Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sinical #14 (3 Year Anniversary issue) featuring Masuimi Max

Photo by Morat 666.


Sinical #14:

Featuring a new and exclusive interview and 10-page pictorial with Masuimi Max.

Also featuring Morat 666 Photography, Dominique D'Vita, Ingela, Amanda Demon, Black Amanda, Tony MarquezMonochrome Set Photography, a new column by Jones Grey with Altar Ego Design by Lauren Miller, comic art by Scott Tauser, and more.

8.25" x 10.75." 44 pages. Perfect-bound.

Sinical #14: $15.00 + shipping.



Photo Assignment: "Dita's Burlesque: Strip, Strip, Hooray!"


From Sinical Magazine #13 Introduction -

I first noticed Dita Von Teese in 1997 when I saw her in magazines Marquis and Leg Show, and Green Day's "Redundant" music video. I started co-producing fetish events in the early 2000's. In 2003 we booked Dita to headline an event in Houston at a venue called The Mansion. Dita was great and performed two burlesque routines. The event was a success and we had a great attendance. I started doing fetish photography seriously in 2003 and my work was published in magazines such as Marquis and Skin Two Magazine. Eventually the desire to start my own magazine began to formulate. It would take 8 years for Sinical to come together with the first issue being published in the Spring of 2011. It has always been a main goal to feature Dita in Sinical. I'm honored that she took the time do an interview and graced the cover of our 13th issue.


After the publication of issue #13 of Sinical, I was given the opportunity by Dita's publicist/management to photograph Dita's "Burlesque: Strip, Strip, Hooray!" shows in Houston (at the House of Blues) and to photograph Dita meeting her fans after the two shows. 


The show was amazing. It was 90 minutes and featured 4 performances/set-pieces by Dita: The Martini Glass, Rhinestone Cowgirl, The Bird of Paradise, and The Opium Den. The M.C. was the very entertaining Murray Hill. Some of the other performers were Catherine D'Lish, Dirty Martini, Perle Noire, Romeo, and one of the stars of Crazy Horse Paris: Lada. I was very impressed with the show. After getting some concert shooting advice from fellow photographers Evan Smith, Darkhouse Image, and Damian Hevia, I decided to photograph the show in Manual mode and shot at an ISO of 1600-2200, an aperture of f2.8-f3.2, and a shutter speed of 1/125th - 1/160th. If I could go back and shoot the show again, I would have used a focal length of 50mm instead of 75mm. I didn't realize how close I would be to the stage.


I knew there wasn't going to be much time or space to set up lightstands and umbrellas, so I went with one Nikon SB-600 speedlight that was off camera but still attached to the camera with a Nikon SC-28 sync cord. I set the camera to TTL mode. I used Gary Fong's Lightsphere Cloud modifier. This modifier wouldn't be my normal go to light modifier, but it worked for me in this tight situation. I used an ISO of 800 and set the camera to Program mode. I quickly photographed 30+ people in about 30 minutes on both nights.

Dita said to me she thought Sinical Magazine "looks great." Her approval means a lot!

Dita has mentioned in interviews that she plans to be semi-retired in 2015 and that this would be the last time she will be coming to these cities. She has three more stops left on her Southern US Spring 2014 Tour: Ft Lauderdale, FL on April 10th-11th, and Atlanta on April 13th.

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Special thanks to Jasmine Vega.

~ Danny Stygion





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Elle Pax Interview

Photo : Laurentiu TD
Post-Production : Mihaela Voicu Photography
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Elle Pax is a Bergen, Norway-based model. 


Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Elle Pax: I was born on September 27 under the sign of Libra in Transylvania (Romania), the land of Dracula. More than a year ago I moved to Norway. I'm currently living in Bergen.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Elle Pax: An old friend of mine who's also a photographer happened to take some pictures of me and I loved the result. Though I fancied the idea of probably becoming a model since I was a teenager.


Photography and editing: Mihaela Voicu Photography

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Elle Pax: During my teenage years I came across a website called "vampirefreaks" and the inspiration came from there. I was inspired by the Nocturnal Agency models and I actually thought how would it be like to be one of them, fortunately for me 7 years later I found out.. Magazine-wise: I surely read and peeked through a lot of fashion ones like Elle and Vogue which blew my mind, but one in particular was Dark Spy which was very hard to get unless you had friends or relatives in Germany.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

Elle Pax: A model with a good personality. I think it's difficult to categorize it because every model has something unique about herself that makes her stand out from the others. I believe it's a matter of taste and perspective.



