#ROWgirl – Nicole Ash BATTLEAXE DIMES (@BattleAxeDimes) and (@BAXwarriors)
ROWgirl – Nicole Ash
Rebel Row: Introduce yourself and tell Rebel Row readers a bit about why you make the perfect Rebel…
NA: My name is Ashley Nicole and I’m from Toronto, Canada. You could say a bit of rebel because of the versatile roles I play in my daily life, I don’t really fit any one particular norm. I think my versatile appearance and personality keeps people guessing and they never really know what they’re going to get even though all sides of me are still true to who I am as a whole! I wear many different hats when it comes to both my personal and professional life. I go from wearing dirty overalls all day doing landscaping and driving machines like tractors and zambonis, to bikini modelling, to business professional while working with investors and CEOs of publicly traded companies on the stock market. I equally love to wear 6 inch heels and dresses as much as fitted hats and Jordan’s. People that know me in only one facet of my life may not even recognize me in another.
RR: You’ve professed your love for hip-hop music. Tell us a bit about what turned you onto hip-hop and what your musical tastes are?
NA: My musical tastes are pretty versatile as well. I like a lot of old rock like Van morrison and the Beatles, but I mainly listen to underground hip hop. I listened to a lot of jungle and reggae jungle music while I was in high school. Then I heard Uncommon Valor by RA the rugged man and Vinnie Paz and I was hooked! I listen to a ton of Vinnie Paz, Army of the Pharoahs, ill bill, Sean Price, Slaine, Madchild, Action Bronson, RA the Rugged Man, Immortal technique. I also support a lot of Toronto hip-hop, I think Adam Bomb is one of the nicest around! I go through phases of music. I’ll listen to the same shit for like weeks at a time. Right now I’m stuck on Big puns son, Chris Rivers’ mixtape.
RR: We’re big into outlaw country music on the site and noticed your photos from the Boots & Hearts Music festival. Tell us how you got involved and what that experience was like….
NA: I was able to be a part of the launch for the Boots and Hearts festival in it’s first year. A close friend and business partner of mine Theresa Longo and I were involved with a celebrity launch party for Boots and Hearts where we auctioned off luxury packages for the festival that included stage side VIP cabanas for the event. Kevin Costner and a bunch of NHL players were there to help us launch the event.
RR: You are a Battleaxe Dime, the movement started by Madchild from Swollen Members. Can you tell us a little bit about what the Dimes are about and why you got involved with the movement?
NA: The Battleaxe Dimes are a collection of chicks that share similar musical tastes and interests. The idea is to be surrounded by positive energy, positive people, and to help each other out. The Battleaxe movement creates a platform to stay connected with these people. I got involved with the movement when my friend and dime Trissy and I appeared in the music video for “Lawless” by Adlib ft. Madchild. I think maybe it was the skull face bandana that caught my interest.
RR: The Battleaxe Dimes seem like a family of like minded people. Have you met other people in the movement because you share that common bond?
NA: I have met many girlfriends from meeting them as a result of BaxDimes. We’ve done various types of work together from music videos, modelling to promo work. It’s all about networking and helping each other reach goals and potential by bigging each other up instead of knocking each other down. There’s a ton of sexy ladies in the BaxDime movement and we can all help each other by working together with love instead of against each other with jealousy.
RR: What song is on your iPod right now and why?
NA: The song that happens to be playing on my iPod right now is Pumpkinhead “Thiefs Theme” ft. Block McLeod, Vinnie Paz, Archrival, Des Devious and King Syze. I love the Iron Butterfly sample and I love how Vinnie sounds so gritty and grimy on everything he does. He’s my favourite for that reason.
RR: If you had to call bullshit on one trend happening right now what would it be?
NA: I’m almost completely oblivious to any “trends” that are currently happening. I’d probably call bullshit on any trend that is popular these days. I’m not a fan of dudes looking like women in colourful tight jeans and coifed up hair. I think we need to bring the real man trend back and leave the colourful tight jeans to the ladies. I like grimy rap, not this tight jeans wearing rap.
RR: You don’t have any tattoos. Are you against the idea of getting inked or just never found something that appealed enough to you?
NA: I don’t have any tattoos at the moment and I’m not opposed to them at all, I love when people have awesome artwork on their body. I personally haven’t found anything that I loved enough to put on my body forever, but my beloved American Bulldog Dougie G recently passed away suddenly so I’ve been thinking of getting a letter G on my hand. It’s a start!
RR: Are you into cars at all? What do you currently drive?
NA: I’m not too much into cars. I drive a Volkswagen Beetle and I’ve always wanted one since I had one for my Barbies when I was a kid. It’s kinda like my dream car I guess! It’s so fun to drive, it’s like a cute little go kart. If I won the lottery tomorrow I would probably buy a brand new one and a matching convertible Beetle for the summer.
RR: Here is your chance to plug your website and let us know everything you’re currently working on….
NA: I’m currently working on a new website. I’m working closely with the beautiful and talented model and actress Theresa Longo, and we are involved in a ton of different projects together, most recent being a bikini photo-shoot in Central America. We also recently helped with the launch of a new clothing line by Rob Roy, a battle rapper from Toronto, Ontario.
We do a lot of brand ambassador work and are currently working closely with a new hemp based protein powder called Natera. You can follow me on Instagram at http://instagram.com/_Nicole_Ash_ for updates on my website and personal life as well as different modelling projects. http://www.theresalongo.com also has a ton of new and exciting updates on projects we are constantly working on together.
RR: What qualities do you think make someone a perfect Rebel?
NA: I think what makes a good rebel is to make sure your rebelling against the right things. Don’t just be a rebel for the sake of being a rebel. Don’t just be an asshole. If you’re going to rebel, stand for something. Go against the norm or the popular because you believe in the alternative. Don’t just be a Beiber type rebel just for the sake of it. Rebel against authority, establishment, government, or whatever it may be because you’re striving to make something better, not just to be a little punk.