Ink Minx: Shanzey Afzal’s Mobile Feminist Tattoo Studio

Shanzey Afzal started her mobile feminist tattoo studio, Ink Minx, out of necessity. After surviving an apprenticeship rife with sexism and familial stigma for her career choice, Afzal was inspired to create a safer space for women and non-binary folks to get tattooed. The Long Island-bred, Brooklyn-based artist always wanted to live small, and fortuitously […]

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Sugar

1. The person with the sweet tooth is not always the one who has the sugar. 2. A pimp will take you to a nice restaurant. * A pimp will take you to an empty Thai restaurant in the suburbs of Atlanta with fleshy coconut jumbo prawns served on white-plated lettuce… Cloth napkins. Dim lighting […]

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Chiara No: On Being a Metaller and What it Means to “Other”

I saw a friend at a party who encouraged me to look into a Brooklyn-based artist working with themes of witchcraft, mysticism, and the metal music scene. Immediately, I thought of Slutist, and as a self-proclaimed metalhead myself, I quickly wrote her name down: Chiara No. No’s Instagram and online presence is unavoidable. Each post is […]

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Hey, Jupiter

For my one-year wedding anniversary I escaped to Woodstock and experienced the starry night sky: a cabin surrounded by woods complete with sherbet colored sunrises and falling leaves. For a brief moment, frenetic city life and work-centered commitments were on pause and for two days only pleasure mattered. I breathed in air scented with beeswax […]

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Strange Desire

It was Christmas morning 1998 and I’d been up for hours, shredding the paper from too many gifts and waiting patiently for my mom to finish her stuffing so we could head to my grandmother’s house for extended festivities. To fill the spare moments, I flipped on VH1′s “Pop Up Video” for the thousandth time but […]

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Literary Witches: Taisia Kitaiskaia & Katy Horan On Magic, Inspiration, and Collaboration

Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers is a kaleidoscopic grimoire that positions the great literary craftswomen of our time as seers, sorceresses, and sages. Taisia Kitaiskaia’s gripping, exquisitely crafted words are set ablaze by Katy Horan’s haunting images that pulse with primal magic. Their collaboration will not only inspire you to dig deeper into transportive […]

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Knifesex’s Babalon: An Offering To The Goddess

knifesex‘s Babalon begins with hypnotic intensity, building in a brooding crescendo as creatrix Vanessa Irena whispers: “Holy is the whore.” She repeats this phrase, mantra-like: a fitting beginning to a sonic offering to Babalon. Alternately sinister and celestial, fusing noise, trip hop, and synthwave, knifesex’s first full-length release is a soundtrack for destroying the divide between sacred […]

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Lana Winters Is The Queer “Final Girl” We Need Right Now

Has there ever been a queer “Final Girl” as tenacious as Lana Winters in American Horror Story: Asylum? Played by out-bisexual actress Sarah Paulson with astonishing defiance and lesbian specificity, Lana is a feminist survivor hero for our almost supernaturally patriarchal times. She becomes what Carol J. Clover calls the “Final Girl,” the woman who […]

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