Batman 1989 1660x900 Smartphone Wallpaper

I saw somebody in a Facebook group related to Michael Keaton's Batman posting various smartphone wallpapers. I liked the concept very much but so much the execution. That's just fancy salty speak for "why didn't I think of it first and why am I confident I can do it better as well?".

So there you go, I may do other ones to shake off the Photoshop webs.

WIP Custom 1:12 Catwoman (Batman Returns)

At this time I am not sure when I'll be able to buy a more professional camera, and I don't want to post entire marathons of bad quality photos so I will be posting some Work-in-Progress (WIP) photos and we're gonna start off with Selina Kyle/Catwoman!


Custom 1:12 Jack Nicholson Joker - Batman (1989)


Custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder (1988, Playmates)


So my collection, as small as it is, was initially going to be comprised of only bootlegs or knock-offs with the odd genuine figure here or there. I would find myself going back to the drawing board regarding those plans as soon I purchased the NECA Mirage Comic Style TMNT crew (which I will post about later) but I could not find a Shredder to go along with them.

Cosplay - The Riddler (2016)

Continuing to finally document and post what I've done in the past few Halloweens, we move on to year 2016, where I decided to bring it down a notch. In order to do that, I had to decide for a character that uses regular every-day clothing (just in very specific color schemes).

I don't remember using this outside of one Halloween party and a Superhero day at work (yes, I know The Riddler is not a superhero), so the main purpose was for it to be low-effort, economical and comfortable to wear.


Shots of Horror Movie Figures

So I really don't know how this happened, or rather how it didn't, but I discovered I hadn't posted my first ever figure/collectible photos on my blog. These were taken with my now-defunct Canon Rebel XTi camera and I did not own the figures, I borrowed the figures from a local at my hometown.

I recently found out these were 18+ inches tall! It's been almost ten years since I took these photos, so memory is a bit hazy thinking they were 12 inches.

Okay, let's start off with...

Edward Scissorhands 18" Movie Maniacs Series 5 - McFarlane Toys (2002)


I remember it having very little articulation and it supposedly had "motion-activated  blade moving action" in order to wiggle its scissor-fingers but the figure I had was bust.


Cosplay - Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz (2015)

Picking up from my previous post, I try to document what I did all these past Halloweens since I did not bother to do it back then.

As you may have assumed from my MS-Paint Beetlejuice from 10 years ago (ouch!), I am a fan of the bio-exorcist and it was only because my wife promised she would endure the process of painting my face for all three outings that I was able to do this. My costumes require little to no make-up and that's a conscious decision. Anyway, she fittingly went as Lydia Deetz in her wedding gown from the film. At first I did the film version which had a white shirt, whereas the animated series version sported a pink shirt instead, so the next day I decided to switch it up and now I can say I did both.


Cosplay - Mortal Kombat II Raiden (2014)

Learning how to run away from reality by dressing up as my favorite fictional characters has been an annual aspiration to buy things I definitely do not need for many years now. It was not up until a few years ago, the only excuse that I could get away with was to do it at Halloween and if you add my signature style of "Oh I have no real responsibilities lemme drink until I learn how to socialize properly" and it instantly became my favorite time of year!

Well, these past few years the tradition has somehow stayed alive but I have not been bothered to continue posting about it so I'll try to make up for it in a few upcoming posts, starting with this one.

Halloween 2014: Mortal Kombat II - Raiden

This was actually the second Raiden costume I had because the original did not live up to my standards and I lacked the drive to improve it. So I bought a white gi on eBay, have someone sew the blue and black apron-like fabric and the rest were hand-wraps both on my arms and legs.

Custom BvS: Dawn of Justice Electro-Armor Batman 12in. Figure



What actually set me off on considering customizing any sort of figure in any magnitude was this thing right here. I was given this figure by my ex-boss and good friend Tony. It surprised me that someone would give me a kid's toy out of nowhere but the more surprising thing is that it was based off Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie he really disliked. Turns out a niece or nephew gave him the toy and suffice it to say, it is a very crappy and basic looking toy that was obviously meant to cater to little kids.


Customizing Beetlejuice 1989 Kenner Action Figures



Since I haven't posted in a while, instead of getting to the point straight away I wanted to give some background on this idea. If you don't want to read all that, click here.

What I remember most about my childhood was the entertainment and in that area, the Nintendo Entertainment System and action figures were top contenders for the crown of time wasters. Much like today.

Like most other kids born in the 80's, my toys were mainly composed of:
  • • ThunderCats 
  • • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • • G.I. Joe 
  • • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • • Batman

Ashamed of the previous series of 9/11 posts

This is the only post on my blog I'll dedicate to my 9/11 "jokes" from years ago. Although I'm not  going to consider myself a brand new person, I am no longer proud when it comes to these crude jokes at the expense of a real tragedy. Whether you believe it to be a terrorist attack or an inside job, the fact of the matter is that at the very least it meant the death of loved ones while understanding that it was so significant that its impact on the economy and certain aspects of everyday life would change for the worse in many places for years to come.

