Porcelain Black: A Rock and Roll Style Icon
In March 2011 Detroit born singer Porcelain Black released her first official single ‘This is What Rock n Roll Looks Like’ on producer RedOne’s label 2101 Records. After the release of her second single ‘Naughty Naughty’, a flurry of intentional leaks and a number of features there is a buzz steadily building around the singer-songwriter who describes her sound as “industrial, dark, danceable pop”.
Rewind to 2006 and twenty year old Black is working on her first project, Porcelain and The Tramps. With a heavy industrial sound and a look that pretty much pre-empted the Myspace Scene Queens, Porcelain easily built up over ten million plays on Myspace alone. Six years later she has found more mainstream success with her Britney Spears meets Marilyn Manson vibe and a fashionable style upgrade.
Last year Black walked the runway to her own single for Falguni & Shane Peacock’s S/S 2012 show and has since been featured in V Magazine, appeared on Oxygen’s Best Ink and collaborated with Diesel to promote the fragrance Only The Brave: Tattoo. She’s also appeared on David Letterman’s The Late Show, been featured in AOL’s Artist Visit, opened for Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj on the I Am Music Tour and makes a small cameo in the upcoming Rock of Ages movie.
Standing at 6ft tall and covered in a plethora of tattoos, Porcelain Black oozes a modern Rock and Roll aesthetic. Since her debut as Porcelain and The Tramps her hair has been every colour from green to her more recent two tone half black half white look. Never to be seen without her sky high heels and red lips Porcelain says of her style
“A lot of stuff I wear is vintage…I try not to buy too much wholesale stuff because vintage is more original and you’re not going to go to the club and see some other girl rocking your shit”
Styled by Jen Rade, the woman responsible for much of Marilyn Manson, Tupac, Angelina Jolie and Cher’s looks, Black’s style mixes her wild industrial roots with a tamer more fashion conscious aesthetic and it works perfectly.
But the twenty six year old’s biggest accessory is her ‘whiskey-with-my-cheerios’ attitude, which she says is the point to her first single This is What Rock n Roll Looks Like. “Embrace the fact that you’re different,” she professes on her website porcelainblack.net. “I want people to feel empowered. When somebody pisses me off, that’s when I’m really inspired. Rock and Roll is about attitude, what you say and how you say it”.