If you’re looking for eroticism, occultism and fierceness, then Malie Huffman’s badass bitches will surely satisfy your cravings.
Malie is a fiery illustrator from Los Angeles who defines herself as “colder than a freezer, cooler than a fan”, which is also the best way to describe the empowered, fearless women who populate her twisted, beautiful mind.
Let’s get closer to this wild chick!
Hello Malie and welcome to Visual Satiation!
Let’s start off by introducing yourself: Who is Malie Huffman?
Hi! I’m an illustrator and painter born and raised in Los Angeles. I’ve been drawing since I can remember, and have been working on building my own style since I was 17. When I’m not drawing or painting, I manage a local vintage store in Los Feliz.
What was your quarantine like?
My time spent under quarantine was actually much needed. I learned a lot about myself and where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I actually developed a weird hormone imbalance during this time which made me examine how I’ve been treating my body. So I’m coming out of it a much healthier and happier person.
What about your background shaped the person and the artist you are today?
I’m half Japanese so I grew up watching a lot of anime and reading a lot of shōjo manga. There was so much overt sexuality that was represented in a lot of the shows I watched and it made me recognize the female form early on.
“Mars”, Fuyumi Souryo
What kind of themes feed your creativity, and how do you usually work?
It changes a lot. I was very into Shibari, the Japanese art of rope bondage, for a bit. I made a zine of different drawings of girls tied up. I still love the imagery of it. Recently though I’ve been attracted to esoteric imagery and the occult. I started working on a tarot deck which I finally finished during quarantine. Since then I’ve been wanting to make more art and illustrations within the themes of magic, astrology, witchcraft, etc.
You have lots of tattoos! How many do you have so far, and what are the stories behind your favorites (if you have any)? Do you tattoo as well?
Too many to count. I did this dumb story on Instagram where you try to place all your tattoos on this form by only using gifs and emojis and it was actually really tough to remember all the ones I have. One of my favorites is the one on my palm. It’s a sigil for the demon Furcas. My friends and I went into a deep demonology dive and found out that there are demons that are assigned weeks out of the year (almost like astrology) so we all decided to get our demons sigils permanently placed onto the most painful spot to get tattooed.
I’ve been practicing stick and pokes on myself and my loved ones. I need more practice but I think I’m getting better.
What’s your idea of femininity, and who are your all-time favorite female heroes?
My idea of femininity spreads on so many different broad spectrums but if I were to narrow that down and solely speak for myself and what makes me feel feminine, my personal idea of femininity is being comfortable and confident in your own skin.
My all time favorite female hero is my mom. She had to raise a kid by herself in Los Angeles and I definitely didn’t make it easy for her.
Besides being a fierce artist, what’s another unknown talent of yours?
I’m really good at picking stuff up with my feet. I have really long toes and I can do a lot with my feet. I can pick up various items, I can write my name, I can light a match. I’ve tried to bank off this with foot fetishists but unfortunately I haven’t had any luck financially doing so. Maybe I’m not putting myself out there enough.
What else do you like to do when you’re not drawing badass women?
It’s a pretty rare statement but I actually really like my job at the vintage store I work at. I’m a buyer so I get to go through clothes constantly and learn new things about designers, tailoring, fabrics, trends, etc.
It’s very fascinating and keeps me stimulated.
Los Angeles is known for being a pretty wild city, and you seem to be a wild one too… Tell me about a fun, memorable experience you’ve had in LA, and the most unforgettable thing you’ve seen somebody else doing.
I’m a Los Angeles native. Born and raised. So this is a pretty broad question for me. I’ve done and seen some wild shit. Like there’s a lady on my block who runs around naked and pisses freely on the public sidewalk. It may be wild to some but for me this is normal.
I guess my most recent memorable experience was going down to Universal CityWalk, jumping into the fountain, and riding the Universal globe statue around for one whole turn.
Europe is marching in solidarity with the Americans. What’s it like being in LA right now? Have you been to any protests? Do you want to share any thoughts about the current situation?
I’ve only been able to attend one protest so far due to work and other complications. It was all good vibes and completely peaceful. After experiencing that and then seeing how police are acting and attacking innocent people at these peaceful protests, it makes me sick. These cops know they’re being filmed and monitored by the public yet they still choose to act with brutal violence.
It’s been a time of self reflection. What have I done in the past? What haven’t I done? How can I do better? How can I continue to do better? I realize that I need to keep learning, reading, listening, and researching.
What was the first place in LA you returned to after the lockdown?
Are there any positive aspects of the lockdown you’re going to miss?
I can’t wait to go back to Pattaya Bay. It’s this Thai restaurant that does karaoke at night. They’re open till 3am and the best kind of weirdos end up there.
I am going to miss sleeping in, having plenty of time in the morning to make coffee and breakfast and ease into my day, and just having overall more time for myself.
What’s your favorite drink?
Cadillac Margarita with ice not blended.
What cartoon character did you have a crush on?
I don’t know why but I have a vivid memory of having an unnatural crush on Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog. Red is still my favorite color.
Name a movie that shocked you when you were a kid; name one that still makes you laugh no matter how many times you watch it.
Child’s Play. It was more trauma than shock. My mom showed it to me when I was 5 and I was convinced that all my toys wanted to kill me. I still laugh at Ace Ventura which makes me question my humor.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Dedicate to our dear readers the last song you listened to today.
Lastly, let’s give you a few minutes to draw a caricature of yourself and see how it goes! Ready? Go!
Thank you so much for being with us, Malie!
We wish you all the best for the future.
Stay wild, safe & healthy!