Summer, by Caroline Watson.

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“What I really resent most about people sticking labels on you is that it cuts off all the other elements of what you are because it can only deal with black and white; the cartoon.”
One woman it is impossible to stick a label on is the formidable English singer-songwriter Siouxsie Sioux, best known as the front woman of Siouxsie and the Banshees.
There are many women in music’s history who have exuded power and strength but none quite like Siouxsie Sioux.
Her appearance, vocal talent, and performances are unique and inspiring – her voice is as instantly recognizable and individual as her extravagant hair and make-up.  Her distinctive appearance reflects her confident, and inspiring attitude as someone who is fully aware, and fully accepting of who she is ignoring any and all boundaries and limitations that may come her way.
Siouxsie has achieved a long, and successful career that still sees her performing as a solo artist today – she continues to inspire and influence hundreds of artists in the industry because there is no one else that sounds, or looks, quite like her. She is the very definition of an individual.
With her unconventional beauty, inspiring attitude, and unique music that will take your breath away Siouxsie Sioux is someone who we can all learn a lot from whether it’s learning to embrace our true self, or strive to achieve the very best we can be.
Siouxsie Sioux, I salute you. 
- Christie 

“What I really resent most about people sticking labels on you is that it cuts off all the other elements of what you are because it can only deal with black and white; the cartoon.”

One woman it is impossible to stick a label on is the formidable English singer-songwriter Siouxsie Sioux, best known as the front woman of Siouxsie and the Banshees.

There are many women in music’s history who have exuded power and strength but none quite like Siouxsie Sioux.

Her appearance, vocal talent, and performances are unique and inspiring – her voice is as instantly recognizable and individual as her extravagant hair and make-up.  Her distinctive appearance reflects her confident, and inspiring attitude as someone who is fully aware, and fully accepting of who she is ignoring any and all boundaries and limitations that may come her way.

Siouxsie has achieved a long, and successful career that still sees her performing as a solo artist today – she continues to inspire and influence hundreds of artists in the industry because there is no one else that sounds, or looks, quite like her. She is the very definition of an individual.

With her unconventional beauty, inspiring attitude, and unique music that will take your breath away Siouxsie Sioux is someone who we can all learn a lot from whether it’s learning to embrace our true self, or strive to achieve the very best we can be.

Siouxsie Sioux, I salute you. 

- Christie 

Hi! I’m Kieran and I currently live in Newtown, Sydney. I love punk and metal music as well as their aesthetics, and I find physics fascinating. I studied a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, my first major was Film Studies and my favourite film is “A Clockwork Orange”. My second major was Japanese.
日本語を話す人々が、私にメッセージを送ってください!!私は練習をしたい。
I’ve also been training in karate since I was about 12 and regularly compete. In fact, I’ll be representing Australia in Japan in July - wish me luck!
 
I’ll be writing about personal development, which I’ve been interested in for a long time but started delving deep into in 2010, and late that year I started my blog. In 2011 I took some private courses and started my own life coaching business, but due to other commitments both of those projects have been on hiatus for a while. I’m very happy to be writing again and excited to be contributing to Damned Mag!

Hi! I’m Kieran and I currently live in Newtown, Sydney. I love punk and metal music as well as their aesthetics, and I find physics fascinating. I studied a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University, my first major was Film Studies and my favourite film is “A Clockwork Orange”. My second major was Japanese.

日本語を話す人々が、私にメッセージを送ってください!!私は練習をしたい。

I’ve also been training in karate since I was about 12 and regularly compete. In fact, I’ll be representing Australia in Japan in July - wish me luck!

 

I’ll be writing about personal development, which I’ve been interested in for a long time but started delving deep into in 2010, and late that year I started my blog. In 2011 I took some private courses and started my own life coaching business, but due to other commitments both of those projects have been on hiatus for a while. I’m very happy to be writing again and excited to be contributing to Damned Mag!

