Occasionally, you’ll notice a little brightly-colored ad or two pop up in my right sidebar. These ads come from creative people and companies who support the blog and the metalhead community, so I’m perfectly happy giving them a bit of a shout out, especially when they happen to be as rad as Jennifer of Hell Razor.
As you can probably tell by the fact I draw pictures of black-metal cats and cupcakes, I like anything that can be simultaneously bad-ass and cute. And Jen’s accessories are just that – hair pins, top hats, bows and other goodies featuring cheery-looking skulls and a great array of colors.
Jen’s kindly offering Steff Metal readers 10% off all her items for the next three months – simply enter the promo code STEFFMETAL at Hell Razor to obtain the discount. If that’s not wicked enough, she’s sending me a box of goodies to give away. Suh-weet.
Since I like to know a little about the peeps who support me, here’s the low down on Jen and Hell Razor and just why she’s an awesome lass:
Who are you and what awesome things do you do?
My name is Jen and I am the girl behind Hell Razor, which is a jewelry, accessories, and art business. I operate Hell Razor out of my home in the Chicago suburbs, with a little help from my husband, Todd, and our rescue dog, Motorhead. Todd & I are both art teachers by day.
How long have you been crafting/creating, and how did you get into it?
I’ve been officially making and selling as “Hell Razor” for a little over a year now, but I’ve been making stuff since I was a little girl. My mom tells stories about when I was younger and I would entertain myself in my room for hours, all by myself, making stuff. I still “zone out” like that a lot now, and I’m 32 years old! I guess because I’m an art teacher (for my regular paycheck), the idea to sell stuff that I make just seemed natural. Making stuff doesn’t feel like “work” to me – it’s what I love to do!
What gives you inspiration?
I think it’s a bit of a cop-out to say “everything inspires me,” so instead I will make an attempt to make a list. My favorite designers inspire me: Betsey Johnson, Anna Sui, and Tarina Tarantino. I am inspired by anything “Day of the Dead.” I like skeletons, street art, antiques and vintage, gothic art and architecture, and Halloween. My husband inspires me, too.
If you could see one person wearing your Hell Razor gear, who would that be?
I sent Hannah Aitchison a Hell Razor flower (the one in the Hell Razor sponsor button actually!), and she emailed me to tell me that she loved it. I’d like to see a photo of her wearing it, because I really envy her talent and would love to one day be a successful tattoo artist like her. Or maybe also someone like Helena Bonham Carter. Her hair would look awesome with a Hell Razor flower in it!
What’s next for you and Hell Razor?
I’d like to start selling at local art fairs with similar artists, like the Renegade Craft fair, when it comes to Chicago. In fact, I’ve applied for my first “big deal” show this summer – it’s called Constructor, and it’s in the Chicago suburbs. I’ve also sent packages of Hell Razor flowers to some local shops, hoping that I might sell at their stores. No luck yet, but I’m not discouraged… there are many more avenues to travel!
Five of your favorite:
Websites: Etsy, Hellrazorart.com, Steff Metal (of course!), Sephora, and Amazon
Bands: Nine Inch Nails, Pantera, King Diamond, Coheed & Cambria, and Every Time I Die
Books: Lord of the Rings, Frankenstein, Interview with the Vampire, Motley Crue: The Dirt, and Art & Fear
So if you, or a certain wench in your life, could do with something cheery to wear, check out Hell Razor and help support this rad community of awesome metalheads we’re got here.