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Ink is the new pink! We think.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Alt Models, Fashion, Featured, Tattoo's | 0 comments

We have come to that age where new generations are taking over and where tattoos are no longer only for ‘’drug users’’ and ‘’criminals’’. The rebellious kids that were once labeled and out-casted for having some ink under their skin, now are our parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents. It is completely normal now to see bartenders in five star restaurants flashing their full sleeve art. To older generations tattoos will always be something pointless and something that ruins your body, but to everyone who loves to put a little color in their life, strangers opinions don’t matter, or anyone’s for that matter. I am not only speaking about tattoos but also about the whole culture of body modifications. I remember when you couldn’t have a centimiter-sized tattoo to be a model or to get a job. Today, people with body modifications actually attract costumers. Yes I said it, they are attractive! When you see a hot beautiful girl strutting her ink down the beach, heads will roll! I mean…turn. High fashion industry has to change constantly in order to beat their competitors and since 2012 we are seeing more and more body-mods on the runway and in editorials. And I am not talking about little heartshaped ‘stamps’’, no, no! Im talking BIG-BAD-INK!

 

Most famous, need I say his name? Zombie Boy aka Rico Genest

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Talk about a life changing experience. Before he had any tattoos, Genest was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. He was on the waiting list for 6 months, where he contemplated his life and possible death, before undergoing the surgery with minimal complications. His tattoos have a meaning, get it? In 2010, a Facebook fan page was created about his unusual choice of tattoos. This page reached 1,526,292 members and ultimately led to his discovery by Lady Gaga‘s fashion director Nicola Formichetti. What is even more interesting is the fact that Rico is not a ripped tall model that you see on catwalks, oh no no no, Rico is normal built like any other random guy sitting at home playing video games. The tattoos on his body make him far more vicious and manly then the other guy on the catwalk. This is the age of information and art and this generation, guys like him are the alpha males.

 

However the normal, random, generic catwalk models have also decided to be brave and probe their skins a little deeper. I mean no one can stop them now, and frankly it is all too easy to cover up, especially now when you have famous tattoo artists labeling their names on ‘’camouflage’’ make up products for big names like sephora.

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Moving on to the second one. Is there one woman in this world that does not like a little bit of Grease-John Travolta in a man? The cute, the fashionable, romantic, but bad. Boys from the 50’s would steal anyone’s heart. That’s where we come to jimmy Q aka James Edward Quaintance III. Even his name sounds cool.

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Ladies, hold your chairs and guys break out those notebooks, because this guy has something to teach you. He was born in Venice, LA the heart of skateboarding. Yes you guessed it; he is a tattoo artist, skateboarder and a rock star. He’s not just good at what he does, he’s incredible! Online you’ll see numerous videos of his skate stunts in Venice. He defines gravity and I’m not exaggerating. Ok enough about his talent.

 

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When he walks down the street there is not one person that does not notice this bad boy. His alternative classic 50’s look mixed with the classic 30’s gentleman style definitely makes him special. He is also a model. Jimmy Q was featured in superdry’s campaign. He’s also been on the pages of Huge, Wylder and Nylon.

 

 

All right boys, I’m sorry to bother you too much with men, so lets switch to the nicer gender shall we? Okay. The models I am posting now are just making their names in the fashion industry. They are not the most famous models, but are coming up on the scene like Junkies on heroin.

 

Lets start with this beauty. Cara Delevinge.

 

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Now, she is a very, very popular model. She walks almost every catwalk possible, and she is a Londoner. Cara does not have ‘’BIG BAD TATTOOS’’, but she has one that will rock your socks! I present to you, tat a tat a taaaaaah, the ‘’bacon’’ tattoo.

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Yes this petite little beauty has a key to every man’s heart. Also that little lion head on her index finger is just the cutest thing ever, but that’s just me. I like cats.

 

 

Now Casey Legler used to be a ‘‘swimmer’’. She is also the first woman to be represented as a ‘’male model’’ by Ford model agency. You can see she has that ‘’butch’’ look. Also covered in tattoos all over the place, I think the one that says ‘‘rot’’ is my favorite.

 

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Omahyra Mota is definitely a good example of a high fashion heavily tattooed model. It is almost impossible to find someone like this Dominican beauty on the scene. As you can see her arms are almost covered all the way. Her ‘’bad’’ girl look is attracting a lot of big names, and they don’t think twice about hiring think inked angel.

