Please welcome our new sponsor, Burke & Hare Co!Burke & Hare Co was established in 2011 in Milwaukee, with the goal to create speciality items of a darker aesthetic without compromising a specific refined and mature taste. Inspiration has been found from medical sciences, superstitions of the past, and spiritualism, gentlemen and lady's parlors, seances, nature, and romanticism. Now moved to Providence, RI, the shop is growing with even more influence from classic ghost stories and New England folklore, as well as the appreciation for my own history as a girl who has always loved Siouxie, graveyards, and black cats. I have always utilized candles as decorative items both for their light and their presence, but rarely found scents and imagery specific to my interests. Motivated by the desire to possess beautiful and macabre items for myself, I created Pillars and a Scented line that I love for my own and my friends' homes. All items are unique and created with special individuals in mind.
Printable Ouija Valentines, $1.99This week our Etsy Shop of the Week is Cult of Weird. Normally populated by 'antiques and curiosities' (and the occasional taxidermy sheep scrotum), right now they are featuring some of the best printable Valentine's Day cards I've seen. And it is time to start thinking about that sort of thing, after all.
Printable Zombie Valentines, $1.99
Remember when I told you that Health Goth was a thing? I am now telling you that that thing has jumped the frikken' shark. This has been your public service announcement for the day.
Shot by Candy Kennedy for the Dec 2014 issue of Sportswear International.
Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudoundaris has captured death around the world. From Bolivia's "festival of the little pug-nosed ones", where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes to smoke and beanie hats to protect them from the weather to Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routines; from naturally preserved Buddhist monks and memorials to genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia to the dramatic climax of Europe's great ossuaries, Memento Mori defies taboo to demonstrate how the dead continue to be present in the lives of people everywhere.Koudounaris' previous two titles, Heavenly Bodiesand The Empire of Death, are both exquisite collections of his photographs of the reverence of death in cultures. The forthcoming title, Memento Mori, will be released in late April of this year, and is available to pre-order on Amazon.