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Congratulations to the 2014 Emmy Winners!

We would like to congratulate all of the Emmy Winners and Nominees in the field of Art Direction!

A very special congratulations goes out to those who we’ve worked with in the past year; Boardwalk Empire, House of Lies, True Blood, True Detective, American Horror Story: Coven, Masters of Sex, The Big Bang Theory, and Modern Family.

Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series :

Game Of Thrones-WINNER
Deborah Riley, Production Designer
Paul Ghirardani, Art Director
Rob Cameron, Set Decorator

House Of Cards
Steve Arnold, Production Designer
Halina Gebarowicz, Art Director
Tiffany Zappulla, Set Decorator

Justified
Dave Blass, Production Designer
Oana Bogdan, Art Director
Shauna Aronson, Set Decorator

True Blood
Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer
Cat Smith, Art Director
Ron V. Franco, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

True Detective
Alex DiGerlando, Production Designer
Mara LePere-Schloop, Art Director
Tim Beach, Art Director
Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A Period Series, Miniseries Or A Movie:

American Horror Story: Coven
Mark Worthington, Production Designer
Andrew Murdock, Art Director
Ellen Brill, S.D.S.A., Set Decorator

Boardwalk Empire-WINNER
Bill Groom, Production Designer
Adam Scher, Art Director
Carol Silverman, Set Decorator

Downton Abbey
Donal Woods, Production Designer
Mark Kebby, Art Director
Gina Cromwell, Set Decorator

Mad Men
Dan Bishop, Production Designer
Shanna Starzyk, Art Director
Claudette Didul, Set Decorator

Masters Of Sex
Andrew Jackness, Production Designer
Kevin Rupnik, Art Director
Ellen Christiansen, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program:

The Big Bang Theory
John Shaffner, Production Designer
Francoise Cherry-Cohen, Art Director
Ann Shea, Set Decorator

House Of Lies-WINNER
Ray Yamagata, Production Designer
Chikako Suzuki, Art Director
Tim Stepeck, Set Decorator

Modern Family
Claire Bennett, Production Designer
Sam Kramer, Art Director
Brian Kasch, Set Decorator

Silicon Valley
Richard Toyon, Production Designer
L.J. Houdyshell, Art Director
Cynthia Slagter, Set Decorator

Veep
Jim Gloster, Production Designer
Sharon Davis, Art Director
Jennifer Engel, Set Decorator

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program:

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Seth Reed, Production Designer
Johnny Jos, Art Director

The Oscars-WINNER
Derek McLane, Production Designer
Joe Celli, Art Director
Gloria Lamb, Art Director

Portlandia
Tyler Robinson, Production Designer
Schuyler Telleen, Art Director
Katherine Isom, Set Decorator

Saturday Night Live
Eugene Lee, Production Designer
Akira Yoshimura, Production Designer
Keith Ian Raywood, Production Designer
N. Joseph DeTullio, Production Designer

Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening
Ceremony
George Tsypin, Production Designer
Rob Bissinger, Art Director

The Voice
Anton Goss, Production Designer
James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
Zeya Maurer, Art Director
Lydia Smyth, Art Director
Kristen O’Malley, Set Decorator

Complete List of Nominees and Winners


Dapper Cadaver Featured on HalloweenCostumes.com

Props Sold at Dapper Cadaver

Nice write-up on the shop by Marlon over at HalloweenCostumes.com. Thanks guys! Check out the blog post.


LA Weekly Interview

If you’re in Los Angeles, pick up this weeks LA Weekly. It’s free and worth every penny. There’s a full page feature on Dapper Cadaver with a full color photo and everything. It’s a great article and gives you a good behind the scenes look at the oddities we make and the oddballs we make them for.

Read the Dying Art of Dyeing the Dead in LA Weekly here


Muerte Las Vegas!

We just got back from the Halloween Costume, Haunted Attraction, and Party show in Las Vegas. Eileen and I had a great time and even made the paper.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal

The four-day convention includes more than 700 exhibitors and is expected to attract about 10,000 attendees from 47 countries.