 

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Kelly Palcy is a really heavily tattooed model and not just that, she has shitloads of piercings too! She is a happy owner of a left thigh piece , a back piece and many smaller tattoos on her arms. Not much is known about this girl but as days go by she is getting more and more attention.

 

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Here is a bit of eye candy. Tasha Tilberg. 

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Yes I posted boobs! She does have nice ones. Anyways there is more to this girl than just perfectly shaped, gravity resistant, perky breasts that anyone would just like to… oh what was I saying? Ah yes…this Canadian model is not only inked but also a very successful model. But unfortunately for you guys she is a lesbian and she is married. To a woman of course. Tilberg has appeared in advertisements for Alberta Ferretti, Bloomingdale’s, Comma, Fendi, Esprit, Gucci, Mango, Missoni, Moschino, Versace and Versus and she has walked in fashion shows for, among others, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Anna Molinari, Balenciaga, Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Fendi, Versace, Genny, Iceberg, Jil Sander, Les Copains, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Moschino…you get the point.

 

This concludes my post about models and ink. If you are sitting in front of your computer rolling your fingers around and thinking you could be like them, you can! But it takes more than just some ink to put you on those catwalks. Being a model is a hard job and its not like taking selfies in your living room. But there is hope people. For all of us who were told that we can’t, times have changed. If you have desire, persistence and were genetically enabled to turn heads, one day you might be decorating an article like this. Stay cool and ”THINK INK”!!

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The Black Flag Meets Tattoo Artist Stacey Fitchett

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Fashion, Gallery, Interviews, Tattoo's | 0 comments

We all know Tattoos and Music go hand in hand, from musicians sporting some great ink to having pictures of your favourite artists tattooed onto you, the link is obvious. Here at the Flag we love our tattoos almost as much as we love our metal so when the opportunity came up to chat to one of the UK’s most talented young artists we hoisted the anchor and made our way to the lovely Stacey Fitchett.

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INTERVIEW: Alternative Model Scarlet Page Talks to The Black Flag

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Alt Models, Fashion, Featured, Gallery, Interviews, misc, Tattoo's | 0 comments

Modelling has always been a big industry albeit fiercely competitive. Alternative Modelling is no different, The Black Flag caught up with Scarlet Page who, despite being a newcomer to the industry, is one of Britain’s most sought after models on the alternative scene.

BF: You seem too be fairly new into modelling, can you tell us a bit about what you were doing before and what brought you into the modelling world?

SP: I started modelling a year ago last August, and before that I was a full time mum. I’m in a Volkswagen club called Derby VAGs and they asked if I would do some pics with a few of the cars and stuff on a photo-shoot that they had arranged. To cut a long story short the photos seemed to get shared around Facebook and the car world, and then photographers started getting in touch.

BF: Could you tell us a  bit about your tattoos. What was your first one, what is your favourite one, are there any with any particular sentimental value, what are you planning to have done next?

SP: My first tattoo was the outline of a manga nurse on my thigh at 19. I then went on to have three more on my thighs which all actually stayed as outlines until last year when I finally had them coloured in haha! I just became addicted straight away. I have a few sentimental ones, there’s a male and female skull and crossbones with ’till death do us part’ in a scroll around it, we both had them when we got married 8 years ago. I also have my 2 boys names on my wrists, and a couple for friends i have lost. My favourite one, although probably aren’t very exciting, are the roses on my neck. I love them. In the next few months I plan to have my throat, stomach, sides and more on my legs. 

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BF: Tell us about yourself what you enjoy about modelling, if there’s anything you don’t enjoy about it. Are you happy to stay with the suicide girl style of modelling or do you want to branch out into a different areas?

SP: I’m not actually a Suicide Girl; I was accepted, but it made my freedom to do other things a little more difficult, and I can’t dedicate enough time to it. I like all types of modelling, I was quite restricted as to what I felt comfortable doing until I had a boob job in October. It’s given me a huge confidence boost, so I’m really pushing myself this year. I love everything from pin up to glamour.

BF: What inspires you, and who do you look up to?

SP:  Influence wise I love Bettie Page, Sabina Kelley, Dita Von Teese. All of those girls are stunning, glamorous, confident etc etc.

BF: Is Scarlet Page a character that you put on when you’re modelling? Or is she always there at home as well as in the studio?

SP: Yes Scarlet Page is my modelling/work name. At home I’m just Aimee haha. Its nice having an alter ego!

BF: What would be your dream modelling job?

SP: My dream modelling job would be something like front page of Bizarre or a Tattoo magazine.

BF:  Are your family supportive of you?

SP:  Yes I have an amazing supportive circle of family and friends. They’re brilliant as they always vote for me in competitions!!

BF: You’ve obviously got a gorgeous figure. Do you have to work hard to maintain it, if so how?

SP: No, not really, but my mission this year is to tone up. I don’t mind if I put some weight on but I do want to get toned. I eat quite healthily although I do love chocolate far too much haha! I don’t smoke, drink or drink tea or coffee, and I drink a lot of water.

BF: Finally what advice would you give to someone trying to break into alternative modelling?

SP: Well I’m only just breaking into it this year properly, but take all the advice you can get especially from photographers when it comes to things like poses. Something you think may look stupid actually ends up looking amazing. Stay true to yourself, and don’t let anyone push your limit, especially when it comes down to what you are comfortable doing, and most of all just enjoy.

You can keep up to date with what Scarlet’s up to by becoming a fan on her Facebook page.

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Little Ruby Red’s Guide to Your Alternative Wedding

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Articles, Fashion, Featured, Gallery, Interviews, misc, News, Websites | 0 comments

No matter how unique we consider ourselves to be the simple fact is most of us at some point in our lives still want to have the wedding day that we always dreamed of. The alternative wedding market has boomed in recent years with modern brides and grooms wanting their own personalized themed days instead of the traditional white wedding. No one has noticed this more than Jenni Porter, founder of ‘Little Ruby Red’ makers of personalized wedding cake toppers for your special day. Whether it’s a miniature version of the bride and groom themselves, or a topper to compliment a particular theme, Jenni has provided everything from Batman and Catwoman to a zombie bride and groom to a mini Rocky and Dr Frank N Furter, all to top the cakes for non-traditional ceremonies. The Black Flag caught up with her to give us a guide to alternative weddings.

BF: So how did you start out?

JP: I started making by just geeky memorabilia to sell online, little models of characters and so on, and was asked by a friend to make some toppers for her wedding cake. It was then that I noticed that there was a huge gap in the market. Lots of people still want the traditional white wedding which is fine, but lots more are branching out and making their day their own by expressing themselves, through their dresses, their cakes, their vows, and having personalized toppers for their cake is one of the many ways in which they can make the day their own.

BF: You’ve been to a couple of alternative wedding shows in the last year, what were they like?

JP:  They were amazing! There was some which were more vintage and cute, but the best one, which was alternative through and through, was the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza. I was there last year and I’ll be going back again in March. They basically decided to bring together all of the alternative wedding providers in the UK together under one roof so you really got the best of everything. All of the shows had amazing catwalk shows with the most amazing dresses, there tend to be a lot of cake stands at wedding events but at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza you could see everything from my Steampunk cake toppers to an Alien Vs Predator cake, it was awesome!

 

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Jenni and Little Ruby Red at the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza!

BF: What sort of themes have you provided toppers for?

JP: Zombies are always popular, as well as Alice in Wonderland. I also make wedding favours in the form of little cupcake toppers and made some Alice ones for recent wedding. One girl I spoke to was organizing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wedding.

BF: Whoah!

JP: Well she was doing it quite subtly. The bridesmaids were going to have sashes around their dresses in the different turtle’s colours, and she joked that they were probably going to nickname the best man ‘Shredder’ throughout the day. Just by having a theme you don’t need to go all out about it, you can still do it in a really subtle way so you can keep the traditionalists in your or your partners family happy. Then again, the people at your wedding should know and love you enough to accept your wedding the way you want it. It’s your day after all.

BF: I guess the toppers can be one thing people can be really extreme about though?

JP: Exactly! Plus you can keep the topper afterwards as a keepsake of your day, so if there’s one thing you can be really personal and expressive about, it’s this.

BF: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been asked for?

JP: (Goes quiet for a few seconds). I guess the girl who asked for life-sized toppers of themselves…

BF: To go on a cake?!

JP: That’s what I asked her, and she said ‘maybe?’ who knows? I charge by the materials I use and the time it takes to make, so I told her that if she was willing to pay I’d be willing to make them.

BF:Has there been anything you’ve been asked for that you thought ‘That’s a bit much!’

JP: No! (laughs) no I think the weirder, the stranger, the more creative the better, bring it on!

BF: Finally let’s talk venues, obviously people may want to marry in different places now.

JP: Venues can be a bit of a tricky one. There’s a law in the UK that says you have to get married under a roof that’s part of a permanent structure to make it legal, hence people having the ceremony under a covering of some kind for outdoor weddings. There was a fantastic Alice in Wonderland themed wedding recently where they found a venue to accommodate an outdoor ceremony, so it shows you that the venue doesn’t have to get in the way. You just have to do your research, but this is why wedding shows like Eclectic can be a God send!

BF: Do you see the alternative wedding market continue to grow, or is it a bit of a fad?

JP: It’ll keep on growing definitely. It’s becoming more and more acceptable for people to express themselves. Ten years ago if you had piercings or tattoos it would’ve been hard to get a job. It’s now perfectly normal to see someone serving you with a sleeve or a piercing on their face. Having an untraditional wedding is the last of these taboos to be broken. As people feel more comfortable being themselves the more they’ll want to express that on their wedding day.

**LITTLE RUBY RED IS OFFERING 10% OFF THEIR BESPOKE WEDDING TOPPERS AND FAVOURS TO ALL BLACK FLAG READERS WHEN YOU QUOTE ‘BLACK FLAG’. CONTACT JENNI AT JEN@LITTLERUBYRED.COM OR VISIT WWW.LITTLERUBYRED.COM FOR DETAILS**

The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza takes place on 24th March at Fazely Studios, Birmingham visit www.allaboutewe.co.uk for details.

 

 

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David Bowie Exhibition Coming to the V&A

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Articles, Fashion, Featured, News, Record Releases, Tracks, Videos | 0 comments

As part of David Bowie’s comeback an exhibition celebrating his life and fashion will be coming to the V & A from the end of next month. The collection was put together by the V & A’s theatre and performance curators will include handwritten lyrics, original costumes including the Ziggy Stardust bodysuit designed by Freddie Buretti, as well as Bowie’s own instruments and notes detailing his creative ideas.

The singer who turned 66 this week has spent the past two years secretly recording his upcoming LP also released next month. The first track from the album titled Where Are We Now? has just been released and shows a much more reflective and nostalgic side to Bowie tying in nicely with an exhibition looking back on his life so far.

The exhibition will also show excerpts of live performances and music videos, as well as films that Bowie has starred in. Running along side the show will be talks from curators and a one day workshop on electronic instruments. A collectors edition book, signed by Bowie himself, will also be released, although there’s only 300 available, so you will need to head onto the V & A website to register your interest pretty quickly.

David Bowie is will be showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 23rd March – 28 July 2013.  Visit www.vam.ac.uk  for details.

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INTERVIEW: Lord Zion of ‘SPiT LiKE THiS’ & ‘SMELLYOURMUM.COM’

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Artists, Fashion, Featured, Interviews, Videos | 0 comments

When you hear the name Lord Zion you probably instantly think of the band ‘SPiT LiKE THiS’, which he formed in 2001 with partner in crime and life Vikki Spit. What isn’t so well known though is that he and the missus are also behind ‘Sweary Slogan’ T-Shirt site ‘SMELLYOURMUM.COM’ which has had over 14 million hits since its inception in 2004. The Black Flag caught up with this hard rockin and even harder working hombre and talked about rock n roll, mildly offensive T-Shirts and the couples successful DIY work ethic….

The Black Flag: Tell us a bit about your background. What initially got you into music?

Lord Zion: Music was a major component of my life from birth, really.  I was often taken to gigs as a babe in arms and to band rehearsals as I got older (my sperm donor father was a drummer).  I got my first music centre aged 5 and, with my cousin, we used to make up little music videos.  My mum’s cousin was a singer who appeared on Top Of the Pops so it just always seemed like a viable option to me.  It wasn’t until I was 15 though and first appeared on stage that I knew I had to make it my life.  I’ve been a struggling musician ever since; a rock n’ roll lifer.

BF: When did you decide that you wanted to be in a rock band?

LZ: That would have been the experience I had at 15.  My school held an event called “The Pop Mime”.  This appealed to me so I did it miming to the rock songs of my youth.  The first time the first song ended and I heard the roar of the crowd, that was that.  Sold!

BF: How many bands have you been in and tell us a bit about them?

