Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween interview Part 1: Brian Dickie

TAMD: You're new to TAMD, so please tell us a little about yourself. 
Brian Dickie: I'm 32, live in Chicago with a girlfriend, and a dog. At night I manage the longest running nightclub in the country, Neo. I fill up the days with as much as I can, whether it's being an extra on tv shows or movies, photoshoots, fixing Harleys, or finding time to get tattooed.

TAMD: Do you find it's hard to be a male model in a generally female dominated industry?
Brian Dickie: By no means do I pay rent off this, it's a hobby - at best. But, I can definitely see it being "more accessible" for females. The other side to that though is, there are fewer of me doing it. Tattooed or Alternative modeling is such a niche anyways, I might not even notice a gender discrepancy so much as a lifestyle one. Alternative Male Model is kind of a pocket, within a pocket. Would it be easier if I were female? Probably...but it would also be easier if my hands weren't tattooed. I see it, but it doesn't affect me much.

TAMD: How would you define your style?
I don't think I've been doing this long enough to have one really. I know what I like shooting, and looking at, but not how to define it. Still working the whole style thing out.

TAMD: Tell us a little about your tattoos? How many do you have, meanings, etc?
The last time I counted it was around 20, but that was a few years ago and I now just consider it one big one that isn't done yet. But they're all stories, and all mean something. Where I'm from, where I've worked, things I can't forget or don't want to. A few memorials, some demons, some advice, and some guardians. A few silly ones, but even the stories for those are a few pages long.

TAMD: What do you think is the biggest misconception about those with modifications?
BD: I think inferiority.

TAMD: Speaking of modifications, besides tattoos, what other modifications do you have?
BD: I have stretched ears, at about an inch. a 6 gauge septum, 8 gauge labret, and 10 gauge barbells in my nipples.

Were do you want your modeling career to go?
BD: Wherever it does. I don't ever expect to be on billboards or bus stops, but a tattoo magazine or two would be cool.

TAMD: What was the story behind your shoot with Jim Sorfleet?
BD: Jim is an old friend I've had a working relationship with for about 5 years. We've been involved in a lot of the same things and have a lot of the same interests, but never shot together. It was kind of a first for both of us, he doesnt usually shoot males, and most of my work to that point had been "just standing there" kinds of shots.

How will you be celebrating Halloween, if you celebrate?
The bar I manage in Chicago is for lack of a better word, a "goth bar" so Halloween for me is the busiest night of the year. And has been for the last ten years. I celebrate Halloween usually around November 3rd or 4th.

Is there anything you'd like to add, or promote?
The Alternative Model Directory

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