|SuicideGirls co-founder Missy Suicide|
My Los Angeles with
Co-founder of SuicideGirls
While tattoos and piercings have become more accepted in mainstream media, there has yet to be a tattooed and pierced Miss USA or Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl. While those models remain the epitome of all-American beauty, there are many who prefer the purple-haired vixens with sleeve tattoos and a nose ring that inhabit the pages of SuicideGirls.com.
Angeleno Missy Suicide (aka Selena Mooney) has spent the past 12 years celebrating alternative beauty and indie culture through the website she created with Sean Suhl. Since its inception, the site, named for a phase from Chuck Palahniuk's 1999 novel Survivor, has offered more than softcore photos of modern-day pin-ups through the models' journals, user groups and message boards. Aside from being responsible for hundreds of marriages and dozens of babies born from relationships forged by its strong online community, SuicideGirls has become a brand that spawned DVDs, art photography books, a comic book series, clothing line and a burlesque show that toured the country for several years in the early 2000s.
|Rehearsing for the SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour|
In addition to overseeing the new tour, Missy Suicide launched a SuicideGirls dating app (Let's Date) and the website's first redesign. She was able to take some time out of her busy schedule, though, to share some of the special places that comprise her Los Angeles.
Boutique: Panty Raid (Los Feliz)
"Best selection of pretty underthings in town, and the underthings are the most fun part of an outfit to shop for."
Tattoo Artist: Marco Cerretelli of the Honorable Society (West Hollywood)
"He is super talented and has a gentle touch."
Restaurant: Loteria Grill (Hollywood)
"The food in insanely good, and the Jalapeño Margaritas and Mango Micheladas are to die for."
Hair Salon: Hairroin Salon (Hollywood)
"I <3 them! Sarah Merrie keeps my hair looking awesome and always pulls off whatever radical change I am in the mood for."
|Urban Light at LACMA|
Concert Venue: The Dragonfly (Hollywood)
"They always have super fun, unique shows."
Place to take out-of-town visitors: LACMA and the Tar Pits (Mid-City West)
"[There is] so much to see, and no place else has a tar pit full of wolf skulls and mammoths."
Bar: Stark Bar at LACMA (Mid-City West)
"Best cocktails and culture."
For People-watching: Hollywood & Highland (Hollywood)
"Batman, Chucky and the Smurfs all hang out there with more tourists than you can count."
Movie Theater: ArcLight Cinemas (Hollywood)
"Reserved seating, a bar, quality food. It's not an Alamo Draft House, but it is the poshest experience we get in L.A."
For Inspiration/Rejuvenation: Paradise Cove (Malibu)
"Beachy goodness – nothing like looking at the ocean to make you feel small."
SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque comes to the House of Blues (West Hollywood) Oct. 26. For tickets and more information, visit blackheartburlesque.com.