I love it when someone’s work casually catches your eye on Facebook, then before you know it you’re delving deeper into a black hole hunting down their stuff down on YouTube, Vimeo, Google Images, THE INTERNET and before you know it, it’s 3:15 in the morning. This is exactly what happened when Jennifer Juniper Stratford's work cropped up on my news feed,except it was was most definitely not a black hole, more a super technicolour, early 80s, epileptic's nightmare, filled with fitness routines, Slick It Up and bad hair. Basically everything I love - I just needed to be sure I'd taken my epilepsy meds that night! Anyway I managed to catch up with Jennifer earlier this week to discuss her Bodies International project, Riker’s beard and someone I am falling hard for - Phoebe Legere…
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JENNIFER JUNIPER STRATFORD
Hey Jennifer, set the scene. Where are you right now? I’m on an airplane coming back from Miami Art Basel where I performed with Bodies International at Ry Rocklen’s Night Court which was a bar/venue made completely out of trophies. The bar stools, the ping-pong tables, the couches, the seating, everything! Therefore everyone who went there, felt like they were a winner. I must say it was a very special place to be.
What is Bodies International? Bodies International www.bodiesinternational.com is a fitness arts troupe made up of multidimensional artists from around the world and includes Miss High Leg Kick, Steve Nice, Harold Offeh, & myself. Inspired by aerobics and other fitness trends, we make videos as well as conduct live performances that ask the audience to get up and move along with us. Think of it as an aerobics VHS tape performed live. The four of us have dancers’ telepathy so if the music is right, we can psychically synchronize our dance moves. Our costumes are custom made by Slick It Up and I must say that the candy slingshot gets the most attention - and there is nothing I love more than seeing straight people get hypnotized by it …they wind up in a trance staring… which goes to show you the power of the body…
I’ve been pretty slow off the bat with Colby Keller. I only discovered him the other day in his A Thing Of Beauty video which is possibly the hottest porno I have ever seen. Anyway like all my favourites, Colby does not just stick to the porn, he has a creative side to him as well that he broadcasts via his blog - Big Shoe Diaries. There’s his Boners for Books project. He discusses his favourite music. You can even print your own Colby keepsake for your cock. Anyway I thought I’d get in touch and see what’s going on…
Why did you decide to do porn? I was in art school. I needed to pay for art school…
Britney: ‘I get inspiration from my gay fans on almost all of my songs. They’re somewhat girls, so it’s so inspiring to do stuff that they like to hear, like the cool “in” stuff. Whatever I do for each record is definitely inspired by them.’
Here on The Back Building it’s no secret that we love a porn star or a drag queen. But I recently worked with someone on a top secret project that is so exciting I thought we should speak to him more and see what else has been going on. Meet Joseph Harwood who has the skill to turn your face into a living, breathing Lichenstein portrait. Earlier this year he won Simon Cowell’s YouGen makeup artist award and now he is being commissioned by The Daily Mail for video tutorials as well as launching his own line.
Hey Joseph, what age did you begin to get into makeup? I’ve always lived in a dressing up box. The idea of transformation and becoming new characters has been something I’ve always been very attracted to, but I only really started playing with makeup when I became a teenager. I began wearing foundation to hide acne and then through my love of painting, I decided to translate my portraiture onto myself. I guess it was a mix of my obsession with the 90s supermodels and how cathartic painting was that inspired me to start translating my ideas more literally into makeup.
Did you ever think ‘Um, this isn’t what boys are supposed to like’?
I have a distinct memory of coming home from reception class in school and announcing to my entire family that I’d found my future husband, I was actually talking about a girl but I’ve always been someone to make up my own rules, and my family for the most part go along with it. They’re the only people who really have an impact on me, but I definitely have a really punk attitude when it comes to the sense of fitting in with the mundane. I’ve naturally had a very gender ambiguous face and I think growing up being mistaken for a girl kinda steered my interests and led me into experimenting with my own image. One thing that I’ve always preached is something my mum said to me, that if I’m going to stand out in anyway for the way I look, make it look expensive. I think it’s a rule to live by, just have value to what you do and it’ll work out.
On this day in 1990, MTV banned the video for Justify My Love by Madonna.
Considering that was 23 years ago it’s impressive that the video is still one of the sexiest tracks/videos ever recorded. No matter how hard Rihanna/Beyonce/Mariah/Janet/Ciara/*insert random female artist* this is still the one to beat.
Normally I know at least SOMETHING about someone before I head outback with them. But all I needed to know about Chase Dexter was that he looked like he was having a good time. He looked like someone I wanted to make out hang out with.
CHASE DEXTER: ‘I’ve been told that I have the style of a Japanese lesbian. Lol which I think is a HUGE compliment.’
So anyway read on if you’d like to find out exactly what it is that Chase does, or just see more pics of him. Either way we have 300% more Chase after the jump. Come take a look and get to know him better.
Her voice. Her music. Her positive message. I love Jessie J for many reasons. But perhaps the most for being such a drag queen. I ain’t lyin’, I totally channel her on the dancefloor. Her new video is a good example as to why….every single emotion on that face.
I’ve not done many interviews for The Back Building for a while. It makes me sad. I’ve been busy on other stuff and already spoken to lot of people on my ‘TO DO’ list. But the other day I was going through my Facebook chats and realised I had never featured one person, someone whose work I LOVE - photographer Nik Pate.
Whether he’s shooting Club Room Service hunks or reinventing Greek gods as Jeremy Scott models, Nik’s work is always fun, glamorous, sexy and BEYOND glossy, just how I like it.
He is one of a few people on my Instagram stalking list as he has an unhealthy obsession with animated monsters and The Little Mermaid (Don’t we all?), he has a cute dog and yes, it helps that Nik is of the handsome variety.
So I asked Nik for his Top 5 Magazine covers of all time and you can find out his picks after the jump.
Sia: ‘I am queer and I love my queers. I work with the homeless LGBT kids. When I heard Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ I was very anxious that he’d brought Slim Shady back. I worry that the kids don’t understand. He certainly does respect the gay community. I would never work with someone I believed to be homophobic.’
Eminem: ‘“Break a motherfucker’s table over the back of a couple of faggots and crack it in half.”
Read our interview with Sia here - http://bit.ly/XIaNtK
I know they hate each other but I wish 90s Lil’ Kim would sit Nicki Minaj down and teach her how to be a cartoon character but still sexy. Nicki needs to put those away, they look…….I don’t even know what to say right now.
Mariah Carey is getting ready to drop her new single The Art of Letting Go. We once spoke to Mariah on this very telephone. We asked her how she was and she said ‘Darling it’s 5am, I’m in bed and talking to you. I’m fabulous.’ True Story.
Things I enjoy about Geri’s comeback. 1. The awful lyrics. Does she really say ‘gravy’?? 2. She’s deluded enough to think she can sing live and doesn’t need to lip-sync 3. The ‘rabbit in the headlights’ look on her face. 4. THE FACT THAT SHE LAUNCHED HER COMEBACK IN AUSTRALIA ON…..THE FOOTY SHOW?!!!