Serious Self Love

It’s that feeling you get deep down within your gut. You clench your stomach holding so tight that you feel like your flaws are going to burst away from your body. You feel as if you are a tiny creature, a bug, trapped in a huge web. Everyone stands around you, their eyes following you as if they were the spiders and you were trapped in their web. Watching, listening, waiting. I sat in my seat with my cute head looking down to my legs hoping that when I looked up they would all go away. The voices and the staring began to get to me and that’s when I snapped. I crawled into my shell never to return… until now.

A lot of us know what is is like to have that feeling. You become anxious thinking that everyone is judging because you are simply either “fat”, “thin” or “weird”. They taunt you in the school ground every moment that they get until you either leave and hide or until you simply prove them wrong. Today in society that is exactly what every young (and old) men and women need to do. You need to prove them wrong!
We’ve all heard the stories from each generation of the different insults that broke each and every one of those beautiful souls to pieces but it is becoming much easier to stand up and say three simple words. I am bold, fierceand beautiful!

Believe it yourself with a five simple steps to love yourself and prove to each and every one of those bullies that you are perfect in every possible way that you can be.

1. The mirror will no longer be your worst enemy!
It is easy to wake up in the morning, have breakfast with a coffee or cup of tea, have a shower and walk out the door. Most of us either look into the mirror and say “great, another day in hell looking like a piece of shit” or don’t look in the mirror at all in fear. This will no longer happen!
By simply writing on a piece of paper (or a few if you believe it can be possible) things to help you believe in yourself. Writing things such as “I am beautiful”, “I can be the best”, “I am fierce in these sexy clothes today” and “I am such a hunky spunky man/woman” can easily brighten your day and even put a smile on your dial. Sure, it seems crazy and just plain absurd however when you stand in front of the mirror and say loudly “I AM BEAUTIFUL” you create a positive energy within yourself and carry that into society and into the public!

2. Place yourself into positive situations that help lift your mood.
For those who are bullied for being either “too fat” or “too thin” for societies standards and those who are bullied for “wearing clothes that are outdated/not in fashion/make you look crazy”, going shopping can be a bit daunting. Why not find a class in your area for a low cost of $10 that will lift your spirit. Yoga allows someone to relax, focus on breathing and list the positive energy around them. Zumba classes are also a fun way to feel better about life choices so put on those cute little pink or blue converse shoes, dress up like you’re from FAME and get kicking. It is great for both men and women of all ages!

3. Give yourself “me time”.
Sometimes it is nice to rug up on the lounge or in bed in a warm blanket with a hot chocolate/coffee/tea and just watch a movie you have longed to watch/haven’t seen in ages or watch your favourite cartoon show that makes you giggle. Don’t bother with The Notebook or A Walk to Remember regardless of how much you adore the movies, if they make you cry they are a no no! Just let yourself laugh until you can’t stop laughing any more.

Or why not make “me time” into “us time”
by inviting over a few friends or your best friend to watch a few movies. If you are feeling self conscious grab the yummy fruits and treat yourself to a slight dip of melted chocolate. YUM! 

 4. GIRLS! Every once in a while doll yourself up!
There is no harm in putting on a bit of mascara, blush and lipstick (or a heap) to make yourself feel more lovely if you feel the need to wear it. If you put that make up on and you feel on top of the world, then you are on top of the world! Be as crazy or as simple as you wish until you feel like you are glowing!

The last and final step -
5. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE YOU AND YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
There will always be somebody who is jealous of an aspect of your body or clothing choice. You are bold, fierceand beautiful; you just need to walk into the direction that allows you to believe it! 

Thankyou so much to DAMNED’s newest contributor, Timmie.

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I never stopped loving you, neon art by Tracy Emin.
Displayed at GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Brisbane, Queensland.
- Laura

I never stopped loving you, neon art by Tracy Emin.

Displayed at GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Brisbane, Queensland.

Laura

Victoria Park, Hackney, by Caroline Watson.

(Source: damnedmag)

Introducing: The Guppies!

