Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Ivy D'Muerta Interview

Photo by Michele Muerte


Ivy D'Muerta is a Los Angeles-based model. She has been published in publications such as FHM, Inked Girls Magazine, and Inked Magazine.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Ivy D'Muerta: I first entered modeling when I was about 13 years old, I landed a Manager and Agent but quickly cut away from the contract. I was too young and insecure about my body and knew it would be tumultuous if I continued.
Fast forward a few years and I “accidentally” fell into modeling again when a friend of mine asked me to help her with her college photography assignment and if I would pose some pinup shots for her. I agreed, and from those simple photographs I began to get hired by a few small retro inspired clothing companies. Seven years later I now am able to make a living from modeling and it has given me so many wonderful opportunities and learning experiences.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine you came across that made you want to become a model?

Ivy D'Muerta: I actually wanted to continue modeling after doing it for a couple friends of mine who were in school to get their degree in photography. I had too much fun on set, creating the setting, creating the wardrobe and the hair and makeup styles to go with it. It is like living your imagination out in real life, I will never tire of that.


Photo by Michele Muerte


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

Ivy D'Muerta: So many things set each model apart from another, each has their own individual looks and styles… But styles. An individual style, one that shows that there is a confidence there. Where the statement underneath all else screams “this is me, this is who I am, and I’m not changing that for anything.”

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Ivy D'Muerta: I’m tall, I’m 5’10” with a nice hourglass figure.


Photo by Riley Kern Studio


Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes?

Ivy D'Muerta: I absolutely love a perfectly structured and fitted ensemble. Whether it’s a gown, a badass jacket and jeans, or even a simple shift or shorts. Structure in my wardrobe is a must have. I like the clean, strong lines and the utter feminity it brings by showing off my curves just right.

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

Ivy D'Muerta: From a model’s perspective, I think great lighting is the absolute most important aspect from any photograph. Whether a model is in it or not, perfectly set (natural or artificial) light and shadow are what truly makes an image. Personally, I love photos of models where you can see at least a hint of raw emotion. Something there shouting out through all the fluff or grime, speaking volumes to the viewer.


Photo by Steve Prue


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

Ivy D'Muerta: Metal and Classical are daily listens. I work for Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal so I absolutely am surrounded by my favorite genre of music each day. As a child I played the flute and was even a guest for the Disney Orchestra at the age of 11. I feel an open mind to music is an open mind to the world, and to truly appreciate music in it’s entirety one must be open to listening to as many genres as possible. I enjoy jazz, punk, classic rock, rockabilly, the old crooners, opera, etc.

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

Ivy D'Muerta: I love camping! I’m an outdoors enthusiast and a bit of an adenaline junkie so when I’m not modeling or dong radio or TV stuff I’m out finding aventures. Hiking, skydiving, practicing Muay Thai, watching hockey (life long hockey fan, especially for the LA Kings!), camping, whatever comes up I’m usually down to try it or experience it at least once. Hell, my first job was working back country in the Yosemite National Park at the age of 15. I’m ready to travel the world!


 Photo by Steve Prue

Sinical Magazine: What's up next for you?

Ivy D'Muerta: Prepare to see/hear more of me on Sirius XM Liquid Metal later this year! I don’t aim to stop and I’m working hard to land a hosting job traveling and showing viewers different cultures, music and the importance of both along with a dash of science!


Follow Ivy D'Muerta on Facebook

Follow Ivy D'Muerta on Twitter


Follow Sinical on Facebook

Follow Sinical on Twitter


Let us know what you think of this interview in the comments!

{jcomments on}


Ludella Hahn Interview


Photos by Evan Smith.
Corset and ruffle panties: What Katie Did
Bra and garterbelt: Kiss Me Deadly
(All available at
Gloves and Neck corset: Karen Von Oppen

This interview and pictorial was feature in the 2 Year Anniversary Issue of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here. Later this year, look for Ludella Hahn on the cover of our first fiction book release.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine or image you saw that made you want to start modeling?

