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Picture of Zombie Verisimilitude
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It's official- the zombie costume has dethroned the ol' hobo as the all time most popular last-minute costume. But note the eerie similarities:

Hobo:
1. Find clothes and ruin them
2. Make your face and hair a mess
3. Act drunk and hungry
4. Stumble around with a sack

Zombie:
1. Find clothes and ruin them
2. Make your face and hair a mess
3. Act drunk and hungry
4. Stumble around without a sack


 
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Step 1: Because I don't want to disembowel myself.

There are two reasons to go the extra mile with a zombie costume:

1. You want party-goers to think your costume is cool.
2. You want to trick zombies so they don't eat you.

You will need:
A glue stick
A narrow thing that could penetrate skin
Enough extra skin to make a fold (on a part of your body that you can show people)

You can achieve this effect with just about any narrow object. I used wires and skewers. You could try screwdrivers, shards of wood, scissors, knitting needles, spikes, sticks... surprise me.

It's as simple as applying glue to your skin, letting it dry until tacky, applying the object and pinching the skin shut.

Hold the skin pinched until the glue dries. This seems like it would be painful but it isn't... nearly as painful as actual impaling. The kiddos didn't mind at all.

Next step has all the good pics. Click next.

Step 2: That little kick

It's so easy. And dirt cheap. Smear on some blood or-- WHOA! I just thought of embedding pieces of chain link fence! That would be so cool.

Keep this in mind for BORG costumes too, or for authentic-looking battle damage.
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legofreak861 month ago

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donedirtcheap (author)  legofreak861 month ago
Hahaha. Yes, it is. Thanks for the help.
DDC
knexpert170010 months ago
I wouldn't do this only because of infection, especially with metal and tetanus.

How the hell would you get tetanus if it didn't penatrate the skin?

donedirtcheap (author)  Wrestling-Is-Good4 months ago
Yes, wrestling IS good. Apparently kexpert1700 is not also readingthispostexpert1700. The point is that this is a nice way to achieve the impaling effect without having to get all the shots.
CreationBoy-4 months ago
It looks so real!
thehbird7 months ago
Doctor who first of all 2nd I thought when I saw the pic u stuck a skewer through yourself 0-o
nyerbua9 months ago
I've seen it done with rubber cement!
kjlpdx10 months ago
I remember seeing a performance artist in central park who could actually stick a knitting needle thru his arm. this wasn't an illusion, I was standing right there beside him. yuck!
FoamboardRC10 months ago
I'm too thin to do this :P lolz jk nice job
rdefranx10 months ago
what type of glue do you use?
nliwilson10 months ago
Awesome! Ad a tube of cheap halloween fake blood from pretty much any supermarket and people are urgently asking me if I need help?! :D
xarlock66710 months ago
kewl. me likes, will use it to scare hells out of wife!
mommyhen4210 months ago
way too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
ggarnier10 months ago
Once you are done grossing out people, how do you undo this?
donedirtcheap (author)  ggarnier10 months ago
Just wipe it with a wet cloth and it will dissolve pretty quickly. If you use contact cement you will have a hard time getting it apart and even then you need to rub the residue off. Happy Halloween!
LOL now you can be with Bill Murray (if u kniw what im talking about) Nice work!
Funny that even without the zombie apocalypse the predicted Twinkie shortage became a reality. People everywhere turned not into zombies but into Tallahassee looking for that elusive last twinkie.
Dark Passenger10 months ago
anyone have makeup tips to make this look as real as in these photos?
poofrabbit1 year ago
I've never used a glue stick before to do this, always rubber cement. A glue stick is much easier to carry around!
mkitty1 year ago
Nice work! :)
mkitty1 year ago
This blows my mind!!!!!
i am always looking for 'something' to go the extra mile to make a costume better! this looks like a weiner!
It wont work with me :/
HollyMann1 year ago
Well look at you - winning another one! Good job!!!
donedirtcheap (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
1. Don't look at the photos, in that case, you big baby. I bet no one ever complained about not liking the photos on your i'bles ;)
2. What do you mean, 'Winning another one?' Do you have the inside track because of your prolificacy and popularity and if so...
3. PM me; we have much to discuss.
Friends, DDC

Hey there! Well, you're a finalist and in that case, a winner already! :) Of yet another contest - great job!!!! And you are super popular on here mr!
HollyMann1 year ago
And PS - this is so disgusting I can hardly look at the photos!!!!!!!! I hope you win and I don't want to see this again!!! Lol
amethyst851 year ago
I think that it only works for people who are dehydrated....I can't do it, my skin won't stretch like that.
donedirtcheap (author)  amethyst851 year ago
Ha! I've been an RN for 8 years and I do tend to get dehydrated when I'm at work but rest assured that my kids are not!
I wonder if the hydration of your atmosphere (humidity) may be making your attempts difficult. We took these photos in the early spring when it was still frozen and dry outside.
Being dehydrated may actually help, really, though I don't recommend it. Google "turgor pinch skin test" to see what I mean.
Good luck amethyst!
DDC
Ouranos1 year ago
that's just plain scary
Here is my response to you . . . BWAAAHAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAA!!!!! By the way, commenters, I did in fact take part in being impaled. >:]
donedirtcheap (author)  claramecium1 year ago
I do think that your arm turned out the best, Claramecium. I wonder if you could April Fools your school nurse next year...
badmom571 year ago
Freaky cool!! Will definitely add this to idea collection for costumes!
My brother pooped his pants when I tripped in saying I got robbed and they stabbed me
Woah, make up artists would use spirit gum and scar wax and foundation and all that when all you used is glue
This made my skin crawl! It looks so real! Costume problem solved!
Wow, that's just ... I mean, wow. Save close inspection in the original size photographs, that looks way legit. How long does the glue hold up?
Istarian1 year ago
I have to say that's pretty convincing. It might be better, though, to just use some kind of fake skin to be safe, I can't imagine that pinching your skin like that for any significant length of time is good for you.
skwoorl1 year ago
This is great, though not nearly as convincing if you have as many tattoos as I.
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