Received my copy of Gothic Beauty magazine, issue # 33 two weeks ago. Reason being why I was looking forward to this particular copy of this publication was due to a certain article. Gothic Beauty was reviewing an L.A. exhibit, “Necessary Discomforts” based on the life of Christian Death vocalist Rozz Williams. To tell you the truth, I was only hoping for a small name mention alongside the other artists showing their work.
Imagine my surprise when I opened up the issue to discover this:
As it turns out, a black and white photo had been taken of my Rozz portrait, but Gothic Beauty forgot to give me credit. I’m sure it was an accident, but just in case, I sent an email to the editor. Here’s a photo of the original piece, mediums watercolor and ink:
Still, it felt odd. Here was a subculture I’d been involved with on and off since I was a teenager. At age 15 I was (barely) attending high school as a Siouxsie Sioux clone. Back in the ’80s, I used to purchase Propaganda magazine with my allowance. This subculture has been an influence, along with others when it came to my artwork. So in a way, it felt as if I had come full circle having a piece I’d created in Gothic Beauty. Validation in a way I suppose.