The Guppies are a local band hailing from Newcastle that has just begun their break into the Australian music scene. They combine guitar, vocals, drums and bass to create an individual sound that even Rex Hunt wouldn’t throw back. The band, which started a matter of seconds ago, in the depths of your local suburban garage device are influenced by artists such as The Vaccines, The Libertines, Wavves and perhaps a whiff of petrol fumes from the trusty family Volvo. The Guppies’ sound is very reminiscent of sneaking out at 2am, the angst of being a teenager and the warmth of Grandpa’s favourite loafers.

With great reviews from both Triple J hosts and Chris Cheney from The Living End, the band seem set to do great things in the future with an awesome combination of talent and passion.

Hope you like these few words I had with Lachlan Morris (Guitar + Vox) and Angus Geraghty (Drums)!

For the readers, describe your own music style in a sentence.
Angus: The Guppies sound is a low fi style of indie rock, drenched in nostalgia and teenage angst.
Lachlan: Buddy Holly meets The Misfits.

You had a big and really successfully year for 2011, what are your plans and anticipations for 2012 and the future with the Guppies or otherwise?
A: For me on a personal level, getting through the HSC with a reasonably good ATAR is my priority. As for the guppies, Lachlan and our manager are steering us in the right direction in terms of playing plenty of shows and getting noticed.
L: Release some new rhapsodies and gig as much as we can!

As musicians, who is the band/artist that you would most want to see perform?
A: I would love to see the vaccines. I was way too messy to see them at the big day out; I can’t believe I missed them! But they are definitely a band that I would be keen to see live. Also cant wait for the Kaiser chiefs at Groovin’ the Moo this year!
L: I just really like watching rock n’ roll trio’s perform. To see how they pull off their sound live.

What is the most valuable/best part of being a musician in your opinion?
A: Seeing one person who I have never met before singing the words perfectly to one of our songs was one of the best things I have ever seen.
L: You can write a song about something depressive and people can still be getting buck to it, that’s rad.

Listening to right now?
A: Bavarian number 1 by Miike Snow - what a banger!
L: Brooklyn by Theo Katzman. Such a feel-good east coast jam. They say he is the next Mayer.

Over the past few days Alexa Chung has sparked a lot of controversy and media attention with a photograph she posted on her Instagram of herself and her mother. She is wearing shorts so you can see her skinny legs, but all of a sudden fans are accusing her of purposely being a ‘thinspo’ role model. She responded to the nasty accusations by saying:
“Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I’m not actively trying to be thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private.”
I feel sorry for her, I really do. All she was doing was posting a picture of herself and her mother, how innocent is that? And as you can see from photos prior to this ‘controversial’ one, she has been that slim for a long time now. Then there is her style which is, in my opinion, impeccable. She always manages to pull off anything and begin new trends. Her It-Girl status was definitely well earned, and it shouldn’t be destroyed on account of some school girls complaining about her appearance. My sister is very skinny; weighing about 40kg and being rather tall often leads to her being called anorexic, which is ridiculously unfair and false. She absolutely loathes being called ‘too thin’, and to be honest I have never seen anyone eat as much food as she does.
Chung has been accused of being too skinny for quite some time, but it seems this has pushed her to a limit. She has made a private Twitter account, and made her Instagram private. She is admired for her style, and as she said,
“I don’t want to be admired for being thin as opposed for being dressed well - and I don’t want the two to get confused.”
She clearly isn’t actively promoting the ‘thinspo’ craze, and good on her. We don’t know her private life, she says that she is naturally that slender, so we cannot be the people to tell her otherwise. Is it okay to call someone too thin or anorexic but not okay to call someone too fat or overweight? That just infuriates me because people think it is okay to say that someone is too skinny, but that only curvy women are real women. Its the double standard in weight terms. What is that? Real women? As far as I am concerned you’re a real woman if you consider yourself one. How does weight determine how much of a woman you are? Who gives a shit how much you weigh? Well, the whole world apparently.
 - Daisy Grant

Over the past few days Alexa Chung has sparked a lot of controversy and media attention with a photograph she posted on her Instagram of herself and her mother. She is wearing shorts so you can see her skinny legs, but all of a sudden fans are accusing her of purposely being a ‘thinspo’ role model. She responded to the nasty accusations by saying:

“Ok everyone thanks for the teen angst discussions. People are different sizes. I’m not actively trying to be thinspo for anyone. I am now making this acct private.”

