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…
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.
This 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..
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.
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!
Attention Freaky Fanatics! I have something exciting for you guys! Now you can show you support by rocking one of my new Living Dead Girl Nicole logo shirts! Available now in the Ghoulish Garments section of my Etsy shop!
Only $15 gets you either a unisex t-shirt or a women’s tank top! Also for everyone that purchases one and submits a photo, you will be featured on my site and given a special discount code to be used on future purchases including custom orders!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!