Last night we were tuned into Ink Master and a commercial for the future episodes of Ink Master Angels came on. I screamed out “HOLY SHIT! THAT’S MY BARRETTE!” My husband then re-winded our DVR and low and behold there was the incredible Kelly Doty on our TV screen, rocking the Dead Girl Skullerfly barrette I made and gave to her at last year’s Villain Arts Chicago Tattoo Convention.
Kelly Doty wearing Living Dead Girl Nicole’s Dead Girl Skelefly Barrette on Ink Master Angels
If you are not familiar with the show, here is a great video used to market the new season. It’s of the tattoo artist hosts/judges being asked about their take on fashion. It really sums up why I wanted to make and give Kelly a custom piece of my Dead Girl Decay line! When I made it I was inspired by who she is. Hence all the fun green tones I used. Not only is she an amazing artist, whose work I admire so much (would be a dream come true to be tattooed by her), but I thought she would really appreciate my creepy cute creations due to her eclectic goth style. This was definitely confirmed by her reaction the day I gave it to her, but seeing her wearing it on TV really makes me honored to know I am a part of what makes her so unique and amazing.
Make sure to tune into this season’s Ink Master Angels so you can see it for yourself! I already watch it every week but am now anticipating it even more!
Want your own Skelefly or Skullerfly barrette? Check out some of the others I have made on the Dead Girl Decay page of my portfolio website. There are a few already pre-made ones in my Etsy and Amazon shops that are ready to ship! Looking for something more custom? Contact me!
10 years ago, I had the honor of meeting my lifelong idol, Elvira. Not only did I get to finally meet her face to face, but I also gave her a portrait I had drawn of her in pencil and charcoal that I called Sinderella. Some of you may recall this story and some of you may even own prints or shirts with the art piece on it.
I even got to tell her how I dressed up like her for Halloween when I was little and she got a kick out of seeing this photo of me………
- “When other little girls wanted to be ballerinas, I wanted to be Elvira” – Living Dead Girl Nicole
Then in 2012 I had the honor of meeting her again and taking a promo photo with her for Final Girl (the sister company of Horror Hound that I was actively working with). I still wish I would’ve thought to take the lipstick out of my pocket before we took this photo. But let’s face it. No one is looking at you when you’re in an Elvira sandwich and I actually got to show her my Elvira tattoo. I hadn’t started my “Pretty Scary” sleeve the first time I met her so that was pretty memorable.
Ever since then she has been back on my art bucket list. I know I am obsessed but it’s a healthy obsession that I am proud of. The one thing I knew was that I wanted to draw Elvira again but I also wanted to draw her as Cassandra too. She is so beautiful in character and out of character that I decided to do a split face portrait to showcase that. I went back and forth contemplating if I should add touches of color here and there to the Elvira side but decided not to. I think the piece speaks for itself without the need for it. I call this new Spitting Image Portrait, “Yours Cruelly”……..
My art skills have changed so much in 10 years that I hope to run into her again one day and give her this new piece. For the rest of you horror host lovers, this piece is available as prints and t-shirts in both my Etsy and Amazon shops!
It’s Throwback Thursday but, more importantly, it’s my Daddio’s Birthday! So this post is in tribute to the man who has supported and believed in me and my craft since I was a young batling.
I know I say I am inspired by so many famous artists, but my Dad has been my biggest inspiration since I picked up my first crayon. He taught me so many of the art skills I use today and I continually grow as an artist and a person because of him. When I doubt myself he pushes me not to give up and even has his own sketch pad full of suggestions ready to help me out.
He never fails to amaze me with his talent and he has also inspired and introduced me to so many things that I still love today which in their own way have shaped me not only into the artist I am today but the woman I am today as well. It was him who had the giant cardboard cut out of Elvira that perked my interest into who she was and started my realization that you don’t have to look like Barbie to be stunning! It was him who took me to the video store every weekend to literally overuse their copy of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. It was him who took me at a young age to see my first Tim Burton movie. It was him who took me to see the Little Mermaid and then afterward when we got home sat down with me and drew all the characters together. It was him who took me to the store to buy all the art supplies I needed to enter every art contest imaginable. It was him who let me listen to his Tom Petty and Aerosmith albums and fall in love with classic rock. I could go on and on.. but to sum it up, you can all thank my Dad for the weirdo I have become and am so proud to be.
Happy Birthday Daddio! Thank you for teaching me to “Fink Differently!”
“You belong among the wildflowers”
Heads up Freaky Fanatics! With the 10 year anniversary of Sophie’s un-deserving death upon us, I have teamed up with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and will be making limited edition Dead Girl Decay Barrettes. For each one that sells I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the foundation. A foundation I have strongly believed in and supported for many years. Stay tuned! As soon as they are available I will announce it here!
To learn about other causes I have supported, visit the Backbone page of my portfolio site!