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Day Three, Blogging 101 Continued: These Top Five Blogs are Absolutely killer!


I’m back ready to write another post and I would love to share a few of my favourite blogs on WordPress. As you may have guessed by now, I’m participating in the Blogging 101 course that has enabled me to re-evaluate the purpose and the significance behind Black Calavera. This particular exercise for the week involved writing a post in regards to my favourite topics or blogs that is exciting because I thoroughly enjoy browsing through my reader and discovering new posts, articles or reviews. Here they are, starting with number one.

#1 The Year of the Halloween 

If you haven’t visited this blog and you have an interest for horror, remember to check out this site! Eva Halloween is the author of the blog who posts a range of fascinating articles relating to Halloween, horror and paranormal activities. I throughly enjoy reading the makeup tutorials, DIY instructions and costume competitions that are definitely inspiring and creative. At a young age, I developed a fascination for horror and The Year of the Halloween is the perfect match! There are so many different articles to read through and the different subjects are seriously fascinating.


#2 Horrorpedia 

There’s nothing I love more than a scary horror film or a cheesy b-grade horror movie. Well lucky for me, there’s Horrorpedia that presents a range of fascinating and entertaining reviews in regards to classic horror films, international blockbusters, and independent cinema. The list doesn’t stop here, Horrorpedia also includes other artistic influences including music, literature and digital media that explore the exciting world of horror. This is a really resourceful site and there are plenty of trailers, interviews and video clips to watch for all of your horror needs.

Plus there’s a section dedicated to the “worst horror movies of all time” with a large selection of the most outrageous z-grade films I’ve ever seen! This is definitely the highlight of Horrorpedia, if you love watching those kind of films that are so bad they’re good, you will absolutely love this section.


#3 Parlour of Horror 

I was immediately intrigued by the Parlour of Horror that features reviews in regards to literature, cinema, art and real life events. My favourite posts are the film reviews relating to classic horror and new releases that I can definitely add these to my list of movies to watch. The site also features some fascinating posts relating to horror art, where I discover artists, photographers and writers who explore dark and sinister subject matter.  There is a great deal of inspiring and engaging information to read through and if you’re interested in horror, I would definitely recommend the Parlour of Horror.



Image One: Fieldey, Día de los muertos zombie Kurt Cobain

#4 Fieldey

Now you’re in for a real treat, as a Fieldey is a contemporary artist who creates the most inspiring skateboard and surfboard designs. They’re colourful, artistic and captivating; the designs feature extraordinary detail and aesthetics that provides me with the urge to browse through the entire collection! Of course, my favourite works are the Day of the Dead designs, if you’re a skull enthusiast you’ll absolutely love Fieldey’s collection of skateboards and surfboards. The site also features commissions, tutorials and a wicked gallery full of inspiring works.


#5 Craniophiles

Last but not least, is Craniophiles that is right up my alley! This marvellous site delivers a series of blog posts that examine the human skull from an artistic, historical and scientific context. As an avid skull enthusiast, I cannot contain my excitement when I discover a blog with reviews and articles relating to the human skull and Craniophiles features a large collection of fascinating posts investigating this particular subject. Have an interest in art or science? No problems, Craniophiles has the information you’ve been searching for!


Interview with Psychobat by Dead Deco


Image Retrieved from the Deco Deco Site, Link Attached Below. 

8/2/13 – Day of the Dead Image by Psychobat. Ink Pen turns Photograph into a Work of Art!

While browsing through the net, I discovered a very interesting interview with Mexican artist, Psychobat by Dead Deco. Dead Deco is a very interesting blog that features articles, images, photographs and interviews relating to the Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration. In this recent interview, Dead Deco asks at least five different questions relating to the artist’s own connection to the Mexican Day of the Dead that is described as a joyous and celebratory event; an event that honours the lives of those who have passed away.

According to Psychobat, the Day of the Dead is not a celebration that perceives death as a subject of fear and anxiety; instead, friends, families and members of the local community gather to celebrate the deceased. It is interesting to read the perspective of an artist who has lived in Mexico and it is also interesting to discover the artists own interpretations relating to Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration.

The interview features an image of Psychobat’s work that does feature similarities to the Mexican sugar skulls that are also associated with the Day of the Dead celebration. I must admit the amount of detail is just incredible; the various patterns and designs transform an ordinary image into something rather extraordinary!

The interview briefly mentions the artist’s own professional practise and technique in the very last question. Pyschobat had discovered a photograph of a model that was spontaneously covered in patterns and illustrations in order to create something different.

On the left hand side of the image, I have noticed a black sharpie pen and I was amazed with the way the artist has produceed such a creative and innovative design with just one black marker. Psychobat has even managed to create tone and gradation that is quite difficult to achieve with a sharpie pen, so I do admire the artist’s own method and technique.

It is interesting to note that Psychobat has used a photograph of a model that is covered in black pen; in a way, the artist has transformed this particular form of advertising into a work of art! I actually prefer this image compared to all the fashion magazines sold at the supermarket or the bookstore; in fact if I saw this particular artwork in a magazine, I would be rather excited! The endless photographs of photoshopped and airbrushed models just gets tiring and frustrating; it’s fantastic to see something different, something interesting!

The interview does explain Pyschobat’s own cultural and spiritual heritage with the dead that does correspond with the artwork that is currently displayed on Dead Deco’s site; I wonder if the image resembles the artist’s relationship with the Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration.

I am assuming that Pyschobat has used a page from a magazine and the artist has used the pen in a way that manipulates the original image into something creative and imaginative. Psychobat hopes to apply these particular designs onto a real human face and I can’t wait to see the results.

If you are interested in Psychobat’s artwork or the Day of the Dead celebration, I would recommend visiting Dead Deco’s page for further information and there are some other fantastic articles to read through. Dead Deco also has a pinterest page if you are looking for some inspiration.