Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Interviews Part 8: Drusilla Killswitch

How did the name 'Drusilla Killswitch' come about?

The name Drusilla Killswitch came about actually when I was in high school. I was a huge fan of Spike and Dru and in those days I wore the London Gowns just like Drusilla and had long dark hair and was quiet and mysterious just like her. My friends said I reminded them of her so they dubbed me Drusilla or Dru for short. A few years later my friend Chris who actually is the photographer of the set you are using gave me the nickname Killswitch for funny reasons. The name stuck and I added it to Drusilla and it just sounded awesome. For years I was known as just Drusilla until Killswitch was added. I think the two work very well together.

What was the inspiration for this photoshoot?

The inspiration was thought of the photographer Chris Swenk. He called me up with the idea and I was all for it! It was suppose to be a take from "Hear no evil, See no evil. Speak no evil"...but as we couldn't get the right props for it...the shoot turned into being in the words of Chris " the tormented soul we all have inside of us." Basically everyone has a tormented soul that we never really show but we keep inside of us and how we all torment ourselves over our lifetime and the torment we send to others and such. It was an awesome shoot and we had a blast doing it!! We just shot away and were very happy with the results. It has been in a gallery show and did quite well. 

You're a creative model, which has been your favorite shoot to do?

I actually have two fave shoots. Both were shot by Chris Swenk. One shoot was "Welcome to Centralia" which was shot in Centralia PA, where there has been a coal mine fire burning over the last 40 years. Although a gas mask was involved breathing was hard due to fumes, but it was so much fun to shoot and he has done quite well with gallery shows with that set as well. Of course the "Torment" shoot was another. It took over an hour to do makeup and such in a cold basement but the shoot took 5 to 10 minutes and the results were amazing! Chris made the eye prosthetic and covered me in body mud then painted me to give me a "decrepit" look. It was a ton of fun!! All my shoots have been fun and I always try to find something new, different and creative to do!! The more "out there" the shoot the better!!! If we can make someone go "oh my gosh", we have done our job!!

Besides modeling you like to dance, what is your favorite style of dance?

I have been dancing since I was 4. I have done everything from ballet, baton twirling, gymnastics, and jazz dancing. I love every form of dance!! I go-go for alternative night clubs as well when I can. My fave form of dancing would have to be Ballet. I just love the movements, and it is really great exercise. If it wasn't for the knee surgeries I had in high school, I was hoping to try out for The Julliard School of Dance. Ballet is just a beautiful style of dance and I hope to continue with it soon. Dancing and music in general is my life. If there is a great beat involved, you will find me dancing, no matter where I am lol. 

What are your plans for Halloween?

Halloween......I just love this time of year. I love being able to dress up and be someone else without being judged. I have no real plans but if I can I would love to try for a look from Katy Perry's video E.T. If not there is always next year...but there are no real plans. Maybe a party or two here and there. Whatever it is I do....I hope to make it huge lol. Halloween this year is all last minute for me due to being busy with work and such. I am just hoping I am able to have a good time.

I want to thank everyone at TAMD for giving me this chance to be interviewed and thank you for everything they have done with promoting my work and such!!! They are all awesome people and really help when it comes to finding work and others to work with!! TAMD RAWKS!!!! Also thank you to everyone reading this. I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for your support!!! Keep the Alternative style alive!!!

Photo Credits:
Photographer: Chris Swenk

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Holy models, Batman! Interview with Mookie, Magenta Costley, Lily Le Roi, & Lady Noctis

One of my favorite comic book/movie/video game series is Batman. Not just because Batman is badass, but it has some of the sexiest, badass villains and villainess's of all time. My favorite being Catwoman. Today I've brought you a few models who have shot as Catwoman, Poison Ivy, & Harley Quinn. Enjoy, you nerds!

Photo by: Miss Mookie
You're New to TAMD so, first things first, welcome to TAMD. Please introduce us to Miss Mookie.
Miss Mookie is my pin-up pseudonym. I am currently competing in Australia's premier pin-up competition - Miss Pin-up Australia. I will compete on stage November 12th and am pretty darn excited! I have embraced the pinup lifestyle because I like the fact that it embraces all forms of beauty. I think women are fed up with being dictated by the mainstream media as to what is deemed 'ideal beauty'. Clothing of the 1940's and 50's is all about accentuating curves and celebrating the female form. As a designer I am also interested in the fact that garments true to this era don't rely on Lycra and ultra stretchy fabrics. I think this changes the way you hold yourself. Also, pampering and putting in extra time to look good is the best way to feel great about yourself and empowered, whatever your chosen look. I am a big believer in self love and I hope to inspire other women, especially young girls, that everyone is  beautiful in their own way, and mainstream 'photoshopped' beauty should not be the yardstick which they measure themselves by.

Why did you decide to do a shoot as Catwoman?
Last year I started a self-portrait photographic project called 365wordgirl. Randome people enter words via my website and each week I use 7 words to form a self-portrait photo. Catwoman was one of the words for this particular shoot, which is awesome, because I love Catwoman!

Are you a fan of comic books or do you prefer the movie and/or cartoon adaptations of them? Which is your favorite?
To be honest I have only recently started reading comics as my son is starting to get into them, and we read them together. So fair my favorite artist is Skottie Young, his stuff rocks! I would say I actually like the comic books compared to movies as the illustrations are an art in itself and reading is always better than watching a movie.

As far as my favorite comic, so far it would be Marvel's ' The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. I also like the Star Wars stuff out through Darkhorse, because I'm a Star Wars freak!

Is there any other comic book characters that you would like to shoot as?
I have actually shot my own version of Tankgirl, which was pretty fun. Also this year I went to a comic/manga convention and designed & made my own costume, which was my own version of Blue Wasp. I still need to do a photoshoot with this outfit.

What are your plans for Halloween?
Halloween is not at big in Australia as it is in the US but, having said that, last year my son and I went trick or treating around the neighborhood and had a blast! I was a zombie nurse and he was a medieval ghoul. Hopefully, we will do that again this year, as he really loves it.


Magenta Costley
Photos by: Robin Cook
MUAH: Cherry Dame
 Why did you decide to do as shoot as Harley Quinn? Poison Ivy?
I was asked to do a villain shoot, and Harley Quinn was always my favorite, so it was natural that I picked her to portray. Poison Ivy happened because the photographer knew I'm a geek at heart and wanted to do something that was still sexy but, different from his usual stuff.

Out of the two, which is your favorite?
Harley Quinn is my favorite. "Puddin"

Are you a fan of Batman?
Absolutely, he's my favorite..beating Superman, Spiderman, and any other "man" out there.

I want to mention your newest venture, painting. Please tell us a bit about your work.
A lot of my work is inspired by people or characters that really influenced me growing up. One of my first paintings was of The Goblin King and one of Eric Draven. I draw a lot of inspiration from pop culture icons, but I also take on commissioned work as well.

What are your plans for Halloween?
Halloween is actually my wedding anniversary. We have plans to spend the weekend in Savannah, touring all the old cemeteries and going on haunted tours. Halloween night is always spent watching a Vincent Price's been a tradition of ours and this will be the 7th year in a row.

Photos by: Varga Photography
MUAH: Billie Jo Garcia

Photo by: Jack Edward Odd
MUA: Lily Le Roi
Why did you decide to do a shoot as Poison Ivy?
She is my favorite villain! 

Which do you prefer, Superheros or Supervillains? Which is your all time favorite Superhero or Supervillain?
I like villains, because they have more fun. Poison Ivy is my fav, she's so sexy and sassy!

Are you a fan of Batman?
YES! I am currently wearing a Batman shirt. =)

In the spirit of October and fall, let's talk about something you love - Pumpkin Spice Latte's. How much do you love them?
AH! I love them! I wish they had them all year round. Soy Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks is like fall in a cup. If I could drink them every single day..I so would!

