As you may know, a good bit of my work as a photographer focuses on models that seem to fall into one of the wider categories of three major subculture. These would be Goth, punk and emo. Well recently, I decided to do a photo shoot with an amazing young lady that also fits into an alternative culture in that she is an avid raver. That being the case, I’ll include that into the mix as well.
Archive for the ‘punk’ Category
Avril Lavigne is back with her latest album simply titled “Avril Lavigne.”
Over the years, her fans have seen and heard Lavigne grow from a teen to a woman in both her life and her music. In her latest release, she seems to maintain a good balance between her signature pop punk sound and attitude and a number of other qualities she seems to be experimenting with as well.
Several songs seem to continue her tradition of punk rebellion and loud music. Others are more simplistic and emphasize the vocals and the an emotional connection with the lyrics. Some even come across with an extra edginess through more explicit wording and even some serious sex appeal.
I rank the songs as follows:
1. “Rock N Roll” – A+
This track has a cool beat with a rebellious tone. It’s loud, it’s fun and it’s classic Avril.
2. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – A
The song is catchy and has a nice hook, one of the standard qualities of her songs.
3. “17” – B+
This one is a bit more poppy and comes across with a nostalgic feel.
4. “Bitchin’ Summer” – C
It seems to have a more stripped down quality and is pretty average overall.
5. “Let Me Go” – C+
This one is deeper and more emotional which may be due in part to the fact that she’s singing it with her husband of Nickleback fame.
6. “Give You What You Like” – B+
The track comes across with a bit of a slower, haunting feel.
7. “Bad Girl” – C+
It’s kind of a flashback to 80’s rock with a bit of a retro vibe.
8. “Hello Kitty” – C-
There’s too much emphasis on rap/hip-hop qualities. it’s highly unusual for her and very synthetic.
9. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” – C+
This song features a pop rock sound and isn’t bad overall.
10. “Sippin’ On Sunshine” – B+
It’s a simple, fun and catchy tune with a feel good quality about it.
11. “Hello Heartache” – C+
This song focuses on vocals more than anything and comes across with a very sincere vibe.
12. “Falling Fast” – B+
The light, serious simplicity and pure vocals makes for a good song.
13. “Hush Hush” – B+
She closes out the album with a track that is both soft and sweet.
All in all, I would recommend this album to long-time Lavigne fans as well as those who might be interested in seeing a different side of this pop punk princess.
In the world of music, there are no shortage of “angry chick” songs in which a woman rocks out some level of either rage of discontent regarding relationships with men. While many of these may annoy those of us with a with a “Y” chromosome, there are some occasions on which the song is so catchy or the rage comes across as so attractive that it’s hard not to like the song.
With that being said, here are a few such songs that I really do enjoy:
By Kate Voegele
Crush, Crush, Crush
Everything Back But You
By Avril Lavigne
I knew You Were Trouble
By Taylor Swift
Do you like “angry chick” music? What are some of your favorite songs that fit this vibe?
The Alternative Modeling community at Twistedangels.net is seeking your videos to feature on our website! If you’re an aspiring film maker or just love to goof around with your video camera or cell phone, this contest could be for you.
We’ll accept videos from virtually any type of recording device including video-only cameras, still cameras that shoot video, cell phones, webcams and more, so long as the quality is reasonable.
All entries must be submitted by March 31, 2013. A winner will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter accounts by no later than April 8, 2012. And he or she will be have the option to be paid via Paypal or by mailed money order.
While the grand prize winner will take hone the cash, there will be one First Place winner who will get a HP Photo Printer with 4×6 photo paper and carrying case, a second place winner who will earn one year of free access to our website and a third place winner who will be able to select up to 5 hard copies of full-resolution 8×10 photos from our website featuring the model of your choice.*
See rules below:
Videos must be original content (you can use songs from any artist in them though) and cannot be published anywhere else on the Internet without our expressed written permission.
