Meet the Models behind our Winter 2017 Lookbook

Last month, we teamed up with photographer Hilary Sander and hair/makeup stylist Sarah Collins to create our Winter 2017 Lookbook which you can see in Perennial, our online zine.

In the meantime, we want you to meet our models - V, Xitlalli, and Kue.  They are three badass, beautiful on-the inside-and-out, creative women. We're so honored to work with them on the lookbook because it gave us the opportunity to get to know them more. Spoiler alert: They all lead independent inspiring lives and pretty much solidified our girl crush. So without further ado...


Meet V

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I've been drawing and painting nonstop since I was about 13. I grew up half time in the woods of northern California where drawing was the one thing I could do to distract myself from being an awkward teen in a weird world. The other half was spent in San Francisco where I was exposed to amazing art and tons of inspiration from every direction. My art and life has grown since then to try and find the space in between those two places.  I went to art college in SF but left to move to Portland. I work full time now at an art supply store and make art in all of my spare time. Its a compulsion at this point and I don't think i can ever stop.

How did you transition from illustration to tattooing?

Tattooing came somewhat naturally to me but it's been a slow long road. I'm mostly self taught. I started teaching myself in college when I wanted tattoos but had no money to do so.  Since it's been picking up tips and tricks here and there from other professionals and finding how my style works for the medium. I did work in a shop for about 6 months but it was an unfulfilling experience. I now work at a private studio, tattooing how and when I want. It's nice. I don't know if its a career path I'll explore fully. It's just another artistic medium I've liked exploring

Your friends are visiting Portland - where do you take them?

Powell's. Always first. I'll try to take them to art openings, last or first Thursdays are usually fun. Forest Park, Sauvie's or Multnomah Falls are others. There's so much beautiful nature in and around Portland that I love to show off .

What are your next steps?

I'm really trying to kick my butt in gear to make art happen full time. I'm figuring out what sort of things sell, how to produce multiples of smaller items: jewelry, pins, patches, stickers, prints. I'm not at a level yet where I'm selling originals enough to live off of. But I'm getting there. And really I'm just always trying to grow as an artist. Every day and with every piece, I want my work to get stronger and more refined.


Meet Xitlalli

Tell us a little bit yourself.
Wow, where do I even begin with a question like that ha. I think i’m just going to copy what my
tinder profile says haha, well...most of it.
- my name is Xitlalli (sea.tla.lee). It’s nahuatl for star
- xicana, bruja xingona
- fuck ICE and the poLICE
- I watch an exorbitant amount of tv ( thanks to the invention of streaming, and the need for escapism because political fuckery)
- 2017 goal: want to start a band (this hasn’t happened yet, might also be a 2018 goal)
- if waiting for a Hogwarts letter as an adult is wrong, then I don't wanna be right
- white ppl with dreads swipe left!!
- 3 hens/2cats/1 dog
- Gemini. Sagittarius rising. Libra moon. Ravendor. E/INFJ

Who do you consider your greatest inspiration?
I have so many inspirations, from Gloria Anzaldua and Rigoberta Menchu to Che Guevara and my abuelita. But I will say the womxn who has helped shaped me since I read her autobiography at 8 is Frida Kahlo. She is so unapologetically herself. She made me feel empowered about my body hair. She was the first feminist, sexually fluid person I “knew”. And since I didn’t have a mother growing up, she was my spirit mama, who guided me through womxnhood.

What issue(s) are you most passionate about?
Another nearly impossible question to narrow down ha. I’m most passionate about social & environmental equity. As well as ritual. Meaning living life as a ritual. Waking up, taking the first sips of (insert warm beverage here), bathing, etc. This is the way my
ancestors lived, and it is an issue that I have been forcibly removed from this knowing, as well as many others.

What are your next steps?
I’m currently taking a year off from social justice work, and a 9-5 job in general, and focusing on my health. Last year I became really sick, and I’ve been forced to reassess my life. Right now I’m really focused on creating. Whether that means art, writing, community, or food. I want to just spend my time creating. Hit me up if you want to collab.


Meet Kue

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Sarah Kue aka “Kue. My brain gets restless really easily, which has resulted in me living a life of pure creation.

What is the first thing you want people to know about you?

My main skill set lies between audio & visual arts. I’ve made/played music my whole life, and it’s my number one love, aside from food;)  I currently write/record/perform in Wet Dream @wet_dream_committee. Sounds like? ~Deep-End Pop~ Dream Pop Visuals/Design is just as important to this project, so this summer Wet Dream started releasing a new track/video Loop/music video every few weeks. I believe in automatic art, outputting what goes on in my head into physical form, as soon as I can. And I try ‘n apply this philosophy to my other art forms. You're very creative in several fields.

What would you say is your favorite craft/activity?

My visual side: Interior Design & making music videos is how I make my living. I love doing both of them so much, that it’s hard to briefly describe what I do in these fields.

What are your next steps?

Next steps, I hope to keep on doing what I’m doing: making/performing music, getting better at designing spaces for my clients, and continue to keep making music videos for bands I love 💙💜


See Kue, V, and Xitlalli in Perennial, our online zine.

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