Sinical Magazine: From a model's perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Elle Pax: The passion and dedication of everyone involved in creating the picture, and the skills of course.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Elle Pax: My measurements are 84cm-65cm-98cm (33"-26"- 39").

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Elle Pax: My shoe size is US 7,5/UK 6,5 and European 40.


Photography: Tore Alvheim Foto


Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Elle Pax: I love high heels, gloves, jackets (especially the ones made out of leather) and also stockings. I like the elegance in darkness, black silk & lace dresses, anything elegant and feminine with a touch of gothic. Unique jewellery.

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Elle Pax: I listen to a lot of music and it really depends on my mood.The types of music I enjoy can go from Gothic metal, batcave, progressive metal to 80's rock ballads.


Photography and Edit :Mihaela Voicu


Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what do you do for fun?


Elle Pax: I enjoy cooking and eating delicious food, riding my bicycle and mostly doing makeup. Getting inspired from other artists, reading and listening to music.


Sinical Magazine: What's up next for you?


Elle Pax: I plan on doing a lot of photo shoots this year, to collaborate with more unique jewellery shops and not only. I am really hoping for a vacation somewhere exotic and to travel the country more. 


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Exclusive: Dita Von Teese Interview

Photo by Penny Lane.


Dita Von Teese was gracious enough to take time to do an interview with Sinical Magazine about her upcoming Spring Southern 2014 Tour and her lingerie line. Dita’s lingerie collection is now available at select Bloomingdale’s stores and Special thanks to Jasmine Vega.

1000 Limited Edition Numbered print copies of Sinical #13 are available here


Danny Stygion: How has the burlesque scene evolved for you since you started performing in the early nineties?

Dita Von Teese: My first shows were in strip clubs mostly. Of course they weren’t on the same production level that they are now, but my very first shows were done at strip clubs and also fetish clubs too. One of the most notable evolutions of my career has been the fanbase has shifted from a predominantly male audience in the underground scene to a predominately female audience. People have shifted from the kinds of people who want to see a show like this. So it’s really interesting for me personally to have seen the various shifts that have happened over the years in my career.

Danny Stygion: What inspired some of the routines in your current show?

Dita Von Teese: I’m inspired a lot by vintage-style burlesque, obviously. When I first started making shows there was no internet or anything for me to google burlesque shows, so I got a lot of inspiration from old movies that depicted burlesque or even musicals from the nineteen forties. I was very interested in turning those kinds of moments and movie moments from the forties into striptease moments. And a lot of time I would read about different burlesque acts and different performer’s biographies or books about burlesque scenes in the thirties and forties and I would try and interpret what I was reading or find inspiration from photos, and now I think I’ve kind of developed my own brand of burlesque. I’m inspired by a lot of things that I read or things that I see in movies or even by my own personal fantasies of what kind of burlesque show I would like to see, or some kind of way to evolve a burlesque show into something more modern and something I haven’t seen on a stage before.


Photo by Kaylin Idora.


Danny Stygion: Was there specific performers that inspired you in the beginning?

Dita Von Teese: Yeah, I was really inspired by Sally Rand and my first act was a feather fan dance, so I recreated that. And of course Gypsy Rose Lee. I would get my hands on a VHS tape of Sally Rand’s feather fan dance or I would watch Gypsy and get inspiration from her. So those are probably my two main inspirations. And Lili St. Cyr. I did a bathtub act in the very beginning too, so I was really inspired by her.

Danny Stygion: Some of your routines are very elaborate such as your “Opium Den” act. What is your process like when developing a routine?

Dita Von Teese: I usually work a lot with my friend Catherine D’Lish who is also in the “Strip, Strip, Hooray” show. We first like to talk a lot about different ideas and different things until an idea comes along that might actually work, because it is a big undertaking. The level that I create shows now is expensive and extravagant and I have to be pretty sure about a show before I start making one. It usually starts with the costumes. That’s what takes the longest. And the props. And as things evolve there are usually obstacles to overcome and every show has its own issues. Some of the shows like the “Opium Den” took about three years to make really because music was an issue. I had specific music I wanted to go with it, and I would sort of get stumped on what to do for certain parts of the show. And the costumes were some of the most extravgant. It took quite a long time to make.


