Spitting Image: #SELFIE

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Every once in a blue moon I watch a horror or fantasy movie and something just clicks with me artistically. I don’t want to just add the idea to my art bucket list but I want to pick up the pencil and bring my vision to life right away. This was one of those exceptions.

Terrifier Art The Clown Selfie

When it was announced that Damien Leone’s Terrifier was added to Netflix in September I didn’t waste a minute to add it to my queue. I had seen pictures and heard about the movie but had yet to actually watch it. So needless to say I was excited I was finally going to be able to.

My face should’ve been hurting from all the smiling I did as I watched David Howard Thornton bring life to this mute creepy clown on my screen. Disclaimer: I blame my weird obsession with the circus and my love for 80s slasher films. Normal people probably won’t have the same reaction to this film ha ha. After my husband and I watched the movie I could not stop thinking about how badly I loved David’s performance as Art The Clown and wanted to draw him. I had an idea in mind already but I had other art projects and commission pieces to wrap up. But as soon as I had free time I started on the Art piece (pun intended). Pretty ironic too that I finished it in October.

I call it #SELFIE and it was inspired by Art’s 2 fun looks in the movie….

#selfie with logo

As I was drawing the left side, I kept joking around with the tagline from Maybelline. I kept saying things to myself like “Maybe he’s born with it? Maybe he’s just really good at scalping and skinning crazy homeless woman and then wearing them” ha ha. Yah…I had a lot of fun with this one.

If you’re also a fan of David Howard Thronton as Art The Clown in Damien Leone’s Terrifier then you can pick up prints and shirts in my Etsy and Amazon shops. You can see Art and the rest of my portrait work on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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Speak up for HR1187 Today!

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For those of us living with the daily challenges of a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder (feel free to read my own personal journey here) or if you know someone who is, your voice is needed to create change! Today is IFFGD‘s Virtual Advocacy Day that was put into place to be our inspiration to make Congress aware of the importance of HR1187.

Here is the list IFFGD has provided to us to help share why we need to raise awareness for functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders (FGIMDs) and my added inputs for each……

  • Because FGIMDs are the most common digestive problems in the general population, affecting 1 in 4 people in the US.

Why are there not stricter labels and restrictions on our food? Why are there so many new GI conditions? This is not a fad this is an epidemic and it’s on the rise.

  • Because many are characterized by chronic and debilitating symptoms, often requiring a lifetime of care.

For me, a total colectomy was the answer to my colonic inertia and tortuous dead large intestine. But I still live every day controlled on how my body decides to react to things now that I have no large intestine, no gallbladder and developed adhesions and complications from my surgery.

  • Because some can be life-threatening, robbing those affected of their lives and their family members and friends of their loved ones.

Try living with the worst stomach ache that you have ever had and be made to live and function like a regular person. To have it happen unpredictably to you and control everything you do in life. Having to have your spouse turn into your caregiver and miss work to take care of you. Not being sure if you can make plans with others or travel because it all depends on how you feel. And when you do make those plans have to bring a purse full of medications to control unpredictable symptoms and your heating pad for overnight stays just to be comfortable. And let’s not forget how this effects those suffering with finding employment to not only stay financially stable but to pay all your medical expenses. Not everyone can be approved for disability, not all employers are understanding and there are not enough remote work from home opportunities for those of us who actually need them (I know cause I am still actively looking).

  • Because they remain poorly understood, and those affected are often misdiagnosed or mistreated.

I was misdiagnosed for 8 years and had every test imaginable. It was not until I traveled to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and saw their specialist that I was able to finally get answers and the proper surgery I needed. Doctors here were telling me I had IBS and acid reflux and the whole time my large intestine was literally dieing inside of me. I was also told by one surgeon that I needed a colostomy bag to diagnosis what was wrong with me. Luckily I stuck to my gut (pun intended) and didn’t trust what these doctors were telling me. I literally had to go online and research my symptoms and talk to others who were also suffering to get answers. At many times after doing so I would have to ask doctors to perform tests on me that they didn’t even think to try.

  • Because no cures and few effective treatments exist

During my misdiagnosed years the doctors were trying to pump me with fiber and other medications that was actually making my symptoms worse. Many of us suffering can not get approved for medical marijuana for pain, nausea and to help with appetite because our conditions are not cookie cutter and on a list. Yet we can be prescribed narcotics/opiates that help with the pain but actually cause other organs in our body to fail, our symptoms to get worse, and are contributing to the rise of addiction. On top of all of that, many of us have new conditions (anxiety, depression, other organs issues) caused by the years of not getting treatment that we needed and trying to live and function like everyone else.

For all of these reasons, and more, we are taking a stand for the millions of Americans affected by asking our House Members of Congress to cosponsor The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 1187).

Here are 3 ways you can take action:

  1. Find your House Congressional Representative and send an email (use this sample letter for inspiration).
  2. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s healthcare staff member.
  3. Find your Representative’s Twitter handle or Facebook profile and share your message on social media with #HR1187.

Working together on Advocacy Day and throughout the year, we carry a clear, impactful message — that research needs to happen NOW! By speaking up, you can help expand critical research, initiate important legislation, and facilitate the development of new treatment options, cures, stricter food labels, disability/job protection, and doctors to be re-educated to stop misdiagnosing! If you share anything today let it be this post!

Stay Spooky & Supportive,
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead: Zombie Rick & Morty

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ARTWORK BY LIVING DEAD GIRL NICOLE

I am excited to announce that I have added some undead interdimensional adventurers to my online store(s)!

That’s right, my Rick and Morty 2 Piece Zombie Head Set is now available for purchase. This is a Limited Edition set so get them before they are gone!

See more of my undead creations in the Adopt The Undead and Remains sections of my portfolio website.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Amanda and Tim Curry

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Got this awesome photo of Freaky Fanatic Amanda who purchased my Penny Furter art necklace to wear when she met Tim Curry! BEEP BEEP Amanda. I love it.

Amanda Tim Curry Living Dead Girl Nicole Penny Further Necklace

Don’t dream it, be it! Check out Amanda and the other Freaky Fanatic photo submissions I have received from my happy clients on the Freaky Fanatics page of my portfolio website.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead: Yarrr! Zombie Pirate!

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I finished up a commission piece over the weekend. This was for a return client who wanted me to make them another mini zombie head prop. But this time they wanted an undead pirate for a decorative ghost pirate ship they are putting together. So if you’re wondering why all of the rum and brains are gone.. it’s probably because of the Captain of the Undead here…

When you do a commission piece and you send photos of the finished creation to the client there is always that nervousness of wither you captured what they had envisioned. So I was very happy when I got a response that said…”I knew it would be awesome whatever you came up with but this is so much better than I imagined. So cool. Thank you so much.” 

See more of my horror props on the Adopt The Undead and Remains pages of my portfolio site. And don’t forget to contact me if you are looking for an artist to bring your vision to life.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Slasher Sale: Elvira is Queen!

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In celebration of my idol’s birthday…….
Please enjoy 10% off all Elvira inspired creations in my Etsy shop today!
Discount will already be applied to items that qualify. No coupon code needed!

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And for fun, here is a collage of some of my own personal and favorite Elvira moments from over the years! Including me dressed up like her for Halloween when I was little. Yes, I really have loved her for as long as I can remember.  And when you see my quote “when other little girls wanted to be ballerinas, I wanted to be Elvira” it really is true. It still is! Much love to Cassandra Peterson on her special day!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Adopt The Undead: Smiley Taxidermy

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How would you like to own your very own piece of the undead? How would like to display it on your wall like a hunting trophy?? Look no further!!! Smiley is officially up for adoption! But be warned he is always looking to have some FUN!

Smiley Zombie Clown By Living Dead Girl Nicole

Smiley is the 4th piece from my Limited Edition, Zombie Faux Taxidermy Line (wall hangings) that I have made. The 1st one was a blonde pinup girl zombie, the 2nd was a long-haired ghoulish zombie and the 3rd was a mental patient zombie! Might I add that Mercy the Mental Patient Zombie is also still up for adoption here! Smiley or Mercy can be hung on your wall or they work well displayed on a plate stand (not included but can easily be found for cheap online)!

Purchase them in my Etsy or Amazon shops and stop by the Adopt The Undead page of my portfolio to see the other undead creations I have made.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole