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More Ouija, Woncha?


[ Rebecca Caldwell‘s ‘Witchmobile’ ]


[ Ouija Board Beaded Necklace : Gilliauna ]

Dario Robleto :
Hippies And A Ouija Board (Everyone Needs To Cling To Something), 2003-2004

Suitcase: Cast and carved dehydrated bone calcium and bone dust from every bone in the body, microcrystalline cellulose, cold cast iron and brass, rust, antique syringe, crushed velvet, leather, thread, water extendable resin, typeset Bottles, medicines, and Ouija board: cast and carved dehydrated bone calcium and bone dust from every bone in the body, typeset, home-brewed moonshine (potato derived alcohol), wine health tonics (water, sugar, fermented black cherries, yeast, gelatin, tartaric acid, pectinase, sulfur dioxide, oak flavoring, fortified with 100-year-old hemlock oil, Devil’s Claw, witch hazel bark, swamp root, powdered rhubarb, pleurisy root, belladonna root, white pine tar, coal tar, dandelion, sarsaparilla, mandrake, mullein, scullcap, cramp bark, elder, ginseng, horny goat weed, tansy, sugar of lead, mercury with chalk and tin-oxide; calcium potassium, creatine, zinc, iron, nickel, copper, boron, vitamin k, crushed amino acids, home-cultured antibiotics, chromium, magnesium, colostrum, ironized yeast, ground pituitary gland, ground wisdom teeth, ground sea horse, shark cartilage, coral calcium, iodine & castor oil) Records: various 1960’s 45 rpm records cast in prehistoric whale bone dust, typeset, 42 x 23 x 19 inches

Collection of the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art

University of Texas : Austin, Texas

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Stirring The Cauldron Of Commerce: More Stitch-Witchery

:: Part 2 of 2 ::
(part 1 available HERE)

To commence,
for the ladies—a dose of crosses & mayhem:


Crucify
by Audrey Kitching’s Tokyolux

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a two-fingered owl skull ring by Blood Milk,
who craft some of the most correct accessories I’ve ever seen

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However, now? One for me…
I friggin’ love this print—though I need it on a black hoody, kplzthnx

We Lived Our Lives In Black by China Le, blogmistress of With Asian Stereotypes

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Moving right along, as promised…

::  for the gents  ::

Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God


t-shirt by Obesity & Speed

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from Ryan Noon‘s Autumn/Winter 2010 collection


‘My Tribe’:

Abstract Tee with
tiger teeth, legs, feathers & blue triangle print


‘Slit’ Tee
with
shark tooth print

&


the Electric Shaman

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from Actual Pain

Mystery Faith Crew Neck Sweater
&


Conjuration Sweater

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Ashton Michael‘s Capelet with Hood

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SkinGraft Designs : Black Leather Face Mask

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Ombre Batwing Pants by Gods Prey

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Silver Shark Jaw Necklace by Triskaidekaphobia

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:: up . next ::
an objet d’art (seven of them, actually) ranking high on my list of
⟣ Severely.&.Sincerely.Coveted ⟢

the unisexy, multi-purpose Pins of the Seven Sacred Planets

by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons


Oxidized Silver Cottonmouth Bolo Scarf,

&

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The Ultimate Pro-Ana Dining Utensil

a single Pinky Diablo silver-plate spoon for each meal

Otherwise? It’s 

:: both teaspoon & tablespoon sizes available :: $45 each; free shipping in the US ::

Oh, & if you lack a sense of humor?

Lachen Sie sich tot!

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Fangtastic! Quite The Unholy Matrimony, This…

Ring & me:

For which, first & foremost, I must extend props to the Most Correct
blog known as Dirty Flaws

Among recent discoveries among the internet ethers, of course I’d come across
another accessory bordering on the “untouchable” end of the spectrum…

I mean, first Le Petit Protector (thanks for the additional info, oh omniscient VJESCI).

And now this sublime “Fang” ring by Brett Westfall of Unholy Matrimony?!

Despite my scatter-shot land-mine of a memory, I can still recall Mr. Westfall lurking outside a boutique I managed, back in 2001. Cute, thin, and decidely of the “skater boy” ilk, he had samples of his line draped over an arm and for a good 15-20 minutes stood on the sidewalk, attempting to act all mad cazh with each furtive glance shot through the front window (punctuated with a flip of his dirty blond bangs, which I assumed was for dramatic effect).

