Diablo Rose for Little Princess Trust

Name: Diablo Rose

What is your job?

I’m the Creative Director at Le Keux Vintage Salon and Le Keux Cosmetics.  I do all the branding, design, and packaging for the business and am the manager of our Leeds salon where I am also a vintage hair and make-up stylist.

What social causes are most important to you?

I want to try to encourage empowerment and self-confidence in women, the confidence to live their life by their own rules, and to always be themselves. It’s so easy to get pigeonholed or made to feel you need to look/act/present yourself in a certain way in order to fit in or be treated in the right way. I want to help people find that self-belief, that they can do whatever they put their mind to, whether that’s something ‘small’ by putting a little streak of color through their hair all the way up to becoming their own boss! I get so many women to tell me they wish they had the confidence to do this or that and I always say that if they love it, then go for it, do what makes you happy. We all deserve to be ourselves, in all our quirks and differences!

What charity do you support – and how?

I support Little PrincessTrust, which creates wigs for girls and boys in the UK who have lost or are experiencing hair loss through chemotherapy treatment or Alopecia.  I’ve taken an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the trust after I discovered that a manufacturer had used my image without consent on a little girls t-shirt, which they were selling to a major UK retailer, after a long process I was able to successfully pursue a copyright infringement case against the manufacturer. I didn’t want to remain stock of the t-shirts to go to waste and just be destroyed so I knew I could do something more valuable with them, so I will be selling them and organizing a huge raffle to try to raise as much money as I possibly can for The Little Princess Trust.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?

I’ve known about the trust for some time now and have always thought it was an incredible cause, I couldn’t possibly imagine going through cancer treatment at such a young age, the gesture of creating a real hair wig as close to their own hair as possible to help with the side effects of chemotherapy treatment can make such a difference to the girls and boys experience and coping.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?

They can visit my social media pages for information on how to buy, donate or share the information. I’d love to be able to make this a really big fundraiser so every little way people can get involved or share would be amazing. facebook.com/theDiabloRose. My Instagram is @diablorose. Or if there are any companies who’d like to get involved and donate prizes you can get in touch at [email protected]

How would you define social responsibility?

Social responsibility to me is about being able to just help spread more positivity out there, in whatever way or cause that might be. Negativity and pressure are so widely published so anything that can put a little good back out into the universe can only be a good thing.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?

I don’t think it’s necessarily the actual individual tattoos that relate to my beliefs, I suppose it’s the choice to get them in the first place; my choice. Considering tattoos are so hugely popular now you still come across negativity and assumptions by some people which is ridiculous! I firmly believe it’s no one’s choice but you’re own what you decide to do with your body and people should be more respectful of that in how they treat each other.

Quick list of tattoos and artists:

My awesome tattoo artist for the past few years has been Scott Mustapic at Mustapic and Jamieson in Leeds, I also love Sam Whitehead at Blind Eye Tattoo Co. in Leeds and I’m hoping to get lots more pieces from in the future!

Check out: Joan Jett for Farm Sanctuary

Moniece Slaughter for ALFALIT

Moniece Slaughter

What is your job? 

Currently, I co-star on Vh1’s “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” — Season 2 premieres Aug 31st. This season, I will be dropping a new music video and EP.

What social causes are most important to you?

I’m all in for equal rights for women which will still do not have in the United States — the Equal Rights Amendment is needed to protect women from sex discrimination.

What charity do you support?

Alfalit offers programs in literacy, basic education, preschool, health, nutrition, and community development to the poorest in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Portugal, and the United States.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular? Is there a personal tie?

As a mother, I am hands-on in my son’s education, and teach him how to read and write. Illiteracy is a global epidemic that results in so many other serious socio-economic issues.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? 

Absolutely. Visit www.alfalit.org and support their programs.

Quick list of your tattoos? 

Floral half sleeve. My son’s bday in Roman Numerals. Supreme on my rib cage. My son’s name. Butterfly on my hip. Dragon on my back. Dollar sign behind my ear.

Check out: The Ike Foundation: Take A Kid Fishing

Jesse Sarvinski for Red Eye

Name: Jesse Sarvinski

What is your job?

I am a songwriter, vocalist, and producer but I also like to include visual artists because one of my favorite things is to see a song come to life through the medium of the music video. I love to collaborate with other artists and see their interpretations of the song. 

What social causes are most important to you? 

I’m really big on health and nutrition. I believe in the power of the human body, mind, and diet and I live by the words “Let Thy Food be Thy Medicine” so I try and spread the word that you really and truly can feel better based on what you put into your body. Don’t get me wrong I can definitely slam down a pizza from time to time but in general, I like to eat clean; fruits and nuts, vegetables, lean meats, and food that comes from the Earth and has not been tainted or processed. 

What charity do you support – and how?  

I work with a couple here in LA but primarily a group called Red Eye. They are really big on spreading the arts and working with primarily children but adults also, helping people feel empowered. It’s really awesome to be a part of that.  They do so much for the community and I take part when I can. Really great people. Compassionate and excited about life and helping others. Also, a recording artist friend of mine and myself spend a lot of time on the projects, Watts.

We go and hang out with the kids, play music with them, and take them to shows that they might not ordinarily have the opportunity to see and it’s a really good time. I’m very big on teaching children music at a young age and it’s something that budgets are being cut back on a lot. Sometimes I will volunteer and go to a Preschool or Grade School and sing and teach kids about musical history or how certain songs were made or sometimes I’ll just sing something really uplifting that they can easily sing along to. It’s very important to me because music changed my life at a very early age and if it weren’t for the mentors I had around me inspiring me and motivating me to let that creativity shine, the trajectory of my life would have been significantly different. 

How would you define social responsibility?

I think social responsibility really boils down to love and acceptance and sometimes those words can sound so cliche or mawkishly sentimental but it really does. We need to keep our walls down and realize that just because we have different skin colors or religions or languages or places of origin, the same things make our hearts beat. We all need food and water, we all need sleep, and we all need love. It’s a really simple premise that might sound naive but I really do believe it’s that simple. I think that you just need to give your brother a helping hand sometimes. Ya know if some homeless guy asks you for money, is it really gonna kill you to give him a dollar? There is enough to go around for everyone and it’s important to keep your mindset in a place of abundance and not in a place of scarcity and lack. 

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?

I believe in the interconnectedness of everything so I think that that would naturally be reflected in my tattoos. On my wrist I have one that reads “One Life” – again alluding to the idea that we are all one, it’s all one, and it goes on and on, as far as I’m concerned. I guess it’s just a reminder to do the right thing in life. On my forearm, I have a guitar because music is so important to me and I just loved the idea of having it there and it’s a great conversation starter. On my right shoulder, I have a Sacred Heart which is well-known Catholic Iconography.

Though I’m not practicing I love the mysticism that it represents and the idea that there is Divine love. You can call it what you want, it’s all different names for the same thing in my mind, but I believe it’s out there so it again just reminds me to have compassion, and the flames surrounding it remind me to keep the fire alive, keep that light shining and spread it around as much as you can. 

Check out: Moniece Slaughter for ALFALIT

he Accomplished Amy Purdy: Life Is Either a Daring Adventure Or Nothing At All

Introduce yourself?

Amy Purdy, I am a professional athlete, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, actor, and model.

What social causes are most important to you? Inclusion of people with all abilities, animal and environmental causes.

What charities do you support – and how?

The charity I co-founded Adaptive Action Sports WWW.ADACS.Org and many other “adaptive sport” organizations. I am currently looking for an animal and environmental organization that matches my values.

What are your personal ties and how did the organization originate?

I started the organization in 2005 with my boyfriend Daniel Gale.  At the time, there weren’t any resources for those like myself with a physical disability. For anyone that wanted to get involved in action sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, Moto X, and all action sports, there wasn’t much support. But, there were, those who wanted to get involved in classic sports like skiing and swimming. We started the organization to give people a place to go to connect with like-minded individuals and progress at their sport. We are a Paralympic sports club and have helped spearhead the Adaptive Snowboarding Paralympic Movement.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved in your cause or organization? 

We work with many wounded vets who train with us part-time or full-time. We also work with kids with disabilities and young adults. Most who come through our organization never leave, they have found their place in life again and we are always looking for support to help support these amazing individuals and athletes. We are currently looking for both marketing and event support in order to create successful fundraisers to assist the needs of the organization. Donations to offset administrative costs and to support the athletes in pursuing their athletic dreams.

Sponsorships and partnerships from brands that share our values are opportunities as well. We have many opportunities for large brands to get involved and we currently work with large corporate brands including Toyota and Hartford. For example, Toyota provided us with a mobility Sienna that has really come in handy. We use it to transfer athletes to and from our training facility in Colorado.

How would you define social responsibility?

We are social creatures by nature and we need each other. I’ve learned that you never achieve anything by yourself, many times it takes the help of others who believe in your goals and dreams in order to achieve them. Once we realize how much we need each other and are comfortable and successful at creating powerful partnerships, we indeed can change the world. Each and every one of us.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?

