Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Nasty Guys: Todd Diederich
Always living it up to the fullest, photographer Todd Diederich has an eye for poetry and beauty in places you’d never expect it. All of his photos seem to have taken place in the midst of some weird party, even if the participants didn’t know they were attending. Based in Chicago, he feels the city deeply in his core. Most recently his work’s been featured in Oyster; he’s also worked with Grimes, shooting her during some of her travels, and notably (and extensively) documented Chicago’s Ballroom scene. Here, he tells us about his state of mind…
What is beauty?
Adventure or journey?
Adventuring is the only language I know. It’s the zenith of intuition. Hindsight will shape the journey. I obviously have no hindsight… ever. ;p
Dreams or dreamy?
My dreams have changed. Maybe it has for others as the center of our solar system is aligning with the center of the Milky Way. I rarely have people or story lines in my dreams anymore. Now it’s as if my mind’s eye is cloaked in full spectrums of geometric light and electro magnetic waves playing with my bio-circuitry. It has inspired me to see myself as a shape of my own creation.
Friendship or crew?
There are big ships and small ships but the best ships are friendships.
Favorites or all of it?
All of it. Have you ever eaten every flavor of Sour Patch Kids in one bite? It’s alchemy.
(all photographs ©Todd Diederich)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Nasty Guys: Glam Rock ‘n’ Romance with Marion Belle
Fatal Jamz is the kind of band that stirs your inner delinquent—that part of you that wants to get your sequins dusty as you run wild into the kind of night that, despite all odds, ends up changing your life for the better. Front man Marion Belle says he, too, is only interested in these kinds of musicians, the ones you see onstage for one song, or hear for a second on the radio, and then that’s it—they’ve got you.
With a snow white Stratocaster bought at a pawn shop, he headed out to the Valley for some singing lessons from a woman in a pink wig. A couple bands later, he’s now got Fatal Jamz—and we’ve got an exclusive track to release after we pick his brain a little. The glam-pop songs on their new record, he says, “try to narrate the story of someone waking up at dawn, in the morning in Los Angeles, and their journey through a hazy and insanely fantastical world, until the end of night.” That’s exactly what we got from their “Scorpion Chain” video, directed by Abigail Bean, and how it felt when they played our Halloween party.
For me rock ‘n’ roll began at an arcade in the mall near my school when I was 13–something about being a teenager in America is insanely lonely and mythic and there are so many people out there in the wilderness, you want to sing them a song of great insane beauty. Because someone sang you a song that reached you, you know how it feels and you don’t want them to be alone, either. You can’t let them down–or yourself–and you’re being chased by that thought, so you dive into the heart-shaped pool, beneath the turquoise waves, and you drown in haunted melodies. While beneath the waves you commune with Gia Carangi and Sebastian Bach. You surface for air, emerging outside Versace’s South Beach estate. You fall sleep on a white sand beach while palm trees sway beneath candy neon lights…
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Nasty Guys: Ladies & Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones
As much as we debate the impossible question, “Mick or Keith?”, there’s no way we could ever choose our favorite Rolling Stone. In the ’60s, the bad boy Brits hit the scene and they’ve pretty much ruled the world since. The notorious frontmen have spanned the decades, basically writing the book on how to be rock & roll gods…partying with Warhol at Studio 54 and marrying supermodels like Jerry Hall, not to mention making some of the greatest rock records ever. Keith has the “I don’t give a shit” attitude we love and Mick’s lips (alright, and his moves) still have us swooning. This year marked their 50th anniversary and since they just seem to get better with age, they’re hitting the stage to celebrate with a few exclusive shows in the UK and US, alongside the release of a new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane. Essentially, The Stones are not only rock royalty but will forever be the kings of cool.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Nasty Guys: Matt Dillon
The Outsiders is one of our ultimate ’80s flicks, mainly because it featured a particularly hot gang of greasers that included a young Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe. The babe that really stole our hearts, though, was Matt Dillon. The movie launched his career and we’ve been swooning over him (and those eyebrows!) ever since. Whether he’s shirtless, leather-clad or…um…shirtless, he’ll always be one of our favorite bad boys.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 Nasty Guys: Daniel Moon + Ramsell Martinez
Daniel and Ramsell first bonded over pizza while cutting 20 wigs to make KeSha’s dancers look like Kiefer Sutherland from The Lost Boys for the 2010 VMAs. She was performing as a final act and the duo was paired up to style hair for her 15 dancers. Needless to say, it was one crazy night and they’ve since became great friends, collaborators, and our go-to hair guys.
Even though Daniel’s a master of rainbow-fueled color and Ramsell has a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to hair, there’s no denying that they’re a dream team and the proof is in the pictures. Here’s a taste of what they’re up to when they’re not busy working their magic in our studio, from Daniel’s next-level dye jobs at Andy Lecompte Salon to Ramsell‘s styling for the likes of Dazed And Confused and Purple Magazine.
And now, tips from the pros:
Ramsell - “Finding a balance in what you’re comfortable with and what actually works for you is most important. If you have curly hair – enhance it. If you have straight hair – pin it with some bobby pins or just spray it with water. Keep it easy and set your own trend.”
Daniel - “I specialize in color that makes you feel. I pull my inspiration from people who see life in a colorful way. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun. Look at your hair as a blank canvas!”