Hi Mom, see my spikes, studs, and skulls? Sorry, it’s not a phase.
Plaid, PVC, piss off with your normalcy and gimme that blue hair dye and black nail polish while we’re at it.
I wanna be tattooed in a basement, I need to riot against something, anything.
Let’s poke some holes through my face and shove some metal in there.
Scream, swear, wear lace, lipstick, and grommets.
In high school it wasn’t long before I grew tired of Abercrombie and Bullshit and I’d always been drawn towards the goth kids, so I discovered Hot Topic and later, the most badass brand of all brands: Lip Service. Founded in 1985 by 21-year-old musician Drew Bernstein, the clothing company outfitted such bands as Poison and Guns ‘n Roses, and garnered a cult following of goths, punks, rockers, or anyone desiring some edge and glam to their style – whether you were into Gothic, Lolita, Punk, Fetish, Steam Punk, Cyber Punk, and more, there was something for the misfit in all of us. I remember saving up my money and salivating over every new collection that would come out. In late high school I got into alternative modeling and Lip Service never failed to provide me with killer outfits for photo shoots.
Drew died of an apparent suicide in 2014 and since then, nothing new was created that I’m aware of. But fellow blog friend Ramona at Just Keep Brains posted about their return which was announced recently on their Facebook page. That excites my black heart to no end. Below are some of the “best of” photos from my old shoots featuring Lip Service pieces. As you can see I enjoyed changing up my style.