Another Fantastic Piece of Skull Decor by our Artist Dean
Our Skull Decor is a serious way to make a statement! A most bad-ass gift, or home decor item. A flamed and pin-striped human skull!
Okay, so it’s not actually human — but this baby is just about life size and rock solid.
Beautifully detailed in a classic von Dutch style by our artist Dean (read more on him in our About section). Very unique and quite a show piece.
A perfect home addition for collectors and novelty lovers of all things rockabilly / psychobilly / goth / kustom kulture or just the bizarre!
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This is a vintage wood Playboy Cigar box with painted details.
Rockabilly style meets Gonzo. Exquisite detail on a small canvas.
•Exterior hand painted, acrylic ink, graphite, and watercolor.
•Real leather black padded interior
•Gold tone latch and hinges
•Real metal jacket studs
•Felted feet for non-scratch
•Clear coated artwork for duration
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Better late than never, a few images from our time at Sled Fest in Duncannon, PA.
Sled Fest is a rockabilly themed, pre ’72 car show held at the Old Sled Works antiques shop. If you’ve never been to Old Sled Works it’s definitely worth the trip. The place is huge and it’s jam packed full of collectables. We didn’t have a lot of time to peruse with running our stand, but what we did see was awesome. We nabbed a Radio Flyer trike for the wee one (which is now pin-striped!) Definitely planning a trip back.
Along with the show and the antiques, the good folks from Retro Lovely magazine were there. They were shooting pin-up photography at the soda fountain inside.
There was a car show (the event is put on by the Hooligan’s Car Club) and also a pin-up contest. A lot of great folks were there including the owners of Atomic Cheesecake pin-up photography (Baltimore).
We made a lot of great connections and had an all around great time. The pre-party the night before at the River City Blues Club (Harrisburg, PA) was great, with awesome bands including Trio Agave, a surf rock band hailing from Lancaster, PA.
See you next year! Were you there? Drop us a line, let us know what you thought!
Horseshoes have a lot of lore and superstition surrounding them. Maybe one of the reasons we at Grease and Grace love them so much. Our pin-striper, Dean, believes that, “One can never have too much luck”, and he thinks the shoes ought to be positioned upwards, with the points to the sky.
No matter how you choose to display them or why, there’s no doubt that they make excellent home decor. We have a slew of new horseshoe designs for sale at Black Kat Kollectibles in Lancaster, Pa. Also, as always, we have our custom order option. These are especially nice for birth announcements, memorials and family name placards.
With the business of Sled Fest in April, and the recent collaboration with Black Kat Kollectibles, we were slacking a bit in the photography department here. So here, we include some of the newest designs. These are made by Cindy and Dean, husband and wife team!
Here’s a bit of lore as well, from superstionsonline.com. “It is believed that the good luck powers of the horseshoe originate with the story of a blacksmith named Dunstan. The Devil came to Dunstan and requested that he fit him with new horseshoes. Dunstan recognized the devil and nailed a horseshoe onto his hoof. This caused the Devil great pain. While he was in agony, Dunstan chained him and only released him after the devil promised never to enter a place that had a horseshoe hung over the door. Dunstan became the Archbishop of Canterbury in 959 AD and is known as St. Dunstan.
Some believe that if guests come to a house where a horseshoe is above the door, they must leave by the same door through which they entered or they will take the luck from the horseshoe with them from the house.
To assure good luck for the New Year, one should sleep with a horseshoe under his pillow onNew Year’s Eve.
The crescent shape of the horseshoe can ward off the evil eye.
Suspected witches who were tried and buried upon their deaths had horseshoes nailed to their coffins to prevent them from returning to life or resurrecting again as witches.
Finding a horseshoe is very lucky if the open space is facing toward you.
If you dream of finding a horseshoe, good luck will come to you.
Toss the horseshoe over the left shoulder and spit after it to increase the good luck that will soon arrive.
Sailors used to nail a horseshoe to the foremast of their vessels to keep witches and wizards from cursing the voyage or damaging the ship.
Should the Horseshoe Opening Face Up or Down?
Almost everyone who attributes power to a horseshoe will say that nailing a horseshoe to the threshold of one’s home helps to bring good fortune to the family. The best position and direction varies from one telling to another. Some say the horseshoe, tacked in place with three nails and the open end down, wards off evil.
Some believe that hanging the horseshoe with the opening pointing upward like a “U” holds in all the good luck and the powers it brings. Hanging it upside down would allow the powers to spill out. Others think that hanging it with the opening pointing down allows all of the good luck, protective powers and good fortune to shower upon you and surround the home.
A common belief says a horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away. If the horseshoe is hung with the opening pointing up, the sleeper’s masculine powers will be increased. If the sleeper is female, her latent powers will be awakened if the opening points down.
Nails in the Horseshoe
If you find a horseshoe, look to see how many nails still remain in the holes. The number of remaining empty holes determines how many weeks, months, or years (this varies) it will be before they will become rich or will be married.
Another variation states that the number of nails remaining determine the length of time before good luck arrives.
Another says the number of nails left in the horseshoe equals the number of years of good luck you will receive.
Some say not to bother with a found horseshoe unless it still has some nails left in it.
Horseshoes were originally made from iron, which may also account for the superstitions that are associated with this object. Iron was considered magical because it was able to withstand fire and was much stronger than other metals. The superstitions for iron are thought to originate in prehistoric times. It was used as a charm to ward off evil spirits.
Another aspect of the horseshoe that added to it’s good luck was the fact that it was commonly held in place by seven iron nails. Since ancient times, the number seven was considered very important.”
Newest in the line of keepsake boxes (which are a father – daughter artist collaboration) is an exquisitely detailed, peacock themed antique box.
Shabby Chic style, these boxes are either refurbished vintage or embellished new to look antique/retro. Deanna does the painting and embellishments and box interiors and Dean does the pin-striping. _______________
Keeping with their traditional Rockabilly theme, this piece pulls in a little bit of Victorian / Art Nouveau flair.
Rockabilly style meets Art Nouveau. Exquisite detail on a small canvas. Metallic acrylic adds sparkle and shine to the peacock illustration which is bordered by bright, dancing, pin-striping lines. Vibrant, colorful, and brilliant line work.
The scrap-booked interior reads : Our Love Will Last Forever The interior lid says : Forever, and leaves space to hand write a note.
•Exterior hand painted and surrounded by beautiful original pin-striping •Black original velvet like material lined interior •Unique handles on sides and original key •Suitable for standard size letter envelopes as pictured •Felted feet for non-scratch •Clear coated artwork for duration ___________________________________________________________________________
Measures: 11″ W 3.5″ H 6″ D
Rockabilly / Psychobilly / Retro / Vintage / Victorian / Art Nouveau
A medium size, intricate box for storing your most precious items, jewelry or keepsake memories!
Definitely a conversation starter and complete one of a kind!
Happy to announce three new listings forvintage pin striped hand bags. These will be listed on our Etsy shop shortly so be sure to check the Vintage Pin Striped Purses section often for new items. These are all one of a kind and items rotate frequently.
Bags are hand painted by our artist Dean, read a feature on Dean and his art experience here.
With over thirty years of experience Dean has a lot of work under his belt – from pin striping like this to hand lettering to metal fabrication. More photos of his work are in his artist section.