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[18 Nov 2007|04:18pm]

Hi! I have a bit of a question. For the past 2 years I've become terribly interested cosmetology... of the corpse kind ;]. Sorry if I missed any posts pertaining to this, I looked back a few entries and may have skimmed over them.
About a year ago I attended makeup school, without the intention of getting into any funeral services, when the idea of making this into a career sprung up. My father studied to be a mortician, so I get it from him. heh.
I was wondering what kind of education you need to strictly get into the cosmetic field of it? I've heard that the laws vary from state to state, and I'm residing in New York at the moment. I live next to dozens of funeral homes, and I've always wanted to call and ask, but never wanted to sound like an idiot.

If anyone has any information and personal experience with it I'd love to hear. I can't find too many people who have any kind of advice to give me, since they gag whenever I bring up the subject. Thanks!
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[25 Mar 2007|11:06am]

hi i have a question for all you funeral and science students. I was wondering what your worst experience was in the field? like if you had to run out during an embalming session or something of that sort? thanks ;)
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Making Zombie Dolls [23 Mar 2007|02:40pm]

[ mood | thankful ]

Hello everyone. I'm new to this list. I'm currently making zombie dolls out of polymer clay and hope this community will be a good resource for me. Anyone interested in the undead please feel free to comment.

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[06 Jan 2007|12:57pm]

ZombiePink update here.  ZombiePink is a pin up style / blood fetish site with a soft edge.  I often receive a number of complaints whenever I promote so this time I will be explaining the website a little better.  When I post about the site in various lj communities it is NOT necessarily in order to make sales.  Sales are great, but I am mainly just trying to get my work out there.  There is a fully page of free samples available for viewing and commenting on.  In addition I receive a lot of comments on the work looking "cheap" or "amateur".  My answer to this is yes!  It's supposed to look cheesy!  I am a fetish model who has worked for a number of different photographers in the Baltimore Washington area.  Although I LOVE posing for various fetish photos gore and mess is my favorite way to go!  In addition to modeling, I have a large passion for horror films specifically zombies!  I thought it would be fun to combine them.  I have seen gorgeous work from others who have taken gore and made it sexy, but none with the fun and "cheese" of a horror film.  The work is supposed to be fun with a bit of sex appeal thrown in.  I have met many people that are in LOVE with this idea, but twice as many that have trouble understanding.  I expect this but thought I would try to make the idea a little clearer. 

My main question is where SHOULD I be marketing it?  No where I advertise seems to attract interest because it IS a very specific area I'm trying to market.  From feedback alone it appears as though I am too porno for the zombie/horror crowd, too soft for the bondage and fetish, and too amateur for the more "artsy" communities.  Any suggestions on this are greatly appreciated!

So if you choose feel free to take a peek.  If you like what you see you may also add us on myspace!  Enjoy!
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[20 Nov 2017|07:46pm]

ZombiePink update here. TWO new galleries! Enjoy folks. Stay tuned MUCH more to come...
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go me! [03 Nov 2006|07:50pm]

[ mood | happy ]

i removed a human brain today..all by myself! This has proven to be the most difficult part in learning autopsy. Most likely because of the ackward saw angels. BUT I DID IT!
and the PA i work with..told me is was excellent!


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[15 Oct 2017|07:33pm]

ZombiePink update here.  We've made some changes to the site!  They include a drop in prices, a non-zombie pic on my bio page, and a FREE samples page!  I hope you enjoy!  Feedback is always encouraged!
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[01 Sep 2006|06:52pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Calling all undead types!

I am a fetish model in the Baltimore area with a deep love for all things gore!  I recently started my own website combining light bondage and seductive style with all the fun of blood and guts thrown in!  Sound good to you?  Then check it out!

Feed back of any nature is encouraged, provided it approached with a mature attitude!  I hope you enjoy!  This is a work in progress with plenty of room to grow so keep groaning visiting!