LZ: Prior to SLT, three.  All of them serious attempts at success – or so I thought.  Now I know how hard the work really is, I realise that I spent 99% of the time goofing off.  Although the first was offered a deal.  We fucked it up by being obnoxious arseholes though.  Lesson learned.  Thankfully, I have grown up since then and have taken many years of my ego being battered to a pulp so, rather than ending up and totally unbearable, obnoxious rock star, I have ended up a pretty level-headed, hard working musician.

BF: You started your present band ‘SPiT LiKE THiS’ with your partner Vikki. Tell us a bit more about the band?

LZ: I think we are pretty unique in our sound and style.  We don’t follow any trend that is current, preferring to just do things our way and let people cotton onto us.  We work extremely hard and tirelessly to get this band up to the level we want it to eventually be at.  If you cut me in half, it would say SPiT LiKE THiS through my middle – it has become my life and is at the core of my existence.  From what I can make out, it is why I am.

BF: Allegedly you decided to form the band after a spitting contest. Is there any truth in that?

LZ: None whatsoever!  I decided to form the band one drunken night at the Underworld in Camden watching Hardcore Superstar with Vikki, inbetween bouts of puking my guts up.  The band NAME did come about because of a spitting contest held between Vikki and I the night we met.  I won.

BF: Your EP ‘Sleaze Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ Hit number 1 in the Amazon chart. Which is a great achievement? How did that feel and what effect has that had on your career?

LZ: It was a milestone for us, most definitely.  At the time, we beat the Foo Fighters, U2 and Oasis!  It is a moment that I am very proud of.  Unfortunately, the small label we were with at the time were pretty clueless as to how to capitalise on such a big event.  We got ourselves that result then handed the baton over to them, who promptly fumbled it and let it tumble to the ground.  You find that, most of the time, you are better off just doing stuff yourself…  Not sure what effect it had.  I think people woke up to the fact that they had better start taking us seriously, I guess.  I suppose it turned us from wannabes into a bona-fide band.

BF: You’ve played with some amazing acts over the years. Alice Cooper, Motley Crue etc. Who’s been your favourite and why?

LZ: The Misfits.  Not because they are a favourite of mine but because they treated us the best and acted least like rock stars.  Most bands you support completely ignore you.  And that’s fine, I get that they see loads of bands on the road and have their own shit to worry about but, when a band the size and shape of the Misfits take the time to introduce themselves and ingratiate themselves to you, it means a lot.  Jerry became firm friends with fellow bassist, Vikki.

BF: What’s been the highlight of your time in ‘SPiT LiKE THiS’?

LZ: I get asked this a lot and it is impossible to say.  Right now I am happiest with how things are going.  There are always many highlights along the way and the firsts tend to be huge; the first rehearsal, the first gig, the first recording, the first time you see you album on the shelves, the first big support show and so on.  They are all equally as exciting as each other, because of where you are in your career at that point.  If I had to pinpoint anything, it would probably be the release of our latest album, “Normalityville Horror”, due to the delay in getting it released combined with how happy I am with the results.

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BF: How do you see the future of the Music industry?

LZ: It has changed beyond recognition in the last few years and I think it will continue to evolve. There are positives and negatives to what has happened, but that is true for all industries throughout time. The last thing that a musician should do is rue the situation. It is what it is. Don’t dwell on the glory days, concentrate on today and tomorrow.

BF: You and Vikki also run ‘SMELLYOURMUM.COM’ which sells ‘sweary’ T-Shirts. How did this come about?

LZ: We started it around the same time as the band as we realised that we needed our time to be flexible.  How people do bands seriously when they have a boss is beyond me.  I have never had a boss but I imagine they are none-too-happy when you announce you need time off to play at the Dog & Bucket next Tuesday.  We tried to think of something that would be flexible but would also possibly help the band beyond the financial aspect.  The kinds of T-shirts we make appeal to the kind of people that would like our music, so it seemed like a perfect match.  The site is now in the top 1% most visited sites on the planet, another achievement I am very proud of.

BF: Do you and Vikki think up all the T-Shirts designs yourself?

LZ: On the whole, yes.  I come up with the majority, Vikki occasionally has a golden moment and, rarely, we print a customer’s suggestion.  Fortunately, I have the kind of mind that operates in puns, parody and bad language.

BF: What’s been your most popular T-Shirt design?