I have a tattoo on my back shoulder blade that says, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”  It’s a quote from Hellen Keller. It represents my life, the journey I have been on, and the risks I have taken. It was done by Austin Spencer Studio 21 Tattoo shop in Las Vegas, NV. 

Check out: Jesse Sarvinski for Red Eye

jme Thomas’ Motley Zoo

Name: jme Thomas

What is your job? 

Full-time volunteer executive director of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

What social causes are most important to you? 

Animal welfare, primarily finding homes for pets in need.

What charity do you support – and how? 

Motley Zoo primarily, but I also started “Cancer is a Jerk” in honor of my best friend who is losing her battle to aggressive and advanced breast cancer. I have always been a person dedicated to service. I used to design clothing (came VERY close to being on Project Runway three times!) and my goal with the clothing line was to donate the proceeds to charity. Eventually, I decided that instead of trying to get from A to Z by selling the clothes, I could instead just do the work myself instead, directly to the causes I cared about. So I have now funded 2 charities, though Motley Zoo is my full-time priority.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? 

I have always loved animals- they used to call my mother Dr. Doolittle, so I certainly got it from her, but actually, I was never allowed a dog or cat growing up-it wasn’t until college and beyond that, I actually had experience with these animals, but it changed my life. Adopting my first rescue dog was the catalyst for fostering, and that was the end of the line for me- I knew that was my calling. Less than 2 years later I founded Motley Zoo with less than $2500 and a handful of people to help. We are now an org of over 100 volunteers and just rescued our 1000th pet (since May 2009).

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? 

I would encourage them to consider volunteering or fostering for a shelter or rescue near them. Adopt, or donate too. Fostering is easier than people think- we always encourage someone to give it a try just once- the experience is the most amazing thing…you think that changing the pet’s life is the basis, but really you find it changes yours the most! Don’t be afraid to ACT TODAY in finding a way to help animals in need.

How would you define social responsibility?

It is everyone’s responsibility to attend to the little corners of their world. Everyone has some kind of a cause that gets them going- rather than talking, criticizing, and worrying ACT. Action is critical, and it starts with ONE person, one day, deciding the solution is in their hands.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your work?  

Yes, I have 2 cats on my lower back — my first 2 kitties. I have a large cat on my bicep, the incarnation of all my black kitties to date (4). I am trying to work out getting a logo of a cat adoption campaign in exchange for a grant…the others are Nike, the goddess of victory. This came initially from my love of the Misfits (my first tat was actually a Misfits fiend but done badly so I covered it up with the cats on my butt), but Nike was a goddess with fiery golden hair (same as mine) and through the many adversities in my life, I have triumphed. It is across my full back- my first anniversary present from my husband, also the artist.

He wouldn’t do it for me when we first met because he thought I’d regret it if we broke up…but I told him that was silly- and after a year, and knowing we were to marry, he agreed! I added lilies to her feet when my mother died(she bred many new kinds of them). I also have a compass, that 2 of my other friends have. My one friend died suddenly as well so it means even more to me now. All of my tats mean something important to me- and I plan to get a sleeve of animals, clearly dedicated to all my charitable efforts too.

Your artist?  

Bryan Thomas, my husband. The most talented artist ever! He only moonlights as an artist now but used to work in a shop.

Check out: Shawne “Lights Out” Merriman for Homelessness

Jesse McFaddin: Music Activism

Name: Jesse McFaddin

What is your job?  Music artist, (lead vocalist & guitarist for RIZE, member of hip-hop collective E.D.O., music producer & clothing designer.

What social causes are most important to you?

I’m most interested in causes that generate hope and opportunity for the youth or strive to make the future better than today. These are the people that are really going to make tomorrow a better place.

What charities do you support – and how?

I’m currently supporting the charity El SistemaJapan which was founded in Venezuela. El Sistema Japan is a music-centric charity organization that develops and funds music education programs for the youth. I donate my time and influence to this charity. In addition to the Venezuelan-based chapter of El Sistema Japan, I’m also working to create a branch in Japan with courses planned for the people of Tohoku which is the region of Japan that was worst hit by the 3.11.11 earthquake.

I am also the spokesperson for No Water No Chemical which is a retail ecological initiative formed by the french denim designer Marithe + Francois Girbaud. The concept is to find a way to produce quality denim that doesn’t have as strong of an impact on the environment in terms of water usage and the chemicals used to make denim.

Why do you have a passion for these in particular, is there a personal tie?

El Sistema Japan is totally in line with my current project = “Stand Up!”. It encourages the youth and gets them excited about the future. “Stand Up!” is a concept where people can connect directly with me to create mash-ups of raw tracks that I’ve created. It fosters creativity and encourages a new generation of up-and-coming producers and artists to express themselves through a positive outlet. By doing this, the project gives everybody “HOPE”.