I would remark, “‘Then poof!‘ he disappeared”—except that in the current context (translation: written by the über-poofter that I am), I can’t help but think a reader’s thoughts would veer towards certain inevitable double-entendres…

When that? That is not the case.

On the contrary, what I intend to say: I believe “extra-curricular” activities might have played a part in his no-show that afternoon. No-show until later, that is: when I begged/pleaded/pseudo-slyly coerced the shop’s owner to begin carrying his home-spun, (then) burgeoning line with the Goth-damaged name: Unholy Matrimony.

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Loaded.

Wait.  Wha—

WANT.

Where.What.How

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“I Make Very Expensive Clothes That Are Very Uncomfortable To Wear.”

Mildred Von Hildegard’s Twitter bio might seem terse to some, pretentious to others. Whereas in my case? This cheeky yet charming description intensified an element of intrigue and jangly-limbed anticipation for our introduction-via-collaboration this Saturday past.

I Don’t Do ‘Friendly’ † Photo : Dirk Mai † Make-Up : Stacey Hummell

In a city illustrious for back-handed, capped-teeth “compliments” and unpredictable, unspoken disdain thinly disguised by a veritable check-list of publicists’ blanket statements, Hildegard’s choice for her 160-characters-or-less slot on The ‘Twits seemed fitting with the images I’d seen of her clothing designs: anachronistic — a fetish posture collar adorned with tattered lace, roses in an array of shadowy hues and elements of Victorian mourning attire; sensual — soft tattered edges, the type of attire that fingertips long to touch; unapologetic — ruched leather, straps and buckles arranged without regard to which body parts “should” or “shouldn’t” be exposed. Essentially, her handiwork is the antithesis of all that is red carpet Hollywood and relentlessly bourg.

Known to her public by the moniker Mother of London, Hildegard is a seminal talent both coveted and revered by fashion cognoscenti. Consequently, she’s rabidly hunted by L.A.’s handful of fashion-forward stylists — hence her stitch-witchery gracing the cover of the latest S Magazine [ on the explosive Juliette Lewis ], along with editorials in Numero, AnOther magazine, Bizarre, Playboy, Marquis, et al.

Said another way? While I’m unsure how many details of aforementioned ‘Secret Project’ I’m permitted to share at this juncture in time, a detail I can share is this: upon arrival at the studio, I discovered a stylist had hoarded the collar Her Mother Almightiness intended for the shoot.

Photo : Dirk Mai † Make-Up: Stacey Hummell

It’s a vicious business, fashion. All the same, we managed to share an afternoon with neither smileage nor spontaneity in short supply. Granted, the all my collaborative efforts with Mssr. Mai, each has produced its own set of explosive alchemical reactions resulting from a mixture of mysticism, madness, the Not only does The Mother corrupt traditional perceptions of fetish-wear and period costume, but she’s also adorable, donning death metal t-shirts and boundless charisma in the process.

Yes, my choice of verbiage was deliberate — just as one can be over-dressed in attitude — and yes, I hope to be swathed in her sublime regalia again in the not-too-distant future. Of more immediate import, however — particularly for those quite a distance from her L.A. showroom — I have advantageous news :

Between October 2008 and now [or, with more the 22nd of May, Two Thousand and Ten], this textile fascinatrix has posted a mere six items in her etsy shop.

Two of the six are fresh on the market, and while they’re categorized as menswear, I’d classify them as UNISEXY…

an asymmetrical leather collar

:: detailed view [ of both the handiwork and model Dylan Monroe ] ::

&

detachable sleeves, made of 100% vegan faux ostrich texturized leatherette

Grab your credit cards while you can, style fiends. Who knows how long it’ll be till the next opportunity presents itself…

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Retail Bliss (Oh No, But I *Insist*…)

And here it is, December 26th. The Day After.

First and foremost, Congratulations! If you’re reading this, chances are you survived. However, for those of you whom “survival” just ain’t cuttin’ it, and you’re feeling less-than-satisfied with this year’s swag?  While wild women descend upon shopping malls in the ultimate Quest To Find A Good Bargain, Damnit, please allow me to provide suggestions by a more civilized approach: The “F it—this one’s for me, and I’m packin’ plastic.”  In the comfort of your own home, even!

That being said,

* From the Impeccably Curated A+R Store, LOOK UPON:

A+R logo

TOY ME’S

SILVER SCISSOR CUFF

It’s rare I wear dangly-spangly things on my wrist, but I would rock the shit outta this cuff…

:: GO AHEAD—INDULGE! :: WITH A SNIP, :: CLIP :: & CLICKITY-CLICK ::

* From the Cosmonomad Herself, ACQUIRE A PRINT by the multi-talented Zoetica Ebb.

Available now: “Inkdrops 007: The Endless Commission”

another option on —sumptuous velvet photo rag paper

is

entitled “Cumulous Confection,” and

:: AVAILABLE FROM THE BIOREQUIEM SHOP :: (CLICK HERE!) ::

*Because sometimes the faux is infinitely more fascinating than what you already know:

by Shawna Kenney and photographer James Knoblauch (whose site seems to be down at the moment) chronicles Hollywood Blvd.’s “infamous nobodies” impersonating Somebodies or -things

:: FOR THE ‘REAL DEAL’ VIA AMAZON, :: CLICK HERE ::

or, support indie booksellers

and

:: CLICK HERE :: FOR SKYLIGHT BOOKS ::

Whew! There are several other goodies I intended to share for your retail/retinal pleasure, but truth is: I’m technologically-challenged, and this whole “HTML” thing? Takes me muuuuch longer than one would think. (Seriously? It’s pretty sad, guys.) I’ll have to post more suggestions later… As for now?

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Mad Pash for Fash/Reasons to Melt Plastic

☆ Thumbs’ Up to “the imdb”; What I’m Listening To/Things You Should See ☆

First off, thanks to all of you wherever who did whatever, whenever that made my imdb stats jump so high this week. I don’t know if it’s a result of my presence in the *(cough! cough!)* “Celebrity Lifestyle’ issue of Wedding Dresses magazine that came out earlier this month. I mean, I knew that was a mainstream fluke… I just didn’t expect to see it, well, just about everywhere. Especially, say—on a shopping excursion at 3 a.m. for Redi-Whip at Ralph’s.

Then again, I also didn’t anticipate going from having three cameras in my possession to none in the span of a week and a half.

As with anything in my life, it seems I have to learn my lessons the hardest way imaginable. Rather than talk about despair (I mean, please—how many years was I Too Goth To Handle? There’s only so long I can go around having a bad time everywhere!), I’m just gonna “suck it up’ and buy a Canon that’s been recommended.

So…since I don’t have any “exclusive’ photos at the moment, I figured:
Why not post about some of my current obsessions?

Today I’m diggin’ on…

Urinal Art:

lips,urinal art,Clint Catalyst's eccentric obsessions

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The debut issue of Japanese Men’s Vogue:

vogue,vogue hommes japan,mens' japanese vogue
on the cover: Ash Stymest, photographed by Hedi Slimane

(Here’s a peek at a forthcoming editorial… on par with American Men’s Vogue, right? Riiiiiiiight):

Oliviero Toscani

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A runway look from a while back that’s haunting me in the best way imaginable…

Somebody. Help me. Please!

Who’s responsible for this stroke of slick black genius?

latex, latex clothing

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Then– of course, what’s a little…screen-saver/site-scan shopping?

Granted, I can’t fight off the lyrics that come to mind of someone who truly understands the meaning of the word irony: Lily Allen. Her demo “I Don’t Know” is such a strychnine-soaked smiley-faced commentary on contemporary society; rarely a day goes by that the sardonic lyrics don’t get queued up on the ol’ iPod.

Despite the cadence that resonates through lines like:

“I am a weapon of massive consumption/
It’s not my fault/it’s how I’m programmed to function…”

Here’s where I succumb to that which I

COVET (cause I just plain)

LOVE IT.

Spot-Check These Finds Among My “Wish List of the Moment”…

Toy Me’s Silver Scissor Cuff:

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Citizen Citizen’s Shoplifter Tote Bag:

citizen citizen, shoplifter tote bag

(both items available from fashion journalist Rose Apodaca
& self-avowed “design junkie” Andy Griffith’s A Plus R store)

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And these effin’ Killer Ninja Boots!
(Need. Pair. Nowwww…):

ninja boots

(available from Karon Koron )

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For the Bookshelf/Coffee Table/Stash of Masturbatory Material:

viktor & rolf
The House of Viktor & Rolf

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However, as for now?

My head aches
and I must sleep…

Besos, baby.
Besos…

Double C