SBS Anime Festival/Night Fever King 1 year anniversary!!!!

A few days ago on July 11th I went to a small anime/pop culture con in northern Louisiana. It was held in the same place at the Louisiana Comic Con back in February. I also celebrated the one year anniversary of Night Fever King!

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Surprisingly, the event wasn’t promoted much. The turnout was smaller than I expected and not many people dressed up.:( I had a cosplay idea but due to last minute mess I wasn’t able to dress up with the idea I had in mind, but there’s another con in August/September I’ll be sure to go all out for. Since there wasn’t a lot of people I made sure to get a few photos of the people that did dress up and some of the vendors I liked.

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There were LOTS of cool Japanese pop culture stuff I wanted to buy.

One of my absolute favorite vendors was the art of Jessica Von Braun. Her whimsical and dark art was great inspiration to me.

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I bought a necklace of one of her prints. Right below.

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Her etsy is right here!

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Even more cute stuff I wanted to buy. Dammit.

More interesting cosplays.

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Another cool place I stopped by was Witch Hazel, which sell witchcraft supplies and tarot readings. It’s nice to see other witches in my area.

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Unfortunately, this was all I was able to capture but like I mentioned earlier there will be more cons within the next month or two!

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I leave you all with this photo of my friends Sierra and Ariel dressed up as generic anime girl protagonists.

Oh wait I almost forgot! I want to say a BIG thanks to everyone who has supported Night Fever King in its first year. I know my blog is still amateurish but at least I have a year of experience behind me now. In just a year of doing this I’ve interviewed authors, indie film directors, models, artists, fashion and blogging icons and more. I wrote for a couple magazines and attended some cool events that I could share with everyone. I wonder how my second year of running this blog will work out, hopefully things will get even better. Again, thanks to everyone for being patient and supportive. As always, stay groovy.

Campy, creative, pop culture inspired headpieces by THE FAB HATTER

I spend too much time browsing instagram for inspiration and interesting things to write about. I’m a huge fan of Rupaul’s Drag Race and was looking through the tag when I came across some amazing head pieces by someone named The Fab Hatter. Their name is Fang and lots of their pieces are influenced by what the queens on RPDR wear along with Fang’s own touch of unique styles.

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Fang (pictured above with one of their works) was able to do a small interview with me so I could learn more about where all these ideas come from.

What are your inspirations for making your pieces?

Fang: Basically, 90% of what I see I want to turn into a hat, but my major influences include
drag queens, club kids, art, pop culture, toys, taxidermy, animals, and food. I have absolutely no fashion or millinery background, I studied genetic engineering and politics, so I’m no constrained by traditional ideas of what a hat should be.
Almost all of my hats are made of unusual or found materials.

How long does it take you to make each one and how did your business get started?

F: Sometimes hats take years to make as I gather the parts or just because I get side-tracked with other things.

Generally speaking, prototype hats takes 10-15 hours each of actual construction time to make, once I get the technique down I can typically make them in around 2-5 hours.05 - kul4pJs

I started making and wearing unusual hats a few years ago. It was after watching S1E1 and seeing Ongina’s Barbie headpiece that I realized hats didn’t have to be so mundane. I started with a lobster hat inspired by Salvador Dali. It was made out of a mouse pad and a loofah. Later, I traveled extensively overseas. I had to travel light so I would stick my souvenirs to a hat and wear them around. My hats started getting me a lot of attention and I had a lot of people buying them off my head or asking me to sell them online, so that’s what I did.

Lacey Noel modeling a piece inspired by season 3 RPDR winner Raja

Lacey Noel modeling a piece inspired by season 3 RPDR winner Raja

I see you’re a big fan of Rupaul’s drag race! Who were some of the queens you were rooting for this season? Has any queen from the show seen your work?

F: My favorite queens of this season were Max, Violet, Trixie, and Katya, in no particular order. I’ve already made a couple of Trixie Mattel inspired hats. My favorite Queen of S8 will be Kim Chi, because I don’t understand how she WON’T be cast.

