Halloween Countdown: Universal Monster Keychain Flashlight Portraits

Posted in kitsch, monsters, retro, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This series of Universal Monsters keychain flashlights released in 1995 (on which you press a button on the back to illuminate the heads) are kind of cool. BUT…

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I’m posting them here because they were made in “portraits” by John Purlia, the master of elevating and imbuing all forms of kitsch with a life force via meticulous staging and photography.

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Most of Purlia’s scenes are quite elaborate and rich with symbolism (you should really check out his website), but I love the color choices and singular focus in these shots.

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Look at those cold, dead eyes!
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It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think the Wolfman, with his shifty sideways glance, might be my mine. Which one is yours?
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John Purlia

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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Dennis Carlsson

Halloween Countdown: Peeping Thomas Vampire

Posted in decoration, halloween, monsters, undead with tags , , , on October 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to the Halloween Countdown! I couldn’t wait to post this window decoration from Victorian Trading Co. But I found the link was gone, and the original Peeping Thomas product had been replaced with a Peeping Thomas “vampire.” I feel it’s a major downgrade.

Here is the first version:

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This has be to be the most legitimately creepy Halloween decoration I’ve seen. It’s not over the top ghoulish, and the face looks almost real from a distance.

Here is the new version:

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Come on…did that figure really need BLOOD? Now it’s closer to a Halloween superstore item. Do you agree, or do you think the blood works?

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Call for Halloween Submissions!

Posted in announcement, halloween with tags , on September 29, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

As always, I’m taking part in the Countdown to Halloween next month!

Please share your amazing Halloween finds from around the Web (see contact link on the right sidebar). I always credit submissions and include a link to your own personal websites/art if you provide one. Can’t wait!

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Vilde Furdal Nymoen

Posted in art, surreal with tags , , , on September 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Vilde Furdal Nymoen paints vertically elongated portraits of (mostly) girls, sans hair, with colorful worlds emerging from the top of their heads.

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Each has its own theme, and they look absolutely beautiful displayed as triptychs. What do you think about the intentional omission of hair (I can’t help but be reminded of Eleven in Stranger Things every time I look at this art!)?

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Vilde Furdal Nymoen

Ben Lewis Giles

Posted in anatomy, art, collage, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on September 27, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out the gorgeous collage work of Ben Lewis Giles.

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His sources range from vintage pulp art to fine art, and everything in between. Biology textbooks, nature picture books, the art of folklore and Americana…

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He states:
Nature, metamorphosis, light, colour, collage,collaboration, juxtaposition, repetition, excitement, evolution, manipulation,music, television, improvisation, participation and seduction are all components in my practice.

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Ben Lewis Giles

Shoichi Tsurukawa

Posted in art, japan with tags , , , on September 25, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Shoichi Tsurukawa uses a dyeing technique called tsutsugaki (staining cotton with colored rice paste) to create brightly colored works. Traditional tsutsugaki pieces are usually indigo dye on a light colored canvas, but clearly Tsurukawa makes the process his own!

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From the artist statement:
I can easily indulge myself in the colors of happiness, anger and grief as my heart is always drawn by the vividness of my own emotions. What I want to portray is humans, namely the common “something” that lies underneath our appearance.

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Shoichi Tsurukawa

Inge Vandormael

Posted in alchemy, anatomy, art, nature with tags , , , , on September 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Inge Vandormael sticks to a simple color palette; black, white, red and silver for drawings, muted autumnal tones for watercolor. But the symbolism in her work is profound.

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Much of her older work was inspired by Eastern religion, myth and philosophy. Clearly influenced by nature and the beautiful structure within the ephemeral cycles of life and death, her newer works delve into alchemical and sacred geometry.

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Inge Vandormael

Life Sized Octopus Backpack

Posted in accessories, craft, sea with tags , , , , on September 21, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Although it’s certainly not the most practical accessory, I must admit I still checked to see if this life sized octopus backpack by Olga Kotova was for sale (it’s not…but I swear I would’ve had restraint!).

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I’ve seen cutesy octopus bags before, but I admire her choice to throw caution to the wind and go for realism here.

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Would you use this backpack just for the fun of it?

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Olga Kotova

Muertos Ruz

Posted in anatomy, art, skulls and skeletons with tags , , on September 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve just been browsing Muertos Ruz on Instagram

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I love her sweet, slightly warped drawings. They remain so innocent despite the proliferation of bugs, ghosts and guts.

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Muertos Ruz