• The Escape Issue

    Cameos: Eph, Mica Levine, and V Piquett

    The Escape Issue

    Cameos: Eph, Mica Levine, and V Piquett

    This month we glance into the bags and the everyday of three winter time hustlers. For the Escape Issue, Eph, Mica, and V tell us a little about their current looks and guilty pleasures.


    What’s your handle? @acersaccharum on Instagram.

    Where are you from? I’m from the Northeast. So many places between. Live in Appalachia currently.

    Signature style? Eyeliner. Work boots. How I present flows with my gender fluidity and balancing that in visibility and honesty. I wear a lot of band t-shirts. I usually wear a knife and always an etched piece of Damascus pendant, but not exactly for looks. I only really wear black, but I have fun socks.

    Essential care products? Liquid eyeliner. Dirt. The tears of bigots.

    What do you carry with you? Currently in my pockets there are bullet shells, a toy lion, ‘leisure time’ and ‘brush teeth’ velcro task cards from work with kids. Chewed tea tree toothpicks, remnants of rue.

    How do you escape? The woods. The mountains, alone or in company. Reading about quantum physics, dark matter and time travel (as best as I can understand). Tiny temples.

    What’s your playlist right now? J Cole, Mortifera, Fleetwood Mac, Windhand, Sza, Sevdaliza, The Game, Electric Light Orchestra, Huun Huur Tu, Otis Redding, Frozen Soundtrack (kids).

    How’s your horoscope look right now? Get off my dick, Mercury. I’m sorry I love you, I made you dinner, Mercury.

    What do you dream about? Where I fit in with most purpose. Scoring an internship at a wildlife rehabilitation facility. Finishing building my motorcycle before spring. Bringing my kiddos to Dollywood.

    Any winter rituals or goals? Solstice came with a lot of ritual. Purge. Plant. I want to learn more about rehabilitating birds of prey.

    What’s your guilty pleasure? Fancy scotch when its around, and those expensive cinnamon apple cider vinegar drinks.

    What do you want to do more of next year? Animal rescue and rehabilitation. I bounce between working in social work and direct care/education and within animal welfare. I want to have more time for beasts again. Beasts everyday.

    What have you been craving lately? Justice. Revolution. Sleep. A Dave’s Killer Bread ‘Sin Dawg’ from Portland.

    What do you want to be when you grow up? Wise. Helpful. A wolf.

    Anyone you’re really into right now? So many, but @ironrootscuttlery, who is a stellar human, and radical, queer custom knife maker. He’s passionate about making a lot of his skills accessible, and his knives are really gorgeous – and he lets me use his grinders. And @jshia, she owns @madhousemotors and is an impressively dynamic person, parent, and mechanic. She’s beyond talented and what they do round that shop is really unique. She also feeds me avocado toast and watches cartoons with me so...

    Mica Levine

    Handles? @gentlepansy

    Where are you from and where do you live now? Connecticut born, Georgia raised, New York is home.

    What’s your signature style? This Comme Des Garçons t-shirt with CMYK flowers doodled on it.

    What do you always have in your bag? Lip liner, lipstick, coins (for loose cigarettes).

    Your sign? Bossy little Leo.

    What’s on your playlist right now? Lots of Grace Jones and a little bit of My Bloody Valentine. Self-indulgent, I know.

    What’s your guilty pleasure? Petty fights on the subway.

    Favorite item of clothing in your closet? An Alexander McQueen skirt from the SS03 collection.

    What’s your beauty/grooming routine? Rinse and repeat.

    Trends to see more of this year? Successful crowdfunding.

    What’s missing from culture right now? Honesty.

    What are you dreaming about these days? A reality where no one has to work.

    How do you escape? I escape by reclusion.

    What do you feel you’ve gotten away from? The cis hetero patriarchy.

    Where do you see yourself in 2020? Hopefully sleeping on a bed with a box spring and a frame.

    V Piquett

    Handles? @braidsofblood on Instagram.

    Where are you from and where do you live now? Born and raised in Highlandtown on the East side of Baltimore City. Moved to Essex – a small, white trash neighborhood bordering the city. Then back to the East side and more center city. Baltimore’s home, but I’ve been living in a small town in Southern Indiana for the past three years.

    What’s your signature style? 8” stripper heels and a G-string or Adidas and baggy sweatpants.

    What do you always have in your bag? Mace, knife, Krink, lipstick, nail glue, pen, journal, and a friend’s ashes.

    Your sign? Aquarius.

    What’s on your playlist right now? Angel Haze’s ‘Back to the Woods’, Kamaiyah’s ‘A Good Night in the Ghetto’, Princess Nokia’s ‘1992’, Tinashe’s ‘Nightride.’

    Any winter rituals or goals? Move slower, be more attentive to my heart, spend quality time, stack cash, continue and finish the projects I’m working on (sex worker mix tape that will be released in Feb, embroidery series, book I’m writing, and various prison/anarchist related projects that are constant).

    What’s your guilty pleasure? Drug dealers and married men.

    Favorite item of clothing in your closet? Ten-foot chain.

    What’s your beauty and grooming routine like? My family calls me their “beauty shop baby” because I grew up in a beauty shop in Baltimore, so I feel like I could talk about this shit forever. For the most part, I like to keep it simple – coconut oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, water. I’ve had acne since I was in middle school, so I try to stick to a consistent skin care routine to keep it under control. I follow the oil cleansing method. If you have acne and/or oily skin, I would definitely look into it. In terms of “beauty” – it depends on the day and how I’m feeling in my body and my gender. Lately, it’s been hyper feminine and hyper sexual. Feels like armor.

    What are you craving? Quiet, stillness, depth, romance.

    What do you want to be when you grow up? This one’s hard. I had to grow up and provide for myself and the people in my family at such a young age. Lately, I’m focused less on growing up and more on embracing and holding my child self. So – nothing and everything all at once?

    What’s missing from culture right now? Vulnerability.

    What are you dreaming about these days? Sex worker militia – femmes in G-strings strapped in AK47s caring and providing for one another, but beyond that the end of capitalism, feminized labor, and this world. More loving relationships. Less trauma.

    Projects to hype? Monster House Press for endlessly supporting me, for holding me in some of my most vulnerable moments, and for reminding me that there is hope in writing, sharing, listening. Also Trans Assistance Project. And more generally, all the criminals, hoodlums, fuck ups, sex workers, gender variants, queers, freaks, survivors just tryna get by. I see you and have love for you.

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