The people you see in this issue illustrate trans life in their corner of the world, and help show us the true meaning of beauty, international or otherwise. Our two part interviews cover both the cultural heritage and personal beliefs of these brave individuals, and inspire greater understanding of transgender experiences around the world.
Tracy J. Hayek a.k.a Trixxy Von Tease, USA
Part one of this interview can be found in Transformation 96: The International Issue
What do you like to do in your free time? The question is what do I not like to do haha! In my spare time I either find something to get my hands on including; painting, sculpting horror icons, playing all types of music and instruments, web-designing and doing anything on the trusty computer.
Do you have any fantasies? Of course I have many, who doesn’t? Mine are too explicative I’m sure for this publishing, but if I can say anything, I would have to say gang-bangs while people watch. I would think that’s hot stuff!
Transition is physical, emotional, and social, all of which present different types of challenges. Tell us about your experience of them if you could. I knew since I was a wee lad in the early days of wearing boy clothes it didn’t feel right on my skin, but my mother told me when I’ve decided to make my transition that she knew she’d be having the daughter she always wanted. Don’t worry it’s not a bad thing because I have a brother haha.
My father passed in 2007. It made me snap and I couldn’t lie to myself anymore, so I changed my attitude more than my appearance. I became blunter, smarter and didn’t care about the judgements of others. I live my life as I should, just as much as anyone needs to do.
What are you the most proud of so far in your life? What are you working towards now? I’m building an empire filled with spooky decor and a “Halloween everyday” feel. I’ve never won anything in my life and it would be a big bucket of tears to win something.
Describe the 2-3 events that most shaped your life. Tattoos are my lust and temple. I got my first tattoo when I was 18 and ever since I haven’t been able to stop. As a teen rocker, I was raised listening to heavy metal music which became a lifestyle. I used permanent markers upon myself (knowing how to draw/sketch) all over my arm, then my friends body parts, being creative. My father didn’t like me being all marked up so he told me, “If I see any marker on that skin i’m going to slap it.” So there was times I got caught…Out of no where he finds them and SLAP! haha
My family is my everything. Just like most people love their families I do as well.
At age 13 I knew the difference between right and wrong, possibilities of jobs/career and responsibilities of life which still helps me till this day. Learning respect and loyalty, and using my brain made my life easier. I got my seriousness and smarts from my father David (Rest in Peace), and my sick impure sarcastic jokes, big heart and artistic talent came from my mother Inga, who is going strong till this day.
What are some hot topics in your area? Right now its the debate of Presidency and the political system, as i’m a very political person but like to keep it to myself for personal reasons. Recreational/Medicinal use of marijuana is currently a really big topic in Texas for legalization in the year 2016. Personally, I think it has great advantages for health and other resources.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Best gift? Live life to the fullest. Be You and Never forget where you came from.
What gets you riled up enough to lose your temper? Closed minded humans who lecture on things they don’t understand or fear. If you don’t understand anything about a certain subject or person then do your homework and learn. It doesn’t mean you have to accept it but just to be mindful.
Don’t ever tell me to calm down…I’ll fight you.
You would never catch me wearing _____Croc shoes or sandals while wearing socks. Its just not cute, so stop it.
Who do you most admire? Horror Actors/Actresses, Tattoo Artists, Great Musicians, people who are goal orientated.
Are there any memorable characters who had an impact on your life? I would like to gather the knowledge from which my parents taught me and become my own inspiration to share with others who struggle and need help for advice.
Fitness/beauty/cooking/etc. is very important to you. What are some of your top tips? I am recently and occasionally working out for better stamina, because smoking doesn’t help but calms my nerves ..heh
My beauty is a personal style of 1940s to 1950s pin up Bettie Page look clashed with Morticia Addams from The Addams Family with aspiring make up and tattoo artist Kat Von D, which of course, that’s where I get the “Von” in my stage name.
Getting comfortable with food is what makes me cook in the kitchen or grill. I’ve been called a saucier for making anything taste great and texture to your pallet. I started to really get into cooking young but now watching the food network gets me pumped and motivated to use fresh produce and turning meals into tasteful art.
Music is life, we need it for our own ears to listen and show emotion through how we feel.
As a musician (vocalist preferred), I show my true colors to my fans and other people who do and don’t understand me when I do sing, scream or use guttural growls.
What has acceptance come to mean to you? Makes me feel great, especially from people who brought me into the industry, Grooby.
Talking, making new friends in this industry helped me talk to other girls that I was intimidated by because we throw shade which is fine, but I feel comfortable and I am no threat unless I have been harmed, MMA (mixed martial arts) taught me a bit so no worries, other than that, I appreciate Steven Grooby for finding something special in me to bring to this family.