What are your plans for Halloween?
Party like a rockstar!



Photo by: Teagan Delemore
Latex: Artifice Clothing
MUA: Katy Jones
 How fun was it shooting as Harley Quinn?
On the day of the shoot, I was extremely excited as I had been wanting to do as Harley Quinn shoot for quite some time; especially as I had purchased myself a custom latex costume from Artifice Clothing. I was also asked to bring a few of my Harley memorabilia to possible shoot with on the day; which I was very careful with because I was quite worried about breaking them while traveling to the shoot.

Upon arrival, I had my make-up done by a wonderful and talented MUA named Katy Jones, she did an incredible job on capturing the look of Harley Quinn, with also adding her own personal spin on it by adding read diamonds around my mask; they were not hugely noticeable but it was that little extra detail that made the mask jump out.

Teagan (photographer) and I had been chatting about the shoot for weeks, so we were both excited about doing the shoot on set; and we just had fun with it all trying to capture the look and personality of Harley Quinn as true as possible.

The result from our shoot together recently got published on the cover of DarkFaery Subculture Magazine as well as a 2 page spread which was part of their Heroes and Villains edition; which was a massive success for me as a model and a fan.

Photo by: Teagan Delemore
Latex: Artifice Clothing
MUA: Katy Jones

I know that you are a huge fan of Harley's. How extensive is your collection of Harley memorabilia?
I have always been a comic fan, but most of all I have been a Batman Fangirl and I wear the badge proudly. I discovered Harley Quinn when she was first introduced in 1992 in The Batman Animated Series, and when she made her first comic appearance in D.C. Comics "Mad Love" written and illustrated by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. My love for her just grew and grew as did my collection.

Which is currently taken up an entire corner of my room. I really need to get a nice display unit for it all as it's becoming really difficult to display any more of my new collection.

Whenever people enquire about my "obsession" I always respond with it being a "small" one, but when people see the size of my collection and/or reaction to when a new figurine is announced I think it is fair to say it's far from small.

Just a bit of Lady Noctis's
Harley Quinn collection!

You're not just a model, but and artist as well. Were do you get your inspiration from?
My art can be described as Pop Surrealism, seductive with an air of melancholy. I am highly inspired by the Victorian era, the emotions of one's individual state, dark romanticism, and all things timeless. I also like to explore and develop different subject matters and mediums as it enables me to grow and develop as an artist.

What are your plans for Halloween?
This is all sadly current dependent on my work schedule, but if I am not working I have plans to dress up and celebrate it with my friends. As for the costume, I am debating over three possible ideas: Harley Quinn (asylum inmate costume), American McGee's Alice or Silent Hill nurse.



Deceased Darling as Catwoman

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Interviews Part 6: Ellie Love Zombie

Ellie Love Zombie is a tattooed, alternative model coming out of Boulder, Colorado. A woman on a mission, Ellie also runs a few modeling promotion sites, is an active band interviewer, and promoter, all under the 'Facedown Empire' (NOTE: The Facedown Empire is NOT affiliated with Facedown Records). Having been modeling for only 5 years Ellie finds herself with a cult following and having had the pleasure of modeling for such bands as: Escape the Fate, Disco Biscuits, & Cancer Bats. If you're a fan of Ellie's, you've noticed that one theme is consistent in the majority of her shoots, GORE! The photos in this feature are just a taste of the bloody photos Ellie has created for your twisted pleasures.....

FaceDown Photography
What's your favorite Horror movie?

Wow that's a hard one, I'm big into 80's horror Argento and Fulci but, I'd have to say the FEAST trilogy if my fav!

Facedown photography

What draws you to horror & gore?

I think it's everybodys' dirty lil' secret. It allows me to play out fantasies that I wouldn't be able to otherwise.

Facedown Photography

You've done a lot of gore shoots, what has been your favorite?

I'd have to say my favorite so far has been my shoot with the band, Escape the Fate.

