To begin the transformation, cosmetics serve a role without taking total focus. “I pretty much always used cheap makeup, as I’m not looking for a polished result–I hate polished makeup,” Spooky Kid notes. “I just really make sure to protect and take care of my skin with products from the brand The Ordinary.” After applying primer, a stick of white foundation creates a familiar base–in his youth, Spooky Kid tried out goth looks with inky lipstick, black hair dye, and a paled-out complexion. “I was at school and a teenager told me, ‘Oh, you look like Marilyn Manson,’ and I was like, ‘Who’s that?’ and he was like, ‘Oh, just a weirdo killing chicken onstage,’” he remembers. The comparison ultimately led to his alias, pulled from the original band name Mariyln Manson and The Spooky Kids.
Today, red eyeshadow and a light dusting of Revolution Pro Supreme Highlighter serve to offset a meticulously painted canvas of inflamed “spots” and blemishes accentuated with dots of white liner. In the final flourishes of his look, Spooky Kid draws on an extended black lip that resembles the curves his signature suit might make if caught in a windtunnel. “I love to do my lips in this shape because I think it looks a bit futuristic,” he says before applying layers of novelty lenses and chalky false eyelashes. Eyebrows and hair are shaved smooth, save for two patches at the top of his head that can be waxed into sculptures to match the day’s mood. This expansive forehead landscape glorifies the stylized receding hairline look that experimental German vocalist Klaus Nomi—one of Spooky Kid’s musical references—made famous. “I’ve always listened to musicians that would represent, to me, a rebellion against intolerance, beauty standards, and toxic masculinity with repulsive or iconic visuals, such as Divine, Klaus Nomi or Rammstein,” says Spooky Kid, who started music production on his own tracks this summer and plans to eventually release a series of mixes.
Happy with his makeup results, Spooky Kid selects a cone-to-toe covering of polka dots on Eilish-green spandex for a walk through The Hill Garden and Pergola in Hampstead Heath. “I’m going to take a couple of my friends for walks because I feel like they need some fresh air after the lockdown,” he says of @trashedbaby and @traumagurlz, who wore Spooky Kid’s designs for the occasion. In broad daylight and outside of the foggy nightlife scene, the looks are often received with appreciation from locals. Still, what’s feeling new today might induce boredom tomorrow. Spooky Kid is already interested in transitioning from “turning a look to go out” to creating performances that encourage others to interact with unfamiliar body proportions. “It’s all a work in progress. In the future, I expect to evolve on what I am currently doing and take on more ambitious projects, allowing me to express myself in more compelling ways,” he says. “To be inquisitive is important, I think, especially during 2020.”
Director: Posy Dixon
Producer: Liv Proctor, LUCA
Editor: Daniel Poler
Director of Photography: Henry Lockyer
1st AC: Mitchell Collins
Sound Recordist: Matthew Groark
Colorist: Ryan Powell
Post Production Manager: Marco Glinbizzi
Photos Courtesy of: Alex Matraxia, Amber Mae Yilmaz, Anthony Lycett, ARNOW, Blanche Peulot, Damien Frost, Elle Dodds, Ethan Jones, Gemma Bell, HE.SHE.THEY., Isabella Barter, MØNSTER QUEEN, [ NO ONE_STUDIO ], Spooky Kid, TREMORS
Special Thanks To: Traumagurlz (Melanie Joseph), Trashedbaby (Michael Cotter)