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!

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The Ike Foundation: Take A Kid Fishing

Name: Mike Iaconelli  

Describe your profession: 

I fish professionally. When I say that, most people think of commercial fishing like what you see on Nat Geo. But I’m a bass tournament angler. My job really has two parts. The first is actually competing in bass tournaments all across the country. Like golf or tennis, I have to compete against other top-ranked professionals in the world. The second part of my job is representing and promoting various brands and the products they produce.

What social causes are most important to you? 

I have a few, but youth fishing and fishing awareness are my top two.

What charity do you support – and how?  

I have supported many charities over the years, but I now have my own foundation called the Ike Foundation. The Ike Foundation was set up to help get new people introduced to the sport of fishing and in particular, to help kids learn about the sport. Our foundation does this through product and monetary donations to existing youth fishing groups, and through organizing and creating new fishing clubs and groups across the country. In addition, we focus on kids and areas where fishing is not necessarily a big activity or pastime. The foundation has also been fortunate in its short existence to have tremendous corporate supporters who share a common mission, like Toyota.

Please share your passion for this organization. What are your personal ties and how did the organization originate? 

I’m super passionate about the Ike Foundation and this cause because it ties directly to my youth and growing up right outside of Philadelphia, PA. As a kid and teen, fishing helped steer me clear of potentially bad situations and helped me learn a tremendous amount of important life lessons. I want to be able to let as many people and kids have the same positive fishing experiences as I had.

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

The biggest way is to simply take the Ike Foundation pledge. The pledge is nothing more than printing out a certificate and signing it. The certificate states that the signer will take someone fishing that has never been fishing before – this can be a friend, neighbor, cousin, co-worker, etc. Also, the Ike Foundation and the kids’ fishing organizations we work with need equipment. We gladly take donations of gently used rods and reels and also accept monetary donations that go directly to supporting these groups!

How would you define social responsibility? 

I would define social responsibility as taking action to change society in a good way!

Tell us about your tattoos: 

I have ink on both biceps. On my right bicep is leaping largemouth bass. This represents my passion and commitment to the sport of bass fishing. On my left bicep is a “circle of life” geometric piece. This represents my belief in the natural order of things and how each part is important to a bigger whole. And my full-back is done. This piece represents my entire life and experiences. It includes a tree of life in the center flanked by a gargoyle on the right side and an angel (St. Michael) on the left. It is all brought together by columns and bridges that connect the different parts. All art was done by Dave DiGiacomo at Mystic Eye Tattoo, formerly in NJ and now in LA.

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. 

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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. 

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