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#FlashbackWeekend #TheCrypt1331 #CreepyGirlsClub

10 Aug

The Crypt 1331www.TheCrypt1331.com

There is a new boss in town; Aeriel J has officially launched The Crypt 1331 and it is about to hit the Horror and Metal scene like a bomb, or more accurately, a bombshell. Tio Trash has been very lucky to have collaborated with Aeriel J as a featured model and creative partner since the birth of Tio Trash. With her modeling in the past, she is now running a game of her own, the founder and owner of The Crypt 1331.

Aeriel, in her baby Tio Trash days :)

Aeriel, in her baby Tio Trash days 🙂

The Crypt 1331 is as it states, “Dedicated to bringing you the latest in horror and heavy metal news through documentaries, articles, and submission based content. For the creeps and geeks who appreciate the darker side of life.”

What does that mean? It is a badass website and lifestyle brand that delivers all of the latest news and reviews on all things horror and metal with a dose of that Aeriel J sass and wit. With a team of talented writers, partners, and featured artists, this site is overflowing with everything that every creeper needs to know! And for you visual people, The Crypt TV is a great way to get all of the Crypt coverage live on the scene from Aeriel herself. Coming next? Crypt 1331 clothing, art, convention appearances and pretty much coast to coast domination.

After quite a run in Chicago, I am moving Tio Trash to South Carolina and Aeriel J is taking The Crypt 1331 to Vegas in just a few short weeks. To celebrate our collaborations, friendships and a farewell to Chicago, The Crypt 1331 made its’ first horror convention appearance at Flashback Weekend Chicago. For the live launch of the brand, The Crypt 1331 graciously hosted Tio Trash and make up artist, Eye Bleed Glitter (my girl Betty G, who has also done lot’s of make up and hair for Tio Trash) to join 1331’s forces and have a final collaboration together before we spread out across the country!

Needless to say, it was a great time and a great success. Aeriel J made visions come to life with all of her hard work and brilliant planning. I was so honored to be able to sell some Tio Trash goodies under The Crypt 1331 while Eye Bleed Glitter showed Chicago her amazing special effects make up skills!

The Crypt 1331 at Flashback Weekend.

The Crypt 1331 at Flashback Weekend.

The Crypt 1331 launched its first T-Shirt line with designs featuring the 1331 logo and a limited edition design by featured artist, Cryptworm. These shirts will soon be available online, and if you are a 1331 fan, or a fan of awesome shirts in general, you are going to want to get one (many sizes and styles available).

The classic coffin logo tee.

The classic coffin logo tee.

Limited Edition Cryptworm design

Limited Edition Cryptworm design

Most comfortable baseball tee in the world.

Most comfortable baseball tee in the world.

Did I mention the stickers??

Did I mention the stickers??

Aeriel J also sold and displayed pieces from her own amazing art collection that she hand created for all the creepers out there. I featured my Tio Trash coffin compacts and boxes, kawaii creepy jewelry collection and more!

Paintings by Aeriel J and oddities by Tio Trash

Paintings by Aeriel J and oddities by Tio Trash

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Tio Trash Kawaii Creepies and Coffin Compact collection

Tio Trash Kawaii Creepies and Coffin Compact collection.

In addition to selling art, clothing and crafts, Eye Bleed Glitter (Betty G) performed custom zombie and gore make up applications for show attendees! I myself got to rock some gnarly gashes and slashes all week!

Make up by Eye Bleed Glitter

Make up by Eye Bleed Glitter

Some of Betty’s work included a killer neck gash and a zombie Betty Boop!

Betty, zombifying the adorable cosplayer Tish DeLano for the Pin Up Zombie Contest.

Betty, zombifying the adorable cosplayer Tish DeLano for the Pin Up Zombie Contest.

This horror junky traveled all the way from San Fran and got quite a Chicago welcome!

This horror junky traveled all the way from San Fran and got quite a Chicago welcome!

Nothing else could be greater for an up and coming make up artist than to be located directly next to J. Anthony Kosar, Face Off Season 4 winner, Special FX all star and instructor at Kosart Atelier School for entertainment arts. Betty was able to snag some tips and tricks from the best in the biz and it was a treat for all of us to get to chat with the folks from Kosart Atelier!

Betty and Anthony Kosar

Betty and Anthony Kosar

The weekend was full of fun surprises and chances to meet awesome and creative people! Getting to know the folks of Lunatick Cosmetic Labs was exciting for all three of us make up junkies; the colors, the packaging, the quality, its everything a creepy girl could ask for!

Betty demonstrates use of the Hocus Pocus palette.

Betty demonstrates use of the Hocus Pocus palette.

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 6.54.29 PMThis make up … I need it all!

Supernatural Palette

Supernatural Palette

Perhaps one of the greatest show moments was when horror icon, Svengoolie himself, asked The Crypt 1331 for an interview for his show! Meeting him alone was beyond awesome and the interview was such a cool experience! Stay tuned for The Crypt 1331 on the Svengoolie show (Saturdays – 9:00 PM on ME TV)!

Aeriel, Betty, Svengoolie and I!

