Thursday, 20 July 2017

Pro Tone Pedals - Purveyors of euphonious mayhem.

 

Dennis Mollan is the founder of Pro Tone Pedals.

 

Sinical Magazine: What bands did you listen to when growing up, Dennis?

Dennis Mollan: Oh man... I went through so many stages with music growing up- as a young kid my folks were into the AM Gold of the 70s. Watch Reservior Dogs for a better understanding.

From there my cousin Tommy introduced me to KISS. A couple of summers later he played Black Flag for me- I couldnt have been more than 10- fuck that was it for me! The combination of cocksmanship of KISS and the pure rage of Rollins. This was '82 or so. Around that time New Wave was coming in and taking over the air waves- and the synth sounds appealed to me, too. I really liked the way that acts like Gary Newman, The Cure, Devo, Killing Joke and Ministry were bringing the things together that I grew up on- showmanship, attitude, with great songs. What was more impactful was that these guys demanded that us listeners not be a passive consumer of their product- but that we actively participate in their revolution.

Sinical Magazine: When did you get started with Pro Tone Pedals?

Dennis Mollan: I launched Pro Tone in May of 2004.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Where is Pro Tone Pedals based out of?

Dennis Mollan: We were based out of Dallas TX for the 1st few years, but 2 years ago I moved operations to Charleston, South Carolina.

Sinical Magazine: What makes your pedals unique from other pedal makers?

Dennis Mollan: Aside from the overall look of our product- which was utterly unheard of in our industry before we came along... I think the primary difference would be that we want to move people and their music forward- rather than help players recreate the tired tones of our fathers’ heroes. Our users aren’t trying to sound like Hendrix or Clapton... they want their own voice- one that is unique and modern.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your top selling items?

Dennis Mollan: Hands down- the Raven Dirty Chorus- designed for Paul Raven of Killing Joke, Ministry & Prong. We worked with Paul to recreate his tone from early Killing Joke albums, while maintaining a modern edge… seems modern gear was lacking some of the soul his vintage equipment had.

Sinical Magazine: Who does the artwork and graphics for your pedals?

Dennis Mollan: Our primary artist is Sam Shearon, also known as Mister Sam. Sam is a Leeds of London graduate and specializes in "Dark Art". Check his website out: Mister-Sam.com.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Who are some famous guitarists/bands that have used your pedals?

Dennis Mollan: Oh man... we've worked with some amazing people- Ozzy, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Ministry, Prong, Fear Factory, Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds To Mars, Periphery... so so many.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think of the current state of rock and metal music?

Dennis Mollan: Some days I’m optimistic, some days I think it’s in the shitter. Luckily the internet has made it possible for so many more bands to be heard. Kids no longer have to rely on college radio, or 3rd, 4th, and 5th gen copies of underground music. Its out there- BandCamp, SoundCloud, ReverbNation all you have to do is go looking. Yeah 95% of it will suck, but you’ll find the gems if you keep searching.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any exciting products coming up this year?

Dennis Mollan: In '13 we've completely re-branded the company. New logo... new art... new pedals... new players.

 

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Therése Rosier Interview

Therése Rosier


Therése Rosier is a Teplice, Czech-based artist and model. She is a lover of all things retro, vintage, pinup, and burlesque. For commissions or purchases, contact her at rosiertherese (@) gmail (.) com. This interview was feature in issue #10 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be purchased here


Sinical Magazine: when did you know you were an artist?

Therése Rosier: This is difficult to answer. I still don´t know exactly. I felt artistic inclinations since I was little girl. But now, I am a woman who lives for art with all my heart and mind, and it is now in the present moment that I realize I am an artist.

Sinical Magazine: When did you get started in painting?

Therése Rosier: I’ve been painting since childhood, and even as a young girl I went to various art courses - I realy love drawing and painting since I could hold crayons in my hand. then I graduated secondary art school at Prague. Art accompanied me my whole life. I started exhibiting my paintings at age 16.



Sinical Magazine: What inspires your work?

Therése Rosier: I find inspiration in many things. In old 1930´s czech movies – I was in wonder of old movie stars since I was a little girl. I watched old movies with my parents often. I´m also inspired by a burlesque style because I love feminity and vintage glamour style – this inspires my art, also my personal look. Burlesque interested me for a long time - since I was teenager. I did burlesque a few years ago but I have different priorities for now but still love everything around it and it´s reflected in my artwork. I was also inspired in some writers, in their dark ballads and gloomy stories, in music.

Sinical Magazine: How did the city of Prague inspire your work?

Therése Rosier: I no longer live in Prague, but Prague inspired me a lot. I really love going through streets of Prague and discovering the beauty of the city.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: You paint a lot of pin up style portraits. Can you tell us about your fascination with pinup?

Therése Rosier: As I mention it – I love and I´m inspired by feminity, retro, vintage, burlesque glamour style and this all closely related with pin up style. I absolutely worship when woman looks like true woman, wear clothes which highlight feminine curves, wear high heels, use red lipstick and cat eye makeup. I´m totally in love with everything around it! Also love pin up icons like a Marilyn Monroe and all about her life, same like Bettie Page and lots of another divas of old years.

Sinical Magazine: Can you explain your painting process and techniques?

Therése Rosier: I using watercolors with ink, mainly. At first I draw a sketch, then apply watercolors at wet surface and when it is dry, I use little by little several layers of watercolor with ink and sometimes acrylic for details. This is the most widely technique that I use. I combine realistic portraits with abstract splashes and flowing colors. And it´s all magic.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What type of brushes do you use?

Therése Rosier: I using round brushes in many sizes. From smaller to biggest one, nothing special.

Sinical Magazine: What types of paints do you use?

Therése Rosier: Practicaly everything I do with watercolors, aniline colors and common ink. Sometimes I used acrylic.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: How much do you sell your paintings for?

Therése Rosier: It´s dificult to say it´s individual – it depends by paper size, how difficult is pattern and how elaborate technique I use...There is many aspect about this. It may be 1 000 CZK, when you want small paper size of painting and easier technique, or 10 000 and more CZK when you want big and difficult piece.

Sinical Magazine: Where can people buy them at?

Therése Rosier: I have only facebook fan page and personal profile on fb. So you can write me a message to my fb page or by email, if you interested in purchase. But I’ve been planning to launch a website for a long time.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Apart from painting, you also model. Can you talk a little about your modeling?

Therése Rosier: I started with modelling when I was young girl when I was 14, I think . My friend from neighbourhood start studying photography school and took a few photos of me and my sister. After about two years I have my first professional shoot with one of my good friends – now he is profesional photographer and we still take photos together and often. I have several photographers in the circle of my friends. Now I do photo shoots as more of a hobby. I´ll be more than happy if I started do professional photomodeling. It´s only my dream but maybe in future.

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

Therése Rosier: The most important is for me that a photographer captured the atmosphere. I like dreamy / ethereal feeling in photos. And it´s the most important aspect of a photo for me too.

Sinical Magazine: What projects do you have coming up?

Therése Rosier: Now I have exhibition Femme Fatale in Prague for few months. This month will be vernissage in my hometown in memory of Kurt Cobain and all musicians. In near future coming up least two exhibition in Prague – in bigger place for burlesque show. I´m absolutely excited about it and I can´t wait for it !!!! It will be spectacular, I hope . And preparing lots of exhibition in my hometown Teplice and in Prague in next months.My fans have to look forward to. 

 

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Annalee Belle

Photo by Ulfiltered. 



Annalee Belle is a model, make-up artist, hair stylist, and photographer. She is based in Abq., NM, Denver, CO, and Dallas, TX.


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

Annalee Belle: I was born in Amarillo, TX on Sept. 7th, 1988. I currently have a house in Amarillo, but am rarely there. I think I currently live in my car for the most part.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Annalee Belle: I started modeling for Toxic Kitten Clothing because Nina, the owner of the line, asked me to. After doing a couple shoots for her, I worked with a few other photographers through Model Mayhem and I kept going with it.

