Simple Gothic Atomic Cowlick Jewels

Yesterday I shared some pieces of our new jewelry line, To be draped in Atomic Cowlick Jewels, and today I’ll talk about a few more of the simple, Gothic style designs.  Plus, the entire line goes on sale today!

Like the pieces I shared yesterday, all the jewelry below incorporate old, vintage or retro items mixed with some new stones & findings to create a personal piece.  These necklaces and bracelets are definitely statement pieces and are not for the timid.  Made from hand picked vintage finds, these are unique one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be reproduced exactly, so once it sells, it’s gone!  Only those with a slightly sinister, daring and confident personality can pull these beauties off… wink, wink.

Ursula.  This long necklace has a large textured sterling silver center ball with black chain cascading from the bottom reminds me of an inking octopus.  Wire work with black glass beads and more sterling silver beads attached to vintage chain.  This necklace is ideal for layering with the Octopussy necklace shown below, or worn in the classic style. Made from hand picked vintage items, only one necklace is available.

Octopussy.  The center pieces for this “pearls and beads” necklace is the Octopus pendant on the side.  Sterling silver textured balls add to the aquatic feel in a dark way with pearl-like beads and small glass beads worked in. Perfect to layer with the Ursula necklace above, or alone with a lace top. Made from hand picked items, only have one piece is available and once it’s sold, it’s gone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both the Octopussy & Ursula necklaces shown layered together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romancing the Stone Bracelet.  Simply put, this bracelet consists of sparkles, Turquoise, stone, glass beads and resin skulls all on a gold plated chain.  Made for big girls who still love skulls, but in a more sophisticated way! This bracelet is adjustable and has an extra long end chain with a skull hanging from the end!  Only one bracelet available made from hand picked stones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you are in love with these pieces and the stories they tell!  Each piece is made by exclusive vintage pieces picked & made by yours truly.  I’ve taken photos of these exclusive pieces on models, so you can see how they lay on the body.  These items are now on sale online at www.atomiccowlick.com and once they sell, they are gone!

Please leave a comment below or email me, I would love to hear from you!

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To Be Draped in Atomic Cowlick Jewels.

I’ve touched on my love affair with jewelry and accessories before, read the post in April here, and after careful consideration, I’ve decided to take the plunge and create some custom items for purchase on Atomic Cowlick’s online shop.  I’ve been commission to do special orders for years, so why not share my love for jewelry with y’all!  I’ve always loved to work with stones and unusual items to create pieces that made a statement- and this new line is no different!

In addition to working with stones, I’ve also incorporated vintage finds to create unique & one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story.  All pieces below incorporate old, vintage or retro items mixed with some new stones & findings to create a personal piece.  These necklaces and bracelets are definitely statement pieces and are not for the timid.  Made from hand picked vintage finds, these are unique one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be reproduced exactly, so once it sells, it’s gone!  Only those with a slightly sinister, daring and confident personality can pull these beauties off… wink, wink.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the first four of the new line available for purchase starting Tuesday, December 11th.

Coal Miners Daughter.  This bracelet’s large center pieces are actual old vintage coal miner tags.  Because coal mining is one of the most dangerous jobs, these tags are used by coal miner’s similar in the way Dog Tags are used for soldiers.  Each tag has a hand stamped number with the miner’s employee number.  These tags are old, oxidized and not only have a story, but age has brought some amazing unique splashes of color to them.  The Coal Miner Tags are accompanied by several different stones and glass beads to add a feminine flare with an edge.  I couldn’t help but wonder who number “247″ or  number “2″ were and what their life, families and job were like while making this piece. Made from hand picked vintage Coal Miner Tags, only one bracelet is available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houdini.  The center pieces for this “wrapped in chains” necklace are three vintage locks. The largest vintage lock still has the key which is hanging right beside it and is removable with a c-clasp.  The other two round locks (9-9 and 9-5) are very old and were made in the U.S.  Although, this necklace looks heavy to most, it only weighs 9.8 oz and is such a fun piece to wear with a tee and jeans, a little leather and perhaps some lace.  Adjustable to fit how you wish, this necklace is sure to turn heads… just think of items these little locks secured. Made from hand picked vintage locks, we only have one piece available and once it’s sold, it’s gone!

