Say Hello…

To my little friend Wodos the Pikachu. Isn’t he just the most adorable thing ever?

As you can see he is a Thelemite type of guy, with a fondness for spikes,  ripping Death Metal/Grind core and denim. At least that’s how I’ve styled him πŸ™‚

In all seriousness, I was having a great deal of trouble with anxiety and whatnot leading up to and after the hurricane. Having this little guy has done a lot to keep me grounded and calm. I don’t really give a shit if it’s ridiculous because it helps me. 

As you can see, I made a little Metal vest for him. Also a collar because I wanted him to have the unicursal hexagram pendant πŸ˜‰ I had a lot of fun with this project. 

Why Wodos? It’s a reference to a meme in my battle jacket group. Someone selling a patch on eBay inverted the logo of the German Thrash band Sodom and sold it as a Wodos patch. Metalheads went berserk. 

Anyway, hope you enjoyed meeting my service Stuffie πŸ™‚

-Thom 

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Berserk Jacket of Doom

I’m done messing with it. I used my post Hospital time (in spite of the percocet making me lazy)to get my shit together and do the last of the sewing.   Stay tuned for the beginnings of a Strictly Thrash Vest. Until then, here’s muh pride and joy :

Bands: Absu, Jex Thoth,  The Devil’s Blood, Purson, Mayhem, King Diamond, Abyssic Hate, Immolation, Pungent Stench, Incantation, Mortuary Drape, Blood Ceremony, Electric Wizard, Samael, Burzum, At The Gates, Funeral Mist, Misfits, Morbid Angel, Averse Sefira, Sadistic Intent, Bathory, Angelcorpse, Beherit, Black Sabbath,  Arghoslent.  

Cheers y’all! 

-Thom

Muh Christmas in words and images :)

Well, it really was a good Christmas this year,  at least for me. I had a lot of fun catching up with family and feasting upon some truly excellent food including my Grandmother’s legendary Baked Crab. My Uncle Ray brought us all wood caddies with six bottles of his home brewed beer as presents. Plus more for us to drink that night.I consider myself to have a fairly discriminating pallette and they were all quite well crafted with a great balance of flavors. I made sure to tell him as much. 

What else? I got a really killer present from my Mom. Here’s what I got:

It’s a really thorough sewing set in a sturdy wood box. And wait until you see the front :

Cool, ja? DAMN STRAIGHT. 

Shannon and I went to my Grandmother’s house and then my Aunt Lisa’s house for Christmas Eve festivities.  Without boring you about everything I got I’ll stick to highlights.  Let’s just say I’m very happy with how this Christmas went. My Grandmother gave me a really cool Irish cookbook,  which I’m excited about exploring. Also got some amazon cards and got ten albums I’ve been burning for.

   After that we came home and exchanged most of our gifts except two and our stockings  (and our dog and two Cat’s stockings). Illustrated here:


Shannon sheepishly handed me my first present and I soon figured out why.  He also got me a (the gayest possible )sewing kit. Check it out :

Pretty much the gayest thing on earth,  methinks.  But whatever Man, I’ve made peace with my feminine side or whatever you wish to call it.  Either way, double the sewing supplies.  Also, I helped a bartender I work with move and she gave me her sewing machine.  I have a mannequin too. I am all hooked up to do mad crazy battle jacket works. 

Speaking of,  I finished patching up the body of the jacket  (still need to put a few more patches on the arms ) and started spiking the dead space.  Here’s where that’s at:

I’m going to tighten up the spiking,  this is just the beginning.  But yeah,  that’s what I did at home on Christmas day,  that and lots of non Christmas music.  

On an unrelated tangent,  here’s one of Shannon’s stocking stuffers: an ornament with his little girl Marci on it:


I also did a Rib roast that my Mom was nice enough to gift us with.  It is absolutely superb. 

Plus, I got to use my kitchen sawzall illustrated here:

All in all,  it’s been a wonderful Christmas and I’m grateful that I got to share it with those I love.  I wasn’t able to do a whole lot of shopping this year but I tried to be as thoughtful as I could achieve. Both my Mom and Grandmother’s cards had long notes in cursive (took a second to work the bugs out as it had been nearly a decade) expressing gratitude and love.  My first attempt at doing one of those awesome cards that touch the soul. 

