Interview By: Isis Nicole

If you’ve ever cooled out anywhere on the internet, chances are you have crossed paths with Claire James a.k.a, Ms Stylez, at least once or twice in your browsing time. And then you probably went back again and again soon after particularly because Ms Stylez has been blogging her a** off on just about every social network, flaunting her manicures, graphic art, and most recently, streetwear brand called Caykie Couture. The South London gem shared a few words with me this month on her new life as a mommy, British cliches, copycats, and what Caykie Couture represents in fashion after the jump!

Name 
Claire ‘Ms Stylez’ James


Hometown 
South London

Age 23


Website
Which one (laughs!) msstylez.com,  msstylez.tumblr.com,  and caykiecouture.com will go live in the next few days. 


Most Known For
 
Graphic Design (album artwork, logo’s and most recently vectored portraits)


Unknown For
Being in an amazing relationship and having an amazing son Gianni.


Currently on your playlist
Etta Bond “Ask Me To Stay”, Jessie Ware “Wildest Moments” (Star Slinger Remix), Iggy Azalea “Backseat Trill Shit”, Lil’ Debbie & Riff Raff “Squirt” and bunch of Amy Winehouse and old school R&B


Weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you
Outer body experience…that s*** cray!

Least favorite trend(s)
Being on my d***! In all seriousness that is something I am noticing more and more these days. People see what I’m doing and feel the need to copy or imitate my work, even down to my clothes and nails.


Are there any British cliches you ever live up to?
Not that I’m aware of. I don’t like tea, I really do not sound like the queen. I guess sometimes I can be a bit of a snob.


How did you come up with the name Caykie Couture and what does the line represent?
Well, the word ‘Caykie’ or cakey means someone who got a lot of dough and ain’t afraid to show it. It’s a word that has been in my vocabulary for a minute. The brand represents the missing link between street wear and high end fashion. The couture part just represents the fact that every piece that is made is uber rare.


What’s it like being both a mommy and a designer?
It’s the hardest I’ve worked in my life, but it’s great because now I have somebody besides myself to worry about. He is my motivation.


What inspires your collection?
I find the 90’s inspirational. I see things from then and feel like we’re moving backwards in life. Things were so much better back then. Also, I take inspiration from Italian high-end fashion. My favourite brands are Fendi and Chanel.


Now that your a mom (mum!) does getting your nailsdid get put on pause?
Hell to the Nah!


What is the most challenging part of starting a clothing line and how do you overcome it?
The most challenging part for me is trying to keep my designs my own. As I mentioned there’s a lot of people on my d***, but I’m very secretive and will only be putting out one of my pieces so hopefully this shall help!


Will you continue to do graphics for other artists? I love your cartoons!
Of course I’ll continue to do graphics for other artist’s. Caykie Couture and MsStylez are two separate brands.


How do you remain the steezy Ms Stylez in the wake of your new business venture?
Good question.. I like to keep things fresh so although I’m working on new designs for Caykie etc. I still manage to find time to do frequent relevant vectors. I use Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr so people are able to keep up with the work rate on both Caykie and MsStylez at the same time. I’ve also just recently started my personal blog again http://msstylez.com/


Where is your favorite place to go for peace of mind?
On the embankment at nighttime by the river. So pretty.

What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future?
I do not really expect to be remembered for much this year but I would appreciate some recognition for bringing my own style to the graphic design area which is new and unique


Closing words of wisdom?: Being realistic is the best way to achieve your dreams.


@MsStylez_

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Since I like to call Suki Bedeauxmy aunt she insists on calling me nephew due to her liking of Snoop Dogg. But this interview isn’t really about that part of our acquaintance. This interview is about how Suki got into becoming a DJ, modeling for Meat, making a diss track to her ex, and squirting glitter. She was apart of THE REAL HEAT, back when Myspace was poppin!! AND up on that GIF ish when they were still titled ‘gifts’?!! She’s also been rocking the locks and bangs since before Rih Rih did. But anyway, see what the lovely lady who gets the London parties started had to share with the world after the jump!

Name SUKI BEDEAUX 


Hometown LONDON 

Website WWW.SUKIBEDEAUX.CO.UK 


Most Known For 
Being in The Real Heat, producing & DJing. 


Unknown For Baking Cakes. 


Sexiest thing ever done for you
The sexiest thing someone has ever done for me so far was when when my friend Nick whipped off his top while playing a fantastic guitar solo on my new single “Him & Me”. My ex used to dance around in his underpants for me as well. That was sexy! 


Devices you must have
I couldn’t choose one. All the devices I use are essential to my life, from my studio equipment to my Blackberry. 


Currently on your playlist 
I’m listening to Akon Konkrete Jungle Mixtape while I’m answering these questions and I just got Simian Mobile Disco You’re Love Ain’t Fair EP. Santigold’s new album is sick as well; Mr. Mitch, DOK, Medicine8, and Bonde Do Role are rocking my DJ box right now too. 


Weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you
Isn’t life just weird (laughs.)


Favorite place(s) to hangout 
My favorite places are home in the studio or in a good night club. 


Least favorite trend(s) 
Hmm I dunno. I don’t really keep up with trends. 


I was first introduced to you in Myspace days as a member of The Real Heat. As you already know, “Come We Go” was my jam and I was amazed by the ladypat visuals. Now your doing your thing as a DJ. What inspired you to do so? 
I always loved playing music and started out playing at friends parties. I got my first DJ residency in a strip club and me and my sister Zaza started Real Hot DJs as an off shoot of The Real Heat. Then I started doing it on my own, getting more gigs, and now I’m playing every Wednesday 10pm - 12am GMT on Nasty Fm. 


What was it like crossing over from girl group to becoming a solo artist, a DJ in fact? 
I love singing with my sisters but it’s fun to do my own thing too. When the band took a break I had all this time on my hands. When I started Djing I was already in the band so I put more energy into DJing and producing my own music. I’ve put out a mixtape a few months ago which can be downloaded for free from my website, and my first single is coming out soon. We just shot the video. It’s all really exciting! 


How do you determine what your going to mix? What inspires your art? 
I tend to go with my mood and tell a story with my selections. When I’m in the clubs I just read the crowd and love getting people dancing. 


Okay, so I don’t know if this is too personal or if it’s uncomfortable, just ignore the question if you don’t want to answer but what was the whole Bitch Boy thing you were flooding Twitter about? 
It’s okay I put it out there so I don’t mind talking about it. “Bitch Boy” is basically a diss track to my ex boyfriend. It was about a week after I’d dumped him for some wasteman behavior. Tictac had witnessed it all and channelled my anger that day and came with some fire lyrics and we cut the track. He’s put a hole in my heart so I just wanted to bruise his ego a little to tell the truth. It felt right at the time..I’ve spoken to him since and he’s got the message. We’re both over it now. 


What’s the most annoying thing(s) people do to DJ’s? 
Asking questions when I blatantly can’t hear them over the music. A lot of DJ’s find requests annoying but I don’t mind. If I got it, I’ll play it. 


Would you rather sexually squirt glitter or diamonds? 
(Laughs!) Omg you’re a joker! Glitter all the way! 


You also dabble in modeling! Catwalk for Meat?! Being photographed by Alis Pelleschi?! Tell me more!
Ahh yes they’re both amazing to work with! Modeling for Meat was my first catwalk. It was such a fun day! I got oiled up by two girls and they slid me into my costume. Modeling is great fun. 


Do you get your nailsdid or have any favorite nail artist(s)? 
I’ve had my nails did a couple of times but it gets in the way of playing the piano and djing and the patterns get chipped and all sorts. I just paint them myself to keep them looking pretty and presentable. 


What would you say has been your biggest challenge this far, and what are you doing to overcome it? 
My biggest challenge has been to quit smoking..and I haven’t done anything about it (hangs head in shame). 


How do you make the most out of  living in London and how would you describe its scene(s)? 
Being a musician it’s perfect to live in london ‘cos this is where its at! There’s so many scenes and cultures and it’s not about how you fit in it’s how you stand out! 


What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future? 
I want to be remembered for the music I put out there, keeping it real, and staying true to who I am and what I believe in. [Also for] spreading love and making people dance with happy faces and saving the planet from bullshit.

@SukiBedeaux

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Interview By:

Meet Wavy Spice, the banjee beauty with a posh spirit who’s not technically aquatic, but magical like a mermaid. I hit her up via Twitter to see if she could answer a few of my questions after being introduced to her tune “B**** I’m Posh” which was featured on VICE Noisey,and she said yes! See what Wavy Spice had to say about standing out from other weird b******, her favorite spots in NYC, what it means to be posh, and what she wants to be remembered for in the future after the jump. 


Name Wavy Spice


Website @mermaid_biitch or themermaidgirl.tumblr.com

Most Known For Being a beautiful person


Unknown For Being an activist..but I guess you know now huh’ 

Currently on your playlist  
Let’s see… Samanta Mumba, Fiona Apple, Ashanti, Courage My Love, Foxy Brown, Bodega Bamz, The Underachievers. 

Weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you
I suffered temporary paralysis mixing Brugal and Barcardi…that was pretty weird. 

Favorite place(s) to hangout 
I’d say Central Park, Fire Island, the beach. Any place really that allows me to be outside and play in the sun. The sprinklers, the pool, etc…

Least favorite trend(s) 
Bronx boys and their American flags.


Posh For Dummies (Posh Lifestyle 101)
A posh woman isn’t showish or snobby. She isn’t necessarily rich or privileged. A posh woman is refined in her eloquence. She is cultured and well rounded. She commands the room with her demeanor and manner. She is divine. 


How did you get the name Wavy Spice?
My friend Stevie called me Wavy Spice one day and I been using it ever since. 


What inspires you as a multi-media artist and how to you stand out from other weird b******?
My biggest inspiration as a multi-media artist has been my life experiences and where I come from. I suppose I’ve always had this particular visual aestehtic that I’ve always conveyed in my work, thus making it what it is today as far as my writing, photography,  and music have gone. As for standing out from other weird bitches..I don’t know what to say. I can’t say I stand out if were all equally weird. Weird is weird. All I know is I been weird all my life and have the pictures, journals and embarrassing memories to prove it…


I really like the video for “B**** I’m Posh”, and I read on your timeline your next video is going to be in a nail salon? What’s your fascination with nail culture if you have any at all?
The nail salon is the banjee hood girl staple. It’s the epicenter of everything scandalous. My fascination with nail salons comes from the visual and auditory aesthetic of the salon more so than the actual nails itself. Needless to say, it’s one of my favorite places in the world. 


Do you get your nailsdid or have any favorite nail artist(s)?
I get my nails done from time to time when I’m feeling myself and wanna be a diva.


What would you say has been your biggest challenge as a newcomer and what are you doing to overcome it?
I’m pretty sure I get black balled by people who don’t like me, but it doesnt bother me because it isn’t even working. Did you see my write up in VICE? Bitch I’m posh. 


What does Wavy Spice do IRL?!
Destiny does whatever the fuck she wants and keeps it real cute.


Any upcoming shows?
Yes please check my Twitter or Facebook for updates.

Since you are a mermaid, do you go to mermaid balls or shop for seashells? Have a sexy fisherman who’s captured you?!
Well I been into mermaids pretty much all my life. It’s something special I shared with my mother before she passed away. I got my first mermaid tattoo at 17, my blog handle has been themermaidgirl for years, and yes I am an avid sea shell collector. I’m also a child of Yemaya, the Yoruban orisha who is the mother of the sea. 



Where are all these mermaids coming from anyway?
Azealia Banks made mermaid culture very popular this year with the concepts she was using for her last mixtape. It’s pretty genius if you ask me, and she kindly invited me to the ‘Mermaid Ball’ because she knows I’m really into them.


How do you make the most out of  living in NYC and how would you describe its scene(s)?
I’ve made the most out of living in New York by pursuing every idea and ambition I’ve ever thought of. I’ve taking the opportunities that were given to me to really make a career for myself. I figured since I am an artist of many forms, I’d have a lot of leeway at my disposal. I knew at 17 the kind of life I wanted and the vocational route that I wanted to pursue, so everything came natural from there. I have worked very hard for it. I could have been a normal teenager doing normal teenage things but I wasn’t.. I was making a life for myself. 



What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future?
I would like to be remembered as a respected musician and all around artist (since I’ll dabble in different mediums of work), who wanted to break boundaries and cliches in my generations time of art and music. And in the future I hope I can be remembered for being a good person. I don’t think that’s so bad. 
@mermaid_biitch

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This is Mary Rachel. A fresh out of college based southern belle and hybrid of Guy Fieri plus the internet. She makes weird videos (like ”$” for The-Drum that I been obsessing), founded Tight Artists with her friend Adam Harms, and does some interning for KarmaloopTV. It was really important for me to get in touch with her becz she seems so dope, and like…why wouldn’t I put a dope gem on my blog?! I wish I would have asked her about the meaning of TANG. Maybe one day we can discuss over drinks! But until then, see what Mary Rachel has to say about the influence of southern culture, life in thermal filter, and what she wants to be remembered for after the jump.


Name
Mary Rachel Kostreva


Hometown
Central Georgia (Specifically Atlanta & Barnesville)


Age 22


Website
http://twitter.com/maryrach3l  http://maryrachel.com http://maryrachelvideoz.biz http://tightartists.com
My personal sites are both under construction. (Laughs!) they’ll be back up soon
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Most Known For
Creating Tight Artists with my friend Adam Harms (@_LCKY), my videoz , and my ability to never shut up.


Unknown For
Listening to Nicky Da B and bouncing wayyyy to much when I’m alone in my apartment.


Sexiest thing ever done for you
Good conversation is always the sexiest thing.


Top 5 vices
Getting lost in the Internet for way too long, Whiskey, buffalo chicken wings, Guy Fieri, and really cheesy R&B.


Currently on your playlist
Danny Brown, I love him so much. Nicky Da B, Brenmar, and at this very moment I’m listening to Usher “You Got it Bad” (Laughs!) #THROWBACKKKKK


Weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I went to military school for two years and I think basically everything that happened during that time was the weirdest thing.


HTTP hangout(s)
Dump.fm, Tightartists.com, and Twitter.


Least favorite trend(s)
Hmmmmm good question. Maybe like….anything popularized by Ann Taylor.


Watching your video for “$” by The-Drum was both alluring and disturbing. I had watched it a few times actually and even shared with a close friend of mine, Helen Koh. We wanted to know why you use that type of aesthetic for irony, if it is ironic?
I didn’t intend on that video to be ironic or anything. Actually now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever made any work that has been intended to be ironic. I’m generally a pretty sincere person and I like that to show in my work. I definitely meant for the “$” video to be moderately disturbing though. This is because the idea of money can be a disturbing thing. Everyday people are fighting about money, compromising their desires for money, and worst of all being oppressed because of money and this is extremely disturbing to me. On the offset, good things can come from not having money. Working with what you’ve got, in my opinion, is the most inspiring things someone can do. Making something out of nothing is huge accomplishment and step in right direction in my book. In the “$” video, I was attempting to use contrasting imagery to communicate this. I wanted the video to be evenly balanced with both good and bad.


How did you come across The-Drum?
They hit me up on Facebook because they saw my Youtube channel and wanted to collaborate on something. They sent me a bunch of music and let me pick a song to make a video for. They are the shit, not only do they make tight music but they are great to work with. We’ve talked about doing more projects in the future together so I’m excited for that.


When did you start making videos and what’s your creative process?
I started getting into video work in high school but didn’t really make anything independently until about four years ago. It’s funny because I thought I was more into camera work back then but when I got hired as a video editor my direction totally changed. Once I started video editing I realized how much I loved it. My creative process has changed a lot over the years, and it still varies from project to project. If I’m doing a video alone, it’s usually because I’m going through something emotional that I need to work out. Whether it’s sadness, anger, or happiness, I think about where those feelings are derived from and I just kind of work from there. When I work on a music video collaboratively with someone, I like to listen to the song a lot and see how it makes me feel and begin to conceptualize some kind of story or overall message for the video. I do a lot of digging through YouTube to find footage that I feel visualizes and communicates whatever message I want to convey.


What inspires your art?
My surroundings and environment, human emotion, and my past experiences. I had a scattered growing up and making art helps me figure out what to make of it. Another thing that hugely inspires my art is music, specifically Hip-Hop, soul, R&B, funk, and jazz. My dad is a jazz pianist, so I grew up listening to that kind of music and it’s been a huge part of my life.


What makes you a dirty souf based angel?
(Laughs!) Because I’m a southern girl who’s based as hellllll! But really somebody called me a based angel on Facebook chat once and it just kind of stuck. I thought it was funny, and a nice compliment so I was into it.


These days so much is about the trill lifestyle. What’s your opinion on the influence of southern culture?
I love the resurgence of 90’s southern Hip- Hop just because it reminds me of growing up in the south, good times, and what me and my friends would listen to when we were out having fun. It’s super nostalgic for me. I also like to see people from other places adopt elements of southern culture in their music, art, etc. It makes me happy to see people shed some positive light on southern culture because there are a lot of negative stereotypes about the south that make everything seem totally fucked up down there. The truth is everywhere you go is going to be fucked up in some way and I don’t necessarily think the south is any worse than other areas of the country. Everything has its pros and cons.


Would you rather live life in a thermal filter or black and white?
I love this question. Thermal filter for sure because I love all things colorful, and I’m a hot and cold person. Black and white is classic but it’s also a little too drab for my liking.


What does Mary Rachel do IRL?!
^_^ I’m a video editor!! Right now I work for this ex-Harvard professor who has basically been my mentor for the past three years. I’m really tight with him and his wife and I’ve basically learned every bit of valuable knowledge I know about video and art from them. I just graduated from college so I’m on that intern tip as well. I’m currently interning at KarmaloopTV doing more video editing, so that’s been fun. In my spare time I usually video edit some more! I guess I just do this video stuff all the time. Right now I’m working on three different music videos that I’m super excited about. They should be out in the next few weeks so keep an eye out! I’m also working on some upcoming art shows with my friend Adam Harms (@_LCKY) for our site Tight Artists so that is exciting as well. (Laughs!) I like to keep myself super busy.


How do you make the most out of  living in the south?
You just have to roll with the punches. Even though it was tough for me growing up, I never realized what I had until I left home. I remember when I was younger and living in Barnesville I couldn’t wait to get out of there, but when I left I realized what that place meant to me. I moved to Florida for highschool and that was my first taste of being away from home, but I was still in the south so it was a dramatic change in terms of culture. I moved to Boston for college and that’s when my homesickness really kicked in. When you’re down there and you’ve never lived anywhere else you might not know how to make the most out of it because there’s no contrast. I think I felt that way to a certain extent when I was younger, but moving really opened my eyes to a lot of positive things about where I’m from and why I love it. So I think how to make the most out of living in the south is to just appreciate the positive aspects of life down there, and stay focused on that….or just think about Waka Flocka <33333333333 


Do you get your nailsdid or have any favorite nail artist(s)?
OH YES I get my nailsdid!!! I’m obsessed with nail art. I even bought a UV gel nail kit so I could do my own nails for fun. I have to admit though, I haven’t done my own nails in a while because it’s super time consuming, but I haven’t given up. I actually just got my nails done when I was in Atlanta last week! It was the first time I’ve ever gotten 3D nails without doing them myself. The nail salon was crazy too. There were like Grecian columns everywhere, huge extravagant paintings and a ceiling mural - gold everywhere. I so wasn’t expecting it either because it was just in a shopping center (laughs.) It was a pleasant surprise. Here’s a pic of my current nails:

My favorite nail artists that I’ve ever gotten my nails done by is the girl Maria in Queens that my friend took me too. She’s awesome and super talented!


Do you take gif requests?
I never really have before but I’m open! I’m supposed to make some gifs for my friend’s DJ stuff down in Atlanta so I guess kind of!


What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future?
I definitely want to be remembered for the things I’ve created and put out into the world. I hope that through what I make I can bring enjoyment into other people’s lives. That’s a big deal to me so I hope people remember me for that.


@MaryRach3l

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I really need to go back into my computer history and trace exactly how I came across The-Drum. That whole discovery is such a blur! It’s like I heard this mixtape, impulsively requested a Q&A interview, and got what I wanted. Oh now I remember! It was through Dis Magazine where I saw their music video for ”$”. Along with feeling like ‘I NEED MORE OF THEIR MUSIC’ I was also like, ‘DAMN I NEED MORE OF THEIR INFORMATION’, so here it is :) My lil discussion with Chicago’s quite storm, The-Drum. Let’s get sexy after the jump!

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Name(s)
Brandon Boom & Jeremiah Chrome

 
Hometown
Chicago, IL (Brandon moved here from New Orleans and Jeremiah from Austin)
 
Website
soundcloud.com/the-drum and the-drum.tumblr.com
Most Known For
"Omar" and "Run You"
Unknown For
"BlazeLikeMe Remix"
Sexiest song you’ve ever heard
The-Dream “Fancy” or Jeremih “Waiter” or Teddy Pendergrass “Turn Off the Lights”
Sexiest thing you’ve ever done
Falling asleep naked on a bunch of skittles, waking up to find them stuck all over me (nerd hott)
Must-Haves in the studio
Wavestation, 808 samples, Weed.
Currently on your playlist(s)
White Car “Now We Continue”, Jeremih “Go To the Mo”, Lil’ Durk “Jackboy”, Art of Noise “Cassandra”
Weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you
Weirdest thing thats ever happened to me [Brandon], chillin at R. Kellys house last summer, and sitting on a killer whale when I was 8.
HTTP hangout(s)
Internets rectum, Sich Mang Tumblr, digital dripped, io9.
Least favorite trend(s)
My least favorite trend is people not paying us! We hungry.
Okay, so I am very new to The-Drum. Your music puts me in a dreamy state. Like an X-rated fairytale that has a lot of texture to it. But how would you describe your music because I’m not all that great with descriptions?!
Our music is an amalgamation of sounds we like and production techniques we are interested in based around certain concepts. We like to make tracks that are lush, dense, disorienting, and warrant multiple listens. Rap is an influence but not something we are married to. Watch out for our smooth jazz flute album, just kidding.
 
I saw a ”$” music video made by Mary Rachel. Have you seen it?! Was it meant to be ironic because that’s what I took away from it.
No the video for “$” isnt ironic to us. The idea is like you are watching YouTube on LSD. At the beginning of the video it zooms into YouTube then lots of crazy shit happens. Mary Rachel is awesome and super fun to work with. She didn’t need much direction. We liked her uploaded short videos and asked her if she would be down to make a video for us and it turned out pretty awesome/crazy. People never know what to say about it, just that they like it but they don’t know why.
When did The-Drum start making music?
We started making music in our basement around November 2010. We had been friends for a couple years before that and just wanted to start a production team to make weird tracks for singers and rappers. Then we realized we have no real clout to just up and do that so we decided to put ourselves out there as producers to make a name for ourselves.
Do you have a particular creative process?
We both just work on music all the time, so sometimes I’ll come to Jeremiah with a track I started, or he will come to me with a track, or we will just start one together. Sometimes we work around a sample, sometimes we start with a beat and build off it, sometimes we will hear a track and it will inspire us to make something, just whatever comes natural.
That ‘Mix for Smug’ is hella dope. What inspires your mixes as well as your original tracks?
Thanks! Certain illegal substances have a pretty big influence on the music. Mixes kind of come natural from the tracks we are listening to at the time. Sometimes we will have a concept going to a mix, we are about to start a new one that is an ambient/chill out mix. The idea originally was to have no drums but I’m sure some will creep up in there.
Who are some of your favorite newer music acts?
LOVE: White Car, Sich Mang, Mal A Goomba, Le1f, HTDW, SupCuts, Lil Durk, Mr 666, Gel Set, Physical Therepy, Morri$, Valentin Stip, and so many others!
Would you rather live life in a thermal filter or sepia?
Thermal Filter… FUCK SEPIA gross
What does The-Drum do IRL?!
The-Drum IRL » smoke a bunch of weed, work on music, hang out listen to music
What’s the scene like in Chicago? How do you make the most out of living in the city?
I don’t know what the “scene” is like. We make the most of the city by hanging with lots of different kind of musicians and talking about music and sharing ideas and tracks.
What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future?
This year I would like us to be remembered as great producers that came into their own fast. “Heavy Liquid” came out in January, our split with Sich Mang came out right after that in the same week, our track with Haleek Maul got lots of love, our new EP comes out next month (July 17th on Mishka), we have another EP with Sich Mang done, and we are putting the finishing touches on our full length. We also have more remixes and lots of other tracks that might get turned into new projects. I just want people to see/hear all this..the progression, how we have expanded our sound, and how we are changing. I would like us to be remembered as the best new producers to come out in 2012 (smiley face!)
@thedrumchicago

Grandmothers are the best! They call out faults and encourage dreams. They give advice and are wise, sincere, and trill. No, no that can’t be right? But oh it is! Say hello to @trealGRANNY, the Internets lil old lady who considers Oscar Wilde to be her homeboy. We discuss her love for Madeline Poole, cognitive dissonance, stripper shoes, loyalty, music and more after the jump.

