Photo by Ben Britt.
Interview by Domina Daria. www.dominadaria.com. This interview was featured in the Spring 2012 issue of Sinical.
Domina Daria: How did you get involved with the Burlesque community and how long ago was that?
Athena Fatale: In 2004 I was approached by Angela Ryan, a redhead, and Jami Deadly, a blonde. They were looking for a brunette to round out their trifecta of tresses. Together we formed the very first burlesque troupe in Dallas, On The Fringe. We performed together for about 2 years before separating to focus on our solo careers.
Domina Daria: What is your favorite aspect of performing? Conversely what is your least favorite thing about it?
Athena Fatale: I love everything about performing! The creation process can be really frustrating but it is so exciting when everything begins to come together. I’ve started collaborating with choreographer Eric Hall and I love the way his direction and expertise help bring my visions to life. There is no place I’d rather be than on stage performing for an audience. My least favorite thing is watching the videos afterwards and nitpicking myself to death. I am my own worst critic. I also hate how much I spend on my costumes, ouch!
Photo by Ed Fox.
Domina Daria: The popularity of burlesque performances has greatly increased in the last few years with even a few Hollywood embraces. What changes have you observed?
Athena Fatale: The burlesque scene really has exploded and now you see influences in mainstream fashion and entertainment. One thing I’ve noticed as burlesque becomes more popular and socially acceptable is an increase of performers with formal dance training. As a spectator I think that is fantastic. As a performer with no formal dance training worth mentioning, I say no fair! Just kidding, but that does push me to really be on my game and be the best performer I can be.
Domina Daria: Who are your most loved burlesque performers both retired and still performing?
Athena Fatale: That’s a tough one, in that there are so many! I’ve had the honor of performing along with Satan’s Angel at 2 different events and she is one amazing lady. Of course Dita’s costumes are to die for and her attention to detail is impressive. From Texas I really love Coco Lectric, Ruby Joule, and Ginger Valentine. There are a lot of amazing performers in LA too. Diamondback Annie’s creativity is really inspiring, as is Victoria Vengeance and Venus DeMille. I’ve met so many lovely and talented ladies through the burlesque circuit, I wish I could name them all!
Photo by Miss Missy.
Domina Daria: What is your personal philosophy concerning your artistic expression in these performances? When do you feel like your goal has been achieved and the objective met?
Athena Fatale: Each performance is always a work in progress. I’m always looking for ways to make it better. Whether it’s tweaking the choreography or adding more sparkle to the costume or a complete overhaul, I’m always striving to make each performance better than the last one.
Domina Daria: What words of wisdom might you offer aspiring models and dancers who are looking to expand their repertoire to include burlesque performances?
Athena Fatale: Research the history of burlesque, understand what it is, where it comes from, and what it entails. Burlesque IS stripping. If you’re not comfortable getting naked on stage then burlesque is not for you. You can find burlesque classes in several cities, and if not there is always the Internet. And of course Google your desired stage name to make sure it isn’t already taken. Come up with something unique that fits your stage persona.
Photo by Lithium Picnic.
Domina Daria: You have performed and currently are performing in many venues. Of the venues you have experienced which were your most favorable experiences and why? Are there any that you would like to participate in that you haven't yet?
Athena Fatale: I’ve performed in a LOT of different venues, for sure. I always love to perform at the Lizard Lounge in Dallas. That is my home club and where many of my first performances took place, and I’m incredibly comfortable on that stage. But one of my favorite experiences was performing at the historic Texas Theater, best known as the theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. I just wish there had been heat!
Domina Daria: What do you think of burlesque and film? Should an indie or other attempt be made to create a great burlesque film?
Athena Fatale: Well there was that one burlesque movie starring a couple of pop stars and featuring lots of singing and dancing in fabulous costumes… but no burlesque. That was unfortunate. And it really fed some misconceptions about burlesque that we’ll be fighting for years to come. ‘Burlesque’ was nothing but a buzzword to them. There have been some great documentaries about burlesque that have come out in the last few years, I really like Pretty Things by Liz Goldwyn.
Domina Daria: Where do you see burlesque performances in the future? Is it possible for the momentum to continue on for many years to come?
Athena Fatale: The growth of the burlesque scene in Dallas still amazes me. When I started performing there were 3 of us in the Dallas area. Now there are over 60 with multiple shows each month! That blows me away. But even though everything has been done before, there are still so many unique performers that continue to create original routines. I often wonder when we’ll collectively run out of ideas. I hope the momentum does hold.
Domina Daria: You travel a lot and have many interesting irons in the fire. What are some of the great events you are planning on being a part of in the future? How can people wanting to learn more about you and your work go to find out about you?
Athena Fatale: I’m currently working with Stockroom.com on their 25th Anniversary party which will be a phenomenal event held in 2013. In the mean time, I’m recovering from knee surgery and slowly starting to perform again. I just performed at the 4th Annual Dallas Burlesque Fest and am very happy to be back in the spotlight. For information and updates on performances and travels, visit my website AthenaFatale.com and follow me at twitter.com/AthenaFatale.
