Sunday, 26 April 2015



This week we had the chance to interview the gorgeous minx Johanna Öst from Vallentuna, Sweden. Johanna is an artist, illustrator, blogger and maker of things who loves the glamorous, mysterious and exciting!

Q: Johanna, thank you being our #badgirlcrush of the week, I know we have featured you before, but it's so killer that we get to find out a bit more about you, your style and artwork.   

How long have you been an artist for? Did you study/ teach yourself? Do you work full time as an artist or also have another career? 
A: Thank you so much for talking to me! I've always been drawing, painting and making things, but I started selling some art when I was about 16 (I’m 31 now) and did my first illustration job a few years later. I’m pretty much self taught. At the moment I’m trying to make a living as a full time artist, but it’s very hard! I’m still trying to come up with that thing that people will actually want to buy fairly regularly.

Q: Tell us about your art making process, we see you’ve started to design artworks for T’s which we love! They are very uniquely you!
A: Thank you! I’m really excited about the t-shirts. I hope they take off so I get to make more.

                                             (hand painted tops, all made from recycled fabric)

The things I make the most are watercolour paintings and the occasional pen drawing. I absolutely love sculpting though and wish I had the money and space to do it more often. 
I’ve started making some wearable things lately, like the resin brooches and hand painted tops, and my biggest and most exciting project yet, a limited line of resin figures inspired by pulp illustrations and 80s toys.

- We hope the T's take off for you, they are essentially one of a kind considering you hand paint each one!

Q: Are you inspired or drawn to any particular era, what essentially inspires you, music, film, art, space...  
A: I’m inspired by aspects of a bunch of different eras, but the main ones are probably the 1940s-1960s and the 1980s, and the parts I love are the over top glamorous and unusual ones. Jayne Mansfield rather than Grace Kelly! 
I have a special love for late 70s and 80s interpretations of the 50s and 60s. I love movies like Grease, Cry Baby and Shag, and the way 50s and 60s home decor and clothes were used by young people in the late 70s and 80s. 
I love mid century science fiction, horror and B movies, and so many of my favourite things are from the 1980s including movies, music, television and fashion. I’m hugely into movies in general and watch new (or rather old) ones every week.
Art wise I’m mostly into pulp and fairy tale illustrations and surrealist and symbolist art.

I’m always inspired by movies, illustrations and other things from those eras.

Q: Who are some of your favourite women from the 40s and 50s and why, who would be your ULTIMATE Bad Girl?
A: Boring answer but Marilyn Monroe is my favourite of all time. I’ve been a fan since I was a child and she’s the most charming and most beautiful woman ever to me. Some other major favourites are Elizabeth Taylor, Jayne Mansfield, Joan Collins, Jane Russell and Vampira.
As for the ultimate bad girl it has to be Tura Satana. She was a true bad girl on and off the screen and had the perfect look to match.

- We definitely agree with you there, she's one bad ass babe!

Q: Who are you inspired by? Do they influence your art work?
A: Style wise I tend to be inspired by cinema glamour girls, the pin up models, showgirls and strippers of my favourite decades, and last but not least horror movie characters. I’m also very inspired by female vintage comic book characters like Miss Fury and the women in pulp illustrations.
They definitely influence my art work as well. The majority of my work features some glamorous woman in a mysterious or adventurous situation.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your personal style and some of your favourite vintage pieces?
A: I guess I’d say my personal style is a mix of all the glamorous, unusual, over the top, spooky, sub cultural and somewhat kitschy bits of the 20th century with an emphasis on the mid century and the 80s.
I have many favourite vintage pieces since my wardrobe is about 90% second hand, but at the moment I absolutely love this huge ornate belt I got for Christmas. It’s amazing and goes with everything.

- I think thats what we love about you, you are very glamorous yet you show no boundaries, you have edge when you mix eras and your style is very eclectic yet complimentary! 

Q: What’s some of your go to beauty products? We love the shape of your brows and the lush colour of your lips!
A: Thank you! The lipsticks I’ve been using the most lately are Maybelline’s Superstay 24 Color in “Red Passion” and one of those new types of lipsticks that dry all velvety from a UK high street brand called Sleek. The colour is called “Rioja Red”. The velvety one is super bright, almost orangy, and completely matte and the Maybelline one is a perfect bright and shiny candy apple red. 
I usually never wear glossy lipsticks because I hate the sticky feel, but this one is completely dry and you wear clear gloss on top. I love it! 
I got some Sugarpill eyeshadows for Christmas, Acidberry and Poison Plum, and have been wearing them pretty much every day since. Just recently I got the Cold Chemistry palette as well and I love it.
I just use any dark brownish eyebrow pencil for my brows with a bit of black eyeshadow on top. My eyebrows have almost no pigmentation by nature so I can pretty much draw them in however I want. However it also means I look like an alien if I don’t…

