The Art of Darkness

One Does Not Simply Rock Your Body Into Mordor

April 16th, 2012 by Cobwebs

I think “Stoned Aragorn” is my favorite.

(via ThinkGeek)

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Pride and Prejudice and Link Dumps

April 13th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Book Stack Tattoo – You guys, I love this so hard.

What Katie Did – “Faux vintage” lingerie, corsets and stockings. Somewhat NSFW due to the high concentration of ladies in their underwear.

Death Wish Coffee – Overclocked coffee, amusing label design.

MonsterList – I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this before. It’s a giant list of Halloween projects, from instructions for making a 13-Hour Clock to a technique for faux weathering a spooky wooden sign. (Hat tip to Cookie)

At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past – Interesting history of night, covering everything from aristocratic masquerades to the use of hands of glory.

Chocolate Chilli Zombie Graves – These cute decorations could be used on a variety of desserts, from chocolate mousse to brownies.

Seventh Sanctum – Huge collection of “generators” for creating everything from Science Fiction Tarot Cards to species of Dark Minions. (In a similar vein, check out the Generator Blog.)

Cracked Horror – As if Cracked isn’t enough of a time sink as it is.

X-Ray Heels – Great pumps with a skeletal foot design. There’s also a similar boot. (via Shellhawk’s Nest)

At World’s End – Neat collection of post-apocalyptic artwork, a surprising amount of which seems to feature the Statue of Liberty.

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“Pure Evil” Science Project

April 12th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Science ProjectBoingBoing recently featured a “mad science” display illustrating the “Teratogenic Effects of Pure Evil in Ursus Teddius Domesticus,” and commenters helped identify it as the work of Allison Lonsdale, done for a display at the 2010 ConDor convention in San Francisco. There are photos of the whole exhibit here (first three images), plus a transcript of the signage text.

In particular I was amused by the first item under Protocols, “A sample of Pure Evil was obtained from the ruins of an exploded toaster in the south of England,” as a sly reference to the ending of Time Bandits. I also liked the dryly bland note about the fate of the experimental subject receiving a 1000ppm dosage; after developing dental hypertrophy, ocular luminescence, and extreme behavioral changes, “Subject was then euthanized with a sustained burst of automatic weapons fire.”

I love everything about this idea. Not only would this kind of science-fair display be a dynamite art project (a collection of stuffed-and-mounted monsters labeled with species names, for instance, or a survey of the relative efficacy of various vampire repellants), those of us with grade-school kids also have the opportunity to subvert an actual science fair project. I don’t believe there’s anything in the rules against investigating the feasibility of the reanimation of dead tissue via lightning bolt. The heck with baking-soda volcanoes; if Shadowboy’s first science fair doesn’t get the rules amended to specifically preclude me from suggesting future experiments, I’m doing it wrong.

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Divorce Rings

April 11th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Divorce RingApparently they’re a thing. Who knew?

Jane of All Trades turned me on to this “bridal bouquet stuffed in a bird skull” design by Gisèle Ganne, who states that the elements are traditional French wedding symbols subverted to show the inevitability of the breakup.

Ganne appears to be at the forefront of the divorce-jewelry trend, with a number of designs available for sale at Boticca–pricey, but quite lovely–and additional photos at her site. Check out her other work, too; she has some attractive mourning jewelry.

Other divorce rings include BR Paterson’s line engraved with sayings like, “Over You” and “So Long,” Spritzer and Furman’s split heart, and Diana Maynard’s “broken band” design. I also quite like Vagabond Jewelry’s amusing but highly impractical guillotine ring.

Sites commenting on the trend range from pearl-clutching “Why would you want to remind yourself of a divorce?” to “Heck yes, celebrate your freedom.” I myself can think of a lot of things I’d rather blow a couple grand on, but am otherwise unmoved. What do you think? Weird, or cool?

(Thanks, Jane of All Trades!)

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The Spooky Men’s Chorale

April 10th, 2012 by Cobwebs

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is an Australian group which describe themselves thusly:

The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the spookies seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.

Their Facebook page lists their genre as “beardgaze,” which sounds about right.

(Hat tip to Linda)

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Tentacle Nail Art

April 9th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Nail Art

The marvelous Sisifo recently pointed me to this splendid “purple bubbles” nail design by Pumpkincat210, and this video tutorial for tentacle-themed nails by april981, and then suggested:

I was thinking it would look cool if the nail ideas were fused together to look more realistic. Not the colors. Just the ideas. The base coat could be the bluish green, you could still use the purple dots, and then put smaller white dots on them to make them look like the suckers on the tentacle.

To which I can only say, Hells yeah.

I love the idea of three-dimensional tentacle fingernails. In addition to the blue-and-purple theme, it would probably look splendid in black and neon green.

Be sure also to check out the rest of Pumpkincat210’s blog and april981’s YouTube channel. They’ve both got a bunch of other fantastic suggestions.

(Thanks, Sisifo!)

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Happy Easter

April 8th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Watch out for bunnies protecting their egg hoards today.


(Image found, uncredited, online and Tin Eye turns up nada; if you know who the artist is, let us know in the comments.)

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A Connecticut Link Dump in King Arthur’s Court

April 6th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Perfume as Costume – Interesting ideas for complementing a costume with fragrance.

The Lego Dead – Fairly easy zombie-themed cake. The covering appears to be textured fondant; I’m not entirely sure what the “blood” is–possibly more fondant–since it looks solid instead of runny.

Kids in Awesome Costumes – These are hilarious. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Arkham Horror – Matthew Baldwin does a lot of board game reviews. Here he tackles a Lovecraft-based game.

Dripping Sunglasses – These were custom-made for a fashion show, but I bet you could do something pretty similar using Sugru. (via Scary Jane)

Cyclops Baby Booties – Tutorial for knitting adorable little monster booties.

Stuart McLachlan – Artist who specializes in “paper styling.” A couple of his creations might be useful costume inspiration, such as this “spiral staircase up to a spooky cliff” gown.

Roach Party! – Tumblr blog devoted to all things cockroachy. (Hat tip to Cat)

Making Vinegar at Home – Easy instructions for making homemade vinegar. One of the options they mention is tequila vinegar, so I assume it’d be possible to make vinegar from something like absinthe if you’re so inclined.

Alien-Inspired High Heels – These Geigeresque shoes are certainly…arresting.

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Flux Machine’s Repurposed Vintage Photographs

April 5th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Wait for it….

Flux Machine Mother Jones

Artist Kevin Weir takes vintage photographs and gives them a Monty-Python-by-way-of-Twilight-Zone makeover. Some are funny; some are remarkably creepy. The animation is really well done, and there’s a definite frisson of anticipation, staring at each photo and wondering what’s going to happen. The site is fairly scanty at the moment, but I’m looking forward to watching it grow. Good stuff.

(via Neatorama)

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Sounds Like a Dream Job

April 4th, 2012 by Cobwebs

Who puts the subliminal Satanic messages in rock music? This guy right here.

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