After a surreal day of attending first the Bay Pay Forum on the future of banking and digital currencies, following by a private Wells Fargo event at the Beverly Wilshire, I felt like I could finally exhale and relax when Forrest Black and I arrived at the gallery opening for the art showing at…( Read more )
This festive holiday post is via Gothic.Org Adorabat Candy Cane Eyebrows Makeup Tutorial. It appears that Adorabat regularly posts what she calls electrogoth makeup tips and tutorials. In this Xmas eyebrows tutorial, Adorabat, not only teaches you what to use and how to use it to achieve this…( Read more )
Interestingly, when Forrest Black and I photographed her, this particular Morticia style classic goth model is from the UK and she had never carved a jack o’lantern before, so we deflowered her in the pumpkin carving department. Full hot spooky shoot on GothicSluts.com and in the Blue Blood VIP for Halloween. More free nude gothic pics in the teaser gallery
Much as I am entertained by green beer and getting tipsy in the street, I thought I would pass along these fun factoids to know and share:
(1) The holiday as really celebrated today started in the Americas.
(2) Use of the shamrock was added nearly a thousand years after the death of the saint, as a co-option of Pagan ritual.
(3) Leprechauns became associated with the holiday largely due to the release of a 1950′s Disney movie about them.
(4) Pubs in Ireland were required to be closed on the religious holiday until the 1970′s.
(5) The original color associated with the holiday was blue.
This was just set to mail out to everyone who subscribed to the BlueBlood Newsletter. It occurs to me that we no longer have a way for new folks to subscribe, so I’ll have to add that to the endless to-do list. –Amelia
Here’s your BlueBlood Newsletter:
- California Deathrock Book Kickstarter http://kck.st/KKHcub
- Behind the Scenes Photoshoot Video
- Gothic.net Panel of Experts
- New Gothic Fashion Site
- APN Awards Nominations
- Blue Blood VIP Megasite $1.75 Trial Sale & $1 EBPM Combo
More details on this super fab deal at the end of this newsletter.
- Contact Reminder: West Hollywood Snail, Model/Photog Submit
California Deathrock Book Kickstarter
The really big news is that a book of Forrest Black and Amelia G’s deathrock portraiture is going to be published. There are four days left in the Kickstarter pledge period and the project has already succeeded and will definitely be funded. Pledge now and Amazon won’t charge for the California Deathrock book until the pledge period is complete.
Forrest and Amelia will also thank you in print in the book, if you pledge now. Please note that, once the book is published, it should be available via Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but the retail price is expected to be significantly higher than the Kickstarter price. Cool people who Forrest and Amelia have photographed will probably be able to get the book for wholesale pricing later, but that will be around the Kickstarter amount and without the mention in the book dedication. And it would be ever so helpful and awesome if you could get those pledges in now to make sure the book is a hardcover and has the best possible art book paper and most possible pages.
Behind the Scenes Photoshoot Video
You can see some behind-the-scenes footage of what a nightlife portraiture shoot with Amelia G and Forrest Black looks like.
Gothic.net Panel of Experts
Gothic.net is continuing its series of features with a Panel of Experts interviewed on various horror and gothic-related topics. Blue Blood notables on the Panel include Amelia G, John Shirley, Will Judy, Forrest Black, Cecilia Tan, Thomas S. Roche, Ed Mironiuk, Eric Swartz, and Chad Savage.
New Gothic Fashion Site
Gothic.net has launched a sister site for dark fashion.
APN Awards Nominations
Blue Blood sites and talent have been nominated for a gajillion honors in the APN Awards.
Blue Blood VIP Megasite $1.75 Trial Sale & $1 EBPM Combo
Thank you for your patronage of Blue Blood. Amelia G wanted to have Blue Blood offer the VIP mega-pass for a super low trial amount, which she had to get special approval from the bank liaison folks to offer. Happily the answer was yes. Recent new additions to the site have included creative works featuring Lori the Gorey, Razor Candi, Vera Baby, Dahlia Dark, Alecia Joy, Angel Beau, Meekus, and more. Right now, you can even add a trial membership to EBPM for only one more buck. Details at http://www.blueblood.com/news/2012/06/blue-blood-vip-eroticbpm-combo-deal/
Contact Info Revisited:
All swag, contracts, review materials, requests for interviews, invitations to conventions, contest giveaways, photo submissions, pitches, free clothes, offers to fly the Blue Blood crew to your city, vials of your blood, etc. should be sent to:
8033 Sunset Blvd #4500
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Press releases about your own projects can be snail-mailed or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
–AMELIA G & FORREST BLACK
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Gothic.net is seeking a new fiction editor. Gothic.net comes from a strong literary tradition, so the fiction editor will need to have exacting standards. The Gothic.net site receives more visitors every month than any other literary genre site on the net. Writers Gothic.net has published in the past include David J. Schow, Thomas S. Roche, Clint Catalyst, Maria Alexander, Poppy Z. Brite, Richard Matheson, Ramsey Campbell, and many more luminaries of the dark writing world.
Fiction editor will initially be responsible for reading all writing submissions and doing coverage on submitted fiction pieces. Fiction editor will then be responsible for contracting and copy-editing final selections and reporting a schedule for writer payouts. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word. WordPress, Excel, and Photoshop skills a plus. Ability to do writer outreach a plus. Please only apply if you are well-versed in literary horror and enjoy the genre. Honorarium pay will be quarterly and more beer money than absinthe money. You will, however, have the ability to put authors in front of a very large readership. Your good taste could break new authors and expose established authors to important audiences.
To apply, please email email@example.com with the subject heading FICTION EDITOR. Please provide information on:
–why you want to do this
–three recent books or short stories you enjoyed with a sentence on why for each
–a few writers or publishers you enjoy with a sentence on why for each
–what conventions or other writing events you attend
–any editorial experience you have
–any experience you have contracting writers or other creatives
–any educational background you have
–your level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPress, and Photoshop
The idea is to provide a sense of both your qualifications and your taste.
Nineteen Eight hour countdown to the Gothic.net party tonight! </p>
A few more kickass things:
The event is 18+ (not 21+), which means you only have to be eighteen-years-old to attend. One of the reasons for holding the party at this venue is that they are extra-cool about this.
Blue Blood’s Forrest Black and Amelia G will be doing a digital gallery show. The artwork projected on the walls will be portraiture of many denizens of the dark and fabulous, some of whom will be in attendance.
BOOM! Studios has given us a ton of great books giveaways. There is stuff from a number of their darker lines, including the 28 Days Later series, the Cthulu Tales series, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and . . . [drum roll please!] issue #1 of the new Clive Barker Hellraiser comic. That’s right! Clive Barker is doing a new Hellraiser story in comic book form. There are multiple cover designs, one with art by Clive Barker, one with work by Tim Bradstreet, and one by Nick Percival. The Hellraiser comic books are not available in stores until Wednesday, but a couple dozen lucky Gothic.net VIPs are going to get a copy of issue number one at the Gothic.net party. Clive Barker + Hellraiser + issue #1 = a very cool collectible . . .
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You have no doubt noticed the spiffy new design on Gothic.net, so come on out this Saturday, March 19, and help us celebrate. In Gothic.net’s fifteen years, this is probably the sixth or seventh site design. Mixing things up is good. Here at Gothic.net, we pride ourselves on our combination of horrific literary tradition and bad attitude, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to come out at night sometimes!
The Gothic.net new site design launch party is hosted by Tricia LaBelle and Bar Sinister at Boardners. Boardners is at 1652 Cherokee Ave, just off Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. Boardners is a seventy-year-old historic Hollywood venue. It is rumored to be the last stop for Elizabeth Short, where she drank before her ghoulish murder gave her immortality as the Black Dahlia. At one time, Boardners appeared to be a beauty parlor, but this was really just a front for its true calling as a gambling speakeasy. What a perfect place to celebrate the dark!
