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>Tuesday uEtsy: Intl. Robot

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Here at the Local, we are keen to remember that Robots were once as frightening as any vampire, zombie or monster. Time and the march of technology has reduced the fiction and increased the fact with robot science, making the reality of operational machine men more of a dream of today than that of tomorrow. Most cell phones and laptops have functionality that dwarfs the fantastic ideas of Atomic Age.

Fear, though, is the hardest of emotions to forget. Today, we walk the grounds with the primordial wariness of that which hunted our ancestors, of the shadows that loomed just at the edge of the firelight that we conquered through science and knowledge. While we advance, there looms the fear and distrust that one day, the machines we use will ultimately destroy us.

Which isn’t to say that we can’t get some fine clothing out of it. This week’s Tuesday uEtsy brings us the fantastic artwork of International Robot (Designs by Dylan S) who specializes in clothing that captures both the fantastika and the dread that science can bring.

Robot Invasion American Apparel RED Mens Large 

Though the above red Robot Invasion shirt convey an incoming threat of mechanical proportions, the Robots VS Zombies design displays a time where Robots work for the benefit of mankind (unless you happen to be a member of Rights and Equality for Animated People, who have been cracking down on stereotype depictions of reanimated persons.)  But if you dream of a world where you are kept safe from the Zombie horde by an army of friendly but deadly robots, this shirt is for you.

Robots VS Zombies Army

Not to take sides in the Robot versus Zombie conflict (despite a visible bias in their name,) International Robot (Designs by Dylan S) have a lovely olive green Zombies shirt. Perhaps the color will help you blend in with some of the more chartreuse members of your clan. We recommend it. It might help out Loretta. Last time we saw her, she was a bit green around the gills. Bernie Freakshow says his wife’s just a bit ill. Poinsettia’s a bit worried. She would buy this shirt for her mother but there’s concern that it wouldn’t fit (“She keeps eating,” the youngest Freakshow told us.)  Thankfully, it comes in many sizes so when you purchase it, you’ll look suave and fashionable in it.

 Zombies Olive Green

Intl. Robot (Designs by Dylan S) also have a ufo and Sasquatch bent for those who want to show some pride for our Bigfoot brothers. In this display of crossing the streams, a wandering wendigo finds he’s going for an unexpected trip. Hopefully, those piloting that extraterrestrial Trans-Am will be nice. Yetis are notably laid back but once you start probing, you take your live into your own hands.

Bigfoot Abducted By UFO

Science. It’s scary. But it’s also fashionable. Check out International Robot (designs by Dylan S) here on Etsy. Check out their brand new webpage too! And they’re on Facebook. And we’re on this site, which we hope to be in a week from now for the next Tuesday uEtsy. 

>Tuesday uEtsy: Imaginary Trends

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Long Sleeve Pima Cotton Brains Shirt-Adult Large

This year, more so than before, will provide a dreadful February with miserable weather and a general yearning for spring. It’s a bit of a cliché to hate on Valentine’s Day and its odd placement. Instead, let us celebrate a different member of the playing deck – hate not the hearts and celebrate the clubs with Imaginary Trends.

There are a few running themes with Imaginary Trends’ store. The first is the classic favorite: skulls. What we like here at the local is the different look of this one Skull ringer shirt. The angle is different and it’s nice that Imaginary Trends remembered that skulls come in blue every once in a while. Gulko came up here to the Front Offices a couple months ago, a blue skull in hand. Wasn’t really human but would you expect it you? He keeps it on a shelf in his shop, keeping it safe for when someone comes to claim it. Such things are never left forgotten for long. Stand out and be memorable on your own with this shirt.

Adult Large Skull Ringer T-Shirt

Along with skulls, Imaginary Trends makes the lovely pun of “I Club Zombies,” building on the I HEART iconography. Considering your stance on Zombies, you might club a baby seal before a zombie. Or you might do both eagerly. Either way, here’s a shirt that’s beautiful, green and displays a skull. Perhaps you can find a bit of masking tape and write TO GO and WITH on two pieces to demonstrate a fondness of Rave Zombies. Either way, this is a shirt for you.

