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

Growing Pains: Ramona Mixtape

Come to think of it I've always been really into mixtapes. Thinking back to when I still wore my hair in high pigtails with pink sparkly bobbles — I used to burn CD's onto my chunky white Mac laptop, haul my favourite tracks into an iTunes playlist, and then download my “super cool” mix onto my lime green Nano. Eventually, I splurged on a pack of blank CD’s and started making my playlists hard copy. If I had a boyfriend I would definitely have made him a gushy, angsty and “totally” romantic mix with a handmade CD cover of us decked out with heart stickers – because nothing screams eternal love like a collection of 8 Chris Isaac songs.

In November I sent out a call to Ramona's followers asking for some kickass playlists submissions to feature within the mag. In the end, we published Sandy Hsü's Crushed: Songs For When A Crush Absoutloly Obliterates Your Heart, Georgie Zuzek's Babe-list and my very own Growing Pains. Check out the list below detailing the tracks featured. 

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Talking with artist Evangeline Davis on everything from Trump to the taboo

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Aimee: I’ve been watching Vice’s documentary Needles & Pins hosted by Grace Neutral on VICELAND TV recently, and Grace talks about how Tattooing has very much lost its status as a rebellious, outcasting act. Instead, in its place, body alterations such as scarification and tongue slits are gaining underground popularity. 

Photographic Images of period blood, pubic hair, nipples, female masturbation and discharge taken by artists like Arvida Bystrom, Rupi Kaur, Petra Collins, Corrine Day (and also yourself) have popularised such imagery within the artistic community. I wonder, what’s the new ‘scarification’ level on taboo within the photographic community? or are we still only just breaching the acceptability of period pics? 

Evangeline: I think it comes down to how explicit the image is – for example, people react differently and it is seen to be much more taboo to see physical blood and bodily fluids rather than representations of it with fruit or glitter. Imagery is a powerful way to communicate ideas that create discussion around intersectionality, feminism and politics, so the less we shy away from the truth the easier it is to break cultural norms.

Girlhood (with all it’s stickers, bangles, pimples and lumps) has a trendy aesthetic, but one which undoubtedly toys with sexual undertones -say Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’ for instance. With Girlhood straddling both the years before, and during, puberty – sex and sexuality is naturally going to be explored both within the girls, and within the images itself. Do you think society has moved past the eras of ‘slut’ shaming girls who expose their skin, their relationships and themselves?

No. Rape culture is very real and victim blaming is immeasurable. Sadly it’s a term expressed by both sexes.

Donald Trump has been elected president by a large portion of the American public. What messages do you wish your work to project in a climate where woman are (once again, as always) seen as pussys to grab (Donald Trump, 2011)?

That we are more than our bodies and that our viewing need not be framed by consumerism, convention or the male gaze!

How has being a female, who is a feminist, affected your career so far? Has your head hit any glass ceilings?*

*The invisible barrier that stops minorities and woman from climbing in the corporate ladder no matter their successes or qualifications.

Fortunately, I have a career that allows me to be my own boss. That being said -from time to time I am talked down to and not taken seriously by the older men handling my film. *Sighs*.

Your Instagram (@madamevangeline) sporadically features a few of them, but ultimately it’s female dominated. Is documenting boys in boyhood next? and if not, why not?

Yes, absolutely! Perhaps not boyhood per se, but I’d like to explore femininity within each gender.

Touchy won ‘NZ Photobook of the Year’ 2016 (congratulations!). What tracks would you recommend the Ramona girls to listen too as they flick through it?

Inspired and Fweaky by Miley Cyrus, Perfect Places by Lorde, Needed Me by Rihanna, Sandcastles by Beyoncé, Mad by Solange (ft. Lil Wayne) and No Scrubs by TLC.

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

https://ramonamag.com/2017/09/artist-feature-evangeline-davis/

Text @aimeegreen

Image(s) @madamevangeline