Zombie zombie

Why Zombies, why now?  I want to know.  Because I’m obsessed, and I think many people are too.  I read somewhere that the proliferation of alien and UFO themed movies and shows from the 1960’s developed from our fear of the cold war.  In this way, the threat of an atomic winter translated to a cultural preponderance of little green men.

I believe this. I think we act out through art and culture so as to better understand the world around us.  Which leads me to zombies… what is it that we are responding to now? For example, Zombie by Fela Kuti was a political criticism of the Nigerian government.  But what about our zombies? What does the zombie apocalypse examine for us?
IMG_2600.JPG zombie bracelet by nitebyrd

To the question: I don’t know. I can relate to the examination of the world through zombies but on a very small personal level. I want my dead loved ones to come back to me. Every day I’m dealing with the grief from the loss of my dad, knowing I would want him back no matter what. I could easily be the Governor caring for Penny. I’d wear this eye patch from GothFoxDesigns on Etsy. (Be careful, the link is SFW but don’t click on the other images.) However, my zombie love predates this awful period of my life.

If I were in school still, I’d sign up for Zombies and the American Culture 101.  Is it our baby boomers coming to terms with mortality? Is it a means to question ourselves, in this very comfortable world where survival skills are no longer necessary? You see the signs of our spoiled comforts everywhere, like this bone bracelet from VMT Los Angeles, though lovely, is a jaw dropping $2175 IMG_2599.JPG I looked at it and thought “Are you kidding me? But it is attractive… and if money were no object I would buy it myself.”

Do zombies tap into that same vein as the Tuff Mudders, the Ultra-marathons and the Survival Man TV shows? Are we as a culture searching to prove ourselves on a very fundamental level?

What do you think? Do you zombie? How would you survive? I’d probably put my knitting skills to use and barter warm sweaters for food. Also, I throw a good punch. And what do you think of Z nation, you watch it yet?

TV and jewelry

Yesterday’s post on the the Walking Dead: Sex Ed Fail and an exchange with LoveandFlats on favorite TV shows got me thinking… What other bracelets are out there based on my favorite TV shows? Well, let’s find out!

My very favorite shows are the Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hannibal, and Justified. Since I already covered the Walking Dead, let’s sub in LoveandFlat’s favorite show Breaking Bad.

First up: BUFFY. I both googled and Etsy-ed, but google just brought me back around to Etsy where I found a lot, A LOT, of very tweeny Buffy charm bracelets. The more uncommon are the cuffs, like this one on sale right now for $13.60 by TheTrendyGeek

IMG_2518.PNG You just can’t go wrong with the Buffy tagline. I like, too, the crooked typewriter font. It’s a subtle but pretty piece of fan jewelry.

Next: HANNIBAL. Surprisingly, Etsy offered more variety in Hannibal bracelet styles though altogether less bracelets. I want to find the most special of the options, though, and it is a $17.10 charm bracelet by FanFayreJewelry

IMG_2519.PNG It’s not overcrowded by charms which is how many charm bracelets turn out wrong. The charms include so many nuances of the Hannibal themes: the stag, knives, a clock! So subtle but fantastic. I would definitely wear this.

JUSTIFIED: This show doesn’t have the obsessive fanbase of the other shows. I wasn’t expecting to find much, and I didn’t. There is one single Justified tagged bracelet option but… It’s lovely! Made by ClosetGeekery it’s $20.

IMG_2520.PNG I would actually probably pair this guy with the Hannibal charm bracelet. They would definitely compliment one another.

Now for you, LoveandFlats, BREAKING BAD: more charm bracelets, more hand stamped silver cuffs but nothing exceptional. Which, a show like Breaking Bad? We’re looking for exceptional, inspired, and cool to wear. And this periodic table of elements for $30 by UniqueArtPendants spoke to me. Too cool for school! Wait, let me correct myself, it is exactly the right amount of cool for school.

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What are your favorite shows? Let’s find some awesome fan bracelets (and, maybe even other jewelry!)