 

Photography by Jay Zamora.


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

Annalee Belle: I'd say it was more models who inspired me. I've been following Raquel Reed since my senior year in high school on Myspace, and wow, talk about some inspiration. Audrey Kitching is another model who immediately caught my eye. Back then, modeling didn't even cross my mind, but I remember being amazed that they had such unique looks and I felt like their personality really came out in their shots.

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

Annalee Belle: For me, it's all about facial expression and personality. There are so many models out there, that you have to do something to set yourself apart. Having rainbow hair isn't enough. Your face and posing has to draw people in.

 

Photography by Brett Seeley.


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

Annalee Belle: Oh gosh, I'm also a photographer, so that's tough. I suppose if there is a certain mood you are going for, it would be most important to make sure that mood is there. But a lot of great photos come from the original idea NOT working out, so who knows.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Annalee Belle: 34-27-37.

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Annalee Belle: 8 1/2.

 

 


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

Annalee Belle: LATEX STOCKINGS! I freakin' love the way they feel. I'm not a huge fan of the way latex feels all over my body, but stockings do it for me.

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

Annalee Belle: Almost any sort of techno/trance. Bingo Players has been my favorite lately for gym time. I really like ATB or Zedd when I'm a little more laid-back.

 

Photography by Don Hales.

 

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

Annalee Belle: I'm also a makeup artist, hair stylist, and photographer. Even though all are what I do for a living, I do enjoy them very much. I'm also a gym rat and health nut, though I really do enjoy a good junk food session.

Sinical Magazine: What's up next for you?

Annalee Belle: Up next, I'm heading to London in September to meet up with Cervena Fox. Pretty stoked to see her and check out a new country. After that, Laughlin, NV for Rumble by the River!

Annalee Belle
http://www.modelmayhem.com/1331039
https://www.facebook.com/AnnaleeBelle

 

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Book review: Strictly Bondage - Lightworship

 

 

Goliath Books is a publisher of art and photography books. Founded in 1997, and specializing in publishing daring photography and art books.

Victor Lightworship is a sucessful commercial photographer turned erotic fetish/bondage photographer. His work has been published in several countries and he has had several exhibitions.


Goliath's release "Strictly Bondage" by Lightworship is a small hardcover book with a collection of 220 of his black and white images in a book that is 128 pages. The dimensions of the book are 5.7 x 8.5 inches. There is a short introduction by the publisher offered in several languages. 

The book features models such as Akira Lane, Jay Taylor, Odette Delacroix, among others. The models are subdued, bound and gagged. The girls are tied up with intricate Japanese rope bondage. Some of the submissives are hung from ceiling rafters or in a couple shots held up by Lightworship with one hand. 

 

 

Lightworship appears in many of the shots wearing a short sleeve white shirt with black tie, black slacks and black eyeglasses. He looks like a bible salesman. In other shots he is wearing a trenchoat or a suit. He adds a level of David Lynchian moodiness to the photos. Lightworship is an expert at Kinbaku (Japanese Rope Bondage). He has studied with one of the industry's well known rope masters and does all of the rigging in the photos he creates. 

 

 

According to his bio, Lightworship's father first taught him the ways of black and white film when he was a teenager. His love of monochromatic images began then, over 30 years ago. He is a perfectionist when it comes to lighting and composition. When indoors, the lighting is low-key and noirish. In other shots, Lightworship utilizes window light to great effect. And some images were shot outdoors on a patio with some overhead shade. The models have a variety of facial expressions with the most common being: an expression of serenity or pleasure. 

 

 

The printing quality of the book is high and the book has a clean, elegant and minimal design. The book is great for lovers of bondage and kinky photography and will be provocative to the curious and people who are new to bondage imagery. 

 

Publisher: GOLIATH - www.goliathbooks.com

  • ISBN-13: 978-3936709575

 

Photographer: www.lightworship.com

 

 

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