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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.
knexpert17005 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?

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.
It looks so real!
thehbird3 months ago
Doctor who first of all 2nd I thought when I saw the pic u stuck a skewer through yourself 0-o
nyerbua4 months ago
I've seen it done with rubber cement!
kjlpdx5 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!
I'm too thin to do this :P lolz jk nice job
rdefranx5 months ago
what type of glue do you use?
nliwilson5 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
xarlock6675 months ago
kewl. me likes, will use it to scare hells out of wife!
mommyhen425 months ago
way too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
ggarnier5 months ago
Once you are done grossing out people, how do you undo this?
donedirtcheap (author)  ggarnier5 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!
NVDevastator9 months ago
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.
anyone have makeup tips to make this look as real as in these photos?
poofrabbit8 months ago
I've never used a glue stick before to do this, always rubber cement. A glue stick is much easier to carry around!
mkitty8 months ago
Nice work! :)
mkitty8 months ago
This blows my mind!!!!!
crazy gypsy9 months ago
i am always looking for 'something' to go the extra mile to make a costume better! this looks like a weiner!
Mongoose67899 months ago
It wont work with me :/
HollyMann9 months ago
Well look at you - winning another one! Good job!!!
donedirtcheap (author)  HollyMann9 months 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!
HollyMann9 months 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
amethyst859 months 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)  amethyst859 months 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
Ouranos9 months ago
that's just plain scary
claramecium9 months ago
Here is my response to you . . . BWAAAHAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAAAA!!!!! By the way, commenters, I did in fact take part in being impaled. >:]
donedirtcheap (author)  claramecium9 months ago
I do think that your arm turned out the best, Claramecium. I wonder if you could April Fools your school nurse next year...
badmom579 months 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
Master978659 months ago
Woah, make up artists would use spirit gum and scar wax and foundation and all that when all you used is glue
thebeatonpath9 months ago
This made my skin crawl! It looks so real! Costume problem solved!
flamekiller9 months ago
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?
Istarian9 months 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.
skwoorl9 months ago
This is great, though not nearly as convincing if you have as many tattoos as I.
donedirtcheap (author)  skwoorl9 months ago
Ha! That does limit your options. I guess you'll just be eaten like the rest of us.
Ezara9 months ago
That looks so real! Scarily so!
How does the skin end up looking so smooth? Also, what type of glue stick is that? Do you need a particular type? I haven't tried this but I can't imagine any of the glue sticks I have at home holding this, at least very long.
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