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Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre; The First Installment

Published on March 21, 2011 by   ·   1 Comment

Zombie Stick Figure Stickers for the Modern Undead Family

Howdy, fans. It is I, your favorite artist turned Zombie Cat and proud Etsy shop entrepreneur, Maggie/Vixen. This is the first installment of my new Zombie Cat column that will highlight some of my favorite things- horror, gore, and arts and crafts. What a combo, huh? How in the world are these things related? It’s not a stretch by any means,

First of all, I’ve been creating art my entire life and I’m no stranger to the “art” vs. “craft” debate that has been raging since the beginning of time. The term “craft” has developed an ugly little stigma over the years and the general consensus among the, ahem, less educated is that crafting is basically the business of grandmas who have way too much time on their hands and children with their glitter and glue-filled camp activities. This is simply not true. In fact, I just came up with a great idea for a t-shirt:

Arts and Crafts, it’s not just for grannies anymore.

I just copyrighted that, by the way. Hands off.

Anyway, back to Etsy and gore. Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. Handmade is the key word here. It doesn’t specify what kind of handmade items, per se. Sure, there are plenty of your typical beaded necklaces and bracelets (the kind we all used to make with fishing wire and seed-beads back in junior high and middle school) and scarves (the kind you get at Xmas from your aunt and never wear in public), but there’s so much more. No matter what your love or interest, i.e. horror and gore, you’ll find more than one shop that specializes in what you’re looking for. Zombies and random body parts? Got it. Skeleton clothing and jewelry? Yep. Creepy porcelain dolls with knives and razor blades as accessories? Of course.

Let me introduce you to one of my all time favorite items that I have ever found on Etsy: The Zombie Stick Figure Family Stickers

Just wow, right? If you never buy anything else on Etsy, you HAVE to go to this guy’s shop, www.jasongooder.etsy.com. In his own words, Jason made these stickers “because of my love for all things undead and as a joke on the regular boring stick figure families that are ubiquitous on minivans and SUVs.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. I HATE those stick figure families I see on the back of every single minivan I get behind at any given red light. But these? I would get these.

Jason studied animation at Evergreen State College and has been drawing cartoons his entire life. He started making zombie stick figure family stickers in 2009, and I see no reason why these aren’t on the back window of at least 3 out of every 4 vehicles.

Please, do everyone a favor and buy a pack of these Zombie Stick Figures. If you don’t visit his Etsy shop, you can go to his website: www.zombiesticker.com or go “like” his Facebook page.

Let me leave you with my favorite photo from his website:

Stay tuned, kids, for my next article in the Arts, Crafts, and the Macabre series. I can’t wait to show you more of my favorites. And don’t forget, these aren’t your granny’s crafts.

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