The SuicideGirl gamer of the week this week is Fabrizia Suicide. She is a retro gamer that enjoys all types of video games including fighters, beat 'em ups, and puzzle games. I sat down to talk with her about some of her all-time favorite games and how she became a SuicideGirl.
I Googled the name "Fabrizia" and saw it was a type of UGG boot. That isn't where you came up with your nickname, is it?
Hahahaha... that's the first I've heard of that and to tell you the truth I am not happy about it! Actually, I came up with the name after seeing the film "The Number 23" starring Jim Carrey. I really dug the movie and the name just stuck to me. It was memorable and unique and I think it's sexy. (It's also a fairly common Italian name, F.Y.I.) Many people have said that it reminds them of the Febreeze air freshener and have asked me if that's where I got it from. Sure. I named myself after a deodorizer. If I were going to do that I'd call myself Lysol Suicide, haha. But the UGG reference? All I can say is, "Ugh." (Intentional corny pun).
How did you get into modeling for the SuicideGirls?
The first time I had heard about Suicide Girls was when Showtime featured them on the show "Real Sex" a number of years ago. I was enthralled by the idea that tattooed, pierced, punk and goth chicks were being showcased and presented as beautiful because the mainstream media and other outlets for pinup and nude modeling did not accept the idea that we could ever be perceived as sexy. I was really into Riot Girl and the punk scene in the 1990's, which focused a lot on DIY type stuff like fanzines, local music, and DIY fashion. I saw Suicide Girls as the perfect fusion of all of this, plus glamour and sexiness. The combination intrigued me because it took two aspects of my life that I thought would never go together.
I was modeling for artists and dancing, working in peepshows for a few years, and was always discouraged from looking too "alternative" or "weird." I was also happy to find out that SG was started by a woman, Missy Suicide. I became a member and eventually decided to submit my first set in 2008. I became a SG in 2010 and have had four sets featured on the front page so far. The models choose how they want to be portrayed. We control our sexual agency and choose how we are depicted in our photo sets. That is important to me. It's really different than how most non-members perceive it. We're a community, a social networking site, and so much more than just alt-porn. I've met some truly amazing people and have received so many opportunities through SG. I love it!
Tell me about your tattoos. Any current plans for more?
I'll start with the bad: I waited to get my first until I was 23. I cringe when I tell you that it's one of those lower back tattoos... hahaha. But at least it's not tribal! It's a Celtic knot work piece with a green jewel in the middle. I might cover it eventually but I haven't so far because I'm just like, screw that! It was my first! My upper left arm is going to be lasered soon - I think my taste and appreciation for certain types of styles and artistic elements has definitely changed as I've gotten older and more exposed to different tattoo art. I didn't know what I liked or why, and ended up with something I now want gone! It's a combo of something I drew and a background that was added later, including a locket, key, eye and ivy.
Now for the good, in chronoligical order:
On my thigh I have a peacock that starts on my hip and ends right by the knee. It was done by Ralph at Addicted to Ink, in White Plains NY. It's huge, and took a really long time. I got it in 2008.
All of my other work was done at New York Adorned, in Manhattan. I will continue get all of my work done at New York Adorned now. Every artist in that place is amazing. There's so much talent in there that you can't leave that place with a "bad" tattoo. I'm confident enough to say that! Damion Ross did the gypsy tattoo on my right arm, and I still love it so much. I fell in love with the traditional style of tattooing and after that, decided that this was the style I wanted the rest of my tattoos to be done in. Brad Stevens has done a total of five of my tattoos. I keep going back to him because he gets it. He's amazingly talented and has an understanding and appreciation traditional aesthetic. His style is exactly what I'm into. He understands what it is that I want even before I do sometimes!
