Villain Arts Chicago Tattoo Con 2017

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Kelly Doty BarretteThis weekend Frank and I attended the Villain Arts Chicago Tattoo Convention. Not only was it a great networking event for artists but we were able to get some work done and I was able to meet the extremely talented Kelly Doty.

For those of you that don’t know her, Kelly Doty is an extremely talented tattoo artist who recently was a finalist on Ink Masters. As a tattoo enthusiast and “collector” I have watched Ink Masters since the very first episode. But it wasn’t until Kelly was on the show that I was so awed by someone’s work that I anticipated every week so I could root for her. I won’t even lie.. when she didn’t win I was bitter. I just really thought she deserved the title and find her work to be incredible. So when I found out she was going to be at the con I decided to make her one of my Dead Girl Skullerfly Decay Barrettes… completely inspired by her.

When I met her I told her I made her something and when I told her it was a barrette she said “Girl you are speaking my language” and dug into the gift bag. She loved it and ripped the rose out of her hair.. threw it to the side and said “stupid rose” and immediately put my barrette in it’s place ha ha. She was an absolute delight to talk to and when I told her I loved her work she pointed at her new barrette and said “I love your work”. When I said goodbye and thanked her for rocking my barrette right away she said “try to stop me from wearing it” ha ha ha. Here is the photo a friend at her booth took of us during our meeting..

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And the day just got better because our tattoo artist, Dave Togtman (of Black Devil Tattoo) was working the event and reserved time for both Frank and I to get more work done.

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Frank got the netherworld priest added to his wrist as a part of his Beetlejuice sleeve and I got my Neo Traditional style Captain Spaulding skull on my calf next to my Baby Firefly pinup. These pics were taken right after each piece was finished. He did an amazing job on both of them and we couldn’t be happier with them.

 

On top of it Dave also gave us this amazing art piece he had on display at the show. It will definitely be getting framed and hung up in our tomb sweet tomb!

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LDG Nicole

 

Hardcore Hearse Club Show Coming Soon!

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Now that it is getting closer I just wanted to remind everyone that I will be vending my FIRST show! Yes I finally said yes to doing a show after countless times of being asked by many awesome events to do so. This one being special to me as not only are my husband and I members of the Hardcore Hearse Club (Frankenhearse will also be on display), but I am also their webmaster. I will have one of a kind items never before sold on my Etsy Shop and have also donated prizes to the shows big raffles!

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More about the event…

HardCore Hearse Club’s Hearse Show 2016 is once again going to be the main event of the summer. Only in its 3rd year, this hearse show is the most talked about and anticipated day for Hearse owners and enthusiasts everywhere. The event will be 2 days long this year & the best show to date. Make sure you put this weekend on your calendar. It is not to be missed! All hearses, ambulances, limousines and flower cars are welcome.

Saturday June 11, 2016 – Sunday June 12, 2016
2pm – 8pm each day
Brauerhouse
1000 N Rohlwing Rd, Lombard, Illinois 60148

There will be a ton of killer rides, lots of vendors who sell unique creations from handmade art to funeral antiques and oddities, meet and greets with Svengoolie, magic and illusion show by Ron Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald’s Realm, bands to rock out to, awesome raffle prizes to bid on and trophies awarded for the top voted on rides! Fun for the whole family during the day and when the show closes down at 8pm the party continues inside the bar as we rock the night away. See photos from our past events event HERE!

Hope to see you all there! It’s gonna be a killer time!

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LDG Nicole

Etsy Massacre Team’s Bloodspot: Get Stuffed With Savings!

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My Etsy shop is participating in the Etsy Massacre Thankskilling Sale once again! Read all about it here: Etsy Massacre Team’s Bloodspot: Get Stuffed With Savings!

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LDG Nicole

RIP H.R. Giger

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We have lost another talented dark artist.

This man deserves the most insane casket money can buy, created by an artistic genius that can do him justice!

R.I.P Giger!

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LDG Nicole

Artist Shout Out: True Muppet By Hillary White

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I think it’s time for an Artist Shout Out!
The reason I think it is time is because I do these when I come across a piece by another artist that awes me.
Well I came across this piece online today and I think is TRUEly brilliant!

Shout out to the talented artist Hillary White who created this one. Prints available here!

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LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: Big Daddy Roth and Rat Fink

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Ok… super excited about this post. I just gave my Dad a portrait I did for him of Big Daddy Roth holding Rat Fink for his 60th birthday. Since it was a milestone birthday I wanted to give him something special. I know that my Dad has always admired the works of Big Daddy Roth and it has been an inspiration to him in his own artwork.

Seeing my Dad has always inspired my art and has taught me so much, I came up with the idea of drawing this for him. I also just love the Fink philosophy of “Fink Differently” and wanted to add that in. As you all know I am definitely “different” not only in my art but my entire life style ha ha.

Here is the finished piece…

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and of course some great shots my husband took of us tonight when we gave it to him at dinner..

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Want to see other portraits I have done? Check out my Spitting Image section of my website!

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LDG Nicole