LZ: Different T-shirts for different times.  When Chavs were all the rage, our selection of Anti-Chav designs were extremely popular.  We attend various Expo’s and conventions selling and find that the more wordy, clever designs go better there.  Through our site it is the swearier, ruder stuff and, through Amazon and eBay it is more the parody-orientated stuff.  Our current favourite is a parody of the infamous Lord Kitchener “Your Country Needs You” poster.  Same image but the words are replaced with “STOP Being A Cunt”.  It is hilarious.

BF: Can people order their own custom designs off of you?

LZ: We do custom runs for bands, radio stations, web sites, instrument makers, record labels, tattoo studios and so on.  The entity supplies the design and we offer very flexible terms with the minimum run being just 10 items.  We do this to help small companies out that don’t want to, or can’t afford, to order masses of T-shirts.  We’re nice like that.

BF: As well as ‘SPiT LiKE THiS’ and ‘SMELLYOURMUM.COM’, you and Vikki also have your own label ‘Megabucks Music’. Tell us a bit more about this?

LZ: We license our music to labels so, when we record it, we pay for it and therefore own it.  It is better than getting in masses of debt to a label.  Megabucks Music was set up when we started SLT and holds the rights to our EP’s and the Scary Tales Collection.  In 2009 we set up a new label, SPiT LiKE THiS Productions which holds the rights to our two albums and our music videos.

BF: With so many things on the burner how do you guys find time to relax?

LZ: I’m sorry, what is “relax”?  Seriously, the short answer is that we very very rarely do.  The only time we relax is when we visit family – then we both just nearly fall asleep, neither of us are used to stopping doing stuff.  But that’s OK, it is why we are where we are.  The harder you work, the more stuff will happen.  It is a very simple equation.

BF: Do you ever find it difficult being in a relationship with someone and working on so many different projects with them?

LZ: No.  If anything, it helps.  I don’t have to explain or justify anything to Vikki as she completely understands and supports everything that is going on.  In fact, I would say it is an essential aspect of our relationship.  If she just sat around fingering herself all day long whilst I was working my butt off, I’d probably get a bit annoyed 😉  The bottom line is we like being together, hanging out together, creating stuff together, making decisions together.  We’re best friends so it is in no way a hardship.

BF: You’ve filmed a cameo for Zombie Women of Satan 2. What’s the story behind that?

LZ: We were asked and we said yes.  We are cheap like that!  Who the hell wouldn’t want to be in a Zombie movie?!  My only disappointment is that we weren’t disembowelled or anything wonderfully gory like that.  It was a very interesting experience though, a totally different kind of film-making to a video shoot.  Cannot wait to see the end result in 2013.

BF: What advice would you give to band starting out in the Music Industry?

LZ: Music is no longer the product – the band is. Merchandise is all important now. CD’s are merch, not a delivery tool. Write your song, release your song however you want to release it then promote the shit out of it. Hopefully, enough people will hear it, discover you and then buy what you want to sell them and come and see you on tour. It’s not the ideal scenario but, at the moment, that IS the scenario. So, wise-up and deal with it. You have to be marketing savvy, computer savvy, bold and unique. EVERY hugely successful artist in 2012 that isn’t a heritage artist is all of those things. If you aren’t, you are doomed to fail.

BF: Anything else you want to plug?

LZ: The first single from our “Normalityville Horror” album is released on September 16th.  “Zero To Sixty” is the A-side, “The Life & Times Of The Suicide Kid” is the B-side, although it is a digital-only release so bugger knows how that works.  The release is across Europe.  We have a tour coming up in October and November, so check that out and, in 2013, we will be visiting various European locations.  We actually start that in Finland in December.  I should also plug the amazing video to “Zero To Sixty” which is on www.YouTube.com/spitlikethis.  Also, please find us online at www.spitlikethis.com and like our facebook.com/spitlikethis page.  Thanks!  Oh, and support us by buying merch at www.smellyourmum.com.

BF: Where do you see yourself in five years time?

LZ: The SLT Universe is one not confined to just music, so I am looking forward to expanding into other areas of entertainment and media.  If we can somehow wangle something like a telly show where we drive our awesome car to exotic locations, ramble on about that and then play a show there, that would be amazing.  It will be like now, only bigger and more so.  We will become all pervasive and invade your spaces in ways you cannot yet conceive.  It is going to be fabulous.

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