I Club Zombies Adult Shirt

They even have the slogan in a onesie, so your little offspring can join in on the fun. Why should the clubbing be limited to those who have been potty-trained? When we were looking at this, Loretta Freakshow came by and said that it looked adorable and would just spoil any baby that wore it. So not only would it make your baby look tough, it would protect it, since no one likes to eat a spoiled baby.

I club zombies 3-6 month onesie

For those children a little bit older, there’s this rootin’ tootin’ sherrif cowboy kid’s shirt. Lately, it’s largely forgotten that skeletons are big fans of westerns. Usually, when you see a cow-skull or a bleached bones on a panning desert scene in any cowboy film, that’s some skeleton’s brother or sister and the whole family is proud of the shot. Skeletons don’t have the nerves for horror and find that the narrative of a nice western is much more to their liking.

Organic Cotton Baby Skull Shirt

On top of all that you’ve seen here, Imaginary Trends also does illustrated buttons, so you can accessorize every single shirt or hoodie you buy!

Illustrated button set

Check out Imaginary Trends etsy page and find their Fan Page on Facebook. And find your way back here next week for another Tuesday uEtsy.

Tuesday uEtsy: Team Welser

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TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE vintage style movie poster

Winter has been overwhelming this time around. Unexpected snowfalls and negative temperatures have made the ground stubborn and unreceptive to any shovel-ready arguments. Thankfully, we’ve been very lucky this passing time. Haven’t heard of any major deaths or need for digging. Instead, it’s been a time for hibernation. A lot of people are staying indoors to avoid the winter altogether. A lot of movies watched, we suspect.

With that, we’re gland to display Team Welser for the first Tuesday uEtsy for 2011. Featuring the artwork of Mark Welser, Team Welser’s store has a wide variety of Welser’s original artwork of well known movies. These 50’s & 60’s throwback renditions of eighties and nineties cult and horror movies capture the essence even though the art is of a prior era. Take this print of ‘The Return of the Living Dead.’ Those who have seen the movie recognize the character played by Linnea Quigley, and how Welser’s design captures both the sex and the horror of this movie.

The Return of the Living Dead vintage style 5X7 print

Among classics like ‘Hellraiser’ and ‘Friday the 13th,’ Team Welser also have covered modern horror flicks (soon-to-be-classics) like ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Zombieland,’ seen below. Poinsettia says that ‘Zombieland’ is one of her favorite movies. We couldn’t say. Our line of business has us deal enough with the departed that any kind of idea of ‘the dead rising from their graves’ indicates a poorly done job on the gravedigger’s part. Poinsettia, after finding out that we remain unaware of the seminal performance by one Woody Harrelson and company, has insisted we Netflix it. She brought it up again when she and the Freakshow family came around for the Union holiday parties. Loretta and Bernie are doing well, fyi.

Zombieland vintage style 5X7 print

Team Welser doesn’t just offer up movie posters and prints. Their store also has portraits of well known comic book superheroes and famous monsters. Along with the lovely soon-to-be Mrs. of the monster, you can find prints of the Wolfman, Dracula and the Frankenstein creature himself.

Bride of Frankenstein poster 11×17

A talented comic artist, one of the specialties offered by the Team Welser Etsy store is the Custom Comic Book Cover ‘Save The Dates.’ Since most weddings occur when the ground isn’t covered in two-to-four feet of snow and ice, the Front Office has received a few save-the-dates, making sure our calendar is well populated before we can escape and say that we had no idea that someone was getting married THAT weekend. Make sure that your wedding doesn’t get ditched like what we do to others by employing Team Welser to make custom Kirby-esque covers that make sure YOUR guests will not only remember the date, but actively count down until you say EXCELSIOR I DO! to your loved one.

Custom Comic Book Cover Wedding Save The Dates

Be sure to check out the Team Welser store for all the items showcased here and more. As well, Mark Welser has a Deviant Art account ( and you can find him on Facebook @ And you can find a new Tuesday uEtsy here next week.

Tuesday uEtsy: Niswander Ceramics

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Gulko was visiting today. He wanted to drop off some invitations to his annual Octoberganza, which runs around his birthday sometime near the 13th.  It’s not really Oktoberfest but there is similar amounts of drinking and plenty of grilling going on. Gulko busts out a cask of some specialty brew for the adults with birch and root beer for the kids.
“You both should come along,” he said to Weird Jon and Strange Jason, both hanging about as they prepare for the upcoming season. They seem to get along with Gulko, since everyone seems to get along with Gulko. Can’t say it’s that hard, since Anthony Gulko’s a jolly type, one who is very content with just a few things in life. We’re grateful for him and we look forward to when he visits. Give the man a good amount of sandwiches and a full mug and he’ll be pleased for days. If he knew of Niswander Ceramics, he would probably special order some steins for the Octoberganza. 

Nevermore Ravens on Wrought Iron Fence Stein

Laurie J. Niswander produces some rather fantastic pieces of ceramic steins and mugs. Like the crow on the Raven on the Iron fence above, Niswander has some crisp and clean designs that express a haunting, spooky sense with effective use of imagery.

Jolly Roger Stein

Similar to that, you can find this Jolly Roger stein, expressing how much of a corporate pirate you are or how your grog will kick the butt of PBR on any day of the week.  Bust out this Niswander Ceramics badboy around the coffeemaker at work and people will probably speak to you with a more audible tone of respect. Or they’ll say ‘arrrrr’ a lot, which in our eyes, is a win/win scenario.

Franken’ Stein

In addition, you can find mugs with as much character as Gulko. Sure, Frankie’s Stein here won’t be belting out some classic big band singing when you fill it up with some Belgian ale like you would with Gulko, but this mug would be easier to take home after you’ve had a few. No electricity needed.

Bitty Batty Mug

You’ll find a lot of characters at Niswander’s store, like this bitty monster mug. His face holds a surprise, a mystery – does he contemplate mischief or the great puzzling enigmas of the universe? Or is it the face of a monster who just farted in your hot cider? Perhaps all three or none at all.

Jolly Roger Stein

On top of fantastic mugs and incredible steins, Niswander Ceramnics offer some ceramic jack o’lanterns for those who don’t want to waste a pumpkin (or perhaps are too far from a pumpkin patch.) This jaunty jack makes for a great decoration that can be saved much longer than any rotting gourd. Consider that if you’re allergic to vegetation or hate the feel of pumpkin guts on your hands.

Check out Niswander Ceramics Etsy site here and their website here. See what you can see and make sure you have your stein ready for Octoberganza. And be sure you’re back here next week for another Tuesday uEtsy. 

Tuesday uEtsy: Raise Your Fist

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The adage ‘Youth is wasted on the young’ was a way to express how the energy, invincibility and overall attractiveness of those prime years are often saddled with minds lacking a good chunk of common sense and stable emotions. If you had the ability to function at the levels of 16-21 while maintaining the humility and patience of a 30+ year old, you’d be invincible. This is why Doc Killian gets contracted out every November by Mr. Fallingard.

It’s also why we’re glad to spotlight Raise Your Fist Inc. this week on Tuesday uEtsy. Because we don’t endorse any kind of ingestible substance to somehow facilitate an idea of youthful exurberence. But we do think you can supplement your mature life with some little patches of youth sewn on to rejuvinate you.

Unlike the medical experiements in age-regression that Mr. Fallingard has Doc Killian conduct, Raise Your Fist Inc. specializes in accessories to make any outfit spooky, radical or downright punk. Which is good, because sometimes you need a little excitement but your work  won’t allow anything over 1″. But if you’ve got a messenger bag, an old jacket or a pair of jeans you want to turn spooky, you can’t go wrong with a cloth patch from Raise Your Fist Inc.. Take a look at the famous monster of filmland above. Slap that on an old Dickies jacket and show someone some undead pride.

Or perhaps you want to demonstrate some feminism – being created by men for a man, rejecting your place and chosing your own fate – of the spooky kind. Or perhaps you dig the hairstyle of Elsa Lanchester?

What we like a lot about the patches offered by Raise Your Fist Inc. are some of their original designs. This zombie patch has a quiet sense of horror to it, with how the exposed jawbone just blends in to the profile shot. It’s a nice way to demonstrate how death will catch up with all of us, which is something that Mr. Fallingard has been denying ever since he retired from the freight shipping business. Poor Doc Killian runs in circles trying to come up with some kind of way to either prolong Fallingard’s life or turn him back into the 20-something of old.

Our Ghoul Jenn thinks these chrome skull earrings are “perfect for a first date, when a ghoul needs to show who is boss.”

She knows. Our Ghoul Jenn knows. She’s left more broken hearts than Van Hellsing on a good day so when you need to know what to wear on that first date, job interview or just going to the store to get the freshest produce, she’s got the low-down. And these are of many earrings available at Raise Your Fist Inc.. So when you want to hang something impressive from your ears, you know where to go. Raise Your Fist Inc. is your hook-up for what to wear to hook-up, snack down or rock out.

But as we mentioned before, sometimes you’re only allowed one inch of personal space to rebel. We don’t want you to lose your job, especially in this economy. That’s why Doc Killian goes to work for Mr. Fallingard every November, to secure enough money to help pay for his family’s needs for the entire year. Sometimes, we have to lie in wait before we can conquer the world.  If you’ve got an inch to spare, Raise Your Fist Inc. has a button set for you. Seven buttons for three bucks a pop – you cannot get a better deal anywhere else. Here you see their ‘Night of the Living Dead’ set but everything you could want – from anarchy to hand grenades to owls – is there. Sometimes, all you need in an button or an earring or a patch on a jacket to help remind you of who you really are, no matter how old or what job you’re doing to make sure the lights are on when you come home.

You’ll find Raise Your Fist Inc.’s Etsy store here, and you can check out their main site at Raise Your Fist Inc dot com. From there you’ll find their Ebay store, with items you may not see on their Etsy shop. Plus, a blog that they’re going to get back up and running soon. Check ’em out and see what you can see. We’ll keep an light on you for you when you come back next week for another Tuesday uEtsy.

Tuesday uEtsy: agorables

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Romantic Watercolor Spanish Rose Skull Tattoo Style Vinyl Wallet

We’d say something like “a good wallet is hard to find” but clearly, such a statement would be false because we’ve never found a wallet that hasn’t been good. Suitable, yes. Functional and able to last a year or three, sure. Spend ten bucks and you’ve got a perfunctory wallet for a good three years. But if a good wallet isn’t hard to find, why not put forth the extra effort and find a great one? Agorables is here to help you with your search.

TATTOO Gun Vinyl Wallet by Agorables A Statement on Skin Art

It’s clear that Agorables’ work is not for everyone, which means that it’s for a certain type of person–one with  taste for the nitty and the gritty. Take a look above at both the Spanish Rose skulls and the tattoo gun wallet. These are perfect for those men and women who show more ink than skin when taking off their shirts, who can name five brands of whiskey known for taking rust off of a chrome fender and can most likely beat your dad in an Arm-wrestling contest. Or, they might be those who like the look of Agorables’s art and want to show it off to the world.

Vinyl wallets are different than your most leather variants. We’ve spotlighted some vegan products in the past so perhaps the idea of not carrying around a folded chunk of some animal’s processed skin appeals to you. We can understand that.

Retro Black Panther Tattoo Vinyl Wallet Sailor Jerry Inspired

You can have the animal on the outside of your wallet, as seen here on this Black Panther design inspired by Sailor Jerry’s tattoos. We’ve seen a couple former navy workers, giving up their sealegs for a shovelhead, sporting some designs similar to the one up there. There’s no policy against ink within the Union. In fact, the Local holds a yearly tattoo and hot rod convention down in Tuscaloosa. This year, it was fellow Vinnie Edmonds out from Portland who won the best in show for his original design of a human circulatory system composed strictly out of the parts used to build the engine for a ’67 Dodge Charger. Beautiful.

