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How would you describe your style of tattooing?
Why do you think people respond the way they do to your work?
I think they're attracted to the unique organic style of hand poking.
What do you think about Fashion?
I think it's generally quite vain and and useless. Style is a different matter.
What did you like about Vanessa’s jewelry pieces you now own?
I love how they're reminiscent of tribal pieces and a perfect blend of vintage with new.
You seem like a passionate & truthful person. Why do you think you are that way?
Probably from a mix of my genetics and experiences.
Who are some of your favorite girl friend/muses and why?
All of my muses are unknown females (usually nude) depicted in old photographs whom I can't actually speak to or touch. They'll stay the same in that photo for as long as the photo is around.
If you could inspire your friends or the girls of this world, what would you say to them right this minute?
Think upon the possibilities that could come from unlearning everything you've been taught.
Introducing "About A Babe", an interview column that explores the minds of girls we are wild about. The artists that span a variety of styles, the sparkly personalities that excite us, the muses that inspire our own personal definitions of what makes a 'cool girl' cool. It's a peek into Vanessa's mind and heart via the girls who occupy it. The first installment features Jessica Garrison, a production designer (her talent was tapped for our upcoming Summer '16 Lookbook!), an insanely talented fiction writer, and adored friend.
How did you and Vanessa come into each others lives?
I think it started because we both like dogs and pinot grigio. We've spent a good number of nights sitting on the kitchen counter, legs dangling over the cupboard, eating funyuns, drinking wine with ice cubes.
Why are you friends? Why do you think she loves you so much? How do you think you inspire her so?
Haha that's a lot of questions disguised as one! Okay. I don't know why we're friends. No one's ever asked me that. Let me think. I'm attracted to people with no filter, which makes Vanessa just my type. And if she loves me so much, I think it's because she has that capacity. She loves things in great quantity. It's refreshing in a world of "yea I'm good," and "things are okay." To Vanessa things aren't so gray. And they're not for me either. I think we inspire each other to see things differently.
How would you describe yourself to someone you really wanted to impress?
I'd probably just closed-mouth smile and let Vanessa do the talking. She's good at leaving impressions.
Tell us about your writing projects and why you think people respond the way they do to it?
I'm working on a book and a script. But recently I've been writing these short journal-type stories on Instagram (something I never thought I'd say). They're mostly about a breakup and how messy my life became, and I think people respond to them because they recognize the feeling. We all have our own messes, and when you share the same as another, the mess starts to look kind of beautiful.
If you've been watching the VM Insta at all, you've seen the beautiful alien princess who has abducted our hearts, Valentina Ruby. This babe spent the day soaking up a little preview of the summer sunshine in our new metal bikini tops (now available for pre-order!) and giving a glimpse of the personality behind those eyes so blue and dimples as deep as every pool we want to skinny dip in. All photos taken by Babe #2, Daria Kobayashi Ritch (see more of her at http://www.dkrphotography.com/), whose work we've lusted over in mags like Oyster, i-D, Live FAST, and Nylon. Daria's photos communicate a feeling that is the epitome of a cool carefree girl, dreamy and effortless, but entirely earnest. Catch the vibes below to hold you over until summer finally hits!
Spring is here! And the warm weather makes us want to live it up a little more! If you could take a break and go and do anything, what would you do?
I'd probably be spending most of my time at the beach!
As a model what inspires you the most when you are working with someone on a job?
If they have good energy!
We dressed you up in our new metal bikinis and cool vintage and walked you around the streets of Highland Park. How would you wear & style these metal bikinis in your real life?
I'd also style them with vintage! All my clothes are from thrift stores or vintage shops!
What’s your best advice to girls this Spring about life? What do you think is a great way of living it?
Eat well, spend time in the sunshine, pick flowers! Spring is such a beautiful time of year, enjoy it :)