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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Everclear 20 Years – Still Sparkling Never Fading

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This post might not be directly about a piece of my art work but it’s something I want to share because like art, music has gotten me through life’s hurdles. I might not create music but I appreciate the ones that do.  And as you know part of my experience as an artist has also been being a promotional and merch band guru…. so for me music and art go hand in hand. So with that… lets talk about the incredible night we had on Friday!

I can go on and on here and tell you how Everclear’s music has affected me since I was in junior high. How seeing them for the first time in 1995 was one of the best shows I had seen when I was younger. How I use to have stacks of Spin and other rock magazines that either had Art Alexakis on the cover or just had a little interview article inside . How even at the age of 36 I still rock out to their albums like I am in my high school bedroom. But being able to tell the band that myself was the ultimate for me!

We went to the Sparkle and Fade 20th Anniversary Show at H.O.M.E Bar and it was incredible. They played the ENTIRE album and then some. I am surprise I had a voice the next day as I was screaming along word for word. When I told my friend Trisha (who has known me since high school) about the show she told me she could imagine it cause every time she hears Everclear she still always thinks of me.

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This is a photo Frank took of me from our booth. I am literally standing on the platform over the crowd ha ha. Not about to miss a second of it.

Needless to say I was in my glory like I was the first time I saw them back in 1995 and it was even cooler to be able to tell them that. They decided to hang out at their merch table after the show to say hi to fans. I had already gotten a shirt earlier before the show started (made sure to get the one with all the tour dates on the back so it was nostalgic 90’s “I rock this shirt proudly because I was at the show” ha ha. Remember those days?) but was not going to miss the chance to at least say hi to them. And on a splurge I totally bought the Sparkle and Fade record despite already owning the CD. I really wanted to have something for them to sign and since this was so unexpected I was not my normal prepared self. They also don’t do ticket stubs the way they use to back in the day and I wanted to be able to wear my shirt so no go for signatures there. So I thought this is something I have dreamt of since I was younger and despite the mark up on the album I told myself “buy it or you will regret it”. So I did. I also knew it would be a great way to remember the unforgettable time I got to hear this entire album live.

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As cool as the signatures are to have as memorabilia nothing will compare to the photo my friend Ellie captured or me with Art!!!!!!!!

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If only I could go back in time to tell my younger self “be patient” that this would happen to me in my 30’s. Even so I don’t think I would’ve believed myself. I know sometimes we get star struck but this actually meant so much to me to be able to tell the band how much their music has gotten me through some of the toughest and greatest times of my youth. They also really loved my Jane Lane shirt ha ha.

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Me and my handsome husband at the show

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: It’s Too Late For Me

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Another one marked off my “art bucket list”! This is a portrait I have been wanting to do for a few years now. Repo the Genetic Opera is one of my all time favorite movies. Really how can you go wrong introducing me to a hard rock/heavy metal, horror musical where Paris Hilton’s face falls off!

bill-moseley-3All kidding aside, the movie is a breath taking. It is artistic and visually beautiful as it is entertaining. It is nothing like anything you have ever watched or heard. In a world full of remakes it is a breath of fresh air.

We first heard about the movie at a horror con where Bill Moseley was there and was telling people about how he had just finished filming it and really got us pumped for it. We never heard much more about it until I came across it when it was available on DVD. Something told me to buy the movie even though I had never seen it. I have been completely hooked ever since the day I brought it home. Thank you “something”!

Frank and I introduced many of our friends, family and even co-workers to the film. We have even gone to live shadow cast performances of the movie as it has often been compared to being a modern day Rocky Horror. I found the live shadow cast to be an absolute blast! I even saved my little zydrate (blue glow stick) as a momento! Anytime someone stops to compliment me on the Geneco patch on my coat or my Blind Mag shirt I can’t help but turn into my giddy, horror geek self knowing that someone else out there knows about this masterpiece.

The character Blind Mag played by Sarah Brightman drew me in from the moment I first saw her on my screen. Not only is she absolutely beautiful and musically talented but her story is intriguing and really pulls you in.

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I admit I had never heard of Sarah Brightman prior to Repo but at the same time after watching the movie I could not imagine anyone else playing her. That is just how breathtaking her performance as Blind Mag really is.

My portrait is my adaptation of Bling Mag before she goes on stage for her “final” performance and I call it’ “It’s Too Late For Me”

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For all you zydrate junkies out there, I have prints available in my Etsy shop!

See more of my portraits on the Spitting Image page of my portfolio website!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

 

Hardcore Hearse Club Show THIS WEEKEND!

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THIS WEEKEND!!!!

Read More Details About The Event In My Past Post Here:
Hardcore Hearse Club Show Coming Soon!

We will have battery operated fans and plenty of shade in my booth!!!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Happy Birthday David Bowie!

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Thank you for filling my life with magic, music and goblins!

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Prints available in my Etsy Shop!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: Shirley Manson Inspired Skullerfly Barrette

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I have met alot of cool people in my lifetime but I don’t think I will be so lucky (and honored) enough to meet and give this to Shirley Manson, so…….. I made it anyways and plan to rock it at the Garbage 20th Anniversary Concert that Frank and I are going to next weekend. I could not be more excited about the show. I saw them for the first time in 1995 and now getting to see them again in 2015 is going to be epic. Shirley of course was the inspiration for this Dead Girl Skullerfly Decay Barrette. Maybe she will spot it in the crowd and I can actually give it to her (a girl can dream right ha ha). Anyone know her? Share this post with her ;)~

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I am actually working on a Shirley inspired 20 Years Queer Portrait! Stay tuned!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Rocking Work: One Eyed Doll – New Video Premiere

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One Eyed Doll is one of the bands I have teamed up with to do merch for and I must say they never fail to amaze me. I am honored to be a part of anything they are doing. That is why I had to take a moment to share their new music video for Afflicted! Seriously if you have never listened to them the time is now! They are one of the most unique artists out there and extremely talented to say the least!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole