Does history seem to repeat itself every two or several decades? The 50s rebels had the greaser thing going on with their leather jackets, jeans, and t-shirts James Dean style. The 70s punk fashion came packaged with something similar: leather jackets, jeans, tees, and rock patches/pins on the jackets by way of the Sex Pistols and Ramones. I’ve had a fascination with “rebel” fashion since a young age, wearing custom-made patchwork pants and dresses to high school bohemian style. Nowadays, I wear light wash ripped jeans, a leather jacket with a pop of color, and pearl adorned sneakers with faux diamond rings, hoop earrings, and cat eye shades for a statement. The glamorous rebel look is my thing, where diamonds meet dirt, gutter to the stars. My love of glamorous movie icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn meet rebel heroes like Sid Vicious or Marlon Brando in a Hollywood back alley. The dust kicked up by non-conformist attitudes marries with a love of flaunting beauty and bejeweled spectacle. Happy almost-weekend!
In the spirit of Halloween, my boyfriend and I have decided to be Victorian Vampire Rockers. A bit of lace, leather, and blood… I studied up a bit on makeup tricks and tips on Youtube and came across Bailey Van Der Veen’s channel. She is a Canadian makeup artist. She does a smokey red and black eye, white natural painted face, and reddish black lips with blood streaks dripping from the corners of the mouth. We went out yesterday to purchase the makeup in SF. The first store we stopped at was Kryolan on Union Street to buy a clown white face makeup. Next, we drove over to Fillmore and headed into the Discount Beauty Supply for a smoothing face primer, white setting powder, and a package of three blending sponges. The last stop was Goodwill on Fillmore for vampire teeth including face paint.
I first wash my face with a Skin Resource MD Cosmeceuticals Soap Free Total Facial Cleansing Gel. Bailey Van Der Veen starts with a Smashbox spritzing primer, but I just plan to spray a bit of rose water on my face. I add a Kiss New York Pro Touch Smoothing Primer and then go to filling in the brows with a Malibu Glitz 2 in 1 brown brow pencil and filling powder and angle it upward to give the brow character like in the video. Next, I apply Milani eye shadow primer to the eyelids and under areas. After that, I put on red eye shadow all over my eyelids plus the under areas. Black eye shadow goes over the lid and underneath and blends out. I take a Lancome black eyeliner pencil and draw it into the waterline of the eye and above as well as along the crease of the eyelid. In addition to what she does with the eyeliner, I paint on a Rock N Glitz Silver Liquid Liner for some added sparkle. Next, Bailey glues on fake eyelashes, but I simply apply Vibely XPress Control black mascara to the lashes. Next, I dip a blending sponge into the Kryolan Clown White Makeup and blot it onto my face, smoothing it in to give the face a natural dead look without being too clownish. After that, a Kiss New York Pro Touch Setting Powder is applied with a medium brush to the face. She also addresses contouring the cheeks and forehead areas with brown eye shadow and gray for the nose. I may or may not use this tactic for my boyfriend and my faces. A cool tip I learned for the lips is to blend black and red lipstick and Cinema Secrets Pro FX blood with a syringe for the corners of the lips, but I’ll probably line the lips with L.A. Girl Sexy Red lip liner and then apply Sinful Color Legacy black lipstick and layer it with Smashbox red gloss as well as to the corners of the mouth for a dripping blood look.
Rock music typically has guitar as a lead instrument. The concept of taking the violin and making it a central instrument brings forth an interesting trend in playing and listening. Though Lindsey Stirling and Brian King Joseph perform in a different genre, they bring violin to the forefront of mainstream music, which is truly groundbreaking. Lindsey Stirling, who came out of America’s Got Talent does an act involving dance, singing, and violin. Though I don’t really listen to this type of violin music, the entire spectacle involving various art mediums thrown together is captivating. Her music goes from rock to dance to pop. Brian King Joseph from America’s Got Talent does an electric violin hip hop/pop mashup. His layering of violin over popular pop/rap songs and his virtuosity makes him unique.
As a violinist in Love Lyzardz, I like doing slow melodic passages in the country/folk/rock/psychedelic vein. I don’t necessarily play at high speeds or lay down technically challenging notes like Brian or Lindsey, though I have had classical training in the past from being in school orchestra for many years, but I shape a distinctive mood or story in my playing. My partner Johnny Saffire keeps a steady intricate rhythm on guitar, which frames the violin’s sound and texture. As a duo, we marry guitar and violin, weaving rock and classical music, which creates Classical Rock. Yngwie Malmsteen, an influence of mine, had done something similar, taking classical music and applying it to guitar. Johnny Saffire’s background in blues, rock, and punk gives his guitar playing an individual finesse merged with a classical instrument like violin.
My partner Johnny Saffire and I started our duo the Love Lyzardz several years back just talking about our musical interests in his apartment living room. Here we are with a demo out, an original single, and a Beatles cover song on the way. Some of our music takes from the darker side of the 60s/70s music with artists like Jim Morrison. His animal totem the lizard very much resonates with our duo’s spiritual purpose.
The lizard is a creature that is adaptive and can transcend hugely adverse circumstances. We are a duo that has done just that, having faced the difficulties of a modern and almost apocalyptic world, with a message all our own. The lizard has a shrewdness and an introverted character, and that is the spirit the Love Lyzardz embodies, a will to carry on in spite of harsh setbacks and weird tumbles through space and time, and a reflective soul. The lizard is also a symbol of rebirth. When it comes to the lives Johnny and I have lived, tough times always bring forth the seed of regeneration out of the hard ground.
One of the first demo songs “American Doll” mirrors parts of the Doors “The End” in its psychedelic and hard hitting melody, as an American girl struggles to live up to the men in her life who have shaped her world. She goes along, floating through the pink fantasy world that has been built for her and recollecting the struggle to be loved in a procession of men who fall for a woman merely because of her physical beauty.
It is the lizard we hold fast to, the one pitted for a stealthy escape, the ultimate survivalist in a world that shifts every microsecond. What is tilted swingsback the other way, as the music carries on. It is my hope that this art will be the equalizer of the rotating scales.