Photoshoot with Escape the Fate
Facedown Photography

What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

Halloween in itself has lost all it's gusto for me because it's like Halloween everyday at my house, but I'd have to say taking my lil' one trick-or-treating!

What are your plans for this Halloween?

Zombie walk most definitely, going trick or treating and Halloween night I'll be doing a photoshoot with the band Warbringer!

Facedown Photography


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Interviews Part 5: Gwendolyn Eve Hill

A lot can be said about Gwendolyn Eve Hill, she's beautiful, funny, and most of all she's talented. I'd go as far to say she is one of the best models out there to date. In the short time Gwen has been modeling, only a few years, Gwen has quickly become one of the most popular alternative models. It's no surprise really, her photos are done with unmatched skill and her poses are unique. Not to mention that she is incredibly stunning. The photos selected for this post are just a taste of what's to come on her pay-site, These photos and more can be seen on her free site,

How did you come up with your alias 'Gwendolyn Eve Hill'?

Ahh, that's a long story. I used to dance by the name Raven until I started working at a club that already had a Raven so, I had to select another name. I'd been Raven for years so I felt lost. It wasn't just a stage name, that's what everyone called me. I introduced my self as Raven. To me, my name was Raven. I simply asked the other dancers to help me come up with another name, Gwen was one of the suggestions and as soon as I heard it I knew that was my name. Eve Hill came later as a play on the word 'evil'. That part honestly just popped into my head.

Besides Fetish modeling you are also known for your blood and gore shoots. What do you find appealing about blood and gore?

No matter how many times I am asked this question, I never feel my answer really expressed how I feel. I am simply obsessed with blood. I think it's extraordinarily sensual. I can't watch movies like 'Zombie Strippers' without getting turned on. I have engaged in bloodletting before and I love the way blood feels, smells, and tastes. I obviously use fake blood for my shoots but, the appeal is the same. I just think a hot woman covered in blood is hot as hell.

Craigman Photography

Craigman Photography

Craigman Photography

You're not just a model, you're a dancer as well. How had that affected your modeling?

I believe I am the model that I am because I'm a dancer. There's the obvious factor of being flexible and in shape. Also, I have learned how to channel my sexuality and put on a performance at the same time, and that's why I think no one really models the way I do. I've been called raunchy, nasty, etc, but that vibe is intentional. I am more than sexy - I am sex.

Craigman Photography

You shoot many genres but, what is your favorite to shoot?

I don't do anything I don't want to do. They are all fun and close to my heart. If I HAD to pick a favorite, it would probably be my darker gothic sets.

M G Negri

You're a lover of movies, what's a few of your favorite horror movies?

I don't think I've ever seen a horror movie I didn't like but, I like a lot of B movies that aren't well known, like Blood Car, Dead Alive, anything Troma, and of course Evil Dead & Army of Darkness. I definitely have a preference for comedy horror but, I worship horror classics like Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th. As far as newer flicks, I gotta say I bought Zombieland the second it came out and I've watched it 100 times. That movie is just fucking awesome!

KAOS Studios

What's your favorite 'monster'? Why?

I'm obviously going to say vampire. They're bloody and sexy. That's my perfect creature.

Alex Colby

What has been your favorite costume ever?

Actually, the best thing I've ever seen in my life was about 4 years ago in NYC on Halloween. It was  a team effort and it was just genius. About 4 guys were walking around the city. One guy had a suit and was carrying a huge Publisher's Clearing House check. Another guy had a camera. Another had a mic on a pole. You get the picture. They were grabbing random strangers on the streets screaming, "Hey! You've just won a million dollars from Publisher's Clearing House. Woohoo!", and the mic would be shoved in your face and the other dude would just snap 100 pics. They got me and it took a second for me to realize what was going on. I followed them for blocks just to see them do it to other people. That was the most awesome Halloween thing ever and it wasn't even bloody or gory.

What will you be doing this Halloween?