Generally speaking, I love queens who wear hats. My favorites overall are Raja, Manila, and Ongina.

I live in LA and I go to World of Wonder events so I’ve met a few queens there or just hanging around the city. A few of them follow me on social media and have even contacted me stating that they love my pieces too! Off the top of my head, some queens that have seen my work have been Rupaul, Phi Phi O’Hara, Manila Luzon, Ongina, Raja, Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Kelly Mantle, and Langanja Estranja.

I also made the “Carrie” hat that won “Top Toot of the Week” on the Dragcon episode of the Fashion Photo Ruview.

What are some of your favorite hats you’ve made so far?

F: I love all my hats as I’m my own muse. I wear them everyday, I never go out without a hat, even if it’s just for something mundane like going to the grocery store.

My lobster hat that started it all is probably my favorite for sentimental reasons. I also have a percher hat made out of beetle wings for when I want an understated look. I also just made a museum gallery top hat that has digital paintings that play slideshows of modern art.

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F: Last year when I counted I had over 617 hat ideas, for real, that I want to make. I get inspired by something every day. They’re influenced by everything, but the ones that are going to be coming out soon are some hats inspired by art (particularly surrealism), animals, drinks, and monuments. I’ll also be making more drag inspired hats.

I also plan on making unusual hats for chemo patients. They would be close-fitting hats cut to resemble haircuts, but they would be made out of interesting patterned wool. Think neon blue bobs, leopard print Josephine Baker hairdos. I’m still a couple months away from launching that. I need to raise up the money for materials and I need to take millinery classes.

I’m a big supporter of giving back and doing volunteer work, I volunteer at least one full day a week doing charity work. Right now I usually volunteer at a hospital with the critical carepatients or in the Emergency Department. Also for every $100 I sale I donate at least 1 hour of time to charity, since these sales allow me to have a more free schedule that allows me to both continue with my studies and to volunteer.

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Where can you find The Fab Hatter?

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Kat Von D’s Slayer Black Lipstick Review/Dark Lipstick Recommendations/DIY Eyeball necklace

Have you ever tried wearing black lipstick? Do you think it’s tacky and only for Halloween? (If you said yes to the last one then wow you must be boring) Do you like dark/unique lipsticks? I recently finally got my hands on one of Kat Von D’s lipsticks called Slayer and I immediately rushed home to try it on. It’s a bit pricey ($21) but I think it’s worth it since it’s better than my old black lipstick that I hated (Fergie’s Pagan Angel, dried up and never stuck on). I’ve gotten questions from friends about how to make black or any dark lipstick stick on and here’s a few tips I use.

Fill in your lips beforehand with eye liner.

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I used NYX’s jumbo eye pencil. It made the black lipstick look more rich and dark.

Then I applied Slayer.

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(The packaging is really badass by the way, the lipstick even has KVD’s initials on it)

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After I finished that I gently put on some black eye shadow to help set everything. Personally this worked well for me. Use eye shadow that’s closest to the lipstick color.

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These pictures are a bit blurry, oh well.

Overall, I dig Slayer. It applies smooth and doesn’t tug on your lips. It stays on for a decent amount of time. Though after wearing it for a few hours it does start getting patchy on your lips and it shows. However, I feel like if your lips are hydrated before you put it on and you prepare your lips like I have in this “how-to” it can last longer and look better. I have heard that some of KVD’s other lipsticks aren’t so good like Motorhead and Homegirl and that Wonderchild and L.U.V. are very identical so be careful if you want to buy both of those.

Another lipstick I enjoy using is Kleancolor’s After Hours.

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I got it from a store called No Clothes, I believe. Their shades come in all sorts of unique shades.

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This goes on super smooth, but it takes a few applies to get it to a cool sorta sparkly blue with hints of turquoise.

To make it look even more awesome I used Revlon’s Electric Shock lip gloss and holy shit it looks good.

