8/1/13 – Day of the Dead Figurine from Gasoline Queen in Richmond
Photography by Charlotte Pridding
For christmas I had bought my parents a Day of the Dead figurine from a small boutique store in Richmond also known as Gasoline Queen. I was walking down bridge street a few weeks ago and the small paper mache skulls in the front window had captured my attention; I decided to walk into the store and I was suddenly surrounded by Hawaiian shirts, rock and roll outfits and Day of the Dead skeletal figurines.
As soon as I recognised the colourful figurine on the top shelf, I immediately placed the skeleton onto the front counter. The skeleton does feature similar characteristics to the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico, especially the green, red and white dress.The skeletal figures that are associated with the Day of the Dead, are usually dressed in a range of different outfits; In “Day of the Dead in the USA” Regina. M. Marchi explains that the figurines are designed to mimic the living.
These caricatures provide quite an amusing and satirical approach to death; the figurine I had decided to buy does feature lively facial expressions, I honestly don’t think it’s meant to be taken seriously. For me it is quite difficult to associate this colourful figurine with morbid or grotesque representations of death.
The lady within the store had said that the figurine on the top shelf is also known as “señorita”, a Spanish term that is used before a woman’s first name or surname. I just could not walk out of the store without buying miss señorita. So I was incredibly bored one afternoon so I decided to take some photographs of the figurine that was placed on the television cabinet opposite the cookbooks.
Make sure to visit Gasoline Queen if you are in Melbourne, the Day of the Dead merchandise is just incredible! Or visit their Facebook Page, please click on the link below for further information.
Marchi, Regina.M. The Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenan. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2009
6/12/12 – Day of the Dead and Skull Merchandise at Local retail store, Gasoline Queen.
During my visit to Richmond, I had discovered a retail store on Bridge Street known as Gasoline Queen. As soon as I noticed the skulls within the colorful and artistic window display, I could not help myself, I just had to walk inside. The products on display were different from any other store I have ever seen; there were Day of the Dead skulls, hawaiian dresses and punk / rock outfits.
As soon as I recognised the skull bandanna and the skull hair piece, I immediately walked up to the counter to buy these lovely products within the store, honestly one can never have too many skulls! The hair piece is a bow that you can clip into your hair; what I do love about this item is the skull on the very front; it kind of reminds me of Day of the Dead mixed with kitsch.
I just had to buy this bow as I have never seen these products sold anywhere else around Melbourne. What really excites me about the bandanna is the fact that i have been looking for one for months and all of I sudden I found one when I wasn’t expecting, I was kind of surprised actually. So if you are looking for some original skull merchandise make sure to take a trip down to Richmond so you can see all the amazing products for sale; it’s challenging to walk out without buying anything.
This store is great for skull merchandise as well as t-shirts, dresses, skirts, high heel shoes and other fashion accessories. I also had a conservation with the lady in the store who was very enthusiastic about the Day of the Dead and tattoo art; with all the t-shirt designs and products available at the moment, I would say that tatoo art is becoming a very popular trend especially in contemporary fashion, art and design.
For more information please click on the link below to visit Gasoline Queen’s Facebook Page. I would defiantly recommend visiting this store if you are interesting in purchasing some Day of the Dead or skull related products!