The Girls of Metal Part 2: Samantha Mae- Talent, Tattoos, and the Total Package

We get bombarded by images all day long. Advertisements, Facebook, Instagram, emails, TV, on and on and on. We filter unconsciously and viciously. So when an image stops one dead in their tracks it has to be for good reason. Such was the effect when seeing Samantha Mae for the first time. Being a tattoo enthusiast and covered a bit beyond the norm (okay- way beyond the norm), I respect and enjoy looking at quality artwork. A friend forwarded a picture of Samantha and I could not only appreciate her body art but her obvious pulchritudinous outward appearance. After one has a chance to communicate with her, Samantha wows with the total package- she is smart, funny, endearing, motivated, strong, and raised on rock n roll. We here at Pittsburgh Music Magazine predict big things ahead…go like her Facebook, check out a Charm City Devils Show, and keep an eye out for this fast rising star…

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

What is your employment with Charm City Devils? And what is it like working with John and the boys?

I wouldn’t say that I’m employed by them exactly. I have a full time job myself so it would be very hard for me to take time away from it to go out on tour and work solely for them. Depending on the size of the stage they’re playing at their local shows, I’ll dance for them. We have a cage that we set up on the stage with them and I come out and do a couple of songs. It’s a ton of fun but super exhausting! At the smaller shows I’ll sell their merch.
Working with the guys is a blast. They’re the nicest guys in the world.

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Can you tell us a bit about the times you have met Nikki Sixx?

I met Nikki a couple of times out in Ohio and another time in Philly. The first time was a big shock. I was standing on stage watching Papa Roach out at Rock on the Range and I’m super short so everyone kept standing in front of me, which got frustrating since I couldn’t see anything. All of a sudden someone put their hands on my shoulders to get past me and it was him. I couldn’t believe it. I got a picture with him but didn’t get a chance to talk. I always thought I’d be a fan girl and go crazy but I actually kept calm which surprised me. The next day I met him again and actually got a chance to talk to him, he was so sweet which made me love him even more! Last was at a book signing which wasn’t too thrilling since you really don’t get more than 3 minutes with him at those!

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Who are your favorite bands right now?

My all time favorite band has always been KISS. I grew up with a father who listened to nothing but bands like them, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Van Halen and I could keep going!! He really raised me and my brother to appreciate what good music really is and not this teeny bopper crap we have out these days. Other than that I am really into newer rock and metal like Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and so many more! But, my heart will always belong to KISS. =)

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Besides modeling and working with CCD, what else are you into?

I’m a cosmetologist! I work quite a bit so it’s really hard for me to get into anything else with the schedule I have. Not to mention, I’m a homebody, don’t really get out all that much except for the occasional concert.

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

Being heavily tattooed myself, people always ask why. So, why?

I’m a huge fan of art in general. I took numerous art classes throughout high school and college so it’s something I’m really passionate about and there’s no better place to hang art than on your own body in my opinion. It’s always with you and they tell a story. I went through a stage of my life where I was very stressed out. I was dating a guy and it wasn’t really working out and school was being a huge pain as well so I sort of needed a way to release my stress. I think that was the point in my life when I was getting tattooed the most frequently. In a weird kind of way it helped me through those times because it was a way to escape from it all. Now I’m at a good point in my life and I find myself visiting the tattoo shop less frequently and my second sleeve is taking longer to complete!!

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

When is your next tattoo and do you know what it will be?
This week I’ll be adding more to my sleeve! My right sleeve is horror themed, I have Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, so I want to fill it in with elements that fit in with the theme I have going.

photo by Jim Wrigley
photo by Jim Wrigley

What are you most attracted to in people?

Look wise, I like a guy with long hair and tattoos. Other than that I really enjoy someone who has a great personality and a sense of humor. I love a person who can make me laugh. Also, I prefer someone who is like me and isn’t a drinker or a partier. It’s just not my style and never has been.

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Any celebrity/musician crushes?

Ahh I have numerous, but I’d have to say my top 3 are Nikki Sixx, Paul Stanley and the odd man of the bunch, Jason Bateman. There is just something about Jason that I absolutely love!

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Are you loyal to Philadelphia teams?

Absolutely not! Haha! Im a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan! I’m not much of a basketball or baseball fan.

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Where do you want to be and want to be doing in 5 years?

I don’t have a specific place or anything like that in mind for my future. All in all I just really want to be successful at whatever it is I’m doing with my life at that time. I don’t plan on having any children or anything like that, I just want to be sure that wherever I am and whatever I’m doing makes me happy.

photo by Matt Ryb
photo by Matt Ryb

Special thanks to Jim Wrigley for use of his photos: www.facebook.com/jimwrigleyphotography

ROCK AND METAL NEWS UPDATE


THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE

The new record from Lancaster’s finest, “Dead Years” is in stores 9/25! Click HERE to pre-order.


NO BRAGGING RIGHTS

“Cycles,” the new record from So. California’s best will be out 10/16. Click HERE to pre-order!


GLAMOUR OF THE KILL

“The Summoning” is out 10/2 followed by the INKED MUSIC TOUR w Alesana. Click HERE!


THE CHARIOT

After recently released what could be the best record of their career, the band will head out on with For Today and the Every Time I Die. Click HERE for dates. “One Wing” out now!


THE CONTORTIONIST

After the release of “Intrinsic”, the band will be out on the road for the rest of the year with After The Burial, Veil of Maya, Unearth and Born of Osiris. Click HERE for dates. “Intrinsic” out now!


CHARM CITY DEVILS

The band released their brand new record “Sins” this summer and will be on the road with Theory of a Deadman through the fall. Click HERE for dates. Listen to “Unstopable” HERE!

POP EVIL
Now that the TRESPASS AMERICA TOUR is over, the band will be heading to Canada with Black Label Society. Click HERE for dates. New single “Purple” can be heard HERE!

SMILE EMPTY SOUL
The band just announced their plans to support HURT this fall. Click HERE for dates and latest news. Hear the latest hit single “Afterlife” HERE. “3’s” in stores now!

EVERCLEAR
After the SUMMERLAND TOUR ended, the band performed their latest single, “Santa Ana Wind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Click HERE to watch! “Invisible Stars” in stores now.

OUR LADY PEACE
After a busy year in support of their latest record, “Curve,” the band now has a new single out called “As Fast As You Can.” Click HERE to listen!

SAVING ABEL
The band will be heading out with Buckcherry and Lit, click HERE for dates! Watch the new music video HERE. “Bringing Down the Giant” in stores now!

BUSH
After the highly successful release, “The Sea of Memories” the band continues to stay on the road, click HERE to hear their latest single, “Afterlife.”

CHICKENFOOT
Chickenfoot will be re-releasing the gold selling “Chickenfoot I” on 10/16. Click HERE to pre-order! Visit their official site for all the latest info.

OVERKILL
“The Electric Age” was released earlier this year & the band continues to tour. Click HERE for tour dates and HERE for their video for “Electric Rattlesnake!”

IMPENDING DOOM
Click HERE to see new tour dates recently announced with For Today and The Chariot! “Baptized in Filth” in stores now. Watch their latest music video “Deceiver” HERE.

HIGH ON FIRE
After releasing one of the best music videos of the decade, High On Fire will soon be making their way to Australia. “De Vermiis Mysteris” in stores now!

DARKEST HOUR
After completing a year and a half of touring around “The Human Romance,” The band is currently focusing on their next record. Click HERE to watch their latest video for the single, “Severed into Separates.”

FAIR TO MIDLAND
After an amazing tour of Australia w/ Dead Letter Circus and a killer US tour with 10 Years, the band is returning home for a show on Sep 7th. Click HERE for more info. “Arrows and Anchors” out now!

CHIMAIRA
Chimaira will be heading to Alaska this fall! Click HERE for dates. The band recently issued a widely circulated band update, click HERE to read. “The Age of Hell” out now!