I really feel that music is essential to life. Music is a form of emotion and it can move people in a variety of ways. Not long after the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, I started a movement called “Bring the Hope”. Basically, it was a concert-oriented event where people came together through the power of music to unify and encourage each other to give back and help their fellow man. Although it was based in Japan, it really motivated a lot of Japanese youth to become civic-minded and to donate to charities that were working on the ground in Haiti. And then almost a year later, the same type of disaster-hit Japan, and it really motivated me to keep the “Bring the Hope” campaign going, especially since I was seeing firsthand how devastating of an impact a natural disaster can make not just on the individual but on the community at large as well.

Most of your American audience may not know this, but my father, Char, is a musician as well and I grew up around music my whole life. So, I understand what kind of an outlet it can provide to the youth. It was definitely something that I turned to as a child and it has stayed with me since then. Music is like breathing to me – it’s essential! So, when I see that creative outlet being deprived of other children, I just want to help them. I know how necessary it is to have a space to express yourself, and music is the perfect medium for that.

With No Water No Chemical, it’s a similar idea to me. People in a position to make a positive change are doing so. More importantly, they’re not waiting for a government agency or a retail watchdog to tell them to make a change now. Instead, the people at Marithe + Francois Girbaud are taking the initiative and I respect and admire that.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?

Absolutely! Get involved in your community and take ownership! I’m a big believer in the idea of “Stand”. By this, I mean that I’ll stand with you and support you. And in the same way, you should stand with me and support me. This is a concept that should be practiced in the general community. It’s not just about one person, it’s about unity. By yourself, you may not feel that you have a voice or that you can make a “meaningful” impact on the world around you. But, when you stand…when you let your voice be heard, you’ll be amazed at how many people might actually share your views and want to stand with you and make their voices heard collectively.

This brings hope and ultimately changes the greater community into a better place for everyone.

Have you done a song about this topic, or dedicated a song to a charity?

I’ve actually created a lot of music that is intended to inspire or motivate my audience. In particular, is the song “StandUp” which I originally released with my band RIZE on our Spit & Yell album? And it basically focused on encouraging the youth specifically to take notice of the world around them and do something to make a positive impact, to make a change.

How would you define social responsibility?

Social responsibility means having a commitment to positively impact the society in which we are now living. But I’m not just referring to the local community – rather the global one. I think that each person has a specific mission and gift from God. And this translates to a direct field where he or she can do the most to help society with their talent. As an artist, I have focused on conveying “HOPE” via my music and other projects I’m involved with to spread the “opportunity” to motivate people. Of course, donating money is definitely important, but “Hope” is the bedrock of our lives.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?  

There are two tattoos in particular that really speak to my beliefs. On my collarbone is the word “Hope”. And on my back is the  Japanese character (turned upside down) for the word TEN which also describes TOP or Heaven. By reversing this character, I want to share and convey my meaning; Everybody can reach there. Because I don’t want to be the only one on top.

Check out: The Slants: “Don’t be a jerk: help make it a better place for us all.”

Pussycat Dolls’ Kaya Jones for Equality

Name: Kaya Jones, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls

What is your job?

Singer, actress, and record label owner.

What social causes are most important to you?

Human rights and to increase awareness about the alarming trend of bullying.

What charities do you support – and how?

GLAAD and Marriage Equality, as well as our Troops. I had the pleasure of visiting our troops in Kuwait and Iraq where I performed 20 shows in two weeks. I also am proud to be involved with Be-The-Link which advocates HIV/AIDS research and care.

Why do you have a passion for these, is there a personal tie?

Yes, I believe every human being deserves to be loved, receive love, and give love. Some of my family don’t have rights in our country. I speak for my fans and family. Our men and women fight for our freedom without rights. It’s not fair. Our country is about liberty for all, so until we do have that, I will keep speaking out.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?

Yes, vote! And find out what charities are near where you live. It is our duty to help our neighbors no matter how big or small the need is.

How would you define social responsibility?

We are the link and we must get involved in any way that we can to help our world survive.  It is the only way we will keep building and growing as a global community.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social/charitable beliefs/work?

I have a tattoo on my arm that says “With sincere heart and sincere mind” It’s in Chinese. I believe it to be a true statement of who I am. It’s also a good reminder to be humble and to give back. Also, my cross is on my wrist. It always gives me the strength to have faith in others and myself.

Check out: Jesse McFaddin: Music Activism

Sharon Gannon for Animal Rights and Environmentalism

Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga

What is your job?

To contribute in some small way to the happiness and liberation of others.

What social causes are most important to you?

Animal rights, environmentalism, and music

What charities do you support – and how?

I give money to lots of amazing people who are doing hands-on work to relieve the suffering of animals—one being at a time. I also give money to many amazing people who are working to educate other human beings about the intelligence and sensitivity of other animals, trees, forests, bodies of water, and other ecosystems. I also like to support individual musicians who are doing wonderful musical things in the world.

All of life is alive. A bird is alive and feels and thinks and communicates. A Tree is alive and also feels and thinks and communicates. We live in a living world filled with feeling, and thinking beings who are communicating with us all the time, but we (human beings) have forgotten how to listen. I like to support other people who have organizations (sometimes it’s just them working solo) that are helping all of us human beings to remember how to live harmoniously/musically with all of life.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite non-profit organizations which I love to support:

PETA, Farm Sanctuary, Sea Shepard Conservation SocietyUrban Cat LeagueNeighborhood CatsAnimal MuktiBonobos Conservation Initiative, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal SanctuaryAnimal Kind, Circle of Life, Gallmann Africa Conservancy, Rainforest Foundation, and Maverick Concerts.

How would you define social responsibility?

Being political. The word, politic means the body—the greater body—the community you live with. Some people may say that they are not interested in politics, that they are not political. Well, I would have to say that, you can’t help but be political because you live on this earth—you live in a community, you are not alone—you are living with other people. Even if you take yourself out of a metropolitan city and transport yourself to the “country” somewhere, you can’t get away from people—you will find yourself still living with people—perhaps tree people or bird or butterfly people or deer or bear people or maybe even elemental beings like fairy people—but still you will not be able to get away from “other” people. So for your own happiness and sanity, it would be best if you could find ways to get along with these other people. I think the real meaning of social responsibility is to be political –to dare to care—to care about the happiness and wellbeing of all the people who you live with. To be political is to live your life in a way that enhances the lives of others in your community—all others.

A great way to start getting into politics is to be vegan. To dare to care about others (animals trees—all living beings) is the most radical, political thing any of us can do at this time. We’ve all been conditioned by a culture, which has told us to look out for number one—no need to care about anyone else. This self-centered way of perceiving reality is simply not sustainable to live here on planet Earth. And besides that –it isn’t very much fun either to live so cut off from the rest of the world.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social beliefs?

On my right ankle, I have a tattoo of a black, gold, and red coral snake coiled around the alchemical symbols for entropy and evolution. It is a heavily encoded image, which speaks about equanimity of mind—the goal of yoga practice. The snake is modeled after a real person who I met when I was a little girl, living in the Florida everglades—this small snake spoke to me then—she taught me something about the power of one’s actions.

The snake is an ancient symbol of consciousness, DNA, kundalini, and perception. Entropy means to turn inward and evolution means to roll out. When we are able to bring our minds to a place of equanimity we become balanced, overcoming duality and the restrictions of time.  This tattoo reminds me of my project to try to attain some level of equanimity of mind while I am still fortunate to have a body—to be alive.

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists if you’d like:

Madame Vyvyan Lazonga—the greatest tattoo artist in the world! This talented and amazing lady lives and works in Seattle Washington, we’ve known each other since 1968—wow that’s 42 years!

Check out: Pussycat Dolls’ Kaya Jones for Equality

Joan Jett for Farm Sanctuary

Name: Joan Jett

What is your job? I am a musician, guitar player to be exact.

What social causes are most important to you?

Animal rights, environmental causes, taking care of our forests, rivers, oceans, air… to see that connection.

What charity do you support? Farm Sanctuary.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?

There is a personal tie because I love animals, and feel a connection with them. I became aware of Farm Sanctuary’s work and wanted to help. Farm Sanctuary has 2 farms where they bring the animals they rescue. One is in upstate New York and one is in California. I just went to visit overnight in New York, and it was an incredible experience! I met my namesake, Joan the pig! I really enjoyed meeting all the animals. I highly recommend the experience!

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?

To become vegetarian, or vegan. I am vegetarian, I have fluctuated between the two, but my goal is to be vegan. It helps the animals and the earth.

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists if you’d like:

I have a fighter jet on my left hip, done at Lyle Tuttle’s shop in West Hollywood, CA. Everything else was done at Daredevil Tattoo in New York City. I have a Labris inside double female symbols on my sacrum, an om symbol on the back of my neck, a Greek symbol for victory and progress on my ankle, a spiral with rays radiating out on my left forearm, a figure 8 armband on my upper left arm, and a triangle with loops and swoops above the figure 8 armband.

Check out: Sharon Gannon for Animal Rights and Environmentalism