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HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM TATTOO BOULEVARD

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THE WONDER OF THE WALKING DEAD

Spellbinding…….Mesmerizing……….A Must Read……..These were some of the adjectives used to describe Image series, The Walking Dead, when it was first unleashed in comic stores more than five years ago.  Created by writer Richard Kirkman and pencilled by artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, the comic has managed to maintain an amazingly high standard during it’s run and still continiues to mesmerize and spellbind anyone brave enough to read it’s fear soaked pages.  Early prints of the series are a hot commodity amongst collectors(due to a low print run, issue #2 is the rarest) and often sell for hundreds of dollars, and this year at the San Diego Comic Convention, the series won the Eisner award for best continuing comic book series.

The initial story arc  revolved around a policeman named Rick Grimes who gets himself shot and winds up in a coma. He then awakenes into a world overrun by zombies, and in the hope of finding his wife and son,  makes his way to Atlanta with another survivor named Glenn, discovering more survivors and plenty of zombies along the way. Subsequent story arcs are filled with tales of love, betrayal,  and more frenetic energy than most stories can dream of.  Throughout the series, Kirkman mostly stays true to the classic zombie lore that was made famous by George Romero, and in fact, the series is drawn in black and white, which adds to the old style horror/ Night of the Living Dead vibe. There are no super strength, lighnting fast  zombies here, but the undead will give chase if any sound flters through their filthy, rotting ears. 

Much like werewolves and vampires, zombies have rules. The first rule of the Walking Dead is that if you die without any trauma to the head, you will you come back as a zombie. The traditional “if you get bit by a zombie, you become infected, get sick, die, and come back as a zombie” also still holds.  Also, the traditional way to kill a zombie by destroying the brain is still firmly intact.  Kirkman does add a couple of new twists to these zombies though. An infected persons life can be saved if the bite is cleaned and the bitten area is cut off, and if the undead are around a human long enough, they will soon lose the desire to attack them.  The zombies really are the sub characters in The Walking Dead though, as Kirkman has created  a truly character driven series in which we watch the survivors adapt to the conditions around them and delves deep into the true nature of the human spirit when under attack.

The amazing success of the comic has spawned a new series on AMC, debuting on Halloween night, 2010. Though not filmed in black and white, the series stays true to the comic book, which is partly due to Kirkman being a producer on the series. Oscar winning director Frank Darabont serves as the director, writer and executive producer. Early reviews for the series have been amazing and it looks as though AMC has another must watch series on it’s hands.

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VIDEO CHILLS

Elements of horror have been incorporated into rock music since the early days of Alice Cooper and continue to haunt the airwaves thanks to modern bands such as Wednesday 13.  Utilizing onstage theatrics and classic horror themes to enhance their often creepy lyrics, we are proud to present three videos to put you in the Halloween spirit. Just don’t watch them alone.

SCARED: DANGEROUS TOYS

BARK AT THE MOON: OZZY OSBOURNE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFTzUvZJ0Rw

I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE: WEDNESDAY 13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw5LIr7tjPc

As an added bonus, while not a music video, this scene from the classic, Return of the Living Dead, features the music of punk masters, .45 Grave. Check out the movie if you’ve never seen it, or if you have seen it, see it again. Zombies plus punk rock equals pure entertainment.

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THE GRAFFITI EXPERIENCE

Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians wrote on their walls to portray their stories, share their lives, and preserve history.  These hieroglyphics have survived the sandstorms of time and continue to share fantastic stories from a flamboyant past.  In modern times, the same practice of writing on walls has covered the globe in a unique form of art called Graffiti.  To some, this name conjures up negative connotations of vandalism and violence, but to others, it’s an art form that celebrates the diversity and beauty of the human imagination. 

Graffiti is as varied as any other type of art in the world today and has some of the most creative minds in the world painting on brick and concrete.  Street art isn’t merely beautiful; it’s also passionate and drives artists to bare their souls through wildly colorful and imaginative images.  The paint on the walls can tell stories that are so extremely personal, they can inspire people to live their dreams and follow their hearts. 

Graffiti can make people step back and recognize the art, the beauty, and the far edges of society that they don’t always want to see.  It can show the passions of the people, the woes of the forgotten, and the triumphs of humanity the world over.  These artists risk their lives and limbs, in a fashion, to speak their art, to show the world what they can accomplish.

How can some say that’s not really art?  How do you define what art is?  It may not be recognized in museums around the world, but it is in every major city of the world.  Graffiti turns the world into a museum, an art piece that speaks to the passerby.  It celebrates the element of chaos, injected into both the art and the act –the beauty of which can tell a story through spray paint.  From the simple to the sublime, Graffiti is a celebration of art in its most primal form.

Graffiti uses the walls as a blank canvas.  Nothing but the mind of the creator shapes and molds the complacent brick into a story.  It encompasses written words, images, optical illusions and just about anything the dreamer can dream.  Graffiti encompasses so many different varieties that it cannot possibly be summed up in words.   To truly understand the stories told in Graffiti and to truly appreciate the beauty this unique expression offers, you must find it yourself.

The internet can provide you with the images, the colors, and the movements in the paint, but it cannot provide you with the exhilaration of discovery.  Sometimes the best graffiti masterpieces are the ones that are so well hidden, almost no one sees them.  They become your own unique experience, as if peering through branches into your own secret garden.  Undeniably, graffiti is a unique art form that is full of creation, full of dreams. Leave the museum walls behind and go find it.

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ORIGINAL ART

Gorgeous digital art created exclusively for Tattoo Boulevard by Anton Leginkov.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Anton Leginkov is a nineteen year old artist from the Ukraine.  His parents had the stereotypical “Soviet idea” that artists cannot make enough money to earn a living, so at sixteen, he decided to attend Law school and study to become a lawyer.  At eighteen, he realized that drawing was his passion, so he turned in his law books for his tool of choice, a graphite pen, and has been drawing ever since. He is considering attending Art School later this year.  You can follow this rising artist on Facebook here,  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1698135529

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