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Sinical/The Haunted Heel Mixer Event - 10.20.2012
The Haunted Heel store will be the first location to carry print copies of Sinical Magazine. Come by the store on October 20th from 4p-7p to pick up a copy of the new issue (#7) and back issues, meet local pin-up models and photographers, and check out several photography galleries.
The Haunted Heel is the largest store in the Houston area with pin-up, rockabilly, psychobilly, and rock n' roll apparel. The Haunted Heel is located in Kemah, Texas. Some of the brands they carry are Lucky 13, T.U.K., Bettie Page, Pinup Couture, among others.
The Haunted Heel is offering 10% off your total purchase when you buy a copy of Sinical Magazine at their shop.
Galleries by Trish Motolinia and Kenny Haner.
Models: Sabrina Sin. Kimberly Garland, and Brenda Bare will be signing and selling prints.
There is no cover charge.
Invite your friends!
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Kemah, Texas 77565
RubberDoll is a renowned Florida-based latex fetish model and performer. This interview was featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Sinical Magazine.
Danny Stygion: How did you end up with the name "RubberDoll"?
RubberDoll: Well, the reason that I'm called RubberDoll is obviously that I wear latex clothing almost exclusively during my modeling and performances. But, how I originally got that name goes all the way back to the old days when everyone was still using AOL to access the internet. “RubberDoll” was my screen-name on AOL and it just sort of stuck. I know that is kind of corny, but that's the true story.
Danny Stygion: Can you explain your fascination with latex?
RubberDoll: To me, it is the most sensual and sexually stimulating clothing that a person can wear. It is incredibly tight, so it fits every inch and curve of your body like a second skin. It is smooth to the touch and it feels great to be touched while you are wearing it. When it's had polish applied to it, it makes you shine and shimmer like crazy. I don't think any other fabric can come close to latex when it comes to making someone look and feel sexual. It even changes your attitude when you put it on. Ever since I first saw a person in latex, I knew it was the thing for me. It definitely has some drawbacks: it's expensive, it's fragile, and its hot in the summer and cold in the winter. But, those things are a small price to pay in exchange for looking and feeling like a rubber goddess.
Danny Stygion: How many latex outfits do you own?
RubberDoll: Do you have a calculator I can borrow so I can try to figure that out? I really don't know how many outfits I have but its a lot. I used to think that having one closet filled with latex was impressive, but then I expanded to two … then three ... and finally I had to convert an entire bedroom to a walk-in closet. It's getting to the point where I can have my own TV show called “Latex Hoarders”.
Danny Stygion: When did you start modeling? How did this evolve into fetish modeling?
RubberDoll: I first got interested in modeling when I was still in high school. Back then, I was heavily into the goth scene and I would scour the local stores in search of victorian style dresses and other items to create my outfits. I started modeling for photos in my outfits just for fun. When I got a little older and I was exposed to the fetish scene, I switched gears and started focusing on a much sexier look with lots of latex. I still enjoyed taking photos though, so I continued to do it and posted some of them on the internet. It seemed the more I posted, the more people wanted to see, so it evolved into a full-time thing for me, rather than just a hobby.
Danny Stygion: When did you launch your www.rubberdoll.net site?
RubberDoll: My website was launched in 2001. But back then, it was nowhere near what it is today. After I had gotten a big response to my cheesy little geocities freebie site, I decided to try something a little bigger. But, neither myself nor my boyfriend knew anything about web design or photography, so we got a cheap digital camera and a copy of “html for dummies” and started learning as we went along. There was a lot of trial and error along the way, but its 11 years later and I'm still going strong, so I must be doing something right.
Danny Stygion: How many photo sets and videos are on the site?
RubberDoll: I think I need to borrow your calculator again. I don't know the exact number, but I've been updating the site with new photos and videos for years, so there is a ton of stuff inside the members area. And I'm still adding lots of new material each week, so I'd like to invite everyone to stop in and take a look around. I'm sure you'll find something you like.
Danny Stygion: You put a lot of work into your sets and props. On an artistic level, which photo set are you the most proud of?
RubberDoll: I like to put a lot of thought and energy into the settings and props used for my shoots because I like to give each scene a different feel. There are many that I consider to be favorites, but one that stands out in my mind is a medical scene I did many years ago. It's several years old at this point, but I think it was the first time that I really went all out to create something special. It looked like a padded room that was stuffed with all sorts of creepy looking vintage medical equipment.
Danny Stygion: You have performed at many fetish and non-fetish events. What can a person typically expect from a live RubberDoll performance?
