Cameos: Pauline Woo, Nico Fuentes, and sylvia gz snails gutierrez
Sometimes ya need an extra few reasons to get out of bed to face the day (and sun), so we spoke to some of our latest inspirations about the music, wardrobes, and projects that keep them going.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I grew up in Southern California, and currently live in Alhambra, CA. I’m just an SGV girl.
What’s your signature style? Right now it’s a lot of stonewash denim and a beat up black Prada purse. I firmly believe in comfort, nice jackets, and black shoes. The subversive femininity of Prada never fails to inspire me.
What is one beauty or skincare products you can’t do without? Sheet masks feel luxurious on hot summer nights. A nice way to cool down before bed!
Favorite song to get you going or cheer you up? Girl Unit’s “Pure Gold.”
Favorite item of clothing in your closet? I cherish all of my mom’s hand me down purses.
Current modus operandi? A little kindness and generosity goes a long way.
What are you craving these days? Mango sticky rice and pineapple buns, all the time.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? We’re originally from Pecos, Texas. I’m something like 4th or 5th generation West Texan. Moved to New York two years ago, just moved to Bed-Stuy!
What’s your signature style? I’m keenly aware of the way my body occupies space, being visibly queer, brown, and trans. At my stylistic best, it’s tease and denial: a tease at the possibility of my body, and the denial of access.
What’s your beauty and grooming routine? What are the beauty/skincare products you can’t do without? Day to day: I wash with Cetaphil, follow up with Cetaphil moisturizer with SPF. For shaving, I love Smooth by Sliquid. It’s non-foaming and paraben-free and hypoallergenic. I follow up with A+ Skin toner, it dramatically reduces razor burn. If I have the coin, I’m obsessed with Ole Henriksen’s Power Peel microdermabrasion system. Love Davine’s hair care products, truly luxe!
Fav song to get you going or cheer you up? KNUCK IF YOU BUCK.
Lessons learned from 2016 so far? I’m everything I needed as a kid.
What are you craving these days? Affection and a really good fuck.
Any people/projects you wanna hype? Stay tuned for upcoming collaboration with my girl Gogo Graham.
sylvia gz snails gutierrez
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? I was born in Indiana, my family lives in San Francisco with a few places in between. I live in Manhattan right now.
What’s your signature style? I try to wear things that allow me to move, but also look elegant and severe. I asked some friends to describe it and they said ‘abjection-lite rag doll,’ ‘filthy runaway heiress,’ ‘club dyke water witch,’ ‘future art mom,’ and ‘that 100 layers of nail polish video.’
What’s your beauty and grooming routine? What are the beauty and skincare products you can’t do without? When I shave I take the razor across my entire face to exfoliate my skin. I spend about 30 minutes a week lining up my hairline which is the most cathartic and satisfying thing. I also find that honey makes a great base for face masks and you can add just about anything to it. I add lavender oil usually, but also coconut oil or lemon sometimes. I don’t own lipstick but I have about 30 sticks of Burt’s Bees lip shimmer.
Fav song to get you going or cheer you up? Right now? “ATB - Ecstasy (Warmix)” by DJ Warlord, or “traveling” by 宇多田ヒカル.
Lessons learned from 2016 so far? Acceptance and honesty as self care. How to step back. New kinds of sex. How to believe in myself.
What are you craving these days? A day where I can actually sleep in. A bunch of surgery and body mods I have planned. A club space where parties start at midnight, the music is eclectic, and it’s not run by white dudes.
What do you want to see more of this year? People interested in telling stories in their work. Advancements in cybernetic augmentation so that I can put productive tech in my body. Critical net-art that doesn’t use its medium as a gimmick or a crutch. Safety for queer/trans people and people of color, or at the very least the agency to carve out their own space to heal and defend themselves, and perhaps provide a more aggressive resistance.
People and projects you’re into right now? Um, so many: Safe Spaces, abjectabjectabject, #KUNQ, BUFU, fecal matter, Black Lives Matter, The Base, Rosi Braidotti, Brain Decker, Arachne webzine, Hannah Black, literally everyone on my Twitter feed and the most importantly the 1001 trans-girls/femmes who live in this city who I can’t even begin to name right now.