Photo by Jennifer Mitchell.

Danny Stygion: Your show is returning to Texas and other cities along the South. Is there anything different about this particular show?

Dita Von Teese: Yes, there’s a couple new numbers. I have a new number in it. There’s one of my acts called the “Bird of Paradise” act, and I kind of redid that whole number. It wasn’t easy to put it in the show. It’s quite a complicated show with a big complicated set. It took quite a bit of work on the side of production to manage to get that show in the act and lineup. I also have one of those iconic acts from the Crazy Horse in Paris. One of the legendary stars of the show. So I have that act in “Strip, Strip, Hooray” this time. And it’s the only time ever in the history of the Crazy Horse that act has been allowed to be put into another show, so I’m very proud of that fact. That show will definitely never be in Texas any other time. It is a very rare moment to see a glimpse of what the Crazy Horse Paris is about. I’m very proud to have that.

Danny Stygion: What can people who are seeing your show for the first time expect?

Dita Von Teese: If you don’t know what burlesque is, burlesque is a big movement that has been happening over the course of the past twentyyears. It’s striptease done in a classic manner like it was done in the nineteen thirties and forties but of course it has evolved. It is a ninety minute show. It is a broadway-style production with broadway type productions values. It is ninety minutes of the very burlesque performers from all over the world. There’s a lot of comedy involved. You will find that there is a lot of woman that go. Our audience is predominantly female which is an interesting aspect. The reason for that I think is that women are embracing burlesque in a completely different way then ever before. I think a lot of women are interested and enjoy seeing an alternative and diverse kind of beauty and glamour.

Photo by Jennifer Mitchell.

Danny Stygion: You have collaborated with Bloomingdale’s on a line of lingerie. Can you talk about this collection and your fascination with lingerie?

Dita Von Teese: I started working in a lingerie store when I was fifteen. It is one of the things that sparked my career as a burlesque performer in the early nineties. And I started working on the lingerie line four years ago and it has been available all over the world, but this is the first time we’ve launched it in a major department store here in the United States.

Danny Stygion: What advice do you have for aspiring performers and models?

Dita Von Teese: I usually try to tell them not to just recreate what they see, but to really embrace their own personality and learn about the spirit and history of burlesque and figure out ways they can do something new in burlesque and being a forward thinker in burlesque is really what it’s about now, and that notion of it. When you see a show like “Strip, Strip, Hooray “ you’ll see so many different kinds of burlesque performances. It’s not just one kind. It’s not just my brand of burlesque. There’s a lot of people who are really tapping into their own character and their own personality. We are really changing what burlesque is about. It’s really exciting when you can kind of not just be creating a show set in a certain era, but really understanding why and what it is that people love about seeing a burlesque show.


Photo by Penny Lane.


Danny Stygion: Do you have any other upcoming projects or products you would like to mention?

Dita Von Teese: My lingerie line is really my main focus and I also have four perfumes that are available on the internet mostly. I will also have my perfume available at the “Strip, Strip, Hooray” show to purchase and lot of other little items too. The lingerie is really my biggest focus right now.

Danny Stygion: Thank for you doing the interview. I’m looking forward to the show.

Dita Von Teese: Thank you so much. 


Photo by Scott Harrison.

Burlesque: Strip, Strip, Hooray!

Ticket price: General Admission $35
* VIP seating, Tables, VIP Meet & Greet Experience and other ticket types available on

Dallas, TX. April 1 & 2, 2014
House of Blues
2200 N Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 978-2583

Houston, TX. April 4 & 5, 2014
House of Blues
1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002
(888) 402-5837

New Orleans, LA. April 7 & 8, 2014
House of Blues
225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 310-4999

Ft. Lauderdale, FL. April 10 & 11, 2014
Revolution Live
100 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 449-1025

Atlanta, GA. April 13, 2014
152 Luckie St, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 659-9022

More information on tickets and shows may be obtained by visiting


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Ophelia Overdose Interview

Stefan Gesell (Photographer).