In 24 years it has grown from a small event in Chicago with about 20 vendors to today’s incarnation, a multiday costume, prop and gore extravaganza for an industry worth about $7 billion.

“Something like 20 percent of people in the U.S. will attend a haunted house,” said Joe Thaler, chairman and CEO of TransWorld Exhibits, the company that runs the Halloween show. “It can be very valuable.”

Mutilated bodies, full-length Sasquatch and Yeti suits, trampy nurse and superhero outfits are among the highlights of the Las Vegas event. There’s plenty at the show to shock even the most hardened sensibilities.

The firm Dapper Cadaver of Los Angeles showed off a line of vintage medical instruments, mutilated and vandalized corpses and a collection of faux human and animal fetuses stored in jars.

Dapper Cadaver owner-artist BJ Winslow said he’s been fascinated by macabre preservation techniques since childhood.

“Even when I was a little kid and I had a toy I was no longer interested in I would stick it in a jar, fill it with fluid and put it on a shelf,” Winslow said. “My mom still has some of them.”


Margaret Cho reviews my penis

Prosthetic Cho

My penis has really gotten around. Traci Lords, Kenneth Anger, and Margaret Cho have all had their hands on it. It was for Margaret that I originally created it, and here’s her review, from Alarm Press

“I went to a special effects specialist, who is a friend of my husband and made a very light yet very realistic flaccid latex penis. It was very hard to find a dildo that was like a flaccid penis!

I needed one that would fit into panties and still look like something when I stripped them off, so it had to be collapsible, and it is — fully collapsible and will stick onto my crotch with double stick tape!

The choreography is simple, just a classic fan dance really, but with a big surprise ending. The audience really doesn’t know what to do. At first I try to seduce them, being very feminine and coy with myself, a very shy, teasing kind of dance. But then at the end, when I reveal I have this very real looking and startlingly plain penis, people really freak out.

I almost cried the first few times that I performed it because the audience reacted so strongly — screaming! People were literally screaming. I love that. So that is my most exciting number right now.”

Screaming for my penis, that’s what I like to see in print.
When asked by Lawrence.com about size, Margaret had this to say
“Q: Why didn’t you borrow Mark Wahlberg’s from “Boogie Nights”?

A: That’s too big. Mine is big, but it’s not big like that.”

Thank you Margaret.


Some Things Are Better Left Undead, Part 2

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What kind of people have hired things from you?

You’d be surprised. There are obvious ones like horror movies,
crime shows and medical dramas — we’ve worked every Law & OrderOrder, Bones and CSI there is — but then we’ve done stuff for Mad TV, Mind of Mencia, Pimp My Ride, Margaret Cho, and a bunch of
shows you’d never expect to need body parts and gore.

What’s your best-selling item on Dapper Cadaver?

5-month-old and 7-month-old foetus replicas in jars.
People can’t get enough of them. I think it’s something like the pet
chihuahua or baby crocodile syndrome, where people want them
when they’re small, because they’re so cute at that size, but don’t
want them to ever get bigger. Our foetus replicas are great for that,
and we make them so you don’t have to.

How do you avoid getting upset when you have to create realistic corpses?

Actually it’s the other way around. When I’m feeling upset
nothing makes me feel better than creating a corpse.

What’s been the most exciting moment in your career so far?

It’s hard to decide between the time that the SWAT team
evacuated my neighbourhood because of what someone saw going
on at my house, or the time we were filming a lioness tearing up
a guy and she got so excited she broke through the electrified
perimeter fence and ran loose in the Chatsworth hills
with half a body dangling from her mouth. Rangers
and marshals had to chase after her on horseback.

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

When something very specific is needed TODAY and really it’s
a custom job. I once got a call from Jim Henson Studios for
“Muppet-sized bondage equipment” for Witch-Piggy’s dungeon in
“The Wizard of Oz.” The scene was later cut from the film for being
too extreme. They were hoping they didn’t need to get it custom
made. They were just hoping I had Muppet-sized bondage equipment
in stock. I don’t know why they thought I would.

Who or what has most inspired you in your work?

Ray Harryhausen’s swordfighting skeletons from Jason and the
Argonauts were the coolest thing I ever saw as a kid. I wanted to
know how it was done, how it was made, so I started watching special FX shows and behind-the-scenes stuff. I stopped watching those once movies started doing everything on computer. I just don’t get excited by CG, so I do things the old-fashioned way.

BJ Winslow’s store, Dapper Cadaver, is located at 5519 Hollywood
BL, Los Angeles, CA 90028. (323) 962-1924. Log onto
www.bjwinslow.com and www.dappercadaver.com.


Some Things Are Better Left Undead

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Some Things Are Better Left Undead
HORROR PROP ARTIST BJ WINSLOW DRIVES A HEARSE.
PRODUCTS ON HIS WEBSITE INCLUDE “DEAD HALFGIRL”,
“BABY ARMS” AND ”REUSABLE CASUALTY SIMULATION KIT”.
THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH HIM

How did you first get involved with this line of work?
Before I did film props I was designing toys, building carnival
games, and working in haunted houses. Ever since I was a little kid I
would hack up my toys, then glue them back together as mutants. I
was that evil evil kid in “Toy Story.” When I moved to LA I was
banging down the doors of prop houses until someone took a shot
on me. My job audition was practically a contest. Starting at 8pm I
was given 12 hours to produce a prop headstone that would impress
the set decorator at Disney. I was provided with styrofoam,
paint and glue, but no tools, so I spent the next 6 hours carving that
headstone with my fingernails. I painted it that night with a brush in
one hand and a hair dryer in the other. I finished at 6am and went
straight to my day job. At 9am I was hired.

Does anything you make give you the creeps?
It’s my business not to get creeped out by this stuff. Everyone
who comes in to my shop is weird, every custom job is strange. At
Dapper Cadaver it’s a constant barrage of odd calls. Pick up the
phone and before you can say “hello” you hear “This is going to
sound like an odd request…” Odd requests are our specialty. I’ve
made a life-like prosthetic penis for Margaret Cho, a realistic severed
pig head puppet that talks, cries and vomits blood for a
coming-of-age film, and the unfortunate “morning after” body for a
man-loves-werewolf show called “The Mating Dance of the Werewolf,” to name a few of my odd favourites. I had a roofer who
wouldn’t work on my shop because, quote, it would give him nightmares, end quote. But I’m at the other extreme. Someone says they need something that looks like someone who had their head blown off with a shotgun and dumped in the bay, then they washed up
after the body was waxy and bloated, and I say “sounds like fun”.

What kind of people have hired things from you?
You’d be surprised. There are obvious ones like horror movies,
crime shows and medical dramas — we’ve worked every Law & Order… (continued in Part 2)


Bleeding Bizarre


“Spewing gore-soaked foetuses from tentacled wombs and scaring kids straight with “faceless boys,” The Art Of Bleeding make first aid fun!

Words: Denise Stanborough

The Reverend Al Ridenour drives around LA in an ambulance with a gorilla mascot and a bevy of nurses in sexy latex uniforms. He bypasses accidents and ignores cries for help. But he isn’t’ a sadistic paramedic, or on his way to a fancy dress party. Al is the founder member of a comedy performance group known as The Art Of Bleeding. Best described as deadly unserious first -aid education show, they scour the city streets “preaching” the merits of safety to bleary-eyed bar crawlers. “None of us are medical professionals,” says Al, proudly. “We are shunned by the medical profession, they are downright hostile toward us.”

Far from being a new age Red Cross The Art of Bleeding turns straitlaced safety education on its head, and hits the audience with half-naked naughty nurses soaked in animal blood, inflatable foetuses and fucked-up puppet shows. “

That’s my baby! My fiancee has now been shown to the world via Bizarre magazine. They’ve run a story on Art of Bleeding that features my girl in the flesh, surrounded by blood, zombies, fetuses, apes, robots, and the rest of the crew. It’s amusing since that was the first and only time she’s gotten so nude with them, and there just happened to be a photographer there and a magazine article in the works.

I got more photos of bloody zombie nurses here and


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