Name
Granny
 

Hometown
San Francisco


Age
Old as dirt.


Website
None for now.  


Most Known For 
Being the trealest granny.
 

Unknown For
Most things. I appreciate my privacy for a few reasons.


Sexiest thing ever done for you
Idk.. people don’t really do sexy things for me.


Top 5 vices 
Cigarettes (menthol), Whiskey (preferably Jameson).. I think that’s it.. or all I can comfortably admit to right now!


Currently on your playlist
Rick Ross, Fedde Le Grand, Future, Steve Aoki


'Trealest' adventure(s)
Hmm… I’ve had so many. I guess the most recent one was being able to attend Electric Daisy Carnival for the first time. I met a really treal group of kids from New Mexico who were more open and friendly than 90% of the people I encounter here in the city.


Least favorite trend(s)
Harem Pants. Hipsters. Trapsterz (hipster kids who think they ‘bout that life). I also dislike the trend where everyone makes their hair look like Cassie. 


Did you have kids who had kids?! Why do you call yourself Granny?
(Laughs!) No kids here. I don’t consider myself a protector of sorts, and also adopted the nickname to desexualize myself. When I first started going out as Granny, I had just gotten out of a pretty miserable relationship, and I wanted some kind of barrier to put between me and the guys I would meet. Calling myself Granny seemed to create enough cognitive dissonance that they left me a wide berth.


Are you my internet grandma?!
YES I AM!


I like your #treal words of the day but do you ever define them just so others know what they mean?
I don’t ever define them. I’m not sure why. I think in order to be truly treal you have to have a thirst for knowledge. The trealest people I know have never or rarely had things handed to them. You have to challenge yourself to seek knowledge, or you become a mouth-breathing cog in the machine.


You retweeted “Theres hella cool people on Twitter that I would like to meet in person. Most of them are @PATAFRIA’s friends. She knows all the cool kids.” And I will I feel the same scrolling through Lushy Lurkdat account. Have you noticed a Twitter tribe pattern where all the interesting girls and boys are connected?
I’m not sure that I’ve noticed a pattern, but I definitely think Twitter has managed to eliminate about 3-5 degrees of separation between its treal users!


What does Granny do IRL?!
For now I’d prefer not to say. But I do enjoy reading and exercising and crafts and watching “Law & Order SVU” marathons…


Do you collect stripper shoes? If you ever come to Chicago there is this bomb ass store in Wicker Park (I forget them name) that has amazing choices!
I don’t collect them, but I think I might start! I think they’re just so cool looking!


You get your nailsdid right? Who does em?
I do. My friend Vi does them. She has her own shop in San Francisco called Tootsie Toes located on Polk St and Washington. I call her my nail god. She’s capable of doing anything I ask for. Too treal.
 

Do you have any favorite nail artist(s)?
Madeline Poole is the only one who I follow pretty religiously, but I’m always checking the nails tag on ig for new ideas!


What do you want to be remembered for this year and in the future?
This year and forever I want to be remembered as the granny who was always approachable and who the trealGrandkids could trust to listen and give advice when asked. (Smiles!) I’m fiercely loyal and protective, and I hope people can see that.

@trealGRANNY

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I love when I come across nail art that absolutely blows my mind, so I just had to have a few words by Steph Berry who runs Haus of Lacquer. I was introduced to her work during fall 2011, but it took me until around May of this year to actually hit her up! The graduate of Blanche Macdonald Nail Parlour is a hard working wife and mother of two in a nail league of her own with respect for certified creators who come correct. The sugar sweet fan of gold jewelry, long hair, long nails, and anything related to London, shares her inspiration/preparation, insight on what HOL represents, upcoming nail tours, the sexiest thing ever done for her, and more after the jump!


Name Steph Berry


Hometown Vancouver, BC


Age Wouldn’t you all like to know??


Website www.hausoflacquer.com


Most Known For
Obnoxious nails and long hair.


Unknown For
My love of gaudy, gold jewelry and anything London related.


Sexiest Place You’ve Ever Been
Hm…I haven’t been anywhere I consider sexy yet. Leave that one open for me…


Sexiest Thing Ever Done For You
Having someone leave their family, friends and country for me.


Top 5 vices
Buying anything and everything nail related, always feeling the need to travel (call me a gypsy), bright lipsticks, food and shopping.


Currently on your playlist
A lot of 90’s R&B and Hip-Hop.


Least favorite trend(s)
Um….I don’t know. Leg warmers?


So tell me a little bit about yourself (aside from nails because we’ll get into that as we go)

I’m a wife to an amazing man and mom to two awesome kids! I’m not too sure what else there is to say about me.


How important is the existence of the Haus of Lacquer and what does your art represent?
I started “Haus of Lacquer” so I could have a creative outlet. Now it’s become something I’m proud of. It has led to so many opportunities that I didn’t think were possible to nail techs, like being asked questions for an interview (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), being represented by an agency as dope as Nobasura, being part of a brand as dope as Queens, seeing my work in print ads, photo shoots and music videos. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be doing anything besides sitting in a salon painting people’s nails red. As for my art? It represents all the things swimming around in my head. It’s kinda cool to have someone come in with an idea of what they want on their nails and I get to put my twist on it. So for me, Haus of Lacquer is very important, but the existence of HOL is something that I’m still trying to grow and expand.


When did you start doing nails and why?
Growing up and still now, my mom always did her own nails. And most of the time it had some sort of a design on it. Actually, her go-to nails were almond/pointed shaped and had the half moon mani with a french tip. She’s been on trend for decades so I started painting my nails too. Soon after that, in high school, I was doing those horrible acrylic kits you get at the drugstore. Ew. Eventually I started going to salons. I always loved having my nails done, but no one could ever do what I wanted on them. So I thought, why not do this for myself then went to school for it. You know, I always wanted to be a tattoo artist but I knew my artistic abilities would never be up to par and I couldn’t imagine doing something so permanent on someone. I just don’t trust myself enough to scar someone permanently. So it’s nice to be able to put my art on someone without worrying about them not wanting it anymore when they sober up. If they get bored of it, they can just get rid of it and move onto the next HOL design!


What’s the inspiration behind your nails and how do you prepare for each design?
I take a lot of inspiration from prints of fabric, clothes and art. Random doodles will sometimes turn into a design. Obviously the nail art community inspires me, as well! As for preparing for a design…I don’t know that I always do prepare. Sometimes I just go in blindly, especially if it’s a design someone has brought in. Usually, if it’s something I’m trying to work out in my head, there’s nothing like grabbing some polish and trying it out on myself first. It’s about figuring out what technique to use for that specific design you’re working on.


Do you have any particular polishes that remain to be your favorite or long lasting?
Hm, tough questions. I use a lot of different polishes. Everyone seems to recognize OPI’s colours so sometimes clients will gravitate to them more. But I like the wear and colours from Orly and Illamasqua personally. RGB and Butter London are up there, too.


I’m guessing you spend more time now fighting stolen photos and making sure that you have accurate sourcing (MTV Style kinda f***** up!). Does this come with the territory and how do you make things right?
Meh. You know, I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. I mean, sometimes people mean well and want to compliment your work, they’ve just overlooked the sourcing part (do your homework!) Whatever. It’s when people use your work and try to take credit for it. That’s not cool. But I mean on the bright side, I’ve been lucky enough to have my nails be the inspiration for other people’s nail art and nothing’s cooler than that. Can’t complain there.


What’s your favorite piece of nail art you’ve coined or created?
Coined or created? I don’t know. Maybe the chains x chains, where I put actual chains over hand painted chains? Some of my line work is unique, I guess. There is so much amazing nail art out there that I’m not sure if what I think I’ve created hasn’t been done already. I mean, sometimes I think I’ve got this amazing idea and then I’ll randomly come across an old nail photo from the 90’s that is essentially, my big, bright idea.


How do you set yourself apart from other designers out there?
I’m not just a nail artist/designer. I’m a nail tech, too. Plus I’m always researching new techniques and different products. I wanna stay on top of my nail game. There’s so many good up and comers out there. Need to keep hustling!


Random, but umm do longer claw manicures ever get in the way of sex?
(Laughs!) Not in the way of sex per se, but I imagine that there are certain “jobs” that involve your hands that might involve a bit of careful hand placement.


What does it take to be successful and motivated in this business?
You just gotta love what you do honestly. There will always be haters out there or people out there who don’t get what you do, but you just have to remember that there are people out there who love what you do, too.


What’s the most challenging part of making a name for yourself in the nail industry and how do you overcome it?
I’d say making yourself stand out from the crowd can be pretty challenging. You want to offer something that no one else does.


Do you have any pop-up events or nail tours coming up?!
Yes! I’ll be in Wah Nails in LDN in mid-July. Check out my Tumblr page (www.hausoflacquer.com) or Twitter @hausoflacquer for updates!


I see your manicures as a celebration of youth culture and steeze, but what do you see it as?
Thank you! I don’t think I can top that.


Why do you think that there is this continued buzz around nails?
What better way to accent an outfit? I mean nail artists are coming out with some crazy stuff…there is always something better around the corner to keep people interested.


What do you want Haus of Lacquer to be remembered for this year and in the future?
This year I’d just like to be remembered as being better than I was last year. Hey as long as I’m being remembered right?

If you could design anyone’s nails who would it be?
A guy! I don’t know who. A dude who would rock them with no shame. David Beckham or Johnny Depp. Ryan Gosling wouldn’t be a bad pick either…

(Oo la la Ryan Gosling is f***ing sexxxy!!!!)


What’s the craziest nail request you’ve had from someone?
I haven’t gotten anything that I consider super crazy. I’m still waiting on someone to blow my mind. Any takers?

Any advice to aspiring artists?
If it’s what you really want to do, stick with it. It can be tough in the beginning. Promote yourself. And for God sake, go to school. Don’t be giving anyone any fungus. I’m kidding…sort of. Good luck!


Additional: how to book apptments, service menu
Offering natural manis, gels, acrylics, BO$$ nail art and general dopeness. Contact me by email to find out more info on my services or to book an appointment: haus.of.lacquer@gmail.com


Website:
www.hausoflacquer.com

Twitter and Instagram:
@hausoflacquer

Some images via Blanche Macdonald Centre and Nobasura

Two years ago I met this really extrovert dude named Kevin. Literally the night I was introduced to him, we joined forces in the kitchen to bake potatoes then for whatever reason watched porn. Oh now I remember why. It was because of a silly debate Kevin had started about black vs white porn which I don’t even want to relive. We are so past that! The point is, he annoyed me for years…or more like for as long as I knew of his existence. I could only think of his black girl bias. But then things changed. He invited me to his first art show, got a beautiful girlfriend who I have always admired, and shaped up to his weirdest potential. All in all, he wasn’t so bad. So I was like, hey let me ask Kevin a few questions for my blog to have a better understanding of this fool. See what the artist has to say after the jump.


Name Kevin Hudson Jr.


Hometown Chicago but I grew up in the burbs of Flossmoor and Riverdale.


Age 23 years young.


Website http://kevinscreations.carbonmade.com/ it needs to be mad updated but eh. 


Favorite blog(s) Highsnobiety, The Berrics, NiceKicks…are those blogs? (Laughs!) Technically I don’t really know what a blog is.


Most Known For
Weed smoking and skating.

Unknown For
Throwing up art around town.


Top 5 vices
Liquor, single girls, girls in relationships, girls with babies, weed and asian girls. Also syrup and brawts and candy…and painkillers…eh my life is filled with vices that I endulge in headfirst.


Currently on your playlist
Odd future, Chief Keef, The basedgod Lil B, 2 Chainz, A$AP, some old shit Bee Gees and shit like that.


Trillest adventure(s)
(Laughs!) Getting robbed by a friend at shotgun point while being too stoned to even be worried.


Weirdest thing you’ve ever done
Damn that’s a good one hmmm, reenacting a Star Wars scene in the mall with Richard. Actually that’s not weird, that was fun. Hmmm…having sex with a pregnant woman oh and being a male escort. Yah.


Least favorite trend(s)
(Laughs) Trends in general. Blond hair on niggas.


When I first met you we cooked potatoes together, watched a few porno’s with friends, and then you outta nowhere came at me saying I was cool for a ‘black girl’ and it took me forever to forgive you. I now know you to be pretty weird, but inside there’s some other worldly sense! And you give me praises, so I’m suddenly curious. Who would you say is Kevin as a man and as an artist?
Wow you are super good damn okay as a man I’m smart and dumb at the same time. I enjoy my life and all life around me. I see the good in everything but I’m quick to judge a book by its cover…damn your good hmmm…I guess Kevin as a man is just trying to live life as a happy man no matter what happens. [Kevin tries] to stay positive and happy. As an artist I’m super egotistical around close friends and loved ones but when I get around new people I’m very shy and unsure of myself. In my art I still try to be me. I never go outside me or my comfort zone. I need to break that.


When did you start displaying your art?
Damn good question. [This] January was my first real deal art show. [But] I displayed shit on Facebook like three years ago…actually four.


I had fun at the art show held in that living room. Are you going to continue doing those?
I wish. The owner went back to Canada but it’s not hard to see how much it is to get that place. I would have summin here at my new place soon.



Your paintings look like they pull a lot from childHOOD fantasies and loneliness, but how would you describe your work and what’s your process of creation?
Well  that’s how I would describe them. I try to just walk around outside and stare at the lake or the moon or stand silently in the woods and feel alive again. When you’re a kid you’re always on a constant high off life [that is] so pure so I try and channel that a lot.


Who or what do you find inspiring?
The moon, my relationships, nature, and big breasted women.


Have you seen any of your art on nails?
Nope, but I would like too. That shit could be ill well what I’m envisioning is ill.


How do you make the most of living in Chicago? What’s the scene like in your neck of the woods?
Just by living really and woods is what the scene is like in the neck of my woods (Uptown). But no up North is chilled out. I stay right by the lake so it’s just nice to go out and skate and grab inspiration to do art and the girls in yoga pants!


What can people expect to come from Kevin G. Marcelo this summer?
Greatshit in one word. Exceptional art, maybe a lil skate-u-mentary, maybe some tees, I don’t know. I just know summer will be fun hopefully for everyone.

isis-nicole: I’m still proud of this QA I did with Itzel Xoco as well.

As some of you may already know, I consider @Lurkdat to be something like the yellow pages of the internet, and scrolling through her Twitter account I found Itzel Xoco—- a 19-year-old Hawaii rainbow goddess, wife of DJ/producer Munchi, and Solataire game beast who loves to make art. The only logical thing for me to do was follow and send for an interview request. And she was totally down! In this piece Itzel Xoco pronounced “ix-chill sho-ko” discusses her vices, least favorite trends, and what it’s like living in Holland. See more after the jump.


Name Itzel Xoco aka Rainbow Spice 


Hometown Makakilo, Hawaii


Age 19


Website itzelxoco.com / itzelxoco.tumblr.com


Favorite blog(s) (Laughs) Honestly, I don’t read any blogs….


Most Known For 
Being born with the capability of not giving a fuck! (Laughs) Nah art, dance, bein’ the lil rainbow girl. 


