by Michelle Tea
Firstly you might know Danielle Jackson from just walking around the Mission and having your eye caught by the foxy girl with the flamboyantly fantastic style. Sequins at noon, amazing glasses, a shit ton of jewelry, is that a Chanel tattoo on her arm?
Yes it is. You might also know Danielle as Pink Lightning, the DJ who's been making queers and their friends get sweaty on the dance floor at the every-other-Wednesday Stay Gold party at the Make-Out Room. But today we are going to meet Danielle Jackson, designer of the crystal-heavy jewelry line Babe Alert, which she crafts in her bedroom in the Mission, a room she shares with a cat and a lop-eared rabbit named Fancy who lives in a hutch that doubles as a bedside table. If you are thinking this place sounds magical, you are correct.
I ran into Danielle on Muni and was like, Whoa, where did you get that awesome giant quartz crystal necklace? And those cool crystal earrings? And that massive spiky crystal knuckle-duster that not only looks brilliant but could double as weaponry if a fool is fucking with you on the street. A punch in the head with a fistful of crystal will leave your assailant enlightened in a multitude of ways! And Danielle was all, I make them.
Since when? "Just a few months ago, actually. I've always been curious to make jewelry, and I just sort of figured it out. Especially crystals! I was like, how can I find a way to wear them out of the house?"
"I've always been super crafty. I experimented with different epoxies and glue. I'm really just hands-on with it. It was a lot of experimenting late night, in my room. Using old, thrift-store chains and different parts of jewelry."
Where did you find all these beautiful gems? "The crystals come from all over. I try to find the cheapest I can. These pieces I've been collecting for years, so they have a lot of good energy in them. I go to crystal fairs."
How come you're so into crystals? "I just feel like I have a connection with them, especially the way I grew up - my parents were super woo-woo. Energetically, they're just incredible. They have so many cleansing powers. They're great for healing in lots of different ways. I'm a really big fan of geodes. I want to live in them!"
What's your favorite crystal? "Quartz is the most all-purpose. It's good for cleansing your energy, focusing and grounding. Especially if you're feeling stressed or having an anxious day."
"I'm a big fan of smoky quartz. It's really good for anxiousness and depression and getting bad energy out."
How come you have that amazing Chanel tattoo? "I love Chanel so much and I've always been obsessed and I kind of figured a while ago that I'd never be able to afford any real Chanel so I got a tattoo." Well, I think these magical crystals just might bring some bonafied Chanel Ms. Jackson's way. I walked out of her room with a couple amethysts for me and fellow Aquarian friends, and you will soon be going to her Etsy page to get your own natural baubles. Danielle also makes these amazing shredded raver scarf-necklaces:
As well as crazy knit chains. Like, chains. Like, if they were metal you could lock your bike up with them. Here, I'll let her show you:
So, are you a witch? "I am in a sense. I practice daily rituals and magic. And I try to stay open to the universe with loving kindness. Super woo!"
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