All Hallow’s Eve is imminently upon us, but there’s no reason the rest of the year doesn’t deserve some creepy attention too, so with that in mind, get ready for some fantastic freaky staples that will take you through Halloween time, and into any time.
These creepy crawlies may look a tad menacing, but encased in clear resin they give stretched ears a very vintage taxidermy-like je ne sais quoi. Stingless, biteless, but definitely not frightless.
Performers get a dose of vintage style glam, with monochrome shades of sparkling glitter. Afterall, the show (and the shimmer) must go on.
Show all of your admirers that when you play with fire, you might get burned. Flames in stunning brilliant reds meet shining steel for a match made in Halloween-worthy heaven.
Hoops are where it’s at for Mischief Night mayhem, but they’re just as good for when you feel like hanging around, and these high-shine little beauties will turn all eyes on you, just like a circus.
There are three basic styles of eyebrow piercing jewelry: circular barbells, straight barbells, and curved barbells, with the latter being the most commonly worn in most areas.
Those who do their initial healing with a barbell may find it difficult or impossible to switch to a circular down line, and vice versa, so it’s good to know what style you prefer right off the bat. Once you know that, you’ll want to find out your exact size, and simply go from there. Circulars will be measured with a gauge size (thickness) and a diameter, while barbells will have a gauge size and a length.
Quick Tip: For barbells that are curved, length is still measured as the distance straight across from the base of one ball to the other, and not loosely along the curve.
Dangle eyebrow rings are also available, along with pieces featuring other subtle variations in style, such as spikes or dice instead of balls. To ensure that these more complex items are worn well, be sure that you get a nice snug fit, and always know your materials to avoid skin issues. Eyebrow rings will generally come in a variety of hypoallergenic options including 14kt gold, titanium, bioplast, and more.
Getting ready for Halloween? So are we, and we’ve got the body jewelry goods for all of your popular costume needs. Check it out.
Whether you go as a full-out Catrina, or just adopt some Day of the Dead makeup secrets, a bevy of blood red roses is just the thing to add a touch of Latin flare.
For ghostly glamor with classic appeal, a pinch of pearl is where it’s at. Luminous bone and cream solitaires add a splash of extra ephemeral glow to the countenance of any Halloween-time ghoul.
A bit of blood is all well and good, but believable vampires can benefit from some romantic gothic touches. Dark vintage baubles hint at immortal origins and give voluptuous vamps a spark of va-va-voom.
Gold is a pretty pirate’s favorite accessory, but skulls and bones will be your new best friends once you feast your eyes on this creepy crossbone booty.
Lovely little sorceresses can work all kinds of magic, and no mortal is a match for these shiny bewitching moons. Time to take flight across the night. (Enchanted brooms not included.)
So if you have tattoos, piercings, dermal implants, stretched ears, brands, or any other equally awesome mods, you’ve probably been asked silly questions by a stranger at least once, especially if you live in an area where body modification is less than prevalent. But how do you deal when people that you don’t even know start getting annoying or invading your space? That’s the fifty million dollar question.
There’s basically two options here: get mad, or get awesome. Getting mad won’t do anyone much good, and may even further the negative stereotypes that are often wrongfully associated with modified persons, so that really leaves just getting awesome. There are three main things you can do to diffuse a potentially nasty or awkward situation.
1. Kill Them with Kindness
If somebody goes out of their way to say something less than friendly to you about the way you look, you can squash their bad attitude with a friendly smile and a compliment. Why be nice? Because if they get rude with you and you get even ruder back, you’re playing right into their hand. That person wants you to be mean or rude so that they can feel better about having a negative opinion about you based on something so superficial. Show them that you’re a way better person, and they’ll have no choice but to reconsider.
2. Handle it with Humor
When things get awkward, sometimes the best way to handle it is by showing off your funny bone. Get everybody laughing together, and there’s an instant sense of warmth and calm; it’s even proven by behavioral science. Sharing a joke is a great way to build a rapport with those who may seem very different on the surface. So the next time somebody pulls out a gem like, “Did that hurt?,” get creative and say something like, “No, it felt like a Swedish massage.” You might even make a new friend.
3. Push it When it’s Personal
We’ve all seen it happen, even if it wasn’t to us. Somebody comes up to a younger, modified woman, and says something way too personal for a stranger to say. Something like, “What does your mother think about that tongue piercing?,” or “How will you ever get a job looking like that?” It’s rude, it’s hurtful, but sometimes the best way to handle it is to take them by surprise with a reply that’s equally personal. “What does your mother think about that tongue ring?” “She loves the fact that I’m so fearless.” “How will you ever get a job looking like that?” “My boss says that my intelligence and talent are way more important than how I look.” Show them that their misconceptions about how you look and how you live are all wrong by giving them the heartfelt, realistic, personal truth.
Modified men and women are just as smart, thoughtful, and passionate as anyone else, and it’s our responsibility to make sure that everyone else knows it. Lookin’ good, beautiful.
In honor of the upcoming parades of undead, we’re busting out all the right stylish accessories to help make this Halloween the most fashionably fiendish yet. First up on our list: zombie awareness.
Show the brain-eating undead a little love by letting the world know that they’re misunderstood. Become a zombie awareness advocate, and all your fellow party-goers will applaud your sense of style (and your sense of humor). And don’t forget, now is the perfect time to beef up your survival kit with some on-the-go aftercare solutions.
Did You Know?
Leave it to the US government to turn pop culture into an education tool. Since zombie-based entertainment hit the heights of popularity circa 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the ultimate modern public health masterpiece: a tongue in cheek PDF encouraging zombie pandemic preparedness. Rife with metaphors (and arguably social commentary), the 40 page graphic work of zombification fiction follows an average Joe as he pulls together a proper disaster stash. Aside from the old standbys like water and batteries, just a few of the CDC’s recommended emergency kit items include blankets, maps, first aid kits, cash, medicine, flashlights, and a manual can opener.
Sweetest Day is almost here, and that means it’s time to show your guy or gal that you care …with dark and twisted, October-worthy gifts. Candies and stuffed animals are an outdated standby, so why not go for something that our alt, goth, and darkly glam better halves will really appreciate? Something that says “I love you, with all my black little heart.”
Let her know that she’s your dark queen with decadent black, antique-styled belly rings that shine and shimmer to regal perfection.
Want to show your sweetheart that you’re in it for the long haul? Nothing says “I’ll love you forever” like matching his and hers gifts. Case in point: the skeleton cameo. These cute skeleton lover’s plugs are sold individually for easy mix and match. Just make men’s and ladies’ sets by pairing your favorites, and a season of lovers’ bliss is all but assured.
Follow along as pierced beauty Kalea gets a double belly piercing (look for the needle insertion at about 28 seconds).
After thoroughly cleaning the area, our piercer marks two tiny dots, reflecting where the piercing itself will be placed. Kalea approves, and a pair of forceps are clamped over her lower navel rim, followed by the insertion of a hollow piercing needle. Our piercing enthusiast takes it like a champ, and the needle is chased with a barbell belly ring. A couple finishing touches, and she’s ready to rock her fun new look.
Although less common than standard top rim belly piercings, bottom navel mods are becoming a popular addition or alternative. For many, piercings can be performed at numerous angles around the navel’s rim, and pairing an upper and lower piercing creates a cool and interesting aesthetic. Belly piercings performed in any area will require proper aftercare, and should experience initial healing by around the twelve week mark.
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The hamsa depicts the open right hand, a symbol of protection across many cultures. A version of this emblem is present in nearly every major world religion, though sometimes operating under a different name. Hamsa (or Khamsa) is an Arabic word that refers quite literally to the number five. The most common use for an amulet or image of the hamsa is to guard against evil, particularly the evil eye.
This simple star within a circle is connected to various types of Paganism and Earth-worshipping religions, and is most often associated with wholeness, unity, and light. Some see the symbol as a representation of man’s harmony with nature, equating each of the four lower points to the elements (earth, air, fire, water) and the fifth upward point to divinity, or the sanctity of spirit. Many call the pentacle a pentagram interchangeably, the main generally acknowledged difference being that pentagrams may point in any direction, whilst pentacles only point upward.
The aum, ohm, om, or omkara, is a symbol primarily used in Hinduism and other Eastern religions as an aid to meditation. The three syllables that come together to form the aum (A, U, and Ma) dictate the amount of time it takes to read the symbol aloud. The various regions of the aum are representative of the states of human consciousness, and although the symbol is written many ways in many different languages, the widely recognized Sanskrit version has come to be associated with modern spiritualism and yoga as well.
The All-seeing Eye
This symbol has meant many things to different cultural groups, but most commonly observed are the eye’s Egyptian, Hebrew, and Masonic connotations. The Egyptians associated the eye with the duality of nature, and presented it as the eye of Horus, an emblem of the path to enlightenment, composed of six parts. The Hebrew, and later Christian version, is more equated with the watchful eye of god. A great eye that never closes, and sees and knows all things. The free masons and associated Illuminati sects have often been rumored to ascribe an ultimate, ancient knowledge to the symbol, placing the eye sometimes above a great pyramid, or within a crescent of light.
Clip earrings are essentially any style of earring that can be worn without necessitating a piercing for its use. There are two basic types of clip earring: lever back, and screw back. And the difference is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Lever back pieces involve a hinged lever that opens wide and then is re-shut to hold the item onto the earlobe, while screw back items literally screw into place. They screw open to create a space for the lobe, and then twist back in the other direction to tighten, and can be worn as tight or as loose as you like.
For those who have allergies, these items will often be available in silver, gold, or titanium plated options, reducing the risk of an allergic reaction by omitting lead and nickel. This is also true of many ear cuffs, which are an awesome option for those who like the look of cartilage earrings but don’t want the commitment involved with an actual piercing. Ear cuffs come in a variety of styles, but the most common are simple single cuffs, more ornate single cuffs with dangling decorative elements, double cuffs, and cuffs that extend down the ear, sometimes called “wrap cuffs.”
All of these items are completely piercing free, but can sometimes be worn by those who are pierced as well, either in conjunction with body jewelry, or in place of it. So check out the fabulous world of clip-ons, and don’t be afraid to mix it up!
The Victorian era began in the 1830s and ended just after the turn of the next century, but its influence on every facet of human experience continues even to this very day. So why are we talking about this leading up to Halloween? Because the art, photography, science, and social culture of Victorian England had a profound effect upon one particular aspect of our lives: our belief in ghosts.
During this segment of western history, spiritualists began popping up left and right, providing exciting spectacles both private and public, and claiming they could commune with the spirits of the dead. Some of these self-professed mediums even offered what they claimed was proof of their purported abilities: photographs, witnesses, and in some cases, the public performance of séances. Of course, we now know how many of these validations were falsified. Lifting tables in the dark, hiding cotton inside the mouth to fake ectoplasm, double exposing photographic negatives. But during the Victorian era itself, the exploration and study of all things ephemeral was a social pastime as well as a developing science, and something to be taken very seriously.
In fact, the influence of British spiritualism led to some of the most famous (or infamous) intrigues in history. It was under the lure of ghostly inspiration that Henry James penned his masterpiece “The Turn of the Screw,” and subsequent works like WW Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902) are likely to have felt this impact as well. In 1920s America it was prominent magician and escape artist Harry Houdini who debunked the work of no less than a dozen phony mediums, including the distinguished Mina Crandon, often performing their tricks at his shows. But after his own death, a male spiritualist named Arthur Ford claimed to have contacted Houdini’s spirit, and delivered a message, written in a code that Harry had only ever shared with his wife, Bess.
As for the best ways we can draw further inspiration from the Victorian age, adopting some Victorian creepiness for Halloween is definitely a great start. Just don’t get too into character though, or you might end up making contact with a few wandering spirits of your own.