Unknown For 
My on point dream deciphering and I can beat a game of Solitare in under 3 minutes.

 
Top 5 vices 
Killing my hair with colour, terrible Pop music from the 90’s, spam, the 2 tacos for $1 at fucking Jack In The Box, Twitter. 


Currently on your playlist
Hype Williams, Casey Veggies, Blaque, Big L, Juvenile, Melissa Ford, Mandy Moore, Clams Casino, RoxXxan, Amplify Dot, Rizzla, LE1F.


Trillest adventure(s)
Honestly, I wish I had the time to write a fuck load stories but I’ll just say I don’t let anyone punk me out. Not about the bitch life.


Least favorite trend(s)
Fucking triangles…get the fuck over em.


What is Itzel Xoco about and when did you start virtually displaying your art?
I’ve been putting random shit online for awhile but only until last year exactly around this time, did I start taking it seriously. I was in a Barnes&Nobles with my then boyfriend Munchi (we’re married now) looking at art books and I told him I would be the happiest if I could be an artist. He said why don’t you do it then? (Laughs) And I was like shittt, basically.


Your designs are so vivid with many celestial and ethereal elements. How would you describe your work and what’s your process of creation?
I would describe my work as colourful?! If I make anything there is always an explosion of colours. I hope my art is stimulating and connects people with their inner child. I like to make my art with a completely fresh mind. Not under any influences. I just like to be comfortable. I can make art anywhere.


Who or what do you find inspiring to your work?
Strong women, the thought of a free world, sdjfheproifpad colours, weird stones, metallics, trap shit.


Do any of your pieces represent your own sexual fantasies or is this just how you interrupt the universe?
Do I have sexual content in my pieces? (Laughs) Okay maybe my subconscious slipped out?


Have you seen any of your art on nails?
NO, BUT THAT WOULD BE SO SICK.


When is your concept clothing line Paws gonna drop?!
When I feel like it’s ready.

How do you make the most of living in Holland? What’s the scene like out there?
I only come here for 3 months a year. I use the time and gather as most inspiration as possible. I don’t know anything about the scene here but I went to a venue called WORM tonight in Rotterdam. It was amazing. The establishment is all about art, film and music. Tonight they were playing a short film. I didn’t see it though :/ I just looked around and read this neat as lil magazine. Come back to me in a few days and I can tell you about the scene here !


What can people expect to come from Itzel Xoco in the next year? 
ART, MUSIC & PAWS!


@itzelxoco

(via isis-nicole)

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Ayumi and Kozue are Badacious, a bomb ass duo decking earlobes to a fly girl drip. In previous posts I mentioned that I came across Badacious searching fornailsets. To my lurking surprise, Badacious was the absolute come up on not nails but jewelry! Like damn, yall bitches just gon’ turn shit up like that! Viva la banji girl. Give em all the fierce and sexy. I love the flashy prints and patterns. Ooo! And the gold.

The NYC designers by way of Japan took some time out to share a few words with me on their collection, failing trends, and inspirations after the jump.



(CLICK HERE TO SHOP BADACIOUS)

Name 
KOZUE BADACIOUS and AYUMI BADACIOUS

Hometown
Kozue B; Harlem,NYC / Nagoya, Japan

Ayumi B: Brooklyn, NYC / Mito, Japan

How did Badacious come about? And how would you describe your clothing line?

Badacious is just a name we created by “accident”. We had a bunch of names and decided this name stood out. It was unique, had flare and it seems to fit our personalities well.  We wanted something that would also be a full reflection of our creative vision and we were glad we stood by our decision.

Additionally, our items are vast and eye-catching, Sexy yet Subtle.

What is the motivation behind Badacious? 
 
We noticed whenever we go shopping , there wasn’t much that caught our attention.  There are several great Accessory Brands out there but none that  made an impression on us or had that “WoW” factor. I mean don’t get us wrong  With that being said we decided to bring our creativity together to do what WE wanted to do. We wanted to incorporate the Raw Fashion sense of New York and the Soul and Chic Styles of Japan and bring it to the masses.

Besides Badacious, are there any other projects you work on?
 

Badacious is our brand we are trying to create.  Other “projects” are currently top secret *wink*. We want to take our time and not be overwhelmed with projects we cannot finish.

Is there ever a moment you feel limited in your creation? If yes, what do you do to get pass that bump? If no, how do you always posse that creative energy?
 

I guess we are very fortunate  that limitations never held us back. There are so many things we are willing to try, create and explore. Ideas come naturally for us so there will always be something new we  are willing to try. We also acquire creative energy from meeting different people, studying different cultures, Movies (70’s, 80’s & 90’s) , Art (Keith Haring, Warhol, MuraKami). Initially we feed off of each other and collaborate the best ideas we can. 

What is your favorite piece you’ve created?

The CHAiN GANG and PHUNKEE TRI pieces were our “starters”. Then we began designing other elaborate pieces  and designs. It’s kind of difficult to say which one is our favorite. They’re all are our babies♥♥♥

Are there any trends you would like to see disappear?

Yes, the fact that guys wear Jeans WITH belts yet boxers are still clearly visible. That is sooo not fly, cute or fashion forward. Please let that “trend” just die already!!  I do not want to sound too much like a cliché but be original if it is a trend your going to follow put your OWN personal twist and OWN it !

 

Has anyone tried to jack or been busted for for biting Badacious yet?

Well since we’re relatively new  we never came across anyone who wanted to replicate our style.  But Trust BADACIOUS CANNOT be duplicated !!!

Who, besides a family member, do you find inspirational and why?

Grace Jones, she is the originator of total badassness!! She’s so Bold, Outspoken and demanded you pay attention. She definetly emulates the Badacious Woman!!! Others include Gianni Versace, Kageki Shimoda, Akihiro Miwa, Patricia Field, Vivienne Westwood, Japanese Anime & Japanese Pop Culture .

Any advice to aspiring artists?  Don’t settle for mediocrity !!!

(Source: badacious, via isis-nicole)

By Ann Binlot via Artinfo

Is “Nailed” really the first book on nail culture?

A little over a year ago I started Googling “nail culture.” I found there were no books on nail culture. It was one of those things that freaked me out. I went to the library, I started Googling, and I just kept looking and nothing would come up. I looked up the “history of nail culture,” on Amazon, on eBay. There was nothing at all. So then, just as a joke, I thought that would be really crazy if I actually produced the first book on nail culture. So I started putting together this PDF, just the idea behind it. Then I talked to Claire Darrow, who is the creative director for Andre Balazs. [The Standard Hotel] started their own imprint with Damiani. She had offered for me to do their second book during Art Basel. That’s how the project really started. So I started really seriously investigating the history of nail culture.

Why does the story of nail art need be told?

I found that the nail techs and their clients had the same appreciation and passion, as do artists, collectors and curators. I felt they had a story to tell. The more involved I became, the more I learned this really is an art form, albeit underground and now recently (if taking score from the amount of press this project has received) has been accepted into the realm of mainstream pop culture. My goal for this project has never changed. It was to spark a discussion and have the public walk away feeling they discovered something new, authentic and interesting.

Why are nails an important area of adornment?

In certain parts of the world, the history of applying paint, dye and adornments onto nails represented a spiritual, cultural and social status. So its only natural there has become an evolution with people using this same concept as a form of personal identity and creative expression.

Nail art is really getting elevated into a trendy form of self-expression. What do you think of that?

It’s actually interesting, just because I’ve been working on this project and the publication for so long that I’ve been seeing the hype and the gentrification happen on nail art. It’s been really surprising, just because I’d been researching it for so long to see it gain this almost global phenomenon in the past several months. But knowing that I had been working on this for the past year and a half or so, it actually created a little anxiety, because I knew I had to get this out right away. Just because of timing, I didn’t want this to seem like an immediate decision. This has been in the works for a while, so I’m actually really happy to see it. I love the idea of community and custom culture, and that’s what my studio practice is really about. So to be honest, the whole idea of this nail culture and this salon is just an extension of my studio practice, so to me it’s a very natural thing. But to see it as an outsider and how it’s crossed over into pop culture, it’s really strange for me to see because I’ve been obsessed and I’ve been a fan for several years.

Full interview here

thisisnailporn:

What up gangsta!

Shina Hollywood is like the happy medium for both boys and girls who want to see sex in motion. No not like porn. I mean sexy jpegs, gifs, and advice. She’s assertive, confident and kind, aka a triple threat for those of you who don’t take personalities (attached to beauty) for granted. After the jump, get to know more about blogger Hollywood in Cincinnati in my latest interview. I was so excited for this because I got to experiment with my inner Angela Yee (ode to Lip Service) and play around with graphic design. But that really is Shina’s ass doe!

Name

Shina Hollywood

Hometown

Cincinnati, OH

Age

19

Blog 

whoisshinahollywood.tumblr.com


Most Known For

Being sexual.

Unknown For 

My love for photography and wanting to be entertainment reporter.

Sexiest thing someone has done for you?
Being able to take complete control in bed. There’s nothing like a man who knows exactly what he’s doing and does it well.

How did you get the name Shina Hollywood?
Pretty funny you asked, (laughs). I actually was on Myspace trying to find a name for myself that describes who I am. “Shina”, apart of my real name which is Yashina, and my dream is to live in Hollywood and become a entertainment reporter. I put the two together and became Shina Hollywood. 

I was recently introduced to your blog, what’s the story behind it, why it was created, and why is it important?
I created this blog because I’m completely fine with nudity and controversial things. The story behind it is for people to know that it’s okay to be sexy and feel free in your own skin. It’s important for women and men to know that if you like to show your body off then do it. I feel no one should judge you because it’s not their place to judge. I feel good in my own skin, I love to show it off. 

Why did you choose to make your content less explicit than it was before?
I got a lot of shit for being overly sexual. I said I was going to be less explicit but I was like fuck that, I’m going to do whatever  I want to do. I’m a sexual person, I honestly can’t help that. 

It’s pretty obvious you have a fascination with sex, what was the moment that sparked this sensuality?
Hmm. Well they say after you lose your virginity you will be addicted. I believe I was the few who are addicted. I mean sex is the best way to relieve stress, I live a stressful life (laughs). I believe everyone should have sex everyday…it will make the world a better place.

Have you had a pretty successful sex life, as in, no faking?
There was one guy I was with who was completely awful, and some who were completely amazing.  But YES I’ve faked before. Who hasn’t? 

Between the subjects of sexing, cuddling, and cuffing, which is your favorite topic to discuss and why?
Sexing is something I feel comfortable talking about and also cuffing. I know cuffing season is in effect right now but I’m glad to already have someone special in my life. 

What’s the weirdest request you’ve had from followers since blogging?
Showing my whole body naked. That’s something I will not do on the internet. If others want to do it then that’s fine, but I just know that wouldn’t be a good look for me. 

Has being so open with your private life ever challenged some of your relationships?
Well my boyfriend is pretty cool with the social sites I’m connected with. He’s been by far the best to handle all the shit that comes my way. My past relationships cared only because they were completely controlling and psycho. 

Has anyone ever overstepped your personal boundaries? Like trying to grab your boobs for instance or any kind of experience that’s just like, oh hell no
(Laughs) Oh my God yes! I remember in middle school I started puberty early and all the boys would try and grab my boobs. Complete disrespectful. Now that my body is maturing men want to grab my ass. I literally smacked the shit out of this guy before. My motto is, “you can look, but you can’t touch.” 

Any suggestions on how to express your “inner freak” whether online or to your partner? It seems like there should be some type of etiquette because there are some people who get hella raunchy behind the computer screen or face to face and it’s like, this person has no class and or clue.
I feel you should just be yourself! Don’t over due it. If you do too much you can mess up. Everyone should get to know what they like themselves. They should masturbate. Once you figure out what you like then you can express to others how you like things done. It becomes easier to become a freak because you already know what you like and what they might like.

Any opinion on sex with no strings (which we all know is a lie!!!)? 
If you’re having sex with someone that isn’t your boyfriend or girlfriend, there has to be some type of feelings there. All that friends with benefits is complete bullshit. I don’t believe in it.

What blogging trends would you like to see disappear? 
Cyberbulling. If someone posts a picture people shouldn’t be posting rude and nasty things about them. It’s better to not say anything if you don’t like the picture. People actually kill themselves when people say mean things about them on the internet. 

Is there ever a challenge with dating?
I’m picky! Your  teeth have to be right,  you need a car, a job, and at least be in school. That’s just to ask me on a date. Hopefully by the end of the date I can see weather or not your personality is worth a second date.

What kind of guys are you attracted to?
I’m attracted to human beings. Most people would call it bisexual but I call it bi-curious. I love all types of people they just need to be outgoing, fun and daring. But for the guys part they have to be motivated and have goals. They must have their own and be able to bring something to the table. I love aggressive men, someone who will put me in my place. He also needs to be a gentleman and good-looking with a great smile. He should know how to make me laugh and be able to console me through hard times.

What turns you on?!
A man that smells good. That’s like the one thing that excites me when I meet or date a man. If he smells good I know for sure I’ll be attracted. The smile is something that turns me on as well. If you have a great smile and smell incredible oh gosh the panties my drop! (Laughs) Just kidding.

Where do you want to see your future and status of your blog in the upcoming new year?
I hope to get more people on board with the freedom of sexuality. I want to be able to help others with their sex lives if they have any questions. 


A successful life for you would be

Becoming an E! News Reporter with a beautiful family. 


Any advice to aspiring artists? 
Be who you are, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything you set your mind to.

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This is the year of the fly girl and Iggy Azalea ain’t wasting no time to shine. I found out about the Australian goddess through a post by Brass and was instantly hooked to her long legs and lyrics. Yup, Iggy got bars and a decent amount of confidence to compliment her steeze. But who could ever resist a chick killing hard ass beats? If you’re a sucker for ponytails, nails, graphics, gold, denim and Hip-Hop then you’ll have fun getting to know Iggy Azalea a bit more after the jump.

Name Iggy Azalea

Hometown Middle of nowhere Australia since adopted by LA, California
Age
21

Blog I don’t run my own blog but my official fan blog is iggyazalea.tumblr.com
Best go-to-spot for nails and hair

My hair is so long it’s too expensive to get it done at a salon, so I do it myself! But the best nail spot is Carmen on Spring and 9th Downtown LA!

3 words that describe your style The. New. Classic

Most Known For My raps

Unknown For My cakes! I’m quite the baker… my friends love them.

I was recently introduced to your music video “Pu$$y” through a blog post. When did you pursue rapping and what was your inspiration behind the song?

 I first started rapping at age 14 in Australia then moved to the States at age 16 to pursue it after dropping out of high school. I knew without a shadow of doubt there was a place for me in Hip-Hop, although in retrospect - I was pretty crappy! Thankfully with lots of practice, I got better progressively. My inspiration behind the video for “Pu$$y” was actually the movie “Friday” but once I started brainstorming with friends, the concept got a life of its own. Sonically “Pu$$y”is the Part II of “2x”, which is a freestyle video. People kept telling me they wished “Pu$$y” was a full song so I made one in the spirit of “2x”

2x’s is clever as f**k, who created the graphics and concept for it?

Thank you! My idea was to do something lighthearted to contrast the harshness of what was being said in the song. The cats and everything happening on my crotch were meant as a double metaphor and also kind of a ‘fuck you’ to a lot of people who at the time were telling me I needed to be more ‘sexy’. I felt like fuck them! If I want to get my boobs or vagina out it’ll be on my own terms! I grew up in a small town in Australia so animation and drawing was always a hobby of mine that kept me.

I learned of your love for Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, Grace Kelly, and Ned Kelly, all very unique individuals with different functions in their lifetime. Do you consider your work to be a reflection of their existence?

I consider my work to be a reflection of my own existence because a person can only authentically be a product of their OWN struggles and successes. All the people you’ve mentioned I feel drawn to because there is something within each of them that I identify with. I empathize with the above characters. I try to expose the greats I steal from, rather than hide it like other artists because I want to create awareness and encourage others to go check them out and dig into the history of it all and take their own inspiration from these people. I’m sick of seeing “Scarface” references in videos and I want to introduce everyone to the people I believe are the true greats.