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[05 Dec 2005|09:31am]

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join the__abyss

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paint the dead [01 Aug 2005|01:43pm]


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[07 Jul 2005|12:13pm]

So I've started my internship at the brain band at the Parkinsons Foundation downtown. It's cool so far, tomorrow I get to collect tissues from brains. Today I went to the morgue to see how they selected donors... and I've seen plenty of cadavers before, but today I almost couldn't stand it. They look so fake, like movie props, but at the same time, you expect them to get up, get dressed and go home and continue their life. The one that really got to me was this one rasta guy, very young, ran into a bus. His eyes were wide open, as open as they could be. He just looked so alive, even though he was naked, cold, and in a body bag. I just don't understand why this time was so difficult, usually it doesn't really phase me, and I just walk on by them, stop, take a look, ask some questions and move on. But today, I felt my heart racing, I felt the blood drain from my face, and thank god I hadn't eaten any breakfast. I wanted to run out of the autopsy room and just heave in some fresh air, but I knew that if I didn't just face it all right now, I'd enver be able to walk back in there. I just walked around, did my thing, and tried not to look bothered. Hopefully I don't react like that again, and hopefully I'l lget used to it... it's what I wanna do.
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[10 May 2005|06:01pm]


here is the caption...
"In the Mexican town of Guanajuato during the years 1896 and 1958 a taxation was imposed on burials, of 20 pesos annually, or 170 pesos for permanent burial. Many families could not afford this fee, thus large numbers of corpses were exhumed, presumably destined for an ossuary. But the qualities of the arid air perhaps interacting with soil conditions yielded a peculiar phenomenon, the desiccation instead of decomposition of the bodies."

i hope that links properly! i dont think I've ever posted here either, so hopefully this is appropriate to the community

i really like mummies.
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[10 May 2005|11:22am]

there are interesting articles in the la weekly about ' the coroner to the suicides' and cleaning up death scenes. check it out
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[02 May 2005|01:21am]

I've been mulling over something for a couple days now and I figured I'd ask the couple mortuary-involved communities I'm part of, to see if I can get an answer. Both of these situations apply to me, so I'm just kinda curious. :)

1) I'm sure there have been some younger members of the population (or perhaps older, who knows) who have had body piercings at the time of their death. When preparing these bodies for viewing/burial, is it standard practice to leave the jewelry in the piercings, as it is essentially a part of the person? Is this something which can be requested in the person's will, or by their family, or what? I'm just curious to know any rules/regulations on this, if any.

2) In the case of people with disabilities, who wear or use some sort of mobility aid, are these things buried with them as well, or put in the casket with them? I personally wear leg braces and have used them since I was first learning to walk, as I was born with a disability. I sort of have mixed feelings of whether or not I would like this stuff to be buried with me: I think it would be weird to be without, since the braces are what make me mobile... however, I've also heard that people are prepared and buried in their caskets so as to be in a state of rest, and I certainly don't wear my braces while I'm sleeping; too uncomfortable. ;)

I suppose both of these have no concrete answer, and are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, I am just curious. Thanks in advance to any who reply. :)

(crossposted to funeralstudent)
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In Regards To The Last Post [28 Apr 2005|09:46am]

Gunther Von Hagens


Joel-Peter Witkin

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Hi. [28 Apr 2005|01:00am]

[ mood | procrastinating ]

I don't know if art is allowed (even when cadavers are involved), but I think it's fascinating and I wanted to share. I'm not sure who the artist is yet.

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If this strays too far from the original intent of the community, I will delete.

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[20 Mar 2005|04:46pm]

i found a new feed that will interest most of you

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[23 Feb 2005|01:57pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I just signed up for a forensic entomology course taught by none other than Neal Haskell.

Somebody else tell me that this is the bloody coolest thing ever.

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Butchering the Human Carcass for Human Consumption [22 Feb 2005|11:40am]

[ mood | confused ]

Just found this article and thought I'd share...

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[18 Feb 2005|12:12am]
Did You Know?....

...that most wood caskets do not seal? If you want one that seals, you have to specify that when picking or ordering one.

...that casket come in a huge variety of materials? They range from hard cloth covered compressed cardboard, to particle-board, fiberboard, pine, oak, maple, ash, mahogany, etc. Then there's 16, 18 & 20 gauge stainless steel caskets. Copper & bronze caskets can go as high as 48 ounce. There's also casket made from manufactured stone. There used to be cast iron caskets w/ glass viewing window.

...that in the old days, they would pack the funeral parlor (or the family's home if the wake was held there) with tons of flowers as a way of masking the odor of a decaying corpse? Embalming wasn't really perfected until the 20th century, and caskets were often placed on a cooling board, which resembled a tub or crate of ice under the body to slow down the decaying process.

...that around that late 1800's & early 1900's, businesses used for funeral purposes were just called Undertaker. (You've probably seen this in old western movies) The term "Undertaker" was forced to change to funeral home (or parlor) in order to sound less morbid?

...that in the 1800's undertakers were the first to come up with diet plans? This came because they were tired of making oversized coffins for obese people. (This is just a rumor I heard, so don't quote me on this. I just think it was interesting enough to post here)

...that embalming fluid contains a redish-pink dye coloring? Do you know why? It does nothing for the embalming process, right? ? ? That's because after death, your skin naturally loses it's color and turns white and sometimes gray, and the dye helps bring it back a little.

...that embalming really wasn't perfected until the Civil War? It was used as a way to preserve the body so they could ship it back to the family for the funeral back home.

...that in the 1700's and 1800's, some people were mistaken for dead and actually buried alive because either their heart-beats were so slow or so faint that they couldn't find a pulse? Stethoscope weren't invented until the mid 1800's and even then, they weren't that strong at first.

...why it's called a "wake"? Because of the mistaken for dead cases, services weren't held immediately to see if the person would "wake" up or not. (see the next one below).

...why wakes are held 3 to 5 days after the person has died. This tradition started as a way to make sure to not mistake them for dead, just in case they were still alive. They would give them a few days to see if they (A) wake up, or (B) show signs of decomposition.

...that ice fishing tip-ups were designed from an idea from a special signal device invented many years ago that was rigged from the coffin to the ground's surface in case someone was buried alive? It was a hollow pole with a rope or chord that led from the casket to a flag or bell at the graveside, so that if the person was buried alive, they could pull the rope and signal someone that they were still alive. It was the caretakers' job to watch over the grave for a few days in case the device was activated. There was even a model rigged with a flare or fireworks, so that if they woke up and pulled the chord, they would set them off and be seen from anyone nearby, or somewhat far away. After a week, they were presumed "really" dead, and the device would be removed.

...that when embalming was first invented, almost everyone thought it was a blessing? Mainly because it would eliminate cases where someone might be accidentally mistaken for dead and buried alive. Some said that "If you weren't dead BEFORE embalming, you sure were afterwards!"

...that before embalming, people were horrified of being mistaken for dead and buried alive? Some would request horrible things done as a test to make sure. Some people asked to be poked with a pin while others went as far as to request a knife or stake in the heart, cutting off a finger and even decapitation...just to make sure. (Point of stupidity, if you wanted to be decapitated to see if you were still alive, wouldn't that put a frown on the whole idea if you were actually still alive? ...Can you say, "Ooops!")

...that allot of ideas from horror movies were taken from real cases of live burials? For example; Dracula's stake-through-the-heart bit. This was actually done in some cases as a way to 1 - ensure that they were really dead & not bury them alive. And 2 - Some religions actually insisted on it because some believed it would keep them in the ground & prevent them from becoming the undead or a zombie. Some cultures actually believed that if a body was buried face down, they wouldn't be able to rise as the undead.

...that even autopsies performed today, when internal organs and/or the brain is removed for inspection or analysis, that sometimes they are not put back in? They sometimes use a filler so the chest doesn't appear collapsed. And if the organs are put back in, sometimes they are not put back in their original place. Some M.E.s and other employees in the field will just dump them back in and sew them back up. (Not everyone does this. So don't all you M.E.s and morticians email me if you're offended by this. Two of my own grandfathers were morticians, and I have total and great respect for the funeral industry.)

...that from the 1500's to the early 1900's, there was a shortage of cadavers for medical studies? Some professors would hire transients or other low-lifes to steal fresh bodies from cemeteries in order to study and practice embalming and autopsy procedures.

...that since the 1970's, embalming procedures and techniques haven't changed much at all? Only the tools and chemicals used have.

...that unlike the movies, caskets are not always placed in the ground by themselves? Sometimes they are placed in a 6-8 inch concrete vault and sealed with a heavy concrete lid . Before vaults, wooden caskets wood rot and weaken from the weight of the damp earth (dirt) and collapse. This proved helpful with exhumation, also. The vaults protected the caskets, so if a body needed to be exhumed for DNA analysis, the body was guarantee to be there. Some cemeteries require vaults, some do not. It all depends on the quality ground the cemetery was built on, and some city area ordinances.

...that when you buy clothes from a funeral home, that most of them have no backs? If you could roll the body to it's side, they would be nude in the back. They have ties or snaps to hold the garment on and in place. Because of the initial stiffness of the body, it is sometimes hard to dress them in "normal" clothes. Even if you provide clothes for your loved one, unfortunately, the backs might need to be cut and removed in order to dress the deceased.

...that unless you provide socks and shoes to the funeral home, you most likely will be buried barefoot? It's true, although allot of funeral homes have burial footwear for you to buy if you wish.

most of this ppl know.. but for those of you who dont.. i always find this stuff intersting..
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