Freaky Fanatics: You Keep Us Dancing!

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I saw this photo posted on Instagram by YuvaKala, a fellow artisan who I have purchased from in the past. It hit home with me because it holds so much truth…

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Every time I get an order from my Amazon or Etsy shops I literally get giddy with excitement. Yes, the benefits of having that little bit of extra income are great, but that is not why we dance or get giddy. It’s knowing that something we created and put our time, heart and soul into was admired by someone so much, that they actually spent their hard earned money on it. We know what it’s like to struggle and want to have cool things. So if our creations are those cool things, it literally blows our minds. So the next time you debate buying something from an artist that was handcrafted or going with that thing mass produced item that everyone else has, remember that for every purchase you make with us artsy folks, someone is doing a happy dance!

And to all of my Freaky Fanatics who have purchased from me in the past and in the future, thank you for keeping me giddy and dancing! You have no idea how grateful I am to have all of you supporting what I love to do.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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Creature Featured: Horror Ghoul Icons Spread the Gore

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Thank you to my horror idols, Elvira Mistress of the Dark and the Soska Sisters who reposted about my work on their social media pages this month! This is exactly what makes you ghouls so wonderful. You give back to the fans who admire you so much!

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Living Dead Girl Nicole’s “Yours Cruelly” portrait featured on Elvira’s Instagram

Living Dead Girl Nicole's "Twisted" Portrait featured on the Soska Sister's Tumblr

Living Dead Girl Nicole’s “Twisted” Portrait featured on the Soska Sister’s Tumblr

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LDG Nicole

Fangoria Rises From The Dead!

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Let’s just say this picture sums up how excited I am that Fangoria is coming back!

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Can’t wait to hoard more issues!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Kay Is Twinning!

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Meet Kay! My newest Freaky Fanatic and fellow member of the Twisted Twins Army. This is a great shot she shared on Instagram showing off her new Ghoulish Garment featuring my Twisted portrait!

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Get your hands on one of these shirts by shopping my Etsy or Amazon shops! You can also see this photo of Kay amongst all my other Freaky Fanatics in the featured slideshow on my portfolio website. Don’t forget to contact me so you can submit your photos of how you rock your Living Dead Girl Nicole creations and hashtag #livingdeadgirlnicole in your social posts so you can be featured as well!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Killer Shop Interview On Morbidly Beautiful Horror

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As a part of Women In Horror Month, the folks over at Morbidly Beautiful Horror are featuring women-owned “killer shops” along with interviews asking them questions about what inspires their work. Today (on my birthday of all days) they chose to feature mine and I am honored.killer-shops-ldgn

Please take a moment of your day to go to their site and read the interview. While you are there leave a little comment love for the website contributors who took the time to help spread the word about my work and support the genre that inspires so much of what I create!

See other places my work has been featured at by also visiting the Creature Feature page of my portfolio website!

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LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: Twisted

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Even though I created American Mary themed Dead Girl Decay Barrettes for the Soska Sisters, I wanted to pay tribute to them again through my portrait work. And what better time than now… Women In Horror Month! A cause both the Twisted Twins and myself support every year!

Sylvia & Jen Soska rock their American Mary Barrettes made by Living Dead Girl Nicole

Sylvia & Jen Soska rock their American Mary Barrettes made by Living Dead Girl Nicole

After meeting them in November and having the opportunity to finally talk to them in person, I gained an even higher level of respect for them (didn’t think that was possible with how much I already admired them). The fact that they remembered me from the barrettes I made for them and being able to have fun with them talking about my intestines and surgery just goes to show how incredible they are to the fans who support what they do. And just talking to them you could tell how sweet they are in general.

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Living Dead Girl Nicole & Husband Frank finally meet the Soska Sisters

The Soska Sisters have done a lot of impressive work in their careers but to me, their true masterpiece is American Mary. Yes, some may think it’s because of my girl crush on Katharine Isabelle but honestly, I loved everything about this film. All the symbolism (seriously watch the commentary) and how they truly put their hearts and souls into this film is prevalent when you watch it. You know you are watching a film created by horror fans for horror fans.  I was so sick of all the unimaginative over CGI’d versions of old movies (grrr remakes) and I remember thinking the first time I watched it… “this is the breath of bloody fresh air the horror movie community has been craving”.

So with that, I decided to create a portrait that emulated everything I love about Jen and Sylvia Soska and the movie American Mary. I could not resist drawing them as their cameo appearance as the Demon Twins Of Berlin. I call this portrait Twisted…..

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Are you a fan of the Twisted Twins? Then make sure to pick up a print or t-shirt featuring this piece in my Etsy or Amazon shops! And don’t forget, in honor of Women In Horror Month you can get 13% off your order until the end of February!

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See more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image Portrait page of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky!
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LDG Nicole

Jane Lane For Life

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Yesterday I had some much-needed pain therapy. I got another tattoo added to my lower arm. It is next to my Demons of Inspiration piece, and like that piece is also inspired by my love of creativity and art.

I knew I wanted a glue gun to represent my love of all things handmade and the close relationship I have with my glue gun (even if its burned me one TOO many times ha ha). So it hit me. Get my (artsy 90’s cartoon) spirit animal‘s glue gun. For those who don’t know me personally… this is Jane Lane’s glue gun. Which she refers to as Stickmata 5000 in MTV’s Daria. The name alone is brilliant and it has a lightning bolt on it. Enough said.

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After the killer design that Dave Togtman (of Black Devil Tattoo) came up with for my Captain Spaulding tattoo (not to mention how well he did at reviving my Baby Firefly tattoo), I knew he was the man to bring another one of my visions to life on skin. So after deliberation I decided that instead of just the glue gun why not incorporate Jane herself along with some fun filler pieces I can relate to about the character. I had the space to fill on my arm and knew more color would be more appealing to the eye and mesh better with my other piece. Plus she is my artistic spirit animal after all. Just ask my friend Heather (AKA my Daria).

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I knew I didn’t want her floating on my arm but I also knew I didn’t want a traditional cameo style frame (as much as I love them). I wanted it to feel very 90’s. Then it hit me. Use one of the old school box TVs like the one her and Daria watch Sick Sad World on. Have her coming out of it and accent it with pizza and a very Dariaesque skull (like the ones they had as decor in their bedrooms). Then I found this picture and thought if he can make it aesthetically pleasing it was a go…

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We did have to sacrifice the candle melting on the skull but it came out so good it doesn’t even matter. He took the empty space of my arm, my ideas, my various reference photos, a sketch of my vision and came up with the perfect piece. I mean I have seen a ton of Jane Lane tattoos and even if this wasn’t on me I think it’s the best thing ever. I guess when you have 2 artists working towards the same goal it works out well. Here is how it came out…

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As you can see my Count Van Count tattoo on my wrist and the canvas and little paints from my Demons of Inspiration piece flow so perfectly with the stacking idea he came up with. I also won’t have any awkward gaps between pieces because of the way he designed it. Just incredible. I couldn’t be happier with it.

Stay Spooky!
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LDG Nicole