With the popularity of groups like the white girl mob, does this at all influence your position in hip-hop?

On a personal note, I can’t let them influence me because I’ve been on this path, my own path, for a long time now. Nothing they do or don’t do has the power to change the direction I’m sailing in, and I say that with all do respect. I am an influence and a chief - not an indian! On a business note, the listeners and fans of music are the ones who truly decide my position so you’d have to ask them!

What does it mean to be the catwoman of rap?

This is hard to answer because it was never a self professed title! However it’s a title I’ll gladly take. When I heard it, it made me feel like I was a mysterious, sexy, powerful rap superhero so that’s what it means to me.

You’re such a beautiful girl, do you have any history with modeling?

I was once approached by Elite model management and when I went in to be interviewed they measured my hips only to find they are 38” which is bigger than the standard sample size. I was told to drop 4 inches from my hips if I wanted to be a model. Naturally I went home that night, ate lots of pizza, and rapped into my computer. I love getting my picture taken but not if it means fighting against my bodies natural shape. It’s not healthy.

How do you set yourself apart from so many of the rising internet crazes?

I just be myself, I’ll never be them - they’ll never be me. Everyone is unique without even having to try! It’s when you TRY to be ‘different’ that shit starts to look the same…

Alongside the Iggy Azalea YouTube channel, are there any other projects you work on?

I’m currently working on my debut project ‘Ignorant Art’ which is being released mid September on my website iggyazalea.com. I’m also working on a mixtape with a rapper and great friend of mine named YG 400. Our mixtape is called ‘1990’ and it features remakes of classic Hip-Hop songs from the 90’s which is scheduled to be released late October. And after that I start to work on my album entitled ‘The New Classic’.

What internet trends would you like to see disappear?

The porn site Tumblr has become. I’m all for nudity but the images I’ve witnessed are mostly all lacking in creativity. It’s just one big blur of sunkissed tits and ass.

What music trends would you like to see disappear?

‘White girl rap’. It’s not a category at the Grammy’s - why is it becoming one in Hip-Hop? I thought it was just ‘RAP’. Let’s get rid of race defined rap PLEASE.

Who, besides a family member, do you find inspirational and why?

Anyone brave enough to be an innovator is an inspiration to me.

Who’s your favorite upcoming artist(s) right now?

I love all my young west coast artists at the moment! There is an electricity in the city of LA right now and everyone can feel the west coming together and rising back up. I’m Australian but I still feel so proud to be here witnessing it all. All the pu$haz ink boys have a special place in my heart since recording the ‘1990’ project and I’m really excited to see them continue their journeys as artists also.

Any advice to aspiring artists?
 

Find out who you are, hold onto it for dear life and never let anyone convince you being someone else could ever compare to being YOU.

Twitter:

@IGGYAZALEA


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This is the year of the fly girl and Iggy Azalea ain’t wasting no time to shine. I found out about the Australian goddess through a post by Brass and was instantly hooked to her long legs and lyrics. Yup, Iggy got bars and a decent amount of confidence to compliment her steeze. But who could ever resist a chick killing hard ass beats? If you’re a sucker for ponytails, nails, graphics, gold, denim and Hip-Hop then you’ll have fun getting to know Iggy Azalea a bit more after the jump.

Name Iggy Azalea

Hometown Middle of nowhere Australia since adopted by LA, California
Age
21

Blog I don’t run my own blog but my official fan blog is iggyazalea.tumblr.com
Best go-to-spot for nails and hair

My hair is so long it’s too expensive to get it done at a salon, so I do it myself! But the best nail spot is Carmen on Spring and 9th Downtown LA!

3 words that describe your style The. New. Classic

Most Known For My raps

Unknown For My cakes! I’m quite the baker… my friends love them.

I was recently introduced to your music video “Pu$$y” through a blog post. When did you pursue rapping and what was your inspiration behind the song?

 I first started rapping at age 14 in Australia then moved to the States at age 16 to pursue it after dropping out of high school. I knew without a shadow of doubt there was a place for me in Hip-Hop, although in retrospect - I was pretty crappy! Thankfully with lots of practice, I got better progressively. My inspiration behind the video for “Pu$$y” was actually the movie “Friday” but once I started brainstorming with friends, the concept got a life of its own. Sonically “Pu$$y”is the Part II of “2x”, which is a freestyle video. People kept telling me they wished “Pu$$y” was a full song so I made one in the spirit of “2x”

2x’s is clever as f**k, who created the graphics and concept for it?

Thank you! My idea was to do something lighthearted to contrast the harshness of what was being said in the song. The cats and everything happening on my crotch were meant as a double metaphor and also kind of a ‘fuck you’ to a lot of people who at the time were telling me I needed to be more ‘sexy’. I felt like fuck them! If I want to get my boobs or vagina out it’ll be on my own terms! I grew up in a small town in Australia so animation and drawing was always a hobby of mine that kept me.

I learned of your love for Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tupac, Grace Kelly, and Ned Kelly, all very unique individuals with different functions in their lifetime. Do you consider your work to be a reflection of their existence?

I consider my work to be a reflection of my own existence because a person can only authentically be a product of their OWN struggles and successes. All the people you’ve mentioned I feel drawn to because there is something within each of them that I identify with. I empathize with the above characters. I try to expose the greats I steal from, rather than hide it like other artists because I want to create awareness and encourage others to go check them out and dig into the history of it all and take their own inspiration from these people. I’m sick of seeing “Scarface” references in videos and I want to introduce everyone to the people I believe are the true greats.

With the popularity of groups like the white girl mob, does this at all influence your position in hip-hop?

On a personal note, I can’t let them influence me because I’ve been on this path, my own path, for a long time now. Nothing they do or don’t do has the power to change the direction I’m sailing in, and I say that with all do respect. I am an influence and a chief - not an indian! On a business note, the listeners and fans of music are the ones who truly decide my position so you’d have to ask them!

What does it mean to be the catwoman of rap?

This is hard to answer because it was never a self professed title! However it’s a title I’ll gladly take. When I heard it, it made me feel like I was a mysterious, sexy, powerful rap superhero so that’s what it means to me.

You’re such a beautiful girl, do you have any history with modeling?

I was once approached by Elite model management and when I went in to be interviewed they measured my hips only to find they are 38” which is bigger than the standard sample size. I was told to drop 4 inches from my hips if I wanted to be a model. Naturally I went home that night, ate lots of pizza, and rapped into my computer. I love getting my picture taken but not if it means fighting against my bodies natural shape. It’s not healthy.

How do you set yourself apart from so many of the rising internet crazes?

I just be myself, I’ll never be them - they’ll never be me. Everyone is unique without even having to try! It’s when you TRY to be ‘different’ that shit starts to look the same…

Alongside the Iggy Azalea YouTube channel, are there any other projects you work on?

I’m currently working on my debut project ‘Ignorant Art’ which is being released mid September on my website iggyazalea.com. I’m also working on a mixtape with a rapper and great friend of mine named YG 400. Our mixtape is called ‘1990’ and it features remakes of classic Hip-Hop songs from the 90’s which is scheduled to be released late October. And after that I start to work on my album entitled ‘The New Classic’.

What internet trends would you like to see disappear?

The porn site Tumblr has become. I’m all for nudity but the images I’ve witnessed are mostly all lacking in creativity. It’s just one big blur of sunkissed tits and ass.

What music trends would you like to see disappear?

‘White girl rap’. It’s not a category at the Grammy’s - why is it becoming one in Hip-Hop? I thought it was just ‘RAP’. Let’s get rid of race defined rap PLEASE.

Who, besides a family member, do you find inspirational and why?

Anyone brave enough to be an innovator is an inspiration to me.

Who’s your favorite upcoming artist(s) right now?

I love all my young west coast artists at the moment! There is an electricity in the city of LA right now and everyone can feel the west coming together and rising back up. I’m Australian but I still feel so proud to be here witnessing it all. All the pu$haz ink boys have a special place in my heart since recording the ‘1990’ project and I’m really excited to see them continue their journeys as artists also.

Any advice to aspiring artists?
 

Find out who you are, hold onto it for dear life and never let anyone convince you being someone else could ever compare to being YOU.

Twitter:

@IGGYAZALEA