Deadly Designs: Year 18’s Show Flyer

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My nephew Michael is in the band Year 18 and they just booked their first gig. To help them out I designed them a flyer to help them spread the word.

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If you live in the area come support the local rock scene! You can contact me for more information on tickets. If you are not familiar with the local rock scene, a piece of advice. Always buy pre-sale tickets from the band. This shows the venue that they can bring a crowd. In turn, this gets the band more shows.

See more of my Desktop Publishing work and the various ways I have used my art to support the rock scene on the Deadly Designs, Rocking Work and Back Bone pages of my portfolio website.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

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

Remains: Dad’s Very Own Yellow Submarine

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As you have seen in past posts and on the Remains page of my portfolio site, my husband and I often team up to make custom wood signs for people. We had been wanting to make a special sign for my Dad for quite some time now. The fact that he has been putting together his art space in his new house inspired us to do it for Father’s Day.

See my Dad is not only an artist but has also influenced my rock music taste. One of his favorite things is the Beatles Yellow Submarine. So we made him his very own……..

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He was pretty blown away by it and totally surprised when he opened it. Just what we were hoping for. I can’t wait to see how it looks hanging in his studio! Here is a little collage I made of the photos from Father’s Day…..

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Stay Spooky and Keep Rockin’!
LDG Nicole

Save The Date: 2017 Hardcore Hearse Club Show!

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Save the date!!! Lots more info to come so stay tuned!

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In the mean time check out some photos from last years’ show!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Hardcore Hearse Club Show Coming Soon!

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Now that it is getting closer I just wanted to remind everyone that I will be vending my FIRST show! Yes I finally said yes to doing a show after countless times of being asked by many awesome events to do so. This one being special to me as not only are my husband and I members of the Hardcore Hearse Club (Frankenhearse will also be on display), but I am also their webmaster. I will have one of a kind items never before sold on my Etsy Shop and have also donated prizes to the shows big raffles!

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More about the event…

HardCore Hearse Club’s Hearse Show 2016 is once again going to be the main event of the summer. Only in its 3rd year, this hearse show is the most talked about and anticipated day for Hearse owners and enthusiasts everywhere. The event will be 2 days long this year & the best show to date. Make sure you put this weekend on your calendar. It is not to be missed! All hearses, ambulances, limousines and flower cars are welcome.

Saturday June 11, 2016 – Sunday June 12, 2016
2pm – 8pm each day
Brauerhouse
1000 N Rohlwing Rd, Lombard, Illinois 60148

There will be a ton of killer rides, lots of vendors who sell unique creations from handmade art to funeral antiques and oddities, meet and greets with Svengoolie, magic and illusion show by Ron Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald’s Realm, bands to rock out to, awesome raffle prizes to bid on and trophies awarded for the top voted on rides! Fun for the whole family during the day and when the show closes down at 8pm the party continues inside the bar as we rock the night away. See photos from our past events event HERE!

Hope to see you all there! It’s gonna be a killer time!

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

Featured: Tune In!

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Tune in to Code Zero Radio at www.codezeroradio.com and hear my killer ad played in between independent hard rock music!!!! Seriously they put together an ad for my site that is wicked cool! Not to mention the music they play rocks!