Spitting Image: Deadtime Stories

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When I was a “kiddie” my Aunt gifted me a small tv for my bedroom. Late at night when I was supposed to be sleeping, I would turn on Tales From The Crypt. My Grandma who I lived with at the time was very religious and anything horror was considered “of the devil” so I would make sure to turn the volume down low as I curled up in my bedding for “deadtime” story time with the Crypt Keeper.

My Mom had introduced me to horror and these moments of young-ghoul-rebellion were very freeing from the life I was forced to live after she had passed away. They gave me something to look forward to late at night. It was a time by myself away from the hell I was living during the day.

Tales From The Crypt TV Show

In 2009 when Frank and I got married I designed a Tales From the Crypt comic inspired wedding program that we passed out to all of our guests.

In 2018 we had the honor of meeting John Kassir at Days of the Dead and we shared stories with him and told him how much the show meant to us. He told us how he loves hearing these stories and how amazed he still is knowing how determined so many “kiddies” were to watch the show.

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole and husband Frank with John Kassir at Days of the Dead 2018

Needless to say as a part of that special late night Kiddie Crypt Club, it was only a matter of time that I would be checking this art piece off my art bucket list. I present to you “Deadside Stories” a split face portrait done in pencil and chalk pastels in tribute to John Kassir and the Crypt Keeper…..

Living Dead Girl Nicole's Deadtime Stories split face portrait of John Kassir and the Crypt Keeper

I can’t wait to cross paths with John once again so I can gift him the original art piece.

For any Boils and Ghouls who are interested in purchasing prints or wearing this art piece on a shirt, you can find them listed in my Etsy and Amazon shops. Prints will also be made available to purchase in store at Closet Collectibles in Crete, IL as soon as I make my next art drop.

Want to see more of my portrait drawings? You can find them on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay : Before The Voodoo

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So thankful to have today off from my full time job and not because of Black Friday deals, but because it allowed me to dedicate my day to creating! I decided to finish up another custom order for a client (stay tuned as it’s a Christmas gift so I can’t share it yet) and then knocked off two more of my Horror Villain Icon Dead Girl Decay barrettes.

I refer to these as my “Before The Voodoo” barrettes because both are inspired by Chucky and Tiffany prior to their killer doll transformations in the Child’s Play/Bride of Chucky movie series. Like my others they are made from resurrected action figure toys.

Chucky and Tiffany Doll Barrettes By Living Dead Girl Nicole

The “Wanna Play?” barrette is inspired by the Good Guys Chucky doll before Charles Lee Ray possesses it. The flower petals are inspired by the cheery box packaging that the Chucky dolls come in.

The “With This Ring” barrette is inspired by the Bride doll that Chucky curses Tiffany to be stuck inside of. It is inspired by the bridal attire the doll wears before she gets her Tiffany Valentine makeover.

Like my other creations these are Limited Edition so there are only one pre-made of each available in my online Etsy shop. When they are not being worn they make for great unique horror decor! Buy them both and be the only one to have the complete Before The Voodoo Set!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

A Groovy and Monstrous Halloween 2021!

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This past weekend was not only our favorite holiday (Halloween of corpse) but it was also our 12 year wedding anniversary as well. The weekend started off rainy and cloudy but we took some time off work and headed on a little road trip for a few days so we could have our anniversary dinner at Famous Monsters Pizza! Horror and pizza HELL-o! Of corpse sign us up!

We got back home in time to celebrate Halloween Samhain which turned out to be a beautiful sunny, brisk fall day here in the Midwest. I was so excited to be able to cross another character off my Costume Bucket List making this year the grooviest of them all!

So here I am. The Jim Henson geek that you all know and love paying homage to one of my favorite Muppets.. Dr. Teeth leader of the Electric Mayhem Band!

It was so much fun making and putting the pieces of this costume together. As someone who does not crochet I commissioned the help of my very talented friend Emily of Emily’s Art Alley who custom made my vest! The base of the vest is all crochet and she dyed and attached the tassels to it. I originally had considered wearing one of my crochet hippie vests in my closet but am so glad I didn’t. Emily nailed it and it pulled everything I made myself, brainstormed and gathered completely come together. This is now by far one of my favorite costumes I have attempted and there have been MANY! You can see a few of them featured on the Skinned page of my portfolio website.

Hmm now what to do next year?!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay : Never Extinguish The Flame Horror Villain Icon Barrette

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I have had one heck of a week both emotionally and physically and needed some creative zen time. So I decided to take what energy I have right now to focus on creating another Horror Villain Icon Dead Girl Decay barrette.

This time I was inspired by the movie Trick ‘R Treat. I call it “Never Extinguish The Flame” and it’s quite fitting for the Halloween, Spooky Samhain Season…

For those not familiar with the film, the character known as Sam punishes those who do not follow the rules to keep the spirit of Halloween alive.

Always give candy to trick-or-treaters.
Always wear a costume.
Never extinguish the flame of a jack-o’-lantern before midnight.
Respect the dead.

For those of you that are fans of the film this is a Limited Edition creation so there is only one pre-made and available in my online Etsy shop. It will soon be available to purchase in person when I make my next art drop off at Closet Collectibles in Crete IL. Some ask why I limit myself when I can make more and make more money but the truth of the matter is, I value authenticity. I want the buyers of my work to get a one of kind Living Dead Girl Nicole creation that no one else has!

Stay Spooky & Magical!
LDG Nicole