Extreme Woman: Kristen Sollee

this is part of a photo series i’ve been working on since 2011. it is a collection of photographs of badass women involved in metal, hardcore and the borderline metal/punk/avant-garde worlds. these are the people who make up the music scene. these are my friends.

Kristen Sollee

What was your first metal experience? (the band, show or album that made your knees buckle, because you knew you were in love)

Kristen Sollee: I first remember seeing the video for Motley Crue’s “Dr. Feelgood” on Headbanger’s Ball when I was 8 or something. Love at first sight. That of course spiraled into an Aquanet whirlwind of GNR, Poison, L.A. Guns, Warrant, etc. (All of whom I still love today. I ain’t ashamed of my pop tart taste.)

Then in 1996 I saw Pantera open for KISS. The crowd boo’ed them so much, which got Phil Anselmo incredibly hot and bothered as you can imagine. That set me on a journey to the heavier stuff.

Kristen Sollee

When did you start writing about sex? How did you get into it?

KS: My parents divorced when I was really young so I was privy to a lot of “grown up” talk about sex, relationships, dating, cheating, etc for as long as I can remember. Since that time I’ve always looked at sex like a sociological experiment. Writing about music and art came first, then in my late teens I added gender to the mix. I never explicitly wrote about sex until I started Slutist in 2013. There was always heavy innuendo in what I’d write up until that point, and sex was at the core of all my best writing, but nothing was “about” sex per se. Sex, like music, is more fun to enjoy than to write about. But I’d still rather write about sex than fly fishing, I guess.

Kristen Sollee

Slutist is your beautiful sex-positive blog. What sort of features you have planned for Slutist in 2015?

KS: Ooh I don’t want to give away too much, but I’m planning on interviews with bigger artists, activists, and entertainers. I’ll also be adding some original videos to the mix. And of course there will be more writers (we’re at 20 already) who will contribute to the site. I couldn’t do it without them.

March 29th, 2015 marks the first Slutist Feminist Festival at St. Vitus. What can you share about Legacy of the Witch?

KS: Most of the lineup has been revealed and the tickets are currently on sale here. Karyn Crisis’ Gospel of the Witches is headlining – it will be their first NYC show as a band. The lineup features Mike Hill and Charlie Schmid from Tombs, Ross Dolan from Immolation and of course Karyn Crisis and Davide Tiso who most recently played together in Ephel Duath. There will also be two other excellent bands featured, Azar Swan and Delphic Oracle, who I love as performers and as people. Then there’s burlesque, performance art, installations, video art, tarot readings, and even a talk by Pam Grossman about the witch in art history — the list goes on!

I am very excited to bring a heavier, darker feminist gathering to NYC. No crunchy hippie shit, or flowery goddess stuff thanks. (Unless that goddess is Kali or Lillith and the flowers are dead.)

Kristen Sollee

This is a big question. Answer it however you want to best answer it. What needs to change in metal for women, feminism and sex.

KS: Whoah. That’s major. The more women involved in all aspects the better, and not just on the creative side. More female club owners, bookers, magazine editors, label heads. The means of production and distribution in female hands is key. As far as sex goes, it’d be nice if there was more of a mixing of sex positive ideals into the scene. Like it doesn’t have to be the feminists in the mosh pit dressed like dudes and the slutty girls in leather mini skirts who don’t give a shit about women’s rights stripping on the tables. That’s some huge generalizing, but I find it true in many instances that you get more respect intellectually the more masculinized your look is and the more un-sexual you seem. That goes for the world at large, too.

What’s your current life soundtrack?

KS: My copy of Gospel of the Witches’ Salem’s Wounds, which officially comes out on Century Media in March. I haven’t felt such a powerful draw to a band’s music or lyrics in a while. These songs speak to me so deeply about power, lust, spirituality and inhabiting a female body. And the music is such a perfect confluence of heaviness and ethereality and all around badassery.

I’m also always listening to Celtic Frost’s Cold Lake. Why does everyone hate on that record so much? It’s pure gutter bliss to me :D

Feminists in Art: Body Shame Via Pubes

These are quotes from three different artists talking about body shame, pubic hair, double standards and censorship.

Rhiannon Schneiderman

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4) Your photo series may come across as controversial to some—how has it been received so far?

That is definitely how it’s been received. I think that it made a lot of men and a lot of professors very uncomfortable. Some peers just wrote it off as “well, that’s Rhiannon,” a lot of them thought it was absolutely hilarious. I got a lot of high fives, mostly from women and especially from my female professors. My own gay community really embraced it. There was a guy who said, “you’re so beautiful, why would you do that? I don’t get it” – I didn’t slap him across the face but it did take a lot of effort on my part.

http://rhiannonschneiderman.tumblr.com/post/30142986814/since-the-interview-for-designtaxi-com-on-my-lady

Petra Colins

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Through this removal I really felt how strong of a distrust and hate we have towards female bodies. The deletion of my account felt like a physical act, like the public coming at me with a razor, sticking their finger down my throat, forcing me to cover up, forcing me to succumb to societies image of beauty. That these very real pressures we face everyday can turn into literal censorship.

http://oystermag.com/petra-collins-on-censorship-and-the-female-body

Kembra Pfahler

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“I made the movie called Sewing Circle at a time when I was experiencing a lot of body shame and I was experiencing in my growth as a human being a lot of controversy with other people’s feelings about, like, owning my very own body … people think that they own you, that they own your own body if they love you.

