelling! Keep tabs on Jessica’s artistry and progress via her websites! http://www.facebook.com/jchansdesigns http://jchansdesigns.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/JChansDesigns
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ANDREW “MR. CRYZTALZ” ELWARD: TATTOO ARTIST Tattooing has been around for thousands of years, from Egyptians to tribal groups in Asia. Nowadays tattoos are recognised as an artistic expression, both by the people who make them and by those who have the dedication to wear them. But despite the growing popularity over the years, the industry is still part of a subculture. Some still don’t understand the skill, devotion and passion it takes. Those who do understand though, know there are many extremely talented tattooists, whose designs of various styles and content are truly works of art. One of which is the tattooist nicknamed Mr. Cryztalz, who certainly stands out from your traditional skulls, swallows and roses! Mr. Cryztalz fell in love with tattoos at a young age, getting his first one at the tender age of 15. For the next 10 years he followed the tattoo industry and continued to add more ink onto the canvas of his body, until he decided to have a go for himself. He then began tattooing pieces on his legs using a hand poking method and it all grew from there! Mr. Cryztalz is now a full-time tattoo artist currently based in Birmingham and working at the tattoo and piercing studio Modern Body Art. What is the best and worst thing about being a tattoo artist? The best thing about being a tattooist is the infinite creative expression and freedom of yourself that it allows and requires. I can’t honestly think of a worst…people not liking what you draw for them maybe?! Your style is very distinctive and different to the styles of “traditional Americana” or “New Skool” tattoos, and more so towards the style of Polynesian tattoos. How or why did you develop your preference to black and gray tones and shading with dots? My tattooing style first came about by being drawn to the black Polynesian styles as a teenager and then later after being blown away seeing the tattoo artist Xed Le Head doing dot work geometry! Also, I find it easier and enjoy myself the most drawing and designing in these styles over any others. What are your main inspirations? Geometry, patterns from any source, symbolism, Polynesian, Eastern tribal styles, possibilities of computer programs to create and manipulate patterns and hallucinogens are all main sources of my inspiration! 50 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
Any funny, shocking or bad experiences that have happened while working? Many funny, shocking and crazy moments have happened during the time I’ve been tattooing. But the most shocking has to be when I had just started tattooing a guy and he told me that his first sexual experience was with a dog! What was the most bizarre piece(s) you were asked to do? The most bizarre tattoo I think so far was done at a festival and was of a pair of lips with a speech bubble saying, “she really fucking loves that cape”. Brilliant! I love the bizarre ones. What was the longest design you worked on? And how long did it take? Well, the nature of the work I do means things take a little longer than usual. Most things I start seem to naturally evolve into larger works in progress, but I’m currently working on a geometric sleeve, which has so far taken 30ish hours and is still not finished! Do you ever get moments of “artist block”? And if so, how do you overcome it? I do indeed get periods of artists
block when nothing comes easy and you go through thoughts of “shit man I should just quit it’s all going horribly wrong, I’ve lost the ability to create!” But it’s never really that bad and passes into a new creative space so I guess they are a much-needed part of it. Do you have any particularly quirky or weird habits you do when designing tattoos or creating artwork in general? Quirky or weird habits when designing? I don’t think so, I know I faff around a bit and I like to take as much time getting things together as possible. I can’t simply churn things out; I need to allow the idea to go through some kind of sub conscious evolution in my mind before I put it down on paper. Who are your favourite artists? My favourite artists are without doubt, Xed Le Head, Tomas Tomas, Pilip Leu, Jun Mat Sui and many, many others.
Further information of the studio can be found at http:// modernbodyart.co.uk as well as more examples of Mr. Cryztalz’ tattoo work. You can visit his own website at http://www.cryztalz-tattoo.com or contact him directly at email@example.com or follow him on Facebook by searching Mr_Cryztalz.
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ETSY HIDDEN GEM #1 WORDS: NAOMI LUGO PHOTOS: POCO & CHASE
How did you get started? Chase: We started by altering our own clothes just for fun and because unique and affordable edgy fashion was impossible to find. I was really into destroying things with bleach and scissors while Poco was using the sewing machine to make actual clothes. Then we discovered the world of studs and spikes and became completely obsessed! I remember the first thing I did was a V-neck T-shirt with studs on the shoulders and Poco did an awesome pair of brown leather boots with black cone studs. Poco: We started by making things for ourselves, and we used to wish we saw more of our aesthetic walking down the street. That is, more people brave enough to strut strong, fashion forward clothes as part of their everyday wear. Then we realized we could potentially make that happen! How did you come up with the name of your Etsy shop? Poco: Oh, that’s a secret. We’d prefer for people to speculate. Feel free to message us on Etsy with any guesses… Why spikes and studs? Chase: It just kind of happened organically. We’re both into a really hard/modern/avant-garde aesthetic and were naturally drawn to studs and spikes. Although, we 52 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
don’t like to limit ourselves to just hardware. We currently have designs with glass shards and feathers in the works - so stay tuned! Poco: I think studs and spikes take every fashion item to the next level. A woman can wear nude pumps with a five-inch heel and tell the world she has style. When those pumps have one-inch spikes in them she’s saying a lot more. Do you have a style icon who influences your work? Poco: Personally, I’ve always liked Angelina Jolie’s neutral, understated looks. I also like Gwen Stefani’s contemporary, unconventional style. The oversized, asymmetrical black shirt is my best friend.