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The BIG con to this is that you can’t eat or drink with this, even just wearing the lipstick will make it rub off easily. I only paid about six bucks for this so I can’t complain. This lipstick and lip gloss are just for looking like a cool alien so if you’re hungry you should eat and then put this on. Maybe drinking from a straw would be okay with this on. It’s such a unique color and it’s cheap so that’s why I still like wearing this.

Are there any other guys like me that enjoy wearing make up? I never see any around… You all should see some of the looks I get when I wear some out. The joys of living in a homophobic and bigoted state…

I haven’t been making much jewelry lately due to lack of creativity and motivation but last week I made a new necklace.

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It’s  simple but awesome. I just used an old glass eye, fixed it a little, stuck it in some polymer clay and sculpted around it, baked it, and painted it. I’m still debating whether or not I should open an etsy or not.

Next week I’ll be traveling to Dallas and I’ll be working on a cool goth/alternative/japanese culture/art/music guide to all the sweet places I’ll visit. This should be very exciting so stay tuned!

Interview with dark, surreal, goth artist and musician ZARA KAND

A freelance writer who has written for Paraphilia magazine, LA Review of Books and Toronto Review of Books, John Wisniewski, recently emailed me an interview he has been working on with artist Zara Kand, daughter of Valor Kand (lead singer of the 80’s influential goth band Christian Death). All questions are his work, except the last one which was my question to her. All of the art work you see are her paintings. I have not seen them before until now. Since I like to do dark and strange art myself her works are inspiring to look at. Enjoy! unnamed (1)

John: What are your current projects like, Zara?

Right now (and this is usually the case with all of my work) I’m finishing up a collection of oil paintings that focus on the spiritual and social aspects of humanity, a reflection of our behavior as a species at large, and how we may somehow transcend into a more ungoverned way of being. Additionally, I have just finished my first book “Cry of the Chrysalis: A Venture into Creative Purpose & Development”, which serves as a commentary and guide in uncovering one’s creative potential through autonomous thinking, and includes interviews & artwork from a handful of artists notorious in the underground scene. Now I just have to get it published!

unnamed (5)J: Any favorite artists, music that you like?

Some favorite painters of mine are Goya, Bosch, Rembrandt, Munch, Monet, Blake, Bacon, Tanning, to name a few -these were all revolutionary artists of their time! I like any kind of music that seems to send me into another realm, of dreamy or ethereal quality, or through rawness and excitement… the band COIL seems to have just the right combination of all of these things. These days I mostly use music as a vehicle to drive me to such states, as I have it playing in the background while I paint -music and visual art work as a great team in inspiring one another

J: What is the goth scene like now, who is most popular?

I’m not entirely up to date with any scene happening now, I’m afraid, perhaps because of the artist tendency to lock oneself into a solitary bubble, only coming up briefly for air. But I have noticed the interesting expansion of the goth scene, which now incorporates more musical influence than it did decades before, made danceable in clubs, and embraced by more and more younger generations. My parents, who were some of the originators, will tell me that this is not how it was when it was first began in the late ’70’s – then it was a very obscure scene and followers were considered ultra outcasts of society, not having previous goth history to fall back on, boldly carrying the weight of being unique at the cost of utter alienation.

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J: What is the reaction to your artworks, usually?

I am grateful to receive as much positive response to my works as I do. Sharing your personal visions with the world is a sensitive thing, and not always guaranteed to align with someone else’s brainwave. Some have told me my work is strange and creepy, some find it very beautiful; either way I take it as a compliment. But generally people say they actually relate to my work on a personal level, that it inspires them, sends them into another dreamy realm or makes them think about themselves/their life -this is the best reaction I could ever hope for!

J: What are you usually doing, when not writing songs or painting, Zara?

unnamed (3) In my spare time I like to read books or watch documentaries on other artists or anything to do with science. I love going on walks through nature or just sitting on the grass staring at the sky by day, blasting my favorite music and drinking with good company by night. Every now and then, if there is an exceptional band in town, I’ll go out and see them play, dance a bit. Food is a real pleasure to me -I love going for coffee or lunch at cafes, and I love cooking, challenging myself to come up with interesting new dishes all the time. And if time affords, I really love traveling to new places, be it camping or just experiencing a different city.