Love For Everything.  Simply put, this necklace consists of chain, chain, chain and more chain!  Of course, we have a few Coal Miner Tags mixed in, a vintage mask pendant, some chandelier prisms, a few old keys (one has the inscription “GAS”), a retro Virgin Mary pin, all surrounded by pearls, stones and beads.  This necklace is adjustable and you can always add more items to it- because really, a girl can never have enough!  Only weighs 9.6 oz and is a perfect piece to dress up or down. Only one necklace available made from hand picked vintage finds.

Have My Eye On You.  Made with old vintage optometrist lenses (you know, the ones used to test your vision… “lens 1, or lens 2… lens 1, or lens 2″)!  There is also a vintage set of spectacles in the mix, a few gold beetles, beads, fresh water pearls and a shit load of chain!  Another statement piece that is adjustable and ready to wear with a tee and a tweed or leather jacket. Made from hand picked vintage optometrist items, only one necklace is available.

Hope you are in love with these pieces and the stories they tell!  Each piece is made by exclusive vintage pieces picked & made by yours truly.  I’ve taken photos of these exclusive pieces on models, so you can see how they lay on the body.  I’ll share more pieces with you this week!

Please leave a comment below or email me, I would love to hear from you!

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New Atomic Jewels… coming next week!

Pssst, take a little peek at a piece that will be available on the Atomic Cowlick online shop next week!  This new jewelry line is only for those who love edgy, unique jewelry with a slightly sinister flare. The entire collection will be available next week, but for a first glance you must subscribe to our newsletter!

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Atomic Elf, Leo Sizzle

So, I picked up this wickedly cute vintage elf at my friends shop, SuzAnna’s Antiques, and I am in LOOOOVE with his devilish character!  As most of you know, I am a fan of all things creepy and Christmas decor is no exception.  Yes, the Elf on the Shelf story has not only brought more attention to the mini mischievous characters, but also a new found appreciation for them!

Our Atomic Cowlick elf, named Leo Sizzle, has a morning routine of waking up in tacky tinsel with old no. 7… sometimes with eggnog.

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Holiday Photo Shoot Theme… and the winner is…

Okay, we’ve decided.  It wasn’t easy, but we have picked the wild & slightly sinister photo shoot theme for our official Holiday Card.  Drum roll, please……………..

The winner is Miss S. Stackley for theme idea “Have Yourself A Trashy Little Christmas”.  We will channel in the character of Eddie from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation for this little shoot. The result will be a priceless official Atomic Cowlick holiday greeting!  Stay tuned for the release of the photos in early December by subscribing to our newsletter.

Miss Stackley wins an Atomic Cowlick package including a shirt of her choice – Congrats!

If you have a wild & slightly sinister photo shoot idea for a chance to win a cool Atomic Cowlick package, send it our way!  If we love it (which we will), we’ll do our magic to create a priceless image for our next shoot.

Here’s how to enter:

Tell us the photo theme Atomic Cowlick should use in the comment section below, e-mail us, send us a Tweet, or post on our Facebook page. If your theme is chosen, you will be an exclusive member of the Atomic Cowlick Picture Show Clan and win an Atomic Cowlick package which includes a free tee of your choice*!  Don’t be shy, send us your theme and we’ll take it from there!  We have an affinity for the wild, strange and not-so-traditional, so we just might take your winning theme to another level! 

GOOD LUCK!

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Check out our Photo Gallery with past themed shoots & our Facebook page.  See past winners here.

*burnout tissue tee’s, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and t-shirt dresses are not included in this giveaway.  No purchase necessary to enter & win.

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Nothing Says “I’m Thankful” like meat & horns for Thanksgiving

Fuck Turducken, we had Turhuman with special dressing.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

We did name her “Juicy Lucy”.

A special Thanks to our friend, Sam Borsellino, for participating on a Thanksgiving photo shoot and for providing some fun props!  SMOOCHES!

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Official Atomic Holiday Greeting – You Decide the Theme

Okay, we’ve done this before – asking you to submit a theme for our next photo shoot.  But this one is totally different!  This time we are asking YOU to send us a theme for our 2012 official Atomic Cowlick team Holiday card.  Do we have your interest yet?

As you know, we love graphic tees, fun style, and a bit of attitude with our photo shoots! So naturally, we want YOU to submit a wild & slightly sinister photo shoot idea for our holiday card for a chance to win a cool Atomic Cowlick package including a tee of your choice*!  You submit the idea, and if we love it (which we will), we’ll do our magic to create a priceless image and use the photo as the official Atomic Cowlick 2012 Holiday Greeting.

