Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Book review: Young Casting Girls by Mark Novak


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

Mark Novak is a photographer from Prague, Czech Republik.

Goliath's release Young Casting Girls is a small hardcover book. The book is 320 pages and features 420 color photos. The dimensions of the book are 5.5” x 8.5” - 14 x 21 cm.

The cover features model, Malena. The introduction is presented in several languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian.

In the introduction, Doc Goliath talks about the many genres of photography. In nude photography, there are subgenres such as black and white, snapshots and glamour. In order to participate in a nude photography shoot, models are selected through a casting process. At the casting, models fill out an intimate questionnaire and sign a release. The girls are asked about their favorite sexual position, what they have already performed before the camera, and what they are willing to do. 

The book displays 50 young and different models from Mark Novak's casting photos. In some of the photos, models wear panties, stockings, heels, boots, and other items of clothing before getting undressed. 

My favorite photo sets are on pages 106-113 (Model: Kattie Gold), 140-145 (Model: Malena), and 152-157 (Model: Marie).


Publisher: GOLIATH.

Purchase a copy of the here.

ISBN: 9783957300089


Interview: Chrysta Bell

Photo by Elias Tahan


This interview was featured in the 6 Year Anniversary issue of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be purchased here.


Sinical Magazine: What was it like for you to grow up in Texas?

Chrysta Bell: I was born and raised in the wonderful city of San Antonio. My family’s unusual vocations provided a pretty dynamic childhood. My mother and step father owned and ran the largest recording studio in South Texas and my father was a commercial hot air balloon pilot and collector of unusual classic cars(think two headed Pontiacs and vintage fire engines). My artistic passions were nurtured and I was raised to believe my possibilities in life were as vast and bright as the Texas sky. I look back and realize how fortunate I was to have that experience growing up.

Sinical Magazine: When did you first realize you wanted to make music?

Chrysta Bell: My mother is a singer and we have always sung together, since I was toddler. I can’t remember a time when I was not certain that music was my destiny.


 Photo by Kristin Cofer


Sinical Magazine: Who are your musical influences?

Chrysta Bell: Growing up I was a big fan of The Eurythmics. I also loved Prince, Julie London, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye.

Sinical Magazine: What is your songwriting process like?

Chrysta Bell: Usually there is a melody that starts dancing in my mind from seemingly out of nowhere. There are often words attached to the melody to give me an idea of what the song is about, though that often evolves quite a bit before the song is actually born. A vast number of my songs originate while I am driving in my car alone.



 Photo by Elias Tahan


Sinical Magazine: What is your favorite venue and city you’ve performed at?

Chrysta Bell: I have been ridiculously blessed to play in tremendous theaters, clubs and on festival stages all over the world for the past decade. Each have certain special qualities as one can imagine. Right now one that is coming to mind is the stage we played during the music festival in Ravello, Italy. The backdrop was the Amalfi Coast. It was over the top storybook perfection.

Sinical Magazine: Can you talk about your collaboration with David Lynch?

Chrysta Bell: I consider every moment I spend with David to be a gift. He’s an exceptionally heart centered, compassionate, highly intelligent and highly productive person. Also, the most dedicated artist I know. Working with him has so many positive associations for me. We have a musical and personal chemistry that is very fulfilling and rewarding and in my experience, rare. We are 16 years strong in our collaboration and friendship and I hope it goes at least 20 more.


Photo by Sasha Samsonova


Sinical Magazine: You’ve been described in the past as David Lynch’s Muse. What does the word “Muse” mean to you?

Chrysta Bell: In the most basic sense it’s someone who inspires or facilitates creative expression.

Sinical Magazine: How does it feel to be a cast member on David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks series?

Chrysta Bell: I’m ecstatic.

Photo by Elias Tahan


Sinical Magazine: What projects are you working on for 2017?

Chrysta Bell: Early in 2017 I will be releasing the music video for Beat the Beat, a song from the EP David Lynch and I released October 7, 2016. Shortly thereafter I will be launching the release of my second full- length record called “We Dissolve”, with production by John Parish, the marvelous producer and band mate of P.J. Harvey. The album was recorded in Bristol, UK, and has guest appearances by Adrian Utley of Portishead, Geoff Downes of Yes and Stephen O’Malley of cult drone metal band Sunn O))). The music is cinematic, sultry and soulful, with focus on strong songwriting and arrangements, no fluff or rampant over production. I am extremely proud of the record. At some point in 2017 Twin Peaks will air. That will be a trip. I’m brimming with anticipation along with the rest of the world. I have a feeling it’s going to be a game changing show (again!) and I think overall 2017 is going to be a pretty fantastic year.|




Danny Stygion - Ten Years

Cover model: Kimber Fox


Danny Stygion - Ten Years. Featuring: Angela Ryan, Kimber Fox, Veronica Gomez, Ludella Hahn, Kendra James, and others.

Limited edition of 100 numbered print copies. 44 pages. Perfect-bound. 48 pages. 8.25" x 10.75."


PRINT EDITION - $20.00 + $6.00 for shipping. U.S. only. If you are purchasing outside of the U.S., please e-mail us directly at danny (@) sinicalmagazine (.) com for shipping cost info.



