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IxxP Aesthetic

One for the misfits.

INFP: Industrial ruins offering glimpses into a post-apocalyptic world where slowly, but inevitably, wild grasses will softly bury everything until the sun will engulf the earth and the universe will implode. Getting lost in the streets of an unfamiliar town, door creaking as you enter the messiest antiquarian bookshop imaginable and are greeted with a kind smile. Wooden merry-go-rounds with hand-carved horses, hand-cranked organ playing circus tunes. Ten-page letters never sent, messages in a bottle found a hundred years later. An abandoned train station in the middle of nowhere where maybe the ghost of the porter is forever waiting for passengers he knows will not arrive. Being careful to avoid an audible click between tracks so to not ruin that well-nigh perfect transition between songs as you record a mixtape onto cassette. Modern-day hand bookbinders and watchmakers. That one good line from that awful poem you wrote in seventh grade. Everything cringeworthy about your favorite band’s first demo tape.

INTP: Home plastered with whiteboards, fridge-freezer door painted with chalkboard paint for good measure so you can deal with your brainstorms whenever you have them. Chindōgu, the Japanese art of coming up with creative solutions to minor everyday annoyances that are ultimately useless because people would be too embarrassed to use them, such as the famous noodle splash guard. Fringe sports. Like curling. Disc golf. Or robot soccer. The USS Enterprise-shaped pizza cutter. Setting Wikipedia’s Randompage as your homepage, never getting started on anything because you keep clicking the hyperlinks in the articles. Avoiding TV Tropes for the very reason. Getting unexpectedly invested in the debate when it comes to footnotes vs. endnotes. Wanting to learn Elvish but getting stuck when you can’t decide between Quenya and Sindarin. Also maybe wanting to learn stenography. Or steganography. Or how to play the contrabass balalaika.

ISTP: Blue jeans, white shirt, vintage leather jacket. Wishing the multiplayer trend in gaming would go away because you like the sense of personal responsibility found in a classic adventure but getting really competitive at Mario Kart. Cherry pit spitting. Building your own bed frame out of recycled pallets. Wearing your battle scars with pride. That one delinquent character in a highschool anime setting with the key to the forbidden rooftop. Just… sitting on rooftops. When the silence between two people isn’t awkward at all but feels natural for once. Knees grazed from skateboarding, callused fingers from playing guitar. Collecting vintage horror pulp zines. Or baseball cards. Or pocket knives. Tinkering things apart and putting them back together again to see how they work. Patching up your worn-out combat boots with shoe goo to grant them another chance at life. The rewarding view from the summit after a particularly challenging hike.

Those utterly perfect movie scenes. Like when Luke Skywalker gazes into Tatooine’s evening sky, Binary Sunsets is playing, and nothing fucking happens but you feel that this, this is the very moment he realizes he might just be stuck on that dead-ass planet for the rest of his life and he’s mourning the life he’ll never have, or maybe he’s actually deciding he’s indeed made for greater things, who knows, but the sheer significance is there for everyone to forever burn onto their retinas. You know the scenes. Not being intimidated by an empty canvas but excited about the unlimited possibilities contained within. Decorating your dorm room with washi tape. Meticulously consistent editing of pictures so to not disrupt the flow of your Instagram feed. The plethora of colours light shines onto a soap bubble. Bath bombs. Sidewalk chalk. Not necessarily studying but always stocking up on cute stationery. Having strong opinions on the fonts used in movie end credits (Wes Anderson has a thing for Futura, by the way). The brand of escapism embodied in a Lana Del Rey video.
interview with the utterly wonderful Natalie Neal

“Natalie photobook”

“Natalie photobook”

“In the Sky with Diamonds”

“from Seashells”

“Natalie photobook”

“Kate Nash for Pulp Zine”

“Invisible Veil”

“Invisible Veil”

“Feminine Mystique”

“Magic Kingdom”

“from Rose and Sophia”

When did you first start photographing?

I started photographing when I was 14 years old. I took a photography class at my high school my freshman year; that’s when I started working in the dark room. I borrowed my dad’s 35mm Pentax SLR that he bought in the 70s! I started by photographing still lifes and landscapes on my own for extra credit in my class.

What is your favorite camera to use to photograph?

I love photographing with the Pentax k1000. It is lightweight and gives you total control. Nothing is automatic and the images look great. I will always prefer film.

Where do the roots of your inspiration lie?

I like making lots of different ideas normally centred around being a kid, growing up, fantasy meets reality. I get lots of my ideas from my own experiences and memories and from cartoons or children’s books. I’m inspired by photos of my older sisters when they were teenagers, religious iconography and symbolism, the liner notes of my old CDs, good movies.

Can you tell us how you got into filmmaking?

While I was studying photography in college I met a lot of film students. I first got involved in the world of filmmaking working as an Art Director and Production Designer in short films, music videos, and commercials. I was focusing on fashion photography in college, so to start directing fashion films was a natural step for me. Right after I graduated college I wrote and directed my first short film “Rose and Sophia.”

You have a new short “Seashells” that is having its online premier this month! When did you first get the idea to make this film?

I wrote the script in 2012. In the years leading up to that, I had become really interested in how living an adult life, especially as a woman, is impacted constantly by the pressure to change your decisions based on how your body affects other people, or based on how you are treated because of your body. I decided to explore this concept using one of the earliest times I was uncomfortable in my body, growing boobs and getting my first bra. I collected first-bra-stories from a bunch of women I know and pulled all my favorite parts together for the script. I was excited to write something that explores how physical growth mirrors emotional development, and also to address the uncomfortable fact that society is sending mixed messages about our body’s relationship to shame.

What advice would you give to all the young creators around the world?

I would say make as much as you can with the time you have. And if you want to give up everything else and quit your job to create stuff, do it immediately rather than wait. Waiting is a mistake. The time is now! But before you make that decision you have to know that you would rather live as a failed artist than do something else, because that’s the kind of determination it will take to be successful, and if you aren’t, that’s the knowledge you need not to regret it.

Check out the trailer for her new short film Seashells here:

Photos by Natalie Neal ( insta: @natalieneal )

tumblr: natalieneals

Interview by Remi ( @ghostgirlly )


Hey Pulp Zine poetry cuties and writers! Late Night Poetry Club (a compilation of staff and reader submitted original poetry) is back for November, and the theme is Splinters! This theme can mean anything from little worries, problems, or things that are bugging you, to something that has become broken and split, to things that have separated –  anything at all that you interpret it to be (those are just a few of many ideas!! And, it can totally be a poem you previously wrote). Also, your poem does not have to include the word “splinters” in any way, and, once again, you can interpret the theme however you like! We want any and all original poetry submissions for this theme sent to , where our poetry editor will choose 4 or more submissions for the post! Please also send how you would like your name to be presented and a link to one social media site you would like to be linked to if your poem is chosen. The due date for ALL poetry submissions is Friday, November 14, 2014 so send ‘em in!! Thanks so much!


Essine, The Pulp Zine Poetry Editor

anonymous asked:

how did you get to work for the pulp zine? I wish I could!!

EEE ok bby, so basically I just saw they wanted more illustrators, so I shot them an e-mail with examples of my art and they told me they were fab and that I was a staff member!! It’s been such a super amazing experience (HOLLA AT THE CUTIES I WORK WITH Y’ALL ARE THE BEST) and both of the Pulp Girls are the coolest, sweetest babes EVER!! They also love submissions and stuff, so you could just e-mail them ( I think??) with examples of yr work and see what they say!!! <3