I'm going to be Hit Girl. I love comic book movies and I just fell in love with Chloe Moretz's character in Kick-ass. What a little badass she was! My costume is going to be made with a purple latex catsuit instead of the polyester suit the costume comes in. And yes, I'm doing a photoshoot in it!

M G Negri

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Interviews Part 4: The Vamp Girls

The Vamp Girls consist of 2 extremely talented ladies, Kacy & Sarah Vamp. These two aren't just models though, they are dancers, performers, & hostesses. Recently, The Vamp Girls have begun working with Metal Sanaz to give metal lovers a behind the scenes look at various metal bands. You can check out their interviews on their brand new Youtube page.

Whether it's on the stage or in a photoshoot, one thing The Vamp Girls always brings is the blood and a badass attitude. The photo set, photographed by Radiant Inc., featured in this post is no exception. But, it's so much more, it tells a story...a story perfect for Halloween.

Ashlin: What draws you both to gore/horror?

Sarah: We are Vamps, we love everything about horror and gore. The blood and the shock value are our favorite aspects of it. There is just something unique about it that draws us to it. And to be honest it is definitely exciting.

What's your favorite monster?

We love our fellow vampires! Vampires are dangerous, sexual, mysterious, and a lot of people are drawn to them because of one, if not all, of those qualities. We also love classic horror monsters like Frankenstein's Monster & his bride, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

For Halloween do The Vamp Girls dress "normal"? How do you top what you wear on stage and in photoshoots?

In Vegas there are so many things to do during the month of October for Halloween. We always will go to at least one Halloween event as The Vamp Girls. There are always new people to meet and they love the blood, fangs, and costumes! To top what we usually do we will dress as something unexpected or the exact opposite. This year we are going as Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World! It is totally unexpected and it is something more funny than scary.

Name your favorite Horror movie(s).

The Devil's Rejects, The Haunting (Original), The Shining (Original), Saw series, Dracula, & Interview with the Vampire.

What your your plans this Halloween?

We are busy this time of year! We are doing a lot of events and photoshoots. We will also be going out to a few Halloween parties and events around Las Vegas.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Interviews Part 3: RavenEmber

Gregory Kowalski

Imagine a woman who models in any genre. Well no need to imagine such a model because, one already exists. Her name is Jodie, you may know her better as RavenEmber. Currently RavenEmber is our model of the month for October - scroll down the page and you'll see why. While this feature only has a selection of RavenEmber's Horror/Gore themed photos, she also shoots in the genres of High Fashion, Period Inspired, Glamour, Fetish, Lingerie, Implied Nude, Gothic, Beauty, the list goes on. Each photoshoot is done with a high degree of professionalism and poise...even when she's covered in fake blood.

Gregory Kowalski

What is the story behind your alias?

My modeling name is RavenEmber and it comes from me being a complete and utter geek. Lol. I play Lord of the Rings online, and my original character name was going to be Amber Raven - due to my love of ravens and my red hair. That name was already taken so, I changed it to RavenEmber; still the same meaning, I love ravens and my hair is like the embers in a fire.

I like having an alias because I like to be able to separate myself from my modeling. Jodie lounges about in jeans with no makeup, cleaning like a mad thing and playing with her 6 cats. Raven is a dedicated model, confident and sure of herself. The weirdest thing is when people in the street, or in a shop, come up to me and say, "Oh no way, you're RavenEmber!", very strange but, very sweet.

Name a few of your favorite Horror movies.

Oh this is Hard!!! Well, I'll start with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 because, I love it! It's such a comedy horror and it makes me laugh and reminds me of old friends. Plus, the utterly awesome Mister Bill Moseley is in it. Next, I'd have to say 'The House of 1000 Corpses' and 'The Devil's Rejects', both films by Rob Zombie. I love how different they are from each other. The first is like a proper 1970's horror movie while, the second is almost filmed more like a documentary....kind of. Both soundtracks are awesome!