I sincerely hope you have enjoyed this wee portal into my Christmas adventure.  Now to enjoy a little shopping and tomorrow it’s work work work!

Happy Holidays –

Thom 

Sewing once moreΒ 

I’ve already gotten a lot done on the new kutte. I’m going with an occult Psychedelic and/or Metal feel entirely in black and white.  Here’s a photo of where it’s at: 

I’ve not done anything on the front yet, but I think the back looks pretty killer so far. The Absu and The Devil’s Blood patches are embroidered whereas the Jex Thoth centerpiece is an old t-shirt that I sliced up and made into a patch of sorts.  I’m pleased with what I’ve done to it so far and am excited about the next phase of construction. 

I did put a pair of Thelema patches on the shoulders but aside from that all I’ve done is the back. I want to accrue at least twenty patches so I can really play around with some possible layouts.  Of course,  twenty is just the beginning.  My last project was half the surface area and used like fifty-seven patches. This has the potential to be a long and consuming project.  Whatevers,  I’m in it for the art. I’ve become a bit socially withdrawn lately. Not deliberately,  but friends and my schedules just haven’t been lining up recently.  This jacket project gives me something to exercise my brain and my hands. I try to take it easy on my hands but I also know a certain amount of work for them improves my overall dexterity. I’m having a far easier time than when I did my vest which is a testament to how much the Humira has improved things for me. 

I am really enjoying this project so far. I’ve gotten much quicker with my stitching and far better at undoing thread tangles with the gentle back and forthing of the line. Or whatever,  sewing is just something I get by at honestly.  My stitches hold, but they aren’t exactly pretty which is why I opted to use black thread this time and mostly hide the stitching. 

Anyhow,  now I need to go upload this to tshirtslayer.com (Berserker666). Having said that,  I wish you all a lovely day.  

-Thom

The Humiradventure Continues….

I’m still figuring it out as I go. Such is the way with most things.  I’ve received a denial letter, but the specialty pharmacy has already filed an appeal on my behalf.  I’m three injections in and feeling pretty good day to day.  I’ve only taken pain relievers ONCE in the last two weeks.  I’ve noticed a fairly sharp drop in my morning stiffness and have been relatively comfortable of late. I likey the Humira.  

Granted,  some of it could be the Arava starting to do it’s job.  Whatever it is,  I’ll take it. I’ve had a steady decline in the swelling of my joints and my energy level has been much better for the last few weeks.  I can see why so many Rheumatologists extol the virtues of DMARD combination therapy.  The shit freaking works.  I’ve been in much better shape on a daily basis and I’ve been able to get there without ibuprofen OR prednisone.  

So yeah,  that’s about where I’m at.  As confusing as things have been with navigating this strange world of specialty pharmacies,  I’ve been fortunate to have a Nurse from AbbVie in my corner advising me.  She called me yesterday and I gave her the scoop on the latest happenings. She told me to keep up what I’m doing and then she said ‘If your insurance company ends up bringing down the hammer give me a call and we can get the paperwork for another option started’. It’s a very crude paraphrase but the point is that AbbVie has some kind of foundation that may be able to help me. We shall see,  but I’m pretty optimistic about things. 

I must admit I feel pretty fortunate.  I just said to my Boyfriend on the other couch “The best thing about the meds is that I’m not flaring up at work. I can just do my job.”.I’m trying to work smarter lately and reduce the stress in my life.  Getting away from Facebook was a good move. It wasn’t any particular factor aside from it just being too much bullshit for my mind to effectively process.  I don’t check my blog at work. I’ll see it if I get a like or a new subscriber and that’s the extent of my wordpress play at work. My battery lasts a lot longer these days as well.  

All things analyzed, I’m pretty content with how my existence is currently rolling along.  I’m confident that my jacket project will chug along with my hands being in better order. I got some killer patches for it but I’ve barely etched the surface of it’s potential.  Black and white.  Occult Metal and Psychedelic Rock. Thelema. Spikes. It is going to be an outpouring of my feral soul. More on that as it develops. 

Anyhow,  life is capricious and strange as ever. Ride the waves we must!!!

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