Sunday, 25 January 2015

Interview: Frankii Wilde


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Make-up: Michelle Sisson.

Hair: Amber von Tassell.

This interview/pictorial was feature in Sinical Europe 2015. Print copies can be purchased here


Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Frankii Wilde: I was born in Durham City in the North East of England. I now reside in Newcastle upon Tyne not too far away from where I was born.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Frankii Wilde: I’ve always been attracted to the beautiful high fashion pictures of Vogue but I knew they were unrealistic to what I could achieve. It was other models that inspired me, such as discovering Bernie Dexter & Dita Von Teese. These women did not look like the fashion models in the magazines but they were still “models” just a different aesthetic, one which I could relate too and fall in love with.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in pin-up/fetish modelling?

Frankii Wilde: I’ve always been attracted to retro styling and anything that would never be considered the “norm”. I got started when I cam across a retro lingerie reproduction website called “What Katie Did” when I was around 18 years old. I bought a pair of fully fashioned stockings, a bullet bra and a suspender belt and I guess you could say the rest is history.



Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?

Frankii Wilde: They have to be truly honest with themselves in order to convey emotion within the images that are being created. Wether the image is so posed to show vulnerability or a powerful sexual prowess. They also need to be a good listener and work well in a team. Most of our images wouldn’t have the effect they do if it wasn’t for the photographer, make up artist, hair stylist and designer, etc. One very important element of standing out is your professionalism. Be kind to those as you climb the ladder to success, as they will be the ones you need to catch you if you get knocked down.

Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Frankii Wilde: The composition of an image. It takes two to tango between the model and photographer. The model needs to throw the shapes and the photographer needs to know how to make those shapes even more visually exciting (or flattering) using composition.

Sinical Magazine: What has been the most interesting thing to happen during one of your photo shoots?

Frankii Wilde: I’d like to say something Wild & Crazy but they are usually either being photo bombed by pets or members of the general public.



Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Frankii Wilde: I’m definitely a shoes and nylons kinda of girl. Throw in a suspender belt to keep those nylons up and there is my perfect outfit. It’s not very “safe for work” though.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Frankii Wilde: 34-26-38.

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Frankii Wilde: My shoes size is a UK6.



Sinical Magazine: In this photo set you are wearing nylons. What is the appeal of nylons to you?

Frankii Wilde: I love the way they feel against my skin, I hate to sound like a cliche but they really are a “second skin” and a plus is that they drive guys wild.

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Frankii Wilde: I have such a wide variety of music I listen too however I’m defiantly very partial to listening to music from all the era’s I wasn’t alive in such as the 50s/60s and 70s. I’m attracted to modern music that takes its inspiration from bygone era’s and have nostalgic overtones. A favorite modern musician of mine at the moment is the delectable Lana Del Rey. I also love the Black Keys and old favorite Elvis. I’m not afraid to like what I like and not be subjected to what people think I should like by the way I portray myself to the public.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite books and who are some of your favorite authors? And what are you currently reading?

Frankii Wilde: I’m a little bit of a secret geek. I thoroughly enjoy the works of Philip K Dick. I have a little bit of a thing for dystopian futures. I’ve not really got a book to currently read. I’m quite fussy. I don’t have time to get into a book and find I’ve wasted very precious time trying to get into it and it turns out to be pretty rubbish in my opinion. I wish I had the luxury of being able to have time to dedicate and explore reading. The last book I read was “Warm Bodies” by Isaac Marion and I am looking forward to Anne Rice’s new novel “Prince Lestat”.



Sinical Magazine: Besides modelling, what do you like to do for fun?

Frankii Wilde: I am very lucky most of how I earn my living is what I used to do for fun such as Burlesque and photography. I guess I enjoy quite simple things such as seeing my friends and family, taking my dog for long works and dreaming up my next big ideas. I love watching TV series such as “American Horror Story”, “Bates Motel” and “Orange is the New Black”. I’m a sucker for those American tv shows with huge production values.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?

