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The Grotesque Group Art Show at Modern Eden in SF

March 14th, 2014
Jaclyn Alderete

Heterotrophic Harmony by Jaclyn Alderete, $800.  I had to look this word, Heterotrophic, up.  It refers to an organism that cannot make its own food, but must consume organic carbon from organisms that do make their own food.  Mushrooms (fungi) are heterotrophic.  In the painting above I see mushrooms devouring a human organism.  I love it!  I’m reminded of an episode of Hannibal last year where mushrooms were eating diabetics alive.  I’m crazy about the sickly skin tone and the oblivion in the portrayed subject’s eyes.

I am so excited about the show currently up at San Francisco’s Modern Eden Gallery entitled, Grotesque.  The art in this group show lives up to its twisted name.

I knew the contemporary meaning of the word grotesque as it refers to distorted, macabre, gross things.  I did not know that it also refers to a style of art that incorporates blended human, animal and flower forms.  I think artists exploited both meanings of Grotesque very well in this show to create some provocative and sensational pieces.

The show opened on March 8 and runs through the 22.  Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to see it in person.  But there are several artists in this group whose work I’m unfamiliar with and will be looking into (possibly stalking).  It’s so thrilling to find a group show presenting dark art in a city other than New York or Los Angeles with such a high caliber of quality and originality.  I feel refreshed by all the perversions of nature!

Matthew Robertson painting

The Madness of Bobby Birdman by Matthew Robertson, $500.  I’m not normally a fan of painting drawing collage like this, but I think it’s really effective in disorienting the viewer in this piece.

Jessica L. Dalva

Chimera by Jessica L. Dalva, $800.  The red swellings around the joints are especially poignant.  This sculpture is a seriously cool interpretation of the mythical Chimera beast.  I wish I could see the face closer because I think the eyes are whited out and the expression is creepy.

mandem

The Ursury of God by Mandem, $4200.  I love everything about this painting from the cyborg nursing mechanism to the child on the right side’s gaze to the skin condition and the shroud.  Gorgeous!

The Organist by Caitlin T. McCormack

The Organist by Caitlin T. McCormack, sold.  I don’t know what the medium was here (crochet?), but the effect is great.

False Assumption by Lara Dan, $600

False Assumption by Lara Dan, $600.  The arms rising up out of the brows to pull up the hair are intense.  It’s rare to see a painting done in pastels with butterflies and flowers in the background achieve a haunting, sinister tone.

Sphinx by Terry Ribera, $1800

Sphinx by Terry Ribera, $1800.  The shading effects in this painting are really well done and I love the use of color.  The many pieces (paws, wings, tentacles) all mesh in a fluid and flawless way.

For more information and to see previews of the additional work on display, visit Modern Eden’s website.  Don’t you just love this show!

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Dahlia Jane’s 30th Birthday Party

March 10th, 2014
John Charles took this photo of my fiends singing me Happy Birthday.

John Charles took this photo of my fiends singing me Happy Birthday.  This is the most (live) people I’ve ever had in my apartment.  It’s such a pain to hide all of the bodies.

Aside from the acute psychosis, crushing depression and the whiny angel that occasionally pops up on my shoulder berating me to be a better person and like, do stuff with my life — it’s pretty awesome to be me.  But it’s rarely more awesome than it was on my thirtieth birthday.

Sunday, January 26 I summoned the most wicked specimens of my coven to come over for an I Want My MTV 30th Birthday Party.

MTV now is a pile of puke (I assume, I don’t actually have cable so I haven’t seen much of it in a few years.)  But in the old days, when I was a kiddie, MTV was my window to a world of alternative culture and rock stars to hero-worship.  My parents weren’t into cartoons at all.  So my brother and I were parked in front of music videos instead for hours at a time.  In fact that’s kind of all you need to know about me (my short attention span; my obsession with androgyny, big hair and rhinestones; my distrust of authority figures, all goes back to 1980s MTV).

Stefanie Vega took this picture of the mad hatter, Paul Koudounaris and Dahlia

Stefanie Vega took this picture of the mad hatter, Paul Koudounaris and Dahlia

Lani, Sonia and Keri forming a girl group

Lani, Sonia and Keri forming a girl group

Since music videos are such a big part of my identity, I built my birthday party around them.  I made a list of my favorite videos from the last 30 years (about 100) and played them during the party.  Videos such as Like a Prayer by Madonna, This is the New Shit by Marilyn Manson, We’re Not Going to Take It by Twisted Sister, My Name Is by Eminem, Last Dance for Mary Jane by Tom Petty and The Next Day by David Bowie.   Oh and, Get Ur Freak On by Missy Elliot, to which Paul Koudounaris said something like, What the fuck is this?

It was actually interesting to see the recurring themes that both the musical artists and I were frequently attracted to in videography.  For instance, I picked a bunch of videos with Catholic iconography, characters with blood dripping down their chins, all things occult and candles.  Maybe this is all telling me I should become the first serial killer nun witch.  What do you think?

Showing music videos was a great party ice breaker.  Though a few of my guests are very social, an equal number of us are stand in the corner and glower at everyone types who put the awkward in awkward silence.  I think the videos alleviated any of that kind of tension and relaxed me because if I couldn’t think of something to say I just referenced whatever video was on at the moment.

I had a great group of freaks show up including artists you know from the blog such as John Charles, Chris the Creep, David Gough, Paul Koudounaris, Matthew LeVin, Kat Philbin and Stephanie Vega, as well as great friends Glen, Sonia, Keri and Lani-monster.

I was so lucky to have my parents there too (they not only gave me life, they overlook my homicidal tendencies and love me lots.  Also, they put it in official documents that when they’re older I can pull the plug on them.  Take that little brother man!)

Dahlia Jane and John Charles, yes that's Matthew LeVin photobombing us in the right corner.

Dahlia Jane and John Charles, yes that’s Matthew LeVin photobombing us in the right corner.

Stefanie Vega took this Parisian-like photo of artists Matthew LeVin and David Van Gough having an existential conversation.

Stefanie Vega took this Parisian-like photo of artists Matthew LeVin and David Van Gough having an existential conversation.

I dressed up as a Black Virgin, inspired by Madonna’s Like a Virgin Wedding Dress from the 1984 MTV Music Video Awards (the year I was born). Somehow I made it through the whole party without anyone taking a full-body outfit shot. I had a lacy corset, full tulle skirt and authentic boy toy rhinestone belt. Being in a black wedding dress just felt so right (especially as I turn an age where some might see me as a spinstress). I had on a crucifix necklace and in case you were wondering, it didn’t sear through my flesh.

Just like a virgin

Just like a virgin (photo by Kat Philbin)

Stefanie Vega and Glen with Dahlia and Deirdre (photo by Paul Koudounaris)

Stefanie Vega and Glen with Dahlia and Deirdre (photo by Paul Koudounaris)

Don’t think I’m suddenly going to start acting like an adult just because the calendar says I’m 30.

Also, it wouldn’t be a Dahlia event without something really bizarre happening.  So I invited lots of people dead and alive.  But one I did not invite was a neighbor my former roommate nicknamed Crazy L*** (and she lived with ME for six months, so she has a pretty high threshold for crazy).  I wasn’t watching the door and my dad let Crazy L in.  She showed up in a mumu and house slippers claiming she wanted to know what all the noise was about.  And she stayed for at least three hours.  She ate food and talked my dad’s ear off.  We’re not friends or anything.  It was bizarre and kind of hilarious!  Invited guests were slightly perplexed at the pastel floral mumu shrouded creature in the corner.

But aside from that head shaker the day was perfectly rock and roll.

Look at some of the jaw-droopingly thoughtful and amazing gifts my friends gave me:

Rock photographer and professional bad ass John Charles gave me this concert photo he took of my love (and future antichrist baby daddy), Marilyn Manson.

Rock photographer and professional bad ass John Charles gave me this concert photo he took of my love (and future antichrist baby daddy), Marilyn Manson.  Photo of me opening John Charle’s photo by artist Kat Philbin.

and here is Marilyn hanging on the wall

and here is Marilyn hanging on the wall in my front room

David Van Gough painted this portrait of David Bowie from the Heroes era.  Both of us are madly in love with David Bowie.

David Van Gough painted this oil portrait of David Bowie from the Heroes era. Both of us are madly in love with David Bowie.  I have not hung this painting yet because I’ve been carrying it around from room to room.  Bowie is my Personal Jesus.

My other gifts were not specifically rock and roll themed, but they were all so very me:

Lisa Derrick gave me this delicate antique brooch which she found in Ireland.  The locket holds an intricate woven pattern of hair.  I like to think that I'm wearing a dead girl's hair on my neck.  This is my first authentic piece of memento mori jewelry and it's a real treasure.

Lisa Derrick gave me this delicate antique brooch which she found in Ireland. The locket holds an intricate woven pattern of hair. I like to think about how I’m wearing a dead girl’s hair on my neck. This is my first authentic piece of memento mori jewelry and it’s a real treasure.

Sonia gave me this deranged Women's Ward Insane Asylum sign.  It's perfect for my wall of insane Dahlia art.  It's also really heavy.  You could definitely bludgeon someone with it.  That's why I haven't hung it yet.  I need to get wall anchors (not because I'm planning to use it as a murder weapon first).

Sonia gave me this deranged Women’s Ward Insane Asylum sign. It’s perfect for my wall of insane Dahlia art. It’s also really heavy. You could definitely bludgeon someone with it. That’s why I haven’t hung it yet. I need to get wall anchors (not because I’m planning to use it as a murder weapon first).

Stefanie Vega and Glen gave me this heart sculpture covered in gnarly nails, which Stefanie made.  I finally have a heart!  The paper behind the heart is the incredible wrapping they put it in.

Stefanie Vega and Glen gave me this heart sculpture covered in gnarly nails, and black stitching which Stefanie made. I finally have a heart! The paper behind the heart is the incredible wrapping they put it in.

jewelled skeleton, art print

Paul Koudounaris gave me this gorgeous large print from his recent must-read Heavenly Bodies book. It’s in a temporary spot above my serial killer book collection until I find a frame grand enough for it.

And here's Dahia shocked beyond words upon opening Matthew LeVin's present (close-up directly below).  Photo by Kat Philbin.  Mind.  Blown.

And here’s Dahia shocked beyond words upon opening Matthew LeVin’s present (close-up directly below). Photo by Kat Philbin. Mind. Blown.

I don't have words.  That's me!  With fangs!  By the best sculptor I know and I'm really speechless.

I don’t have words. That’s me! With fangs! By the world’s best sculptor and I’m really speechless.

And this gift made me laugh harder than I've ever laughed (at least at something that didn't involve human suffering).  Chris the Creep painted this fantastic pop-art style portrait of the Matilda Beast.  He completely captured her demonic presence in my life.

And this gift made me laugh harder than I’ve ever laughed (at least at something that didn’t involve human suffering). Chris the Creep painted this fantastic pop-art style portrait of the Matilda Beast. He completely captured her demonic presence in my life.  It’s dead-on.

I also got some great new macabre art books that I’m very excited about and hope to review here soon.

My friends are way better than your lame friends.  In fact, you should probably just kill all of your friends and come be friends with my friends.  Unless you’re lame too, in which case go die in a hole.  Happy Birthday to me!

Thank you so much to all my friends who came to the party, for the amazing artistic gifts and for making me feel loved.  I hope you all had a wicked good time.  And to my family who puts up with a lot, but always works to give me a special birthday.  And thank you to all my friends who sent well wishes.  I’m not the best at expressing non-murderous feelings.  But I was overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity — almost makes me want to stick around or something.  Really, thank you all so much.  Anyway, birthday over.  This was such a good birthday I think I’ll just stick at 30 for a bit now.

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Shopping for Creepy Stuff at The Rose Bowl Flea Market

March 4th, 2014
Pasadena California

Dahlia Jane haunts the Rose Bowl Flea Market in February 2014

If you are like me and your taste in stuff runs to the weird, old and unique, the massive monthly Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California is worth checking out.  The following photos show just a taste of some of the creepier items on display there in February.

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

So many questions come to mind

So many questions come to mind

yikes

yikes

 broken doll antique

Antique animal traps

Antique animal traps

I always say I’m just going to look around.  And I think it’s excellent advice to only carry as much cash as you can afford to spend that day.  But every once in a while I’ll see something spectacular that I cannot bear to live without.

My biggest and favorite Rose Bowl score occurred just a couple of weeks ago.  I turned a corner into a new aisle and was confronted with something so exquisite that I was afraid to even ask how much it cost because I knew immediately that I needed it no matter what: a hundred year old dilapidated hospital wheelchair.

antique wheelchair

The chair is wood with a whicker-caned seat, two big wheels that may have once been rubber, one small wheel trailing in the back, and wood feet and armrests.  It’s very heavy.  The first image that pops into my head when I look at it is of a drugged-up mental patient propped up in the chair, wheeled somewhere for the day and forgotten.  It’s theatrical.  It’s terribly sad.  It’s me.

The thing has wheels so my first thought was, let’s you and me run away together, they’ll never take us alive.  But just in case there was a way to avoid a cumbersome chase I decided to suck it up and ask how much the chair cost.

I timidly enquired with the booth’s owner and was ready to recoil from the sting of a six hundred dollar plus asking-price.  I had my pained expression locked and loaded.  But somehow, the universe was with me because he asked for only $150.  Meanwhile my companions (actual companions, the voices in my head were one hundred percent with me on this whispering, my preciousss) are saying — how are you going to get this behemoth home?  Where are you going to put it?  Did you take your meds this morning? — in the background.  And I’m thinking, okay, if I skip groceries for two weeks this could work.

I say, how about $120, thinking the guy will then say, $145 (I’ve seen a lot of Pawn Stars and Oddities on the TV, which is why I’m such a good negotiator).  I try not to look shocked when the guy takes the $120.  For this priceless treasure that I cannot live without you only want $120?  You sir, are crazy.

antique hospital wheelchair

It turned out the negotiating of the price was a lot easier than the negotiating of the fair-grounds and parking lot.  I kind of understood why the guy would rather take a lower price than have to get the chair back home.  I may have lightly nudged some random people who should’ve been paying more attention if they didn’t want to get brained by a 100 year-old wheelchair.  People can be so fussy.

Did I mention I drive a two-door sports car?

When I realized that there was absolutely no way to fit the whole chair into the car, I thought maybe I could trail it behind me on the freeway, like a trailer hitch.  That was a nonstarter with the people going home with me.  Instead, we wedged as much of the chair as we could into the trunk area and I used my scarf to tie down the trunk door.  Anything else in the car went into the laps of my passengers.  The half hour or so of surface street driving it took to get home I just sort of prayed we wouldn’t get pulled over.

My poor scarf got drafted to hold the trunk door down over the wheelchair.

My poor scarf got drafted to hold the trunk door down over the wheelchair.

We made it all the way to my garage, when for the first time in recent memory, the elevator had a broken sign on it.  So we had to go the long way around the building up some stairs.  But the point of all this is, the chair is mine now.  And I can sit in it whenever I want and wheel haphazardly around my living room. I plan to do some sick photo shoots with the chair soon as well.

I also bought two wall frames that day for $30.  I’ve bought several frames on various trips to the flea market because I like ornate, baroque-looking corners that none of the big frame stores seem to carry.

This frame was slightly broken so the seller only wanted $10 for it.  Now it's shiny black and awaiting a new piece of art.  I'm obsessed with the gargoyle demon on the bottom.

This frame was slightly broken so the seller only wanted $10 for it. Now it’s shiny black and awaiting a new piece of art. I’m obsessed with the gargoyle demon on the bottom.

The flea market can be totally hit or miss for shopping.  I’m often surprised by how much or how little someone wants for something.  I’ve left with my arms full and I’ve left empty-handed.  I’m always glad I went though because the experience gets my creative juices flowing.  I don’t typically find things that are display-ready.  Most items require paint or sewing or some kind of repurposing.

When in doubt, paint it black.

You might imagine that such a thick concentration of bizarre stuff would attract an interesting crowd, prime for people-watching, and you’d be correct.  Even when the shopping is lame, the encounters are often worthwhile.

When I visited the market in December with artist Stefanie Vega we were strolling arm in arm when an elderly, white-haired woman motioned to me.  She asked if I could help her with Instagram on her phone and proceeded to show me a black and white photo of a much younger, Marlon Brando-like nude man with a predominantly erect penis.  She said the photo was of her hot new boyfriend and asked me to give her a high-five.  I tried to direct her back to her question about the app but she obviously just wanted to show me the picture.  As Vega and I were making our escape Vega said to me, you sure attract the crazies.  Then a young man ran up to us and said we’d just been filmed for a reality show called something like, Old People Pulling Pranks.  We were presented waivers to sign.  I feel like they were breaking some kind of indecent exposure laws with that one and nudity doesn’t offend me, but I don’t get the prank so much.  Anyway, I knew my non-reaction to the photo meant the footage would never make it on the show (or at least I think I know.  Has anybody seen me on an upsetting reality show recently?)

On the drive into the market this recent time my parents and I saw a young man with long shaggy hair and a beard sporting a frilly white dress and a backpack walking determinedly.  He was a curious sight.  And later that day I made eye-contact with the actor who plays Blake on Workaholics (I didn’t say hello because it took me a second to place who he was.  My first thought was, I know you!  And by the time that made it to, I don’t know you, I know you from TV, he’d vanished into the crowd again.)

How insane is my new chair?  Have you been to the Rose Bowl Flea Market and if so, do you have a favorite find?

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is the second Sunday of every month (in other words, this coming Sunday the 9).  Parking is free and admission after 9 is $8.  Click here to visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market website.  I’m resolved to skip March to give my bank account a breather, but the call of so much weird stuff in one place may be too strong to resist.

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Laluzapalooza 2014 Preview

March 3rd, 2014
mixed media assemblage, doll, reliquary, art

Church of the Muskrat Skull by Vega — Vega is of course a close friend and one of my favorite creators and this piece is everything I expect from her.  I want to scoop up this little saint and remove her from her treacherous post as keeper of the road kill.  This sculpture has such a beautiful message to consider the lives and the suffering of those that are often deemed as beneath our notice.

Springtime in LA means Laluzapaloooza.  Every spring La Luz de Jesus plants a bevy of budding artists alongside some of their proven annuals, and the art world swarms in to make bets on who will bloom.

The 28th annual juried group-show opens this Friday, March 7 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, California.  As always, the show does not have a theme.  Every year there are well-known artists alongside complete unknowns.  And the show is often considered a gateway not just to showing at La Luz de Jesus, but to showing in many Los Angeles galleries.  There’s always tension right around the publishing of the accepted list and artists feel real pressure to make it on the wall.

La Luz de Jesus had an unbelievable 16,000 submissions this year from artists competing for less than 200 spots. I’ll speak frankly and say that I don’t understand all of the included pieces. In fact, quite a few make me say, are you kidding me? But the range of styles and mediums within the alternative and lowbrow art movements are well represented. And it really wouldn’t surprise me if there were other art consumers out there looking at the pieces I’m drawn to and having that, what in the world, why would they pick this?, reaction. The brilliance of this show is that it exposes you to work from artists you’d never make a trip to a gallery to see as well as introducing work from unknown artists whose other work you’ll seek out in the future.

I’ve showcased art from the show in this post, which seduces me with its dark theatrics and technical skill.

New Friend by Horacio Martinez

New Friend by Horacio Martinez — I’m drawn to the sense of calm and even whimsy in this deeply macabre painting.  Here is Death coming to take a child, and yet it is not a moment of horror.   I’m so curious to know what inspired the artist to create this scene.  There’s a lovely soft quality to this piece as well.

Master Study: Transition (The Bark of Dante / Watson and the Shark) by Christopher Ulrich

Master Study: Transition (The Bark of Dante / Watson and the Shark) by Christopher Ulrich — I’m almost speechless by this tableau.  Christopher Ulrich should’ve been born in the time of the Renaissance Masters.  His work seems too grand for a contemporary audience often unable to grasp the subtleties of the allegories he depicts (and I’m including myself in that group).  But I feel privileged to see it.

Spiked by Michael Foulkrod

Spiked by Michael Foulkrod — I want to know the woman in this portrait.  She seems alluring and impenetrable.  I’m also curious about why the artist left the piece looking unfinished beneath her chest.

Final Embrace by JAW Cooper

Final Embrace by JAW Cooper — Jaw Cooper is another artist whose work I’ve been watching for the last several years.  This painting does a great job blending Eastern and Western traditions in art.  The composition is striking and wistful.  There’s a great sadness here.

Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman Black Swan

Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman Black Swan — I like the blending of Fantasy Art and Fine Art in this piece.  The golden water is beautiful.

Spider by Gail Potocki

Spider by Gail Potocki — This is a piece that I’m especially curious to see in person because the darkened shrouds give it such a mysterious weight.  The figure is creepy and androgynous and I can’t get a sense of time or place.  I want to know more.

Norman Rides a Peacock by Briana Bainbridge

Norman Rides a Peacock by Briana Bainbridge — I can’t resist a fetal skull.  I can’t do it. I want to hold dead baby Norman and pet his peacock and have a lovely day together at the Arboretum.

LaLuzapalooza is on display at La Luz de Jesus through March 30. For more information or to see more previews from the show, visit La Luz de Jesus’s website.

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Dark Art Books to Gift 2013

December 16th, 2013

Need a last minute holiday gift for a dark-minded soul?  Lucky for you, this has been an exceptional year for dark, goth and stunning art books.

The following books have all been released in 2013 (most this fall).  And yes I desperately want all of them (except the two I already have — Frolich by Brandi Milne and Heavenly Bodies by Paul Koudounaris — both of which are perfection).

Collections by Individual Artists:

Heavenly Bodies Paul Koudounaris

Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombsby Dr. Paul Koudounaris available from Amazon for $22.86 and beyond spectacular

Incurable Disorder
DROOL Incurable Disorder: The Art of Elizabeth McGrath available from Amazon for $28.51

Laurie Lipton art book
YOUR EYES WILL POP OUT OF YOUR HEAD IN AMAZEMENT The Drawings of Laurie Lipton available from Amazon for $27.90

Frohlich

Frolich by Brandi Milne available signed from her website for $45

Guillermo Del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities
Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions available through Amazon for $34.48

Sean Madden Beyond the Sun
EEK! Beyond the Sun: The Insane Pen & Ink Art of Sean Madden available through Amazon for $14.95

Group Collections and Art History

Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell
Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell available through Amazon for $42.56

I LOVE these nineteenth century French novelty cards which depict a min Hell.  The book even comes with a 3-D viewer so you can view the art as the creators intended.

The Story of Black John Harvey
The Story of Black by John Harvey available through Amazon for $28.71

This book covers the cultural impact and connotations throughout world history of my favorite color: Black.

Night Parade of Dead Souls
The Story of Black
The Story of Black
Night Parade Of Dead Souls: Japanese Ghost Paintings (Ukiyo-e Master Series) available through Amazon for $22.39

This English book contains 70 iconic images of the Japanese female ghost or yurei by a variety of artists.

Cabinets of Wonder

Cabinets of Wonder available through Amazon for $32.51 contains 180 photographs of some of the best curiosity collections in the known world.

Taxidermy
Taxidermy by Alexis Turner available through Amazon for $24.63

The book strives to be a complete survey of the art form.

Rammstein on fire

Rammstein on Fire: New Perspectives on the Music and Performances on Amazon for $36

Happy Holidays fiends!

If you’re shopping on Amazon this season, consider clicking through my link first to help support this site at no extra cost to yourself!!!

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Gifts for Horror Lovers 2013

December 11th, 2013

For Women

pentagram, graphic socks, gift

Baphomet Socks from Too Fast for $10.95

Black Widow Pantyhose would look great on any femme fatale.  $12 from Karmaloop.

Black Widow Pantyhose would look great on any femme fatale. $12 from Karmaloop.

monster mouth red mini skirt
Women’s Kreepsville 666 Monster Mouth Red Mini Skirt through Amazon for $27.99

Ouija Board Horror Tank Dress is made to order by Killer Kitty for $60 from her webstore.

Ouija Board Horror Tank Dress is made to order by Killer Kitty for $60 from her webstore.

Horror Print PJ Trousers from Topshop USA for $70.  This print is also available on a Jacket for $84.

Horror Print PJ Trousers from Topshop USA for $70. This print is also available on a Jacket for $84.


