All posts tagged: Badass Files

Portraits of Badass

The word ‘badass’ has multiple connotations. Many associate it with superheroes; others only visualize a woman who can break someone’s face during a fight. But, during the inception of this website, I always envisioned the women around me. I have quite the group of friends. I call them the ambitious tribe, a collective of women who might not even know each other but influence who I am and contribute to each other’s lives without noticing. To me, that’s badass. Sisterhood is badass. Lifting each other, instead of competing, is badass. Yes, they appear to be wearing leather jackets and their expressions scream ‘Boss!’. But, there is a vulnerability to them because, no matter how put together we always try to appear on camera, our true selves always come out. What you see here is all of them reacting to one simple direction: be your own boss. Badass is being comfortable in your own skin and loving yourself. Or at least working on it. – Raiza Irizarry, 22 Badass, to me, is being a strong, independent, creative, …

File No. 8: Jhoni Jackson, Freelance Writer and Club 77 Co-Owner

Why did you decide to come to Puerto Rico? I was dating somebody who is actually one of the other owners with us. Then, we broke up, but we were already opening the club, so I stayed. It was kind of a big girl decision. We [the club] celebrated our 2 year anniversary in February and we broke up before we even started opening completely. What’s the story behind Club 77? We were talking about having a mid-sized venue because we have El Local, which is small, and we have La Respuesta, which is a bigger venue. But, in the middle, there wasn’t really anything. Also, we wanted to bring bands from the States to play. José is in Las Ardillas and he has toured a lot. Some bands come here on their own every once in a while, but it’s not typical for them to consider Puerto Rico as a stop in a tour. Our point was to fly certain bands out. Kristen [Fink] joined quickly after. She used to own Café 103. She was …

5 Women on Their First STD Test

I totally understood Hannah during the first season of Girls. She was scared as fuck that she had contracted an STD thanks to her fuck buddy’s antics, but later found out that it was her ex (who had recently came out as gay) that had given her HPV. It’s common for anyone in college to know someone who has contracted a type of STD because, no matter how much sex ed we get, when push comes to shove our horny selves forget that there is such a thing as HIV. Irresponsible, clearly. Taking control of our sexual health is one of the most badass things a woman can do. Knowledge is power, and sexual empowerment comes with the responsibility of understanding our bodies and the threats it faces. According to Mayo Clinic, a yearly test is recommended to any sexually active individual, and that includes a pap smear and blood tests, since some diseases like Gonorrhea are not detected in blood samples.  That being said, it’s still not a fun experience to take an STD …

Editor’s Letter No. 1

Photographed by Raiza Irizarry in Paris, France (2015).  Confidence has never been my strongest suit. As evidence, I had been putting off projects for years because I never felt prepared or even talented. Those are harsh words to say about oneself, surely. But, if there is anything 21 years have taught me, is that the relationship you have with yourself is one of the most challenging and cruel endeavors you will face. Badass Files is not about me. It was never intended to be so. I had the idea one morning while brushing my teeth in my apartment in Madrid, Spain. For three months, I had been struggling with keeping my life shit together while playing a balancing act between a long-distance relationship, travel and stepping out of my comfort zone. Moving to the other side of the world proved more difficult than I ever thought and I found myself drifting away from who I had been for the last few years. I was not being badass. If I was having troubles, surely there were …

File No. 6: Anna Ottum, Photographer and Artist

Instagram has changed our lives in many ways, especially when it comes to obsessing over bloggers, their brunches and outfits. But, if this app has proved to be useful for anything, is the ability to showcase work that would not be found otherwise. That is how I stumbled upon Anna Ottum, a 28-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Having worked with Trunk Archive before branching out as a freelancer, Ottum has acquired the eye and expertise to capture real-life, improvised moments. Her work, which has been commissioned by Urban Outfitters and Mood NYC, reads like a photo diary of cherished memories with friends, nature and art. There is no posing; only raw energy natural faces. Even though she has been working freelance for only a few months, she seems quite established and confident about the work she has been making. Her work station is minimalistic. A colorful living room brightens the atmosphere as she edits and answers e-mails. She confesses to be a tea lover and to have her boyfriend as her No.1 supporter …