Tempest Couture

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Photo: Patiri Photography

Tempest Couture is definitely making a name for itself as a unique and premiere boutique, even though they have only been open since Oct. 9, 2010. The shop came about because of the love that owners Melissa Christensen and Patrick Bogdanich have for designers that no one in Salt Lake was carrying. “We discussed it for years, so when the spot next to Koi became available, we pretty much had to go for it,” says Christensen. Tempest stands apart from everything else because of the edgy bondage-chic style they present. The pieces in the store have more attention to detail and are better quality because they come directly from the designers and artists. Christensen and Bogdanich are passionate towards their pursuit: “Our goal with Tempest is to continue bringing in beautiful pieces for men and women that you can’t find anywhere else,” says Christensen. Tempest will be with us for a long time, guaranteed.

SLUG: Tell us about your first experience with SLUG Magazine.
Bogdanich: I scarcely remember. I feel like I’ve been in SLUG a lot, from bands I’ve been in, to the tattoo and piercing industry I’ve worked in for the last 13 years in Salt Lake, to volunteer stuff. The first time I remember seeing and picking up a SLUG was 17 years ago at Raunch in Sugarhouse. It was free!
Christensen: I was in a Blue Boutique ad about 12 years ago.  It was a fun experience to be in print.

: How have you seen the magazine change since then?
Bogdanich: Other than bigger and better, I don’t really feel it has. They’re still the assholes that will print anything, right? I wonder if that will get printed. I think Localized is the coolest addition.
Christensen: I think the spirit of SLUG has stayed.  It has changed visually.  The format used to be newspaper style and it was black and white.  The color print and layout now is a huge improvement.

: What is one of the most memorable SLUG articles that you have read?
Bogdanich: I only read the ones with me in them. Does this one count? Actually, there was an article about juggalos that was SO funny. Whoever did it did an excellent job of letting them exploit themselves without betraying himself or quoting them out of context. He remained objective in the painted face of sheer hilarity. Good stuff.
Christensen: Actually, there are a lot. Most of them involve friends’ success or the local music scene. It’s always been a good insight into what’s going on in Utah.

SLUG: What is your favorite SLUG cover?
Bogdanich: I like the anniversary ones with the thumbnails of all the previous covers. It’s like time travel without all the unintended consequence.
Christensen: There has been a lot of great art on the cover.  I really liked the Crispin Glover cover.  He is such a notorious weirdo.  Just look at him.

SLUG: Tell us about the most memorable SLUG event that you’ve attended.
Bogdanich: I did perform at least one Localized show, so that was a blast for me. Didn’t SLUG put together that Iceburn and Clear reunion? That was like the most fun ever.
Christensen: I’ve attended some of the anniversary parties, but I don’t actually remember them.  They must have been great, and had alcohol.  Craft Lake City has been a lot of fun as well.  It’s great to see so much local creativity displayed.

SLUG: How has SLUG affected your life?
Bogdanich: That’s a difficult question to answer.  It causes me to reflect back on all the stuff SLUG has been there for in my life. My first band is on the first Death By Salt compilation. I think of all the memorials SLUG has done for friends that have passed (always pro-bono), my first ad for my first business (Tempest Couture). Fuck State Farm, like a good neighbor, SLUG is there!
Christensen: Every local event that isn’t under the blanket of the larger media, you can count on SLUG to be there or have information about it. From shows to events, SLUG is there, often as a driving force making it possible, if not just for coverage. SLUG has been so omnipresent for so long that I think we often take them for granted, like it’s a public service or something. They work hard, and readers and event goers have mercilessly high expectations for what SLUG produces. Angela Brown is a hell of an organizer and a delegator.  You have to know that anyone who can mobilize as many volunteers and employees as she does has got skills and heart. SLUG hasn’t lost sight of why it is here. As long as that’s true, SLUG will remain relevant.

Photo: Patiri Photography