Chase: There are a tons of icons who influence me. Firstly, I have to point out the obvious - Lady Gaga. I mean, who isn’t influenced by her nowadays? She fuses a futuristic look with vintage and tops it off with a punk edge, which is something I’ve been trying to do since before I knew who she was. Of course, I have to mention Alexander McQueen and Christian Louboutin, both of whom are such incredible icons and influence everything I do. I also love Jared Leto and Johnny Depp, they inspire my personal style every day. Who would you like to see in your work? Chase: The whole world! I would love any girl that is tough, intelligent, and stylish to be rocking our stuff. As far as celebrities go, it would be amazing to see Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, or the Olson twins in Vile Broccoli Fur, I think they have similar style to what we do. Or how about an early 2000s, “Girl Interrupted” era, vamped up, Angelina Jolie? That would be amazing! What are your aspirations for your shop? Poco: Of course, we would like to expand the shop and continue to create increasingly innovative designs. We love to create, and fashion is part of our everyday life. We want to develop our brand to the point where it’s fully paying the bills, but until then we’ll stick to finishing our college degrees - a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice for me and Bachelors degrees in Graphic Design and Film for Chase. Currently, my greatest aspiration is to show graduate students that fashion doesn’t have to die because you’re writing a research paper and trying to meet a deadline. http://www.etsy.com/shop/VileBroccoliFur
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ETSY HIDDEN GEM #2 WORDS: NAOMI LUGO PHOTOS: REEDPUNK
How did you get started with your art? All right, I got started in art quite a while ago. My father was a animator for Walt Disney. He worked on Jungle Book and a few other cartoons and then worked for Hana Barberra, Ruby Spears, Filmation and just too many other studios to mention. He worked on the Archies, Josie and The Pussy Cats, The Groovy Ghoolies, Scooby Doo, The Smurfs and a zillion other cartoons. I think the last stuff he was working on before he retired was Cow and Chicken. As you can imagine as a child I sat next to my dad and did what he was doing, which was drawing. He says he was quite worried about me because all I really drew were pictures of monsters, zombies, skulls and just really graphic bloody stuff, Haaaa! He once told me it was too bad that all I drew was that kind of stuff because I could never make a living from it. He recently told me he was proud to say that I showed him he was wrong! After high school I moved to Hollywood to go to FIDM (The fashion institute to study clothing design) and to be in a punk band and found myself drawing all kinds of artwork for posters, 54 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
T-shirts and flyers for all of the bands on the Sunset strip where I lived. I had some friends that were tattooing and getting tattooed at the time and I just kind of got pushed in that direction. My guitar player was getting tattooed by a guy named Mark Mahoney from the now world famous Shamrock Tattoo in Hollywood. Mark would come over to the house and tattoo all night long on all of us crazy wannabe rock star musicians. Riley Baxter from Sunset Strip tattoo would come over also and I would just kinda hang out and ask a few questions here and there. I knew that I was witnessing pure magic at the time and this was just something I had to do. It was a really crazy time, I could literally see the Whiskey a go-go from the place I lived in and really just partied nonstop for about 6 years before deciding to move to S.F. to get a little more serious about life. Once I moved to S.F. I made friends with a few tattoo artists and the rest was kind of history. It says on your Etsy profile that you are a tattoo artist, are your tattoos similar to the designs in your shop? Actually my tattoo art is kinda like the stuff I sell in my etsy store. I prefer to do traditional style tattoos but really I have been tattooing for about 20 years so I can really draw and tattoo pretty much anything. Themes I like to stick with most though are in the traditional theme. I really like doing Vintage style rockabilly or psycho Billy
stuff the most. If there are monsters, hotrods and pinups then it’s probably right up my alley, art wise... You’ve got to have tattoos yourself? If so what of? Yes I have a ton of tattoos. I have literally been tattooed for hundreds of hours and I have no desire to stop. I love everything about tattooing. When I got into tattooing I never thought it would get commercial. But then again I never thought punk rock would get commercialized. Boy was I wrong! HAA! I will never stop getting tattooed, it’s literally one of my favourite things to do. Most of my tattoos are traditional style. Also, on your Etsy profile, it said that you have done album art for bands. Sounds like an awesome experience, what was your favorite band to design for? Yes I have done lots of work for bands and love it. I have been in a bunch of bands and toured the States and Europe and released records so I really know where the musician type is coming from and what they are trying to get out of their artwork. I have tattooed some of the guys in Green Day, Davy Havok of A.F.I., The bass player for Tiger Army, the guys in Duane Peters and the Hunns... really the list just goes on and on and on. I tend to develop friendships with the people I tattoo so artwork for the bands just seems to naturally happen. I did a limited edition glow in the dark 45 for A.F.I called “a fly in the ointment” that was one of my favourites. I did the album cover for Electric Frankenstien called “Annie’s Grave”, which was also awesome as I think they are one of my all time favourite bands, so working for them was pretty gnarly. I did tour shirts for One Man Army, posters for the Reverend Horton Heat and again the list just goes on and on and on. I couldn’t really pick a favourite that would just be way, way too hard! Where do you get your inspiration from? My inspiration comes from the dark alley ways and streets of the inner city. It comes from the gritty clubs and bars that I go to to see my fave punk and psycho billy bands. It comes from the people in the crowd and the clothing and shoes and make up they are wearing. Really most of my inspiration comes from people watching...I like people with weird qualities and bad habits. The more whacked out and rebellious someone seems to be, the more inspired I am and the more I want to be like them! Who is the one person (or group) that you would want to see sporting your stuff? Man I don’t think I could pick one.. Uuuuuumm maybe Mike Ness of Social Distortion because his band rocks and then every other rockabilly kid in the world would want to buy my shirts and then I would get rich beyond my wildest dreams!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/Reedpunk REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 55
them, no one wanted to buy 2 metre high brightly coloured plastic sculptures, I realised that I needed to make something people would buy which would allow me to keep being creative. I decided on jewellery because when I was small my mum had this collection of crazy 80s jewellery which I just loved so I decided to make really big crazy jewellery which you can’t find on the high street. I really love the necklaces with the airplanes, what made you choose planes as a subject matter? I just like the shapes! I am not a huge fan of planes and before making the necklaces I had no idea what different planes were called. I had the idea of making a necklace with three planes descending in size order, like the flying ducks people used to have on their walls, but with fighter jets. So I borrowed a book on planes and looked at pictures on the Internet until I found the ones I wanted. I did make the three fighter jet necklace but it was quite expensive and pretty enormous so the designs ended up being just different planes I liked the design of.
