Creature Feature: Chase The Morning For Beautiful Freaks Fest Day 2!

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WP_20170624_10_30_40_ProSo I was not sure what or who I would talk about today for Day 2 of the #beautifulfreaksfest2017 and then it hit me. I was getting all my paint supplies together to work on a commission piece and thought hmmm what am I in the mood to listen to…. and of course I pulled out the Repo The Genetic Opera soundtrack.

Now if you have seen this movie you know that it’s filled with tons of beautiful freaks. But if you know me personally then you also know that there is one beautiful freak that pulls on my heart strings …. Blind Mag (played by the stunning and amazing talented Sarah Brightman). So much that she inspired my art piece that I call “It’s Too Late For Me”. Call me a Genco Junkie but I absolutely LOVE this movie. From the dark horror story line, the visual artistry and the heavy rock ballads it’s a sum of so many things I love.

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So I am dedicating this post to the beautiful freak that is Blind Mag and giving a little more background on the scene that inspired the NAME of my art piece. Now if you read my past post when I completed this piece you know that it was drawn inspired by the scene (that kills me every time) of Mag right before her final performance. But the name of the piece comes from a specific scene that goes along with that. So here it goes…..

Mag’s most striking characteristic is of course her eyes, unnaturally blue and marked in a pinwheel pattern. But of course they came with a price. See Mag was born blind and was given her sight back through Rotti Largo owner of GeneCo and also the then fiance of Mag’s best friend Marni. To cure her blindness she received an operation which gives her back her vision in a very unique way. They are capable of not only vision, but projecting things she has seen. However the terms of her operation was she was obligated to work as a singer for GeneCo forever. A small price to pay at first until she starts to feel she is “owned” by them. When Mag is reconnected with her goddaughter Shilo (Marni’s daughter) she tries to warn her to stay away from GeneCo and to not follow the same mistake she made… “It’s Too Late For Me” and to “Chase The Morning”. Here is that very scene…

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If you have not seen the movie I highly recommend it. It’s truly a masterpiece on film and of course the most unique soundtrack you can own. My husband who is not a big fan of musicals even loves this movie. If you are already a GeneCo junkie you can purchase It’s Too Late For Me as prints and on customizable t-shirts. AND don’t forget! As announced in yesterday’s post I am offering a coupon code to celebrate this online freak fest! Just put in code BEAUTIFULFREAKS17 at check out in my Etsy shop and watch 13% get slashed off your orders (of $5 or more)! This code is only good during the Beautiful Freaks Fest so make sure to place your orders before Monday!

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I am now on my way to chase my morning with a smoothie, my Repo soundtrack and a canvas! Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs participating in the Beautiful Freaks Fest this weekend! So many amazing posts yesterday and I can’t wait to go through today’s posts from everyone later today!

Stay Spooky Freaks!
LDG NIcole

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Spitting Image: Well Shit The Bed!

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I finished an art piece last night that I am not ashamed to say … I am very proud of. I can’t help but look at it and smile because it came out just how I envisioned.  So here is a little background of how this piece was master minded.

The other day I was reminiscing over this specific photo…

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….and more so the moment it was taken.  It is a special photo to me because it was taken by my husband Frank when I was reunited with Sid after years of being M.I.A from horror cons (and pretty much life) because of all my health scares, surgeries, hospital stays and recovery. Sid and Suzie were following my journey on GoFundMe along with the rest of my family and friends so he knew just how happy I was to be out and able to see him. He stopped me in the hall, pointed me out of the crowd and said “you’re out amongst the people!!!” and gave me a big hug. It was such a nice reminder of how far I had come with my health and how I was finally getting back to life and being out doing what I love and seeing the people I admire so much again.

Now as you all know from all my Sid related posts that this photo is not of the first time I met Sid.  I have been blessed with many memorable moments with both him and his wife Suzie and consider them friends.

And as you also know this is not the first time I have been inspired by Sid either.  I even dressed up as a female Captain Spaulding last year for Halloween and also have a Captain Spaulding tattoo. I also drew Sid and Suzie and mailed it out to them as a surprise gift when they got married back in 2007.

sidBut the first time I drew him was back in 2004. Rob Zombie’s old website had a very active message forum and they posted they were looking for House of 1000 Corpses art for a fan based book. I immediately got to work at drawing Sid as Captain Spaulding and Howdy Folks was created. I remember being so pumped that I actually finished it in only a few days! The sad thing is I dropped the piece in the mail and it has never been seen again. The book never happened and despite including a self addressed stamped envelope and a letter saying to please return it if it was not selected… it is still unknown what ever happened to it. There are 2 prints ever made of the piece and Sid and myself are the owner of them. So I guess that makes the prints that much more special. But with gifting out so many of my originals to celebs that I admire and Sid being so much more closer to my heart, I wanted to give him an original to replace the one I was never able to give him.

Since my split face portraits give me more of a challenge and allow me to be more creative, I decided to to do a new one that reflects his fun personality and why I love him and his Captain Spaulding character so much.  I couldn’t help but call it “Well Shit The Bed!” because it’ a fun joke about the first time we met and my screen name on his site.

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I already emailed it to Sid and can not wait to see him again to give it to him and see his reaction.

For those of you that admire Sid as well you can purchase prints and shirts of the piece in my Etsy Shop!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Remains: Dragnuts and Goblins

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Today we celebrated my Dad’s birthday by going to see Labyrinth on the big screen. A wonderful tribute to David Bowie by the theater but also a really memorable way to celebrate with my Dad as well. He was the one who first introduced me to Labyrinth as a young batling (it came out when I was 5 and I think I literally wore out the VHS) and to this day it is still my all time favorite movie (thank God DVDs hold up so well ha ha). To see it on the big screen 30 years later was unforgettable.

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We also gave him his birthday gift today. It was another model project I did with my husband, Frank. He built it, I painted it and Dad loved it!

It is of Big Daddy Roth’s Drag Nut complete with Monster and Rat Fink. My Dad set it up as soon as he got home and sent me this picture. I of course immediately added it to the Remains of my portfolio site.

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

So Us!

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Hubby found this on Instagram last night. It couldn’t be more “us”. We even own both the shirts they are wearing ha ha. Props to whomever made this (even if they spelled Sheri’s name wrong)! Kudos to you! You rock!

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Inspirations: R.I.P. George Barris

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We’ve lost another creative legend.

“Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky,” Brett Barris

This post is for you, George….

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Stay Spooky,
LDG Nicole

Inspirations: Finally meeting the monster man himself… Cleve Hall

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From my previous posts you all know I have always had mad admiration for and supported the work of Cleve Hall and his daughter Constance. They have been in the monster making industry for a ton of years before SyFy’s Monster Man. However, they were the first to bring monster making into our homes (on our television sets). They showed the world the importance of making hand made creations vs always going with CGI to bring monsters and horror movies to life. When it happened it was a huge breakthrough for dark artists everywhere. It not only supported us but gave people a better understanding and opened some minds to the idea of what dark art is all about and why we love what we do. It also gave younger audiences inspiration of what they can be when they grow up..if you love drawing monsters and don’t want to be a doctor or lawyer.. draw monsters!  I wish so badly there was something like this out there for me when I was younger that showed me the outlets of a career I never knew existed.

This is actually part of the conversation I had with Cleve last night… in PERSON! I finally got to meet him and even though I thought I was going to have to stand in line like everyone else as a part of a meet in greet it actually happened quite differently and rather perfectly. You see we brought Frankenhearse out last night to the Dupage Haunted Halloween Flea Market (very cool event!!) and ended up being asked to put it on display in front of one of the buildings. Needless to say it was a huge hit with the people attending and the promoter Bob was very happy we brought it.

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The coolest part of the night though was when we walked away for a while and came back to find Cleve (a big hearse enthusiast) checking out Frankenhearse. Frank was like “Babe I think that’s Cleve by the hearse” We ran over and he was right! I walked up to him and introduced myself and immediately he knew who I was and gave me a big hug. He told me that the Cleve mini zombie head I made him is doing great and sits by his TV. That of course made my day…. month… year! The man is a monster making legend and MY creation is on display in his home! I am still smiling. The greatest part is he had time to kill before judging the costume contest in the building right by the hearse so Frank and I got to have a really nice conversation with him and actually hang out.

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We talked a little about the show as I know that is something people probably talk his ear off about. I just told him that as an artist my appreciation for them doing the show was it gave me a behind the scenes glimpse into the creative process. To be able to see how they worked to create something from an idea turned into a physical thing that came to life on set blew my mind. It was the closest thing to me being able to experience that myself and I was grateful for that.

A very special thank you to Cleve for taking the time to talk with me and making my first time at the Halloween Haunted Flea Market such a memorable one! It’s not very common for people to get to meet those who inspire them in person. I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity and even more so for the one on one time with such a legend.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Loves: Happy Birthday Elvira!

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#tbt to the times we met my idol…..

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The woman I have wanted to be ever since I was a young batling. Other girls wanted to look like Barbie and when I saw my Dad’s cardboard cut out of Elvira I knew Barbie had it all wrong. I even attempted it for Halloween when I was about 8/9 years old….

The best part was telling Cassandra about this in person. How my Mom wouldn’t let me cut the top or bottom of the dress. Even back then I was obsessed with making sure my Halloween costumes were on point ha ha.

Happy Birthday Cassandra Peterson! Thank you for making these memorable moments a reality. Especially the day I gave you my Sinderella portrait. I will forever be grateful for your reaction that day when I gave it to you!

I am honored to have you tattoo’d on my arm as a part of my Pretty Scary sleeve! So many people see it and reminisce about how much they adore you. They tell me stories and talk about how stunning you are and how you always have been.

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Thank you for inspiring woman that it’s sexy to be different!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole