Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Black Market at DRIP.

I went to DRIP, (8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819) to sketch a one night only art event called The Black Market, which included a dark art exhibit, fashion show, and a pop-up boutique inspired by mystery, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, horror, black magic, and all things dark.

I focused my attention  on this incredible display of designer high heel shoes. They are perfect for any gal or guy who wants to gain a solid foot in height. Some of the heels were elegant as if built at the turn of the century by Louis Eiffel himself. Other were ferocious as if for a Mad Max apocalyptic world.

The proprietor of this set up had his custom built beach buggy parked outside. He had several baby squirrels in a fur hat that he was keeping warm. If one shivered he would pick it up in his cupped hands and blow on it to raise its temperature. He let me hold one and it was incredibly delicate. The squirrels had been blown from their nest by the hurricane force winds of Irma.

His assistant wore black stocking full of holes, along with spiky shoulder pads and a jet black g-string. She could ring up sales on her iPhone using Square and kept busy with that. So many stopped to browse that it was difficult to see everything on the table at the same time. I pieced together the puzzle all night long. There were performances in the other room, but I stayed on task. The entire evening was a fun blend of dark goth, leather and steam punk inventiveness. If you wanted something truly different for the holidays this would have been your best bet.

Other Featured Exhibitors:
Art Exhibit curated by Carl Jordan
Retromended Vintage Fashion Shop
Carmine Oddities Boutique
Shibari Demo (Knot Tying) by Carmine Oddities Boutique
Tarot Card Readings
Coffee Shop of Horrors
Live Make-Up Demonstrations
Dead Snow Cocktail and Rogue Dead Guy Ale
TnT Paranormal Investigators will be running an EVP listening station.
Hand Crafted Costume Pieces for the spooky season!

These themed DRIP art events come up fairly often each year and they are always fun and unexpected.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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