Ghoulish Garments: Support Art Boutiki

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I felt it only appropriate to support my printing partner Dan Vado aka The Big Kahuna at SLG Art Boutiki whose music hall, gallery and store in San Jose is currently shut down due to the pandemic.

He has designed some new shirts to sell online that will help benefit his small business. This one really spoke to me so I scooped one up to wear proudly. You should too!

Quite a few years ago I researched and looked high and low for a reliable t-shirt printer who would print custom 1 off shirts for me after poor quality control from a bigger manufacturer I was using. I wanted the best for my clients and I was determined to find just that.

I was pleasantly surprised and relieved when I came across Dan’s work online. A small business owner who was also actively supporting the arts and musicians in his community and was very interested in working with me to help me get my art professionally custom printed on garments for my clients. Win Win!

To this day I still love working with Dan and can trust that even across the country that my Ghoulish Garments are each custom made for my clients with special care and the results are top notch!

With that all being said, this also means that whenever you purchase a Ghoulish Garment in my Amazon shop that you are not only supporting myself as an artist but you are also supporting this incredible small business man that gives back to artists and musicians. And as you all know I am a firm believer in artists supporting artists!

Don’t forget if you have a photo of yourself rocking one of my wearable art shirts let’s see it! Share it with me so I can feature you on the Freaky Fanatics slide show of my portfolio site!

Stay Spooky & Supportive,
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: Nothing Is Trivial

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Having a compromised immune system has kept me indoors for weeks now due to the Corona Virus but the positive to this is that it has gotten me inspired to use this time indoors to create! I started a new “magical” line of products that I can not wait to show you. However I find that the best way to photograph and showcase these items will be outdoors. So once I am able to keep social distancing at bay and the weather stays nice enough to give me the opportunity to photograph them I will get them posted. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I do have something I want to share that I just completed this weekend. It is a new Spitting Image portrait that I was able to tick off my art bucket list. As someone who still wishes it was the 90s, had a huge Brandon Lee Rapid Fire poster on her bedroom wall (in high school), and has been in complete awe of the movie The Crow all these years…this was a long time coming.

I was inspired and named this art piece after one of my favorite lines that Eric Draven says to Sgt. Albrecht when he is describing his wife Shelly to him. There are many lines in the movie The Crow that I love (“It Can’t Rain All the Time” being my favorite) but like Shelly, I too tend to notice and appreciate the “silly little” things in life that most people tend to overlook. Eric tells Sgt. Albrecht how trivial he thought her concept of those things were until it was too late. It’s something you can tell he realizes that he appreciated and loved about her but most importantly how right she was. It also makes you as the viewer realize how precious life is and the turmoil of emotions and pain he is going through. The same realization we all felt when Brandon himself died unexpectedly when filming the movie. To me it really encapsulates everything the movie is to me. So I titled it… “Nothing Is Trivial”….

I decided to do this one in my Split Face portrait style as I wanted to capture Eric before and after he becomes “The Crow” not only with his face but also with the use of color. I used pencil, charcoal and chalk pastels to bring my vision to life. I am glad I waited all these years to draw this one. I hope as the 27th anniversary of his passing approaches that this reminds people of Brandon Lee’s legacy, the incredible gift of his talents and how precious life really is.

To see more of my portrait work visit the Spitting Image page of my Portfolio site. If you are interested in purchasing prints or t-shirts of this piece you can do so by visiting my Amazon Shop! Please also note that once Closet Collectibles is re-opened after the Government Shutdown I will drop prints off there so that they are available to purchase in person as well.

Stay Spooky & Safe!
LDG Nicole

Back Bone: KeepItHandmade 3/25 – 3/28 Artist Auction

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If you’re missing the thrill of going shopping due to quarantine and want to help artists and small businesses during these hard times, then I have treat for you!

I will have 6 of my creations up for bid in the Artist Auction taking place this week on Instagram from Weds. March 25th at 7pm CST – Sat. March 28th 7pm CST at @keepithandmade 

1 of my 6 items is a very special item and I have personally decided to donate all of my proceeds from this item to a dear friend of ours in need. I will post more details once the auction items are announced. At that time I will need everyone’s help with sharing the details to help raise as much money as I can.

Stay tuned this week and follow the @keepithandmade page for vendor and auction item announcements from all participating artists! Feel free to share this post as well to help get the word out about the auction.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Feature: Returning to Housewife of Horror

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I am very excited to hear from horror host Housewife of Horror. This week they will be airing My Son The Vampire and she will also be wearing another one of my Dead Girl Decay barrettes on the show!

This wearable piece of art is a one-of-a-kind Lucy Westenra tribute barrette. The center is a rate vintage, porcelain cameo that I hand painted to resemble Lucy and then accented it with red and black flower petals and feathers to complete a victorian style pin-up look.

As a huge fan of Bram Stoker’s Dracula I was tempted to keep this barrette and not actually put it up in my shop. But seeing how perfect it looks on Housewife of Horror I am so glad that I did. Also just knowing it is owned by someone who appreciates it as much as I do makes me very happy. The fact she has chosen to wear my handmade creations on her show for a 2nd time is an honor!

So tune in THIS Wednesday, November 13th at 7pm CST at EerieLateNight.com or follow the directions on the Housewife of Horror website to access the programming though your Roku! Don’t forget to also follow the show on social media and leave them some love on there for being so supportive of my work. Share this post while you are at it to help them get more viewers this week and every week!

See more ways my art has been featured on the Creature Feature section of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole