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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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Freaky Fanatics: Kayla’s Baby Shower

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The past few weeks I have been a busy Aunt making gifts for my niece Kayla’s baby shower. She is doing her baby’s nursery in Disney’s The Aristocats with emphasis of the character Marie (because she is having a baby girl).

Today was her shower and I was very happy to see the smile on her face when she opened up her gifts.

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With the help of my husband Frank we were able to make her a wooden wall hanging of Marie. I drew it on wood, my husband cut it out with a saw and sanded it. I then painted it and sprayed it with a protective gloss.

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I also made her a set of my “Mummy and Me” matching Mother and Daughter Hair Barrettes. I picked the colors out based on what I thought Kayla would like and then when I saw the beautiful dress she was wearing for the shower I knew I did well. I couldn’t believe how much they matched what she actually wore to the shower.

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And last but not least a photo of Great Aunt Nicole with the beautiful Mommy to be….

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Back Bone: Another donation for the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation

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Thank you to Freaky Fanatic and returning customer Christine, Senior Editor for Horror News Network for her recent purchase in my Etsy Shop.

Christine commissioned me to make her a Dead Girl Skullerfly Decay Barrette she can rock to some upcoming conventions that went with the color scheme of Horror News Network. We collaborated with our ideas and visions and this was the end result…

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Christine also purchased my Linda Blair/Regan Dead Girl Portrait Decay Barrette and because of this purchase I have donated $3.00 to the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation.

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Anytime a Linda Blair related item is purchased in my Etsy shop a donation is made to her foundation. Just another way I like to give back with my work.

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Want to purchase an item in my shop that will benefit this foundation? Just CLICK HERE and check out the remaining items.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole