Friday, 22 May 2015

Melissa Drew Interview

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Oscar Mendoza Photography

 

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

Melissa Drew: When I was in high school I had a friend who was in college that was very into photography. She would ask me to get dressed up and we'd go out and take photos. Then when I turned 18 I decided to get a Model Mayhem account. It all went from there!

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Melissa Drew: 34-25-34!

 

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Photo by Diego Mendoza

 

Sinical Magazine: What was the most interesting thing that has happened during a photo shoot?

Melissa Drew: Oh gosh, I don't know. Generally every shoot has something interesting about it. There's often lots of changing in lingerie in public, weird looks from onlookers, breaking into abandoned places, moving dead animals, lots of joking around. I recently had a bat fly out at my head while shooting in a closet of an abadoned house.

Sinical Magazine: Who is more of an influence: Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese?

Melissa Drew: This is a tough one for me. I want to say Bettie Page simply for the fact that she came first, but I really think Dita Von Teese has done more and embraced the lifestyle much more.

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

Melissa Drew: I've worked with tons of photographers from the United States and Hong Kong. Someone I'd like to work with that I haven't yet is Ellen von Unwerth. She's truly an inspiration and her work is beautiful and sensual.

 

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Photo by Martin Wong. MUA: Lyia Jalao.

 

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

Melissa Drew: Ooh, I have no idea! Probably Dita Von Teese, Masuimi Max, Mosh, Bianca Beauchamp, and maybe Raquel Reed.

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

Melissa Drew: I definitely think it depends on the area you're in. Two that come to mind for me are Ellen von Unwerth and Holly Randall.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to other models or photographers?

Melissa Drew: I don't like needy people. Model is fun for me, but it's also a job. Unless we're friends or we've worked together several times, I really don't like when people bring their personal life into our shoot.

 

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IMAK Photo.

 

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

Melissa Drew: I have a huge medical fetish. I love medical crosses on EVERYTHING. I also really love garters, pvc, and latex. It's hard to choose!

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Melissa Drew: Artifice Clothing. Hands down! Some of my proudest moments in my modeling career has been modeling their designs. I also own several of their pieces.

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

Melissa Drew: A lot of industrial, harsh EBM, trip-hop, visual kei, darkwave, and hip hop.

 

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IMAK Photo.

 

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

Melissa Drew: There really isn't one! I think that Craig Gardner and I basically make up the scene here hah. Of course I can't account for what happens after hours in people's bedrooms.

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

Melissa Drew:


https://www.facebook.com/MelissaDrewModel
http://www.modelmayhem.com/1085694
http://melissadrew.deviantart.com/
http://melissa-drew.tumblr.com/

 

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Shelly D'Inferno Interview

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PEAK photography. Outfit by Heavenly Inferno. 

 

Shelly d'Inferno is originally from Sweden and is now a UK-based alternative model and photographer. She is also the designer of Heavenly Inferno. She was featured on the cover of Bizarre Magazine #197.

 

Sinical Magazine: Can you tell us a little about your background?

Shelly d'Inferno: I'm Shelly, a 23 year old born in Stockholm, Sweden. I've been living in the city of action, London, for more than 3 years now. As I teen I was very interested in clothing designing, modeling and photography and started building my portfolio with friends at 17. When I moved to London I took it to the next level and started wokring parttime with my hobbies as a designer, model and makeup artist. I'd like to describe myself as an old wise soul, in a young active body, with the heart of a mother and the wild mind of a child!


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

Shelly d'Inferno: That was Bizarre Magazine, back in the day when it was a bit more hardcore fetish. I was visiting a tattoo studio and had a look at a Bizarre Magazine. I wasn't involved as much in the scene then so I was shocked and intrigued by the content of it! Who wouldve thought I'd be gracing their cover years later!

 

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Photo by Karl Shaw. Outfit by Heavenly Inferno. 

 

Sinical Magazine: How did you become an alternative model?

Shelly d'Inferno: I've always been very creative with looks and how to live life. When I was 15 I got into the rave scene, and started sewing my own clothes. Then I became some sort of hippie who slept on a hill and danced around fires. After that I decided I wanted to try street-art and urban exploration and I changed into an electro/drum and bass kid who wore baggy jeans.. Then finally at 18 I discovered rock n roll and wild partying, and to some extent, thats where I've been stuck more or less! Anyhow, my portfolio is full of different looks and styles, I think I'm just a kind of person who wants to try everything. And the ordinary was never an option. :)

 
Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Shelly d'Inferno: I'm 5' 9", 31" bust, 24" waist and 31" hips!

 

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Photo by Silje Lingås

 
Sinical Magazine: What was the most interesting thing that has happened during a photo shoot?

Shelly d'Inferno: Haha it must have been when I was in a jaccuzi and had to balance my bum on a bucket so it would look like I was floating. An assistant also had to to hold up my head at the same time while I was trying to get the pose EXACTLY the same as the painting Ophelia by John Everett Millais..It was a challenge! But turned out great and was published in Disorder magazine!

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

Shelly d'Inferno: James Ellis aka Codeine Dream Photography, Barrington Grant, Katie Vice.. Red Sky Photography and Greg Buyalos are two I recommend in the US! If I could pick a photographer to work with it would be David Lachapelle for sure!

 

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Photo by Silje Lingås

 

Sinical Magazine: Can you tell us about your clothing brand: Heavenly Inferno?

Shelly d'Inferno: Heavenly Inferno came to life 2008-2009 when I was 19, I started customizing & making things more and more while I was studying fashion design. Buying and collecting things I found cheap or got given so I could remake into something new. It was when the punk/rock scene had awoken my interest. I discovered these type of clothes were what I really enjoyed making, and I wanted to start branding my creations something. Even though Heavenly Inferno is never supposed to be stuck in one style, most of the designs I make lean to punk-rock in one way or another.

The name Heavenly Inferno comes from one of my favorite songs from a Norwegian demo band called Shellyz Raven. I like how it’s got the word Heavenly that can stand for my more clean designs while Inferno stand for the dirty rock n roll crazier  pieces
 

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

Shelly d'Inferno: I dont really keep updated on designers work, which is weird as its such a big interest of mine, but im more focused on the 'creating' bit than seeing other peoples work. Sometimes I dont even wanna look through too much as I want all my inspiration to come from my own mind. But I like Balmain and Skin Grafts older work!

 

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Photo by Nicholas Ainsley Photography

 

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

Shelly d'Inferno: Wow, everything! My flatmates sometimes asks me if its the same person living in my room. One second I will be shouting to Killing Joke, the next I'm waltzing to Leonard Cohen. Or I could be spazzing out to Prodigy or chilling with Tupac. I've picked up a bit of everything through my years, as I have with different clothing!
 

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

Shelly d'Inferno: It's great! Alot of things going on all the time, huge alternative scene which leaves great opportiunities to get your work out there and succeed. Thats exactly what I wanted when I moved from Sweden, action! Fast pace and always events happening. London is the best city, and it connects people from all of the world!

 

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Photo by Silje Lingås

 

 

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

Shelly d'Inferno:

Visit my Facebook page where I post all my updates!
http://www.facebook.com/shellydinferno
Or for smaller updates like what my bogeys look like roll over to Twitter
http://twitter.com/ShellydInferno

Shelly d'Inferno
Seamstress | Model | Photographer
Make-up Artist | Stylist

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http://modelmayhem.com/shellydinferno
http://shellydinferno.tumblr.com/
http://twitter.com/ShellydInferno

 

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Shannon Brooke Interview

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Model: Nico Jones
Makeup by Tarryn Feldman
Hair by Danielle June

 

Shannon Brooke is primarily an L.A. based photographer focusing on commerical portraiture. Shooting everything from pinup and fashion to music and advertising, her diversity is endless. Recent adventures include shooting in Australia, shooting across Route 66 twice, and starting a base out of Sacramento, California. Previously a lead photographer at West Coast Choppers and Hot Topic, Inc., she is now a full time freelancer working on her own publications. - Bio from shannonbrookimagery.net

Shannon Brooke is one of our favorite photographers. Her work has appeared on the covers of Sinical #2 and Sinical #5. ~ Danny Stygion

 

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Shannon Brooke: My Auntie gave me a 35mm Nikon F-Series and I had no idea how to use it!  I took a few photography classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo California, and I fell in love.  Art was always a way for me to express myself, but I couldn't find the right medium to make it a living.  This was something that made absolute sense to me, creatively and technically.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most important aspect of a composition to you?

Shannon Brooke: Simplicity and drawing the eye comfortably around the image.  I love symmetry.

 

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Model: Tressa Louise
Makeup/hair: Jennifer Corona

 

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a typical shoot?

Shannon Brooke: Sometimes it takes me days to figure out the right locations, wardrobe, props, models, etc.  But most of the time I can walk into a situation and make it into something beautiful.  I think lighting is everything, it can change the shape, color, and mood of anything... it's like magic!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have a favorite lighting setup?

Shannon Brooke: A key light, and a good edge light, or a light for separating the subject from the background.  Most of my work is shot with 2-4 lights, indoor or outdoor.

 

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Model: April Novak
Hair: Danielle June

 

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

Shannon Brooke: Rocky Schenck, David Perry, Ellen Von Unwerth, George Hurrell, Cecil Beaton.

Sinical Magazine: What other artists have inspired your work?

Shannon Brooke: George Petty, Alberto Vargas, Mark Ryden, Richard Fahey.

 

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Model: Lola Vee
Makeup by Tarryn Feldman
Hair by Danielle June

 

Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer to shoot inside a studio or on location?

Shannon Brooke: I love both, lighting for me gets a little more complicated while I am inside.  It's cool when I have the power to light my locations like I'm in studio too.  Lots of lights in an outdoor situation is so much fun, I like beating down the background lighting lots for a moody, rich landscape.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite outdoot locations to shoot at?

Shannon Brooke: I love the desert, dry lake beds, sky with lots of trees.  Anything with a wide open space is my fav.

 

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Model: Saint Clare
Makeup and hair by Jennifer Corona

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Who in your opinion, are the top 5. alt models?

Shannon Brooke: Sabina Kelley, Mosh, Masuimi Max, Lourdes Dodds, and Lauren WK (I would love to shoot lauren sometime soon!).

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

Shannon Brooke: I don't like it when clients or models don't credit the photos properly, or crop images for social networks.  There should always be an appreciation for the photographer, makeup, hair, wardrobe styling, set design, etc.

 

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Model Frankie Sin
Hair/set by Danielle June

 

Sinical Magazine: You are the photo editor/cover photographer for Deadbeat Magazine. Can you talk about how this relationship began?

Shannon Brooke: Deadbeat approched Sabina Kelley about a photo I shot of her with her Impala in 2006.  It was a shoot just for fun, and they wanted to use one of the images for the cover of their first issue.  Deadbeat has always been a very consistent company to work for, and they have a good eye for keeping their mag artwork specific to them.  I love working with them, it's truly my favorite gig.

 Sinical Magazine: Congratulations on working with Avril Lavigne. What was that experience like?

Shannon Brooke: It was a great experience, I was very nervous... of course. The day went smoothly, and she along with her manager seemed to be impressed with how quickly I worked.  (Thank bejesus, I just didn't want her to get bored so I worked 10x faster than normal).  I hope I get to work with her again in the future.

 

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Model Dani Fertéy
Makeup and hair by Jennifer Corona

 

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Shannon Brooke: Finally, I am getting to work on my first publication. A book will be due by the end of the year!

 

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Model Amelié
Makeup and hair by Natasha Marcelina

 

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Sinical Magazine 08 Now Available!

 

Sinical Issue 08 featuring: Ed Fox Photography, Gracefully Wicked Photography, and Kilker Photography. 

Alt/Fetish models: Wanilianna, Melissa Misfortune, and Deanna Deadly.

SinfulSabrina.com re-launch. 

Columns by: Chase Merkley and Hollis Ireland.

Comic art by: Scott Tauser.


Print copies available here. 



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