Ludella Hahn: I can't specifically remember the image that made me first want to model, but I do remember the model that made want to take modeling seriously. I remember seeing multiple beautiful images of the deliciously curvy Jami Deadly online. Seeing someone who was not the typical tall and thin fashion model creating such gorgeous images and modeling for various retro clothing designers opened my eyes to the opportunities that a girl with curves actually had. I never thought I could be a model because I’m only 5’2” and have a voluptuous derriere, but when I saw her making it, I realized that I could too, potentially.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Ludella Hahn: I started with fetish modeling at the end of 2006 as a source of income in between jobs while I was in college. I remember making a modelmayhem account, but I honestly can't remember how I discovered that site. I was only modeling once or twice a month at most the first couple of years as it was just for some pocket money, but in 2009 I started building and focusing more on my portfolio. I kept getting requests to do pinup, so that was around the time I decided to take modeling more seriously with pinup as my niche. I was still in school and still working, but after graduating and the lease on my apartment in Portland, Maine ran out, I moved down to Boston in April of 2011 with my now husband Evan Smith and began modeling full-time.

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

Ludella Hahn: Creativity and personality. I think people have a greater impact when they are honing in on their own strengths instead of trying to replicate someone else's.


Sinical Magazine: What do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Ludella Hahn: Emotion. Art should arouse some kind of feeling from the viewer.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with photographers?

Ludella Hahn: A lack of manners is generally a pet peeve.

Sinical Magazine: You have travelled quite a bit for photo shoots and performances. What is the most interesting that has happened during a trip?

Ludella Hahn: As far as travels go, I was once locked inside a basilica in Italy by accident. I was with my sister and a friend of hers and they didn’t notice we were still in there when they locked up for closing. Luckily the caretaker hadn’t left yet and we were able to get out.


Sinical Magazine: What has been your favorite city to visit?

Ludella Hahn: Rome, though that was for my honeymoon. It’s incredibly romantic, and there is so much history to be absorbed. I am a Classics Major though, so perhaps I have a biased opinion.

Sinical Magazine: You often wear girdles and stockings in your shoots? Are these some of your clothing fetishes?

Ludella Hahn: Yes, I have a fetish for legwear. I love shiny pantyhose, knee and ankle socks, legwarmers, ff stockings, girdles, garterbelts, and high heels. I also have a thing for bodysuits.

Sinical Magazine: who are some of your favorite designers?

Ludella Hahn: I adore working for Heartbreaker. They carry such a variety of vintage-inspired clothing from cute and sweet to more glamorous looks. I am also a major fan of Vengeance Designs and Dawnamatrix for their innovation in latex design.




Sinical Magazine: When did you become interested in performing burlesque?

Ludella Hahn: I first became interested when I was in high school and first saw Moulin Rouge to be perfectly honest. I didn't pursue it until 2009 when I discovered that there was a burlesque scene in Maine, where I was still living at the time.

Sinical Magazine: How much preparation goes into your performances?

Ludella Hahn: It depends on the performance. I've done some improv-styled shows where you can't really prepare outside of costuming because you don't know how the music will sound, and I also have my "set" acts that have a lot more prep and time involved, usually do to the costuming. Most of my costumes are never finished because I keep wanting to add more rhinestones and embellishments and am constantly upgrading. Acts can be the same way. You learn what works and what doesn't work the more you do them, and then make modifications accordingly.

Sinical Magazine: What is the burlesque/fetish scene like in Boston?

Ludella Hahn: There are a couple of regular fetish nights. I haven't had a chance to attend too many of them due to my erratic schedule though. As for burlesque, there are a few prevalent troupes in Boston, but not as much opportunity for solo performers such as myself, so I tend to perform more in NYC.




Sinical Magazine: Congratulations on landing the covers of several magazines in the past year. Do you have any advice for aspiring models?

Ludella Hahn: Thank you. My advice would be to be yourself. Learn your strengths and cater to them. Also, remember to be considerate and respectful. Professionalism goes a long way.

Sinical Magazine: What's up next for you, this year?

Ludella Hahn: A lot of travel. I have more features and projects in the works, but I keep it a policy to not peep until complete. Once completed, and will be the first places I'll post said mysterious projects.


