This month the Alt Girl botherer blog celebrates its one year anniversary. That’s twelve months of interviewing and showcasing some of the best and brightest alternative talent in the industry today. Within that year, it has been my distinct pleasure to interview nearly 200 models, artists, performers and other industry professionals from all over the world. We’ve talked modelling, tattoos, latex, fetish, photography, body paint, vampirism… if it has a place in the alternative realm, then I’ve discussed it on these pages. Some of the personalities I’ve featured on this blog I am very proud to now call friends, an outcome I could have never expected when I started the project. It’s been enlightening and eye opening sharing in the life and work of aspiring professionals and successful industry leaders. There will always be characters and personas that I will be in awe of, but through my work on this blog I have seen the human side of these glamorous ladies. I’ve also grown to understand the job they do, or aspire to do, and the struggles and negativity that they battle against constantly. I went into this blog idea with respect, but that has been amplified exponentially through working with so many talented people.
I’ve also had the joyous experience of achieving a personal goal, that being writing for a few online magazines. Special thanks must go out to Carmin Conner, whose faith and support has led me to the role of fetish writer in her magazine SKIN. It’s a pleasure writing for such a passionately produced labour of love, and to have my work featured alongside such great creative talents is humbling. Snakebite magazine is another forum for my writing now, and a project that is totally driven by volunteers. It’s an ambitious undertaking, but one that is very exciting to be a part of. As well as magazine assignments, I’ve also been privileged to write biographies for a few previous guests, for their personal sites and print features. Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, and it feels incredible when your talents are appreciated by people you personally admire.
I could never adequately thank everybody who has featured and contributed to this blog, I have had so many guests in this first year that I’m afraid of leaving people out if I try individual shout outs. I hope that at the time I interviewed each guest, they picked up my sense of gratitude for their time and effort. It is always genuine, and my only goal is to share my love of my guests’ work with a wider audience. There are a few people that I will mention here though, just because they have been constant inspirations and sources of support. Some of these women will never know how much they’ve helped this project, but I hope they’ll get an idea someday:
Stripey and Rachy: Two ladies from the FRONT magazine forum that I interviewed soon after setting up my blog. They were early guests that I was overjoyed to be able to feature, and two women whose work I will forever watch out for. I’d love to have these girls back for a follow up feature someday, I’m such a fan of their pictures, but also their personalities and outlook. They work hard for everything they get, and I hope they get everything they want from life and work.
Alysha Nett: A colossal star in my eyes, and someone I was dumbfounded to welcome to my blog. I speculatively got in touch with Alysha without any real anticipation of success. To my amazement she replied and we were able to work out an interview that I am still extremely proud of. It tells you so much about a person when they are willing to help out with a creative project. I’ll always be able to say that I once interviewed Alysha Nett, and that’s something I’ll cherish.
Bow: Now I’ve never actually featured this lady on my blog, but her work has gotten a mention on numerous occasions. She’s a fantastic model with an incredible look and approach to her work. Most importantly though, she’s a sweet person who is a great supporter of this project. I will feature her on this page in the near future, whenever she’s ready.
Yazz: Another FRONT forum favourite, and a lady who helped the blog celebrate Christmas last year. Someone whose modelling captivates, whose passion for photography and art blew me away, and whose polite and respectful demeanour made every interaction a joy! She’s one of those people who you wish nothing but success for, and with her plethora of talent, success is what I’m sure she’ll find. Whatever path she takes.
Ruby True, Whiplash, VioletEyes and Rubber Monkey Latex: Latex is something I love to see showcased well, and these individuals are the best around. It was a personal pleasure to feature their work, and bend their ear about such a wonderful material. While Ruby, Whiplash and VioletEyes are rightfully classed as latex modelling authorities, they are also accomplished models/performers full stop. Four very interesting women who helped create three outstanding articles in my opinion.
Tara Mackey: Singer, photographer, model, traveller, inspiration… Lots of words can be used to describe this woman. To me though, I think friend is the most potent. Having never had the opportunity to meet her or see her shows, that might seem a little strong. But her energy is so warm and welcoming that I really do feel that way. It’s always a pleasure to promote her shows, and I hope she’s happy in everything she does.
Elle Richie: A model whose work I followed from her first appearance in FRONT. Someone who I have featured twice on this blog and whose opinions and insights into the industry I could listen to all day. Someone who is passionate about her craft, and very skilled at it. Always very supportive and accommodating to requests from this blog, and another lady I’d always have an interest in working with.
