An Interview with Valentina Zapata

March 3, 2017

DE: Where are you from? How does your hometown influence your work? VZ: I grew up in Montebello / East LA and spent most of my time kickin it there even though I was kind of all over the place. My teen years were pretty defining when it came to my work. In East Los and Montebello all we did was p...

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An Interview with The Fifth Vital Sign

February 28, 2017

DE: What are your backgrounds? What got you both into sex education? FVS: Emily is a birth and postpartum doula, midwive’s assistant, birth control doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and holds a degree in counseling and mentoring. She has been working with newborns and families since age s...

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An interview with Lauren Adkins

February 23, 2017

DE: Hi Lauren! Tell us about yourself. LA: HI! I’m a photographer and artist living in Los Angeles. I love cats, decorating, reading, and smashing patriarchy. DE: How’d you get into photography? LA: Honestly, now that I’m really thinking about it, it probably started in high school with the rise...

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An Interview with Nenetl Avril

February 20, 2017

DE: Hey- can you introduce yourself? NA: Hi! I’m Nenetl Avril. I’m an adult performer and a sex worker. I’m a writer. I like cookies. DE: I think that’s a perfect way to identify yourself. How did you get involved in the adult industry? NA: Honestly, it’s such a cliché but I started doing i...

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An Interview with Ada Rajkovic of Sunday School

February 6, 2017

DE: Where are you currently based and what inspired your departure from Los Angeles? AR: I am currently based in Pittsburgh (where my parents are) and I decided to leave LA because we got evicted from our space (because of our awful landlord/slumlord Nathan Chaim)  and I needed a mental health brea...

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What I learned from quitting my fashion internship

February 3, 2017

Fashion internships are renowned for being terrible. But after heavy competition and numerous unanswered emails, when I heard I’d got the summer placement I felt like I’ve won the lottery. Not all fashion internships can be as bad as The Devil Wears Prada, right?  . Fast forward 8 weeks into...

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An Interview with Jessi Reid

February 2, 2017

DE: Tell us a little bit about your background. Where you’re from, education, etc. JR: I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and got my education there. I come from a pretty typical family- I have three siblings and I’m sort of the black sheep. I was the first one to venture off from Atlanta on my own. I’m...

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Everyday Witch Wear: Foxblood

January 25, 2017

Nestled in the heart of the Downtown Los Angeles fashion district, FOXBLOOD is the love child of two cult favorite artists, stage wear designer Lindsay Hearts and illustrator Quyen Dinh of Parlor Tattoo Prints. Check out their  1oo% DTLA-made Foxblood shop here. To see more of  Sarah Christen Mur...

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An Interview With Theresa Baxter

December 31, 2016

DE: Tell us about your experience with art school and your choice to pursue an art career outside of a “traditional” program. Theresa Baxter: It wasn’t really a choice – I’ve always only liked one thing. I actually completely failed at art school. I did a semester at Cal Arts out of high scho...

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An Interview with Sarah Christen Murray

Dust Empires: How did you get into photography? Sarah Christen Murray: I’ve been playing with cameras ever since I can remember. When I was a kid, I had a point & shoot film camera, then graduated to a classy film camera. I started taking photos of landscapes and my pets, and then eventually...

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