welcome to the insta-hood: @ghostly.archive!

This week I interview an amazing ig account: @ghostly.archive

  1.  Tell me a little about yourself .

“I just moved to Los Angeles from Washington DC after graduating from the University of Maryland (UMD) in their MLIS program (Masters in Library and Information Science). My focus in their program was digital archives. I grew up in the DC area and always wanted to work in a library and this program started when doing a career change to study library science. It was there that I took a class on social media networks with Professor Jen Golbeck. The capstone project of the class was essentially to use network theory and make a piece of content go viral on a platform. While taking this class in summer 2021 I also had the challenge of needing to do a library or archives internship. I was working full time at UMD and needed something flexible, which is how I ended up interning at Congressional Cemetery as their digital archives intern. I essentially worked to create online exhibitions about their different residents in a Google Arts & Culture page.”

2. What made you interested in making food from recipes found on tombstone?

“This was how I started on #cemeterytiktok. My professor recommended I make a tiktok about the cemetery experience, so I started posting everyday about the things I learned. The cemetery’s archivist Dayle was full of stories and taught me a lot about the death industry and the unusual ways Congressional stayed connected to its local community (they have a very famous dog program as well as tours, movie nights, book clubs, and educational events). 

3. What was the first recipe you made from a recipe from on a tombstone?

“Since I had to post everyday I started looking at other cemeteries and making tiktoks about interesting graves I heard about. I loved old graves but the modern ones are especially interesting since people choose to be memorialized in so many different ways. This is how I first heard about Naomi Odessa Miller-Dawson’s grave. Atlas Obscura, a wonderful source on cemeteries in general, had a great post about the grave when I was looking for grave stories. Naomi’s grave is like an open cookbook with the ingredients for her spritz cookies in a cemetery in Brooklyn.

When I saw a photo of the grave I wanted to try the recipe for myself. I’d started learning how to cook during the pandemic and thought it would be interesting to try it. There weren’t any instructions so I made them completely wrong, but still when I posted it things kind of exploded (in a good way). I got so many questions about the grave, tips for how to make it right, or people commenting with what they’d put on their own gravestone. While looking into more about Naomi I stumbled across other recipe gravestones on Google, which pretty much solidified this new mission to find as many as I could.”

4. What was your favorite recipe you made and why ? What was the least favorite and why?

“At this point I’ve now found 17 recipes and think there could be even more out there. My favorite still might be Naomi’s just because it’s the cookie that started it all, and it’s really a wonderful recipe! I probably most often make the snickerdoodle cookies of Annabell Gunderson, buried in California, just because they’re a crowd pleaser with my family and make a lot of cookies. The recipe I’ve been requested the most to bring to gatherings might be Ida Kleinman’s jam nut roll recipe, from the grave of a woman in Israel. Honestly I haven’t tried a bad one yet; if they don’t work out the first few times it’s always because I’m still a new baker.”

5.  What state you have travel to have the most recipes on tombstones? Why do you think that state has so many?

“My goal is to visit all of the recipe gravestones and ideally meet with family members to cook them. A few of us have chatted online but there’s nothing like cooking and sharing memories in a kitchen. I think the hardest gravestones to visit are going to be the ones in Nome, Alaska and the two in Israel. Currently I’ve visited the two in New York, one in Logan, UT, and one in Washington State. So far the state with the most recipes have just been two: New York has spritz cookies and date and nut bread, Iowa has Christmas cookies and cheese dip, California has a carrot cake and snickerdoodles, and Arkansas actually has two sugar cookie recipes (one even of a woman who’s still alive). 

It’s hard to call this a trend. None of the families I’ve talked to seemed aware there were others out there. The women (all the graves in the US have been woman) all seemed to be known for these particular recipes at gatherings so it just made sense. When I talked to the woman in Arkansas, Peggy Neal, who’s still alive, about why she decided to include a recipe on her gravestone, she said it’s because people loved her cookies and she still gets requests for them. During the pandemic her granddaughter even called her up to learn how to make them, creating a special memory for them while separated in quarantine. 

If anything I guess the trend is that people are thinking about their own legacies in a new way and getting creative with how they want to be remembered. Pretty much anything goes for what you want memorialized on your gravestone. Recipes seems extra special since making and eating the food a loved one made during their lifetime connects to all the senses – you can smell and taste the cookie, remember telling stories while biting into a slice of cake, and fully remember a person with all your senses.”

If you like to learn more. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @ghostly.archive

Until next time!!!

A Winter reading list!

No surprise that I would also add a couple of must read books for the upcoming winder season. Also if you want to get someone a gift and have no idea on what to get them then this is a interesting direction to go towards.

All of the links in this blog today is from a great book store and fantastic small business called Atomic Books! They always have the most interesting curated selection of books to buy.

Demin and Leather: The Rise and Fall of The New Wave of British Heavy Metal by Michael Hann: so many great bands like Def Leppard, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin was part of this new wave of British heavy metal and we are so grateful for it!

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/collections/new-books/products/denim-and-leather

Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution by Nona Willis Aronowitz. Written by Nona Willis Aronowitz who is a sex and love columnist for Teen Vogue. Was at standstill point in her life which made her question a lot of things that revolved love, sex and marriage.

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/collections/new-books/products/bad-sex-truth-pleasure-and-an-unfinished-revolution

Punk Paradox: A memoir by Greg Graffin. Greg Graffin from Bad Religion writing about his early days in forming the band? YES PLEASE!!!

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/collections/new-books/products/punk-paradox-a-memoir

Death for Dinner: 50 Gorey-Good, Plant Based Drinks, meals and Munchies Inspired by your favorite Horror Films by Zach Neil. No surprise I am not much of a cook however this book alone might make me force myself in starting to make meals. It is also a good dinner table conversation saying that this meal you are eating was inspired by Carrie White.

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/collections/new-art-gift-cookbooks/products/death-for-dinner-cookbook

All this could be Yours by Jami Attenberg: Everybody has the one family member they all gossip about. This book one just one family member but the entire family that is worth gossiping about.

Link to buy is here: https://atomicbooks.com/collections/literature-literary-fiction/products/all-this-could-be-yours

If you would to take a look at Atomic Books. Here is there website: https://atomicbooks.com/

Until next time!

Clarissa Sings: Songs I sing out loud in the car!

Are you ever in your car and you turn on your music on shuffle mode and find yourself cranking up a particular song(s) and start singing very loudly to it? Well I do! Here are ten songs I crank up the volume for while driving:

Stand Back- Stevie Nicks- The intro to this song allows time for me to crank up the volume. This song has a great beat to it while driving.

Cameo- Candy: this song has a great drumming and guitar solo. It just makes you happy when you are driving around doing errands or going to work.

The Donnas- take it off: This was one of my favorite songs in high school and it is a powerhouse of a song.

Prince- Computer Blue: It’s no surprise that Prince is on this list. I love everything about this song, and it’s such a great song to drive to with the windows down!

Tears for Fears- Shout: what better song to listen to while stuck in traffic on the highway??

Lil’ Kim featuring Lil’ Cease: one of my favorite songs! Also who is excited about Lil’ Kim book coming out in 2024 but hopefully sooner!!!!

Good Morning Baltimore- Hairspray: This song just makes me incredibility happy when I listen it. Plus anything John Waters related I am 100% for!

Billy Squier- My kind of lover: I didn’t know about Billy Squier until I watched a show called Red Oaks. This was the first song of his I ever heard and became immediately hook with this and many other of his songs.

They Don’t Know about Us- Tracey Ullman- One of my forever icons Tracey Ullman also was a singer, and this song is perfection when I am driving to work.

Bay City Rollers- Saturday Night: because S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!

These are just a tiny amount of songs that I belt out when driving. What songs do you blast out of your car? Comment below!!!!

The lady.cult holiday gift idea giving guide: 2022!

Hello all! Welcome to the 2022 holiday gift idea giving guide!!! I will be discussing some fantastic small businesses! Please keep in mind there shipping deadlines when ordering to make sure you get it by the holidays. 🙂

Here we go!!

: Always Fits

Always Fits has always been one of my favorite online places to shop. They have so many unique and special items that I always end up finding something very interesting to gift a friend. Like this book: The Golden Girls: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. But honestly anything from this store would be a hit. Here are some shipping deadlines for this store: for free shipping (you must spend $99 dollars to qualify!) it is 5-7 business days and the order cutoff date for that is December 12,2022. For standard shipping (anything under $99 dollars) it is 5-7 business days and the cut off date is still December 12, 2022. For 3-4 business day the cut off order date is December 14, 2022. And for 2-day shipping (2 business days) the cut off date is December 18, 2022.

Also they are having a discount code when you spend $50 you get $10 dollars off with code: BFCM22 Offer ends on November 28th!!!

Link to purchase this book is here: https://alwaysfits.com/collections/holiday-gifts/products/the-golden-girls-twas-the-night-before-christmas-book

Greenwich Letterpress:

This is my other favorite online store. I order a banner from them every season because I feel like there is always something to celebrate. However I was browsing there online store and this pouch made me do a double take. Made by @officialSeanPenn this pouch is a definite must buy!

Link to buy is here: https://www.greenwichletterpressshop.com/keanu-pouch.html

Bo Barra: Bo Barra is a new upcoming jewelry business.

“MORPHIO: The Invasion Necklace

The MORPHIO collection is inspired by Animorphs, and this necklace in particular is inspired by the first book in the series. It’s handmade using rare vintage Japanese glass sugar beads, a vintage Japanese handblown glass slug, freshwater pearls, and a glass butterfly, with sterling silver hardware. It’s a very limited edition, 1/2, so get this stunner while it’s still here! Treat yourself here: https://bobarra.ca/products/morphio-the-invasion-necklace

MORPHIO: Snail Morph Heart Necklace

Got a favourite animal, or an animal lover in your life? Now you can choose from 15 different iridescent animal heart pendants that are handmade in the 1970s! Pictured here is the snail morph, looking rather adorable, if I say so myself! Each pendant changes colour from pink to blue to green as you move it, and comes on a very 90s style sterling silver ball chain necklace. These are rare vintage, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! 

Choose your fave here: https://bobarra.ca/products/morphio-snail-morph-sterling-silver-necklace

MORPHIO: The Encounter Earrings Set 2

Cute earrings alert! These beauties are inspired by Animorphs: The Encounter, and are handmade with sterling silver, vintage Japanese glass beads and Czech glass. As with all my pieces, they are limited edition due to the nature of my vintage materials. Get your gorgeous dangles here: https://bobarra.ca/products/morphio-the-encounter-earrings-set-2

The store is currently offering a 40% off everything sale until 11/27. Use code Cyber40 during the checkout process!

This store provides free shipping from Montreal and uses Canada postage. Depending on where you are it took take up to 7 business days to get your order. If you want something by the holidays she recommends ordering by December 12, 2022. If you need it sooner you are able to upgrade for faster shipping (at a cost).

Ashley Chafin: Ashley is an amazing artist, and she makes cards out of some of her art. Like Mikey Walsh one! If you want to order her cards you must place it by December 19th. She ships it out of LA!

Link to buy is here: http://www.ashleychafin.com/store/p2/Goonies_Holiday_Card.html

Erin A Ellis: Erin A. Ellis is an artist with a cute store. Do you have a beloved pet? Would you like to see a portrait of your pet on an ornament? I would! She can do one for you.

Pet Portrait Ornament info link is here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/489459953/custom-hand-painted-pet-portrait?click_key=700b72495399713e822883094960960e9302666f%3A489459953&click_sum=c2bd13f8&ref=shop_home_active_5&frs=1&sca=1&sts=1

She also makes cards. Link to her esty store is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/erinaellis?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=735798672

Shipping deadlines for her store: USPS First Class Shipping by December 19,2022.

Gift Horse Nashville: Gift Horse Nashville is a super cute store. I found out about them when I wanted to buy a card in the shape of a gumball machine!

But if you are into adorable tea towels. May I recommend is Hot dog and tea towel.

Also if you put in code RETROCULT20 during checkout you will received a 20 % off discount!! I am totally planning to use it myself!!

RJ City: When RJ City and Rootless Coffee Co. decided to join forces together. A special blend of coffee called Hi, Anxiety was created. Free shipping when you spend $50 or more!

Link to buy is here: https://rootlesscoffee.com/collections/partners/products/hi-anxiety

Bibliomancer:

“Welcome to my shop Bibliomancer , I deal in rare, collectable & finely
curated  books, comics & ephemera.
You can find me here: @Bibliomancer Since I deal in collectables there is usually only one of what is
being sold, so the best thing is to browse my selection, I have everything from collectible Sc-fi, vintage horror paperbacks, vintage
magazines, vintage  classic  literature, tons of non-fiction books, rare art books and just about every type of comic book you can think of! I also have shirts of my shop logo  available, designed by the great comic artist Troy Nixey. You can message me directly for sales or comment on the post to be the first to claim the item you want. I usually ship media mail or I can USPS priority  for extra changes, so keeping that in mind there is no other Holiday shipping cut off time. Thank you very much &  I look forward to finding you the perfect book or comic!”- @astraleyez

LowBrowAntics: Makes earrings, small accessories and home goods with a cult film flair. She has made pieces that were inspired from such movies as A Clockwork Orange, and Suspiria. However she said that this year she has notice the popularity of the movie “The Truman Show.”

Link for the pin are here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1189326072/the-truman-show-pin-hows-it-going-to-end?click_key=2b34fd2ea05a86776519b97591b1852cf41e27ab%3A1189326072&click_sum=0f2eeec1&ref=shop_home_feat_1

Link to here shop is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LowbrowAntics?section_id=35530205

Darling Marcelle: This store had me at skunk earrings! I do enjoy a good jewel piece that either has a unique store or a unique thing and this store hits all the marks.

Link to buy is here: https://darlingmarcelle.com/collections/new-releases/products/skunk-earrings

Screambox: What better gift to give then the gift of watching horror movies all day long! For me that would be the best gift ever! With a highly curated roster of movies, tv shows and documentaries this subscription channel will definitely keep you entertained.

Link for more info is here: https://www.screambox.com/

I would like to thank all of the small businesses that participated in this year’s holiday idea gift giving guide. It is so important to show your support to your favor small business! Do you have a favorite small business? comment and link them below!

TSFU: That’s So F*cked Up, a podcast about CULTS, murder and other generally f*cked up stuff has a ton of true crime themed merch that isn’t podcast branded! So if you’re not a listener of the podcast (yet), you can still find some super cute and cozy true crime gifts for yourself or a loved one at https://tsfuthepodcast.com/merch Like this super cute sweatshirt!! Use code: LADYCULT for 10% off any purchase until 12/31/2022!

Here are the shipping deadlines for the store:

Comfy Jr: Better known on Instagram as @paperbackparadise is one of my favorite IG accounts. There business Comfy Jr primarily consists of amazingness art like these postcards.

” All of these postcards come from my page @PaperbackParadise on instagram – the world’s number one used book store. Each postcard has a short synopsis on the back, along with space to write a message and your friend’s address – yes they can be mailed!” Shipping deadlines for the store: Please placed your orders before December 15!

link to buy the 3rd latest volume (pictured above) is here: https://www.comfyjr.com/product/paperback-paradise-postcards-vol-3-set-of-ten

FUN CULT: Fun Cult by Caitlin Holcomb has the most sparkly fantastic fringe banners ever to roam this planet!

this fringe banner with the stars is a good one to keep up during the holidays or the rest of winter. Shipping deadlines for the store for any pre-order items the deadline is Sunday December 11, 2022 and for in stock items the shipping deadline is December 18.

Link to buy the banner is here: https://shopfuncult.com/collections/gifts-for-your-bff/products/star-fringe-banner

Submissions open for holiday gift giving guide!

Hello small businesses!

If you would like to be part of this year holiday gift giving guide. This is the following information I need:

1. The name of your business and link of your store.

2. One item from your store that would you like to talk about and the link for the item. One picture of the item.

3. Any holiday shipping deadlines.

4. Email all the info to cnajera1@gmail.com with the subject (small business name) holiday gift giving guide item.

5. Everything is due by November 22, 2022!

Thank you!!

Dr. Hazzard aka the “Starvation Doctor”

Did you ever feel like you wanted to go on a diet? Maybe lost those last five pounds you been putting off? Well in the being of the 20th century a women name Linda Laura Hazzard (1867-1938) had a retreat located in Olalla, Washington that could promise that you would lose those pesky pounds ….and perhaps your life.

Linda was one out of eight children born in Carver, Minnesota. She never studied and obtain a degree in medicine however through some weird way she was able to practice medicine that was approved by the state of Washington at the time. According to the state law if you were working as a person of alternative medicine you did need a medical degree. She even wrote two books about her fasting methods:

One book was named “Fasting for the cure of disease.(1908)” And the other was called “Scientific Fasting: The Ancient and Modern Key to Health (1927)” She wrote that book when she was studying with a doctor who was pro fasting named Edward Hooker Dewy.

Dr. Hazzard was obsessed with the idea that fasting was the only way to get rid of any impurities, and toxins. So she created an extreme form of fasting and was convince it would cure anything. Like any diseases such as cancer or the common cold.

When Linda started seeing a healthy income of money start flowing in she decided to a wellness place in Olalla, Washington called “Wilderness Heights.” Where if you can afford the pricey stay then you would follow Dr. Hazzard strict diet. Her strict diet plan include her patients (depending how long they stayed and paid) would be force to fast for day up towards to months. Then only be fed mostly liquids of either tomato, asparagus and if they behave orange juice. Many of her patients died due to starvation but Dr. Hazzard would write on their death certificate that they died of a long term illness that went unfound in them before they enter Wilderness Heights. Such as terminal things such as cancer or cirrhosis of the liver was often put on cause of death.

Dr. Hazzard was finally arrested and convicted of manslaughter in 1912. When a pair of very rich sisters named Dorothea and Claire Williamson went to Wilderness Heights and Claire died due to Dr. Hazzard very extremely diet regime. Claire only weight about fifty pounds at her time of death and Dorothea was on the same terminal path. It is believed that a telegram from one of the sisters was sneaked out to a close family member of theirs to come get the sisters. Unfortunately by the time the person was able to rescue the sisters Claire had past away but was able to save Dorothea.

Dr. Hazzard was trial and was she was also found guilty of stealing a lot of the Williamson sisters items that they took with them and she also forged a will for the Williamson sisters. Dr. Hazzard was found guilty and was served to spend two to twenty years in a Washington state jail. However she served two and was released on December 1915 and was granted a pardon shortly after by governor Ernest Lister.

Dr. Hazzard had enough of the states and decided to move with her husband to New Zealand. She continued her work as a dietitian and wanted to take on a more hands on approach with her patients so she became a osteopath for the next five years. It wasn’t until 1917 that a New Zealand newspaper claimed the Dr. Hazzard was still using her Washington State medical certificate to practice medicine and the title. However being that there are different laws in New Zealand regarding practicing medicine. She was charged under the “Medical Practitioners Act. that she was continuing to do medical work with having the proper paperwork. And was fined for all the violations she had.

Three years after the New Zealand incidents she returned to the same town she had her “Wilderness Heights” to open up a newer version of it. She deemed it as a “School of Health” and added her new title to her never ending roster supervisor. She would be the main go to person for all of the patients who wanted to take part of her fasting cure. She ended up dying from her fasting diet due to starving herself in 1938.

Linda Hazzard caused somewhere between 15-20 deaths due to her fasting diet and became one of Washington State’s most evil and well known serial killers.

Some great recourses if you would to learn more information are below: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctor-who-starved-her-patients-death-180953158/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Hazzard

Until next time!!!

I wanted to say I love you but I didn’t…

I woke the morning after my birthday. I was still on a delighted emotional high from my birthday. I checked my phone and saw it:

A text from you. My heart was jolted and I wanted to text you back. I wanted to say I love and miss you so much. But then I remember all the months that I tried to call and text you. I came to you in tears. I came begging and pleading please talk to me. Don’t treat me like a stranger but I never heard back. I tried for so long that my heart gave out. My heart couldn’t bear anymore silence from you. I gave up. I went cold turkey and stop contacting you. I went through too many sleepless nights, too many tears wondering what I did to deserve silence. That I did not expect you to say anything to me on my birthday. So it surprised me that you communicated anything. But I can no longer be expected to jump on a bare minimum. I will no longer beg you to treat me like I exist. I will not accept the bare minimum I am worthy of my worth.

Welcome to the Insta-Hood: @hollisfuneralhome 

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing @hollisfuneralhome !

  1. How did the business start?

“It all started with my dad, Charlie Hollis, going to mortuary school and all that jazz. He was still in school when he bought his first tiny TINY funeral home…he was in his mid 20s. Dad quickly outgrew space and purchased our current funeral home (a Victorian house built in 1892) from Raymond Bordynski. Raymond owned and operated Bordynski Funeral Home until 1979. That year, dad purchased the house/Business, renaming the funeral home, Bordynski-Hollis to maintain continuity in the transition of ownership. In 1989, the year I was born, he renamed it to what it is today. ✨Hollis Funeral Home✨ That’s our one and only funeral home FOREVER. Dad jokes about opening a 2nd location, but I wouldn’t dream of it. The Victorian is too enchanting and requires our full attention and care! No other location could ever compare.”

Photo taken by Jessica Montgomery of Stay Fresh Design

2. What is your role in the business?

“I’m a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in NYS! I’m slowly taking over ownership of Hollis Funeral Home. That being said, I would never want to force my dad to retire…I think that would kill him.”

3. What made you want to be part of a family business? 

“My dad!! I saw his love for it and it filled my heart with joy to see how much he GENUINELY loves his profession. The families we serve ADORE him too.

Everyone thinks he’s the cutest. And he is!! Back in the late 90s my dad sold his business to a corporation called SCI. He sold it because he didn’t think any of us kids would want to take over the business. I was 9yrs old at the time…I wanted to be in the NYC Ballet / Broadway lol.”

4. How did you become a mortician?

Photo taken by Jessica Montgomery of Stay Fresh Design

“After graduating school, I STILL had a ways to go before I was officially licensed. I went to mortuary school and worked really hard. I did hybrid classes…half online and then commuted 3 hrs away a few days a week depending on the semester. After graduation, I still had a ways to go before receiving my officially official license. I still had to pass 2 national Board Exams, a NYS Funeral Law exam and a 1 yr apprenticeship at a funeral home. There were WAY more steps than I ever anticipated, but that’s a good thing. Funeral Directors take continuing education classes too! Which I love because it keeps me up to date and knowledgeable. “

Photo taken by Jessica Montgomery of Stay Fresh Design

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share? 

“Keep your eyes peeled for a documentary! “

If you would like to learn more. The following contact information is below:

Tiktok + Instagram : @hollisfuneralhome

@hollisfuneralhome

Great small businesses: @latetothepartypeople !

This week I interviewed a great small business: @latetothepartypeople!

  1.  Why did you want to start a business?

“Starting a business is always something that I’ve been interested in. Over the years I’ve managed several brands where I really learned all the aspects of running a small business. You need to be able to wear many hats when you’re getting things off the ground. When I made the decision to start Late to the Party I knew I was ready. “

2. How did you come up with your business name? 

“For some reason this was so hard for me! I landed on Late to the Party (LTTP) for a variety of reasons. First, I always tend to be a juicy 15 minutes late to things and second, I was getting this business started a little later in my career. Plus I just think it’s an endearing phrase.”