Here’s how to enter:

Tell us the photo theme Atomic Cowlick should use in the comment section below, e-mail us, send us a Tweet, or post on our Facebook page. If your theme is chosen, you will be an exclusive member of the Atomic Cowlick Picture Show Clan and win an Atomic Cowlick package which includes a free tee of your choice*!  We will announce the winner & theme on the blog on Thanksgiving Day.  This will give you PLENTY of bragging rights to your friends, family, and co-workers.  Don’t be shy, send us your theme and we’ll take it from there!  We have an affinity for the wild, strange and not-so-traditional, so we just might take your winning theme to another level!  Remember, this is for our Christmas/Holiday shoot which will be a GROUP shot, so don’t fuck it up!

GOOD LUCK!

Check out our Photo Gallery with past themed shoots & our Facebook page.  See past winners here.

*burnout tissue tee’s, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and t-shirt dresses are not included in this giveaway.  No purchase necessary to enter & win.

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Feliz Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) & What it Means to Us.

Fall is the beginning of the holiday season which starts with Halloween festivities and moves to Dia de los Muertos, then Thanksgiving.  Of course, Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), festivals are growing in popularity which means more Day of the Dead, Calvera, and Sugar Skull artwork are in demand.  Whether you celebrate the holiday and decorate you own alter, paint sugar skull makeup or just appreciate the creativity inspired by this old tradition, it’s important to know the meaning of the holiday.  I’ve also added a few photos from out Day of the Dead inspired shoot… a little snarky and very Atomic Cowlick-ish.

Juliet is wearing “Day of the Dead” available by Atomic Cowlick.
Lewis is wearing “Hat of the Dead” available by Atomic Cowlick.

Day of the Dead is a 3,000 year old Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  The celebration takes place on November 1st through November 2nd (some celebrate it all weekend long if it falls on a Thursday or Friday, like this year!). Traditions connected with the Dia de los Muertos holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls (painted sugar candy & chocolates offered to the dead), flowers, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.  In Mexico it is a national holiday, banks are closed, and families visit graves to offer gifts to the departed. Currently this tradition, as old as it is, is gaining popularity in the U.S. and celebrated in several different ways.  It is very important to note that Dia de los Muertos is a joyous occasion that celebrates life and death.

I celebrate the tradition at home and this year to honor my mom and brother I will create an alter made up of an antique piece I painted & decorated with flowers, candles and a few of their favorite items.  Even though there are several favorite family recipes, tonight I will prepare my mom’s famous “poor man’s” tacos with her secret salsa while listening to Salsa music very, very loud.

Gina is wearing “Day of the Dead Sweatshirt” by Atomic Cowlick.

How do you celebrate the loved ones who have died?  Are you a Day of the Dead fan?

No matter what, please take time this weekend to remember and appreciate those you love.

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Atomic Cowlick’s Edgy Style

As you might already know, Atomic Cowlick has a slight edge in everything we do: designs, photography, branding and every day adventures.  So, why wouldn’t we take our individual style & edgy ways into our home?

Being a lover of vintage style and antiques, I often mix items from the past with those of today to create a unique look.  Inspired by the old and new, it’s always a fun challenge to push my boundaries and see how I can re-purpose things to help create a look that’s definitely NOT vanilla.  No “shabby chic” shit here, just grit, good design and some creative ways to spice up decor.  We will go through how to make beautiful vintage items a bit more sleek, industrial, and sometimes with a Southern Gothic flare without breaking the bank.

I found that while living in the South I’m slowly seeing a part of an amazing culture that has a dark underbelly to it.  I intend to keep digging deeper to share some adventures, insights and amazing finds!  Starting in November, Atomic Cowlick will have a special “For the Cave” section offering some new & old edgy vintage items for you to purchase.  Some items might be hard to find and rare, and others just fun.  Keep an eye out and register to be the first to learn about new items.  Sign up here.

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We’ve Been up to No Good!

This “teaser” photo was taken from our last photo shoot, Halloween 2012!  Jennifer did such an amazing job as we gave her a nice slit throat & poured gallons of blood all over her.  I mean, look at those eyes!

So, to ring in the Halloween season, we hare having a little contest on our Facebook page. The person who provides the best caption wins an Atomic Cowlick  ”Day of the Dead” tee of their choice!  It’s as easy as that.  Take part, have fun, get creative and Caption This!  Hurry, contest ends Friday, September 28th at midnight.

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