Today In Freaky Shit: Reborning Dolls

March 31, 2009

Since I didn’t know either:

A reborn doll is a vinyl baby doll that has been enhanced to resemble a human baby. The process of creating a reborn doll is referred to as reborning.

And by “enhanced,” they don’t mean slapping on some make up. Here is the description of one doll (yes, they’re all named) as written by the creator artist:

Lynsee’s hair is hand-dyed premium mohair in a light brown with blond highlights. It is very soft and straight but can be coaxed into a soft wave. It is painstakingly rooted one or two strands at a time and securely glued on the inside. It can be washed and combed gently. The crown of her head is rooted directionally in the way hair naturally grows. Her coloring is lovely…peaches and cream, lightly blushed in all the right places. Tiny blood vessels and veins are visible in spots where her skin is a little thinner.

Of course, 6-pound 1-ounce “Lynsee” gets less cute when the magnets implanted into her head to hold on her barrette start to fuck with your pacemaker, but otherwise, she’s real cute.

Lynsee Fiona’s “adoption fee” is $250.

Sometimes these dolls are treated as real infants, which increases the Freaky Shit Factor (FSF) by, like, 19 fold. BUT, to their credit, there is some evidence that suggests that holding a doll as if it were a real infant can have the same positive emotional benefits of holding an actual infant. Whatever. Still creepy.

And now the creepy photos!

reborn-taffyTaffy reborn-jessicaJessica
reborn-josieJosie reborn-katieKatie
reborn-emilyEmily

Click to enlarge (you know you want to)!

All of the above were made by Margie Spry. Check her site here.

Thanks, Jess!

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Kathy Griffin Rallies For Gay Marriage

March 31, 2009

Super-ally Kathy Griffin gave a nine-minute speech yesterday at the California state capitol defending the rights of gay people to get married. To opponents to marriage equality she asked, “What the fuck is it to you!?”

Perfect.

The CA Supreme Court is yet to issue their ruling on the legality of Prop 8 but most analysts agree that it will probably stand.

Via Towleroad.


My Current Desktop

March 31, 2009

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The colorful Montréal Convention Center on a cloudy day. Click pic to enlarge.


Today In Birthdays

March 30, 2009

Van Gogh would be 156 today; he died in 1890 at the age of 37.

van-gogh-self-portrait

People have told me this painting reminds them of me. Yeah, I didn’t really see it as a compliment, either.


Cat vs. Fish Tank

March 30, 2009

You know it’s coming and it’s still good:

Via Slog.


Photographer Captures The End Of A Rainbow

March 30, 2009

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Taken by Jason Erdkamp on his iPhone in Orange County, CA.  Source.


Music Spotlight: FrankMusik

March 30, 2009

frankmusikWhen I first came across FrankMusik‘s (aka Vincent Frank) cover of Amy Winehouse‘s “Rehab,” I was jarred by how completely re-invented the song had been – not just through a shift in genres (think Mika + Scissor Sisters with a dash of Patrick Wolf) but in melody and rhythm, too. While my initial impulse was to delete the track (I’m fierce with the delete key), I kept it around and was then shocked to find myself humming it in the shower a day later. Since then, I’ve totally embraced it and am not even sure I remember how the original goes.

Rehab (Amy Winehouse Cover)

Since I enjoyed “Rehab” so much, I took a peak around to see if there were other FrankMusik covers out there, and there was:

Every Breath You Take (Police Cover)

Coincidentally, while I was aimlessly wandering down my own path of FrankMusik discovery, friend and music god Sean was already on it (no surprise) and e-mailed me (thanks, Sean!) his first single, “Better Off As Two.” It’s more tame than “Rehab” and shows great promise for his debut album (produced by Stuart Price!) of the same name, to be released in June 2009.

Better Off As Two

Finally, FrankMusik toured with Keane recently on their Perfect Symmetry support tour – a gig that was offered to him after he produced the following remix:

Keane – Perfect Symmetry (FrankMusik Remix)

Enjoy!

More: FrankMusik.com; FrankMusik MySpace