The Girls Of Metal 4: GQ Girl and Raider Nation Rep Metal Cindy

Maybe you read about her in the last issue of GQ Magazine (Bill Murray on the cover). Maybe you spied her in the Oakland Raiders parking lot taking pictures with fans. Or maybe you caught her on Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Regardless, Metal Cindy is making the scene and her mark in her own special way wherever she goes. Cindy was kind enough to be a part of our spotlight feature “Girls of Metal” and gives us the lowdown on what this newbie to the Bay has going on. She is so beautiful, kind, and giving we may just even have to forgive her for not liking The Steelers…

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How do you feel about your portrayal and the reaction from the article “The Violent Femmes of Football” in GQ?

If I could only change the title that would be great, but it’s too late, it’s been published. I wish they could’ve fixed the title like ‘The Women That Love Football’ or something that sounds good; not violent, because I’m not violent. That’s not what we represent. One thing I don’t like is when people twist our words when I spend my whole time giving them so many positive thoughts about my team. (I’d like to see more of ) What I love to do such as welcome the away gamers, take pics, do our charity events, toy drives, my San Jose Raider drive booster, club events, non-profit organizations and so much good stuff. We already get so much (of a) reputation as crazy, but not everyone is like that, we superfans represent a good reputation.

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Your moniker is Metal Cindy- so what metal or non-metal bands are you listening to now? Who are your faves?

I grew up listening to classic rock and metal all my life, but when I want to have my time to rleax I listen to oldies and soft music. My fave artists of all time would be Kiss, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Testament, Def Leoppard. And non metal?
I’m an honest person when it comes to music, I like Christina Aguilera, alicia Keys and many amazing artists. I just love
music…if it’s good I listen.

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Have you met any bands due to your “celebrity” status? Who would you most like to meet?

I have met a lot of band members, especially at the NAMM show. I met so many artists and I have actually kept in contact with few of them. I already met the person I had been wanting to meet, Gene Simmons, and I was so happy to be part of his TV show Family Jewels. I guest appeared as a Gene Simmons model a couple years ago at Hollywood, CA…this was for the roast they did of him, with all the comedians.

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What first drove you to become a ‘superfan’ of The Oakland Raiders and create the Metal Cindy persona?

My name Metal Cindy has been around forever. It started first by me modeling and working with bands to model their merchandise.
Then it lead me to interview bands including big known bands such as Sin Quirin the guitarist of Ministry, Brujeria (extreme metal band from LA), James Kottak of the Scorpions and a lot of underground metal bands. Then I’ve done a lot of hosting at clubs such as BATCAVE in Hollywood. After that I had my own venue where I did Sunday shows. I, myself, was the promoter and called it METALCINFUL SUNDAYS. As far as being a Raiders fan, my family are all Raiders fans. That was the first sport I ever got into and loved, and I started to follow from there, so its been forever. I just love the whole atmosphere on gameday. As a superfan I’m just like any regular Raider fan out there and I don’t label myself number one or bigger than any other fan. I just love supporting my team. I’m a very supportive person and not afraid to show something that i love and that’s being myself…Metal Cindy.

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What is happening now with your aspiring modeling career?

Right now I’ve been doing some work here and there, looking to do some different themes to model. I’ts always great to change it up. But for now I’m just concentrating on music more.

Are you drawn to dark fetish work and art? What type of work do you ultimately want to get involved with?

I hosted a fetish club in Hollywood called Batcave L.A. and appeared also in some fetish events, its just for fun
as a hobby, nothing more than that, no torture (lol).

What are your goals and aspirations for the next few years?

Music! My band I just recently formed called KISSERS. It’s an all girl female KISS tribute band to go on tour. And of course at the moment I’m hitting the studio to record original music with other projects I’m working on.

What other types of things are you into when football season is over?

When the season is over we still continue to do our charityies and our booster club events. Raider Nation is always happening
and we Raiders fans always keep it going all year round, Raider Nation is 365 days a year, it’s 24/7… 24hours a day 7 days a week. I’m also an artist. I love to paint and do clay figures for fun too.

Besides the Raiders, what are your favorite things about Oakland and the surrounding area?

I just moved from Hollywood, California, still new to the Bay. I’ve got two years living here and I’m still building my roots.
But the Bay is very beautiful so far and what’s best is that I met a lot of people in the music industry.

Any feelings about the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Not a Pittsburgh fan (lol). I focus on my team and stick to my team.

Check out Cindy at http://www.metalcindy.com/

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