At the time I started doing a lot of extreme body stuff and it was ruining a lot of my personal relationships because everyone was getting so angry with me for like appearing topless in “Karen Black” or exhibiting myself in an extreme fashion and I was so angry about the unacceptance of the loved ones around me that I decided to reclaim my very own body and I sewed my vagina shut….

“…My mother got very angry with me and she asked me why I sewed my vagina shut and I was trying to imagine what it was like for a mother to have a daughter who does such extreme things to themselves, and I just told my mother that I was very upset.”

Kembra Pfahler

Still from “Sewing Circle” (Richard Kern).

Future Feminism just got instagram banned. ugh.

Also see: How Pubic Hair Became a Debate About Feminism

2014

NYC

Hudson County

New York City

I thought it was a great idea to put Fred in the least attractive part of his giant studio during a photoshoot for High Times. THIS one did NOT get used. haha
Fred Tomaseli

Fred + Polly
Fred Tomaseli

Nondor + Tim Dahl made me laugh-cry.
The BJ Rubin Show

Pimental killed it this year! Alekhines Gun at ABC No Rio.
Alekhines Gun

Alekhines Gun

Hivesmasher
Hivesmasher

Cats everywhere
Paws in snow

Candy
Candy

Hudson County

Superbowl party goths.
Oran + Master at superbowl

Dominika
Extreme Woman: Dominika

Hard Nips
Hard Nips

Yuan
Extreme Woman: Yuan Liu

My friends Corey & Mario hired me to follow them around on their wedding day. It was drunk and snowy!
Corey + Mario

Corey + Mario

I shot Joey Bada$$ for High Times.
Joey Badass

Angelica
Angelica Rodriguez

Saira
Saira Huff

Vampilia played at Death By Audio
Vampilia

Vampilia

Miriam let me take her picture.
Miriam Agwai

Polly
Extreme Woman: Polly Watson

Laina
Extreme Woman: Laina Dawes

I met Lonnie Quinn & assisted at CBS a few times. Thanks Chris!
Lonnie Quinn CBS

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I watched Tiger Flowers practice
Tiger Flowers practice

Tiger Flowers practice

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Tiger flowers at a bowling alley
Tiger Flowers

Tiger Flowers

I worked so hard this spring that my shoes ripped apart! I hulked my shoes!
broken shoes

Mick sat in a forest.
Mick in forest

Couch Slut
Couch Slut

Annie
Extreme Woman: Annie Buchald

Bastard Noise played another corporate festival
Bastard Noise

Shot a bunch of weddings
NYC Wedding

More Tiger Flowers
Tiger Flowers

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I went to Japan!!!!!!! Thanks a million to Yuko for putting up with us.
Tokyo-Japan

Tokyo-Japan

Tokyo-Japan

A fucking Canadian.
Aiden Tokyo-Japan

Vampilia

Osaka Japan

Day 6 Hokkaido

Day 6: Fukagawa Kindergarten

Hokkaido Japan

Group A, in Tokyo
Group A

This summer I learned that 4 year olds are smarter and more creative than we give them credit for. When it comes to writing rock-n-roll songs, age ain’t nothin’ but a numba.
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Band 7 - Collision

Band 3

Band 13

Psyopus

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Municipal Waste at St. Vitus
Municipal Waste

Municipal Waste

Maria came over and ate steak with us!
Josh + Maria

Asbury Park
Asbury Park

this is the wife of “I’m Gary”
Regan & Gary

One of my oldest friends tied the knot.
Diana + Andres

This is her youngest son, Dylan.
Dylan

More Tiger Flowers
Tiger Flowers

Tiger Flowers

Tiger Flowers

Hola Diana
Diana

Reunited with Kim
Extreme Woman: Kim Mercado

Tiger Flowers fever.
Tiger Flowers

Hi Castillo! Finally got to witness White Widows Pact.
White Widows Pact

White Widows Pact

Torrington, CT

Torrington, CT

Revisited Holy Land
Holy Land-Waterbury-CT

Holy Land-Waterbury-CT

Partied with Goats
Clover Nook Farms

and Alpacas!!!!
Alpacas

Yuan and Dominika on a rainy fall hike
Yuan + Dominika Palisades Park, NJ

Couch Slut at Vitus
Couch Slut

booty bumpin at the Krallice show
Krallice

These guys admitted to being the BESTEST OF FRIENDS EVER
Geryon

Some Norwegians played two nights straight at Vitus. And it was magical. Thank you Virus & Stefan.
Virus

Cellular Chaos played one of the 1 million last DBA shows.
Cellular Chaos

Dominika dancing during Child Abuse.
Child Abuse

I ate Pizza with Pete. This is my new favorite pie: capers, olives, red pepper flakes.
Pizza with Pete

And sushi with Ying.
Sushi with Ying

I went to LA for my birthday and sat in 110 degree pink salts all day.
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Shotgun Seamstress - Ooga Booga

Oldest played in a freight elevator at Ooga Booga
Oldest in a freight elevator

Vasquez Rocks, otherwise known as the site for Heavy Metal and Reflective, and the Flinstones (I <3 Rosie).
Vasquez Rocks

I got to hang out with Michelle for a short bit
Michelle Suarez

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Coyote at Griffith Park
Coyote Los Angeles

Zeiss / Observatory

Congratulations Steph & Anthony
Steph + Anthony

Adriane & Love!
Adriane Schramm and Love

Miss Nicholas Gorham
Nicholas Gorham

I finally got to see Enid Ellen live!
Enid Ellen and Greg Potter

Enid Ellen and Greg Potter

Saira Huff opened At The Edge of Time
Justina at Edge of Time

I shot more for High Times
UnderAchievers

Colin + Eliane went on a adventure with us
Colin + Eliane

my most listened to albums 0f 2014 released in 2014:
tiger flowers – dead hymns
austerity program – beyond calculation
sea of bones – the earth wants us dead
cormega – mega philosphy
rupaul – born naked

my most listened to albums 0f 2014 released before 2014:
type o negative – life is killing me
sun ra – discography
missy – discography
poison the well – discography

Shopping List: Books by Metalheads

Books by metalheads and punks that are not about music

‘Fancy Desserts’
Brooks Headley

I recently described this cookbook as “If you were to combine Joy of Cooking with Rollins’ Get In The Van and Rookie’s Yearbook, it might look something like this beautifully bound hard(core)cover.” It’s includes a bunch of savory dessert recipes with a bunch of tour stories (all connected to food, of course). I can’t get enough of this book. There are so many great recipes and tips for food prep.

buy it for foodies, failures, edge punks (and x-edgers), Italian grandmas
for fans of Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, Wrangler Brutes, Del Posto

‘Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion’
Elizabeth Cline

The one thing you will take from this: stop buying so much damn stuff. You don’t need it. We all buy too much stuff. We are all guilty. Just stop. From the history of fashion in New York to the massive piles of trashed clothes circling thrift stores, Elizabeth explores every way we can support more sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry.

buy it for environmentalists, fashionistas, human-rights activists
for fans of Mortals

‘Long Past Stopping’
Oran Canfield

Oran has lived more lives than all the Looney Tunes combined. It’s really hard to put this book down because you’re worried that at any moment Oran will drop dead. He literally joins a circus, drinks his first beers with cops in Mexico and sees Black Flag before making it to high school. After reading this book you will understand why his band is called Child Abuse, it’s autobiographical.

buy it for teenagers, eccentrics, addicts, self-helpers
for fans of Child Abuse, Chicken Soup For the Soul

‘Meat Is for Pussies’
John Joseph

Even though this book is directed at boneheaded men who think veganism is for the weak, I think anyone can get something out of it. If you’re worried that a plant-based diet might not provide enough protein for your fist-pumping muscles, John Joseph is here to dispel your miseducation of food.

disclaimer: i’m not a vegetarian. not even a pescetarian. but I now liberally use tumeric.

buy if for health nuts, carnivores, gym junkies
for fans of Cro-mags

Books by metalheads that ARE about music

I thank the gods of metal for these writers all the time.

Choosing Death by Albert Mudrian – It’s a classic. From Florida to Sweden, these stories are the foundation of Death Metal. Thank you Albert.

What Are You Doing Here by Laina DawesJohn Waters would describe Laina as an outsider’s outsider. She felt metal’s calling to her, she knew that there had to be other black women who felt the same passion for fast, aggressive music, and she FOUND those people.

The thing about black people is that we can be touched by anything because it seems as though we will never be able to satisfy anyone, so you might as well just be yourself. There is freedom in not following or adhering to the mold of what people expect you to be. You have to find what speaks to you.

— Laura Nicholls in What Are You Doing Here

Louder Than Hell by Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn – This is not just another oral history of metal. This IS it. The stories Katherine and Wiederhorn pulled out of these maniacs are unbelievable. There is no doubt that musicians trust them for their journalistic integrity.

Books by metalheads and punks that are all about the Pictures

Murder in the Front Row by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew – Thank god for Umlaut (http://haggisbuffet.blogspot.com/) and film. This book takes you backstage to all the 80’s Bay Area thrash shows you wish you were at.

Get Shot: A Visual Diary, 1985-2012 by Martin Sorrendeguy – Over 25 years worth of beautiful pictures, representing latinos, indigenous people and a little bit of Martin’s family life. Even if you’re not a Crudos fan (which, how could you NOT be?), this is a really precious visual diary.
[already out of print, but you can try to get it Used]

My Rules by Glen E. Friedman – Fuck yeah! All the classic GEF pics and a bunch of other photos you will not believe have never been published before. And The essays will break your motherfucking heart. So much love went into this book. It’s worth every penny.

on the to-do list:
‘The Loom of Ruin’Sam McPheeters
‘Fight’Eugene S. Robinson
Punk Planet’s collection of interviews: ‘We Owe You Nothing’
and for the jersey heads: ‘No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens’