A Very Memorable Days Of The Dead Chicago 2019

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We almost didn’t attend Days of the Dead Chicago this year. As some of you may or may not know our dearly departed friend Sid Haig was going to renew our vows at this convention. Unfortunately due to his recent passing in September (my heart is still aching) the ceremony was cancelled. We didn’t want to still do it without Sid. Normally couples don’t even renew their vows when its been 10 years but it also marked 15 years since we first met Sid. We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate together and he was all for it. Without him it just would not be the same.

We had already booked our room and purchased our tickets but were having a hard time deciding if we should still go. The thought of being there without Sid in general was hard to even think about let alone the reminder that he would never be there with us again. But after talking with my Murder Ride sister Nicole and Sid’s wife Suzie I was reassured that Sid would want us to still go. So we packed up our bags and hoped we could make the most of it and maybe even possibly bring us some closure. Ironically enough right before we left I was pulling up some files on one of my flash drives and found my old Captain Spaulding’s Chicken Shack Cheerleaders questionnaire (from around 2006 or so) that was used for his previous website. I didn’t even know I still had it. I considered it a sign from Sid as it brought back some great old memories of fan girl moments from the earlier days. I have since added it to my Sid Memorial page.

We decided to bring the key to our heart necklaces that we had exchanged at our wedding. We had added sun and moon charms to them to represent 10 years and words from our vows and were going to re-exchange them during the renewal ceremony with Sid. Bringing them with us made it feel like Sid was still with us in spirit.

Once Frank and I were at the convention we decided to focus the highlight of our weekend to being time spent with each other in our element and also being able to gift a few of my art pieces. The Soska Sisters as well as Skeet Ulrich were added to the guest list. Unfortunately Skeet cancelled at the last minute but we were able to see Jen and Sylvia again. As always the ladies brightened our spirits and it felt good to be reunited with them.

They loved that they got to keep the original of my “Twisted” Demon Twins of Berlin portrait that I drew of them. Sylvia even told me that the American Mary barrettes I made them are displayed on one of their special alter. She also educated me on the “god cell”. These ladies are both entertaining, beautiful and smart! What is there not to admire.

As you know from our convention adventure photos we always stop to support projects that Sid was passionate about. This includes one of his recent movies High On The Hog. The first time we met these guys at Flashback Weekend a few years back we could feel the love and the genuine admiration they had for Sid. Since then if they are at a con we always stop and talk to whoever is running the booth wither it be Tony. Kevin or Ben and try to buy something and shoot the shit. The last time we saw them was early September at Horrorhound where we had just learned that Sid was in ICU on our drive to Indy. This time it was even harder as we were all in pain of losing Sid and we were all feeling that emptiness of him not being there with all of us. But in turn it was good to be around other like minded people that understood the struggle we were feeling that we could actually talk to.

To our surprise Sid’s pig prop from the movie was there and Kevin and Ben let us take a couple special photos with it. Including one that included our special wedding keys. So I am so glad we decided to bring them with us. From the beam of light in the photo of Frank and I we definitely think Sid was happy we met up with these guys again and he was definitively there in spirit.

Later in the day Ben actually interviewed us for the Sid Haig Documentary. A project that Sid had given them his blessing on and was in the works well far before he had passed away. None of us expected it to become a tribute but the interview was actually very therapeutic for Frank and I. Not only did it make us smile thinking and sharing some of our many happy memories of Sid but it made us feel better knowing we may be a part of something that will help keep his memory alive for everyone that loved and admired him. Now let’s just hope I am not an ugly crier ha ha. Even if I am so be it. The feelings are real and from the heart and we are honored to be asked to be a part of it.

So in a nutshell this was a hard convention to be at but in the end Nicole and Suzie were right. Sid wanted us to be there and we are both glad we went. It felt like we were in the right place at the right time and with the right people and it actually did give us some closure. It will never be the same without Sid but like he told me when my Uncle passed away earlier this year “He may not be in body anymore, but as long as you and all who love him remember him, he’s never gone.

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LDG NIcole

Slasher Sale: WIHM Deal #1

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Women In Horror Month Deal #1!!

I am offering the 1st 5 people who order one of my “Twisted” Soska Sisters prints (during the month of February) a free matching sticker!

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LDG Nicole

Dead Girl Decay: New Portrait Necklaces!

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Last month I announced the addition of my new Dead Girl Decay portrait necklaces. Well, I am happy to announce that I have added 11 more necklaces to this unique wearable art collection. And like the last set, there is currently only 1 of each available.

Check them out and purchase them in my Etsy or Amazon stores!

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LDG Nicole

Creature Featured: Horror Ghoul Icons Spread the Gore

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Thank you to my horror idols, Elvira Mistress of the Dark and the Soska Sisters who reposted about my work on their social media pages this month! This is exactly what makes you ghouls so wonderful. You give back to the fans who admire you so much!

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Living Dead Girl Nicole’s “Yours Cruelly” portrait featured on Elvira’s Instagram

Living Dead Girl Nicole's "Twisted" Portrait featured on the Soska Sister's Tumblr

Living Dead Girl Nicole’s “Twisted” Portrait featured on the Soska Sister’s Tumblr

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LDG Nicole

Freaky Fanatics: Kay Is Twinning!

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Meet Kay! My newest Freaky Fanatic and fellow member of the Twisted Twins Army. This is a great shot she shared on Instagram showing off her new Ghoulish Garment featuring my Twisted portrait!

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Get your hands on one of these shirts by shopping my Etsy or Amazon shops! You can also see this photo of Kay amongst all my other Freaky Fanatics in the featured slideshow on my portfolio website. Don’t forget to contact me so you can submit your photos of how you rock your Living Dead Girl Nicole creations and hashtag #livingdeadgirlnicole in your social posts so you can be featured as well!

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LDG Nicole

Spitting Image: Twisted

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Even though I created American Mary themed Dead Girl Decay Barrettes for the Soska Sisters, I wanted to pay tribute to them again through my portrait work. And what better time than now… Women In Horror Month! A cause both the Twisted Twins and myself support every year!

Sylvia & Jen Soska rock their American Mary Barrettes made by Living Dead Girl Nicole

Sylvia & Jen Soska rock their American Mary Barrettes made by Living Dead Girl Nicole

After meeting them in November and having the opportunity to finally talk to them in person, I gained an even higher level of respect for them (didn’t think that was possible with how much I already admired them). The fact that they remembered me from the barrettes I made for them and being able to have fun with them talking about my intestines and surgery just goes to show how incredible they are to the fans who support what they do. And just talking to them you could tell how sweet they are in general.

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole and Husband Frank with Directors Actresses Jen and Sylvia Soska the Twisted Twins

Living Dead Girl Nicole & Husband Frank finally meet the Soska Sisters

The Soska Sisters have done a lot of impressive work in their careers but to me, their true masterpiece is American Mary. Yes, some may think it’s because of my girl crush on Katharine Isabelle but honestly, I loved everything about this film. All the symbolism (seriously watch the commentary) and how they truly put their hearts and souls into this film is prevalent when you watch it. You know you are watching a film created by horror fans for horror fans.  I was so sick of all the unimaginative over CGI’d versions of old movies (grrr remakes) and I remember thinking the first time I watched it… “this is the breath of bloody fresh air the horror movie community has been craving”.

So with that, I decided to create a portrait that emulated everything I love about Jen and Sylvia Soska and the movie American Mary. I could not resist drawing them as their cameo appearance as the Demon Twins Of Berlin. I call this portrait Twisted…..

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Are you a fan of the Twisted Twins? Then make sure to pick up a print or t-shirt featuring this piece in my Etsy or Amazon shops! And don’t forget, in honor of Women In Horror Month you can get 13% off your order until the end of February!

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See more of my portrait work on the Spitting Image Portrait page of my portfolio site!

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LDG Nicole

Days Of The Dead Chicago 2017

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My husband Frank and I just got back from another eventful Days of The Dead – Chicago. One of our favorite horror cons to attend. When I got strep throat a week ago we were nervous that I wouldn’t be well in time to go but everything fell into place after a week of feeling like hell. We always know that Saturdays are a mad house at any con so we planned everything we wanted to do celebrity guest wise on Friday, leaving us Saturday to enjoy the con.

I have been begging our local cons for years to get Fairuza Balk at one of their shows. Well, Days of the Dead delivered. She was the first table I headed for when we got into the con and she was beyond “punk rock” in person. It was one thing to be able to give her my “I Bind You Nancy” split face portrait. But it was another to have her hold it and just stare at all the detail and really take it all in. She pointed out how well I did the eyes. I told her they were the hardest part because her eyes are so beautiful and I really wanted to capture that. Then the look of joy on her face when she realized she got to keep it and all the hugs that followed. It meant more to me then just an actress receiving my art. She too is a very talented artist and to get that type of reaction from her really meant alot. It was a 90’s Teen Artist dream come true!

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole with Actress Artist Musician Fairuza Balk

The next table we hit up was Lisa Marie. Another actress that I admire and had an incredible time meeting. When I handed her my “Siren” split face portrait she recognized me and the art piece from my Instagram posts. She seemed shocked as well when she asked it if was a print and I told her no it was the real deal and it was all hers. We took multiple photos together. She had us test out the lighting in various angles until we got the best shot. I never thought I would be giving Lisa Marie a piece of my art let alone get to have a little photo booth session with her. I thought it was great that she really wanted the photo of our memorable meeting to be the best it could be. Out of all of the ones we took this one is my favorite..

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole with Actress Model Lisa Marie

We waited for Jen and Sylvia Soska to return to their table and as soon as they arrived we paid them a visit. As you all know I am a huge fan. I had missed an opportunity to meet them the last time they were in Chicago. I had made them American Mary Dead Girl Decay Barrettes and ended up having to mail them because of my surgery. They were kick ass and emailed me photos of themselves rocking the barrettes for my site. It made me feel really special that they went out of their way to do that to cheer me up during my recovery. And it felt really great to finally be able to tell them that in person. As expected they were a blast to finally meet and Frank and I enjoyed all the hugs they gave us. They genuinely were into knowing how my recovery went and were really interested in knowing what all had happened to me and how they fixed it. They were even super stoked to get to see a picture of my large intestine on Frank’s phone ha ha.

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole and Husband Frank with Directors Actresses Jen and Sylvia Soska the Twisted Twins

After that we were excited to hear that Felissa Rose was back at her table so we headed that direction. She had already seen my “Happy Camper” portrait on Instagram and I had given her a heads up that I was bringing it for her. When we got to the table and I pulled it out she immediately gave me a hug and put it on display at her table for everyone to see. She also told me she already knows where she plans to hang it in her home and that her husband is going to love it as well. Another scream queen who genuinely appreciates her fans. This is our second time meeting Felissa and it was just as memorable as the first time we met her. She is really a ton of fun and you can tell she really loves her fans.

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole with Actress Felissa Rose

Actress Felissa Rose displays Living Dead Girl NIcole's Happy Camper art piece on her table at Days Of The Dead Chicago

Since our good pal, Sid (Haig) was taking a break from the con, we decided to roam, shop and meet Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Strangeland, He was really laid back. A super cool guy. We are going to hang this photo next to the ones we have with legendary rockers Henry Rollins, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper.

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole and husband Frank with rock musician Dee Snider

When the show started Saturday we made sure to see if Sid was at his table first. We were worried when we didn’t see him the day before, but he was feeling better and was already full speed a head meeting fans at his table. When he saw Frank standing there amongst the crowd, his face lit up, he pointed him out and said “HEEEY!” Then he saw me and I plopped a squat next to him at his table like I always do to shoot the shit with him. Seeing him is like being re-united with family. It never gets old and it makes your heart smile every time. And when you part you can’t wait until you see them again.

Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole and husband Frank with actor Sid Haig

I gave Sid the shirts I had made for him and Suzie of my “Shit The Bed” split face portrait (that I had given him in July in Indy). He seemed to really like them. When we said our goodbyes and started to walk away, we noticed he pulled the shirts out of the bag to get a better look at them. He then proceeded to hold them up so the crowd around his table could see them. Frank captured this great shot of him.

Actor Sid Haig holds up his Living Dead Girl Nicole shirt

Before leaving the con we picked up a few more things to add to our convention haul. Some being items we wanted to buy previously online but knew we could wheel and deal price in person and also not have to pay shipping. And with this being our belated anniversary celebration we splurged a little.

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LDG Nicole