October is upon us and what better way to celebrate this month of Halloween than with a blood vial necklace? Joanne Crockett owner and designer of www.vampirewear.com is here to share her favorite picks from her online store, a feast for Vamps and Vampires alike. So get ready to get bloody, and scary-chic!
How long have you been active in the Vampire/Goth/Fashion communities?
I have always loved horror movies. The first one I ever remember watching was Frankenstein when I was very little. Then I got into all the Anne Rice books, Interview With A Vampire etc. and was hooked. I really like gothic fashion it is both dark and so fun at the same time. I was really into Punk Rock (still am!) as well and I relate the punk style to gothic style in many ways. I started VampireWear in 1993 with just screen-printing t-shirts. The shirts always had the bite marks embroidered on the neck so they are popular. I went online 1999 and started making the jewelry then as well.
The Vampire’s popularity continues to thrive and enchant popular culture, any insights into the Vampire’s enduring allure?
I believe the idea of living forever being Immortal appeals to everyone. Vampires also have such sex appeal that is a large part of it. Pretty much every Vampire movie and series in our culture Vampires are usually always portrayed as beautiful, well spoken, well-dressed individuals.
Which are your best selling pieces and why do you think that these designs are most popular?
Definitely the Vampire Tribal Fang necklace. I designed it after designing the logo for my company. The only place you can get is VampireWear. The Tribal Fang necklaces are numbered and come in a coffin gift box with a certificate of authenticity. There is section on my site called “The Vampire Tribe”. People send in their pictures wearing their Tribal Fangs and I post them along with their tribe number.
Also the Lover’s Blood Vial Gifts Sets. Many couples get them and exchange their own blood. I’ve even had them used for weddings. The vials are also very popular for loved ones ashes.
What is your favorite piece on the Vampirewear.com website right now?
They are all my favorites because I make all the jewelry myself with the exception of the Gothic Rosaries they are made by a good friend author Corvis Nocturnum. But if I had to pick just one, the Tribal Fang Necklace. There is a section on my site with people that have got the Tribal Fangs as a tattoo, which is really cool. I am especially proud of that piece. I have sold them right off my neck when I go out anywhere so have started carrying a few in my purse everywhere I go!
How has Vampirewear.com evolved since its founding?
VampireWear started just as an idea for a t-shirts and has evolved into jewelry, boots, shoes, books and tattoos. I’m also very happy my VampireWear jewelry has been used on CSI New York twice.
What are some common misconceptions you have encountered about the Vampire world while developing your online store?
A very common misconception is that people in the Vampire and Gothic community are very sad and dark. This could not be further from the truth. People I have met and am friends with are very positive, smart, funny and artistic people. I actually talked to a customer’s father one day on the phone. He was worried about his daughter being gothic. By the time our conversation was over he felt much better about it.
Where does your inspiration come from?
The strangest things have inspired me! The Vampire Bite idea on the shirts came when I was working in Australia. There was a shop selling t-shirts that said, “I survived a shark attack.” They had holes and blood like a shark had bitten them. I thought how excellent would Vampire Bite t-shirts be! The jewelry part the blood vial idea came from the Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob famous blood vials. I got to be a consultant on a show about that on Style Star, which was amazing advertising for my company.
Three works of fiction or films that have influenced you and why?
The Lost Boys – I have watched this movie so many times. I really liked the clothing in it. A little bit California surfer dude mixed in with old world vampire charm.
Interview with a Vampire – The characters in Anne Rice’s books have so much depth you can so easily picture them in your mind. Brad Pitt being in the movie version was an inspiration all by himself!
True Blood – Love this show! It’s so fun the story lines and the idea of Vampires and humans living together is a great twist on the whole idea. The costuming for the show is also fresh and modern but still keeping the Vampire’s sex appeal without it being over the top.
Goth and Vampire seem to go hand in hand; how are they similar, how are they different?
I don’t like to think of people in categories. I’m sure some people have analyzed this but to me it’s a little like you say “tomato” I say “tomahto”. A lot of the Vampire community is into gothic music and the gothic style. When you see a Vampire movie they are often in a gothic setting as far as their furnishing and buildings go. So I have to say they are pretty closely related to one another.
What does being brave mean to you?
Being brave is always doing the right thing for you even if it is not comfortable. A lot of people put up with things in their lives that make them unhappy because they think change will hurt too much and just put up with it. Often not changing things is more painful in the long run. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something be brave and go for it! Live your dreams!
What’s next for you in 2012?
I am working on a lot more designs for VampireWear incorporating my Tribal Fang design. Everything you can think of jewelry, clothing, purses, footwear etc. It’s pretty exciting I want it to be as recognizable as the Nike swoosh.
Where can my readers find you online?
You can find me at http://www.vampirewear.com also on facebook http://www.facebook.com/vampirewear.
I also co- host with author William Maltese the No Boundaries Radio Show. http://www.noboundariesradioshow.com