Happy Beautiful Freaks Fest!

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lydiagif.gifToday marks the beginning of Beautiful Freaks Fest! An online celebration of all the beautiful freaky people out there and the things that they love. It probably comes at no surprise to most of you that I would take part in this. In the words of Lydia Deetz “I myself am strange and unusual”. Which is why I decided to use this opportunity to give you a little background on myself and my art.

I have been doing art since I was a young batling. The minute I was able to pick up a 6tag-2100911941-1282292100683314676_2100911941crayon I knew this was what I was meant to do. CREATE! When I wasn’t religiously watching Labyrinth  I was using markers to make my Barbie’s look “different” and entering coloring contests to win tickets to the circus. I also always took in anything my Dad would teach me when it came to art. That is why my coloring contest entries actually had shading (those other kids didn’t stand a chance ha ha).

When I was given an assignment in school I always ended up doing something different then everyone else. When I was in the 5th grade we had to do a drawing along with a small essay about a bird. I chose an owl. Most likely influenced by my Mom (who had passed away) and loved them and had statues and macrame versions of them all over our house. I will never forget when they hung all the drawings up in the hall for the parent teacher conference. Here were all these beautiful, colorful birds drawn perched on branches and then there was mine….  an owl in mid flight with a mouse captured in its talon. And to me it was just as beautiful if not more so then the others. I also remember the parents pointing mine out. Maybe they liked it maybe they didn’t but I felt such satisfaction knowing mine stood out from the rest and it just came naturally to me. I have thrived for that feeling ever since.

Happy Birthday to the Mistress of my HeartGrowing up and even as an adult I continue(d) to express myself in all aspects of life from my own personal fashion sense (if people don’t like crazy colored hair, tattoos and horror t-shirts that’s on them) to my artwork. My favorite quote is “Be yourself everyone else is already taken” (Oscar Wilde). If something I do suddenly becomes trendy I tend to stop and move on to the next thing. But I never let anyone stop me from being me. I find beauty in the dark, spooky and mythical. If something is odd or macabre I am usually drawn to it. Same goes for fairies and other fantasy creatures. Aspects of these things tend to come through in my creations as an extension of myself. I always tell people I grew up to be a mixture of my 2 childhood idols….Elvira and Jem. “Give me spooky and creepy with a side of glitter and glam… that’s me!” I find a lot of that comes out in my Dead Girl Decay accessories

People often ask me how the name Living Dead Girl Nicole started as my signature artist name. Some of my art online says my maiden name of Nicole Birmingham, my married Rob Zombiename of Nicole Garcia and then there is of course Living Dead Girl Nicole. This name stuck with me thanks to my love for horror and all things that rock. What started as an online screen name due for my admiration of Rob Zombie stuck with me when people started to associate my artwork with the name as well. I found it rather fitting as Rob Zombie had always been someone that inspired me as an artist. I could relate to
his work and it always reminded me that it’s ok to break out of your shell and to continue doing what I love no matter how dark the genre is. If people wanted to associate me and my artwork in that way then I was honored to be known by it and still am.

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I am also honored to have so many Freaky Fanatics and people who follow my work. Just the other day my friend posted this photo on Instagram. Its of his zombie welding helmet with my logo sticker on it. The caption says “represent”!

Having the support of people like this is what makes me keep creating! It means you love what I do and are proud to embrace the beautiful freaks that you are!

AND to celebrate just that here is a coupon code! 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!

And to end this post with a rocking bang here is my girl Kimberly Freeman of One Eyed Doll singing a song that should be this event’s anthem! When your done rocking out take a click over to Little Gothic Horrors blog page to see all the other blogs participating in the Beautiful Freaks Fest and go visit their pages! Don’t forget to show some comment love on their posts too! Us freaks need to unite 😉

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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

Creature Feature: 500 To 1 on Sheri Moon Zombie’s Website

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In May I had the honor of having Sheri Moon Zombie post my Tasty portrait on her website and social media pages. I decided to send her my latest 500 To 1 piece that I just finished last night. Woke up this morning to see she has featured it and even referred to me as one of her “fav fans” 🙂

Here are screen shots of it on her site and social media pages. Please click on them to be brought to the page and show my work as well as Sheri some love for sharing it with her followers.

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Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: 500 to 1

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rz31thisAs you all know from my many posts, that I am a big Rob and Sheri Moon Zombie fan. My husband and I were joined by my brother and 2 of our friends on Sept 1st for the special 1 night screening of Rob’s new movie 31. I was immediately inspired to draw Sheri’s character Charly. I was actually anxious to draw her prior to seeing the film but then after I saw it I was determined more then ever.

This is the 3rd portrait I have done of Sheri. I have had the honor of meeting her twice and giving my work to her one of those 2 times. Maybe one day I will run into her again and be able to give her this piece as well. She is not just beautiful and talented. She an overall really sweet person and is very loyal to her fans, making her that much more inspiring to me.

I call this new piece 500 to 1. Anyone else who has seen 31 understands my inspiration for the name of this piece. Anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet will understand it once they do.

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For all my fellow Zombie Heads out there, prints of this piece are available in my Etsy shop! See more of my portrait work including past pieces I have done inspired by Rob and Sheri at the Spitting Image page of my portfolio site.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Creature Features: Tasty on Sheri Moon Zombie’s Website

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Sheri Moon Zombie was looking for artwork to feature so I sent her all my pieces via Tumblr. Well she picked one of mine and featured it on her site and all of her social media pages. From my past posts I am sure you all know how much I adore her and how much it means for me to have her feature my work. She actually owns my “The Zombies” portrait that I gave to her backstage at Rob’s show back in 2007. It was during a Total Skull Meet and Greet that both Frank and I got to participate in because we were such big supporters and fans. It was my 2nd time meeting her and she was just as amazing to talk to as the first time. Always remembering who I was and calling me out by my name. Such a dream.

So enough reminiscing… here is a screen shot of “Tasty” a portrait I drew 11 years ago featured on Sheri’s Official Website! It is of her as Baby Firefly in House of 1000 Corpses.

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So if you can go give it a like on her pages. Support my work but also give her a like for featuring me! She has it up on her site that is through Tumblr.

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Here at Twitter….

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Go to the Creature Features page of my Official Website to see more places my work has been featured!

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

Back Bone: Go support Rob Zombie’s new vision and help me win!

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Ok so you all probably read my post. You know the one of me feeling sorry for myself and how I am unable to help support one of my biggest inspirations (Rob Zombie and his 31 movie) due to my medical financial setbacks. Not to mention all the amazing rewards available to the backers that would be dreams come true for me.

So anyways…Rob Zombie just added an option for those who want to help but don’t have much money. For only $5 you still get a little something in return. A pretty kick ass bumper sticker that says “31 The Move – This Shit Happened Because of Me and RZ”.

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The kicker is…. if you back the project for atleast the $5 amount you get a referral link. You can use it to get your friends involved in helping to back the project. Each of your friends that clicks on your direct link and then donates enters you into a contest to win 2 lifetime laminates. Meaning every Rob Zombie show free for life. So I thought what the heck. Here I get to contribute a little something to the project and help spread the word all while having a chance to win one of the bigger prizes a die hard fan like myself well deserves ha ha.

Sooo if you were planning on backing his movie project I ask you to PLEASE use my referral link to make my chances of winning increase! After all I have gone through this would be the ultimate pick me up if I won 😉

My referral link: http://www.fanbacked.com/c/31-rob-zombie-film/?usr_ref=eY00SIYEBm/H6EuNlRia8Q

Stay Spooky!
Living Dead Girl Nicole