Funny ChupaCabra WaLLet NO MORE GOATS

It’s not just classic ink that you’ll find on Agorables wallets. No, they also have work for the sick and twisted sense of humor. Here, we have the Chupacabra food pyramid, for when you’re out on the road and have to ask “have I eaten a well balanced diet fit for a mythological Mexican beast?” These are the issues plaguing today’s youth and Argorables will be there to ferret them towards success and dementia.

Owl and Bat Buddies Wallet Sleepy Time

But, they also can do cute.

Multicolor Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Vinyl Wallet by Agorables Clothing

Cute and gritty, but also colorful. This Day of the Dead themed wallet will either impress or horrify (possibly both) your friends and loved ones when you pull it out to pay for dinner. Perhaps this is what you want, so that people, so impressed by the sheer fear-inducing might of your wallet, will offer to pay for you. This is the power that could be yours. Buy today!

You can find Agorables main site here, which will direct you back to their Etsy shop. Be sure to contact them and say, “Yes. I want to bring about fear through monetary displays of might to all who gaze upon me.” Or say hi. We’re sure they’ll like the message either way. And come back here next week for another Tuesday uEtsy.

Tuesday uEtsy: The Tamerlane

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Perhaps it’s different around your corner of the world but it felt like Summer showed up late, did a rush job while it was here before sneaking out early to let Autumn cover the rest of its shift. Hopefully it was more enjoyable for you but with the shoddy warm season that hit up here, we’re kind of grateful for the early change over to fall. Colder weather, longer nights. It’s a bit of a trade off but what can we do? It’s out of our hands.

till death do you part best friends pirate skull necklaces

The Tamerlane’s work, in our opinion, captures this transitional feeling well. Depending on how the coin lands, the work can be interpreted as spooky, somber or unusually beautiful, an attitude we could apply to any day in September. The above necklace is a good example of how The Tamerlane’s work occupies different values of beauty and creepy at the same time.

black and white mayan calendar necklace

The Tamerlane takes its name from an Edgar Allen Poe poem which you can read here. Normally, we don’t cater much to the romantics since there’s not much romance in our line of work, but why disqualify any variable. We like to remain open to everything, which is why we like the Mayan calendar necklace offered here by the Tamerlane. It’s a great example of an all encompassing attitude, which you can wear near your heart (if you possess one, either in your chest or in the chest where you keep your jewelery.) 

brain surgery necklace
If hearts aren’t your scene, go for the brain with this brain surgery necklace. Display a knack for close-contact  phrenology or a fondness for wild facial hair with this piece. Who knows when you might end up with a need to open up a person’s head with a rusty can-opener and a prayer.

palmistry palm reading hand necklace

If you’re in the neighborhood to catch the Crimson Ghosts show in Salem, Massachusetts this year, you’ll notice that the town is full of psychics, palm readers and all types of the crystal ball set. If you’re more of a DIY type, this palmistry necklace will help you figure out where your life is going. We’re lucky to have Madame Lady Ulster appear around town this time of year to peddle her fortune telling and future predicting. She used to stay with Larry down on Willow street for a while but he moved off to Tacoma a while back to get off the drink. Suppose she saw that coming. You can also be prepared for unexpected turns in your life with this handy guide.

skeleton in coffin charm necklace
We finish up with how we’ve started – with skulls. This one happens to be attached to a body and comes in a coffin. Show how charming this charm can be to all those who still have open-heart lockets by demonstrating that coffins are where it’s at (we thing we’ve used a lot of antiquated terms in that last sentence. Do they still make heart-necklaces? Just the other day, we saw someone had carved their initials into a tree trunk. It seems like all that is old is new again. Nostalgia. It’ll kill you. Be prepared with this necklace.) 
In addition to the pieces we’ve shown here. the Tamerlane also has earrings for sale and a few contemporary designs for sale as well. You can get custom earrings in the shape of your home state. Other lovely designs are available for your perusal and purchase, which we hope you do. And we hope you return next week for Tuesday uEtsy.

Tuesday uEtsy: Von Erickson

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The Original VonErickson Stitch Choker

Von Erikson. Does he sleep? We don’t know. Perhaps he’s managed to do it in between moments of his tenure as a prop craftsman doing commercial work for places like Rediwhip and Absolut; maybe in the cracks of his schedule as a teacher at college; or perhaps he’s managed the skill of sleeping while playing upright bass for the Memphis Morticians. The man must have a secret.

VonErickson’s Original Stitch Choker Necklace

It’s Von Erikson’s work we’re proud to spotlight this time around. His Etsy store showcases some of the Von Erikson Lab’s best work in chokers, necklaces and bracelets. Want the authentic stitched together look but not too fond of needles or excessive bloodshed? Aren’t you glad we’re showcasing Von Erikson’s work, then? Take a look at the two chokers above. Rather realistic, yes? Or reasonably realistic.  We’re sure if we saw someone leaving Ozzie’s Bar around closing time, we’d initially think the person was a dissatisfied customer, not happy with the burial job and thus come back to life to seek better services elsewhere. Then we’d wonder if Ozzie was slipping something into the drink again. Thus is the testament to Von Erikson’s work.

The Original VonErickson Stitch Bracelet

We always like the Monster from Frankenstein. Seemed like a chap given a bad break, really. Brought back to life by some other person’s hubris. Granted, he was no angel, but who is? Of course, any undead critter from zombie to ghoul could be sporting this bracelet. Or someone with a functioning circulatory system could do their best in pretending. And we here would much rather you pretend to have stitches across your wrist than the real things.

Red/Silver Glitter Blood choker Necklace Extra Drippy-Dark

It’s not all stitches. As seen here, Von Erikson offers chokers and necklaces of the bloody type. Accent any evening wear or casual get-up with this necklace. If stitches are the ‘After,’ show the ‘Before’ with this necklace. It seems a bit gorey but maybe you’re looking to attract someone who’s into it. Or maybe you want to ward off vampires who think that your blood already sparkles. Or perhaps you just like this and want to wear it to dinner because you like it. We don’t mind. It’s a nice necklace, isn’t it?

Cemetery Tombstone Necklace – Glow in the dark

All of Von Erickson’s pieces are wonderful and we want you each to buy two, but the Cemetery Tombstone Necklace is one that hits close to our hearts, which is not to say our hearts are not close to our necks (we hope.) This also glows in the dark, which we’ve only seen happen once before in real life so we can say that Von Erikson has captured an authentic cemetery experience that you can carry around just about anywhere. Kind of taking a little bit of home on the road, outside of taking a pocket of dirt or a shovel in the back of the car, which is already pretty much a given anyway with us.

Skull and Peppermint Candy Bracelet

In addition to the stitches, blood and cemeteries, you’ll find some skulls and candy at Von Erikson’s shop. Feel a bit playful but still want to keep that sting of death nearby? Why not purchase this bracelet? Maybe you want to get that special someone in your life a nice gift that says “You’re sweet and you remind me of my mortality, how everything in life is temporary and that one day, it all falls down to ashes and dirt. PS. love you.”

You can find the Von Erickson etsy here, along with his personal site ( and the location fall the spooky stuff at In addition, you can locate Von Erickson’s lovely lady, Ms. Steffi-Veizen at for some fantastic photography capturing some of the wonderful sights of the psycho/rockabilly scene (as well as all other things pretty and unique that she’s managed to capture. High recommendations.)

Speaking of which, the band that Von Erickson plays, the Memphis Morticians, can be found here, with their Myspace here and Twitter account here. Von Erickson has the scoop, saying the Morticians are almost done recording the new album entitled “Bereave it or not, Another record by the Memphis Morticians” and it will be available soon on some non-major label. Get hip. Get crackin’. Get back here next Tuesday for another Tuesday uEtsy.

Tuesday uEtsy: The Chop Shop

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Normally, the phrase “chop shop” brings forth the idea of an illegal automotive autopsy, not “design studio over thirteen years old, known for working with Phish, They Might Be Giants, Dilbert and Adobe.” But this is what we have here today for this Tuesday uEtsy. The Chopping Block, the aforementioned design studio, has a presence on Etsy with The Chop Shop.


What you’ll notice The Chop Shop currently has plenty of things on sale that run on a nicely designed theme – a shape made up of corresponding shapes. For instance, if you look at the Famous Apes picture, the design of the ‘Barrel of Monkeys’ shape is composed of 37 famous simians. Name them all and you can show that you have a mastery of ape-based trivia that makes you the king of Convention of the Apes, three years running.


Like all things, if you don’t like monkeys, you can have robots. Fighting e-ter-nal-ly, the Robot has been the bane of all things monkey. You can demonstrate your servitude for your metal overlords by wearing this shirt featuring famous Sci-Fi robots. Like all things from The Chop Shop, it doubles as both a guessing game and a  loyalty pledge. Can’t name all the robots? KILL THE HUMAN.


You might consider this week’s entry a demonstration of evolution. Monkey. Robot. Alien. From the time you were bashing rocks against other rocks to when you could add numbers greater than the amount of fingers and toes at your disposal, you’re now ready to venture out into the universe to see that which you never thought possible. Natural evolution of a species or you finally moving out of your brother’s couch to find an apartment for yourself? It can be both. And when you show up at the showing for your first single bedroom/studio, make sure to wear something that says “I will have the rent on time and will do my best to not let too many foreign parasites invest the premises. The most alien things I want are the pictures on this clever and well-designed t-shirt.” We here at the Local, nor the Chop Shop, Chopping Block or any of the subsidiaries are saying that you will have a better chance at getting that swank apartment for less rent than asking price if you buy and subsequently WEAR this t-shirt. But in this economy, it’s worth a shot.

my heart is divided

It’s not all collections of things that will eventually replace you at your job. Take a look at the anatomically and geek-atomically correct heart graphic. Don’t wear your heart on your sleeve. Wear it on your chest and let everyone know, well ahead of the time they’ll take to get to know you, that you mean business. And that business involves Star Wars, Beer and Family. Seems like the modern values of this coming generation. And the Chop Shop is there to guide you along the way.

Say you’re not a t-shirt geek? You’re a dirty liar. Say that you’re a geek that has too many t-shirts? Much better. Don’t you feel happy now that you’ve stopped lying and finally accepted the truth? Probably not.

Thankfully, Chop Shop has something for those of you who have come to admit that you have a problem. It’s a print of 149 famous characters of sci-fi. It seems not to say “you have a problem, geeky” but more of “damnit, Otto. You have Lupus.” So we’re not yelling at you for being a geek, nerds. Just, eat a bit healthier, okay? Bacon is not a go-to condiment. Cut out the high-fructose corn syrup and try to drink a glass of water or two. Look, you’re going to end up dead someday so we’ve already got you scheduled as a customer. Try to prolong the process as much as you can. You’ll enjoy it more. 


This is our favorite of the ‘collection’ theme the weDead shirt. Granted, skulls might be – as Poinsettia says, “played out” but we disagree. This upcoming Halloween, why not get into the spirit and have this on your person. Walk up to some cute looking ghoul of your choosing, ask him or her if they can name each person on your chest. Go back to your tomb. Trick and Treat. Something like that. If this shirt doesn’t make you smoother by at least 10%, you’re probably wearing it inside out.

Chop Shop runs package deals on their shirts, allowing you to get a their sets – horror, sci-fi, rock – for a deal than purchasing them separately. It’s a unique design that you won’t find elsewhere. Or, you might find it at their Etsy page. You can also keep up on things with their Twitter page, or become their friend on Facebook. Do you use tumblr? or Posterous? Chop Shop is there as well.

If you want, and we do recommend you pay a visit, go see what the Chopping Block has done. Odds are, you’ve seen their work and not even known it. Find out what they’re doing and hey – if you’ve got the dime, they got the time. See if they can make you look incredible with their design skills. And see if you can make it back here next Tuesday for another Tuesday uEtsy.

Tuesday uEtsy: blacklilypie

[’s tagline is “Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.” Coincidentally, there’s a lot of spooky on Etsy, and each Tuesday, we highlight one of the sellers. If you’re looking to spruce up your look, redecorate your tomb or get a gift for that special something in your afterlife, is a place for spooky econo.]

You can’t pin down Tara Fortin of blacklilypie. And we don’t mean with thumbtacks. Not for lack of trying, we suppose. Thumbtacks wouldn’t do it. Neither staples, velcro or industrial strength adhesive could do the trick. Kind of ventures into nailgun territory, and then you have to rent an air-compressor and then lug it around. And Tara’s mobile all the while, so it’s not easy. Plausible, yeah. Maybe if you snuck up on her and we really don’t advise that. Not if you want to get any of the fanstatic goods offered by blacklillypie. The direct approach is best.

Variety! Spice of life and blacklilypie might as well be your Indian grocer peddling a peppergrinder because blacklilypie has a a lot to offer. It’s been a while since we showcased some art here on the Tuesday uEtsy Spotlight so we’re glad to return to form with some nice pieces. Take a gander at this death rock lady and ask yourself “does she exisit? Do I know her? Is she single?” Granted, you might not be lucky enough to have a physical representation of all things rocking and spooky but the closest thing you could (legally) get is this wonderful picture hanging on your wall.

Leisurely looking back against your seat, admiring the portrait of someone you wish you could take to see ‘Revenge of the Living Dead’ at the Alejandro Drive-In, your back might ache as your strange, two-dimensional-attracted-to heart. Why not sooth the physical with this fantastic pillow set – Pink skull, seperate cross bones, all comfy.

You have art, you have pillows, you have artful buttons you can put on that pillow. Look at that picture of that back cat. Those eyes looking up at you as you wear that pin while working at your office desk or on the mandated red-cotton/poly blend polo your gas station manager has issued to you, hell. Black cats are bad luck if they cross your path but wear them on your lapel and you are ultra lucky. maybe you won’t get robbed that night? Maybe you won’t get fired from your job? Maybe you will! Make your own luck with this Gothic Girl pin set from blacklilypie.

When you peruse blacklillypie’s store, you’ll ntice the happy picture of the company mascot and new-found guru for this modern economic client, Batcat. It’s really ingenious of Tara Fortin to cross two wonderful things – a bat, a cat – to make something that in itself is greater than both. We saw Hector try to do the same, one time, by making a sandwich meat out of three different types of jerkey; all that made was for a quick trip to the hospital. We’re lucky to say that Hector survived the stomach pumping but receiving the bill gave the poor boy a stroke.  Thankfully, he recovered his motor skills (and mercifully, not his culinary spirit) through the use of art therapy. It really was a bummer that all he knew for art was the bathrool stall grafitti, though he’s now the county’s Poet Lauriet, albeit his medium is mainly dirty lymricks detailing the daily news of the town. Had he this color book, ‘A Day with Batcat,’ the incredible artwork might have turned Hector into a backwoods Monet. But don’t let his condition defer you from making the right choice. Unleash your inner artist with this coloring adventure.

blacklilypie offers matted and unmatted prints, making it easier for you to display, frame and impress other people with their delicious selection of artwork. It shows class and nothing could be truer than seeing this piece of blood and ink on your wall. Taking a look at this print makes us really appreciate the linework, in both the eyes and the lips. It’s a simple and elegent design, woring with darkness to create something both subtle and powerful. The touch of red comes after the blackness draws you in, or so we’re told by Professor Holloway from the university. We don’t know for sure what exactly all that means except that the picture is pretty and that it’s something you should buy.

We really do like Ms. Fortin’s artwork. There’s something about the use of color and a good control of lines that makes for a great blend. Like wildness and restraint. Something like that, we suppose. Look, this is a great picture of a girl wearing a white bow over what we can only assume is a vampire bite. How great is that?

You’ll find a lot of things at blacklilypie. Bookmarks, sculptures, pillows, pins and artwork. It’s a great place that you should check out, along with the blog and blacklilypie’s twitter feed. Go and make yourself happy by adding a little variety to your life. And make us happy by coming back next week for another Tuesday uEtsy.