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This is my favorite jacket in the universe: a wicked creation of Lip Service. It’s shiny and has SPIKES jutting out the sleeves and front. It’s got a faux fur mohawk and fuzzy shoulders, like Gackt in the Vanilla PV. And it was appropriate attire for the day’s destination: the Hollywood’s Musuem of Death.

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Hollywood Boulevard is lined with overweight tourists and overpriced tour attractions. But if you keep driving east, you’ll discover RuPaul-tastic wig and shoe stores — and a morbid gem called the Museum of Death.

The recently-opened LA location houses execution devices, serial killer art, pet death taxidermy, body bags and many a-gruesome photograph. I asked Cathee, one of the grim curators: who would dare step past the red velvet curtains? “People of all ages — children included.” How do they react to the bloody imagery? “The women grow pale, but it’s the men who do the fainting. We call it timberrr or a falling ovation.” How many keel over? “Seven people fainted in December; probably because we put more up on the walls that month.”

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When the UFO cult group Heaven’s Gate committed mass suicide, the museum founders were first in line at the memorabilia auction. With these items, the death scene is re-created on the left.

We walked through several rooms packed floor-to-ceiling with deathly artifacts. On the right: a blood-smeared autograph and other wholesome memories of punk crazy-man GG Allen. Rozz Williams (singer of Christian Death) is pictured holding the skull. Above hangs the cabinet that he used to hang himself.

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A lot of the content will make you clutch your mouth and heart. I couldn’t look for long at photos of the Black Dahlia severed in half, a woman happily dissecting her husband, car accident aftermaths, and the remains of Sharon Tate after Charlie Manson’s minions did his bidding. But I enjoyed seeing old coffins and torture devices and learning fun facts about death. Did you know that in early 20th century America, funeral homes advertised their services by handing out paper fans with euphemistic drawings?

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What compelled the curators to build this collection? Cathee says, “We all die, and death in my opinion is more interesting than sex.” So be bold and visit the Hollywood Museum of Death — the staff is very nice and admission is only $15 (with free parking in the back!).

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Would you be brave enough to tour the Museum of Death — or wear my wacky Goth jacket?

Due to the positive response on my Twitter and Facebook, I decided to try out a new blog feature: Japanese Word of the Day. Every day, I’ll post a cool word (vampire, bat, poison) and the translation, so we can build our vocab together. What do you think: is this a feature you’d find helpful?

Japanese Word of the Day #1: Snow White = Shirayuki-hime (literally white snow princess!)
Song of the Day #342: Christian Death – Romeo’s Distress (RIP, Rozz…)

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  • http://blog.gabrielegualco.eu/ Gabriele Gualco

    Nice thing, nice photos too :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    it was so much fun and Death! ! very enjoyable :D

    I like your word of the day idea but maybe you should write it in kanji also? ^_^

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Kanji doesn’t appear on everyone’s computer… :(
      Glad you like the feature. If I screw up any of the words, feel free to correct me!

      DEATH!!

      • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

        Of course I will, maybe I can post it with kanji in a comment for those interested and can see kanji :P?

        白雪姫★☆

        • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

          SURE that sounds like a good idea!

  • Doug

    great outfit!

  • Lindsay

    I love that museum, but I don’t think I’m ever going back unless I need to slap some sense into a suicidal friend. And THAT IS MY FAVORITE JACKET EVERRRR.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      My mother hates this jacket with a passion. Too bad… I’m never giving it up!

  • Wonderland Virus

    I wanna gooo there so lol!!

  • Bloody Insanity

    The Museum of Death sounds fantastic.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      It’s bloody fun~

  • Eric

    Awesome Sauce :)

  • http://blog.gabrielegualco.eu/ Gabriele Gualco

    Nice thing, nice photos too :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    it was so much fun and Death! ! very enjoyable :D

    I like your word of the day idea but maybe you should write it in kanji also? ^_^

  • visudreams

    teach us some swear-words too! >D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      hehe good idea!

  • red hair bows

    i love it!

  • Doug

    great outfit!

  • Lindsay

    I love that museum, but I don't think I'm ever going back unless I need to slap some sense into a suicidal friend. And THAT IS MY FAVORITE JACKET EVERRRR.

  • Wonderland Virus

    I wanna gooo there so lol!!

  • Bloody Insanity

    The Museum of Death sounds fantastic.

  • Eric

    Awesome Sauce :)

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Kanji doesn't appear on everyone's computer… :(
    Glad you like the feature. If I screw up any of the words, feel free to correct me!

    DEATH!!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    My mother hates this jacket with a passion. Too bad… I'm never giving it up!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    It's bloody fun~

  • Moon Maiden 90

    That Jacket is sweet!!!!
    I like the vocab thing. I like learning, especially languages. it’s interesting :)

  • Samanteina

    Awsome : 333

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      I’m trying to double my efforts in learning… it’s hard to stay on track!

  • Erika

    I would wear it ANYDAY~ it’s great~ :D

    • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

      It got the most attention during our trip <3 so FAB

  • Black Feathers

    ever been to lipservicecult hq in downtown? saved $$ & good deals in their outlet. stock varies. free stickers & calendar :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Ooh never been… good tip!

  • Julieanne

    I love it! I would rock it!

  • Jesse

    Where can I order one? Can u send me a link?

  • visudreams

    teach us some swear-words too! >D

  • red hair bows

    i love it!

  • Kiami

    I lov the word of the day! I need help to learn!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    hehe good idea!

  • Moon Maiden 90

    That Jacket is sweet!!!!
    I like the vocab thing. I like learning, especially languages. it's interesting :)

  • Samanteina

    Awsome : 333

  • Erika

    I would wear it ANYDAY~ it's great~ :D

  • Black Feathers

    ever been to lipservicecult hq in downtown? saved $$ & good deals in their outlet. stock varies. free stickers & calendar :)

  • Julieanne

    I love it! I would rock it!

  • Jesse

    Where can I order one? Can u send me a link?

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    It's called the Furminator ahah! http://www.lip-service.com/handlers/style.php?d

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    I'm trying to double my efforts in learning… it's hard to stay on track!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Ooh never been… good tip!

  • Kiami

    I lov the word of the day! I need help to learn!

  • Blake

    I’m putting the Death Museum on my list of places to visit before I die! I absolutely love morbid things and I’ve always wanted to see the Black Dahlia crime scene photos.

    I absolutely adore your jacket- you pull it off really well! (:
    And I like the idea of learning a new word in Japanese.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      There are extremely… graphic up-close photos of her naked lower torso… X__X

      Hooray, I’ll be putting up fun Japanese words of the day from now on!

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    It got the most attention during our trip <3 so FAB

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    Of course I will, maybe I can post it with kanji in a comment for those interested and can see kanji :P?

    白雪姫★☆

  • Blake

    I'm putting the Death Museum on my list of places to visit before I die! I absolutely love morbid things and I've always wanted to see the Black Dahlia crime scene photos.

    I absolutely adore your jacket- you pull it off really well! (:
    And I like the idea of learning a new word in Japanese.

  • Jesse

    ty carmina :3

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    There are extremely… graphic up-close photos of her naked lower torso… X__X

    Hooray, I'll be putting up fun Japanese words of the day from now on!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    SURE that sounds like a good idea!

  • Lip Service

    You are so rocking the fur + spikes!

  • Lip Service

    You are so rocking the fur + spikes!

  • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

    Thanks! It was great to see you at MAGIC Vegas w/ Kynt + Vyxsin! Photos: http://bit.ly/dBdTCF + http://bit.ly/cdmyu6

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