Exploring the streets of San Francisco, I started on the infamous Haight Street and happily stumbled upon a lovely store caled Loved to Death a cute little boutique that is described as selling "taxidermy, momento mori and antique curiosities". Although the store has a strict NO PHOTO policy, I was given access to show my lovely readers one of my favourite stores in San Francisco. I mean not only was it so unusual, the store held really good occult books, odd gifts such as old poison bottles (empty of course), feather quills, two headed animals, amazing jewellery by Blood Milk and more! Entering the store, you first get a bit overwhelmed - there is so much to look at, you just don't know where to start!
The store window held curiosities including a human skeleton in a lush velvet coffin.
I bought this cool book.
Other items in store included countless taxidermy animals: foxes, deer, ferrets, oddities such as two headed animals, poison glass bottles, quirky jewellery, skull candles, unusual occult books as well as paintings, drawings, daggers, ceremonial robes, coffins, quill pens, matches and more! If you happen to be in San Francisco or will be, this is a must go destination (and maybe you can bring me back a present. I kid I kid... well not really but you know what I mean).
I also had the pleasure of seeing two East Coast artists Jeremy Hush and Liza Corbett who were exhibiting in the back room of Loved to Death during September. Have a look at the below images for their work which blew my mind and took me to a different magical world.
Below are a few more images of Liza Corbett's work for your viewing pleasure. I particularly love her delicate, fragile aesthetic which she cleverly juxtaposes in subject matter and themes while there is a definitely eerie yet ethereal element to her work. To be honest, I love her Spoils 2009 sketch which is the one with the deer so much that I think I'm going to get it tattooed.
Black Milk designs: