Archive for the macabre Category

Halloween Countdown: Oriental Trading Co.

Posted in day of the dead, decoration, halloween, macabre, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I always like to do an Oriental Trading Co. roundup this time of year. Here are my favorite offerings from the 2016 catalogue.

Zombie Garden Gnome Set
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Big Top Terror Cardboard Stand-Up
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I love all their Day of the Dead offerings. This is the basic design.
Day of the Dead Skull Wall Decoration
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I handmade a version of these years ago. Not your grandma’s die-cuts.
Bloody Weapon Cutouts
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Halloween Roses with Eyeballs
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And if you’re looking for something kid friendly, there are adorable Halloween Owl Favor Boxes
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Halloween Countdown: Dennis Carlsson

Posted in anatomy, art, halloween, macabre, monsters with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Dennis Carlsson gives beloved pop culture cartoon characters a horror makeover.

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I particularly love the way he does teeth and shining viscera.

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Which cartoon would you like to see Carlsson reimagine?

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Desktop Goodies 9/17

Posted in 80's, absurd, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, comics, creatures, death, ephemera, food, humor, illustration, macabre, meat, postcards, religion, retro, skulls and skeletons, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Be warned:
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Sometimes I write fictional surrealist resumes in my head just for fun. I’m definitely adding “Can appear as a disembodied head and hypnotize crocodiles” to my skill set.
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The daintiest amphibious juggler.
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There is something very wrong with this cat’s hind quarters (or maybe very right as far as he’s concerned).
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An unlikely friendship, indeed.
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There are not nearly enough meat puns in the sentimental postcard industry.
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So delightfully subtle…until you step in the wrong spot, that is.
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Thank you, Rachel, for these next two. I’ll quote her here: “No means NO, Jesus!”
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…but this is a sweater that many can afford. (I’m sure this man’s parrot has become clinically depressed from living with him).
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Genuinely creepy. Not sure where this comes from. Hell, presumably.
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I was going to write an individual comment for each of these, but they kind of work as a dyad.
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I spent a while trying to figure out this “twelfth finger” thing. Does anyone get it?
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Now, a giant chicken absconding with a child, anyone can understand.
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Eduard Wiiralt

Posted in art, macabre, monsters with tags , , , on July 16, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Quick post…two incredible pieces by Eduard Wiiralt found on Monster Brains.

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Ikuma Nao

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on May 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Ikuma Nao’s black and white works are wildly detailed, slightly morbid and jarring…filled with many nooks and crannies for the eyes to fall into.

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There is a fascination with life amidst death, growth amidst decay. These opposing forces blend together seamlessly.

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Insta-Goodies

Posted in art, cats, creatures, death, instagoodies, macabre, sea with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Just an Insta-Goodies post today, as I recover from an endoscopy…

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Public Signs That Beg the Question “What Happened Here?”

Posted in absurd, humor, macabre, signs with tags , , , on January 7, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Buzzfeed has a collection of hilarious public signs and notices that leave the viewer wondering what on earth happened to necessitate the explicit clarification of these “rules” (though in many cases, it’s pretty obvious…and unfortunate).

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I truly hope this was done for shock-value by a street artist.
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And I hope this is a metaphorical existential reminder that lofty ideas must be brought down to earth and translated into action.
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See the rest HERE.