THE ALT GIRLS: FRONT’s monthly featured girls who have worked wonders in the few pages they are granted. They were the inspiration for this blog, and a sisterhood of ladies that should all be rightfully proud. I’ve featured many previous Alt Girls on these pages, including Abbie Mac, Sophie Butcher, Edie, Chelsea, Tammy Cole… the list goes on. I want to thank them all for their work in the magazine, they’re help on this blog, and not running for the hills when this random person got in touch about an interview.
As I’ve said above, it’s very difficult to thank everyone involved and not leave people out. Every time I conduct an interview, it’s with 100% focus and commitment to the individual in question. I pride myself on research and promotion, and I hope the experiences have been positive for all involved. From the amateurs I have showcased, to the professional models earning a living from what they do. I wish everyone the best of luck with their future projects and goals.
The future for the Alt Girl botherer blog is hopefully much like it’s recent past. I will endeavour to find and feature talent from all over the world, and bring unknown artists as well as well known artists to this stage. I am as passionate about the project now as I was at it’s inception, and I thank every single person that follows this blog. As for unfulfilled ambitions, there is a list of ladies that I desperately want to feature in future months. I’ll put a few names below in case they are reading, or in case someone else reading can persuade them to accept my countless interview advances:
El Wood – Someone who has expressed an interest previously, but whose workload understandably keeps her very busy.
Mosh: A legend and inspiration to many, I’ve got something in the works with this most perfect of ladies that I really hope comes off. We’ll see.
Bow – I mentioned her above, and I will have her on this blog as soon as she gives me the green light for an interview.
Carrie – An artist who I regularly chat to about her creative projects (as well as zombies). I’d love to feature her in some form or another, If not an interview then a showcase of her artwork and the business ventures she’s got planned.
Vikki Blows – Everyone knows about Vikki, I think it would be so interesting to talk with her about her life and work. Maybe someday…
Suicide Girls – I’ve spoken to a few on this blog already, but Radeo and Rambo are two women I am in awe of.
Sister Sinister – Yet another latex clad lady who I admire and who I’d love to talk with about her work.
Leasha Jacques – I’ve tried before, but this lady has a LOT going on. Beautiful model, talented artists and tattooist, and just a very cool person in general.
Arabella Drummond – I’ve been close before, I’ve spoken to people that know her and they’ve promised to put me in touch, but it hasn’t happened yet. Trust me it will!
Michelle Rodriguez – A little out there perhaps, but if I ever got the opportunity I would jump at the chance. An incredible woman!
There are loads and loads of women I’d like to feature in the future, some I haven’t even heard of yet I’m sure. I hope to be able to bring you interviews with some of the above, but also women from other reaches of the industry and other backgrounds. I hope to move the blog forward in this second year, and continue to build on the incredible experiences I’ve had thus far. I hope you’ll all stick with me on the journey, and enjoy what I’ve got to share with you in the near future.
Thanks again for all your support, to all those people who read my work and get something out of it. I’d probably still write if nobody read, but to know likeminded people are enjoying what is produced on these pages is incredible.
The immediate future of the Alt Girl botherer blog though is all about celebrating a year of interviewing fascinating people. I had a goal as I approached this milestone, I wanted to get an industry big name on the blog to properly celebrate the achievement and thank everyone that reads my work. After numerous approaches to big name models, publishers and performers, I was beginning to lose hope. I thought the talents I was contacting would be too busy to help out with my blogs birthday bash. Then, from out of nowhere, I got a response. Someone was actually moved enough by my interest that they got back to me with a positive reply. And you’ll never guess who it was… Ok I’ll tell you. It was the editor of Bizarre magazine David McComb! David McComb, the man in charge of the most innovative and cutting edge alternative magazine in the industry. For those who don’t know, Bizarre is the market leader in alternative literature, publishing some of the most famous and beautiful women in the alternative field. It’s the pinnacle for many aspiring alternative artists, and it’s readership consists of some of the craziest and most creative people on the planet. I was thrilled at the news, and if that wasn’t enough, Mr McComb also granted me an audience with the magazine’s art director Dave Kelsall, in order to pick his brain about the kind of women the magazine looks for.
For Bizarre fans, alternative fans, fetish fans, aspiring models and Bizarre contributors… It’s going to be a must read piece, and I do hope as many people as possible will read it. There will be great insights behind the scenes at Bizarre, their policies and mission statement, as well as tips and advice for following and getting involved in the premier publication. I hope everyone is as excited as I am, and I can’t wait to share the piece with everyone. More news will follow, but for now I’m delighted to say that both the Bizarre editor and art director will feature on this blog soon, to help celebrate a year of interview and review.
Thanks for reading this hefty announcement if you did, I’ll be posting further updates very soon.