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Valentine’s Day Countdown: Bafefit

Posted in art, creatures, death, graphic design, valentine's day on February 13, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Bafefit is located in Rome Italy. The works are reminiscent of traditional tattoo art in some ways. The images below speak to me for Valentine’s Day, with the twin images I view as shared souls.

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Valentine’s Day Countdown: Thomas Kuntz’s Spooky Love

Posted in art, automata, Books, death, macabre, music, retro, sculpture, technology, valentine's day, video on February 11, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Thomas Kuntz has been touted on this blog before. The automatons this Haxanthrobaticist creates go beyond artistry and technology. This one is very fitting for Valentine’s Day.

See more of Thomas Kuntz.

Valentine’s Day Countdown: Gildedcagetattoos

Posted in macabre, nature, oddities, sculpture, taxidermy, valentine's day on February 10, 2013 by bettiemuldoon

Posted by proxy from Dana’s “stuff to blog” queue while she is on medical hiatus. She reads and appreciates all comments…and apologizes for not being able to respond at the moment.

Perhaps a bit late to post these for gift ideas, but your Valentine deserves to be shown your heart all the time, not just on February 14th.

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Vintage Valentines: Monsters and Undead

Posted in ephemera, monsters, undead, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , , on February 14, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with a series of (miniaturized) Universal Monster Valentines:



And assorted other goodies…

And he’s not a monster, but he’s the master of suspense…gotta love this:

Don’t miss: MASOCHISTIC, MURDEROUS AND MEATY Valentines.

Unfortunately, I don’t have my whole collection of these with me at the moment. I’m *always* on a quest for more of them though. If you come across any vintage spooky Valentines, let’s share/trade!

Vintage Valentines: Ghosts, Witches and Skeletons

Posted in ephemera, undead, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , on February 14, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Nowadays, zombies and whatever sparkly things pass for vampires are all the rage. But in the mid 20th century, some GENIUS decided to mix Valentine’s Day with the best of all holidays…Halloween.

Personally, I like spooky elements in ALL of my special occasions. I put bats on my Christmas tree and skeletons on birthday greetings (you get the idea).

I wish there were more like these.

Sweet little specters…

Witchy women…

See a few hearts, skulls and zombies from last year here.

Geek and Science Valentines

Posted in art, craft, geek, science, valentine's day with tags , , , , on February 13, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

A few favorites from Alexandria Neonakis:

YESSSS!

Another favorite set: Nerdy Dirty:

Adorable quilling:

See Science Valentines from last year too!

Bat Valentines

Posted in creatures, ephemera, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , on February 11, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Every holiday is better with bats, Valentine’s Day included. Here’s a little roundup of some bat-related Valentine finds.

By TheGreyFoxStudio:

By ktcrawford:

The Bat Conservation Trust has a whole page of bat e-cards!

I found this little lady here:

There are customizable bat pendants available on Zazzle:

Now for some vintage cuties:

And of course, we have retro BATMAN!

Anyone have others to share?

Valentine’s Day

Posted in anatomy, art, craft, plush, valentine's day with tags , , , , on February 14, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Here is one of the most personal confessions I will ever make in public: I loathe Valentines Day…because I know I could love it.

I understand why people go all out on this day; conversely, I understand why they detest it.

My official standpoint on Valentines Day: Yes, it’s capitalist nonsense. The fabricated publicity, pressure and expectations are absurd. But you don’t have to be Hallmark’s bitch to honor the one you love.

Why not take this opportunity to celebrate love in your own creative fashion? You can bypass the drug store aisles filled with pink and red things. Let it be a personal ritual between you and a partner…or friend…or your family…or your pets.

But celebrate love. It’s rare. It’s important. It’s worthy of recognition.

People are gross. We have bad habits and bodily functions. We do stupid things. We start wars, kill each other, institutionalize hatred and prejudice, indulge in greed and senseless drama, get wiped out by natural disasters or illnesses. So if you have anyone who loves you despite your humanity…be grateful, and damn well celebrate in a way that resonates with you.

Even if you’re jaded, cynical and misanthropic, send someone a card that says “Thanks for not being the total bloody disappointment I thought you’d be.” Let someone know they are just a little less horrendous than everyone else.

To my loved ones: thank you for all you given, inspired, healed, comforted, supported and for all the ways you’ve made my existence worthwhile.

For some reason, people who share my viewpoint on this holiday are few and far between. But I encourage you to consider that even ideas founded upon capitalist greed are ours to reclaim…if we choose to do so.

Pre-Valentine’s Day

Posted in art, humor, undead, valentine's day with tags , , , , on February 13, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Here are some odds and ends for the unconventional romantic.

Heart in a Jar Necklace

Linocut Print Zombie Valentines

I knew zombies would be all the rage in alternative Valentines this year!

I Chew Chew Chews You

Love these cookies!

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A funny video about heterosexual holiday gift giving (aimed at Christmas, but perfectly applicable to Valentine’s Day consumer culture):

Vintage Valentine Roundup: Masochistic, Murderous and Meaty

Posted in absurd, candy coated nightmares, ephemera, humor, kitsch, macabre, meat, thrift horror, valentine's day, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve collected hundreds of vintage Valentine images, but I’m not currently in possession of the hard drive that houses them all. Here are a few that I recently saved to my desktop. Cutesy Valentines abound, so here are some that showcase the darker leanings of the holiday.

Welcome to the gun show…

Double pun action!

Let this be a lesson not to mix your puns:

Refusal is not advised…

Fiery sentiments…

Of Feline Bondage…

I don’t trust him…

Is she implying that she’s a piece of crap?

Submissive Cow looks like the sad, daytime talk show guest of the animal kingdom.

In other words…”eat me.”

If someone could kindly explain this creature to me…

And the award for most depressing Valentine ever goes to…SUICIDAL SKUNK! He has not one, but TWO ways to off himself, ready and waiting. You can tell by the look on his face that he’s not going to snap out of this so easily. It’s hardcore.