Aeriel, Betty, Svengoolie and I!

It was an amazing weekend spend with these wonderful ladies. I feel so lucky that Chicago brought us together through common interests and in building our brands. We might be spreading out, but the Dream Team is for life! Its nice to have hard working, talented, creative badass women in my life that I can call true friends and teammates. Make sure to check out The Crypt 1331 and follow the crazy ride as Aeriel J conquers Vegas! Chicago gets to keep miss Betty for now, so make sure to check in with Eye Bleed Glitter for all of your gore and glam make up needs! Eye Bleed Glitter is also a featured make up artist of The Crypt 1331, check out this video by Aeriel J for The Crypt TV!

Thank you so much to my girls for all of the opportunities and experiences we have shared together! I love you both for life! Signature


#TGIF #FemmeFataleFriday #StyleIcons

22 Nov

Dixie Savage

You have seen this girl on Tio Trash, but now it’s time to get to know the Queen of the Undead Trailer Park in the first ever, Tio Trash: Femme Fatal Friday, where I will show you, my favorite bad ass chicks!

"Glampire" Shoot - October 2013

“Glampire” Shoot – October 2013

Miss Savage is a stylish beauty with a dark side and a light heart. At only 18 years old, she is somebody to keep on your radar, because she is doing some pretty huge things! From modeling and fashion to music and making videos for her growing YouTube channel, this chick does it all. For all of you fans of horror, rock, goth, burlesque and all things trashlicious, Dixie Savage is your star. Witty, funny, and smart, Dixie has opened up to Tio Trash proving there is a whole lot more to this girl than being ridiculously good looking.

Lucky for you, Dixie Savage was kind enough to answer a slew of questions I had for her and you won’t want to skip a word of this interview!

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Photography By  Cody Healy

Photography By Cody Healy

Tio Trash:Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
Dixie Savage:
I was born in a little town outside of Wichita called Andover. But when I was really little we lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the summers and off seasons, then visited less frequently as I got older.
Tio Trash: What brought you to Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
My mom and I HATED Kansas and needed a new start, so we considered different cities, like Nashville and Vegas, but on a whim we basically picked a place with a good high school in Chicago, and in a month we moved!
Tio Trash: What sort of projects are you currently involved with?
Dixie Savage:
Currently just different projects for youtube, Modeling has been put on a back burner, and a real career has come forth.
An amazing shot by photographer, Franka Del Santo.

An amazing shot by photographer, Franka Del Santo.

Tio Trash: What are your future plans?
Dixie Savage:
Really my goals in life are being the queen of the undead trailer park! I want punk bands to write songs about me, like how the Misfits did. I WANT 13 YEAR OLDS TO HAVE MY POSTERS ON THEIR WALLS! Basically I just want to inspire little me’s like how Elvira and other idols of mine inspired me.
Kick ass poster?

Kick ass poster?

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Tio Trash: What do you like about Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
I love the teeny tiny bits of everything! Every Ethnicity has at least its own block, sometimes their own district. I think its amazing! Where i’m from we have the sticks, the trailer parks, the ghetto, and the golfcourses.
Tio Trash: What do you dislike about Chicago
Dixie Savage:
The lack of drive in (some) people, and the total lack of manners and basic human decencies. Drives me crazy!
Tio Trash: What is your favorite place to eat in Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
Ugh i love food that’s hard…Dang…I love the Rosebud on Superior street. I have a thing for the Mob so at certain hours that place is a real gem.
Tio Trash: Best discovery you’ve made in Chicago?
Dixie Savage:
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The world is a tiny, TINY place. You walk five feet and meet someone who grew up in your town, and walk five more feet then youre in a whole new neighborhood. Its crazy!
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Dixie Savage
Tio Trash: How would you describe your style?
Dixie Savage:
My style… Hooker Vampira…But at less desirable times its as lazy as street punk with great hair.
Tio Trash: Where are your favorite places to shop (designers, stores, online, etc.)
Dixie Savage:
I love to shop, but shopping doesn’t love me lol. I really like Pin-up Girl Clothing, Etsy has great things like MarthaRotten and BillyBlue22. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but what i have from them i wear all the time. Then just places like H&M/Forever 21 for the bulk of my wadrobe. Cant forget Target either!
Tio Trash: Who are your style icons?
Dixie Savage:
Elvira/Vampira obviously, Dita Von Teese of course, my car is after all named after her, Joan Jett…mostly amazing women with black hair lol. The Lunachicks too!
Tio Trash: What is your dream item of clothing that you would love to own?
Dixie Savage:
Everything Prada and Dior…and Alexander McQueen, and Galliano, and well…All of the fantastically inspired designers who bring a sense of whimsy into their worlds everyday, but with a bitch slap of class.
Tio Trash: What was your most epic costume? (Halloween or otherwise?)
Dixie Savage:
Well…I cosplayed a LOT until the last year of highschool, and one time, my favorite cosplay actually, i was Lamia from the manga Raiders. I made a 5 foot sword complete with 6 lbs of heavy duty chain. It was impressive!
Tio Trash: If you had to give girls one piece of style advice, what would it be?
Dixie Savage:
Trends will always go out of style, and if you’re gonna be tacky, be it because you wanted to be, not because someone was wearing army pants and flip flops.
Tio Trash: How do you keep your skin so flawless!?
Dixie Savage:
My skin….Well for one thing its ombre because in middle school I thought white, WHITE skin was the most beautiful with black hair, and didnt quite get the rest of my body as pale lol. So its very far from perfect when from your shoulders down youre tan. But as far as acne, ACUTAAAAAAANE! I had it my freshman year and from there its been great! I wear sunscreen and wear lotion, exfoliate when I can, and moisturize. I’m not very good at high maintenance, so nothing too fancy.
Tio Trash: What is your normal “beauty” routine?
Dixie Savage:
 I really have none lol. I wake up, have my sweet tea, brush my teeth and apply my makeup. At night i just use an exfoliating makeup wipe, brush my teeth again, then sleep! lol and in the shower the only special thing i do besides the usual is use a sea scrub with those puff things and then lotion, keeps the skin glorious!
Tio Trash: What are your staple/favorite make up products?
Dixie Savage:
Eyeliner and red lipstick! All a girl ever needs.
Beauty Weapons
Tio Trash: Do you have a signature scent? (perfume)
Dixie Savage:
I have a few! I LOVE Estee’s “Bronze Goddess” for everyday, it smells like you just got inside from a beach, but for darker scents Kat Von D’s “Sinner” is a long time favorite.
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Tio Trash:  What are some of the funnest / most memorable projects and photo shoots you’ve been involved with?
Dixie Savage:
 Definitely the church/theatre shoot i did with you guys! It was killer! (Tio Trash and photographer Antony Caldaroni)
City United Methodist Church

Photography By: AJC Imaging

Tio Trash: What is the “creepiest” place you’ve ever been to?
Dixie Savage:
Theres a lot of creepy places i’ve been, but the creepiest…hmm…When i had to walk to the impound in the underground highway of Chicago for an hour! I wouldnt wish it upon my enemy! lol
Tio Trash:  What sort of “random” places/events do you like to visit?
Dixie Savage:
I love conventions, horror conventions, anime, steampunk, you name it, i’m there! And around halloween if i see a store i HAVE to go in, like its not an option.
Tio Trash: What do you most like to do for fun?
Dixie Savage:
For fun…I drive! I love driving, I have my friends over for movie night, i netflix for hours, but concerts are the most fun for me, i love them!
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 Tio Trash: What is your dream job?
Dixie Savage:
 My dream job would be a horror host…the cheesy puns and bad jokes is what i was made for.
 Tio Trash:  When did you become interested in making videos? Why do you make them?
Dixie Savage:
Well, ive always been interested in youtube, in fact theres a god awful video floating around from the 6th grade which is simply atrocious, but finding a way in and the know how is what took me so long! I make them, in a way, to become a different type of public figure. Im not into beauty, but I care about appearance, I love music and I love the people that make it. And I live for horror. I kind of just want to create a channel where people of all types can join up with a love for the guts and glory of the undead lifestyle.
 Tio Trash: What was your favorite video to make? (so far)
Dixie Savage:
I love doing convention videos! Making people who dont get to go, get the experience of what it would be like! When I miss a convention I always search for videos to see exactly what I missed lol.
 Tio Trash: What people would you LOVE to interview?
Dixie Savage:
I would KILL to interview Tom Waits. My love for him is undying, he has 2 parts to his Doom and Glitter Live album, and when I drive on a calm day I just love to listen to the storyteller CD  “Tom Tales.” He’s truly just such a great inspiration for me, and so many others. However I think I would fall over overwhelmed as soon as he said “well…”
TIO TRASH: Ummm, yea, she got to interview Voltaire, and it is BRILLIANT!
 Tio Trash: Do you have any additional “artistic” talents and interests?
Dixie Savage:
I used to be a fantastic belly dancer! But when I moved I never found a studio I loved as much as my first. Now In my spare time I paint! Nothing fancy, just doodles with a paint brush really lol. And I can sometimes cary some sort of tune.
 Tio Trash: Who inspires you? Why?
Dixie Savage:
The people that inspire me are endless. Tom Waits for his pure gritty talents and unwavering creativity, Dita for sticking to her black hair and creating an image so strong she’s a household name. Elvira for being so sexy and funny at the same time (not to mention she also got out of Kansas), Dolly Parton for being herself! How many other people can play guitar like that with nails that long?! I just love the people who take what they are, and go so far with it from being genuine. Having such great character and charisma, strength…Its amazing.
Damn! Good point with the nails ...

Damn! Good point with the nails …

 Tio Trash: Do you have a specific “audience” you hope to reach?
Dixie Savage:
I want to reach everyone. Kids, women, men, generations before and after me. I want my stories, the stories of those who inspired me, and the stories of those who I inspired to flourish. I believe in passion, and those who follow their own until success and so much farther.
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 Tio Trash:  What are your top 10 fave musical artists/bands?
Dixie Savage:
Tom Waits, Nick Cave/Bad Seeds, Koffin Kats, Ella Fitzgerald, Lunachicks, The Misfits, The Cure, François Hardy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Cramps …
 Tio Trash: What song best describes you?
Dixie Savage:
 I like to think of myself as “Shes My Witch” by Kip Tyler, but as far as my personality over all…probably “Simple Man” by Skynyrd lol, I believe in living life as it comes, and doing your best to be a fantastic person. When that song comes in I snap into bluesy redneck mode and sing it with like the passion of 1000 cowboys!
Photography By (c) Yaz Majeed

Photography By (c) Yaz Majeed

 Tio Trash: What is the best concert you have attended and why?
Dixie Savage:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds! I saw them April of 2013 and I’m Pretty sure I cried at some point. they had such power and energy! I have never seen anything like it. Everyone and their cat MUST go see them. But my dream concert would be Tom Waits, but I would probably just be crying at the foot of his stage the whole time lol.
Well Tom, she's WAITING for you ... (bahaha).

Well Tom, she’s WAITING for you … (bahaha).

 Tio Trash: In your opinion, what is the best stripper song ever?
Dixie Savage:
All right, this is a serious question. There are two OBVIOUS answers to this question, but this depends on moods. To make the audience cry about ex girlfriends one must dance to “Aint No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, but if one is looking for the dollars…”Cherry Pie” by Warrant is the only option. Lots of hair flipping opportunities ( I mean come on, look at the video.)
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Favorite Movie?

Dixie Savage: My favorite movie right now is the amazing “American Mary”, its 10 shades of awesome. Favorite movie of all time…probably “House of 1000 Corpses”/”Devils Rejects”.

Favorite TV Show?


Dream car?

Dixie Savage: I WILL have a 57 Chevrolet one day, In all black, with chrome. It gets no better. (of course With Cheetah interior)


Dixie Savage: I really like all art l (but) I really love Queenies paintings from Pocket Full of Posiez! Mark Ryden as well.

Guilty Pleasures?

Dixie Savage: I really like “Yes” from LMFAO…its like a power jam

Random facts?

Dixie Savage:

* I have seen Rob Zombie 4 times live.

* If youre in the car with me theres a 99% chance it will always be on the classic rock channels.

* I cant stand the sound of holograms or aluminum.

* I never got to take any art classes, I graduated a year early from high school and dropped out of culinary school.

* My first love was in the sticks of Oklahoma when I was 12.

* I have a cat named Boo.

*I’ve had the same Misfits shirt that I wear all the time that i cant get the smell of beer, sweat, and hairspray out of due to the amount of concerts its suffered through.

* Im Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw.

* I’m 5’10

* My accent peaks out at awful times (don’t ask me to say dirt or dang).

* Oh yeah, my favorite food is a milkshake… probably the most important fact about me. LOL

A milkshake, WILL in fact, bring Miss Savage to the yard.

A milkshake, WILL in fact, bring Miss Savage to the yard.

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Well Trashionistas, I hope you are loving Miss Savage as much as we do at Tio Trash! Make sure you subscribe to her YouTube Channel AND Like her Facebook Page (Dixie Savage) to keep up with her many adventures!
Dixie Savage
Have a fabulous, fierce FRIDAY and a very trashy weekend!

#Halloween #Haunted #GhostStory #GaryIndiana

30 Oct

Haunted Remains


In a famous city not far from Chicago, America can see a crumbling tragedy of something that was once beautiful but is now a living nightmare of wreckage and crime. Gary, Indiana; once a successful steel town and a picture of the suburban dream, home of Michael Jackson, beautiful beaches and breath taking architecture. These days, this city is mostly know for it’s crime and destruction and is a place that most people try to avoid.

One of the philosophies behind Tio Trash and the things that inspire me as a stylist / visual story teller are finding the beauty within the down trodden parts of life. There is color, character and beauty within the hopeless, damaged and ugly things in this world if you look at it from a different set of eyes. This philosophy that really churns my artistic inspiration made some of the old locations of Gary, Indiana a perfect place to tell a story of finding the exquisite beauty inside raw devastation and ugliness.

Good friend and photographer, Tony Caldaroni has a photo collection I have always been blown away by, “Urban America – Gary Crumbles”. This stunning and emotional collection captures incredible images from the remains of some of Gary’s iconic buildings and community staples that are literally now in crumbles. The photos are both beautiful and moving, really capturing the devastation of something that was once so strong and happy. Tony approached me with the idea of putting together a Tio Trash “Halloween Fashion” shoot at some of these locations, the idea was too good to be true. With just a few days of planning, Tony and I assembled our impromptu “Tio Trash Power Team”, and created some  of the most amazing images you will see on Tio Trash.

We knew this would be a risky and even dangerous adventure, but with Tony’s experience, good planning and the much needed protection and assistance from professional body guard and friend, Jon “Big Jon” Fier, this shoot became a successful possibility, one I will never forget.