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What inspired you to start your own shop? I don’t have a shop really, I suppose I have an online shop, but the business is more about the jewellery design. I started making jewellery after I finished university and travelling and wanted an outlet for all my pent up creativity. I made enormous woven sculptures from recycled plastic on my course but my problem was that though I loved making
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I read on your website about Swanks’s ethos, can you explain that a bit? All the jewellery produced by Swank is handmade in the UK, all the components are sourced with the UK and the laser cutting is done by a small UK based laser cutting business. The packaging is all recycled and again all produced in the UK by a small business. This is all important to me because there is so little which is actually fabricated in the UK nowadays especially within fashion. There are so many talented people in the UK who cant get jobs because all our fashion is made elsewhere because its cheaper. I love to support small businesses in the UK because I know
that the money is staying within our country boosting our economy and small businesses really appreciate all their customers and will look after them well in my experience. I am a big supporter of recycling which is why all the packaging is recycled. Why do you think homemade jewelry is so rad? I love to support independent designers, you can buy jewellery cheaper on the high street, but as mentioned before it is manufactured abroad and therefore does not support makers in the UK. If you buy something handmade in the UK, you are supporting someone who is passionate about what they are doing and will appreciate every purchase and will make it with love. I believe that most of the time you will get a better product and you will most definitely get something more individual which you are unlikely to see anyone else wearing. Favorite bands? My brother is in an amazing ska rave band called China Shop Bull, gotta give them some props! Their live act is amazing and I am so proud of him. But apart from that I have a really diverse taste in music. I always say my all time favourite band is Rancid because I have loved them for so long and I never get bored of listening to their albums. I really like odd electronic music from around the world and am very into Baile Funk from Brazil. I love Rock n Roll and Motown as well as punk, ska, indie, ragga, jungle, soul, swing anything really as long as itâ€™s not house or trance! What was the first item you ever put for sale? Was it a success? I used to sell my old toys at the car boot sale does that count! I think some of the first things I sold as Swank were made of lego and Iâ€™m still selling the lego range so it was obviously popular! http://www.etsy.com/shop/Swank
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What is your favorite item that you have up for sale right now? Today it’s probably my glitter winged heart fascinator. But it changes daily! How do you get people to look at and buy your stuff? I use the Etsy renewal system to my advantage as much as possible. Otherwise, it’s mostly a couple of facebook ads and my facebook fan page . I also hope my photos go a long way to getting people to look! I try to keep them fun and interesting. How do you come up with your designs? There’s a lot of ways really. Sometimes watching an old movie and being influenced by the hats and fashions. Most often though, it’s while I’m working and thinking. Some gem of an idea might have sparked at some point, but as I’m working I’ll mull over ideas working out how to make them. It’s quite dull really!
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You’ve got some great pictures for your shop! Who do you get to model for you? Thanks! I have a mixture of friends and models. Some I do myself, but the ones of the models are taken by rather more professional photographers than myself! The models tend to contact me via Facebook or Etsy with various requests to borrow items. It’s a lot of fun seeing what they come up with as I normally leave them to their own devices and artist direction. I’ve noticed that some of your items have been seen in Curve magazine and on the Today Show. What a great opportunity! How did that happen? I was contacted directly by Curve magazine. That was very exciting as it was my first feature in a magazine. The Today Show was even more exciting though! I was contacted by a member of Etsy admin that does some work with Bobby Thomas. She was going to be dressing up as a Lichtenstein comic girl and wanted to wear my POW! rhinestone fascinator as part of the costume! As I’m in the UK, it was a bit tough getting to see it, but I got there in the end. 58 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
Do you have any advice for folks looking to start their own shop? Don’t think it’s going to happen immediately! It won’t unless you’re in that 0.01% that has a huge lucky break. You have to find that element that is going to give you that little extra something that people aren’t getting elsewhere. Mine came from mixing old style and burlesque glamour with geek culture! http://www.facebook.com/JanineBasilHats
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SINCE WE FEATURED CONSULT THE ORACLE IN ‘VOLUME’ IN THE LAST ISSUE, THE BOYS HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN HARD AT WORK PLAYING GIGS AND PROMOTING THEMSELVES LIKE CRAZY. VOCALIST RORY BRYANS TELLS US MORE ABOUT WHO THE HELL THEY ARE, THEIR LATEST EP ‘BIG AS BEARS’, AND HAVING A BAND CRUSH ON EVERY TIME I DIE... WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: JOSEPH HENSON
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It seems like everyone wants to be in a band these days. Tell us about how CTO began…
Have you ever been compared to more established bands that you may or may not like?
It began at the end of 2009 when I (Rory) first really met Jim (bass), Nick (drums) and Simon (guitar) through mutual friends. I’d been wanting to start a band for a while and knew these guys had a musical background so suggested the idea to them. We needed a second guitarist and had heard good things about my friends little brother so got in contact with him and he was on it. Ed made the last addition to the band.
Ermm not too sure really, the only ones we can remember are Comeback Kid, a lighter version of Gallows. Someone once said we sounded like Madina Lake? I don’t hear it personally.
Nick had played guitar before but had only just started playing drums a month or so before the first practice. We set off for our first band practice and wrote pretty much a whole song in one session, later to be called ‘Hot Wings’. All so stoked at this we kept at it and a couple of months later we hit the studio with producer Oliver Som and had our first 3 track EP recorded. Next was gigging and merch etc, which all happened so fast. Now we have our third EP recorded and printed physically, and our second t shirt available which are both available at our big cartel store online. We are about to start writing again and are trying to get as many gigs as possible. Next stop an album and hopefully some sort of tour. For those that may not have heard you before, describe the bands’ sound in three words… Catchy, assessable, rawking
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If you had to give one reason why people should listen to CTO, what would it be? That we are genuine guys, writing genuine songs. We aren’t posers, we aren’t trying to be something we’re not. You guys currently have three EPs under your belts, with your newest, Big As Bears, having been released back in June. What was the recording process of Big As Bears like? As always it was pretty swift. We went in with 3 new songs and an old one that we wanted to change a bit. We pretty much did preproduction ourselves, but our producer Oliver Som went over the tracks with us quickly before we jumped in. We like to get the job done so spent very long days in the studio where and when we could and we got it finished in about 7 full days I think... something like that. We love recording, there’s literally nothing better to do. Sit with 5 friends for a week, play music, play football and eat.