Videos should be centered around themes focused on goth, emo, or punk subcultures or body art and body modification.
Videos may not exceed 100 MB in file size, the smaller the better as that submitting larger files can be difficult.
In terms of subject matter, pretty much anything is acceptable from the silly and playful to the intense and sexy. ** If you aren’t sure, just ask.
There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
All people featured in the video must be at least 18 years of age.
To submit your video:
Upload your video to a private file sharing tool like Yousendit, Dropsend, Transferbigfiles or Google Drive (share the download like only with us).
Visit our “Contact Us” page at TA leaving any relevant information about your video (title, cast, location…) in the message box along with the other required information. You may leave the download link in the “Website” box, message area or send it to email@example.com .
*This prize applies specifically to models shot by our staff photographer, not those submitted by other artists.
**Artistic nudity is acceptable but graphic pornography is not. And the videos cannot contain any illegal or discriminatory activity.
The term “Goth” is pretty generic.
It tends to conjure up certain images for the typical, mainstream individual. However, as a photographer who spends a lot of time working with alternative models, I can assure you that there are a number of different sub-cultures within the larger category we typical define as Goth. These sub-sections each tend to have a cool, artistic style of their own. With that being said, I give you a few of the many faces of the Gothic community.
Old school, traditional Goth:
It’s been a while…
since I’ve posted about one of my favorite subjects. As an avid fan of the arts, especially photography, I’ve long had a fascination with alternative style. This is apparent in much of my work with alternative models. If you’re not familiar with it, there are a number of prior posts that deal with this subject matter.
Anyway, when I also stop to consider my interest in various genres of music, some of those musical styles go right along with the alternative cultures of body modification (like tattoos and piercings), Gothic looks, punk attitude and more. That being the case, I decided to write this little post highlighting six of the hottest ladies in the music industry who fit the aforementioned mold if you will. Of course, there are many, many, more so feel free to offer your thoughts, suggestions or additions to this list.
From the beginning of her career in the poppy punk rock scene, Avril has been a huge success. She’s got attitude, she’s got talent and she’s got a punk but marketable look. She’s also been featured in the Maxim Hot 100 several times as well.
The first time I heard Hayley sing I was highly impressed with her vocal skills. Once I learned more about her band Paramore, I got hooked. She’s a stunning beauty and seems like loads of fun too.
This child actress from films like How The Grinch Stole Christmas has done a complete 360 and now sports a sexy goth look. The music she makes with her band The Pretty Reckless is dark and edgy.
While Megan is a little lesser known, it’s surely has nothing to do with her skills as a musician or her very attractive punk-ish look. I suggest you check out her song Tap That for starters.
Perhaps American Idol’s hottest and most authentic rock chick, Siobhan seems to be a fun and eclectic package. After she sang the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black on AI, I darn near fell in love.
While Shirley hasn’t been active in music in a while, this lead singer of the band Garbage was arguably the most notable Goth chick in music from the mid-90’s – early 2000’s. If you want to see for yourself, maybe you should check out the video for the song When I Grow Up.
When we think of modeling, most of us probably have a particular image in mind. Perhaps that image involves gawking crowds around a runway with models strutting with vigor in some “new look” for the season. Or maybe the bikini clad woman of Sport Illustrated and other notable publications pop into your head. Whatever the case may be, it may surprise you to find out just how many different types of modeling actually exist.
Here’s and extensive but certainly not complete list:
This niche is all about the clothing being worn and usually features tall, slender models.
A few of the many Sub-genres include –
Editorial, Runway and Showroom
It’s pretty much just what it sounds like. Models in this niche show off specific body parts like hands, feet, legs…
Some sub-genres include –
Product, Lifestyle and Corporate
This genre is all about showcasing fit and athletic models often in sporty clothing.
One of my favorites, it deals with models sporting body modifications like tattoos and piercings along with a punk or goth pics style.
This style focuses on sexual or sensual themes. This can range from mild to quite intense in terms of how graphic the content might become.