To maintain a haunting Halloween theme, I wanted to create a story that reflected not only elements of horror, but elements of lost love, tragedy, insanity, and abuse; elements as powerful as the setting we would be shooting in. I knew that Tio Trash models, Lily Savage and Yuri De Luna would be perfect for this shoot. These ladies have a powerful connection to the camera, but also to the energy in their surroundings and I knew that they would be touched on a deep level by the crumbling walls around them and the echoing voices of the past now silenced and stale in the cold murky air. This was an adventure for all of us, and together we brought and discovered life to a place that others deem as dead.

I put on my Danielle Steele hat in attempts to churn out a lusty drug store romance novel style story.

This is our story; a chilling and romantic tale, just in time for Halloween.

Eternal Bondage


An icy cold bride with an ethereal glow waits to hand over her body and soul to her waiting lover, a strong figure in black. She weeps inside as the world around her crumbles, wondering what her life could have been. She needs her lover. She wants to serve her lover. She also wants to run away and never look back, but it is too late, she no longer belongs to herself. Her fate awaits just down the aisle, with stiff hands and eyes like black holes.

The City United Methodist Churchbuilt in 1925, is the remains of a Gothic architectural masterpiece, a former pride of Gary, Indiana. This once elaborate and ornate church took high dollars to stay in its’ immaculate condition, so with the decline of Gary’s population, came the decline of the church. These remains are of a more obvious beauty; the archways, the stones, the stain glass  windows and the light streaming in through the holes in the ceiling and  floors above.

She walks slowly down the aisle,  a magnetic pull lulls her in. This is not just her future, this is her eternity.

While Tony snapped shots of my freezing beauties, I kept imagining brides of the past walking down this very aisle. Were they happy and in love? Were they sealing a fate they had to settle with for reasons they had no right to choose? What sort of secrets swirled around the enchanting air, or had they all floated away with the spirits who had been set free? People once filled this church singing, praising their God and showing up just to be seen. Life had fluidly come and gone through this beautiful building and soon it will be no more.

“I have little left in myself — I must have you. The world may laugh — may call me absurd, selfish — but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.”  ― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

She now belongs to her; a life full of torture and pain, yet a life she cannot exist without. Just as she fears her, she needs her. Just as she needs the blood in her body to live, she needs her lover in her soul to exist.

“You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word—you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.” 
― Nalini SinghKiss of Snow

She stands glowing, not with the glow of a newly wed bride, but with a glow that she must keep if she doesn’t want to be forgotten. She doesn’t know what will happen tomorrow, but she knows how her days will end.

With a beautiful church with the rich history and aesthetic details like the City United Methodist Church holds, there are so many possible stories to tell. Because of the dark romantic feeling of the structure and the energy, I wanted to tell a cheesy/steamy romance tale with a dark twist of an obsessive, desperate and dangerous love. This is the story of Jane Eyre, Phantom of the Opera, Othello and the thousands of classic love stories we know that tell this tale.

I challenged myself to style these stories using (mostly) items found from local thrift stores, also a great way to show how to assemble an inexpensive Halloween costume. The I found the white dress on Lily from Aurora Community Thrift Store in Aurora, IL. For around $10, you can find a heinous but quality prom dress from the early 2000’s (spaghetti strap/A-Line) and turn it into a costume for any time period. This dress was simple, bridal looking, and the lacy texture pattern on the dress was perfect for this ghostly bride. You can easily add toile beneath to give it some “poof”. Whether you want to be a Zombie Bride or a ghost from the past, a simple white dress is an easy thrift store find.

Lost in the Shadows


She now belongs to her lover, her master. Her soul is just a quiet shadow looming in the hallways, lost and dark. Only blackness radiates from behind her glassy eyes, and her heart, though frigid, feels love for only her master. She can always feel the coal like eyes on her at all times, she can feel her beside her, behind her, inside her and around her – even when she is nowhere to be found.

Within the massive and beautiful church are many rooms to explore. Rooms that were once classrooms, a gymnasium, a theater, and more. Rooms  that were used to educate and create. Now these rooms are filled with trash and remains of people who are wasting away. Garbage and needles cover the ground while names, threats and words of wisdom proudly mark the walls in colorful spray paint. Not only does the physical crumbling of the building speak of the local tragedy, but the stories left behind of  the lost and drug addicted people display themselves on things like mattresses, boxes and old jackets. The souls of those that lost themselves within the decrepit walls are still hiding in the shadows, weeping and begging to be released.

“Every time I close my eyes
It’s like a dark paradise
No one compares to you
I’m scared that you won’t be waiting on the other side”

-Lana Del Rey, “Dark Paradise

And it is a life of love and agony, submission and power, giving and denying. She does not know how to love in any other way.

Old objects collect with the rubble and dust, tangent memories of people who once bustled inside this magnificent building. An empty fire place sits hollow, with nothing left to burn. It was the perfect setting for this dark romance.