This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical Europe 2014. Limited edition of 100 numbered copies. Order a copy here.

Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Ophelia Overdose: I was born in Germany 24 years ago and it’s still the country that I call my home when I am not traveling. Even though it’s great to live there it’s just so exciting to broaden my horizon by seeing new places and meeting people from all over the world.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Ophelia Overdose: I started modeling for fun at the age of 18 or 19 after a few photographers approached me on the street. My clothing style was very extreme at that time so it happened that I got shooting requests by both professionals and photography students every month. I’ve always been pretty interested in art, so for that reason I decided to do give it a try. At first I was not convinced, but after I organized my own photo shoots instead of modeling for somebody else’s vision, my passion was awakened.


Moritz Maibaum (Photographer). 
Royal Black (Wardrobe).
Posh Fairytale (Headdress).

Sinical Magazine: What made you want to become a model? What inspired you?

Ophelia Overdose: Well, I’ve never really seen myself as a model or performer before I got into all of that but artistic entertainment has always been a great influence to my creative projects. From my early teens I loved going to theaters, musical shows and the circus. Other artists work are always a great source of inspirations too. From paintings, to music, to everyday influences like going to a hardware store... (yes, I know hardware stores inside out. In the end, it just happened before I could even say that I wanted to become a model, I kind of already became one.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

Ophelia Overdose: The fact is, it’s pretty difficult for me to talk about myself that way because it’s not my nature. But people say that they like the variety of looks that I can create. They like the cute girl, the diva and avant-garde lady and all the other characters. Even though all the costumes, sets and stylings are so different from each other, I still have my signature look, and people seem to like it.


Moritz Maibaum (Photographer). 
Royal Black (Wardrobe).
Posh Fairytale (Headdress).


Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of your job?

Ophelia Overdose: From a models perspective it’s definitely the most important thing to stay professional. Even if you are not in the best mood because no ones life is perfect it’s important to amaze every single person on set. In general it’s hard for me to answer this question as I am usually the model, make-up artist, hair stylist, wardrobe stylist/designer and art direction in one person. It basically means that I carry the responsibility and I know that people trust in me. That’s fantastic because I just love my job and it’s great when people want to have me around. Therefore the most important aspect is that there is a lot of love and passion involved.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Ophelia Overdose: My measurements are 85cm - 59cm - 90cm (which is 33,5’’ - 23,5’’ - 35,5’’)


Moritz Maibaum (Photographer). 
Royal Black (Wardrobe).
Posh Fairytale (Headdress).


Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Ophelia Overdose: My shoe size is US 7.5 / UK 5 and European 38.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your preferences and why?

Ophelia Overdose: Well, for a photoshoot it’s usually the more extreme the better. I love the craziest haute couture dresses and I love extremely creative wearable art. Materials doesn’t matter but it needs to be something really inspiring to me. In private life I love vintage clothing mixed with fashion that I’ve made myself or that I bought while traveling. I am such a sucker for XXL necklaces and flowery headbands.


Klaus Prockl (Photographer).

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Ophelia Overdose: Various. Really depends how I feel and what time it is. 50’s in the morning, pop or alternative music during the day and dance or electronic music at night.

Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

Ophelia Overdose: We’ve got quite a lot of parties and unique events around. It’s all about having fun, dancing and dressing up. There is always a chance to get to know new people if you want to.

Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what else do you like to do for fun?

Ophelia Overdose: I love to meet up with friends in restaurants, bars or the cinema. Cocktail bars and Italian gourmet restaurants are my favorites. Moreover I am a passionate cook myself. Vegetarian, vegan and raw food recipes are what I do best. Christmas is so close that I enjoy visiting a Christmas market for some glogg and candy with my beloved ones. In case this is just a European tradition you should look up for ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ on google. Pictures speak more than a thousand words.

Sinical Magazine: What’s up next for you?

Ophelia Overdose: I just got back from traveling Europe and North America. Therefore I am going to take care of my wig, costume and corset collection besides modeling. The merchandising section in my shop ( got a lot new arrivals like posters, greeting cards and such. I am also promoting my 2014 calendar while preparing upcoming projects that I have to keep under wraps. I update my blog regularly and talk about all the things exciting and new.

Instagram: @ophelia_overdose

Twitter: @miss_overdose


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