Haven’t posted drawings because my phone and my scanner has been fucked up, btw shit quality pictures of ipad For now, i have a lot of New unseen drawings For the zine! Buying a scan asap 🍌
get to know me meme: 3/5 favourite bands; The Pretty Reckless.
Good-girl-gone-bad, shock artist, temptress with a penchant for provocation, outspoken wild child or downright diva… You name it, Taylor Momsen has been labelled it. For a girl so often linked to controversy – whether it’s naked stage antics, or that tampon string photo – the first thing that strikes me about the 21-year-old actress, model and band-leader (she fronts grunge ensemble The Pretty Recklace) is her raw honesty. “I don’t like to look at myself as a role model, because I’m making mistakes all the time. I’m crazy,” the St Louis girl tells me. “Don’t imitate me kids, I’m not a role model, I’m just a kid in a band who’s still figuring it out.”
As we speak, she’s sitting on her tour bus somewhere on Veterans Memorial Highway, heading from Las Vegas to Denver. After spending almost three years honing the band’s second album, Going to Hell, Momsen’s “never-ending tour” is very much in motion. She’s used to it all, though: Momsen has been in the spotlight since the age of two, booked by Ford modelling agency for a few cutesy commercial gigs as a toddler, before her first major role in 2000’s Jim Carrey vehicle The Grinch at five. Later, her part as good girl tunred bad Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl propelled her to fame.
But child stardom and the cost of fame don’t come cheap, she says. “I don’t have a lot of friends,” admits Momsen, candidly. “I’m a very isolated person, not necessarily by choice, but I pick my friends very carefully. The cool thing about touring is that I live with all of them, I get to live on a bus with my makeshift, fucked-up family.”
Now a seasoned crowd-teaser, Momsen sure knows how to work a room – whether it means flashing her duct-taped nipples or frolicking on stage in towering stripper heels. At least that was until ‘Recklace unveiled the video for “Heaven Knows” – the album’s lead single, which sees “Smells Like Teen Spirit” riffs colliding with a darkly haunting Pink Floyd’s The Wall-esque choir. The February-launched short saw Momsen ditch the dark warpaint and dungeon-wear for unabashed nudity. When the big “reveal” comes, her privacy is protected by a bold black cross pointing downwards.
In her debut filmmaking foray, visuals were handled by Momsen herself. “I’m always involved in the videos, I just finally got the credit for it this time,” she laughs. “I use religion as a metaphor a lot. It’s in my common vernacular. I was raised Catholic, but it’s a metaphor that’s been used in rock ’n’ roll for so long. Heaven, hell, good, evil – very simple concepts that I’m expanding on. I’m not a satanist though, I’m more spiritual than religious. But if you’re telling me I’m doing something more controversial than Robert Plant, you’re fucking crazy.”
The album’s recording process was by no means plain sailing. “We went through a lot to make this record, a lot of tragedy and unpleasantness,” she concedes. “We had the hurricane [Sandy] wipe out the studio, taking everything with it. I can’t milk it too much, as a lot of people had it worse than us. But it took our guitars and all of our custom-built studio equipment. We were rolling really fast and it just shut everything down.”
Then, just as the band had regrouped, the mother of Going To Hell’s producer Kato Khandwala passed away. “She was like a mother to everyone,” Momsen says, faintly glassy eyed. “The album is dedicated to her. I don’t want to get too into it, but none of us are over that.” Despite the deathly eye makeup, the scorned forward stares and the period play, Momsen is grounded, refreshingly honest and petal-like in her sensitivity. “I write these songs for myself, because I like writing music,” she reflects. “When you start to see people connecting with it, that’s the highest compliment you can get as a songwriter. The main thing was being honest, bare and exposed. The idea is that you come into this world with nothing but your soul, and leave with nothing but your soul. That’s what’s real to me.”
Words: Brooke McCord
- source : wonderlandmagazine.com
So it all happened. I have finally met Daphne and Olina after all these years. From Greece to Philly for them and from LA to Philly for me. It was their first time seeing TPR, the band that brought us together. Incredible getting to meet your best friends after all these years and seeing your fave band together. We were able to meet Taylor before the show because we ran into her at a store and she promised that we could all take photos after the show. She kept that promise as you can see! She came out and took pics, talked to us, gave hugs, and autographs. I’m so grateful and still can’t believe this has all happened. It was such an incredible night…and as a bonus we got to see her dad and pet Petal as well!
It’s all happening.
I’m at LAX, ready to board a plane to Philly. Meeting some of my favorite people for the very first time. After 3 years of only skyping and talking through text message, it’s finally happening.
The countdown that’s been going on for years is about to be over. I will be in Philly in less than 12 hours. Seeing The Pretty Reckless on Saturday, the band that brought us together.
When I first started talking to Daphne, she mentioned how she’d like to come study in the US. She mentioned how she hopes she can see Taylor Momsen one day. She then introduced me to Olina, who had the same plan to come study in the US. So for years we’ve talked about the possibility of them moving here….and they did. They really did. They now live in the US and are studying here. When that became a sure thing, I then said I would visit them wherever they are…and I am. I really am. It’s really happening. The closer it gets, the less real it feels. It’s so hard to believe you’ll finally meet people so important to you. It feels weird in fact, I’m so used to not seeing them, which is why I can’t wrap my head around what is about to happen.
Then I’m going to New York on Sunday with Olina and will be there the entire week. New York is the place I was born, where there’s so many old friends to see. Which is such an added bonus of course.
With that said, my favorite week ever starts now.
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