Follow Sinical on Facebook

Follow Sinical on Twitter


Let us know what you think of this interview in the comments!

{jcomments on}


Obscuri Interview

Derek Mick


As a child Derek Mick a.k.a. Obscuri was drawn to horror movies and the darker side of life. He seeks his inspiration from movies, music, childhood fears, nightmares, loneliness and erotic fantasies.

This interview was featured in the 2 Year Anniversary issue of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Derek Mick: As a young boy my Grandfather was the one person I looked up to. He was a man of many talents and one of them was photography. After spending many afternoons watching him take pictures of animals and landscapes I decided I wanted to give it a try. My High School was having a Yearbook Photo Competition and I was determined to enter it. So I did what any red blooded American Teenager boy would do, I stole my Dad¹s camera and took the photo that won the competition. Winning that competition gave me the confidence to pursue photography.

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Derek Mick: I have to say I have tried different brands of cameras but Nikon has always been my first and only choice. I also only use Nikon lenses.

Sinical Magazine: What are your preferred Nikon lenses for portrait photography?

Derek Mick: My lens of choice is the Nikon 24-70 2.8 a close second is the 70-200 2.8.


Model: Suzi Rubbish.

Sinical Magazine: Your work has elements of horror and darkness and there is a monofilament of blood running throughout your work. What can you elaborate on this?

Derek Mick: The only genre of movies I will sit and watch are horror. The first time I saw Leatherface it was love at first sight. I love the juxtaposition of my subject and the purity of blood, after all blood is source of life.

Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

Derek Mick: I want to stir emotions by bringing together beauty, horror, filth, shock and blood while at the same time the eyes convey a sense of innocence and purity.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Derek Mick: It seems to be about a month for most of the more in depth shoots.


Model: Engel

Sinical Magazine: Do you work with strobes or continuous lighting?

Derek Mick: I work with both. It really just depends on what the shoot calls for.

Sinical Magazine: What are some lighting set ups that you like to use?

Derek Mick: I tend to use 1 to 3 lights. I like to keep that aspect of my photography simple and bare bones.

Sinical Magazine: Steve Diet Goedde mentioned in an interview with us that he is often ripped off by people who take his images online and turn around and sell prints. Has this happened to you?

Derek Mick: Yes and I have had imagery used by other photographers claimed to be their own on websites. Technology is a double edge sword. You want to use the Internet to share your work but you run the risk of bottom feeders trying to steal it.


Model: Crystal Piper.

Sinical Magazine: How does living in Dallas influence your work?

Derek Mick: Dallas like any other city has the ³shady² parts of town where you can find cool rundown buildings. There are a lot of dark elements in Dallas, which inspired me to start a new project called ³Dumped² based on murders I saw on the news here.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that have influenced your work?

Derek Mick: To be honest its movie stills and crime scene imagery that truly inspires me.

Sinical Magazine: How much does music influence your work? What do you listen to?

Derek Mick: Music has always been my true passion. I always have to be listening to music. If I am not listening to it I am writing new material for Drudenhaus (my Band). I can¹t do anything with out it. I like all types of music but my main focus is EBM and Industrial.


Model: Ashlei Decay

Sinical Magazine: What do you do when one of your shoots is not going the way you had originally imagined?

Derek Mick: I get it going back on track by keeping a calm head and taking a breather if needed.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models?

Derek Mick: If the model can't follow simple direction and put their ego aside I won't work with them. I have a vision of what I want the outcome to be and will only work with models who respect my artistic vision.

Sinical Magazine: What annoys you about other photographers?

Derek Mick: My biggest complaint is the poorly executed mimicking of my work. I had a guy contact me asking what I used for blood and my lighting diagrams so he could give it a go. As if blood and lighting was all that went into creating my work. You can learn how to use a camera that doesn't give you the creativity or eye to create art. About a year ago I had posted that I may put an end to my blood work in 2012 and had another photographer try and pick up where I left off same basic style just poorly done. It ended when I continued the shoots due to demand.


Model: Ladonna Stein 

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting that's happened during one of your photo shoots?

Derek Mick: Last summer a cop saw my self and a model's husband throw her in a dumpster wrapped in plastic and covered in blood, that was a tense moment.

Sinical Magazine: What is your approach to the business side of photography?

Derek Mick: This is the area where I have the hardest time as most artists do. I try to keep on top of things but this is where having a business orientated wife comes in.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have one tip that you would recommend to any aspiring alt photographer?

Derek Mick: Shoot often and develop a style to distinguish you from the others.

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Derek Mick: I am working on 3 at the moment faces and dumped both are going to be small coffee table books limited runs and finalizing my blood book based on all of my bloody portraits.

Obscuri's Facebook Fan Page

Follow SInical Magazine on Facebook

Follow Sinical Magazine on Twitter

Follow Sinical Magazine on Tumblr

Let us know what you think of this interview in the comments!


Iseris Interview

Photo: Marcel Langer Photography
Model/Styling/Retouch: Iseris
Visa: Ina Rudi
Assistent: Rico Demeter
Location: Saint Antique


Iseris is a Munich-Germany based alternative model.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first pinup, fetish, or alternative magazine you came across?

Iseris: I think it was Gothic Magazine.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?

Iseris: I was never really confident but 4 years ago I discovered my passion for modelling. It was strange to discover that I felt more confident in front of a camera than in real life. Modelling was a kind of therapy for me to get more consciousness about my body. So I registered a modelling platform and my passion for modelling was born.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Iseris: 94cm 67cm 94cm.


Foto und Bea: Frank Jagow Fotografie - Faszination ist der Auslöser
Bea: Iseris
Visa: Stephanie Wagner
Hairstylist: Chris Mattick


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

Iseris: Talking about alternative models, I think a special charisma and expressive personality are more important then tattoos, piercings or a crazy hair color. A good model has to be more than a beautiful body with empty eyes.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?

Iseris: I had an exciting shooting for band Nachtmahr. There were burning cars in a crazy location and I met wonderful people.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?

Iseris: I worked with Sylwia Markis, Nightshadow, Hüseyin Yilmaz, Thomas Van De Scheck and many more. There are many photographers I would love to work with. I love the art of Christian Martin Weiss, Au-Contaire, Annie Bertram, Viona-Art and Seelenblick.


RRBT_2012 © by | p | a | t | p | i | x |


Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?

Iseris: Hmm it's difficult. There are too many beautiful models. My favorits are Kato, Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Ophelia Overdose and Virginia Hinz.

Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?

Iseris: There are too many great photographers.

Iseris: My top 5 at the moment are Sylwia Makris, Au-Contaire, Christian Martin Weiss, Annie Bertram, and Viona-Art.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?

Iseris: I don't have a typical alternative woman fetish like shoes, corsetts or latex. I am in love with exotic fashion like asian traditional dresses and tribal belly dance accessories.


Make-up: Sakura Spa (Steffi Oesterwind Sakura Spa)
Hair: Barbier Zu Hambörner
Ohrringe: MADE by LAN

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Iseris: At the moment I like the fashion of Manufaktur Herzblut. Markus Spatzier is such a nice person. And I am so lucky to know some talented friends with great tailoring skills and creativity like Artis LuMara and NihaCéta. And of course my timeless favorit Mother of London.

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

Iseris: At the moment I listen most Trip Hop, New Metal, Psychodelic Electro and EBM.

Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

Iseris: Munich is a big city, but the altenative scene is really small if you compare Munich with Berlin.

Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?

Iseris: My website is still in progress, but you can see more work on me on facebook page


Follow Sinical on Facebook

Follow Sinical on Twitter

{jcomments on}


Page 46 of 127

Secrets In Lace Retro Lingerie

Alchemy of England


Sign up to the Sinical e-mail list and receive a free digital issue. 

Sinical Magazine

Sinical Magazine - October 2016

Model: Veronica Gomez

Purchase a copy here.


Cover model: Minxie Mimieux

Purchase a copy here.

Sinical Magazine Archive

45x Back Issues Bundle

(Digital PDF format)

Order here.