Our Tattoo Creeper project is a way to collaborate with talented artists to add their spin on our creepers. We love working with creatives in any capacity & we want to see the world from their lens. To check out more of Callie's work head to their Instagram
Tell us about yourself & the shoes that you customized:
My name is Callie (also known as Miss Callie Marie) and I am a full time horror artist currently based out of Arizona! For the shoes I customized I wanted to get back to my roots- my love of classic horror, black and grey portraits, and my background in SPFX. Nothing felt more fitting than Frankenstein’s Monster and The Bride! Of course I had to personalize them as well and paint my neon logo on the heels!
How would you describe your art style?
I would describe my style as Basil Gogos mixed with 80’s neon/synthwave aesthetic. I pull a lot of inspiration from the color palettes and boldness of Basil but mix a touch of neon and my own play on colors to make pieces my own.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my mom, she’s always nurtured my creative side and embraced my macabre style since I was a kid. She fully supported me attending school for SPFX, helped me out with my booth at events, pushed for me to take the leap of leaving my corporate job to paint full time, and has celebrated every milestone no matter how big or small!
What’s your typical process of coming up with a new design?
Typically a client has a very specific vision in mind so I try my best to recreate what they would like. However, if I’m doing a personal piece or a piece for an event, I tend to go with what I think would look dynamic as far as color palettes, characters, and what’s currently going on in the horror industry! Some of my favorite pieces have been ones I’ve created for events because I get full creative control. I also do my best to implement glow in the dark and blacklight reactive aspects to my pieces to give them an extra pop!
What piece of yours is your all-time favorite and why?
While I want to say this is a tough question because I do have so many pieces that I am so proud of, my all-time favorite piece is my 2019 painting “Vampyre”. It’s a 20” round canvas with Count Orlock From Nosferatu painted on it, but it was my first dive into the neon color pallets and is the one piece I refuse to sell for sentimental reasons. That piece really kickstarted and spawned my current day style and I’m so grateful to my good friend who pushed me to experiment with colors on it.
What is your favorite thing about being an artist?
Being able to just be me and express myself has been one of the best aspects. Having to put on clothing and makeup to work a corporate job really affected my creativity and being able to do this full time has only pushed me to keep evolving. Meeting so many people through events, conventions, and even just friends via the internet and being able to bounce ideas off of one another has been another incredible aspect. Prior to this I was very introverted because I felt no one in my hometown would want to hear about my work or horror movies but having such a huge support system has been amazing! Not to mention I get to have some of the coolest clients and see my work in magazines, on celebrities, and even in Ripley’s Believe it or Not!