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

My Art Is Now Available At Closet Collectibles!

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I am very excited to announce that I have partnered up with one of my favorite places to shop…. Closet Collectibles! This is the place my husband and I frequent during our treasure hunting adventures and on one of our recent visits they offered me a special place to display and sell my creations in their store. This gives you Freaky Fanatics a chance to now see and purchase my artwork up close and in person without waiting for me to vend my next event.

Closet Collectibles located at 1626 Wood Street, Crete IL 60417

Closet Collectibles is a family owned, small business located in Crete IL that focuses on everything you could imagine collecting and for all ages! This includes stuff for us big kids who still enjoy a memorable toy from their childhood or an action figure that was discontinued that you still can’t live without (yes I am speaking from experience). People travel from all over to come to their shop because their variety and staff are incredible and their inventory is always growing. Each time you visit there you are sure to see or find something new and never leave empty handed.

Here is a sneak peak of some of my items currently on display in their store….

Shopping with Closet Collectibles means you are supporting a small, family owned business that is not only passionate about what they do but also believes in this local artist. So the next time you plan your next treasure hunting adventure make sure to add Closet Collectibles to your list of stops and also follow them on Facebook for inventory updates every Wednesday!

Don’t forget to tell them Living Dead Girl Nicole sent you and make sure to adventure through both floors of their amazing inventory! You can thank me later!

Closet Collectibles is located at 1626 Wood Street, Crete IL 60417 and they are open weekly Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm CST.

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Regina AKA Batgirl!

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Got a beautiful photo today of my best friend turned happy home owner and happy portrait gift receiver.

This is Regina holding up the “I Am Batman” split face portrait I drew for her house warming gift.

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See Regina and all the other happy people who own my artwork in my Freaky Fanatic slideshow! Prints and shirts are available of this art piece in my Etsy Shop as well!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole

Artist Shout Out: Trixie B True

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So it’s been a while since I have done an Artist Shout Out post. As you all know these come far and few in between and I do them here on my own art blog only when I come across an art piece that really makes my jaw drop. Well the work of Trixie B True is just that. It’s also wearable, functional, and down right amazing. That is is why I wanted to share her work with all of you.

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So before we left for Philly I wanted a hip bag to bring with me. I wanted something I could not only bring on this road trip, but on future vacations, concerts, festivals, vending etc. I had certain things I wanted that were limiting my search results ….

  • I didn’t want it to look like a fanny pack
  • I wanted it to match my creepy cute style
  • It needed to stay on me comfortably due to my digestive disorder (could not dig into or be too tight on my stomach etc).
  • Need to be adjustable.
  • It needed to be able to fit everything I needed including my medications without being too big and bulky.
  • It needed to be well made and last for all of my future adventures

I always go to Etsy first when I am searching for something I want because by now you all know I support other artists and buying from small businesses. I also know it is my best bet to find something one of a kind or custom made. When I came across Trixie B True’s Etsy shop I knew I had landed in the right place. The first thing that caught my eye was a black glitter vinyl hip bag with blood splatter fabric on the inside! I immediately contacted her.

When it comes to Etsy you will know if you found the right artist based on how they respond to your inquire, their personality that comes through in their responses and how excited they are about your wacky visions and ideas. After conversating back and forth with Stacy I went from stressed about finding the right bag in time to anticipating what she would create from my vision. She directed me to her website to see some of the unique things she has made and recommended we work together to come up with a custom bag design.

Then it came to me. Could she possibly use her sparkly orange vinyl to make a hip bag in the shape of a creepy smiling jack o’ lantern? How about using the black sparkly vinyl for the facial features and lime green for the zipper? Could she use matching bat fabric for the inside? This would totally be a bag that would scream “Living Dead Girl Nicole” however would she be able to make it functional to my medical needs?! Well she could and she did!

I of course could not wait to get it in the mail and asked for a sneak peak. She sent me a text of my finished bag and also posted it on Instagram with a caption that described me to a tee. Of course the minute I saw it my jaw dropped and I could not wait to get it in the mail.

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When it came in the mail I was STOKED! I literally screamed “GAAAAAAH I LOVE IT!” when I opened it ha ha. I immediately sent her this photo!

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She not only measured to make sure standard pill bottles would fit in it but she made it adjustable so I could use it as either a hip bag or a cross over bag if needed. She was even able to get the lime green bat fabric I wanted for the inside!


She listened to everything that was really important to me and made it happen. Especially with my medical conditions. It is sometimes hard for people with medical conditions to go out on the town and do things without carrying a gigantic medicine cabinet of a bag with them. It makes it harder for you to enjoy yourself when you have so many things to take with you “just incase” something happens.

I used it EVERY single day on our road trip to Philly. I got TONS of compliments on it. Even the woman who checked us into the hotel was in awe over it the minute we arrived. Here are just a few shots from the trip with me rocking it to give you an idea of how it looks when you wear it, the size it came out to be and how it totally rocks with the rest of my style of clothing. She truly took my vision, my needs and made it a reality!


It’s been YEARS since I have been able to travel to places outside of the states (that was not medical test or surgery related). This road trip to Philly was 12 hours away from home. It was exhilarating and my Trixie B True bag was a huge part of making it an enjoyable experience for me. That is why I had to share how amazing this bag is and how important it is to me to now have something that matches my style, is made of high quality craftsmanship and in a fun way contributed to giving me my freedom back.

I know many of my followers also suffer from digestive disorders, medical conditions etc and have to carry medication and other important things on them at all times. I also know others are highly active and looking for something that would allow them to have a stylish option that gives them hands free fun when they go out. Don’t let my spooky style bag discourage you from contacting Trixie B True into making you a bag of your own. I know some of you follow me because you dig my creative creepy style and others follow me because you dig it, however you don’t live it. This was completely a vision we worked on together to make something custom to who I am. She will work with you to make you something just as unique as you are! She has done bags with stars, unicorns, super heroes, Star Wars, roller derby, rockabilly, retro, 50’s, animals, cupcakes and more!

Contact her and make sure to tell her Living Dead Girl Nicole sent you!

Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole