Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Carving, cutting, breaking, shaping, tracing, folding, skinning"

If you've ever seen Jessica Harrison's work, I'm sure you did a double take. All of her work visually interrupts a familiar object with her grotesque obsession with the human body, especially the viscera. She creates and manipulates a human flesh like material to make mini-furniture, sculpts mini mouths into flowers, or applies fly legs as fake lashes.

In her latest works she uses traditional, once adored, antique figurines and re-forms them to expose their insides-- leaving a clear message of transgression and shows a glimpse of the artist's psyche.

Further reading on Fly-lashes: NY Daily News

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*All images taken from artists website

**Title quoted from artists website

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and all the snow that is coming down today!

Even if you hate Christmas music I'm sure you'll love this surf rock recreation of "Sleigh Ride"-- re-done by the instrumental kings, The Ventures.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I am a slacker.

Patt made some new shirts everyone should buy.(go here to buy)

If you order now, you might be able to get them for Christmas.

Coming soon: Photo's of Minx wearing bloodmilk and A.Mictlan jewelry


Monday, November 29, 2010

A nightly love affair

Each night for the last several months, YouTube and I have been having a love affair. If you really try, it's beyond easy to find some pretty wild videos that you would never come across normally. I feel as if a veil as been lifted from my eyes because I've acquired several new "favorite" bands that I just can not stop listening to.  I have had some help guiding my hand on this, but all the same, I've put in the (wo)man hours. Here are a few of the bands that I kind of am in love with.

Asylum Party- A French new wave band that formed in 1985 and played "a very dreamy, refined kind of post -punk." (I'm not sure what's not to love.)

Norma Loy- Another coldwave band from France that has a more apparent goth/ghostly feel to me. They apparently still have a myspace page, I think it's worth a visit. www.myspace.com/normaloy

And lastly, something much more modern that I can't help but be in love with...

Warpaint- An  experimental rock band that was described to me as "pretty girls on clouds doing weird shit" and I have to say I agree. It's just lovely. They have a Full length that came out this year called The Fool that came out on Rough Trade, as well as an EP from 2008 called Exquisite Corpse. Neither has left my musical rotation in quite a while.  I hope to catch them at Making Time this Friday.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Philly Black friday SALE as reported on bloodmilk

The codes are out! Get an extra 5% off at your checkout on etsy during black friday sales!

Bloodmilk coupon code: beetlejuice7

a.mictlan coupon code: doom5

Black Spot Books coupon code: littlesilas

feathers/rabid fox will be doing 20% on their site

and darla jackson will be doing 25% off

Happy shoppin!

* Everything on Amictlan.etsy.com will be updated approximately every hour. If you would like something custom or something that is usually on the site please convo me via etsy or email me at adelinamictlan@gmail.com so that I can set up a reserved listing, which is garunteed. Anything on sale MUST be purchase during the sale if reserved.

**All images and content on this post besides the above come directly from jlschnabel.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

Black Friday Sale!

I will be having a 24 hour, 15% off black friday sale on my etsy shop this friday starting at midnight after thanksgiving and lasting until midnight of friday night. I will be giving out a secret code just before the sale starts on this blog and my facebook fan page to receive an additional 5% off your entire order!

Bloodmilk will be doing a very similar offer, so check out her blog and her twitter to receive her secret code!

Buying a gift from Jewelery by Adelina Mictlan but do not know the size? Convo me via etsy for a special gift card with the image of the ring and an e-mail address to contact me with the size later.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spooky Surf

Lately I can't stop listening to garage and surf rock, especially the late 90's SoCal bandThe Ghastly Ones.

They have a very unique "ghoulish" sound mixed with classic surf riffs. Click here to download their album "Unearthed".

Just imagine if the Misfits, The Ventures and Screaming Lord Sutch had a freaky 3-way-- The Ghastly One's would be their bastard child. I've heard their live shows are just as thrilling as their sound. Unfortunately, the have been on a hiatus so you may never be able to catch their "Hot Rod Horror" show live.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Twin Beaks

My less dark side...

In the grand scheme of things going on in my life, which, just like everyone else is indeed quite busy, I have managed to find time to teach myself to knit. I am currently working on a scarf for myself, with the intention on making at least two more for what will inevitably turn out to be, late Christmas/Hanukkah gifts.  I feel like with sites like Etsy, it makes nerding out and doing things like knitting, crocheting, and the over all habit of arts & crafts truly less nerdy quite hip. There is something that speaks to me about a hand made gift versus something casually purchased that makes me feel quite loved.  I hope that those that will receive, no matter how big of a mess, something made by me, will feel the same way. Maybe if I find the time, each will come with a mix tape/playlist made by me of songs that remind of said individual.  Apparently, I have caught the Christmas spirit slightly early this year.

Not so private shit

I love when rich, vibrant contrasting colors meet with dark black lines to form a bold and unopologetic image. One of my favorite artists whose work I envy and want to emulate is designer Richard Minino a.k.a. HorseBites. The way the colors vibrate against each other makes every image captivating, which I realize is a very strong, but very acceptable word to describe an underground artist. Of course, the devious imagery also adds to the charm of each of his many works.

Recently my good friend Tim O'Hanlon got to meet up with HorseBites. Tim makes awesome stenciled shirts and suitcases that are sooo cheap and very clever. He made a sweet tee for Minino of Rollie Fingers that can be found on the HorseBite's blog as well as a photo of Tim's sweet HorseBite's tattoo (under Thursday November 4th, 2010.)

I feel like everyone needs to own something of Tim's, and you can very easily go to his lowlevel etsy shop to do so or head out to Jinxed in Philadelphia this month to see and buy his work on display until December.

Top left and middle right-HorseBites
Bottom Left- Tim O'Hanlon

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Memento Mori

Happy Day of the Dead!

Who doesn't love dia de los muertos these days? Even I am guilty of having a sugar skull lady tattooed on me. Although the photo is not sugar skull themed it is one of my favorite almost finished dead lady tattoos that I wish was mine.

I hope that all of the dead rest in piece today and every day so that they will leave myself and others alone.


photo cred: Patt Whelan at Baker St. Tattoo Media PA

and I just made a new treasury that is dead themed so go check it out here.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

As a child, I was always interested in the darker things of life. I can remember having seances with my friend and her sister, constantly hearing creepy stories about the house my aunt lived in, and convincing myself I had seen “something” that may or may not have been there. I suppose most of this stemmed from a book my now late uncle gave me, The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tale's. As a youth,having these very dark fairy tales read to me, really stirred something in my imagination. I found EdgarAllan Poe early on as well. There has been a serious love affair between the two of us ever since. From his engaging writing, to his very controversial life choices, he has just interested me more than most others.

For six years, Poe, his wife Virgina, and mother-in-law, lived on North 7th St. He is said to have written several works while here including, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of Red Death, and Murders In The Morgue. It is also said that he started The Raven during that period.

You can actually take a tour of the house he called home. It sits at 532 North 7th Street and can be visited Wednesday-Sunday from 9a-5p. The tour offers your information about his life and a look at several of his works on loan. I feel like this is something I am going to have to drag my dear friend Adelina to soon in the near future.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Death to All Traitors

Death/Traitors has a new Fall 10 line out now! We will be putting in our order in at JINXED very, very soon. If you are in Philly stop by within the next few weeks to purchase some tee's from the new line (or some from the previous line that we currently carry!) If you can't wait (I can't) you can order it directly through Death/Traitors shop.

At the helm of Death/Traitors is unholy printmaker Alexander Heir who founded this underground clothing line in 2007. He illustrates and hand prints the wicked designs seen on all Death/Traitors' merchandise in his Brooklyn apartment. If you check out his website you will find more ghastly prints, show flyers and cover art to admire.

More to admire is Alexis Gross' recent photo shoot with Death/Traitors new line (right and below). The sinister photo below is one of my favorites from the shoot --it captures Gross' and Death/Traitors' aesthetic: diabolical, supernatural and very metal!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Blog Lovin'

I felt like I should look into blog lovin' to keep myself motivated.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Barnyard Freak

Walter Potter (1835-1918) is know for his taxidermy dioramas of animals that have human like characteristics, such as "The Death and Burial of Cock Robin"(Detail Close Up on Left). The owl pictured on the right is a grave digger and the black bird on the left is a priest; perhaps "he" is saying a final prayer to comfort all those who are mourning the death of Cock Robin. Other dioramas can be even more humorous or ironic such as two squirrels sword fighting to the death ("The Death"), rats stealing barrels of wine, or two mice trying to aid another mouse out of a trap("A Friend in Need").