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Preview images: 

Models: Crystal Pieper/Ludella Hahn

Model: Kendra James


Model: Angela Ryan


Interview: Dita Von Teese (2017)

Model: Dita Von Teese
Photo by Ali Mahdavi


This interview was featured in the 6 Year Anniversary issue of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be purchased here.

Sinical Magazine: How has the burlesque scene evolved since you started performing?

Dita Von Teese: In major ways. When I started doing shows in 1992, my audience was mainly fetish fans that knew me from my vintage style Bettie Page bondage photos. I watched a big shift. I would say around 2000 that my audience was becoming predominantly female. It just becomes kind of an unlikely feminist movement. It’s much different than what is was in the golden age of the 1930’s and 40’s when it was entertainment for men. It was a way for men to see live and nearly nude girls in real life. So I think it’s vastly different. I think we’re actually seeing a golden age now in a lot of ways, just because it’s become a global phenomenon, and a lot of women are finding empowerment from it. It’s extraordinary.

Sinical Magazine: What is it about burlesque that appeals to you directly?

Dita Von Teese: I was first attracted to the look. There really wasn’t a burlesque scene when I started. There was no internet. I basically had the idea of bringing my pin up photos to life for the show. I didn’t really have anything or anyone to reference except for the past. Things were quite different than it was when I was first starting out than it is now. I wasn’t trying to do a burlesque scene. I just started doing shows at fetish parties and strip clubs. I was touring strip clubs in the nineties as a headliner, and this was because I was kind of known for posing for Playboy Magazine back then. I was doing a circuit tour of all the big gentlemen’s clubs across the coutry and flying to London, and doing parties there, but there really wasn’t much of a scene. I remember being featured in an article in the State, which was a magazine that was around in the early nineties and basically featured everyone in burlesque and there was maybe 12 of us around in the world and so I think that it is very different now than it was then.


Photo by Kaylin Idora

Sinical Magazine: What inspired the routines in your new show “The Art of the Teese”?

Dita Von Teese: In the new show, I’m not saying a lot about it. I don’t want to reveal too many things. I’m always adding and shifting things, and we’re still several months out. One thing I am doing is restaging a show I’ve only done in Paris. I’m giving that show a big makeover and I’m having new costumes made for it. I’m re-recording some of the music and I’m building some new sets for it. There’s a lot that I’m doing and bringing on tour that hasn’t been seen in the United States and or has never been on tour at all. I have some new cast members and some of my favorites from my show “Strip, Strip, Hooray”, which has been to Houston a few times, but there’s definitely a lot of new things to see in it and a couple old favorites that have been re-imagined. Of course, I will be performing my martini glass routine in a new way that hasn’t been seen on a tour in the U.S. before. There will be the same kind of energy that we had in “Strip, Strip, Hooray” with new numbers that people haven’t seen before.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of the other performers?

Dita Von Teese: I have a few that are yet to confirm. I’m importing one in particular so I’m not announcing all the cast yet. We do have my favorite MC Murray Hill who always on “Strip, Strip, Hurray” with me. That’s the only person I’m going to say right now.


Photo by Albert Sanchez & Pedro Zalba


Sinical Magazine: How do you feel about bringing the tour to your home town of Michigan?

Dita Von Teese: It’s very exciting. I’ve had the opportunity bring the show to the Grand Rapids and Detroit a few times, but I have to say that I was very apprehensive because I know that the tour has been a success because I’ve been over and over again to Texas, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and all these other cities that I know well and that I know these big burlesque scenes there. Places that I know will be a success and so I was really nervous about bringing it to Michigan because I really haven’t been back to Michigan since I was really quite young. It’s always a big financial risk going on tour, and I’m the sole producer of the show, so I have to take into account that I need to sell 95% of tickets just to break even on the production and so I got really nervous about trying new places. I was really surprised about that the Detroit show sold out very quickly. I’m very exciting about going there and I’m very proud of my home state. I really can’t wait to do that show.

Sinical Magazine: You’ve performed in Texas a few times. What are some of your favorite things about Texas?

Dita Von Teese: I’ve always loved coming to Texas. We always get a great response. One of my sisters lives there and I’ve always find it to be a stylish and interesting state. There’s lots of great places to eat and we always have a lot of fun in Texas.


Photo by Kaylin Idora

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get started in burlesque?

Dita Von Teese: The best advice I have about that is that when I first started performing, I was performing because I really loved it. I never had any intention or dreamed that I could become famous for it, and that it would become such a big thing. I think that’s part of the secret to my success is that I just did it because I enjoyed it so much. I think there’s people around who just want to do it because they think they’ll be famous. They like the attention. If you’re going to do it, you have to think about why you are really doing it. Also, you don’t have to be on stage to necessarily capture what burlesque is about. I have people who write to me and say that they won’t to be a burlesque star but they are so terrified of going on stage in front of all those people. That’s how you know you shouldn’t be performing burlesque, but there’s ways you can use it in your every day life.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any projects or products you would like to mention for 2017?

Dita Von Teese: I’m really focused on “The Art of the Teese “ tour. I’m also excited that my lingerie line is launching the new collection in February. That’s at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and online retailers as well. And of course my book Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour is a must have for any would be glamour girl. |






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