Feature: Amy O'Connor

Gothic DJ


GGotW: How long have you modeled for?
AOC: I started amateur modeling in 2005, but it wasn't until about 2007 that I started posing for professional photographers.

GGotW: Who have you shot for?
Jennifer Link Photography - Ron Douglas Photography - Luke Copping Photography- Danielle McGraw Photography -
.......and a couple amateur photographers. I Just recently did some work with Public Image Photography of Rochester, NY.

GGotW: How long have you DJ'd?
AOC: I just began DJing in my spare time in February of 2009.

GGotW: What do you do when you're not spinning or posing?
AOC: Running TechNoir Events has taken up much of my life the past 2 years. Besides supplying monthly goth industrial dance events I have organized a fashion show, which included FuturState and Dementia, an art gallery showing, multiple band performances and I even held a fundraiser to benefit R.A.R.E., which is our area's only reptile rehabilitation clinic. Keeping my TechNoir website updated on a daily basis is a lot of work. I inform people of local shows and activities going on as well as posting news about the bands they love.Climbing the stairs

GGotW: Which do you enjoy more?
AOC: I enjoy both equally. They are both educative and fantastic experiences. Running TechNoir and having people dance to the music you play makes you feel good, like you are doing something good for the goth community, giving them a place where they can go where they feel comfortable and can have a good time. Modeling is a great way to meet new people, travel the state/country for shoots and participate in fun local fashion shows.Buffalo Goth

GGotW: What are you future goals?
AOC: At the end of summer I am moving out of Buffalo to Rochester NY, where I hope to continue having TechNoir Events and guest DJing at their goth club, Vertex. I wish to become more involved in the promotion side of things. Right now I am the area's sole promoter for the Combichrist: Demons on Tour tour. I wish to set up more shows in the future. Some day I'd like to be able to open a bar catering to the goth industrial scene.

GGotW: Give us some details on Buffalo's Goth Industrial scene.
Goth DJAOC: Our goth industrial bar, The Continental closed about 3 years ago. It delivered a huge blow to Buffalo's goth scene. A new bar opened up that was interested in hosting gothic events, but it was never promoted properly and there were issues with the bar that prevented people from attending events. Two of my friends and I decided that the scene needed to be re-vamped and we started TechNoir, which threw events on a monthly basis. Our events have themes, which people can choose to dress up for if they'd like to. We brought in special guest djs (from as far as NYC and Cleveland, OH) and booked a couple shows.goth babe TechNoir has been running for 2 years this month. It has also spawned two more local goth industrial events. So while the scene in Buffalo is kind of fading away, there are people here who care enough about it to try and keep it afloat.

GGotW: You sound like an all around performer, have you always been like that?
AOC: It's only been the last few years that I really decided to get involved with promoting for local events. But in these past two years I have made a lot of connections, made a lot of new friends, and have become more involved in the general goth scene of the country. Joining multiple forums to post events has given me the chance to get my name out there. And I feel very successful.

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Feature: DoriBot aRama

goth model with purple hair


GGotW: What is the story behind your name?
DBR: Dori is my nickname way back from high school that just seemed to stick and Bot's is short for robot, I work too much and barely have any rest so it makes sence.

GGotW: How do you describe your style?
DBR: I've come to realize that my style is very moody, and since I love some many different styles and looks, one day I could be going for more of an industrial look and the next day something more vintage inspired. Club wear takes up a large percentage of my closet so you'll see a lot of it in my shoots, but besides all the shiny material I have a love with frilly girl things like lace, velvet you know! I'm super girly.

GGotW: What types do you like to shoot?
DBR: I love shooting for designer, I looooove clothes not boring every days stuff though. I've been in love with latex clothing lately and I'm hoping to do more with that, especially since I go-go for fetish based parties. I'm able to do my own makeup and hair and figuring out an outfit but if a photographer *cough cough* doesn't have any idea what to shoot and tells me just bring 5-6 with a concept that so open ending I don't even know where to begin! i.e. I hate the word edgy.

GGotW: What is it about the word edgy that you dislike?
DBR: The word edgy is just so board, what the heck does anyone mean by saying it?! Its really un-descriptive. I hate photographers when they use that word then I ask what do they mean by that and they can't explain! Maybe its means something not boring or normal and if it is that I'm definitely not your typical American girl-next-door type!

GGotW: What do you suggest as an alternative?
DBR: What does the mainstream public think of normal? Whats not normal to them is alternative. I personally think I'm pretty normal the mainstream people are just boring!

GGotW: How long have you shot?
DBR: Just a little over a year.

GGotW: What got you started?
DBR: Really, Catwalk Tragedy 4 in Philly did, the event pissed me off so much I just wanted to show everyone up. See, I didn't make it to the 2nd round. hahaha no one remembers me for being in that event. I was also in the Catwalk Tragedy NYC this year which was fun until I got a horrible caffeine headache that was pounding my brain to a pulp so I had to leave right after the second round.

GGotW: Who have you shot for?
DBR: I've shot with a lot of photographers but I have my favorites like Candylust, Studio 206, Art-i-Ficial, Rana X, Jennifer Link. They're all amazing!

Goth girl in cyber flavored rubber purple and black dressGGotW: What designers have hired you?
DBR: Tatterdemalion Designs, Dementia Clothing, KvoDesign / Confession NY, Timeless Trends, Spiral Stitching are just some I've done shoots for there's also a lot of runway I've done.

GGotW: What was your experience at Snap'm like?
DBR: Its a networking party, for models, photographers, MUA, hair stylist etc. to meet one another located in New Jersey. I've meet some really awesome models though that event as well as photographer who still have yet to book with but there's an overwhelming amount of GWC who will always take a terrible photos of you.

GGotW: What are you reading?
DBR: I should be reading a book but I can't get myself away from reading Bizzare Magazine its the shit! I wish the magazine was based in the US, I would love to work for them. I'm also a fan of Auxiliary Magazine and Coilhouse.

gothic model with awesome hairGGotW: What do you do when you are not modeling?
DBR: Its more like when I'm not working at my day job or I'm in class, I'm modeling. When I'm not modeling or working I'm out dancing at clubs, hanging out my friends, and painting.

GGotW: What are you studying?
DBR: I'm studying graphic design, I'm still questioning if its for me or not and if I should have stayed with my fine arts major. Either way its a new skill that no everyone knows that pays really well.

catsuit meowGoth model in rubber coreset and glovesGoth 50's housewife retro

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