Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Macabre Christmas ornaments

Next year, I want to cover my Christmas tree with these ornaments.

(Via The 13th Gypsy)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Butternut skull soup

In order to make our Christmas dinner more festive, my sister used cranberry puree to pipe holiday imagery onto every bowl of butternut squash soup. Most people got Christmas trees or snowmen. I got a skull! Does she know me or what?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Gothic journals

Write down your dark thoughts in these terrific blank gothic journals by eEvil Ink.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Art by Derek Yaniger

I love these serigraphs created by Derek Yaniger.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tupac & Biggie as zombies

These days I'm working on a new show about black popular culture. This piece by MunkOne does a nice job of combining my vocation with my avocation.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Naked Pumpkin Run

A naked couple with carved pumpkins on their heads pose for a photoNaked people running down the street with carved pumpkins on their heads

According to this 2008 article "The Naked Pumpkin Run’s origins date back to 1999, when — according to the event’s Web site — two men, having worked their way through an undisclosed number of six packs, came up with the idea of running nude with '20 pounds of orange flesh thrashing atop their heads.' Since then, the event has grown — 150 people participated last year — and spread to locales such as Seattle, Phoenix and Bloomington, Ind., according to the run’s Web site."

Click here for the official "Naked Pumpkin Run" website.

*Warning: Do not click either of the above links if you are offended by images of drunk naked crazy people running around with carved pumpkins on their heads.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Free paper toys!

As a Christmas gift to all of you, I present free papercraft toys from RavensBlight. Print these images up on heavy cardstock, get yourself scissors, an X-acto knife, tape, glue, a straight-edge and you're all set. (Via Ulla Benulla)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Haunted Christmas ornaments

It's not too late to haunt your Christmas tree this year. Scott at Stolloween has posted full instructions on how to create your very own inexpensive skull ornaments. He even includes templates so artistic skills are not required to produce these eye-popping bi-holiday decorations. Stolloween is definitely becoming one of my favorite Halloween-themed websites!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Life Magazine Halloween Images

Life magazine and Google have teamed up to bring you millions of historic Life images going as far back as 1750. Here are a couple of the images that come up when you type "Halloween" into the search engine.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Zombie pumpkins in your home

collage of pumpkin carving stencil imagesThis guy is such a huge fan of Zombie Pumpkins-brand carving patterns that he created a framed collage of their stencils to keep in his home office so he can enjoy them year round. Great idea!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Gearhead skull

a skull and crossbones made from a bicycle chain and two wrenches(Via Flickr)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Atomic Cheesecake

1950s style pin-up image of a blond model in front of a haunted house backdrop with a giant spider on her armNothing says "Halloween" to me quite like 1950s-style pin-ups. Atomic Cheesecake Studios does a great job of replicating that vintage feel. Obviously, I'm particularly fond of their Halloween-themed work. (See the full collection here.)50s style pin-up photo of a model with pumpkinsPin-up image of a naughty trick-or-treater that has spilled all of her candy
(Via "No Smoking In the Skull Cave")

Thursday, December 18, 2008

More Halloween pin-ups

Check out a huge collection of Go-Go Amy's Halloween-themed pin-up shots here.
UPDATE: Amy and some of her pin-up pals are launching a big US tour in January and February 2009. There will be burlesque dancers, sword swallowers, fire eaters, whip crackers and vaudevillians of all sorts. Click here to see if this merry band of performers will be strutting their stuff in a town near you.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Fine art skulls

black and white photo of a masked and topless woman holding three skullsPhotos by and white photo of a woman wearing a tiara holding a large skull mask up to her face

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Elvira's Junk Drawer

Mosaic of Elvira created by artist Jason Mecier out of the Mistress of the Dark's own junkArtist Jason Mecier created this huge (40" x 56") mosaic of Elvira entirely out of personal items that she sent him. (Including Elvira brand beer, make-up, lashes, candycorn, sunglasses, etc...). It now hangs in her personal office. To see more of from Jason's "Celebrity Junk Drawer" series, check out his website and MySpace page.Close-up of Jason Mecier's mosaic portrait of ElviraPhoto of artist Jason Mecier with Elvira standing in front of her portrait

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sepia tone zombie

sepia toned photo of a zombie holding an umbrellaNothing classes up a zombie photo like sepia tone.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Found photo fragment

photo fragment of a man wearing a Halloween maskHow come I never find cool stuff like this?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Yard haunt scale model

What a great idea! I should build one of these and keep it on display inside my house all year long so I wouldn't fall into my annual post-Halloween funk.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mosaic of Death

Skull mosaic stained glass windowZach Johnson created "Mosaic of Death" because he "really wanted to create a stained glass piece that somehow contradicted the norm. Instead of life being depicted, as in normal stained glass works that sit in churches around the world, I wanted to depict death… an equally important side of life and the other side of the coin. I wanted to almost commemorate or celebrate death, the way you would with life. Not to be morbid, but death is a fact of life and it will eventually claim us all."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Skull photo mosaic made from packs of cigarettes

Artist Chris Jordan creates big art that "looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics". This 72" x 98" piece (based on a painting by Van Gogh) entitled "Skull With Cigarette, 2007" "depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months."Click here to see more from his "Running The Numbers" series.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Toys R Us Halloween graphics

Photo of a mummy graphic hanging in a Toys R Us Store at HalloweenI love the cool graphics that the mega-stores come up with each Halloween. Here are some great examples of Toy R Us' display graphics from Halloween 2007.Photo of a witch graphic hanging in a Toys R Us Store at Halloween
(Via "Branded In The 80s")Photo of a Frankenstein pumkinhead and robot graphics hanging in a Toys R Us Store at Halloween

Monday, December 8, 2008

SWAT vs. Frankenstein

Police officers surround Frankenstein in NYCNot sure who's going to win this fight.

(Via City Rag)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Lollipop + costume = Mask Pop!

It's a lollipop and it's a costume! Genius! (More details on this amazing creation at "Branded In The 80s)".

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Living in a witch-head house

Giant witch head shaped house at Enchanted Forest theme parkIf you ever find yourself in Salem, Oregon, be sure to check out the Enchanted Forest theme park. Specifically, be sure to check out this humongous witch head house and send me photos!

(Via Crafty Pod)

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