Hyde: What was it like growing up as the daughter, of the leader of such an influential band?

My parents, being artists themselves, were always highly encouraging of my creative endeavors. They let it be known from the beginning how significant art’s influence is on the world, and always took any kind of creative expression very seriously. If it weren’t for having creative parents who were very much individualistic thinkers, I would certainly not be the artist I am today.

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Strange EXCLUSIVE artistry at an art festival

After going through a tough time in my life lately, I thought a great idea would be to hit up a downtown arts fest, called the Texas Avenue Makers Fair, in northwest Louisiana. Art festivals of all kinds can be tremendous inspirations. I grabbed my camera and notepad and went on the look out for alternative and bizarre but talented art work and individuals.

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The first booth that caught my eye was the dark, horror themed art work of Mad Molly.  She had many paintings and sketches out.

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IMG_5598            She gave me a free print of the middle sketch and of course I asked her to sign it. She was very sweet. You can also reach her at madmolly666@gmail.com

When I left I ran into another interesting individual with bright purple hair named, Ashley Griffin, who runs LipstickKitten.  Her artwork is inspired by a plethora of things:  Nightvale, Anime, Rocky Horror Show, and lots more.

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She showed me a big book of her prints, which featured bearded pin-ups and even Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.
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Pillows, prints, tote bags, buttons, clips, she makes an excessive amount of things. You can reach her at her etsy, tumblr, and facebook. You’re definitely going to find something you enjoy.

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September Kirameki magazine out now! New Etsy store possibly? and Cyberpunk artwork

The newest issue of Kirameki came out yesterday finally and my movie article was featured.
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Since I’ve had quite a few requests to open an Etsy, I’m seriously considering it. How do you guys feel about Etsy? Should I open a store? I’d be selling artwork and jewelry mostly, like what I have posted around here. Here’s a new necklace I made that I’m planning sell.
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If anybody is interested let me know!

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My current obsession is Cyberpunk. So I painted a robot girl ripping her skin off to reveal her true identity. I really dig how it turned out.

I’ve never had this many lively things happen to me. Hopefully the fun doesn’t stop here. Stay groovy everyone.

KERA magazine Alt fashion, D.I.Y tongue necklace, and a special announcement!

           The September issue of KERA magazine finally arrived to me yesterday. This was the first time I got to have my hands on a Japanese fashion magazine. It was everything I dreamed it would be.
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       It features popular Tokyo model and boy-style icon, Akira. (BTW boy-style is a fashion where girls and women dress up in boy/unisex clothing)
KERA is great because it focuses on all types of Japanese pop culture: punk, goth, fairy-kei, classic lolita, normal looks, anything!

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         Remember my post about Haruka Kurebayashi? Here she is again being incredibly cute. I don’t know who the model is in the right photo on the left. If anybody knows, let me know.

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         More examples of some of the variety in KERA. If you don’t live in Japan, it can be hard finding Japanese fashion magazines. It’s best to look on Ebay or Amazon. I got mine from Amazon for a cheap price. I used Jamazing Store, which provided quick shipping for a reasonable price.

         I forgot to post about it here, but a couple weeks ago I made a new necklace. Just by sculpting clay, baking, then painting it I came out with this.

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photo (4)        I used decora pills from MiniatureSweet. (seriously, their shop is addicting). If I started selling jewelry, would anybody be interested?

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                             (Grace Hill Grace Hill Images at GracefullyWicked Studios)

          Are you guys ready for the big news?? For a while. I have been talking about me possibly writing for the new fashion magazine, Kirameki, and until now it was not confirmed whether or not it would work out…but it has! In the September issue, which comes out on the fifteenth of this month, my movie article about witchcraft films (below post) will be featured. For the magazine I tweaked it a bit to make it look for pleasing so grab a copy if you can. I’ll try to post pictures here ASAP. This is the first time my writings have been published. Here’s to more success in the future maybe?