*Johanna wears our Ava Pull over style top

Q: Can you share with us some of your favourite musicians and film makers
A: My all time top three musicians/bands are Alice Cooper, Kate Bush and The Damned, not necessarily in that order, but I’m a huge music lover and listen to lots of different things. 
Some other favourites I’ve been listening a lot to lately are Kirsty MacColl, The Cramps, Motörhead, The Shangri-Las, The Animals, Eddie Cochran, Link Wray, The Shadows, Screaming Lord Sutch and Alaska Y Los Pegamoides. I could go on! I love lots of punk, goth, 50s and 60s rock ’n roll, 80s new wave music and the odd bit of metal.

- We love The Cramps and you've shared some new ones we'll be sure to check out!

Q: What does 2015 hold for you? 
A: I have already launched two of my biggest projects ever, the resin figures and my line of tops and pins, and I hope to keep working on them through the year! I have a few more art projects lined up when and if I can afford them, and I hope to finish another horror comic.

Q: And lastly, what do you love about The Original Bad Girl label?
A: It’s just perfect. I came across your Instagram before the line was launched and waited with great anticipation, and it did not disappoint! It has all of my favourite things: animal prints, lurex, jumpsuits and skintight designs. 
How can we support you and where can our followers find you:

PowerGlide Magazine

Featured alongside our @lady_weird in the newest French PowerGlide Magazine, thanks for the love Kiss mark Love letter #powerglidemagazine #theoriginalbadgirl #ladyweird

Wednesday, 8 April 2015



This week we have a MAJOR crush on alternative illustration and comic artist 
Sophie McMahanSophie lives in Urbana, Illinois, with her two sweet cats – Mikey and Diablo, as if she couldn't be anymore adorable!. 

Q: Sophie we first stumbled upon your art via instagram, your feed is full of whimsical inspiration shots of Bridget Bardot, 60s Starlets 'The Supremes' and eye catching handmade creative candy. We knew we wanted to feature you as our #Badgirlcrush of the week as soon as we laid eyes on your unique handmade works of art, you are truly inspiring and we hope to give our readers an insight into your everyday creative life!

A: Thank you so much!!  I’m totally thrilled and honored to be your Bad Girl Crush of the week! 

Q: How long have you been an artist for, your style is so unique, did you study/ teach yourself? Do you work full time as an artist or also have another career?

A: I have been working seriously on my art for the past 5-6 years.  I drew all the time when I was a kid, but lost my love for drawing as I got a little older, I didn’t do much of it from middle school on until college.  I was pretty lost during those years, with no real passion or direction.  It actually wasn’t until my senior year of college that I rediscovered my love for drawing.I was introduced to the work of Lynda Barry and Daniel Clowes – both alternative comic artists – and their work completely blew my mind and flipped my world upside down. Actually - the whole world of alternative comics just blew me away and I knew creating work like that was what I wanted to do.  I finished up college and moved back to my hometown in Illinois and took a bunch of drawing and painting classes at the local community college. And I’ve just been working hard and having fun ever since. It’s only been the past few months that I’ve been able to nearly support myself off of my art, and it’s really exciting.  I also work part time at an art supply store called The Art Coop, which is pretty great.  But ultimately I would love to be my own boss and be self-sufficient with my art. I can’t imagine anything better than that, to do what I love all day and get paid for it, what a dream!

Q: Tell us a bit about your art making process, how does it start?

A: I like to surround myself with what inspires me – my house is full of kitschy vintage pieces, vintage pinup and teen magazines, and lots of artwork by artists that I love. I’ve always got ideas floating around in my head; I try to keep track of them in a notebook. I almost always use photo references to help me out.  Once I’ve got the drawing planned, I work out everything in pencil. Once it’s all pencilled in, the fun part comes - inking everything in, and then painting it with gouache and watercolors. 

Q: When did your fascination for the 40’s, 50’s & 60s start?

A: I have loved those decades for as long as I can remember, but I think it really started when I was about 6 or 7. It was around that time that my dad started showing my brother and I his favorite childhood shows from that era. We would watch The Avengers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Leave it to Beaver, and more. 

Q: What exactly drew you to those specific eras and how have those times influenced your artwork?

A: I loved the innocence, the cheesiness and sweetness that are portrayed during those eras. I was also drawn to the glamorous females in the shows. In just about every episode of the man from UNCLE there would be a gorgeous and sexy female character, she would usually be both seductive and powerful and then made up to perfection – I was hooked!

Q: Who are some of your favourite women from the 40s and 50s, why do they inspire you?

A: I guess it would be more the 50’s-70’s. My all time favorite woman would have to be Brigitte Bardot.  I have been totally enamored by her since I was in high school – her attitude, pouty lips, effortless sexiness, and that glorious mane of hair!  I own almost all of her movies and have thousands of vintage clippings and magazine covers of hers I’ve been collecting of her.  I can’t get enough Bardot!  I’m also in love with Girl Groups from that era – The Ronettes, The Shangri-las, The Supremes – they’re so beautiful and charming, and they’ve created some of my favorite music.  I also really love the women in Russ Meyer’s movies like Faster, Pussycat Kill! Kill! and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.  They are filled with gorgeous badass women with HUGE hair, insanely curvy bodies, and loads of great makeup, something about that look gives me such a thrill.  It’s so over the top and wonderful.  A few other favorite ladies would be Dolly Parton, Priscilla Presley, and Tura Satana.

Q: What artists are you inspired by?

A: I am inspired by many other artists!  My favorite comic artists are Lynda Barry, Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, Phoebe Gloeckner, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Lauren Weinstein, The Hernandez brothers, and many many more!  I’ve also discovered so many incredible and wonderful contemporary artists through the internet and social media – and have become friends with a lot them – honestly, there are a lot to name, and I’m sure I would forget to name some of them and feel bad – but I love them all!!!

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your personal style and some of your favourite vintage pieces?

A: My everyday style is fairly casual.  I have a collection of vintage concert/punk t-shirts that I’m very proud of and wear almost everyday. My favorites would have to be vintage Cramps shirts and my vintage Plasmatics shirts; they make me feel so good and cool when I wear them.  I would like to expand my vintage style – I live fairly close to both Chicago and St. Louis, I need to scout out some good thrift stores. I also have a small collection of vintage pastel nighties and sleeping gowns from the 60’s that I adore.  Now that I’m working more from home, I can wear these while I work if I please – it gets me in a good mindset for the kind of art I do!

Q: Tell us about all of the wonderful things you make with your art work and where we can find them;

A:  Thank you!  I realize that most people don’t have a whole lot of disposable income to spend on original work, so I try to come up with affordable products featuring my artwork.  I have t-shirts and tote bags featuring several of my designs.  I also have comics, prints, buttons, key chains, and make hand drawn magnets. I sell almost everything through my etsy site –

Q: Can you share with us some of your favourite musicians and filmmakers

A: This is such a fun question!!  I take huge inspiration from movies.  My favorite filmmakers would have to be John Waters and Russ Meyer.  I get so much inspiration from their movies and their aesthetic.  John Waters is the best, his grotesqueness and love of bad America have helped me be more accepting and thankful for my own weirdness – his movies are just the tops!  I also love horror movies and slasher films.  For a lot of my more recent works of art I’ve used iconic monsters as love interests for my girls – The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, and Frankenstein.  I have a soft spot for monsters – they need lovin’ too!
I listen to music constantly when I’m drawing.  As I mentioned before I love all the old girl groups of the 1960’s.  My favorite band of all time would have to be The Gun Club.   Jeffrey Lee Piece(the singer/songwriter) has the most beautifully tortured voice of all time – I love him so much.   Some of my other favorites include The Cramps, Queens of the Stone Age, Smashing Pumpkins, Deerhunter, Cibo Matto, The Cocteau Twins, Siouxie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Mazzy Star, Dolly Parton…  I could go on forever, but I’ll leave it at that!

Q: What does 2015 hold for you?

A:  Hopefully a lot of good things!  I want to improve myself a lot – both as a person and as an artist.  I want to become a better businesswoman – a lot of what I’m doing now (selling my products) is quite new to me.  I hope to produce lots of good art and make more cool products!  I’m going to be starting my new comic book, You Were Swell # 3 soon.  I’m going to have a booth at alternative comic expo in Chicago in June, where I’ve had some really great experiences before.  I also hope to do some traveling, I’m going to visit my brother in Florida soon, and hopefully do some traveling out west later on.  

There you have it ladies, a little insight into the mind and life of Sophie McMahanremember this lady is sooo amazingly talented and hand draws all of the goodies you've seen! I am putting my order in for her sinfully sweet magnet sets!. Do yourself a favour and check out her amazing artwork here!:

                                                          Website: Sophie McMahan
Instagram: youwereswell