Tag Archives: Day of the Dead

Happy Halloween 2016!

Halloween Ledge Display
Photo By Gail

One of my neighbor was showing their Halloween spirit with this cute window ledge display, and I just had to snap it. Have a fun Halloween, everyone!

Dead Inside Sugar Skull Hand Bag

Sugar Skull Hand Bag Close Up

Sure, Halloween is five months away, but it’s never too early to be ghoulishly fashionable with this awesome Banshee Bag, as it’s called. It looks pretty roomy as well. Check it out!

Sugar Skull Banshee Bag Features:

  • Handbag with sugar skull/calavera woman design
  • Metal frames with kisslock closures
  • Metal carrying handle
  • Shoulder strap (27″) included
  • Use as a clutch purse or a shoulder bag
  • Material: Vinyl
  • Size: 12″ x 6″ x 2″
  • Artist: Carissa Rose

Priced at just $29.95, this unique fashion bag can be purchased at This Link!

Sugar Skull Hand Bag

Video Clip of The Week: Weeknight, “Dark Light”

“Dark Light” by the brooding, soulful, electronic duo called Weeknight is like watching a complete film by David Lynch in under four minutes. Weeknight are Holly and Andy from NYC and they pull off the rare combination of pretty faces and real musical talent even when wearing glow-in-the-dark Day of The Dead/Corpse Paint. Weeknight will digitally release their debut album, Post-Everything on Artificial Records on March 4th, vinyl release date TBA. Pre-order the album at This Link Enjoy!

Weeknight Post Everything Cover Art

Maria Throne By Sylvia Ji

Maria Throne By Sylvia Ji
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I admit that this awesome chair first caught my eye because I have this very same signed print by artist Sylvia Ji hanging on my wall in a very conspicuous place, so I stare directly at it multiple times a day. The Maria Throne, as its called, is a limited edition single-person sofa made using hand-shaped mahogany frames, with hand carvings and a black gloss lacquer finish.  It’s upholstered traditionally, using high-density foams, with a faux suede fabric bearing the Day of the Dead-esque print on the seat back and rear of the chair.

If suede isn’t your thing, you can request a special leather option with the exact same print (at an extra price, of course). Manufactured in a limited edition of just 33 pieces, each one with a sequentially numbered Certificate of Authenticity printed on the bottom,  this is not only a gorgeous piece of furniture but a highly collectible work of art, because Sylvia Ji is hot stuff!  The Maria Throne can be yours for £1,595, ($2,522.65) with shipping free to UK addresses. Click through to This Link for purchasing information!

Maria Throne By Sylvia Ji

Factory Fresh Gallery Presents Dark Horse By Sweet Toof

Through the 1980s and into the ‘90s, Sweet Toof built his career and reputation as a prolific street/graffiti artist across his home country of England. In recent years, this enigmatic artist has moved from the street into the gallery with his paintings and sculptures, often depicting paint roller-wielding, smartly dressed skeletal protagonists, each sharing one very distinguishing facial feature. Sweet Toof’s first New York solo exhibition, Dark Horse is now showing at Brooklyn’s Factory Fresh Gallery. The Worley Gigrecommends this show as a Must See!

All Photos By Geoffrey Dicker Unless Otherwise Noted

Sweet Toof’s work – which is instantly recognizable for its subjects’ trademark over-sized teeth set in swollen gums – is heavily influenced by the Vanitas Paintings of sixteenth century Europe, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Subway Art and the underground comics of Vaughn Bodé. While there is a good deal of visual humor in his work, Sweet Toof takes on darker subjects such as free speech (and lack thereof), colonialism, political revolution and death; but his paintings are provocative enough to be open to a wide range of interpretations. He is definitely an artist whose strident voice doesn’t preclude leaving the viewer free to find his or her own meaning in his very unique art. Factory Fresh Gallery co-owner Ali Ha was also super friendly and very excited to answer any questions we had about the show. I enjoyed Dark Horse very much and it was way worth the short trek to Brooklyn! I’m looking forward to visiting this space again for future exhibits.

Before leaving the neighborhood, be sure to take a leisurely stroll up and down the one-block long side street bordering the gallery’s south face, not only to check out a ton of other colorful street art and graffiti but also to see the “gum line” that Sweet Toof has painted across the full length of the top of one of the buildings (see photo below).

Sweet Toof’s Dark Horse Runs Through May 22, 2011 at Factory Fresh, Located at 1053 Flushing Avenue between Morgan and Knickerbocker (off the Morgan stop on the L train) in Brooklyn, NY. Gallery Hours are Wednesday – Sunday from 1-7 PM.