Hello world, I’m V.V. and my mind is EXTRAORDINARY. It works in ways that I can’t even comprehend, but somehow when I put my thoughts out there, you guys always seem to understand. Everyone knows me as “Vintage Vandalizm” because of my work, my style, and my photographs. Everything I represent is a marriage of the timeless beauty of Vintage & the gritty rawness of my vandalized city, NYC. I’m an ARTIST, so my imagination plays a huge role in my life. It takes me into a fantasy land that I try my best to invite you to. I’m like Alice & my imagination is my Wonderland. I use my fashion sense, blog and paintings to express my creativity. That’s right, my talents spread far and wide and it’s my mission to let them all fly free.
I am 25 years old and for 25 years of my life, I have grown to love being the “black sheep.” Mainstream and pop culture do nothing for me. I dance to the beat of my OWN music and nothing else matters. My love of history makes me an old-fashioned kind of gal, but my style is a mix of every era. I can be pin-up one day, rock and roll the next, avant-garde the following day—you just never know what you will see me wearing. That’s the beauty of V.V. When I’m not being an exhibitionist, you can catch me in my broken-in leather jacket, baggy jeans, a black tee of some sort and my cowboy boots.
“Vintage Vandalizm” comes from my love of the Salvation Army (SA), a place I call heaven. I wasn’t the richest kid growing up, so I learned to deal with what I had and made the best of it. I discovered the SA when I was 15 and not only was it in my price range, but I was able to stand out with one-of-a-kind pieces in a school that followed trends. I like having things that are rare and knowing when I go outside, no one will have the same outfit as me or even know where it’s from. It was because of my low budget shopping that I acquired an eye for amazing vintage pieces from Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent. I’ve never stopped thrifting—it’s inspired my art and I went from painting on paper to painting on my clothes, improvising, taking apart, and sewing things together. I started selling blazers I purchased at SA with my art work on it. It was my guerilla marketing tactics—my customers were walking advertisements of my art and that is how I came up with the name “Vintage Vandalizm.”
I never wanted to be a stick-thin model strutting the runway in whatever is hot that season. I started modeling in my hallway (I still sometimes model in my hallway), not to show off my looks, but to show people how creative I was with my hair, makeup, and MOST IMPORTANTLY my wardrobe. I wanted to show the world what I love about fashion, the amazing things I find and how fearless I am against this trend-stricken society. Suddenly I started getting tons of messages from numerous clothing designers who wanted me to model for them, and, from there, my modeling “career” was born. I’ve modeled for 1Soul Designs, Mishka, Bettie Page Clothing, Garbege, Ducksauce, Dorado, Ted D’Ottavio, Evan P.Brown, Dangerous Mathematicians, Johnny Ghon Sol, Kid Robot, Graffitilt, Sarunas Daunoras and so many more. Modeling is fun, but it’s more of a hobby than a job for me. You can’t keep your looks forever, but talent is endless.
I have many talents so it’s hard to figure out what I want to do with them. This extraordinary mind of mine is always running. Sometimes it’s too fast for my own good. I can sing, dance, paint, draw, model and probably more things that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet. I’m a one-woman show. You name it, I’ve tried it. I think the only thing I’m bad at is cooking.
Through my struggles and my accomplishments, I hope to show women out there how to say “f*** you” to everyone who thinks you’re supposed to look, speak, act a certain way to be considered cool or in “style.” Follow your own heart, create your own style and be your own person.
At the end of the day, if I have inspired someone or have affected them in a positive way, that makes me the happiest person in the world and it makes all my work worthwhile.