I've decided to remove the original posts and I'll use this one page as a reminder of what I no longer find witty, entertaining, amusing or tactful.

That being said, I can appreciate some of the artwork done (mainly the animated Samurai Shodown and the Beavis & Butt-head entries). That being said, I've re-done the Beavis and Butt-Head to better accommodate my current instance on this whole thing.




You can only see those old pictures if you click on the button below. Please overlook the "happy" part of the pictures below.

Do you want a bit of WTF in your day? cavecanems has your fix.

Ever since I came across Cyriak's twisted brand of genius animation so many years ago, this diving into abstract animation who goes hand-in-hand perfectly with the WTF initialism has only gotten better over the years.

My latest discovery in this field is Darío Alva, who goes by the cavecanems alias. Here's a compilation of pretty lovely fucked-uppetry.



still lost I guess, here's a tunnel... from cavecanems on Vimeo.

Forky se aferra a #RickyRossello

Cuando los ciudadados se dividen en dos categorías:

  • • Los que están acostumbrados a lo mismo, año tras año y se aferran al fanatismo
  • • Los que desean cambios y tratan de explicar el por qué el cambio es necesario

    Full Version

    Milkyway Timelapse Compilation


    What our lights don't allow us to see.

    These breath-taking images are from Japan, New Zealand and Hawaii.




    I wonder what it would be like to witness something like this while high...

    Power Rangers for grown-ups!



    A long time ago I had found the Robocop vs. Terminator vs. Predator mash-up and much to my delight I found that Adi Shankar, the creator, had made more of these inside a "Bootleg Universe". Chief among these was the "Power Rangers Unauthorized" fan film, that you can watch below.

    BUT TODAY I found out that Jason David Frank (the Green/White ranger from the famous TV show) is involved in a fan film as well, called "Legend of the White Dragon" and a trailer for the Kickstarter project was launched on July 12th, 2019. Check it out.





    About that fan-film that sparked my interest in all this, I leave you with Power Rangers Unauthorized.

    The Shining starring Jim Carrey (deepfake)



    If you've been living under a rock, there's a good chance you will still know or have heard or have seen what deepfake is or looks like.

    tl;dr

    A lot of technical crap happens and a face is digitally replaced by another face.

    Now enjoy one the best god damned examples of this technological monstrosity. The genius behind this is Ctrl Shift Face and succeeded in replacing Jack Nicholson's stellar performance in Stanley's Kubrick The Shining with Jim Carrey's face.

    Episode 1 - Concentration



    Episode 2 - The Bat



    Episode 3 - Here's Jimmy!



    Episode 4 - The Maze



    Ascending To Hell




    This was taken way back on October 14, 2013 when I was a receptionist at a college that set up shop in an old hospital building. The amount of people that would go there to ask if it was still a hospital was stupid crazy considering the damn building had stopped being a hospital for at least a decade.

    Being closed for that long may explain why the third storey (or story) was full of humidity and all around creepiness (bat shit, no tile work, extreme darkness, etc.) You would risk being trapped up there as the elevator was in on the classic gag of letting others know how much you may shit yourself under stress. Obviously it was perfect for a photo op.

    Site re-launch! (?)



    I've been consistently working on getting all the kinks out with this new layout and although I know there will always be something to fix or modify, I can rest easy thinking "I gotta go fix that fucking code or that 1 visitor will not see it the way it was meant to be!".

    So yeah, that's pretty much it. Well, I've also gotten rid of a bunch of old very offensive posts.

    Now, now, that's not to say I lack a humor or that I am some sort of advocate for political correctness. I had to come to terms with a long of things that just did not feel right like the "Happy 9/11" posts. I started that shit when I was fresh out of high school I think, and back then it was more about being angry and offensive as possible and the backlash was, apparently, the joke.

    That and the horrible grammar.

    Safe for a few piece of original artwork, I've removed  a lot of that shit from the site and it was not entertaining, clever, or even well put together. Throwing cuss words at things is not the equivalent of funny or even ranting properly. I may re-post some of the best done pieces mainly due to genuinely liking it outside of the "Happy 9/11" part.

    I am aiming to become more active and part of that has a lot to do with the ease of content sharing on social media, which segways into the social media sidebar you will see along posts. The 3 most popular platforms are the ones I tend to use the most (well, I mean Twitter is shit but it's there).

    So thank you for taking the time to read this and if you understand Spanish, you'll see a bit of a parody of your typical "influencer", enjoy.

    Mike Tyson in Family Matters

    Mike Tyson has grown to be this weird, lovable, quirky, murderer in our society. Now he has his own sitcom! Brought to you by Mr. Fakestein, self proclaimed (rightfully so) of deepfake fucketry, he brings this gem to our eyes.




    Even he can't deny the beauty in this re-imagining of Family Matters or as we used to call it "The annoying nerd kid show".

    Cosplay: BATMAN (Low Budget)

    The WHAT

    I made my own Batman suit. Or costume. Or cosplay (I mean, it just means costume player but whatever). It is a low budget one and it is not accurate or without its shortcomings for both the person wearing it and those that look at the details.






    The WHY

    Ever since my 3rd birthday I've had at least some sort of evidence that I'm a Batman fan. Prior to this one could only assume looking at paint dry and angling my rectum in the perfect direction as to shit out my diapers were my only past times. I don't know. I don't want to know. Having been a fan for so long, I've bought Batman-related merchandise in some way or another throughout my life. Be it t-shirts, sneakers, cereal, action figures, wallets, you name it. I'm not the biggest or the most ambitions fan, not by a long shot, I'm just a very big fan of Batman, period. I'm also  a fan of Halloween and the opportunity to dress up, I've previously covered in this very blog the various disguises I've donned over time such as V for Vendetta, Cobra Commander, The Riddler, Ghostbusters, etc. One thing I had never contemplated for longer than 5 minutes at a time was to dress up as Batman, this thought would cradle back and forth for YEARS mainly because anything under $300 was a very pathetic attempt at a costume:



    Or at the very least just not a decent version of one:




    But then there were some expensive ones that while they didn't really turn any heads other than to say "Wtf?!" they just were not worth the money.

    Then I discovered cowl replicas (Batman's helmet or mask) and this opened up a whole new world of Batman cosplaying to me. I had not imagined there would be people out there sculpting and molding replicas of movie cowls, comic cowls, cartoon cowls, video game cowls, and everything else imaginable. Same goes with the gauntlets, its fins, the shin guards, chest pieces, capes, etc. A pretty average  price for one cowl is around $200 and most of them are made of a type of rubber called urethane but there are others made of latex, I've yet to buy either one of these so I can't really vouch for one or the other. When I decided to tackle this project, my main thought was "If I can't make the cowl work, the whole thing is doomed" and that it needed to be done within $300-$200, no more maybe less (but unlikely). So if I didn't shell out $200 for a cowl what did I do? I'm glad you didn't ask.

    The COST

    I had a lot of research done, I would go back and forth video games, movie stills and ideas from groups such as Becoming: BATMAN and Brotherhood of the Bat, but it was also a LOT of trial and error. To be honest, after a while it stopped being research and it was just a mish-mash of anything I could wrap my head around and create a low-budget version of. Below you'll find most if not all the components used and a link to the website I got them from:

    HEAD AREA
    Batman Arkham Origin Mask = $22.00
    Notice it does not cover the back of the head, so you will have to think ahead and figure out how to cover that. Plain cloth could work but it will not look convincing at all.
    eBay Link




    Batman Returns Rubies Mask = $27.00
    This was actually the first thing I purchased. My mentality was that if I couldn't make the cowl work, nothing would. I wanted to do the Keaton version first and foremost and without shelling out $200+ I thought this was as close as I could get. Boy was I wrong... Keep in mind that both styles below are actually meant to advertise the exact same product. The grossly exaggerated poor craftsmanship of the second version is inaccurate with both the actual product and the product it tries to imitate.
    eBay Link 1 | eBay Link 2



    Ultra-thin Balaclava = $2.50
    I have long hair so this helps keep it in place, as well fill in the gaps that will inevitably show up when tilting my head.
    eBay Link

    CHEST AREA

    Compression Shirt and Pants (Link) = $18.00

    This specific texture was a very nice starting point for the actual bodysuit. Of course, the photos are using an amazing specimen of some mannequin I bet, but it's still decent. And come on, you're not going to find a bodysuit for less than $20.00!

    Foam yoga mat (4mm) for the Bat Emblem (Link) = $5.00


    CLASSIC GAUNTLETS
    Faux Leather Opera Gloves (Link) = $3.50
    Archery Arm Guard (Link) = $2.50 x2 = $5.00
    9-inch Black Zipper = $1.00 x2 = $5.00



    ARMORED GAUNTLETS
    Craft Foam (6mm)
    Craft Foam (3mm)
    Tactical Gloves (Link) = $10.00 (approx.)
    Soccer Kids Shin Guards (Link) = $4.00




    BELT
    10 Pocket Utility Pouch Cartridge Ammo Tool Rugged Cotton Canvas Adjustable Belt (Link) = $15.00 (Approx.)

    MISC.
    Mannequin head (foam) = $5.00
    Heat Gun = $16.00
    Dremel / Rotary Tool = $10.00
    Precision knives = $8.00
    Velcro = $5.00
    Contact Cement = $6.00
    DAP Rapid Fuse Adhesive = $6.00
    Plastidip = $7.00
    Tall combat boots = $35-$55
    Upholstery Foam = $ Varies
    Upholstery faux leather fabric (at least 6 yards) = $ Varies