Archives for October 2013

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

celebramos el Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that is celebrated around the world, particularly in Mexico and Latin America. It all started hundreds of years ago as an Aztec tradition. This holiday celebrates family and friends who are both alive and deceased.

 altars and trinkets

Traditions that go along with the holiday include painting your face like a Catrina (beautiful skeleton woman), and building alters and leaving offerings (ofrendas) in your home and at the cemetery. These alters can contain flowers, statues of the Virgin Mary, decorative skull candy, the favorite foods of the deceased, tequila, toys, photos, and mementos. This is meant to encourage visits by the souls in hopes that they hear the special prayers sent their way. Along with prayers people will share funny stories and memories of the departed. While visiting the grave people dance and sing, hoping to be loud enough to wake the dead.

 elegant skeleton costumes

Although the Day of the Dead is this week, it’s important to remember those who have departed every single day. Custom photo or name jewelry is a beautiful way to memorialize someone forever. Every time you look at the piece, you will remember that special person. Wearing awesome sugar skull belly rings, plugs, and earrings are another way to celebrate this holiday in style. You can also create your alter on your body by wearing food, drink, religious icon, or flower themed jewelry, along with popular sugar skull makeup to complete your look.

cool sugar skull lady plugs

Halloween Costumes for the Modified – She’s the Man

females costuming as male characters

The modified generation is raising the bar for true equality, so why would all of us modified missies stick with traditionally female costumes?  Some of the coolest characters in our lives are male, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to play the part.  Just check out all these awesome male characters that are being given a breath of fresh air and a pinch of pizzazz by modified ladies around the world:

Alice in Wonderland

This an awesome story no matter which way you slice it, especially since the punchy protagonist is a chick!  Aside from the devilish Queen of Hearts though, most of the other awesome characters are male.  It’s totally okay though, because some of neatest Alice in Wonderland costumes for women are, believe it or not, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat.  Just check ’em out.  Seriously hot, cool, and creepy, right?

 repurposing male wonderland characters

The Marvel Universe

In the world of Marvel and DC comics, there are plenty of female characters, but unfortunately most of them are secondary characters.  Bat girl, Supergirl, Spidergirl… For all of us pierced and tatted hotties who want to be the star of the show instead of playing sidekick to a rippling superhero, there’s nothing wrong with wearing the same exact thing that your fave male hero wears.  It’s great that there are “female versions” of a lot of hero and villain costumes, but just because we’re ladies doesn’t mean there has to be a skirt.

 reinterpreting male comic book heroes and villains

Tim Burton

Tim Burton has created a world teaming with female stars, and for that we thank him more than morbid words can say, but who can resist wanting to be all of the subjects in his awesome creative masterpieces?  Three male Burton characters that win my vote for female cross-over: Edward Scissorhands, Jack Skellington, and Beetlejuice.  If you’re planning to pull that last one though, remember to get your hair nice and big.  (We wouldn’t want anyone to think that you’re supposed to be Robin Thicke.)

female versions of male Burton characters

Get Your Freak On – Cool and Freaky Halloween Worthy Modifications

Halloween worthy modifications

Halloween is the one time of the year when we all have the freedom to reach out of our normal comfort zone and take on a new persona. Halloween is about challenging your deepest darkest fears and waving your freak flag proudly. For some people, Halloween is everyday.

There are many who take body modification to extreme levels. This is more than just a gimmick to induce shock value; body modification is a commitment and a way of life. Here are some awesome examples of out-there body mods that can’t be recreated with a simple Halloween costume.

Tongue Splitting Also called tongue bifurcation, it’s a body modification method where the tongue is cut or burned from its tip up towards the base with a scalpel, fishing line, cauterizing gun, or surgical laser. The forked tongue is reminiscent of a snakes tongue and can also be associated with evil.

tongue splitting

Supersized Stretched Ear Lobes Stretching of the earlobes is a traditional tribal practice that is now a global fashion statement. Once the elastic limit of the skin has been reached it will not shrink back down. While there are countless people with size 2 gauge or 00 gauge, there are some who take this trend to the next level by stretching their lobes to much bigger than 2 or even 3 inches in some cases. It’s not just traditional “freaks” stretching their earlobes anymore either; it isn’t uncommon for the girl next door to be flaunting her huge stretched lobes. The stretching process takes a lot time and dedication and is not to be taken lightly.

large stretch mods

Subdermal Implants Subdermal implants are like 3D art that’s surgically embedded under the skin. The body heals over the object and creates a dramatic raised design. Horn implants are some of the most intense, transforming the modified person into something completely extraordinary. Often people who go to such great lengths to alter their physical appearance will do this in conjunction with other modifications to receive the desired effect and dramatically change their look.

subdermal 3D body art

Some people are world famous for their beautiful full body displays of piercings and tattoos. They completely transform themselves into otherworldly beings, with full art and modifications. Other forms of extreme body mod include scarification, branding, ear pointing, neck stretching, corsetry, and plastic surgery. With body modification, the possibilities are endless, so why not get your freak on!