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Zombies, Skulls and Skeletons parade through Melbourne for the Annual Zombie Shuffle.


About a week ago, I attended the annual Zombie Shuffle in Melbourne, where thousands of individuals paraded through the streets dressed as flesh-eating zombies, skeletons and other pop culture characters. Many enthusiasts commenced their journey at the Treasury Gardens in Fitzroy and the various costume designs were extremely impressive to say the least!

The level of creativity and imagination was definitely inspiring and I began to frantically take photographs of undead, Disney princesses, skeletons, bridesmaids, nurses, surgeons, cheerleaders, policemen, convicts, school girls and many others. In fact there were so many different zombies, I didn’t know where to look next! It was great to see different age groups attending the event; children were dressed as Zombies along with their parents, while others brought their dogs along for a leisurely walk through Melbourne.


During the event, I noticed several attendees mixed amongst the gore and the simulated blood with skulls painted onto their faces. I began to ask myself whether the skull is still a popular icon within the contemporary visual culture or everyday life in general?

From a personal point of view, the Zombie Shuffle allows the public to explore the concept of death within a satirical or entertaining manner. The event encourages the community to display their own creativity or imagination and it is interesting to examine the way death is represented.

There was one character in particular who was dressed in an old-fashioned outfit along with the black and white skull makeup. I raced over to take a closer look and I couldn’t stop taking photographs, this costume was definitely my favourite one! While I tried to search for a place to rest, I discovered a young woman with the most extraordinary skull makeup, the overall detail was admirable and the suit complimented the intricate design. I couldn’t leave without taking at least one photograph!


As I continued to walk through the Treasury Gardens, I recognised a green sugar skull zombie; the colours were amazing and the vibrant designs were certainly intriguing. The make up merged elements of Western popular culture with the Mexican sugar skull designs; these two particular styles provided quite a unique interpretation.

I must admit everyone who attended the Zombie Shuffle looked spectacular and the crowd was throughly entertaining! Towards the afternoon, an amazing ‘percussion group’ known as Maracatu Estrela do Mar paraded through the Treasury Gardens onto Collins street along and the members of the band were wearing black and yellow sugar skull makeup.


Enthusiastic photographs frantically joined the crowd of zombies that were leisurely following the band down the street and I suddenly began to develop the art of weaving in and out of large, overcrowded groups who began to walk or run besides members of the Zombie Shuffle.

The band in particular was definitely a highlight; I admired the vibrant, sugar skull face paint and the positive atmosphere from the crowd. Maracatu Estrela do Mar reminded me of the Dia De Los Muertos: The Day of the Dead Festival in Mexico and the band provided  a unique twist to the overall event.


As the crowd reached Federation Square, the Zombie Shuffle collided with a Women’s rights protest and I suddenly found myself in-between a completely different group all together. I would have loved to have stayed to the very end, however I lost my sense of direction and I decided to search for the nearest train station.

Anyway, the Zombie Shuffle was an exciting, exhilarating experience that featured amazing, yet gory Zombies, a fantastic band and a spectacular audience! I would definitely recommend attending the Zombie Shuffle next year for sure!

zombiewatermark31 Check out the Black Calavera Facebook page to view photographs from the event.




ABC, ‘Undead roam Melbourne Streets in Annual Zombie Shuffle,” October 11 2014, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-11/zombie-apocalypse-arrives-in-melbourne/5806796

Makeup Test

27/6/12 – Appropriation of Lady Gaga’s Video Clip

Photography and makeup by Charlotte Pridding
Makeup inspired by Lady Gaga Born This Way and Rick Genest

Yesterday I decided to follow a makeup tutorial on YouTube, which explained how to replicate the style of makeup from Gaga’s Born this Way video clip. Gaga’s makeup is a replica of Genest’s tattoo’s, which feature similarities to an actual human skull.

The tutorial also explained how to create the shape and the style with an eyeliner, which is then smudged with the end of a paint brush in order to add tone or definition to the makeup. I decided to use a small makeup brush, which also created a similar effects in regards to the tone and the texture.

The pattern did begin to smudge, which indicates that I may need to invest in a good quality eye liner in order to achieve darker tones along the cheekbone, although a dark eye shadow may achieve similar results.

Shading the eye sockets did become difficult with the eyeliner, which is why I decided to use a black lipstick, although the lipstick did create a shiny complexion in the photograph. The lips were challenging and if I was to redo this particular style of makeup, I may need to add extra teeth or I may need to define the mouth.

If you wish to visit the tutorial please click on the link below:


I also found an old shirt and a bow tie from my old catering job, which was perfect for the photographs. The photographs were taken in the evening before sunset and the light enhanced the style of clothing and the makeup.

The photographs were taken in different locations, although it was challenging to actually take each photo without a tripod. At one stage, I decided to lie down, which allowed me to take the photographs of my face without moving around.

I do intend to use professional theatre makeup once I feel confident with the styles that I have created myself. The project was an interesting experience and when I viewed the images on a larger screen, I couldn’t recognise myself.

When I looked at myself in the mirror, it was like I was looking back at another person. The black lipstick also caused a very cold sensation, which felt like I had another layer of skin.

It’s interesting to view certain images of the human body as an external form or representation. It was interesting to use my own skull as a foundation for the makeup and my face was used as a canvas, which provided a very interesting surface to work on. In the mirror I recognised two skulls, one on the outside and one on the inside.

The photographs worked well, although I may need to refine the makeup in my next attempt. The objective is to practise with different styles or techniques in order to determine whether the makeup will create a different response.