Frankii Wilde: I started off with the intentions of becoming a photographer before I got carried away with modelling. I now have a retro photographic studio with my business partner Gerry Roxby (Retro clothing company Glamour Bunny) called Frankii & Gerry’s Retro Studio. Photographers can hire out our Mid-Century studio or clients can be made into pinups. |


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Interview: Divya Anantharaman


Interview by Jones Grey

Photography by Claire Rosen

This interview was featured in Sinical #16. Print copies can be purchased here


Who says death has to be morbid? For taxidermy artist Divya Anantharaman, art comes in the form of girly, gorgeous, and even cheeky displays of life after death. “I love storytelling, and I think my style is a reflection of the way I experience stories, and the way I would like to share them with others,” she says of her genre-crossing creations. A native of Miami currently living in Brooklyn, Divya, owner of Friends Forever Taxidermy, teaches classes on preservation techniques and mixes traditional practices with an often humorous or light-hearted twist. She is the taxidermist-in-residence at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum, and her resume boasts of everything from BBC Science publications to Los Angeles art galleries. “Science is a way of making sense of the world, and art is a way of making sense of the world-the two overlap graciously, and that is a beautiful place to be,” remarks Anantharaman. Divya’s art brings a welcomed lightness to a typically noir-esque genre. “Where some would think it is morbid to surround oneself with death, I see it as a constant reminder of how valuable life is.”


Jones Grey: How old were you when taxidermy first struck a chord in your artistic taste?

Divya Anantharaman: I always think back to when I was 5 or 6 years old, and seeing a tiny lizard crawl into our outdoor bug zapper lamp. I was horrified, but intrigued. I had an red and orange cookie tin of my collected rocks, seashells, plants, and other little treasures from walks outside, so I felt the urge to do the same with the lizard. Although the life force had left his body, I thought somehow he would be happier resting in a bed of treasures instead of being forgotten. I quickly learned about decomposition, since he stunk after a few days, and my mom threw it out. From that point, I was intrigued by that liminal space between life and death. Another big impact was my mom being a biology teacher-she always presented anatomy and science as something beautiful and natural, not gross.

JG: What kind of audience is usually drawn to your creations?

DA: The uniting characteristic in the audience is curiosity! I’ve had all sorts of people drawn to my pieces-oddity collectors, artists, Wall Street types, I really can’t think of just one type of person, as everyone who owns one of my pieces is so totally different. One of the coolest things is a first time buyer-someone who says “I never thought I’d buy taxidermy, but I’m really drawn to this” or “This will be the first piece in my collection of curiosities”. That gives me butterflies!

JG: What is the strangest piece you’ve ever transformed?

DA: As of now, the strangest thing I have ever worked on was a two faced kitten-or Janus kitten. This was a pet commission, from a client whose cat had given birth to the little fellow. I usually have very long conversations with people before taking on pet commissions because, as a pet owner myself, I know that even if I capture every single anatomical detail, I still can’t re-create the personal connection and emotions that we create in a human-pet relationship. So you could say this was a special case in that manner too! The poor kitty did not live very long due to the obvious physical complications. The client decided to have his pet preserved in order to pay tribute to and respect the life lost, and preserve a memento of nature’s mutations and rarities. Although very small (a bit less than 4 inches nose to tail), this was probably one of the most intricate pieces I have worked on since we wanted to preserve all of the physical deformities.



JG: From whom do you draw inspiration?

DA: I draw inspiration from so much, and I’m really lucky to be surrounded by it. Each piece is first inspired and informed by the animals, which are often forgotten or overlooked. Other than my friends and family, I am inspired by the strong community of taxidermy artists and enthusiasts, and by very inspired by strong women. Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, Isabel Allende, Delia Akeley, Nina Simone, Jean Roll, but really, all the brave and bad-ass women who don’t let anything hold them back from being, and loving, themselves. And I love to read-storytelling has a special value in my heart and so it is hard to narrow down books or authors, but Alice in Wonderland, Murakami, Poe, Lovecraft, and Rumi are a few at the top of my mind.

JG: How does your art echo moments in your life?

DA: I grew up in Miami, and unlike what most people think, it is a city that extends way beyond the scene of South Beach. When my parents moved to the U.S. from Jamaica/India, they worked their way up in what some people call “the old fashioned way”, focusing on building a good life and a happy family. Some of the early years were spent living in rough neighborhoods, so they instilled the importance of a sense of awareness. They were also very strict about discipline and respect, but not at the expense of living freely with joy and passion. They were also very adventurous and friendly, always welcoming new friends and new experiences, and making things work whether they had $1 or $100 in their pocket. These traits have stuck with me the most, and as I grew older and began to explore the world on my own. I love life-the outdoors, dancing, beaches, jalepeno poppers, spiking the punch-but I know it is a limited experience. Taxidermy is a meditation on mortality, and it has helped me realize that, at my best, I am a fairly meditative person.

JG: How do you think the modern popularity of taxidermy art is changing the landscape for death-inspired creators?

DA: I hesitate to say taxidermy is having a”comeback” or anything like that since I don’t see this as a trend, but as part of a larger societal shift. One part of me sees it very much in step with eating sustainable food and questioning where your food comes from, or keeping house plants, or enjoying pets-we are humans, and we love nature. Ever since we have been living indoors, especially as we have been moving to cities, we seek ways to bring the outdoors in. Keeping reminders that help us appreciate and study the wonders of the natural world. Another part of me sees it as a new frontier of exploration. We live in a time of increased accessibility and ease of sharing information and ideas. Things that were once very exclusive have now become very inclusive-and available. I encounter so many people who are discovering taxidermy now-buyers and creators- that would not have had the opportunity to discover it as recently as 20 years ago. For those who make art, we have so much technical information available, from traditional and non traditional sources. The landscape for creators means more room for exploring intentions, innovation, and sharing, and less of a reason to feel as though one is sounding off in an echo chamber. It is a good thing that we are now asking questions about, meditating on, and confronting death. But for those who scoff at it as a “trendy hipster hobby”-I think they are just uncomfortable with the questions or ideas they are faced with, or are too lazy and close-minded to entertain a different perspective than what they are used to. |

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Interview: Synesthesia


Photography by Abaxas -

Latex: Sebastian Cauchos


This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical Europe 2015. Print copies can be purchased here.


Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Synesthesia: I was born on a very cold winter morning. Right when the first snow fell on the rooftops of Amsterdam. Now I am located near the sea, which gives me a very nice view. But I do still visit Amsterdam often.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first fetish/or alt. magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Synesthesia: For me it was all about being creative, and later on embodying my more sensual side into it as well. I could definitely say that my first inspirations as for latex modeling came from the internet. Websites like which I used to browse relentlessly at the age of 12 opened my view to great girls like Ulorin Vex and Mosh and the beautiful creations they were wearing. Modelling wasn’t part of the plan yet, but from then on I knew there was something about the scene I loved and admire.



Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alt/fetish modelling?

Synesthesia: It was an accident waiting to happen, really. When I was 18 I figured the logical step after years of life model drawing classes was to be on the other side of the canvas for once. Around the same period, I realized that I could finally explore my kink side, so I got some addresses and dragged a friend along to Berlin to explore the fetish scene there. I felt so free and at home that about a year later that I decided to see if I could stand in fron of the camera and do the same. When I brought my latex tie and kinky attitude to the studio everything fell into place.

Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Synesthesia: Personally I think it’s about seeing the picture as a whole, and thinking ‘what could, I, as a model, bring to this setting to make it even better? Soaking up the atmosphere and not being afraid of letting yourself go are important to me.



Sinical Magazine: How do you think the alt/fetish modelling scene has
evolved since you started?

Synesthesia: Oh, I wish I could say, but it’s only been so short! Where I would like it to go though, I hope we get more fresh and open minded people into the scene and carry on the same attitude of acceptance and good fun!

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Synesthesia: 76-62–88.



Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Synesthesia: UK 4 or EU 37.

Sinical Magazine: The fetish clothing focus of your photo set is on latex. What do you like about latex fetish clothing?

Synesthesia: Personally I love everything about latex. From the preparation, to the smell, and of course the feeling! I have been fantasizing about wearing it for years, and when I finally got to – it did not disappoint at all.



Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Synesthesia: Lots of 80s, new wave and post punk and the like.. For example I think the Sisters of Mercy, Siouxie and the Banshees, Echo and the Bunnymen are all amazing bands. Also I’ve rediscovered my love for goa. I love being able to mix in between scenes and meet cool people everywhere.

Sinical Magazine: Besides modelling, what do you like to do for fun?

Synesthesia: I love to draw, paint and go to music shows and art galleries. I have a very outgoing and bubbly side, and one that is a bit more quiet and cosy!



Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?

Synesthesia: Right now I’m focused on many things.. Traveling, doing shows at awesome events like the German Fetish Ball and the Montreal Fetish Weekend. In my shoots I’m now trying to focus more on playfulness and my own fantasies. I’m full of ideas and can promise you it will be very exciting. So stay tuned!


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