Monday, December 26, 2011

Ask a Mortician- Episode Two

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Ask A Mortician- Episode One

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Skull Stuff

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Thank You Gothic Tea Society friends for sending in these awesome skull pictures.








Awesome cake!







Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gothic Hats

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Angry Birds- Halloween

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For those of you who play Angry Birds- It's the Halloween edition!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Skull Camera

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As Halloween fast approaches, we were inspired to bring you some of the most bizarre and dark eco products. Hands down, this pin hole skull camera crafted by sculpture artist Wayne Martin Belger is the spookiest we have ever seen. The piece, entitled Third Eye, is part of a small collection of eerie photography equipment made from metal, precious stones, and human remains.

The device works by briefly exposing film inside the skull. And just like other pin hole cameras, there are no lenses, battery powered flashes, or any ability to zoom in on a subject. Belger says he prefers this low-tech photo capturing method, because it’s the most “true representation of a segment of light and time – a pure reflection of what is at that moment.”


See the full article HERE

Monday, October 24, 2011

Growing Up for Goths

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Interesting article in the Guardian:

What happens when a teenage goth grows up? Gets a job, takes on a mortgage, has a couple of kids…? Can you combine elaborate Frankenstein make-up and a lace-up bustier with getting a toddler ready for nursery and yourself to work on time?
Dr Paul Hodkinson, deputy head of Surrey University's sociology department and an expert in youth music subcultures, has been re-interviewing a group of goths he first studied in the late 1990s to find out. "They were teenagers and in their early 20s then, and I thought it would be interesting to go back because a number of people do stay involved in the goth scene," he explains.
Though many people who belong to youth subcultures such as punk and rave tend to drift away in their 20s, Hodkinson says it's more likely that older goths will want to remain involved in the scene, even though it may become harder to combine with the responsibilities that come with age.
To outsiders, it's the visual markers of being a goth – long, dyed-black hair, black clothes, pale faces contrasted with dark, dramatic eye make-up –that stand out. Taken on their own, these characteristics might be reasonably easy to cast off. However, Hodkinson says that although the aesthetic and clothing are important, the primary tenets of involvement in this subculture mean being "thoroughly passionate about goth music and style, and some goths would tell you they have an interest in the dark side of life, and a natural tendency towards a degree of angst".
This means a level of commitment to the goth scene, and friendship groups and identity that develop around being a goth, which result in social lives that "are so intertwined that it would feel very odd to leave it," he says.
Continuing with education and getting a decent job while staying involved isn't as hard for goths as it may be for those involved in other youth subcultures, some of which promote disengagement with school to the point that academic failure is all but inevitable.
"It's a relatively middle-class subculture, so despite … all the going out and being into the music, goths have always had a fairly positive view of people who are also achieving academically."
It means goths may have better career options than an outsider might expect. Succeeding in their chosen career had, Hodkinson observes, become increasingly important to those he interviewed as they moved into their late 20s and 30s, and he was surprised by how much participants in his study were willing to adapt their look to fit in at work. "I even gave people scenarios where they couldn't wear certain things. I expected them to say that they'd have to leave [their job], but they said they'd have to seriously consider it."
Most of his sample said they still were recognised as goths at work, but had toned down their look. "They retained a residual element of the appearance, but felt, for example, that colourful dyed hair wasn't going to work, and they'd stopped painting their nails black."
Several of Hodkinson's interviewees now had children, and he says that another sign of the importance of remaining involved despite this enormous life change is the recent appearance of websites discussing the issues facing goth families.
More parents are bringing their babies to goth festivals, too, Hodkinson says, "so organisers have started to think about policies and whether to provide facilities". For what Hodkinson calls "a fairly hedonistic youth subculture" to consider offering kids' clubs and on-site childminding means that demand from more mature goths is definitely on the increase.
Hodkinson says these individuals have found a way of "growing up together and taking on various elements of adulthood later perhaps than others might, but doing it as a cohort of people who are passionate about the same thing, and who support each other."




Friday, October 21, 2011

Ain't Love Grande?

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Roman-era couple held hands for 1,500 years.


The skeletal remains of a Roman-era couple reveal the pair has been holding hands for 1,500 years.
Italian archaeologists say the man and woman were buried at the same time between the 5th and 6th century A.D. in central-northern Italy. Wearing a bronze ring, the woman is positioned so she appears to be gazing at her male partner.
"We believe that they were originally buried with their faces staring into each other. The position of the man's vertebrae suggests that his head rolled after death," Donato Labate, the director of the excavation at the archaeological superintendency of Emilia-Romagna, told Discovery news

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A lil goth humor

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

What's in a name?

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This headstone always gets a second glance.
This is from Bohemian National Cemetery in Illinois.  More photos of this beautiful place can be found HERE 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zombie Walk Hollywood

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We found the Zombies underground parking garage lair, and I shot them as they came out. .  with my camera that is!




Zombie Booty






Princess Leia














Mourning Zombies






Dorothy Zombie was my favorite!


This Zombie just got lei d!




The Zombies have lots of Zombie handlers to help


The Zombies walk from their underground parking garage lair to Hollywood Blvd. Even the L.A. P. D. is out to ensure the zombies are safe from tourists!  



Love the shoes!




The Zombies are escorted by handlers across busy Hollywood Blvd. in groups.



Next batch of Zombies waits for the light to change.

You can get more info on future Zombie walks HERE
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