For Men

Stainless Steel Big Monster Fang eyeball ring

Stainless Steel Big Monster Fang Brown Eyeball Men Boy Biker Ring through Amazon for $16.

Priceless limited edition tshirt by Fright Rags for $21.95.

Priceless limited edition tshirt by Fright Rags for $21.95.

The Shining Twins mens t-shirt from Too Fast for $26.95.

The Shining Twins mens t-shirt from Too Fast for $26.95.

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Crystal Lake Boat Tours Hoodie from BigTimeTeez on Etsy for $29.99

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How great are these?!!!  MINK presents “SLASHERS”, the new capsule collection. The collection is limited, as only 100 pieces total were made. Each piece pays homage to a horror movie anti-hero. The number on the back represents that Slasher’s “victim count”. The collection includes four jerseys featuring BATES, VORHEES, KRUEGER and MYERS.  All four jerseys feature designs on the back, front and both sleeves.  They are $50 each from MINK’s webstore.

Goat Witch Halloween Mask sculpted by Kristen Phillips and available from Trick or Treat Studios for $54.99

Goat Witch Halloween Mask sculpted by Kristen Phillips and available from Trick or Treat Studios for $54.99

For the Home

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American Horror Story Coven Art Print by Danielle Brady on Society6 starts at $16 for an 8×10 print.

Get a print of Billy Sawing by Dienzo from his Big Cartel shop for $20

Get a print of Billy Sawing by Dienzo from his Big Cartel shop for $20

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I’m crazy about the design on this Carpe Noctem Church Candle from Too Fast for $24.95

Living dead dolls Krampus set

Living Dead Dolls – Limited Edition German Exclusive Set – The Krampus (3 Piece Set – Black & Tan, Black & Red, White & Tan) The whole set is available through Amazon for $199.99 or get the White Fur, Tan Mask Doll and, the Black Fur, Red Mask Doll for $74.99 each and  the Black Fur, Tan Mask Doll for $59.99 through Amazon.

719-zo6EaWL._SL1500_Trick ‘R Treat Animated Sam 8″ Figure wobbles and plays music and dialogue from the film.  Available through Amazon for $39.99.

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Lamb by Paul Booth available as a signed print in a limited run of 400. From Last Rites Gallery for $50.

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Plague Doctor Statue by Dellamorteco on Etsy for $60. The statue is 9″ tall and hand-painted.  I though this was so cool that I immediately ordered one as a holiday gift for my brother.  Dellamorteco has a ton of unique horror-themed statuary.

For more Horror theme gift ideas, check out the 2012 and 2011 editions of this post.

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Dahlia Jane contributes to Cartwheel Art and Auxiliary Magazine

December 9th, 2013

The pestilence is spreading…

I just wanted to give my readers here a heads up that I’ve started doing posts for Los Angeles-based art blog, Cartwheel Art.

Cartwheel Art does a great job of presenting the broad strokes of what’s happening right now with contemporary art.  The blog promotes upcoming events in one convenient place and recaps recent openings, art walks and parties.   All of the contributors love art and are passionate about collecting original pieces.  Reading many of the posts is a bit like having a conversation with a friend about a show so it’s very accessible for even the casual art enthusiast.

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So far Cartwheel has published two posts I wrote about shows I attended and photographed last weekend.  Friday night I went to the opening of Bruce Eichelberger, Jennifer Jelenski, Juan Muniz, Krystopher Sapp at La Luz de Jesus.  And Saturday night I went to The Creep Presents Trash at Hyaeana Gallery.  Both shows had some delightfully macabre details and sharp humor which I know you will all enjoy.

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I like her style… How You Like Them Apples.  Dahlia Jane standing next to one of Juan Muniz's paintings up now at La Luz de Jesus.

I like her style… How You Like Them Apples. Dahlia Jane standing next to one of Juan Muniz’s paintings up now at La Luz de Jesus.

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from left illustrator Kat Philbin and Dahlia Jane get into the holiday spirit at The Creep’s Hyaena Gallery show, Trash.

I also recently did my third interview for Auxiliary Magazine’s December/January issue.  I interviewed kaleidoscopic painter, Jennifer Jelenski.  I’m having a lot of fun doing these Artist Spotlights for Auxiliary and I hope you enjoy getting to know the artists as much as I am.  The interview starts on page 18.  Also be sure to check out the profile of goth pin-up siren Lady Marlene in the same issue.  I think you’ll love her stunning fashion (page 30).

As always, Auxiliary Magazine is free to read online and provides cutting edge content about American subcultures.

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Gifts for Skull Lovers 2013

December 4th, 2013

For Women

Unisex Deatheart Tank by Cam Rackam, on sale for $15 from his webshop.

Unisex Deatheart Tank by Cam Rackam, on sale for $15 from his webshop.

Skull Mickey Mouse Cap by Rat Baby from Too Fast for $20

Skull Mickey Mouse Cap by Rat Baby from Too Fast for $20

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Longbone Skull Earrings by Alchemy Gothic are $15 each (so order two if you want a set) from Gorey Details.

Ouija Skeleton Pullover Sweatshirt from Urban Outfitters for $44

Ouija Skeleton Pullover Sweatshirt from Urban Outfitters for $44

Voo-doooo earrings are asymmetrical brass and gold from Anne Poon on Supermarket for $65

Voo-doooo earrings are asymmetrical brass and gold from Anne Poon on Supermarket for $65

Black Giant Skull Punk Rock Funky Long Knee Boots for $89.99 from Grab My Look.

Black Giant Skull Punk Rock Funky Long Knee Boots for $89.99 from Grab My Look.

Spawn Punk Skull-Crossbone Knee Boots with Metal Heel from Leather Lust for $174.

Spawn Punk Skull-Crossbone Knee Boots with Metal Heel from Leather Lust for $174.

For Men

Unisex Skull Socks roll up into a skull ball when you're not wearing them.  $24 from Vault.

Unisex Skull Socks roll up into a skull ball when you’re not wearing them. $24 from Vault.

The Lucky 13 Ring by Monsieur, $36 from Karmaloop.

The Lucky 13 Ring by Monsieur, $36 from Karmaloop.

Skull Sweater from Asos for $58.08

Skull Sweater from Asos for $58.08

John Varvatos Skull Print Scarf from Lord and Taylor for $65.

John Varvatos Skull Print Scarf from Lord and Taylor for $65.

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I LOVE these! The Twill Jeans in Catacombs are $45 and the Twill Trucker Jacket in Catacombs are $53, both by Cult from KarmaLoop

Black Giant Skull Spikes Studs Leather Punk Rock Mens Casual Loafers Shoes from Grab My Look for $89.99

You could definitely hurt someone with these shoes.  Black Giant Skull Spikes Studs Leather Punk Rock Mens Casual Loafers Shoes from Grab My Look for $89.99

For the Home

skeleton wine holder

Hehe, I need this, Skeleton Guzzler Wine Holder Figurine from Amazon for $22

Ceramic Skull Mug with top hat from Outawak on Etsy for $22.

Ceramic Skull Mug with top hat from Outawak on Etsy for $22.

2 sided Ouija Skull Pillow case fits standard 17x17 cushions.  By StuffoftheDead on Etsy for $29.

2 sided Ouija Skull Pillow case fits standard 17×17 cushions. By StuffoftheDead on Etsy for $29.

Unlucky metallic print of a painting by artist Scott Holloway, from his Art Fire shop for $30.  There are several beautiful religious icon-inspired prints of skulls in Scott Holloway's webstore.

Unlucky metallic print of a painting by artist Scott Holloway, from his Art Fire shop for $30. There are several beautiful religious icon-inspired prints of skulls in Scott Holloway’s webstore.  His work is even more gorgeous in person.

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Skull and Bones gift set of wine accessories by De Brevitae Vitae available on Gorey Details. Comes with a Santa Muerte corkscrew, wine stopper and base in a black coffin box. $65.

 

For more gift ideas for skull lovers, check out the 20122011, 2010, and 2009 editions of this post.

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Gifts for Vampire and Bat Lovers 2013

December 3rd, 2013

For Women

goth, horror, black

Women’s Kreepsville 666 Vampira Shadow Face Tunic Dress through Amazon for $37.99

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Kreepsville 666 Horror Gothic – Glampire Vampire Kiss Bag Purse through Amazon for $39.99

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Bat Mini Dress by Hell Bunny from Too Fast for $53.95

Polished Bronze Vampire Bat Skull Pendant Necklace cast from a real skull from Gorey Details for $65

Polished Bronze Vampire Bat Skull Pendant Necklace cast from a real skull from Gorey Details for $65

Harbringer of Death Jacket by Punk Rave from Rivit Head for $91.13.

Harbringer of Death Jacket by Punk Rave from Rivit Head for $91.13.

For Men

Meows-feratu tshirt from DeadgarTattoos for $19.50

Meows-feratu tshirt from DeadgarTattoos for $19.50

Count Dracula - Vlad Tepes The Impaler screen printed tshirt by hip soul on Etsy for $20.

Count Dracula – Vlad Tepes The Impaler screen printed tshirt by hip soul on Etsy for $20.

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Carpe Noctem Beware of the Night Chrome Finish Novelty Belt Buckle through Amazon for $21.75 (Carpe Noctem is Seize the Night not Beware the Night, but the skull with fangs is hot enough to overlook that bum translation.)

The Bat Creature Mask from The Horror Dome for $59.99

The Bat Creature Mask from The Horror Dome for $59.99

For the Home

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So cute!  Uglydoll Universal Monsters – Ice Bat as Dracula 11″ through Amazon for $18.50

Bat Door Knocker is made of black iron from Whitechapel Ltd for $35.66

Bat Door Knocker is made of black iron from Whitechapel Ltd for $35.66

Christopher Lee portrait

This is a beautiful print of Christopher Lee as Dracula, painted by horror portrait master, Daniel Horne. Available from Daniel Horne’s website for $40. He also has prints of other classic vampires and many horror icons.

Johnsons Book of Nature - Chromolithograph of a Common Bat, Vampire Bat, Dog Headed Bat and Fruit Eating Bat.  This framed print is available through Encore Editions for $86.

Johnsons Book of Nature – Chromolithograph of a Common Bat, Vampire Bat, Dog Headed Bat and Fruit Eating Bat. This framed print is available through Encore Editions for $86.

This Vampire Coffin Leather Journal is the coolest journal I've ever seen.  The edges of the pages are tinted red.  The inside pages are blank. By aLexLibris on Etsy for $90.

This Vampire Coffin Leather Journal is the coolest journal I’ve ever seen. The edges of the pages are tinted red. The inside pages are blank. By aLexLibris on Etsy for $90.

Mysterious Past offers several jaw-dropping Vampire Killing Kits for the ultimate vampire fan.  Pictured is the Inquisition which includes a trunk, stakes, a vampire skull, a jar of consecrated ground and many more weapons to aid in the fight against fangs.  $280 with shipping.

Mysterious Past offers several jaw-dropping Vampire Killing Kits for the ultimate vampire fan. Pictured is the Inquisition which includes a trunk, stakes, a vampire skull, a jar of consecrated ground and many more weapons to aid in the fight against fangs. $280 with shipping.

For more gift ideas for vampire lovers, check out the 20122011, 2010 and 2009 editions of this gift list.

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Gifts for Zombie Lovers 2013

December 2nd, 2013

For Women

The Walking Dead Governor Hand Bag, on sale at Hot Topic now for only $16.79

The Walking Dead Governor Hand Bag, on sale at Hot Topic now for only $16.79

Zombie Pinup Anatomy Baby Doll Tee from Too Fast Online for $25

Zombie Pinup Anatomy Baby Doll Tee from Too Fast Online for $25

Show off your beautiful insides in this Horror Spandex Dress by Redcovers on Etsy for $80

Show off your beautiful insides in this Horror Spandex Dress by Redcovers on Etsy for $80

Black Milk, print, polyester, spandex dress

Zombie Nation Reversible Skater Dress by Black Milk for $85 Australian dollars.

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Slight Jewelry’s Braaains Collection features a mix of gnarly and delicate zombie designs. Shown are the Zombie Pendant, which comes in several finishes and starts at $100 and the Apocalypse Chain which starts at $125.

For Men

Zombie Hunters tshirt by Matt Mawson on Redbubble for $26.59 as shown (lots of colors and fits available with this design).

Zombie Hunters tshirt by Matt Mawson on Redbubble for $26.59 as shown (lots of colors and fits available with this design).  Tis the season to kill zombies for Jesus…

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The Walking Dead Survivor Fleece Bathrobe through Amazon for $49.95

Dental Distortions Dead Fred Pro Line FX Veneers Zombie Teeth from Dental Distortions for $54.95.

Dental Distortions Dead Fred Pro Line FX Veneers Zombie Teeth from Dental Distortions for $54.95.

John Wye, graphic belt, leather

Zombies in the Wild West graphic leather belt by Jon Wye, $65 from his webstore.  He also has a Zombies in Space belt for those who are more futuristically inclined.

 

For the Home

Are you legally prepared for the Zombie hordes?  Personalized documents drawn up by Walker Bleedum and Payne arrive in a Dead Ex bloody envelope.  $19.99 from Zombie Wills.

Are you legally prepared for the Zombie hordes? Personalized documents drawn up by Walker Bleedum and Payne arrive in a Dead Ex bloody envelope. The will names your executor and provides directives for your dispatch should you become a zombie.  This is a gift that really says you care. $19.99 from Zombie Wills.

Unpainted Autopsy Zombie by Clint Carney.  This is a solid resin casting of a zombie bust.  He is approximately 2.75 inches tall and he is perfect for collectors who want to create a custom piece.  $20 on Clint Carney's website.

Unpainted Autopsy Zombie by Clint Carney. This is a solid resin casting of a zombie bust. He is approximately 2.75 inches tall and he is perfect for collectors who want to create a custom piece. $20 on Clint Carney’s website.

Hilarious!  Dan Harding's vision of the 3 Stooges if they were to rise from the grave.  Available as a print from his website for $20.

Hilarious! Dan Harding’s vision of the 3 Stooges if they were to rise from the grave. Available as a print from his website for $20.

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Kreepsville 666 BGBZ Barrel Bag Zombie through Amazon for $32.71

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Zombie Door Knocker from Spirit Halloween for $39.99

apocalypse, zombie, survival, man gift basket

The Zombie Annihilation Man Crate comes with almost everything your loved ones would need to survive the zombie apocalypse in mad style. The kit comes with several serious blades, first aid supplies, a flashlight, Spam and Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide. The big one (pictured) is $179.99. Man Crate also makes a $99.99 crate for the lone survivor, but it’s not nearly as bad ass.

For more gift ideas for zombie fans, check out the 201220112010 and 2009 editions of this gift list.

If you’re shopping on Amazon this season, consider clicking through my link first to help support this site at no extra cost to yourself!!!

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