Important Shop Announcement!

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gremlinsAfter Christmas, you are going to see a big change to my website Shop page as well as what you see for sale in my Etsy Shop. Moving forward Amazon will be my main storefront and Etsy will be used strictly for custom made to order items. You will still see my custom listings in my Etsy shop and you will still have the ability to contact me through Etsy Convos for additional commission pieces not listed.

I have decided to make this decision due to the new financial structure that Etsy is now putting on artisans that does not work for me production wise. So please be sure to bookmark my Amazon shop if you have not already done so. Once this change takes place I will be sure to post a follow-up reminder here on my blog for all you Freaky Fanatics who follow me and support what I do! Thank you for your understanding and patience during this change.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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Days of The Dead Chicago 2018

This weekend was yet another epic one for horror fans like us attending Days of the Dead “Chicago”. For my husband and myself, we were celebrating another horror-themed weekend away for our belated wedding anniversary. A stay-cation, scare-cation or whatever you want to call it. Either way, it was a nice end to a stressful work week for us to unwind and be surrounded by all things creepy.

Thursday evening I got convention prep ready and bagged up my original Chop Driftwood and #SELFIE art pieces to gift to Bill Mosely and David Howard Thornton.

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On Friday we got checked into the hotel, settled in and got a bite to eat. When the convention opened we went downstairs to find Bill’s table first. I loved the way he really took in the art piece when I handed it to him. He looked it over and was smiling at it and loving the whole concept of it being 2 of his characters in one piece. He even put it up behind him on his little display table and gave me a big hug as well as some Chop Top buttons and stickers. We bought a Chop Top metal plate for our collection and he signed it for us. Another memorable moment added to my art bucket list as well as a new memory shared with Bill that we can add to all the others from over the years.

2018-11-16 Days Of The Dead Bill Moseley Portrait

 

We saw that David Howard Thornton was at his table so we went directly there to meet him next. Not only was he as nice as we had expected, but he kept telling me how talented I was and loved getting to see my “Art” piece in person. He had commented on it on Instagram so he had seen it before. But he was even more pleased that I was gifting it to him personally. On top of all my art bucket list excitement, he had my favorite Terrifier scene in an 8×10 photo for signing so I had to have it. He gave us a great deal as a thank you.

2018-11-17 Days Of The Dead David Autograph

But it gets even better…. when we went to take a photo with him he let me hold Art The Clown’s horn!  Let’s just say I was a giddy living dead girl and you can see it all over my face in this photo…

2018-11-16 Days Of The Dead David Howard Thornton Portrait

As you can see I arrived at the con rocking one of my favorite shirts from one of my favorite movies, Repo The Genetic Opera. That was not just because we would be seeing Bill. The convention added a few late guests to the list and the one and only Paul Sorvino was one of them. My husband (who also loves Repo) and I were in complete awe when we met him. I mean it was Rotti Largo right in front of us.

Paul Sorvino

Not only was he very welcoming and happy to meet his fans but he got a huge smile on his face when we told him we wanted him to autograph “keep those vultures guessing” on our photo. He started to say the lines from the movie and it was all around epic. The next day at the convention we actually even heard him sing!

2018-11-16 Days Of The Dead Paul Autograph
Epic didn’t stop there. My husband and I got to live out a childhood dream nightmare come true. We got to meet THE CRYPT KEEPER! That’s right, we got to meet John Kassir and actually hear him say Boils and Ghouls as he signed his autograph for us.

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He was a really funny guy and even laughed like the Crypt Keeper when we were taking our photo with him.

2018-11-17 Days Of The Dead John Kassir
I told him how I use to sneak watching Tales From The Crypt. I would turn it on late at night in my room when my Grandparents would fall asleep. He told us he actually hears stories like that a lot and it amazes him how determined so many young ones were to watch the show. He also told us we were a great looking couple. So we are now officially Crypt Keeper approved ha ha. I mean what better way to add a chapter to your love story than to tell people the Crypt Keeper thinks we look good together.

I wanted to also give a shout out to our pal Sid Haig who was not able to attend the convention this weekend. We missed you Sid, but we are so much happier knowing you are home with Suzie and still safe right now from the fires in California. Love you and we will catch you at the next one.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Vote For My Dare Fashion Strange & Unusual Costume Entry!

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I don’t have Facebook but I hope my Freaky Fanatics do! I just entered the Dare Fashion costume contest and need your votes to help persuade the judges to choose my submission.

In celebration of Halloween, the folks at Dare Fashion asked their customers to enter by taking one of their favorite Dare Fashion tops and transforming it into a costume. I have a few but decided to go with my favorite which is the Electra Top that makes me feel like a curvy gothic goddess. I call my entry “I Myself Am Strange and Unusual” and of course it’s inspired by the queen of teen gothic goddesses…Lydia Deetz of Beetlejuice.

Dare Fashion Costume Contest Entry

So now I need your votes to show the judges that they should pick me as the winner! All you have to do is go to the direct link to my entry and click the vote button next to my photo. Super easy! When you are done, please share the link or this post to help spread the word.

Stay Spooky!
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LDG Nicole

Xmas Turnaround Times

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It’s that time of year again. Halloween is over (waaah) and before you know it Christmas will be upon us. So this is just a friendly reminder that if you want to order any of my art shirts for gift giving to keep in mind turnaround times. Each shirt is custom made to order. They average 2 weeks to produce and get shipped out once the order is placed in my Etsy or Amazon shops.

Actor Sid Haig holds up his Living Dead Girl Nicole shirt

Living Dead Girl Nicole’s art shirts are Sid Haig approved! 🙂

I am also already getting orders in for custom Dead Girl Decay barrettes and inquiries for other custom creations, so if you are looking for me to handcraft you something unique for a gift, make sure to reach out to me ASAP so we can discuss your vision. Most custom items need time for ordering supplies and then additional time to actually make your vision come to life.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Back Bone: AWFF 2018 Donation

awff flierA few weeks ago I finished up judging for the annual AxWound Film Festival and now I am mailing out up my donation package that will be used for the raffle prizes.

I decided my “Twisted” portrait of the Soska Sisters would be the ideal prize for anyone who supports us women in horror (with some added goodies of corpse). As an artist who loves supporting other artists, I am honored each year that I am asked to donate my time and work for this amazing cause.

Living Dead Girl Nicole AWFF Donation

Hannah Neurotica started this event to help support female horror filmmakers. She is also the creator of Women In Horror Month that I and many others actively support and celebrate every February. In other words, Hannah is doing amazing things for women in the horror industry and I love backing her up and being a part of her visions. To see more of the projects I have supported with my art, visit the Back Bone section of my portfolio page.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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

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