After the event, Gothic.net will be publishing photos from the Gothic.net party red carpet. Red carpet arrivals are from 10pm to 11pm. Gothic.net contributors, including fiction writers, artists, and members of the Gothic.net panel of experts, should contact us for guest list. Community members with more than 1,000 posts (who have not been Eyeball SPORKED!) qualify for VIP as well. Blue Blood’s Amelia G and Forrest Black will also be covering the party for magazines and online, with a portrait photo location towards the back door of the nightclub. There will also be performances from two gothic bands on stage, The Tragic Tantrum and Mather Louth And Radio Noir, with DJ John C & DJ Tommy spinning in between and after.
You can use the flyer below for a discount, on . . .
Photography by yours truly and Forrest Black + modeling by Crash + couture by Antiseptic Fashion = a really hot and very surreal set for Gothic Sluts. Hope y’all like it.
by Amelia G : April 13th, 2010
Maxim Golovatskikh might be hot and in a band, but he is a butcher. Well, actually a year ago that was pretty literally true, on multiple levels, but he has been in jail awaiting trial since then. See Maxim Golovatskikh was a goth boy in a band who worked as a butcher to pay his rent in a gothic group house in St Petersburg.
Unfortunately, it was Maxim Golovatskikh’s misfortune to have a cute emo girl get all hot for him. Cute emo Karina Barduchian was so into Maxim Golovatskikh that she kept right on going over to his place, even afer her mother forbade her to see him. The problem was he and his housemates were all goth-identified, but this Karina Barduchian chick was all emo and hanging out at their party pad, just flaunting her vulnerable cute girl killability. It has also been widely reported that she made fun of really uncute goth boy Yuri Mozhnov for being a florist and she was just really emo, ya know.
So, obviously, the only rational thing for Maxim Golovatskikh and Yuri Mozhnov to do was to wait until the festivities wound down and then drown Karina Barduchian in the bathtub. And cook the tastiest parts of her remains and serve them to their unsuspecting housemate Ekaterina Zinovyeva as a hearty breakfast with potatoes.
Now I’m kind of a foodie, so I used to be curious about cannibalism. Sorta grew out of it. Just a phase I guess. There have been certain warrior tribes who ate portions of fallen foes to gain some of their power, but how much mojo can one get from a cute emo girl with a crush on a gothic boi in a band? Kellie LaPlegua recently did a performance where . . .
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I have a fondness for shooting people who do more than just model. Although, of course, being a great conversationalist or whatever doesn’t mean the camera will love a person. It made it extra cool that Yolanda, whose 29th Blue Blood VIP set recently posted, designed the dress for Raven Sutherland to take off in her lucky 13th Blue Blood VIP appearance. forrestblack and I shot this set of Raven, but she has been photographed for Blue Blood by a bunch of photographers, including Chad Michael Ward, and in multiple cities. Forrest Black and I have shot Raven in both New Orleans and Los Angeles. I haven’t been to New Orleans in far too long, now that I think about it.
Los Angeles is covered in ash. Where I am in Hollywood, it is at least a fine layer of ash, as opposed to say a raging inferno or one of the areas where it will costs residents thousands of dollars to clean the ash out of their carpets and ventilation systems. Unfortunately I am kind of a delicate flower when it comes to physical adversity and, even running an air cleaner 24/7, my eyes and throat have been burning all week and I’ve felt sick for days.
Getting ready to post the images forrestblack and I shot during Vampire-Con at Vampirella’s Ball. I need to write a short article to accompany the photography, although I’ll have more coverage of the event on video later, so I don’t need to do the full report with this. I think it is awesome that professional event planners put together what I consider more of a proper fandom event in Los Angeles and that they did it on a topic so near and dear to my heart — vampires.
It is probably mostly just the normal biological response I’m having to the endless fires in Southern California, but I keep thinking about the parts which were difficult. I mean, a lot of what I do is really hard. Not like it might be tough for someone else to do, but like it is really a challenge for me personally. I just like to take challenges as head-on as possible. Always have.
I mostly enjoy this. Today I am just feeling a little bit like a ballerina with bleeding toes. But having our city covered in ash is probably supposed to make all Angelenos gothic.
“However, this was before Inigo’s wound reopened; and Westley relapsed again; and Fezzik took the wrong turn; and Buttercup’s horse threw a shoe. And the night behind them was filled with the crescendoing sound of pursuit.” –William Goldman, The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure; The “Good Parts” Version
Do you hate to see people like you succeed — Why Adam Lambert might not win American Idol
by Amelia G : May 18th, 2009
If you are alt-identified, yet want Kris Allen to beat Adam Lambert in this week’s American Idol finale, then you are complicit in your own oppression. Rebels who want Adam Lambert to lose must just hate themselves.
People like to fuss about sex and sexuality, but the place where Adam Lambert is actually unusual is that it is rare to see new musicians with serious larger-than-life star quality in the spotlight today. I just watched a top 20 video countdown and Eminem was just about the only one who would turn heads in a room he walked into, on force of presence alone. So it is exciting to see someone who has the right counterculture vibe with a mix of subcultures gothic, punk, hard rock, rockabilly, emo, scene and more blended together for something unique and compelling. To anyone who states people like Adam Lambert are a dime a dozen and FOX is just not in-the-know, I have to say there are a lot of people with some of that general sort of style, but not a lot with that vibe and that level of both charisma and musical talent.
To receive the same kudos as someone who comes across more normal and mainstream, I often feel like I have to work at least twice as hard and produce work which is twice as good. I would be fine with this, except for the part . . .
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by Amelia G : April 14th, 2009
So Linda Holmes of MSNBC just posted an article where she called FOX’s American Idol front-runner Adam Lambert “self-indulgent and not particularly creative”. I know FOX and MSNBC are competitive with one another, but I just think Linda Holmes is way off-base. She goes on to say:
“But what, exactly, is the Adam Lambert constituency of the future? He would be popular with fans of … what? The judges seem to think that the answer is “Twilight,” but what kind of sense does that really make? . . . But before anyone goes anointing him some kind of highly marketable future star, take another look at that performance of “Ring Of Fire,” and ask yourself whether you’d hear that on the radio.”
First off, I feel like Twilight and Adam Lambert are two of the only major mainstream pop culture phenomenons of the new millennium which actually are made for an incredibly underserved demographic. When I look for Blue Blood appropriate subject matter which is new, Twilight and Adam Lambert are two of the only things on the radar there. The Twilight soundtrack has been in the Billboard top 10 for twenty-two weeks now. Carter Burwell’s freaking score for Twilight entered the Billboard charts five weeks ago and is still hanging in there. So, if MSNBC doesn’t see the relation between Adam Lambert and Twilight and what a lot of people would like to . . .
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by Amelia G : March 29th, 2009
Twilight is out on DVD this week and, if you enjoy the tropes of cool sexy vampires, then Twilight is a fun watch. If you were just wondering whether or not to catch it on DVD or On Demand, then all you really need to know is that the movie has a pleasing cold color palette, nice-looking cast, interesting styling, creative quality directing, and a solid storyline with no plot holes and a satisfying ending. If vampires or lack of promiscuity or overwrought sexuality fill you with rage, then pass on Twilight, but otherwise it is enjoyable and hotter than I would have expected.
I admit that I would have enjoyed Twilight most between the ages of fourteen and fourteen. Yes, I know I said fourteen twice, but the target demographic for the movie is pretty specific. Realistically, the Twilight movie is probably aimed at girls aged twelve to nineteen, but it is just well enough done that it reaches beyond its core target demo. Not to put too fine a point on it, I think one of the reasons that vampires are so alluring to teen girls is that they are dangerously seductive, but they don’t put out particularly often. There is the aura of sexual excitement without the necessity to know precisely what to do with someone else’s private parts.
I wrote my thesis on Cross-cultural and Historical Vampire Legends as a Paradigm for Aggressive . . .
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