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One-of-a-kind Hand Painted Jackets & Accessories
Words by Kurt Diserio — Photos by Alexa Diserio
Through painting, sculpting, photography, and fashion, Masha Vereshchenko has been immersed in a wide range of art forms throughout her life. The journey to Pittsburgh started when she moved from a small city near Moscow to Detroit at twelve years old. From her experience, Detroit was a very dangerous place that required both a hardened demeanor and a little luck. This jarring environment grew on Masha, and she developed an attraction towards the chaos and drama.
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
These different life circumstances and surroundings helped shape Masha’s creative growth, and she eventually left Detroit to attend the Pittsburgh Art Institute for special effects. She quickly became uninterested but stuck around the city doing art. Intrigued by photographing Pittsburgh’s drag culture, she developed her own style of “club kid” makeup. This landed her modeling jobs with fashion designers in New York City and a Vogue Italia photoshoot featuring Susanne Bartsch, the famous club promoter and nightlife icon. In addition, Masha worked with the talented artist and designer, Muffinhead, modeling an outfit for a book he’s working on.
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
In September 2017, Masha took her skills as an artist and started Electric Catfish, a new project that will excite anyone looking for something different in Pittsburgh. What immediately struck our interest was her hand-painted jackets, gloves, and accessories. As she described it, “I hustled for a while, then got the idea to play with jackets and jewelry. I consider myself a jacket whore—they’re hard to resist.”
Typically she will find used jackets to work with. Other times customers will provide her with the jackets, giving her an idea of what they might be looking for creatively. The work can take anywhere between a week to a month, and the price depends on the work involved.
Leather jackets are great, but a completely custom leather jacket is even better. So check out the Electric Catfish Etsy store or Instagram page, and contact Masha for a quote.
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
Electric Catfish Custom Painted Leather Denim Jackets
  • Featured in Issue 003
  • ELECTRIC CATFISH
  • Masha Vereshchenko
  • etsy.com/shop/electriccatfishshop
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  • Words by KURT DISERIO
  • Photos by ALEXA DISERIO
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