“And there’s no remedy for memory your face is
Like a melody, it won’t leave my head
Your soul is haunting me and telling me
That everything is fine
But I wish I was dead”

-Lana Del Rey, “Dark Paradise

“She wanted him to tell her that when you love someone so hard and so fierce, it was all right to do things that you knew were wrong.”
― Jodi PicoultPlain Truth

City United Methodist Church

Photography By: Antony Caldaroni

“If you want to be given everything, give everything up.”
― Riley Murphy

Our dark powerful Master, is portrayed by the alluring model, Yuri De Luna. This character gave me another challenge to style via thrifting. Using satin black pants (owned prior from H&M), I stumbled upon what I fondly referred to as the “Matrix Jacket” at St. Vincent thrift store in Aurora, IL. With a simple black tank and a spooky cameo necklace from Party City, this jacket transformed her into a strong, sexy and feminine Master to be both feared and admired. It’s one of those pieces that to see it hanging alone in the thrift store, you grimace as you briefly imagine it on a short haired “Church lady” with high waisted matching pants and a turtle neck, but if you can isolate it and picture what else it can be, you can give it new life.

This doorway stands in front of what was once a gymnasium / basket ball court, now completely exposed to the outside. 

Lily Savage embodied sultry submissive perfection in this black silk gown, a timeless staple from her personal wardrobe. Although this once served as Lily’s prom dress, her prom was not as long ago as mine, (for example), and this classic style can bring simple beauty and elegance for many times to come.

Burning Desires


As she lit the darkened hallways, she watched the flames dance, little twinkles from Hell. She felt her somewhere close behind, unable to deny the burning sensation in her heart for the things she most desired.

No matter how far across the seas she had to travel, she would always return. For a woman that could have anything and everything, there was only one thing in the world she desired, and she would make sure it happened, even if it killed someone.

Here we have another thrift store win with both of these looks! The satin red dress featured on Lily, is a $7 Goodwill find. The military jacket on Yuri came from Aurora Community thrift for about $10. Both of these items make for great “old timey” costumes and can be drastically changed simply by hair and make up choices.

The Tio Trash team had a very memorable experience in the City United Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana. Exciting, moving, and even haunting for a few, there was so much beauty to be discovered beneath the piles of failure and traces of pain. Human energy was very much alive in this building as it’s now home to junkies, runaways and the people of the streets. It’s a loud presence of the past in the chillingly still down town of Gary, something to be noticed and not forgotten.

For amazing, creepy footage live from inside, check out what Lily Savage captured on her YouTube Channel: Lily Savage  !

The next stop in our fashion / photography Gary adventure was the old and abandoned, Palace Theater. The theater opened to Gary’s residents in 1925, but has been abandoned for over 40 years leaving crime, drugs, and beings unknown to take over the inside.

Step right up, and get your tickets for our next chilling tale!

The old ticket booth at the Palace Theater in Gary, Indiana.

American Mary Costume

Above the Palace Theater, remains random dilapidated apartments and offices, including a creepy old doctors office. This was the perfect set to create a kinky medical story from your wildest horror fantasies.

Model, Lily Savage, alerted me to the horror film, “American Mary“, starring horror’s sweet heart, Katharine Isabelle.

American Mary

“Doctor” Mary mutates a patient.

American Mary is the story of a medical student named Mary who is growing increasingly broke and disenchanted with medical school and the established doctors she once idolized. The allure of easy money sends a desperate Mary through the messy world of underground surgeries which leaves more marks on her than the so-called freakish clientele.” – Twisted Sisters Productions

The Doctor will see you now and she’s got what you need to feel much better. Step into my office, I will make all of your aches and pains disappear.

Inspired by the signature “Mary” look, Miss Savage assembled a black leather skirt, black tank, and black heels to become the sadistic and depraved Doctor of our story. Yuri, on the other hand, summoned her own inner demons and let the crazy take over as she became the demented loony tune patient and receiver of Doctor’s unorthodox procedures.

The patient is ready for treatment. There is no cure for her condition, but I know a very controversial procedure that might do the trick. 

I will first need to remove all sharp objects from the operating room. My patient may experience heightened strength and sensitivity and I cannot take any chances.

There is nothing to be afraid of, you are in very good hands. A little pain will be well worth it if I can get you feeling good.

A doctor should never assume that she can safely contain her patient.


Not only do these photos give me goosebumps galore, but for some reason I am hearing a thick Eastern European accent, several Rihanna songs and a little Michael Jackson as well. This scene was a creepy blast to shoot! Avoiding constant death and danger in an old crumbling building is one way to get a rush, but playing the parts of the demented doc and patient were a delightful treat for my twisted little Tio Trash starlets, who clearly NAILED IT!  It was quite amazing how rooms full of dirt and decay lent themselves so brilliantly into our stories!

This was absolutely the most interesting and exciting photography project I have ever been involved in and I can’t savor it enough!

All seriousness aside, there is no creepier place than these dark and deserted buildings in Gary, Indiana. The brutal reality of the situation is devastating, but bringing a little life and energy to a place like this is both eye opening and invigorating. My mom and her family grew up in Gary, Indiana and I have heard the stories about what a wonderful place it was to grow up before crime and poverty to their tolls.

This experience was another reminder that as ugly as life can be, there is always something beautiful to be found. Whether in a memory, a ray of hope, an unlikely or unusual prettiness or the vibrance of the human spirit, we have to look in all the crevices and corners to find what is truly beautiful.