3. Where do you find the fabrics when creating your pieces? 

“This is probably one of my favorite parts of the process. I’m a lifelong thrifter. My mother was an antique dealer and would take me with her when looking for treasures. I would comb the racks of clothing and linens while she was busy looking for furniture and housewares. To be honest, it planted this seed in me and I became addicted to the thrill of the hunt. There’s something really satisfying about finding interesting textiles in unexpected places vs going and buying them in a traditional fabric store. I find all my fabrics in thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets etc. I like to think that the fabrics find me. I then adopt them, take them home, and give them a new life.”

4. What is the most popular item in your store? Why it is so popular?

“I would definitely say our hats! I’ve done 2 drops of the hats and they have sold out in 24 hours both times. I think it’s really appealing to people because it’s this classic silhouette but elevated with an unexpected vintage print. They are something that you can wear all year long and they work for all genders and ages.”

5. What is your favorite pattern that you created so far and why?

“I’m a textile designer by trade but most of the fabrics I use for LTTP are vintage. I am partial to 70’s florals. Growing up my room was covered in the same floral print down to the bedspread, wallpaper, lamp shade and curtains. It really burned an impression into my brain and I think I’ve been searching for the perfect floral to cover every surface with ever since.”

6. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“After a lot of searching and trial and error I have found a production team that will be helping me with the hat production. It will make it possible for me to do bigger drops more often. I’m really excited about this!”

If you would like more information. The following contact information is below:

Instagram: @latetothepartypeople

Website: https://shoplatetotheparty.com/

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @davidarquette!

I had the pleasure of interviewing @davidarquette about Bozo the Clown ( @realbozotheclown )

  1. What was your first memory about Bozo the clown?

“My first memory of Bozo the Clown was from when i was a kid in Evanston Illinois sometime around 1975. I watched him all the time and was amazed by the silliness and joy the WGN Bozo (Bob Bell) brought me.”

Bob Bell

2. Why is Bozo the clown so memorable to you? 

“I loved Bozo’s relationship with Cookie. I loved the pie fights and of course the Grand Prize Game. I always wanted to be on the show and win a bike and chest filled of toys. There was a silliness that was infectious.”

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Bozo is also a fine artist. This piece is called BOZOO. It was painted with the help of the families that stopped by our tent at the Bob Baker Day celebration.”

3.  What inspired you to buy the rights to Bozo the clown?

“It took me 15 years to acquire the rights to Bozo the Clown but it was something I worked my whole life to accomplish. I really want to help bring kind clowns back. I hope people can cultivate that silly kindness again.  Often comedy feels mean spirited to me so I’d love to see some just plain ridiculous fun. I also want to use the brand as a force for good supporting incredible charities like Healthy Humor.”

“My son Charlie in a Bozo shirt available through Bozo.com  and https://www.belowthecollar.com/. “

4. What new things or upcoming events are you planning to do with Bozo the clown

“We have been working on a documentary that has the goal of helping to bring the focus back on the silly happy kind clown.

That’s the new Bozo crew Jozo Bozo (Jessica Harris) NüNü (Gabe Dell) Bozo and Kenon Walker

We introduced the first female Bozo the Clown Jozo and she has been incredible. We are working on music with Graham Wheeler, developing a cartoon with NüNü (Gabe Dell) and Dwayne Colbert, and a new stage/gameshow. We have a wonderful new toy from Handmade by Robots that should be ready soon. Not to mention The Grand Prize Game is also coming to stores near you once again!”

5. Who is your personal favorite version of Bozo the clown?

“I loved Bob Bell as Bozo but I also fell in love with Lou Jacobs at the same time seeing him at The Ringling Brothers Circus. He is a historic clown and I always thought they were all part of the same clown world and in a way they are. At least they are in my heart.

But my favorite clown is me and your favorite clown should be you so “let your clown out!”

If you would like more information. The following contact information is below:

@realbozotheclown

Instagram:

@davidarquette

Website: http://bozo.com/

Thank you so much David for the interview!!!!

Until next time! 🙂