I feel sorry for her, I really do. All she was doing was posting a picture of herself and her mother, how innocent is that? And as you can see from photos prior to this ‘controversial’ one, she has been that slim for a long time now. Then there is her style which is, in my opinion, impeccable. She always manages to pull off anything and begin new trends. Her It-Girl status was definitely well earned, and it shouldn’t be destroyed on account of some school girls complaining about her appearance. My sister is very skinny; weighing about 40kg and being rather tall often leads to her being called anorexic, which is ridiculously unfair and false. She absolutely loathes being called ‘too thin’, and to be honest I have never seen anyone eat as much food as she does.

Chung has been accused of being too skinny for quite some time, but it seems this has pushed her to a limit. She has made a private Twitter account, and made her Instagram private. She is admired for her style, and as she said,

“I don’t want to be admired for being thin as opposed for being dressed well - and I don’t want the two to get confused.”

She clearly isn’t actively promoting the ‘thinspo’ craze, and good on her. We don’t know her private life, she says that she is naturally that slender, so we cannot be the people to tell her otherwise. Is it okay to call someone too thin or anorexic but not okay to call someone too fat or overweight? That just infuriates me because people think it is okay to say that someone is too skinny, but that only curvy women are real women. Its the double standard in weight terms. What is that? Real women? As far as I am concerned you’re a real woman if you consider yourself one. How does weight determine how much of a woman you are? Who gives a shit how much you weigh? Well, the whole world apparently.

 - Daisy Grant

LIFE IS SHORT, AND OTHER CLICHÉS WE NEED TO LISTEN TO.

You’ve probably heard all the tired cliches about how you need to live life to the fullest, how life is short, and even the old “life is what you make it”. How many times does that four letter word need to crop up in dozens of overused sentences until our ears bleed? How many times do our parents need to keep telling us these things before we completely disregard their important little life lessons and start throwing our own lives away?


I never thought the day would come when I had to look at photos of my father with no teeth and a tube through his stomach for food. Nobody ever expects that.
My Dad is dying of throat cancer. Due to his chemotherapy, he needs to have all his teeth removed and a tube in his stomach so he can eat. He’s having another dose of chemotherapy, but the doctors have told him that it’s not working.
Now I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m not looking for heartfelt messages in my ask box telling me it’s going to be OK. I just want to take this opportunity to tell everyone that those little over used cliches I mentioned earlier need to be taken notice of.


A year goes by at the click of a finger, another two months go past at the blink of an eye. You never know when tragedy is going to strike, when your heart is going to break and when you need to pick up the pieces and move on. 
Because you know what? The cliches are cliches for a reason. It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. It is better to live each moment like it’s your last. 
I was terrified of entering into a new relationship after I’d had my heart broken twice. It was scary and overwhelming, but now I realise it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Me and my boyfriend have been together almost a year and a half, still going strong.


I also took the other risk of taking the first steps to rebuild the rocky relationship I had with my father. It’s a really tough time for myself and everyone involved, but now I know I did the right thing.


So take it from me. Live life to the fullest. Tell that person how you feel, kiss them on the lips and let your knees go weak. Do that extra shot of tequila, wear stockings instead of tights, get on the back of that motorcycle. Say yes to everything, splurge on that thing you really want, dive into the pizza and don’t give a single fuck about the calories. Sing at the top of your lungs when you’re not in the shower, put your heart and soul into everything. Swallow your pride and say sorry. Don’t be afraid.


And most importantly, tell your friends and family you love them. Every day. It will be the best thing you ever do.

Carly Watts.