Behind the Scenes …

City Methodist United Church

Once a beautiful church, now a junkie’s palace.

Desperation; the rough and raw reality.

Getting into character despite her surroundings.

Getting into character despite her surroundings.

Good thing we had flashlights …

Gary, Indiana

The old ticket booth from the Palace Theater.

Even I got the chills at this one!

Thank You

Antony CaldaroniPhotography, Imaging, Editing, Creative/Ideas, Trail Leader, Rock Star

Not only did Antony guide the way through these treacherous trails, I have to thank him for his real life guidance and constant support in my Tio Trash ventures. I am constantly in awe of his talent, creativity and positive energy. I am so thankful to have another experience working with him at Tio Trash! I still cannot get over these amazing photos, seriously !?!?!?!

Follow his website, AJC Imaging, to view more photos from the shoot (coming soon), and all of his other amazing photo adventures.

Jon “Big Jon” Fier: Body Guard Extraordinary, Crew Member

This mission would not have been possible without Big Jon! Gary is not exactly a place to play without supervision. We were able to keep peace of mind with Jon keeping us safe and guarded. Not only that, Jon is responsible for much of the amazing lighting and photo assistance and was an overall HUGE help! (no pun intended) Thanks a million!

Models: These ladies were such team players, hiking around in dangerous conditions, freezing their little butts off ALL DAY, and getting down and literally dirty in these filthy old buildings. Their cam chemistry is unbeatable and I couldn’t have asked for more perfect girls for this shoot! I’m glad you ladies are sick individuals and love this stuff!

Lily Savage: Model – Bride/Doctor

Once again, super star Lily brought style, energy and spunk to the Tio Trash set. With her love of horror films and all things creepy, Lily was an essential creative brain behind the stylings and shots. Her fabulous hair and make up were done herself as well!

She captured tons of creepy footage on set, make sure to tune in to her YouTube Channel: Lily Savage to check it out!

Yuri De Luna: Model – Master/Patient

Miss De Luna combined her seductive charm and love of the “dark side” to bring life and energy to the set. Her artistic eye and creative contributions kept the photos flowing all day. Her energy and humor were much needed in this depressing and cold setting to get us through the day! Love you!


Stay Trashy, Stay ALIVE!


#Vampire #HairMetal #Fangs #GlamRock #Glampire

22 Oct

Vampire Rock

There is nothing more trashlicious than 80’s Hair Metal Glam, obviously. Strung out, sweaty bodies writhing beneath skin tight leather and lycra, hair wilder than the leopard fur jackets upon padded shoulders and enough studs, spikes and chains to build a motorcycle.

Main stream fashion has been aboard the glam metal train for some time now, but it takes a confident and blood thirsty chick to pull off the head to toe look rather than just a few  isolated elements.

Motley Crue, Warrant, Guns and Roses and Cinderella show the Hair Metal staple styles

Motley Crue, Warrant, Guns and Roses and Cinderella show the Hair Metal staple styles:
(leggings, leather, wild prints, big hair, slashes, denim, studs, big shoes, bandanas, fur, hats, etc.)

Because Tio Trash is celebrating Halloween all month long, I wanted to add an element of classic horror to the Glam Metal looks I love. What is more fierce than a sexy lady vampire? Oh yea, a sexy lady vampire glam metal rocker, aka. a “Glampire“.

There is nobody better that I can think of to show you how this is done, than Chicago’s gorgeous alt model and trashionista extraordinaire, the real Lily Savage!

Vampire Chick

This Kansas born badass can teach Chicago a thing or two about the dark and sexy side of rock. The porcelain skin, raven hair beauty had to go through a small vampire transformation, but it seemed to suit her so very well. I kept garlic close to me, just in case …

The key part to any good Vampire look, is obviously the fangs. With so many fangs to choose from at your local Halloween stores, it can be difficult knowing which ones to choose. For  subtle and “natural” looking chomps, Lily recommends the Scarecrow small fangs.

To view the correct way to do it, check out Lily’s Vampire fang tutorial and review!

As for make up, vampire make up can be whatever you want it to be. Lily played the part of a Glampire, so I wanted to create a rowdy 80’s look on the eyes and classic vampire staples on the lips and cheeks. I lightened her skin with a white powder and used Lime Crime’s, Red Velvet lip velvet on her lips, for a lasting velvety blood-red pout. For her eyes I used a bright pink shadow, thick black eyeliner and enormous lashes.

Vampire Chick

I would suggest nothing other than some chunky Jeffrey Campbell’s, like these killer platform combats from Lily’s personal collection.

When you are craving a little rock and a little red meat, there is no place to grab a bite and a Bloody Mary quite like Chicago’s Lockdown Bar and Grill. Truth be told, I don’t really care what they are serving; if a place has a full outdoor wall mural dedicated to rock legends including F*ING DIMEBAG DARRELL, I am down! It just so happens, this joint has great food, drinks and music fit for a Sunday, bloody Sunday Funday for all. Thanks to Lockdown for allowing Tio Trash to rock it out!

You can’t very well be a hair banger without the constant threat of camel toe, so you will see no glam metal look of mine without skin tight leggings. When long legs are your secret weapon, why not pack a little heat with these gun printed gams from OMG Leggings ? Tribute a favorite band with a tee, in this case Gun’s and Roses, and add a glam worthy jacket like this leopard print number that’s been following me around since 2003.  Normally I would suggest lots of spiked and studded jewelry, but for that Glampire look, you want to reach for the dark side.

Just for the record, Lily had those shades before Miley!

Just for the record, Lily had those shades before Miley!

Big surprise, I get a lot of my “year round” jewelry from Halloween stores, including this skeleton lace cameo I scored from Party City for $12! Halloween stores have exaggerated versions of all the jewelry styles you love (and for le$$), spiky cuffs, chokers, blingy sunglasses and more, so make sure you stock up on your jewelry while the Halloween stores are open!

If you want quality jewelry you can snag all year round, look no further than my girl, Laura of Atomic Lace! And she keeps on doing it! Laura recommended the “Sideways Cross Ring” from the Glitter Addict Collection, the perfect mix of goth and glam!

Atomic Lace

Check it out on Atomic Lace to see it up close!

You really can’t go wrong with any Atomic Lace piece when perfecting this look!

Vampire Chick

Now that you’ve had a taste, I hope you are thirsty for more …

When it comes to metal glam, less is NEVER more. In addition to big hair and layers of every fabric imaginable, a head garment can only add to your metal glam perfection. Be it a top hat like Slash, a classic biker bandana or an occupational uniform hat, stack it up!

How could you say 'no' to this face?  You can't, you do what you are told.

How could you say ‘no’ to this face?
You can’t, you do what you are told.

The military style hat is perfect for the fearless femme Glampire. The Halloween stores are a good place to stock up on inexpensive character hats, but I found this police / nazi style hat from The Alley Chicago.

Vampire Chick

Once again, I wanted to mix fabrics and textures to build the head to toe metal glam look. In this outfit, I used velvet leopard leggings from Forever 21 to cover the necessary animal print element. These pants are perfection and a great staple item for the Tio Trash wardrobe in general. I threw some sexy lace in the center with this “Bring Me the Night” tank from H&M because it is beyond appropriate for a Glampire on the prowl. A solid red tank underneath added a pop of color, but a fun bra or bandeau underneath would be perfect for a night look. To wrap it up in some leather, I found the mother of all affordable glam jackets, right from the BOGO racks of H&M!

Skulls, skulls, skulls - I don't even need to say it.

Skulls, skulls, skulls – I don’t even need to say it.

Accessorizing this look is full of possibilities. With a classic glam metal dog collar, I added another touch of magic from Atomic Lace, because designer, Laura, will put the glitter in your glam. Keep your crosses close with these gothic style glitter cross earrings, a perfect edge for a daring Glampire. For the blood lovers, this all new “Bleeding Heart” glitter necklace will keep you salivating for your next sweet taste.

Shop Atomic Lace or Etsy – Atomic Lace !

Atomic Lace - Get there before Halloween!

Atomic Lace – Get there before Halloween!

And now, here is more of Lily being glam metal gorgeous in this look that certainly commands our attention!

Vampire Chick

Don’t look her right in the eyes …


A vampire cannot survive in sunlight, and neither can my budding photography “skills” … but I present to you a final look worth a piece of your action.

Vampire Chick

This Glampire look brings in an electric vibe, channeling the costumery of KISS and the flamboyant flash of Motley Crue. We have a lot of the classic elements going on here; leggings, spikes, cuffs, neons and hint of steampunk in this buckle halter top. The dramatic spiked cuffs and collars came from my local Halloween store a few years back and you can surely find the same looks now!

Vampire Chick

UrbanOG.com hooked it up with these “Flash Lightning” leggings, which can only be paired with my most favorite Atomic Lace earrings, the glitter lightening bolts that have become a staple to my wardrobe that I can’t live without!

Vampires are another mysterious societal rage, so if you want to rock a vampire look, make it a Glampire! Vampires in pin up, burlesque, Victorian chic and emo teens are so over done! I figured that biker bars and trailer parks have to have vampires too, so I took it upon myself to dream up what they might be wearing. So pop in some fangs, tease your hair and glam it up for a night out of neck biting and bar fighting!

Putting together your own “Metal Glam Look” is easy. In fact, you probably already own all the pieces you will need! I created the “Metal Glam Guide”, the quick and easy guide to becoming a Metal Glam gal … or with a set of fangs, a Glampire!

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

Glam Metal Style

 Glam Metal Style

For featured product info, visit Tio Trash on Polyvore!

Getting Metal Glam is THAT simple! And to celebrate the frightful month of Halloween (aka, October) add some fangs and a dash of blood thirsty deadness and you will be the hottest Glampire of the night!

Thank You

 Model: Lily Savage – See “Meet the Models

This girl is awesome and totally muse worthy! Check out her profile to learn more!

Location: Lockout Bar & Grill Chicago

Contributors: Laura of Atomic Lace, UrbanOG

Photos/Styling: Beth Hillstrom

Stay Trashy, Stay Thirsty!


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