This is our biggest and best EP yet and we are all so proud to finally let people hear it. We are very fortunate to have the friends and the support we do. Outside of the band, what does everyone do with themselves? We all have to work unfortunately. The band isn’t making much money if any at all so we have to fund what we do by working. RORY: Just finished his degree in animation and works at an animation company in Soho. ED: Works at Rush hair stylists in London. JIM: Works at Snow and Skate City in Bromley NICK: About to start his last year at uni studying animation and works with Rory. SIMON: Studies Chemistry and all that at uni in Reading and works at Walkabout. Favourite album to listen to at the moment? NICK: Them Crooked Vultures - self titled JIM: This is Hell - Misfortunes RORY: Tyler, the Creator – Goblin SIMON: Blackhole - Dead Hearts ED: Animals As Leaders - Animals As Leaders Favourite gig you’ve played? Probably our EP release show. We played it in our home
town and shit tons of people turned up and sang along etc. Absolute madness, huge bro-down. Strangest gig you’ve played? Probably our first show, it was in a comedy pub near Piccadilly Circus in London. I don’t think you could have picked a stranger mix of bands. Then Ed got kicked out because he was underage, even though he’d just played the show. So we all left, along with pretty much everyone there so the band who were headlining played to no one. Felt so bad but we couldn’t just leave Ed outside. Who are some of the bands you are influenced by? Every Time I Die, Gallows, Parkway Drive, Alexisonfire, A Day to Remember. If you could pick three bands to play on a bill with, who would they be and why? Every Time I Die, Alexisonfire and Underoath. Who would be your number one dream band to tour with? Every Time I Die (serious band crush on those guys). What’s in store for CTO over the next few months? Writing! Working on loads of new material. We are looking at some pretty big changes over the next few months and should have something new for people by Christmas.
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RANDOM QUESTIONS Drink of choice? Nick: guinness/fanta beach Jim: White Russian all day Rory: Disaronno/Rio Florida Simon: (Glass bottle) Coca Cola Ed: Kool Aid How do you think the world will end - zombie apocalypse, aliens, a giant meteor or something else? Have you seen Jaws? Yeah that. Just more sharks. Everywhere. Favourite superhero? Nick: Silver Surfer Jim: Batman Rory: Wolverine Simon: The Incredible Hulk Ed: Burnt Face Man Favourite movie? Nick: The Bourne Trilogy Jim: Pulp Fiction Rory: Anchorman Simon: Toy Story Ed: At the moment? Land of the Lost http://www.facebook.com/ConsultTheOracle
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SILHOUETTE OF A GHOST
HARDCORE/PROGRESSIVE METALLERS SILHOUETTE OF A GHOST ARE CURRENTLY BUZZING ON THE UNSIGNED SCENE, & RIGHTFULLY SO! HAVING ALREADY SHARED STAGES WITH ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, WHILE SHE SLEEPS & MONUMENTS TO NAME A FEW, THESE GUYS WON’T BE TURNING INTO SILHOUETTES ANYTIME SOON... WORDS: DOMINIQUE MARSHALL PHOTOS: JACK SHEEN
HOW DID SILHOUETTE OF A GHOST BEGIN? Says guitarist/vocalist Jake Tellinghusen: Silhouette of a Ghost begun after I moved to the UK from the states. The first goal for me was to get a group of musicians together with similar interests…that was 3 years ago, seems like forever! WHICH BANDS WOULD YOU CONSIDER TO BE MOST INFLUENTIAL ON YOUR SOUND? The most influential bands on our sound would have to be bands like Parkway Drive and As I Lay Dying in the 2005 days. However these days we draw influences from a wide range of styles outside of metal and fuse them all together. My personal favourites are Tool and Misery Signals.
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YOU GUYS ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING YOUR DEBUT EP OUT. HOW IS THAT ALL COMING ALONG? The EP has been the biggest pain in the ass! Being the poorest band on the planet hasn’t helped, and maturing our sound has changed the schedule a few times, however we are back on track doing pre-production in my lil home studio, and when all the tracks and money is ready we will be recording everything properly and releasing as soon as we possibly can! WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST AND WORST THINGS ARE ABOUT BEING IN A BAND? The best thing about being in a band is having a group of people that you know are going through the same shit on a day in day out basis. We are all
in the same boat, broke trying to get our music out there, there’s nothing you can hide from each other and the realism of friendship or more of brotherhood you can’t find anywhere else. The down side is spending too much time together and wanting to strangle each other sometimes!
WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM BAND TO TOUR WITH?
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE GIGS THAT YOU’VE BEEN TO?
WHAT ARE SOAG CURRENTLY UP TO AND WHAT’S TO COME OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS?
I think our favourite gigs so far were in June 2010 with Monuments (one of my favourite bands of all time) and While She Sleeps. WSS were relatively small at that point, I hadn’t heard of them and they blew everyone away that night, look at where they are now a year later!
We have a lot planned for the next couple of months lots of gigs to be confirmed, finishing the EP off and hopefully a music video and some more merch, we got our first set of shirts in a few weeks back and we have nearly already sold out! This is an exciting time for us and very long waited. We cant wait to get this new material out and get on the road!
Dream band to tour with, probably Parkway Drive. They seem to have the best tours and a lot of fun/chaos in the process. I’d love to go surfing with those dudes as well!
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FORMED IN 2009, GIANTS HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES WITHIN THE MELODIC PUNK/HARDCORE SCENE WITH THEIR HARD HITTING, RAW, GRITTY SOUND. THE LOVELY LADS TELL US ABOUT THE ONE ALBUM THAT INFLUENCED THEM TO BECOME THE MUSICIANS THEY ARE NOW...
Pete Rickards (Bass) RANCID INDESTRUCTIBLE I bought it when I was about 12, 13 and instantly loved that style of punk. It was kind of the obvious next step from The Offspring and Green Day for me. It was when my music taste started to change. I love that style of bass playing and learnt most of the songs on my first crappy bass.
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Mikey Bradwell (Guitar) GLASSJAW EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SILENCE One of the first albums I ever bought, along with the Slipknot self titled and Incubus Make Yourself in 2000. I have the clearest memory of sitting at the top of a double decker bus in Devon whilst on holiday with my family listening to it on my cd player and coming to the realisation that I’m a greebo. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason I bought a guitar. Haha!
Edward Parker (Vocals) INCUBUS MORNING VIEW I remember when I first bought this album, getting home and sticking it in my 3 disk set CD player and leaving it in there for SO long. They have been my favourite band for like 10 years now and that album was the reason why. The musicianship they have is so inspirational to me, combined with amazing thought provoking/relevant lyrics. They are such a under-rated band.
Photo courtesy of Jack Longman
Ben Creevy (Drums) TONY HAWKS PRO SKATER 2 SOUNDTRACK I couldn’t think of one particular album, but the soundtrack to the Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 game was probably one of the main influences to me. I was introduced to the game by a friends’ older brother who was a drummer at the time. It first made me want to take up playing drums and learn how to curb slash grind some steel and roll for ever. Check out the GIANTS facebook page for information on their upcoming mini tour and headlining slots: http://www.facebook.com/giantsuk
Jack Longman (Guitar/Vocals) SUM 41 - HALF HOUR OF POWER I remember being round a friends house listening to a compilation CD called Supercharged and hearing Sum 41 for the first time and instantly wanting to hear more. I didn’t eat lunch at school for a week and bought this album from Woolworths. I remember feeling like an absolute rebel having it as the first track was entitled “Grab The Devil By The Horns and Fuck Him Up The Ass,” words that if my mother heard me say back then I would of been tombstoned through a table. This CD got me hooked on the idea that one day I will be in a band that travels around playing shows, and skating and drinking itself into oblivion. REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 69
VOLUME WE LOVE DISCOVERING NEW, UP AND COMING BANDS TRYING TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON THE ALT SCENE. HERE ARE SOME WE THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO RIGHT NOW!
Beneath the tide INFLUENCES: PARKWAY DRIVE, EMMURE, BRING ME THE HORIZON, I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN, DEFILER, BLEEDING THROUGH
Beneath The Tide are a five piece metal core/ deathcore band from Croydon/Sutton area consisting of vocalist Jamie Turner, guitarists Marcus Kallmeier and Niall Morrissey, bassist Ryan Nash and drummer Stefan Kallmeier. They have been practising writing and working hard now for the past 6 months and are now ready to unleash their sound. Blending elements of epic sing-along choruses, brutal breakdowns and catchy riffs, these guys are definitely ones to check out! Currently working on their EP ‘Knee Deep In Shallow Water’ and playing gigs in and around their local Croydon area, be sure to get yourselves along to one of their shows, throw down and enjoy what they have to offer! http://www.facebook.com/BeneathTheTide
Formed in late 2008, Your City Is Forgotten are a metal/ hardcore band hailing from London. 2009-2010 saw YCIF go from strength to strength, having the honour of sharing the stage with the likes of Your Demise, The Eyes Of A Traitor, Lower Than Atlantis, Devil Sold His Soul, Dr Acula (USA), Heart In Hand, TRC, GIANTS, Shaped By Fate, While She Sleeps, Feed The Rhino, Arusha Accord, This Is Colour, Bonded By Blood (USA - Earache records) & many more! At the end of 2010, the band released their second E.P “Hunters”, which shows a progression in the direction of their sound; a unique blend of energetic hardcore, soaring melodies & aggressive, modern metal, & also featuring guest vocals from Dan Brown of Essex Post-Hardcore mob We Are The Ocean! These boys know how to kill it at every show they play, so INFLUENCES: ARCHITECTS, THE GHOST INSIDE, definitely check them out whenever the opportunity arises! FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, COMEBACK KID, TRC http://www.facebook.com/weareycif
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We Lie Beneath are a 5 piece metalcore / deathcore band hailing from South East London. Their latest demo Ep “Not Even Ghosts Rest Easy Here” can be purchased from their Bigcartel store, Having recently been on a mini tour with Centralia DC, and with more gigs with Comeoutfiring and Memphis May Fire over the coming months, We Lie Beneath are definitely out to build up their fanbase and tear the UK a new one! http://www.facebook.com/weliebeneath
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INFLUENCES: THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLEED FROM WITHIN, THE YELLOW SIGN, ETERNAL LORD
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London based hardcore 5-piece We Die Tonight have been busy working around the UK underground scene since late 2008, turning heads with their own “crushing brand of melodic hardcore packed to the rafters with brutality and passion” (Ben Cable, HevyPetal). The band features vocalist Peter Park, guitarists James Hudson and Nina Silpa, bassist Chris Hoerder and drummer Josh McFadyen. The last year has also seen the group’s profile rise swiftly, playing shows across the country with the likes of Attack Attack! (US), Bury Tomorrow, Hopes Die Last, Despite My Deepest Fear, The Ocean Between Us, Me Vs Hero, Against The Flood and Tek-One. And with their latest EP, ‘Stem The Tide’, quickly receiving widespread attention, We Die Tonight can definitely begin to start placing themselves amongst Britain’s best new hardcore acts. http://www.facebook.com/wedietonight
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Skarlett Riot are a 4 piece touring rock outfit from the North Lincolnshire area who blend uptempo rock music with catchy hooks. Their debut mini album has hit hard, gaining rave reviews from the likes of Kerrang Radio (Luke Wilkins), Big Cheese, Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazine! The band recently won best overall band of 2011 in Playmusic magazine sponsored by Shure Mics and Orange Amps and have just played Tramlines festival organised by the Arctic Monkeys and headlined by Ash. Skarlett Riot have shared the stage with the likes of: Taking Dawn, L.A Guns (Tracii Guns), Deaf Havana, Francesqa, Forever Never, Black Spiders, Jettblack, plus many more! This year Skarlett Riot are planning a UK tour already confirmed to support Vains of Jenna on selected dates, ready to hit the world with their “anthemic tour de force!” http://www.facebook.com/pages/SkarlettRiot/223230197706627
We Die Tonight INFLUENCES: AUGUST BURNS RED, EVERY TIME I DIE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE GHOST INSIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, OH, SLEEPER.
Unexpected yet instantly engaging, South London based 4-piece Reign.Broke.Better seamlessly combine influences from rock, metal, ska, pop, punk and funk and fuse them together into their own undeniably original style of catchy, feel-good rock with a side serving of angst and attitude. Fronted by Preston lass and vocal power-house Jemma “Del” Rogers, the current line-up has been together for about 18 months. Having spent the last 9 months concentrating on song-writing and recording, they have recently come “Under New Management” and are about to explode back onto the gigging scene with a bang. Already stirring up considerable interest from the press with 5 star reviews of their latest EP “Beg Me” and a slew of interviews booked, they are ready and itching to take their newly honed sound to the masses and showcase the new material. With an energetic, sexy and aggressive set they are a band not to be missed live. http://reignbrokebetter.com
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CURRENT/RECENT CINEMA RELEASES HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS: 15th JULY 2011 The much-anticipated film event is the second of two full-length parts, and it all ends here! Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) continue to search and destroy Horcruxes, containing pieces of Voldemort’s soul (Ralf Fiennes). Good and evil forces of the wizarding world collide for a final epic war at Hogwarts; now a ruined shell of its former self. Harry makes the ultimate sacrifice in the climatic face-off with Voldemort. It’s a bittersweet treat! The conclusion being unveiled is exciting. Yet it’s sad knowing it’s the last yearly Harry Potter film instalment. Nostalgic appeal is given with appearances of giant spiders, ogres and polyjuice potion. Part 2 is an improvement with its pace more concise and rousing compared to the sombre and tedious Part 1. With so many directors, the franchise has a mixture of styles and lacks coherence. But the breathtaking imagery and performances from older actors remain consistent and don’t fail to please. Whilst some younger actors still seem uncomfortable, Radcliffe surprises me in this final feature, being much more confident and self-assured, as well as emotive. Even, I confess, tears welled up at extremely moving moments! Overall, since the first Potter film released in 2001, the fans have grown and so have the films and its characters. The incredible transformation is undeniable, from a fun family feature to a dark, deep and dangerous story that pulls at your heartstrings.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS: 29th JULY 2011 Set in World War 2 and focusing on the origins of Captain America. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for an experimental program that transforms him into a ‘super soldier’ known as Captain America. Joined by Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and others, they fight against the HYRDA organization led by the villain Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). I was suffering from “superhero burnout” after the recent overload of comic book film adaptations. However, director Joe Johnston succeeds in not letting special effects and CGI overpower the cast, seen in Thor and The Green Lantern. I admit though, the CGI fusion of Evans’ head placed on a skinnier body double was unbelievable! It’s refreshing to see Evans tone down his brash and cocky attitude from “Fantastic Four” and having a sense of humanity dressed in a simple jazzed up combat outfit instead of the cliché spandex number! Peggy Carter’s 50’s style and sexy red-hot lipstick are gorgeous, but I’m more pleased to see a strong and independent female character, with no hesitation pulling a trigger in combat! To conclude, most of the intensity is seen in the film posters. It’s not the most thought provoking film as there are no hidden ambiguous messages, just clear portrayals about compassion, inner strength and good overcoming evil. Yet, still funny and incredibly noble and a definite ‘thumbs up’ for the boys! 72 REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE
CURRENT/RECENT CINEMA RELEASES SUPER 8 RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS: 5th AUGUST 2011 A collaboration between JJ Abram and Steven Spielberg, this film is set in 1979, and a group of young friends witness a catastrophic train crash while shooting a zombie horror super 8 movie. The US Air Force soon takes over the scene and they realize it wasn’t an accident. Unusual occurrences and disappearances begin to take place in their town and the local Deputy, father to one of the kids, tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than they could’ve ever imagined! Immediately after, I concluded that it’s simply E.T with a bigger budget combined with elements of Cloverfield. That’s mean it wasn’t a great film as it definitely has intensity and thrills, which caused me to jump countless times; something a film hasn’t done for me in a while! However, it’s more a movie about the love of movies - a celebration of the spirit of making films. Even though, it’s been hyped as a sci-fi monster movie, the focus is on the kids and how they develop as the film progresses. Their performances were fantastically funny, quirky and moving and you fall in love with their imagination and passion for film. This was evident when everyone in the cinema stayed to watch their completed zombie horror film, which played whilst the credits rolled; incorporating the scenes we saw them shoot in the movie.
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS: 5th AUGUST 2011 Based on the American children’s bestseller originally published in 1938, Tom Popper (Jim Carrey), a divorced but very driven and successful real estate agent in New York, finds it difficult connecting with his two children. Until he inherits six penguins from his late and long absent explorer father, named Captain, Loudy, Bitey, Stinky, Lovey and Nimrod! They turn his life upside down and his swanky apartment into a winter wonderland! Having to care for them however, teaches him how to love again. An extraordinary fact was that they filmed with real Emperor penguins with only moments of CGI! I went to see this film with my 5-year-old brother, not expecting too much and assuming Jim Carey was accepting any script offers. Many people are tired of Carrey’s over-the-top comedic performances. This time, however, Carrey was more subdued; one aspect among others that helped to create a film that turned out to be delightful, touching and extremely funny, where I laughed out loud many times alongside my little brother! It was lovely to see parents genuinely laughing with their children as well, despite some elements that are simply nonsense. That is the beauty of it though! The film reminds us that moments of fun nonsense are healthy for everyone! Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a family film guaranteed to melt hearts!
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THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS: 10th AUGUST 2011 Set during the Gulf War in 1990, Dominic Cooper stars in this glamourised biography of Latif Yahia. Latif is forcefully summoned by Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday, and blackmailed to become his body double. But nothing could’ve prepared him for this reckless party-boy who indulges in rape, drugs and murder. His psychotic streak was even too much for Saddam himself! Uday was terrified of assassination however, hence the demand of a double. Cooper acts against himself in almost every scene, playing both the sensitive and moral Latif, and the sadistic bully Uday. Even though, his performance as Latif was sometimes wooden, the contrast performance of Uday was so convincing you swore it was another actor. Uday is first introduced as a buck-toothed mummy’s boy you laughed at, but the scenes of him at his worst are gruesome and uncomfortable. As Cooper states, “I had to get into the mind of someone I found revolting”. The part of Uday was certainly a challenge, but Cooper triumphs. In this first half, you’re presented with scene after scene of unsettling incidents, without a clear indication of where the story is going, that you wonder what the point of it all is. Eventually, the climax and resolutions develop. On the whole, without a doubt, Dominic Cooper’s most chilling but incredible performance to date!
UNFAMILIAR FIND... REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA RELEASED: 7th NOVEMBER 2008 It’s 2056 and a tragic worldwide epidemic of organ failure devastates mankind. Biotech company GeneCo, however has developed a solution of offering organ transplants, but at a price. Anyone who misses repayments is hunted by “Repo Men” for repossession of the organs. It’s a world of plastic surgery and painkiller addicts, where drugs and murder are legalised. Shiloh, a sheltered girl with a rare disease, seeks her own cure and truth about her family. Sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, her questions will be answered at the spectacular event of The Genetic Opera. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who brought the Saw series, it’s intentionally gruesome! The cinematic style, costumes and sets are a gothic visual treat. With an intriguing cast that includes Anthony Head, Sarah Brightman, Alexa Vega and Paris Hilton, it’s Andrew Lloyd Webber meets Rocky Horror in this sexy, sci-fi, rock opera musical! There’s possibly too much music and song as there’s little spoken dialogue, which at times can become tiring. Despite this, catchy songs such as Zydrate Anatomy, At The Opera Tonight and Seventeen are hard not to sing along to. This is a film gradually gaining a cult following, particularly from fans of the medical fetish scene!
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DVD RELEASES... LIMITLESS UK DVD RELEASE DATE: 1st AUGUST 2011 Aspiring author, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is looking like a lost cause, until an old friend decides to lend a hand by introducing him to a not-yet-state-approved drug called NZT; a drug which boosts your mind working to its fullest potential. Soon Eddie turns a small stake into millions and gains a mentor in financial tycoon Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). But mysterious stalkers and vicious gangsters are willing to do anything to get their hands Eddie’s stash of NZT. With brutal side effects and his life in jeopardy, he tries to hang on to his supply long enough to outsmart his enemies. After Bradley Cooper’s break in sidesplitting comedy The Hangover, he further proves his worth as an actor by showing range in Limitless, from being a pathetic, tired out loser to a sharp and slick, toast of the town. What’s clever about this film is that it turns intelligence into a super power! Because of this simple concept, it does actually make you wonder, even after you’ve enjoyed watching it, could this happen in thei future? What effects would this have on society? What would I do with that power? Or could it already exist today as a top-secret substance? It raises the issue of the price of power and with plenty of stylish visuals, Limitless is an enticing thriller that’s a whirlwind of a ride! RANGO UK DVD RELEASE DATE: 25th JULY 2011 A lost domesticated chameleon ends up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, populated by freakish but whimsical desert creatures. Due to an identity crisis, he picks the name Rango as an alias to impress the locals. Welcomed as their new sheriff after he accidentally kills the terrifying hawk, he’s forced to play the role when they turn to him when the water begins to run out. Johnny Depp delivers a colourful vocal performance; it’s obviously he’s having an awesome time! The CGI animation of the skin, fur and other various textures are remarkably sharp that it didn’t opt for the 3D option in cinema. Having said this, Rango is a strange one. I almost feel bad for children whose parents took them to watch it, assuming it was a conventional Hollywood animated feature for kids. Instead, it’s sophisticated and bravely includes trippy mysticism and existential selfreflection. Dare I say, ironically with some slight elements from Depp’s “Fear And Loathing n Las Vegas”? Overall, it’s wonderful cinematic animation feature for all ages, but probably for older generations to wholly enjoy as youngsters really only have the slapstick comedy and cheeky name-calling to entertain them. However, when they’re older they can appreciate it more and more when they re-watch it such as the environmental moral message conveyed in its conclusion.
FUTURE FILMS TO LOOK OUT FOR JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN UK RELEASE DATE: 22nd SEPTEMBER 2011 Rowan Atkinson is back and ready for action as he returns to the hilarious role of the secret agent Johnny English. This time he must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate the Chinese premier and cause global chaos! REAL STEEL UK RELEASE DATE: 14th OCTOBER 2011 Based on the 1956 short story, this film is set in the near future where robots have replaced humans in boxing. Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) lost his chance to become a boxing champion and is now, when robots have taken over, a small time promoter who has difficulty making a living. Reluctantly he teams up with his son Max when they think they have discovered a champion in a discarded robot. ANONYMOUS UK RELEASE DATE: 28th OCTOBER 2011 A political thriller set in Elizabethan England, which speculates the debate many have argued and investigated for centuries; who was the true author of the plays credited to William Shakespeare? Anonymous focuses on one theory where Edward th de Vere, 17 Earl of Oxford, is the incestuous lover of Queen Elizabeth but also the true mind responsible for writing Shakespeare’s plays. THE RUM DIARY UK RELEASE DATE: 28th OCTOBER 2011 Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp plays Paul Kemp, who tires of New York and travels to Puerto Rico to write for the San Juan Star. Taking on the rum-soaked lifestyle, he becomes obsessed with an attractive but already engaged woman. In this world, Kemp discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man. SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS UK RELEASE DATE: 16th DECEMBER 2011 The duo Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are after Holmes’ arch nemesis Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) not only his intellectual equal, but a mastermind for death and destruction. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO UK RELEASE DATE: 26th DECEMBER 2011 So good, they produced a second film adaptation of the international best-selling novel, but this time in English, starring Daniel Craig, directed by David Fincher and horribly graphic! Make sure you check out the synth-heavy cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ frontwoman Karen O!
