Friday, November 26, 2010

Tim Burton's Cadavre Exquis Twitter Experiment

One of my favorite movie directors launched a social media experiment recently.  It's an online version of the 'Cadavre Exquis" game.  Traditionally, a writer starts a story and other writers jump in too add different parts to it.  These days, the media calls it 'crowd-sourcing'.

If you want to join in the fun, sign in to the site with your Twitter account and submit your own tweets to further the storyline.  The main character (as of right now anyway) is "Stainboy".  Navigate him through the goo, the macabre and the joys of social media supremacy...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vampire Cocktails, Bloody Beverages

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are having a cozy holiday with your loved ones, or at least enjoying the holiday, period.  I am ecstatic that I do not have to cook this year.  My sole responsibility is to keep everyone from getting thirsty.  I found a bunch of fun libations for entertaining:
Traditionally, the wines that pair best with Thanksgiving turkey are Chardonnay if you like white wine or Pinot Noir if you are fond of red.  Vampire Vineyards offers both.  Their Pinot Noir was noted by as "elegant" and "subtle but powerful".

I love this bottle. It doesn't get clearer than Crystal Head Vodka. It's a little pricey at about $50, but apparently, the bottle themselves are collectors' items.  Some sweetness and vanilla notes are characteristic of this spirit.  A review from says it is "smooth" and a "damn good vodka". 

If alcohol isn't on the menu, you have to love the limited edition Buffy the Vampire Slayer Jones Soda.  Based on the Season 8 comic book series, the collection includes flavors like Willow's Green Apple Witch's Brew, Buffy's Blue Bubblegum and Dawn's A Centaur Root Beer. 

Missing True Blood?  You can get the drink.  Instead of O-positive, you get blood orange soda.

If you prefer to brew your own goodies, you can dress them up with these Gothic labels from Martha Stewart.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Gothic Steampunk Sculpture of John Christopher Borrero

I started my holiday shopping at the One of a Kind Show in NYC last weekend.  The event brings together artisans from all over to present everything from jewelry, clothing, fine art and gourmet items that are made by hand.  One artist stood out for me.  John Borrero had haunting paintings that looked like lost souls.  He also had several fantastic sculptures with a macabre, steampunk slant.  Many of them featured moody, faded photographed faces set into mechanical mannequins.
If you are looking for a special, unique gift, check out the last weekend of the show...More details here.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2011 Bondage

The Belgian designer created a chic collection appropriate for the craziest among us.  The black, white and print presentation had many pieces with straitjacket-like straps and a sculpted bondage feeling.  There were many one-legged looks that may be too avant-garde for most wearers.  However, many of the leather, jersey and crepe jackets and  pants were accessible to most.
The hair was severe and slicked back with harshly marked eyebrows.  An intimidating mesh veil was used as a mask or accessory in some looks as well.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Maker Faire: Steampunk vs. Mad Scientists?

Sorry this post runs a little off-theme...  I went to the MakerFaire at the Queens Hall of Science and had a ball at the Red Bull sponsored party.  I was invited by the fabulous event designer Adam Aleksander who has created wild events all over NYC (recently Gilt City's  big haunted prom for Halloween).  The party hosted cocktail-making robots that shot flaming absinthe, smoked from dry ice, or lit up neon tubes.  

During the evening, inventors were putting finishing touches on souped-up vintage motorcycles, rocket-propelled carnival rides and electrified fashion.  The most interesting part of the night's entertainment was the Tesla-coils zapping away during the concert...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Steampunk Fashion Show at Brooklyn Indie

Did you miss the Steampunk Event at Brooklyn Indie Market?  There were some gorgeous creations on display.  Here are a few of my favorites, photographer by Adam W.


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