RubberDoll: Performing live on-stage is one of my favorite things to do, so I go all out to give the crowd a good time an put on an elite show. I just love feeding off the energy of a live audience. You can definitely expect to see me in custom costumes (of course,featuring lots of latex). The show itself is a high-energy combination of sexy choreography, magic tricks, unexpected props, burlesque striptease and many other surprises. I also often incorporate audience participation and giveaways during the performances, especially when I perform at gentlemens clubs where things can get a little more risque. Performing live is truly my favorite part of what I do and I've been lucky enough to entertain audiences all over the world.
Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?
RubberDoll: I like to keep myself busy with a number of projects at the same time. Of course, producing photo and video content is something that I do continuously so I always have new things to publish online and elsewhere. And my live performance schedule keeps me on the road several weekends every month. It could be at a fetish event or an adult convention or a strip club … you just never know where I'll turn up.
Danny Stygion: Do you have any upcoming events?
RubberDoll: My event schedule is constantly being updated, so the best way to get my most current info is by checking my website or my twitter feed. I do feature appearances at adult clubs several times a month, so I might be hitting your city and you wouldn't want to miss that. I also tour with the Exxxotica convention, which visits several major markets each year, where I not only perform on-stage, but I also have an interactive booth where you can meet me (and maybe even get strapped into my bondage gear for a little fun!)
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I have sent countless e-mail submissions to publications over the last 10 years and we at Sinical now receive daily image submissions from models, photographers, and writers. Here are some humble suggestions on the best way to send an e-mail to any publication.
1. Briefly introduce yourself: your name, location, and what you do.
2. Briefly list your credits.
3. Keep to one subject. Don't discuss multiple subjects. Send a seperate email if you need to discuss more than one matter.
4. Don't write in ALL CAPS. ALL CAPS ARE HARDER TO READ. Especially when your whole letter has been written in ALL CAPS.
5. If you are a photographer: send low resolution images, first. Send high resolution images when requested. I personally don't open any files that are 1MB and larger.
6. Don't ask someone to look up your portfolio or Facebook page online somewhere to see your work.
7. Don't let rejection get to you.
8. Use a signature with your contact information.
9. Use spell-check.
10. Don't mass e-mail several publications with your submission. The more people you CC the less likely anyone will respond to it.
11. Don't ask for a cover!
12. Only send your best work and not 2 dozens images.
13. Use a specific title for the subject line.
The bottom line is: keep it short and simple. If your email is long, it will probably be read later. If there are no images and only links, those links will probably never be clicked.
Send e-mail submissions to: laura @ sinicalmagazine.com.
Photo by Ricky Miramontes. MUA: Angelica Dominguez.
Article by Divya.
WTF Were You Thinking?
…when you bought those faux cut-off shorts.
Since childhood, my mom always called me “The Cutter.” I cut everything. As a kid, I cut my hats in feeble attempts to fit rhinestones in the holes (screw off, I was a kid and did not have a BeDazzler). In the tween years, I cut holes in my Calvin Klein jeans to make them look more like Kurt Cobain’s jeans. The obsession with cutting clothing progressed over the years and here I am, pushing 30, with a closet full of cut-off sweats, sweaters, blouses, tees, and jeans. After all, I am “The Cutter,” hear me and my scissors roar in fury at these clearly lesser, fraudulent, and over-priced “cut-offs” you can buy anywhere that sells jean shorts.
When I spend good money on shorts, they should be hemmed. They better be hemmed and my ass better look spectacular. Those are my only two criteria.
So… what is this blasphemy I am seeing now with faux cut-offs? What purpose does that serve? When I cut jeans into shorts, it is because they are useless to me as full length jeans. Or, I am out of shorts and it is cheaper to go to the thrift store, buy some 3 dollar man-jeans, and cut those suckers until my ass looks brilliant. Then I am home-wrecking your life by going on a date with your dad to Chuck-E-Cheese after he spotted these rosy cheeks at the Wal-Mart you were likely conceived in.
They are cut-offs out of necessity and they are custom made for my rump! That is the appeal! It adds to my skank factor too because it tells a dude, “I am purposely showing off my butt to you. I made this. If I wanted it longer, I would have cut them to be longer.” So you see, they are both skanky and functional; you’re not sacrificing anything and that is what makes it so beautiful.
There is a certain amount of pride and accomplishment you feel in turning your jeans into cut-offs. Now, everyone from designer and generic labels are trying to take that satisfaction from us. Am I not allowed to be a cheap skank on my own accord?
I like having to trim the threads after about a dozen washes when the cut-offs start to fray more, it is a rite of passage for any piece of denim you cut. These pretend cut-offs do not have any fray that looks even remotely genuine. I saw urban outfitters is selling authentic cut-offs, but why would you ever pay for cut-offs? My cut-offs better make me money by getting me “sponsored” by some old dude that appreciates my rigorous workout routine, and not cost me money. If it costs more than $3, it is cutting into your Ramen funds and “us girls” have priorities, thank you very much.
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Cover model: Romanie Smith.
Doll House Photography.
Release date: 11/03/2014.
Sinical No. 16
Cover models: Courtney Crave & Angela Ryan.
Photo by Sergei Rodionov.
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