Sunday, October 28, 2012


Happy (early) Halloween, everyone! I hope you all rocked your awesome Halloween costumes and OD'd on delicious bize-size candy. I myself had a blast and enjoyed the heck out of my favourite celebration. Saw some truly original costumes and I was impressed by how many people didn't opt for a store-bought costume. I realize not everyone is crafty but homemade costumes are truly always the best and look tons better than the highly overpriced and cheap polyester gear that's out there. A trip to a thrift store can result with some very interesting ideas.

Last year I had produced two Halloween costumes : Back to the Future's Marty McFly and Pee Wee Herman. Being the busy bee that I am, I was only able to put one together by making two characters into one costume based on an 80's childhood movie favourite (do I sense a Halloween costume pattern here?)

E.T. & Elliott

I've wanted to do this for quite some time and I'm so happy I finally came around to making it. I'm very pleased with the result and I have to admit, it was quite a party hit. 

Red Hoodie - Wal-Mart, 15$
Milk Crate - found outside
Bicycle Handles - my own
ET Mask - make it
Push Lamp - Dollarama, 1$
Pillow - thrifted, 2$
Blanket - thrifted, 3$
TOTAL COST - 21 dollars!

The pièce de resistance that would make-or-break this costume was quite evidently the mask that would be ET's face. I had an oval shaped plastic dish from a grocery store veggie platter that was perfect for ET's face structure and base. 

On top, I've papier-mâché'd his facial features by shaping & layering with some good-old newspaper, diluted white glue and masking tape. I've cut in half a styrofoam ball and glued them to create his lovely big blue eyes. A lot of it consisted of waiting for the base to dry (snooze!). The rest was painted with Dollarama acrylic paints. 

I've secured the mask to a pillow and wrapped the blanket around tightly and wedged it inside the milk crate. Under the blanket, I've put a a push lamp covered with red tissue paper to give the illusion of his glowing heart. The hardest part was trying to get the relatively heavy bicycle handle to securely stay put onto the milk crate but I finally managed. A good alternative would have been to recreate bike handles from empty paper towel rolls but I wanted it to be legit!.

The easiest part was putting on the red hoodie and jeans (needless to say I was super comfy) and this completed my look! Overall, I have to say this was my favourite costume. The downside was that walking around without E.T. had people questioning what the heck I was but toting him around was worth the pain. 

Now it's your turn! What did you dress up as and if you've put up a sweat making it, how did you do it? Looking forward to hearing what you've all done. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012


TGIF! My heart feels like this at the moment. It's impossible not to wiggle in your chair while watching this and feel incredibly happy. And it's Ferris Bueller. Ferris! Possibly the coolest kid of the 80's, how can one not love him? Anywho, it's the weekend everybody and I hope it is filled with wonder, good times and fun.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


by Alexander Iaccarino

I have to admit I didn't follow Breaking Bad from the very beginning and am a late follower of the ever-growing fan base. However I was able to catch up just in time for the recent season finale. Was it hard to catch up to? Absolutely not! It took me less than a month to do so and kept me motivated while doing some lousy box-packing sessions for my move. I got incredibly addicted to it, much like a junkie to meth (how fitting!)! Unlike any other show, it opts for one slow burn of story versus an explosion that's great one day and fizzles the next. I deem this to be possibly one of the very best shows out there.

The rise in fame of the show also meant gorgeous fan art being created. Gallery 1988 recently had a very well received and successful exhibition and the artworks below are just a few of my many favorites from my online digging.

Did you know? That each character and their values are represented by the colours they wear? According to IMDB, Skyler is usually dressed in blues while Marie is mostly portrayed as wearing purple (as well as her home decor). Jane, Jesse's heroin addict girlfriend, donned black for most of her screen time whereas Jesse tends to stick to a palette of yellows & reds. Hank wears clothes in tones of orange to represent his police status. And our man of the hour, Walter White can be seen wearing mostly dull earthy tones such as browns & greens. Even his car's paint job was made in a one-of-a-kind non-factory colour to embody Walter's blandness. 

"The Cooks" by Mike Mitchell
"Here Lies Heisenberg" by Glen Brogan
"Walter White" by Dustin Parker