I started out getting the two birds on my left forearm, in two separate sessions, and knew I was coming back. My next piece from Brad was the butterfly and girl head on my chest. It is so gorgeous. I think he really outdid himself. A chestpiece is a commitment and it's really just beautiful. I got a really awesome Halloween pinup from him on my left thigh, because I had been seeing so many of these done by him and just needed to have one! Recently, he did a tiger head and blue rose on my right arm, just under the gyspy. I'm going to be getting more soon... until I run out of room or his hands fall off. He also uses vegan inks, which is a plus for me. I've been vegan for a few months and only recently found out that tattoo inks can contain animal products (carmine used for red ink is derived from a type of beetle. Who knew?!)
I don't have any stories for you about my tattoo meanings. They are all art that I enjoy collecting. I prefer the American traditional style but also really like Japanese, even though I don't have any. Both styles are classic, enduring, and just plain cool.
Actually it's spelled "Riot Grrrl," a feminist DIY punk rock scene/movement that started in Washington in the early 90's that included bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobie, and Huggy Bear to name a few. It was also a sub culture of sorts and there were Riot Grrrl chapters and groups that would meet up and create fanzines, art and support feminist issues through activism and through their music.
You know if you end up covering up your first tattoo, a segment of your fans will be very sad...
Do you really think so? I don't know if anyone will notice since I keep adding on! If I cover it I can promise I'll pick out something cool! I'm not so sure that lower back tattoos are "relevant" anymore (which is actually irrelevant!), as they seem to have gone the way of the ankle tattoo in the 1980's, hahaha... but I'm ok with that. I'm not concerned with what other people think of my tattoos or trying to be trendy, but I do appreciate all of the compliments I get from fans. It's awesome and I appreciate them being so nice and that they enjoy my collection as much as I do.
So you're also a gamer. What are some of your favorite video games?
I'm old school. I looove Ms. Pacman and Tetris! I know they're simple but that's the beauty of it... you just get sucked in and stuck there forever. My favs are the old side-scrollers! Streets of Rage 2 is my favorite, I think. I also dig Castelvania for Super NES, any Super Mario game prior to the N64 (sorry wasn't into it!), and some classics from the original NES worth mentioning are: Paperboy, Bubble Bobble, Friday the 13th, and Mike Tyson's Punchout!
I also am an Altered Beast fan. Rise from your grave! Super Metroid, Skate or Die, and I love me some Genesis too. I've played Sonic the Hedgehog a lot. Once I played Dr. Mario for so long I thought pills were falling from the sky. Speaking of getting stuck in games... DOOM! Original scary game. I'm also big on Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, but Kung Fu was the original, hahaha.
That is an interesting story about playing Dr. Mario. Have you ever heard of the Tetris Effect?
Yes, and as you can see I have experienced it firsthand. It's pretty scary how long you can get sucked into the vortex of a simple puzzle game.
What's your high score on Tetris?
Oh dear... I have no idea! I'm pretty good though. That game will suck you in until everything around you becaomes a piece that needs to fit somewhere... hahaha.
I seem to meet a lot of retro gamers these days. What is it that makes old school games more appealing to you than new stuff? Is it nostalgia and that you grew up with it?
It's definitely nostalgic, and I just think that the retro games were cooler. Maybe it's my age, but I prefer a crappy 16-bit game dammit.
Who are your favorite characters to use in Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat?
I used to use Dhalsim and Sakura, but I don't really have a favorite because there are too many. As for Mortal Kombat, let's see... Raiden, Shang Tsung, Scorpion, and Sindel.
Your profile says you're also into nutrition. What is a healthy snack that gamers could munch on while gaming for long hours that won't give them a gut but also tastes good? Don't say baby carrots!
First, I have to just say that I don't believe in sitting anywhere for long hours. If you're a gamer, I know this is a common scenario but there needs to be a balance. You don't NEED a snack when you're parked on your butt all day and should get outside so you don't miss out on life and the world. It's important to have balance in life, for everyone, not just gamers.
Now to answer your question, I would suggest fruit, nuts, some homemade guacamole (mmm...guacamole...oops distracted!), and stop drinking that carbonated sugary garbage! I think everyone should eat healthfully for both themselves and for the health of the planet. I'm not perfect and definitely have my share of lazy days hiding under a blanket eating peanut butter out of a jar watching crap shows on TV, but I try not to make it a habit.
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