Photo by Leslie Tucker
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New Years Day
IN THIS ISSUE
1. Nikki Misery of New years Day
2. Art by Darcee Lynn
3. Leslie Tucker Photography
4. Jackie Michel Skating prodigy
Cover photo by Leslie tucker
Nikki Misery and New Years Day have been on tour extensively across the globe. Opening for such acts and sharing the stage with the likes of Marilyn Manson to Rammstein, they are about to be on the main stage at The Warped Tour coming up . This summer long tour of over 40 dates will featured NYD center stage so be sure to catch them.
Rock Spotlight on Nikki Misery of New Years Day
If you don't know now you know.
Being of fan of all things fashion, music, and awesome related, I could not think of anything or anyone better nor more appropriate to feature on this spotlight. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all types and delights, I present to you in all of his glory, Nikki Misery.
Who you may ask? For those who are of the uninformed, I can only say one of the most badass, charismatic, and down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure of sharing company. Plus he puts on one of the most amazing stage performances while rocking out on his Schecter 7 string ATX.
But first let's start from the beginning shall we? It all began needing a lighter. The only person in the room who looked as if they may have actually had one was a tall skinny dark haired kid wearing more make-up than anyone else in the room. I could not quite tell if it was eyeliner, a little bit of lipstick, or just the overall dead look that was so naturally done, but I wondered how he got through the interview process this decorated. We shared a cigarette and the next decade was pretty amazing being able to watch this destined to be future rocker blossom and shred stages. Although he would probably prefer that to be phrased whither, die and get hacked to pieces with a Jason Voorheese sized machete.
Over the course of our cigarette break, Nikki and myself found common ground and interest in any and all music tastes, at which point I was not surprised to find out he played a multitude of instruments, and had invited me over to jam with him at some point. But before all that could happen it was tattoo day, so a pit stop was going to have to be made as some serious ink was about to be laid down.
Not knowing anybody in the Southern California area I headed over to the tattoo shop out in Orange where Mr. Misery was getting some swirly eyeball vortexes smack in the middle of his arms where I had always assumed a heroin addict would blast into a good sized vein at.
I had to ask him straight up if that was where the dope goes, not wanting to go over to some junkies house with needles and stuff all over, but making light of it all. He looked at me crazy like what the hell are you thinking, and responded with "To hypnotize people with." and he waved them in the air as if we were to fall under his tune like a piper was playing a flute. Looking back on that day of first meeting Nikki I see that they did indeed end up working, and that fortunetelling did come to bear fruit, as millions have fallen under his spell and have been mesmerized by his music and antics. And it was me who was wrong, for not wanting more swirly eyeball tattoo things all over my body, as they did exactly as intended.
The Kid's Got Chops
Hearing Nikki Misery play guitar for the first time was a pretty moving experience. Having a little background in the arts myself, I came quickly to appreciate the raw talent and sound he could produce. There was no structure there at first, it should not have made sense, but it just sounded so godamn good.
Sitting in his room with vintage horror flicks playing in the background, there were no double octave scales or augmented sevenths.. Nikki's approach at the time was not methodical and planned out. This was not a science project. It was jam after jam from the early morning and long into the night while the neighbors were all asleep. These were some very thin walls at which he would give his neighbors quite the experience. I do not think once he ever got a noise complaint, even though you could hear him going at it from your car pulling up. It was just raw natural talent. He could play for 12 hours straight; and usually he did.
I would often find him passed out exhausted from work and self taught practice, guitar still in hand, Bella Lugosi black and white movie humming in the background begging to be retired as well. Without any formal lessons or training, or ability to read music, Nikki would just play and play and play whatever he heard, as he heard it. It was fascinating at how quick he picked things up just from listening. Even on some rare occasions a blues session would spontaneously erupt, and it was a pleasure to listen to. You knew greatness was in the making. There was never going to be anything else. There could never be anything else. It was rock or die. It was glitter and guns from day one.
Even though he could play other instruments to varying degrees, the guitar was always the first love. He was not going to be complacent with bass, or sit behind a drum set. You could see the juggernaut inside and it was going to be unstoppable. Piecing together other musicians is never easy. The strong opinions, different directions, and lack of work ethic sometimes, but none of this ever seemed to pay Nikki any mind. You were either on board or not. He was going to cross the finish line even if it killed him. But he made for a fun and enjoyable ride for all. Appreciative is the word that I would use in his approach to all of those that took the time to embark on this journey with him. Either that or those swirly hypnotizing tattoo's are working after all and we are indeed under his spell.
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Kicking Ass and Chewing Bubble Gum But All Out of Gum
Small fish in a big pond? How about zombie fish eating the brains of the other fish? Trying to think of some appropriate metaphor, or is it a simile? I cannot recall 8th grade English at this point, but whatever kind of fish you want to call it, the pond was about to get a lot more glitter in it.
Nikki Misery moved onto the world renowned Musicians Institute graduating fully with a degree after many years of working his ass off and holding down a job the entire time, paying expensive as hell rent in Hollywood, and still keeping in touch and making time for all of the people around him that were important. I am sure it was a big change, as dismantling the haunted house like ride we had built that could not be re constructed in the smaller confines of L.A. living. Lets not leave that just yet, it was not excitably a ride in the normal sense of the word, but then again what really is in Nikki's magically macabre lifestyle. It was more of a boogie board that was ridden down a flight of stairs, usually while heavily intoxicated, as small miniature plastic animatronics came to life, lit up, and made Halloween sounds as you flew past on those three furious seconds. The stairway was lined with various pictures and scenes of graveyards, portraits of corpses, bats, spiders, and all haunted house themed fun. I think at even one point there were those fake cobwebs dangling down for you to toboggan through as you crashed into the couch pillows below. This was year round good summer time fun. It was sad to see it all go, but there were was much more fun and destruction to be had, and Nikki had to move on for the sake of his progression.
The next time I caught up with him he treated me to a concert of The Nekormantix and Rob Zombie at the Palladium in Hollywood. He was finishing up his schooling and his playing was just in another league. More exciting though was a new interest in his music world by the name of Ashley Costello, whom he just met a local goth club and ended up trying out for this band called New Years Day.
Las Vegas Artist
Meet Darcee Lynn and her love of art which started from the very beginning. As soon as her hands could hold them she was with a crayon and was coloring and drawing away. Her dream was always to become an artist, but as she got a little older people would tell her how unrealistic that was. It was a mission to prove them wrong.
While in the Navy aboard her ship she was the Culinary Specialist, the ships baker. She drew and baked at sea while on deployment. During her time Darcee would order some Sports Illustrated magazines and draw the women from them, as well as doing portraits of her friends.
The ship which Miss Lynn was aboard was often dry docked in Washington where she had her own barracks and fine tune and hone her craft.
Never losing sight of her passion, after her term of service was up it was time to attended a semester for art at CSN, Las Vegas. She also attended The Art Institute here in Las Vegas for culinary school, but while in school she got a job offer at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino to work at Rose Rabbit, a dream job for any aspiring chef, but her heart was elsewhere.
You can see the marriage and love of culinary and art clearly evident in her works. Her first art sale she told us was in high school yet did not start taking art seriously though until being in the Navy and her friends saw started to see her work which began netting her commissions for custom paintings. Back in Las Vegas, she had her first gallery showing at Wasteland Gallery, along with a few sales her art world began to widen.
Cara Cara Orange Fields
Due to the large inquiry and demand for her art and prints she is working on getting as hop link on her website:
You can order from her through Facebook or Instagram till then
She has pieces up at Wonderland Gallery in The Arts Factory that you can go see. You can also catch her doing live paintings at The Commonwealth. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook to to see the dates.
She paints while watching documentaries and listening to pod-casts as well as supporting a nice herbal supplement movement to aid in the processes of being in focus with her art.
One Of Her Latest Work's In Progress
Our time spent with Darcee was not only inspiring, but we were completely captivated by her sultry sweet voice and demeanor that matched her art in a striking parallel. Drawn in by her passion for art we just had to know more. Keep an eye out for her as she is about to sail the seas now on her brush as opposed to her old Navy ship.
