It’s been a good week. The Holizaar show was fun. I wasn’t sure how my stuff might be received in that crowd. The event was craft oriented, albeit funky crafters, but I didn’t really know that when i signed up. In addition, it was holiday themed. My spot ended up facing the front door so the first thing people saw when they entered the festive gallery with christmas music playing were my zombie cat painting and a bunch of dia de los muertos painted skulls. (giggle)
St. Pete is definitely an artsy fun little city with lots of edgy younger people, but this is Florida and there are also a lot of elderly folk. Nothing against them, just didn’t expect them to necessarily dig my work. It went better than I expected.
One gentlemen told me I had a sick sense of humor, but he was the one laughing and reading every single print so I figured he was no better. Another lady said, i was an ‘interesting person’. She said it with an emphasis on interesting that didn’t sound particularly complimentary but I decided to take it that way and smiled and thanked her. Only one lady seemed genuinely put off and ran and told on me or something. I don’t know, i just saw her 360 to the greeter at the front door and i heard, “skulls! blah blah…skulls?!” Then she went over to one of the coordinator’s (Crafty Hag) booths and she happens to have a fair amount of skull themed art work as well, so there was more questioning and an implication that we were all some sort of singular skull obsessed group. A crafting cult, perhaps? Sacrifice a baby, knit a scarf, dance around the fire spitting rum through our teeth, make a stuffed kitten, etc. I dont know.
Ninety five percent of the people that stopped at my booth that day, however, were smiling or even laughing and I even sold several skulls and quite a few packs of GingerDead greeting cards. I’m really glad I went. I had prepared to be scowled at and to possibly stand out as the freak of the show, but I thought that might not be a bad thing and if even one person got it, that would be enough. Instead, GingerDead and Friends was rather warmly received across the various types of people and age groups. Yay!
The best quote of the day came from a toddler in her daddy’s arms, standing in front of my booth pointing, who asked in the sweetest little voice, “May I pwease have a skull in my house?” Jim and I couldn’t stop giggling. Her dad didn’t buy her one though. 🙁
Here’s a pic of some of the latest skulls…some of these are sold already but I’m working on more for the Artist Invasion of Williams Park on Friday.
So, have you heard about Repo! The Genetic Opera? I can’t leave without plugging this film and giving a huge kudos to Tampa Theater for actually getting it! It’s only played in 8 cities and will soon be gone. People are reportedly flying in from across borders to attend. It had a cult following before it even opened due to the buzz it got at comic-con.
Repo! is a rock opera that takes place in the not too distant future when there is an outbreak of organ failures. People are getting organ transplants but if you miss a payment…the organ repo man comes to collect. Sounds cool, huh?!
Our friend, the young adult horror author, Lynne Hansen, is actually part of the Tampa Theater team resonsible for bringing the film to our city! Go Lynne! She telephoned me last night and invited me to gather some freaky friends to sort of brigade out front on the closing night – Tuesday. We are going to put together some music, dance and costumey goodness as best as we can in the coming week and will be outside entertaining folks on line and even doing one number on stage pre-show. I highly recommend you grab the chance to see this film. This is the Rocky Horror show for this generation, I suspect. It’s a rare opportunity to catch it in theaters and to do so in the glorious historic haunted Tampa Theater is simply divine.
Tuesday night is the closing night, so get there early to secure your ticket. I think doors will open around 7pm. Feel free to dress up and be part of the madness. If you have something particular you want to do outside or want to come in a cool costume and hand out stuff like perhaps organ donor information from LifeLink or GingerDead postcards, email me. We’re open to unusual ideas and talents. 😉 calanGingerDeadcom.
Don’t forget this Friday night is the Artist Invastion at WIlliams Park. I’ll be there with my new friend Demi of DemiGod Studio. We’re sharing a booth. Also, the Jim Morey band is opening. 7pm to Midnight- live painting, art vendors, fashion show, wheelchair dance group, breakdance competition, etc. hoO!
By the way, today’s comic was done messing around in ArtRage. I was lucky to have saved this drawing from a few months back in case I needed an emergency comic. It’s been a crazy busy week and my wrist is all locked up and aching from painting so I decided to pull this out and save myself some additional pain. ArtRage is a lot of fun and the free version is quite functional. If you decide you love it and want the full perks and whistles it’s only around 25 bucks. Check it out – ArtRage Website.
See you next week!