I first spotted Erika at the Casualties show in Medellin, Colombia back in December. Believe me when I say she stood out from the crowd.
I assumed she lived in Medellin, but turns out she lives in Bogota and traveled to Medellin for the show rather than see the show in Bogota.
There is a very distinct punk vibe between the two cities and besides Medellin is a great place to visit, nice and green, less congested and easier to get around, so I get it.
On this return trip to Colombia, I interviewed Erika and her friend Leonardo, a big hardcore fan, my first night in Bogota en route to Medellin. Stupidly I had forgotten to take a photo so I asked her if she’d be willing to let me take some photos of her when I pass back through Bogota a week later, and she graciously agreed.
I still haven’t replaced my Nikon SLR camera that got stolen back in February, so I was forced to photograph using my small Panasonic Lumix camera and from the photo feature on my Sony HD Video Camera and both did a good job. But I have a feeling it’s the model, Erika, against the gritty backdrop of downtown Bogota’s La Candelaria barrio that makes these photos decent.
I got to know Erika a bit during our shoot and she’s a lot more than just a pretty punk girl. Not only is this girl a drummer in a hardcore band, she also designs, makes and sells punk and rock clothing accessories (earrings, studded necklaces, belts, etc.) while attending school for communication.
Pretty inspiring! When does she sleep? about 2-3 hours a night apparently. Well that’s cool cause this punk rock girl obviously does not need her beauty sleep. While walking around the streets of La Candelaria in Bogota, there were stares from men and women alike, but the men, in particular couldn’t help but commenting “que bonita, hola mami, etc.” but it didn’t seem to phase Erika one bit.
I guess she’s used to it and she is obviously a strong, independent punk girl. I also guess they don’t see a lot of punk rockers in La Candeleria area, at least not as pretty and at the same time hardcore as Erika. She said she listens mostly to English language punk music (and that’s how she has learned to speak some pretty decent English herself). Some of her favorite bands include The Casualties, The Unseen and Agnostic Front.
For the rest of the photos, check out here set at the PUNK OUTLAW’S FLIKR PAGE.
Anyway, take a look and let me know what you think.