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This Is What Real Life Instagram Vampires Look Like

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This week marked 22 years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer first aired on television and the occult classic continues to live on in our hearts and on SKY reruns. From Angel and Darla to Spike and Drusilla we all remember what the vampires of the Buffyverse looked like. Ashy skin, gothy hair, brooding stares and a whole lot of leather. Cut to sharp fangs, yellow contacts and prosthetic t-zone wrinkles whenever they turned full vamp mode. But that was the 90s. What about now? What do the vampires of 2019 look like? And, no, not the fictional kind. What do the real-life, vampire-identifying, Instagram-dwelling individuals look like today? What are their beauty rituals? Are they into wellness? Do they like vampire facials a la Kim K? We talked to four vampires to find out. Meet Darsuss, a 25-year-old federal contractor from Washington DC; Velvet Venom, a 20-year-old tattooist from the San Francisco Bay Area; Lou Graves, an alternative model from Scotland, and Abby Holgerson, a 21-year old artist from Maryland.

Full Interview now live on DAZED, click link below to read in full:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/beauty/head/article/43702/1/what-real-life-instagram-vampires-look-like

Text @aimeegreen

Image @buffytvs

What does it mean to be a witch in 2018?

From the buck-toothed, backcombed, soul-sucking Sanderson sisters of Hocus Pocus, to the spaghetti strap tank tops and diamante crucifixes of 90’s cult classic Charmed; the green-faced, crooked-nosed Wicked Witch of Ozto the bouncy blonde curls of Netflix’s latest regurgitation: the Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina – witches have been depicted in pop culture for decades. But are these representations accurate? 26-year-old holistic practitioner Grace Gottaredello doesn’t think so. “All of these depictions try to homogenize the perception of witchcraft to something that is centred to white Euro-American women,” says Grace. “But witchcraft is as diverse as we, the witches, are.”

Over the last few centuries, witches have faced many enemies: the church, the patriarchy, the burning stake, and the warped cultural representations that aim to whitewash their culture. And now they face a new one: the beauty industry. From impending Tarot collections being teased on Instagram by beauty giants to pastel-hued Starter Witch Kits, the beauty industry’s commodification of sacred occult practices is really starting to piss witches off, not least because this appropriation is based on pop culture representations of witches instead of real witches themselves. But who are these real witches? And more importantly, what do their practices look like? We spoke to Grace and four other witches – London-based herbalist Caroline RosalieNicolette Clara Iles, alchemist Kkingboo, and Herefordshire-based Malcolm Tearle – to find out more. 

Full Interview now live on DAZED, click link below to read in full:

http://www.dazeddigital.com/beauty/soul/article/42012/1/witch-2018-beauty-witchraft

Text @aimeegreen

Image @nicoletteclara

Designing Ramona Magazine for Girls Volume 3

In May 2017 I joined the team at Ramona Magazine for Girls (ramonamag.com) as a ‘general intern’ where I primarily sourced and interviewed local artists — contributing to Ramona’s online presence. Soon after Freya Bennett, Ramona’s co-founder and director, allowed me the opportunity to further my creative involvement, and I advanced into the role of Ramona’s lead graphic designer for Ramona Magazine Volume Three (released November 2017). Additionally I generated the video work for Ramona's Kickstarter campaign, performed week-long Instagram ‘takeovers’ on @ramonaforgirls, and illustrated for a variety of articles featured in Ramona V3 (as well as it’s cover image). 

Click below to buy Ramona Volume Three for $15 AUD:
https://ramonamag.com/product/ramona-volume-three-print/

The blonde-wigged, fake tanned and fake pop idol, Honey Andrews

Within a virtual terrain, honeyandrewsforever.com (now deactivated) presents presents a digitalised shrine containing a collection of images of the blonde wigged, fake tanned, pop idol Honey Andrews. The webpage, honeyandrewsforever.com (now deactivated), exists within an alternate reality where the photographer herself adopts a fan-girl alter ego who believes to have overcome the literal and figurative ‘distance’ between the fans and the famous — problematizing the ‘illusion of intimacy’ between the stars, and the stalkers.

Exhibited: 2016. Flirt, {Suite} Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.

http://enjoy.org.nz/blog/2016/10/exhibition-season-photography-edition

 
Hollywood Hotline  for  Honey Andrews Forever , Aimée Green (2016).

Hollywood Hotline for Honey Andrews Forever, Aimée Green (2016).

Paparazzi Princess  for  Honey Andrews Forever , Aimée Green (2016).

Paparazzi Princess for Honey Andrews Forever, Aimée Green (2016).

Green Scene  for  Honey Andrews Forever , Aimée Green (2016).

Green Scene for Honey Andrews Forever, Aimée Green (2016).

Karaoke Konfessions  for  Honey Andrews Forever , Aimée Green (2016).

Karaoke Konfessions for Honey Andrews Forever, Aimée Green (2016).

Star of the Nigh t for  Honey Andrews Forever , Aimée Green (2016).

Star of the Night for Honey Andrews Forever, Aimée Green (2016).

Screenshot of the (now deactivated) virtual terrain; honeyandrewsforever.com

Screenshot of the (now deactivated) virtual terrain; honeyandrewsforever.com

Virtually Yours – A virtual wet dream

Conceived by the keyboard, the sexscapes of Virtually Yours targets the user.

Posed as a virtual brothel (one that is both dated and dazzling) Virtually Yours flaunts pearl tiles, zebra printed carpet, grab rails, soft-core erotic art and mirrored walls. Prepped for sexual decadence featuring a pink leather massage table, a gynaecological examination chair, a spa (with a complimentary stripper pole), a human cage and an array of kinky sex toys, the scenes are set for the fulfilment of the gamers dirtiest and most erotically perverse fantasies  in a terrain that offers fulfilment without any virtual consequences.

Virtually Yours is a virtual wet dream – but when does the act of fantasising go too far?

Luxury Suite 001 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 001 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 002 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 002 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 004 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 004 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 003 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.

Luxury Suite 003 from Virtually Yours, Aimée Green (2016). 23.61 x 42 cm.