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CURRENT/RECENT ALBUM RELEASES THEORY OF A DEADMAN, THE TRUTH IS… RELEASED: JULY 2011 Favourite Tracks: We Were Men, Drag Me To Hell and Bitch Came Back For Fans Of: Nickelback, Seether and Breaking Benjamin Rating: 3.5 out of 5 “The Truth Is…” is the fourth album from the Canadian band, which formed with the help of Nickelback’s front man Chad Kroeger. Their style of music is post-grunge and alternative rock but with elements of country and acoustic. In general the album has a great mixture of intense tracks, melodic sing-along songs and humorous and light-hearted rock tunes. There are several sexist songs on the album, but despite this, catchy songs such as Lowlife and Bitch Came Back make you want to have a dance!
FALLING IN REVERSE, THE DRUG IN ME IS YOU RELEASED: JULY 2011 Favourite Tracks: The Drug In Me Is You, Caught Like A Fly, Tragic Magic & I’m Not A Vampire For Fans Of: Escape The Fate, Asking Alexandria and From First To Last Rating: 3 out of 5 Ex-frontman of Escape The Fate, Ronnie Radke, releases his new band’s debut album. There are several catchy, carefully crafted songs, with tongue twister lyrics echoing a screamo version of Panic! At The Disco. While the rest fade into the background and sometimes are just plain shallow and bitchy. However, Ronnie’s vocals are still strong and brutally passionate and overall the album is a solid production. Fans of Ronnie will be pleased as it’s nothing unexpected from the vocalist, and very much similar to Escape The Fate’s 2006 album Dying Is Your Latest Fashion.
BLACK VEIL BRIDES, SET THE WORLD ON FIRE RELEASED: JUNE 2011 Favourite Tracks: Fallen Angels, Rebel Love Song and Die For You For Fans Of: Young Guns, A Day To Remember & Emarosa Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Do they really need an introduction? Straight out of Hollywood, California, they’ve caught everyone’s attention with their distinct appearance inspired by 80’s glam metal bands and particularly KISS. A straightforward “love them or hate them” band. As much as I admire their look, I’m afraid that’s more interesting than their music. In general the music is decent. Some awesome guitar riffs are heard and there are several catchy tracks. However, most of the songs for me just aren’t strong enough and the music doesn’t seem to match the image or the hype.
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IN FLAMES, SOUNDS OF A PLAYGROUND FADING RELEASED: JUNE 2011 Favourite Tracks: Deliver Us, Sounds Of A Playground Fading, Fear Is The Weakness & Liberation For Fans Of: Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium & Soilwork Rating: 4 out of 5 This is the tenth album from the Swedish melodic death metal band, and their first released material since the departure of founding member Jesper Stromblad. This band never really grabbed me in the past, but I acknowledged them as a respected band in their genre. However, this may be their most commercial album yet, without straying from who they are. Most songs have multiple changes with some great hooks and melodies. Additionally, singer Anders Friden displays an impressive wider vocal range instead of constant deathly growls. Liberation is an even slower track where most of the vocals are actual singing. This refreshing album still proves they’re still a band worth listening to and who remain fully grounded. MY DARKEST DAYS, MY DARKEST DAYS RELEASED: APRIL 2011 Favourite Tracks: Porn Star Dancing, Like Nobody Else, Goodbye & Set It On Fire For Fans Of: Buckcherry, Crossfade and Three Days Grace Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (just based on the music!) I only became aware of these guys after seeing them perform this year at Download Festival. Originating from Ontario, Canada they’re another signed band by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, playing a mix of pop/rock and post-grunge styles. The music seems to go between different identities however; one being a womanising party hard rock band, and the other being emotive, singing affectionate melodies or tunes of angst towards love and its torments. Despite their annoyingly arrogant live performance, their music is undeniably catchy and I admit, since downloading the album, it’s been a regular listen ever since!
UNFAMILIAR FINDS... ESOTERICA, THE FOOL: SPECIAL EDITION RELEASED: NOVEMBER 2008 Favourite Tracks: Don’t Rely On Anyone, The Fool and Watch This Drive (Demo) For Fans Of: A Perfect Circle, Tool and The 69 Eyes Rating: 4 out of 5 Similar to My Darkest Days, I only became aware of this band from Surrey UK, when they performed at Download Festival 2010. They brought a live crow on stage during a song and finished by releasing black balloons into the crowd! Theatrics aside, this album contains a great contrast of heavy music and melodic male vocals that are surprisingly mature for a man of his youth. Their music contains elements of gothic, industrial, metal and simple rock, which can appeal to people of different tastes. It’s a style you don’t come across everyday but it’s not too obscure. Some tracks drone a bit too much for my liking, but despite this every track is emotional and powerful. They truly deserve more exposure!
ELEMENT EIGHTY, ELEMENT EIGHTY RELEASED: SEPTEMBER 2003 Favourite Tracks: Broken Promises, Scars (The Echo Song), Texas Cries & Dummy Block For Fans Of: Drowning Pool, Papa Roach and Soil Rating: 4.5 out of 5 This four piece, nu-metal band are from Tyler, Texas. They formed in 2000, but later split in 2006. Thankfully however, they reunited again in 2007 to release their second album The Bear, and will be releasing a third album very soon. The music is hard-hitting yet melodic, heavy yet refreshing. The vocalist has a great range from being able to hold a note to delivering raw screams in appropriate places; only one factor that contributes to how deliciously well structured the songs are. Overall, an incredibly energetic album that is also on my regular listen list! REBELICIOUS MAGAZINE 77
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