She is not only talented but innovative in her art. The painting Cara Cara Orange fields, which was her first food and lip inspired painting, she used a knife to cut out all the veins for the orange. She wanted it to look juicy, and boy, does it!
She went to Sprouts and bought a bunch of fruits to see which one would be the most inspiring for her painting. Not being able to wait till she got home, while in the car she had to sink her lips into the red flesh of this juicy orange. It hit her then; she had to paint the way this fruit felt. I want a cara cara orange now please! Her art invokes sensation that involves all of your senses. It has a sensual surrealism with a retro feel that just draws you in. We are keeping a close on on this supernova. She is a true star that is suddenly increasing greatly in brightness and is about to have a catastrophic explosion that ejects most of its mass upon the art scene .
Ash Costello Vocalist for New Years Day
By the luck of the gods we found found this shining star. Our friend Nikki Misery was kind enough to let us feature him in this issue, and the photo's we asked him for were amazing, including the front cover of this issue. I was in love at first sight, the emotion, the feeling of actually being at the concert. Feeling as if you are front row rocking your heart out. It drew me in, I had to know who this photographer was. As well as get their permission to use their work. I was Facebook stalking the photographers page, and I became more and more drawn in. We had to have her and feature her work. It was too wonderful. Now a fan for life we will continue to follow everything she touches and we can not wait to see where this rising star goes with her work. Follower her concert and portrait photography on:
and our interview with this
goddess of the camera:
Has anyone inspired you to do what you do?
In the beginning, no, but now I do have a couple favorite photographers. Jeremy Saffer and Brian DeMint.
What or who would be your dream to shoot dead or alive?
I would love to photograph an Iron Maiden show. They are one of my favorite bands and to get the chance to shoot them would be amazing.
Any crazy concert stories? Kinda random but figure you may have some !
I can't remember what band I was shooting but I was right up front and the kid next to me was going insane. He was having a blast, headbanging, singing, screaming, etc. I notice him reach up and touch the singer's chest. A minute or two later this kid turns to me and says "I just pinched his nipples!" then he reaches in his shirt and pulls out a vip laminate that he bought from the band, from one of their tour merch and ticket packages, and adds "I can do that!". I just look at this kid and smile. I'm pretty sure that pinching someone's nipples isn't a part of a merch bundle. This was definitely a WTF moment.
How did you get your start in photography?
I took a class in high school but didn't really fall in love with photography at that time. It wasn't until I turned 30 when I had an epiphany that photography is what I needed to do. It was literally one of those mornings where I woke up and realized that I needed to create something and that's when I decided to pursue photography. So I bought a camera and took a couple of basic photography classes at my local community college just to refresh my memory.
Did you go to school for it if where?
I didn't go to college or have any formal training. Photography for me is a continual learning process. There are so many new methods to learn, new ways of editing, new equipment to play with, so I'm constantly learning something different.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
With concert photography, I'm inspired by the music. I love music so much that I want to show people what live shows look like to me and I always try to capture an image in a different way. Lately, my artistic and creative photography is inspired by dirt and grime, horror, weird patterns and textures, beauty and vivid colors. I kind of want people to look at a creative piece and think 'ew that's gross but I love that color'.
Welcome to Las Vegas and one kick ass skater who is taking her talents across the country and killing the competition. We recently got to sit down with Jackie Michel and find out what this straight A student has been doing other than playing in her school's drumline band, learning piano, playing guitar, skating for Hurtlife, getting sponsored, and winning competitions. Oh and she's only fifteen ! A little question and answer session was burning a hole in us to gain some insight into this amazingly talented young woman.
Joshua Deats: I grew up skating at around 7 years old, My first board was the original Tony Hawk, silly stick rails, OJ wheels, tracker trucks, clear grip tape, and a whole lot of grip tape. The boards took a beating and stood up to some harsh treatment. I still have it to this day, do you have a favorite board ? And if you are into the history of skating at all is there a board or deck you would rock today from the past ?
