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Denie Wants You to Czech Her Out!

Posted in Maiden Interviews, Maiden of the Month with tags , , , , on December 15, 2009 by metalinkshop

Hello Ink Lovers!!!

I am really happy to be a part of Metal Ink‘s December Maiden of the Month contest.

Those contest pictures were taken by my friend Marco at MCK Photography. I went to Vienna to visit my friends a month ago, and while I was there we took these Metal Ink contest pictures. Because the weather was really nice, we decided to take some outside portraits:

In this entry I would like to tell you something about me. I was born and raised in the Czech republic, which lies in Central Europe. Actually the city I live in is the center of Europe. So do you know which one it is? I can’t complain about living here, it is nice city to live, but quite boring and stereotypical for me. The majority of people living here enjoy mainstream stuff, but I love to discover new and special things we can’t see on TV everyday, you know. People in Czech are still quite conservative about everything that is different in any way. Sometimes I see people literally starring at my piercings or my tats. I can say they are usually surprised but on the other hand you can feel when people are disgusted or indignant by your body mods. I usually don’t care what people think, but their expressions can make you sad from time to time. You probably know what I’m talking about. I just don’t think people should be that prejudiced. It’s just ink! It doesn’t make us worse or even better.

They usually think you are “junkie” or pretty strange. But if we were, we wouldn’t get tattooed, we would rather use money for drugs, wouldn’t we? For some people it can be fashion or whatnot. But not for me. I think ink makes us beautiful somehow, it’s art for me. Getting tattooed is a way to express my memories, feelings and thoughts. Most of my ink has a meaning. I’m gonna talk about two pieces. One of them is a horse with chicken legs. It’s a heart piece for me, the story behind is about my great-grandma. Unfortunately she is not with us anymore, but she passed away when she was 96 years old! She was a pretty happy person and a great story-teller. I could write tons of stories about her, but back to my tattoos. She used to tell a story how there was a horse-head with chicken legs going through their village at night and scared kids and even adults. Who knows if it is based on true story? 😀 I got my own horse tattooed, and it’s in memory of her.

I have some other ink on my knee, it’s a heart with roses around and lettering that says VEGAN.

This one is still in progress:

I have been a vegan for three years now. When I was younger I never thought about how food is produced and where we get it. I never connected my piece of meat with that chicken I saw. But then I got to watch documentaries and read books which made me think a lot…. And I said myself I don’t wanna be part of this anymore! I couldn’t imagine my table without meat a few years ago. But as long as I have started to cook, I see there is a possibility to eat well, deliciously and WITHOUT CRUELTY. I enjoy cooking way more now. There’s always something new I can try. One of the last recipes that made me excited was vegan homemade cheese. My Italian friend sent me this one, and I’d like to share it with you:

VEGAN HOMEMADE CHEESE

Delicate version:
50 gr. of tahini
3 full spoons of nutritional yeast
1 full spoon of soy cream
1 and a half teaspoon of rice miso
200 ml of soy milk (not flavoured)
2 teaspoons of agar agar (not full spoons)

Tasty version:
30 gr. of tahini
2 full spoons of nutritional yeast
1 and a half teaspoon of rice miso
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 pinches of ginger
2 full spoons of soy yogurt
1 teaspoon of agar agar (not full spoons)
125 ml of soy milk (not flavoured)

Procedure:
1. Mix all the ingredients except soy milk and agar agar in a bowl.
2. Mix the agar agar with soymilk, put it in a small pot and make it boil for a 1 minute, then turn off the gas and wait another minute. Now mix it with the other ingredients and blend it.
3. Take a cup or bowl and oil the inside of it and put the blended mix inside it. Wait for 6 to 8 hour and turn it upside down on a plate. Enjoy!

Another thing about veganism is I hold food way higher because you can’t just go to the supermarket and eat right after you buy it. In the Czech republic, there are still not so many varieties of vegan food as in the US or some of the European countries. But I’d say it’s increasing. And yeah when I want something, I have to prepare it myself or with my friends. And that’s another thing I like about it. It’s amazing to exchange recipes with your friends, or share happiness while baking cookies together, or when a new vegan restaurant opens in your town and you can spend nice evenings there with them. And of course it makes me to feel damn better to know I did something for animals.

What else to say about me? As everyone else I love music. Lately I have been enjoying all kinds of music. But I am pretty much into hardcore and metal (of course) in general. But I also like pop, classical music, rockabilly, hip-hop and even disco. What I enjoy (a lot!) is soundtracks. I watch movies a lot I try to watch at least one movie a day, before I go to bed, or at school on my iPod hehe. My faves are Scandinavian ones or those from South America. They are totally different and I can see how they live there and they usually film interesting topics. If you know any good ones, let me know, maybe I haven’t seen them yet! Ohhh and not to forget I love horror movies. 🙂

I started a 365 project with my friend Andrea more than 100 days ago, where I take pics everyday, and you can find them on my flickr account.

I’m a student, I attend postgraduate school, where I learn about graphic design and printing industry in general. I have also found a job in the same field, so I am pretty happy. I love to travel and learn new languages. My very fave city is Vienna. I would like to move there for a while. I also liked Berlin a lot, because people are different there. My next destinations are the Netherlands and Poland. And my big latest dream is to visit US next summer! Traveling is one of the reason I’m a part of the SG community. It’s a place where I can meet people with similar interests and I totally can learn something new from them. And it’s also why I signed up for Metal Ink‘s contest. I like the purpose of this site, how people can be creative here and show what they are good at. I can’t wait to talk with you and get to know about new things. So if you want, drop me a line, and don’t forget to vote for me in the December contest!

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