Finally, I have to mention 'Spider Baby'. This film is not nearly as recognized as it should be. It's a classic black and white horror where you don't actually get to see any horror as such! It's brilliant and everyone should go and watch it. Plus, it stars the awesome Sid Haig back in the day.

There are so many more horror movies I love but, it would take all day to list them all.

Gregory Kowalski

Gregory Kowalski

What's your favorite monster? 

I love zombie movies but, they're not my favorite monsters! I love both vampires and werewolves. Hmm..this is a tough question! When I was younger, I think it would have easily been vampires which, comes from my love of vampire movies and books; including Anne Rice's awesome chronicles and films like the 'Lost Boys' but, nowadays I prefer werewolves. They get the best of both worlds, they get both sunshine and the night. They have the chance to live a more normal life.

How did you get involved with SFX makeup? What do you feel is your specialty?

I've been doing special FX makeup for years now but, mainly just for Halloween and for me and my friends. Wounds, scratches, scrapes, gouges,  I do them all. But, I'd say my specialty is zombie makeup. I like working with latex and creating all manner of zombies from the fresh ones to the moldering.

I was lucky enough, recently, to be asked to do special effects make up with Colin Perry and Sam Reid for a local project called the 'Dying Seconds' (Morgan Black and Kris Rennie) It's been so much fun and I hope it opens the door for more projects.

Example of RavenEmber's SFX work,
Halloween 2010

Gregory Kowalski

How will you be spending your Halloween?

I will be partying it on up on the 29th at my own legendary Halloween party. I decorate my entire house and all my friends and family come over. Halloween is more important than Christmas to me - I have more decorations for Halloween than Christmas too. Lol. As well as all my living friends, all those who've passed over get invited too, and we drink and dance and celebrate. The effort everyone puts into their costumes is just amazing and I can't wait to see everyone this year again!!

Gregory Kowalski

Gregory Kowalski

Gregory Kowalski

Gregory Kowalski

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Interviews Part 1: Andy Virus

The first set of bloody, spooktacular photos comes from Andy Virus. Andy Virus is based in Virginia but, as his current tour proves, likes to travel. He also likes to get bloody and for that we love him. 

What are some of the challenges facing male models, in your opinion?

Oh, wow; that depends on the type of modeling. I'm not with an agency so, I do all the promotion. Since I primarily do 'Alternative' work, it's a lot tougher for me. Male models in that genre don't book as much as the females. I've recently begun shooting fetish, erotica, and nude work; which has helped me book more shoots. But, it is still very difficult because there is more of a market for females. Most of my shoots in those genres are couples but, I have booked some solo work. I think it also helps that I do a lot of androgyny shoots.

What draws you to Horror/Gore style photoshoots?

I am a horror buff. I grew up watching horror movies and was always surrounded by those films. They draw me in because it tests the boundaries and steps over traditional limits. I love being covered in fake blood.

What was the story behind this set?

There actually isn't a story behind this set. The photographer invited myself, and the female model I worked with, to his studio in D.C. for a horror shoot. When we got to the studio, he showed us the props he brought, including fake blood, and described the image he was looking for. We were both ecstatic. The last part of the shoot was my favorite. The female model had to drink the fake blood and then spit it at my face. It turned out really well. The shoot was so much fun.

Who influences you?

Oh, wow. Davey Havok (vocalist for AFI) is my idol. There are a few male models. Perish, who is pretty well known in the alternative and fetish world, Justin Sandler, Tattoo23, and Manzin.

What will you be doing, this Halloween?

I'm not sure. I will still be in Los Angeles. I'm hoping I can celebrate it. I still need to figure out what I am going to be. I'm usually preparing for Halloween in August but, touring has kept me very busy.


October 17-30 - Los Angeles
November 2-10 - San Francisco
November 11-15 - Las Vegas
November 16-27 - Amarillo/Lubbock
November 28- December 5 - Ohio
December 7-12 - Philadelphia
December 13-18 - Baltimore, Maryland
December 19 - New Years - Richmond, Virginia

All images by: Dead Clown Studios