Dirt: The original Sad Girl

An interview with Sad Girls Bar NFT artist Glam Beckett.

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It’s Emo Week at Dirt. Here, Daisy Alioto chats with Glam Beckett, the artist behind the sold-out NFT project Sad Girls Bar.

Sad Girls Bar represents a sort of goth girl Nirvana. This NFT project of 10,000 melancholy ladies, accessorized with studs, chokers, pet frogs, Marine Serre-style masks–and, of course, drinks–recently sold out, making it a bit of a hot commodity. The NFT space isn’t exactly known for the best art, so when I saw how unique and detailed the Sad Girls were I knew I needed one for myself (indeed, I’m rocking mine as my Twitter avatar, at least through Halloween). I reached out to Moscow-based artist Glam Beckett to learn more about how she brought this world to life.

Daisy Alioto: Can you tell me a little bit about your background as an artist? How would you describe your style?

Glam Beckett: I always loved to draw since I was a kid. After school I wanted to be an artist and was preparing to go to the University of Printing Arts to learn Graphic Design. I was practicing a lot, taking private art lessons, then went to art prep courses. Unfortunately, I started doing all this too late and my relatives convinced me to drop it. So instead I studied Publishing Business and Journalism. I still continued to draw but not that often, and then after several years I discovered drawing again. At that time I felt really lonely and to escape this feeling I started drawing sad girls and posting my art online. 

My art style is quite simple, I only use line art and 2-3 colors. Overall vibe is mostly dark and melancholic, sometimes romantic or erotic. Someone once described my art as ‘gothic Beardsley’ and that’s a true compliment to me.  

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DA: Where do you look for inspiration in the art world? Where do you look for inspiration outside of the art world? 

GB: I try not to look too much at other artists' works for inspiration because there’s a big chance you’ll somehow start to copy them, even unintentionally. But I’ve got some favorite artists that inspire me for sure, like Apollonia Saintclair, Noelia Towers, Nonna Limmen.

Inspiration comes from everywhere actually, from music, films, theater, literature, fashion – everything around me, and also my inner feelings. I also noticed that I’m most creative when I’m kinda bored and not distracted by anything. So when I draw I usually watch slow films or series that I've already watched over and over again. 

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DA: What was your first encounter with NFTs? Do you have any predictions about the future of artists using NFTs? 

GB: I first heard about NFTs only in March ’21, but wasn’t interested enough yet to do any research on it. And then in July my friend fully introduced me to NFTs and asked me to be the artist in this new project – which later became Sad Girls Bar. 

I think the NFT space really benefits artists, especially the ones who work with video, 3D and animation. It’s now only the beginning, but I suppose more and more artists will finally explore NFTs, and it may change the creative industry. 

DA: Where did the idea for Sad Girls Bar come from? Do you have favorite styles and characteristics from the Sad Girls collection? 

GB: Well I mostly draw sad girls, so the team decided to use this idea. Also at that time there weren’t enough true female generative projects, so it was a great opportunity for women’s representation in the NFT space.

I love all the Sad Girls, they are like my babies to me. But my favorites are the ones with the cat companions. One of them was inspired by my sphynx cat, Boo. 

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DA: What would be the #1 song on your Sad Girls Bar playlist? 

GB: It’s hard to choose one, but I’d say the I Wanna Be Adored cover by King Woman. 

DA: What are 3-5 places that should be on any visit to Moscow for a fellow witchy woman? 

GB: I would suggest to visit Vvedenskoe cemetery, it’s one of the oldest in Moscow. It’s known for its old gravestones, beautiful sculptures and mystic atmosphere. It’s often described as ‘Russian Père Lachaise.’ 

Spiritual Thursday or Spiritual Market at the Bowie bar is a must-visit for a witchy woman in Moscow. There’re post punk and dark wave DJ sets, Palo Santo smoke and black candles everywhere, Tarot cards reading and even a coffin where you can chill. At the market you can buy witchy candles, gothic jewelry and art, craft absinthe and other oddities.

If you’re looking for a good place to drink, I’d recommend going to the secret bar Korobok. It’s an experimental speakeasy bar with craft cocktails and a unique magical atmosphere. 

DA: Would you rather: live in a castle, or have unlimited access to Morticia Addams’ wardrobe? 

GB: Live in a castle of course! Morticia’s wardrobe is beautiful but too feminine and elegant for me, not really my style. 

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