Jackie Michel: Yeah, i remember riding a Mark Gonzales with a pair of indies and spitfires when i first started; it was a pretty sick deck
I've been interested in the Fred Smith III (Loud one) Alva. I hear it was a game changer for street skaters back in the 80's because of the extremely high tail.
JD: Remember those old Nash Red Line skateboard? They were sold at K-mart I think and they were neon pink, and I swear everyone had one ! ( if you are too young to remember look one up it's hilarious )
Boards have come along way, especially when Rodney Mullen came along, the design and shape of boards changed to the mainstream in such a positive way. Long gone were the days of Christian Hosoi catching big air, and the trend moved toward specialized trick decks. Where do you see the evolution of skating going ?
3. Is there any trick or style that you work on hoping to land or perfect one day?
3a. Bs 360s for sure. so stylish, i love it.
4. Quick, Design me your own custom board in twenty words or less.
4a.Landscape view, photorealistic, black background, 2 red roses on table, diagonally above " Jackie Michel" in tiny white text.
5. Obviously you are female and in a more male dominated sport, and I really wanted to avoid any gender specific questions because I feel we are all on equal footing, but are there some competitions
that you have not been able to compete in due to it being a boys club, or has that pretty much changed ?
5a. Its pretty much changed for the most part, Alana Smith competed in the Phoenix Am last year (she as the only girl), and Women are competing in the Street League, but you rarely see any girl divisions here in Vegas; but hey, out-shredding the big boys is fun too.
Our Interview with this amazing gal was nothing shy of awesome
Las Vegas Female Skater
JM: Skateboarding has definitely come a long way; skaters are getting gnarlier, techier, and creative not only with tricks but with style. That's what makes skateboarding skateboarding because of the diversity and dedication that's put into it, and i doubt that'll ever stop. As far as evolution goes, we'll see more technical tricks on gnarlier obstacles that require a tow-in to reach and a steep hill to bomb after landing.
JD: Is there any trick or style that you work on hoping to land or perfect one day?
JM: Bs 360s for sure. so stylish, i love it.
JD: Quick, Design me your own custom board in twenty words or less.
JM: Landscape view, photo realistic, black background, 2 red roses on table, diagonally above " Jackie Michel" in tiny white text.
She has four wheels and flies higher than you
. Transworld come up tour @ Craig Ranch, Las Vegas - 1st place, womens division
. Skate city - 1st place
. Skate city ( Halloween bash)- 1st place
. Flock Tour - 1st place @ bunker
. Flock Tour. - 1st place @ MLK
JD: Obviously you are female and in a more male dominated sport, and I really wanted to avoid any gender specific questions because I feel we are all on equal footing, but are there some competitions
that you have not been able to compete in due to it being a boys club, or has that pretty much changed ?
JM:. Its pretty much changed for the most part, Alana Smith competed in the Phoenix Am last year (she as the only girl), and Women are competing in the Street League, but you rarely see any girl divisions here in Vegas; but hey, out-shredding the big boys is fun too.
JD: Did you ever watch The Bones Brigade The Search For Animal Chin? Epic story about the skaters going to find this mythical half-pipe which they did out in the jungle of Hawaii or somewhere. That movie changed my life and all I wanted to do was skate. By the way you should look it up ! Then actually Bag Margera and Camp Kill Yourself had some great video's back in the late 90's with some original music that got a lot of underground circulation.
JM: Yeah it's such a sick video. It captures the essence of what skating is really about. Searching out new spots and enjoying the journey along the way. Some of my personal favorites that i grew up watching were Girl- Yeah Right, Flip- Sorry , Baker3, Enjoi- Bag of suck , William Strobeck's - Joyride, Blind- Video Days, eS- Menikmati, and Villa Villa Cola- Getting nowhere faster ( an all girls skate film )
JD: Is there a legendary park out there that you would travel the globe in order to skate on and where / which is it.
JM:. Black pearl skate park in the Cayman Islands; its a monster.
JD: Broken bones, fractures, bloody noses ? Do you keep a count on these things !
JM: I actually never broken anything (surprisingly), but the worst injury I have taken was folding my toes back when trying to land a front lip on transition.
Ha, not really, i mean i have a few scars but I just ride it off
10. What is on your music playlist right now
10a. Besides anything by the Beatles, top 5 songs on repeat are: Bloc Party- This modern love, Fugazi-Arpeggiator , Cat Power- Be my boy, Souxxie and the Banshees- Christine & Arabian Nights and Sex Pistols- Pretty Vacant
11. Anything you want to add, you are in the driver seat here, tell me an amazing or fun story :
11a. One day I met Tony Hawk and got him to skate a pool with me when I was about 10. So long story short, my family and I were at Freedom Park and we noticed camera crew coming in , and all of a sudden the Bird Man himself, comes out of nowhere, into the skate park (but with no board) and exchanged hellos with all the skaters. I came up and asked him if he wanted to skate the pool with me. He accepted my offer and proceeded to borrow a board from someone. From there, we were just skating together as if it were just a normal day. He blunt fakied the shallow end, It was pretty dope.
11b. Just a little bit about me:
. My birthday is on January 30th
. ive been skating for 5 years
. my current setup right now is the hurtlife stamp deck with a pair of indies and spitfires,
. I get straight A's in school
. I play drumset, guitar, and piano
. Im in drumline for my school's marching band ( snare drum )
11c. Some things i love
. Louie <3
. Dark colors
. Marching band
. the number 17
12. Sponsors or affiliates you are associated with :
12a. Hurtlife skateboards. Anthony "Ragdoll" Scalamere (former Birdhouse, Black Label, and Pig Wood pro rider), got me on and introduced me to Lowden Rodriguez and KC Maddox.
13. I really hope I did not date myself too much with some of the skate references ! But it's all part of the cycle of skate life that ended us up here : What is it going to take this generation to do to influence the next and keep the culture alive.
13a. It's important that we recognize those who've made history and paved the way for us. Alva, Hawk, Gonz, Mullen, Way (too many to name) and Steamer, Baker, Torres, Del Santo (Women Pros) who've influenced skating to become what it is today. Skating is gnarlier, more technical, and more inclusive than it's ever been. We as skaters push one another and push ourselves to progress every day. We encourage others to be true to themselves and their own style: not try to fit into some "trend". Because at the end, its not a beauty contest, we're just having fun.
Favorite thing that gets you a rush. That little inner high five you give yourself when you do it.
JM: Just like a roller coaster, dropping into a 14ft bowl; you're glad you've made it out alive when you roll away.
JD: What is on your music play-list right now ?
JM: Besides anything by the Beatles, top 5 songs on repeat are: Bloc Party- This modern love, Fugazi-Arpeggiator , Cat Power- Be my boy, Souxxie and the Banshees- Christine & Arabian Nights and Sex Pistols- Pretty Vacant
JD: Anything you want to add, you are in the driver seat here, tell me an amazing or fun story :
JM: One day I met Tony Hawk and got him to skate a pool with me when I was about 10. So long story short, my family and I were at Freedom Park and we noticed camera crew coming in , and all of a sudden the Bird Man himself, comes out of nowhere, into the skate park (but with no board) and exchanged hellos with all the skaters. I came up and asked him if he wanted to skate the pool with me. He accepted my offer and proceeded to borrow a board from someone. From there, we were just skating together as if it were just a normal day. He blunt fakied the shallow end, It was pretty dope.
JD: I really hope I did not date myself too much with some of the skate references ! But it's all part of the cycle of skate life that ended us up here : What is it going to take this generation to do to influence the next and keep the culture alive.
JM: It's important that we recognize those who've made history and paved the way for us. Alva, Hawk, Gonz, Mullen, Way (too many to name) and Steamer, Baker, Torres, Del Santo (Women Pros) who've influenced skating to become what it is today. Skating is gnarlier, more technical, and more inclusive than it's ever been. We as skaters push one another and push ourselves to progress every day. We encourage others to be true to themselves and their own style: not try to fit into some "trend". Because at the end, its not a beauty contest, we're just having fun.
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