Not all of his works tell satirical tales illustrated through elaborate dioramas. My personal favorites of Potter's works come from an even more morbid collection of botched animal births. Below is a cat born with 8 legs and two tails that had lived several days and a cat born with two heads. Among his collection he had cured and stuffed a duck born with 4 legs that lived 13 years, siamese pigs, a two headed lamb and many more farm animals with obscure and monstrous birth defects.

I have come to understand that Potter did not purposefully kill any of the animals in his collection. All were obtained due to natural deaths or executions by a farm hand or wife due to the animals' pesky behavior.

Next Wednesday is the opening of a new exhibition that will feature works by Potter. Unfortunately, it will be in Primrose Hill, London at the Museum of Everything.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Deformed and Disfigured

A lot of the art and objects I own revolve around the obscure, monsterous, and strange from different local painters, friends, and a small collection obtained from what was once Lineage Gallery. My boyfriend owns a large collection of tattoo related art, which I never really thought of collecting until I met him. Right now I really would love to own a print from tattoo artist Jeremy Ross from Illinois. All of his flash and prints include some type of quaint disfigurement drawn in a traditional style.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

My private world of darkness

I recently made my first treasury on etsy, view it here.

Thanks to etsy I will soon be the proud owner of these three things:

Minxshop (bottom left and right images) makes beautiful vintage inspired clothing. She was recently a featured seller on etsy, which is how I found her and boldly ask her if she wanted to trade. I will probably never take either one of these items off, especially since these are my first clothing buy in years (YES YEARS.. sort of)

AdriLaw (top) sells some finds, such as boots and belts, as well as jewelry made with acrylic. I've always wanted to make a pair of silver dangling inverted cross earrings with multiple crosses, but she beat me to it with a material that is easier to reproduce. I'm very jealous!

Tomorrow Bloodmilk and I are going to do a photo-shoot together in Laurel Hill Cemetery. I'm hoping we catch some ghosties in our images!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Short and Sweet

There is something that draws me to Northern European artists. It could be the vibrant, yet dark colors, the appearance of simple design in a complex drawing, the strange and intriguing subject matter, etc. I'm becoming more and more influenced by artists like: Angelique Houtkamp(Bottom), Lina Stigsson(Bottom Left), and Uncle Allan(Bottom Right).


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A myth of devotion

So, after over a year we are back! Erin and I were very disappointed after our blogging partnership dissolved after a few short posts. This time we PROMISE to keep this blog updated with style, art, music, and other interests (or irritants) that we may have at any certain time.

Would it be selfish if my re-entry into the bad habits blog was an about me?

I am finally a Moore graduate with a BFA in 3D Fine Arts, which means nothing except I was able to goof off for 4 years. I did learn some valuable skills like how to make videos, make jewelry, weld and I could probably build a house.
I still make videos, sort of. Right now I am collaboratively working on a rockumenatary about air-bands- yes, like air-guitar but an entire band. This short film is an satire about 4 young girls looking for immediate gratification in the music world. I'm pretty excited about this project and will probably post it here when it is finished.
My other collaborative video's can be found here.
I also still make jewelry. I sell it a JINXED in the Piazza and here on etsy. I guess I could best explain my pieces as macabre. Recently I have discovered that men like my jewelry more than women, maybe it is because most of them could be deadly to others when a punch is thrown. If I could only get them to buy it for themselves or their lady friends, when it comes to my things I would consider myself a terrible sales person-unless I'm drunk.

Other than that, I live in Philadelphia and I have two jobs: the first at Dock St. and the second at JINXED. Dock Street has THE BEST pizza I have ever eaten in Philadelphia. Also, their beer, or mainly the RYE IPA, has spoiled me to the point where I wont drink any other beer- craft brewed or not. JINXED is in a really bad location but has amazing things like vinyl toys, sweet tee's, and great vintage finds. I would recommend checking both of those places out.

That's probably enough about myself (Bad Habit #1), but it is a good start to a hopefully successful blog..