Who makes Ke$ha 'want to be a better woman?' What are her secrets for picking up dudes? Can she give you a homemade tattoo? Find out in these outtakes from Whitney Spaner's feature on the ascending, Jack Daniels-loving pop star from PAPER's summer music issue, on stands now. (Click through the above gallery for additional outtake photos from Ke$ha's shoot with photographer Dan Monick for PAPER.)
Freaks are what make everything mildly more interesting in life but with trannies, they make me want to be a better woman. I see these men who have way better bodies than I do, more beautiful faces, better complexions, beautiful makeup, and they're more fun than any person I've met in my life. They make me feel like I'm not a very good woman.
On possibly going country:
I'm really inspired by country music -- my mom wrote country music -- and I love Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. I think at some point there might be some country collaborations or records in the future. But I'm also really digging being called, like half jokingly, a white girl rapper. I think it's really funny and I'm going to ride that train for a little bit.
On her love for DIY tattooing:
A friend of mine told me you can [create a tattoo] with pen ink and asafety pin and I was like 'That's amazing. I could give tattoos atanywhere in the world at any hotel.' I saw this hot dude recently and Igave him a tattoo sitting in the lobby of the hotel. I was just like'Can I borrow a pen and a sewing kit?' I think I got an admirer out ofthat one.
On being a 'pervert:'
I wouldn't say I'm aggressive, but I'm a pervert. I have a gold Trans Am and my favorite thing to do in the world is to drive around blasting Zeppelin or Sabbath, cat calling dudes. It doesn't work, but it's fun.
On her pick-up methods in bars:
I usually do something ridiculous like send him over a shot of whiskey and then spank him. Something like that.
On whether Jack Daniels is really her drink of choice:
I like whiskey and I like red wine -- those are my two favorites. I love to lie around my house listening to vinyl records and drinking red wine. It's amazing. But I'm never home, so...