Sunday, June 28, 2020

In loving memory of Warren F Disbrow Sr

By: Steve Mezo

Warren F. Disbrow Sr, 98, of Neptune NJ, passed June 10,
at his home with his caregivers, son, Warren Jr, and
Deborah Taylor by his side.

Active in politics, and the Arts, he became a newspaper
photographer, a manager for Acme Markets, a prolific editorial writer,
ran for State Assembly in 1971, was a member of the National Historical
Society, Toastmasters, an expert marksman and past member of the Eagle, Rifle and
Pistol Club, winning many trophies. In later years he became an actor
with lead parts in genre movies including INVASION FOR FLESH AND BLOOD,

Warren F Disbrow Sr has to be one of the kindest people I have ever had the honor of knowing and was the main person that made it possible for me to have an adventure in Indie Horror Movie making. And for that I am forever grateful.

While he was a manager at ACME Market he had known my Uncle Bob "Big Bob" who was district manager of the meat cutting department. Uncle Bob is close to seven feet tall and Warren Sr. had asked him if he would be interested in being in a movie that his son Warren was hired to film scenes for called The Bloody Dead. And Uncle Bob said yes.
Uncle Bob had fun playing a psychiatric inmate with F/X artist Ed French in the scenes and he had spoken to Warren's son about his nephew that was a F/X artist at a costume shop that was looking to get into horror movies. And a meeting was soon arranged after.

(Little side note) Younger Warren was hired by Sam Sherman to film cut in scenes for a 1967 Klaus Kinski movie called Creature With The Blue Hand. Now when I say cut in scenes I mean Samuel M. Sherman would buy older foreign horror movies then dub the dialogue and add in new scenes for audiences in the US. And for "Creature With The Blue Hand" to become "The Bloody Dead" Warren had to match sets and props from a movie that was literally filmed twenty years before. And he did it flawlessly and Warren Sr. who was an engineer was able to match the medieval clawed gauntlet spot on. And Ed French was able to have Warren Sr. be a stand in for an F/X shot of the the demise of a nightwatchmen in Creature With The Blue Hand.

Okay, so I meet up with both Warren's and younger Warren decides to give me a break and tells me that if I want to work on the movie it has to be a full on commitment. And when Warren Sr. gave me a smile and a nod I was definitely in. 

There was so much that I had learned from both Warren's because they had so much knowledge to share and a talent to do just about anything that other crews would have said couldn't be done. And both were always great to be around.

Warren Sr. loved his role as Professor Hertz and became a kind of Kolchak by doing battle with everything from Alien Sea Monsters to Vampires and Psychotic Killers.

Professor Hertz at the beginning of his monster battling career in Flesh Eaters From Outer Space

Me and my close friend Artist/Actor Rob X. Roman as Commandos hired by Professor Hertz (Warren F. Disbrow Sr.) to hunt down the last of the Alien Sea Monsnters S.I.D.S. in Flesh Eaters From Outer Space and Invasion For Flesh And Blood

A battle hardened Professor Hertz is ready to face Vampires, Dinosaurs
and a Psychotic Killer by the name of HATE head on

Warren F Disbrow Sr. really did enjoy being a recurring character and all of us that had the honor of knowing and working him truly loved him. And fans of Writer/Director Warren F Disbrow's movies loved seeing Warren Sr. as Professor Hertz arriving to take on the forces of evil every time.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Connecting Threads with ART LOVE DYE

By: Steve Mezo

To tell you the truth the last time I ever had any real connections with tie dye was back in fifth grade when it was an art project. Beyond that it was something that my cousin's friends wore to Grateful Dead concerts. Which wasn't bad, it just didn't connect with me. Then years later in the late 80's and through the 90's there was this mass produced crossover with stores like Intrinsic and East Meets West where they would screen print southwest images or Metal band logos on yards of machined tie dye fabric that really made me want to just distance myself from it all together.

Then an artist arrived at The Storage Unit of Terror with hand made tie dye designs that melted my brain with an intensity that all of the Central Jersey toxic waste around us never could. 
 his name is Jeremiah James Scott

Jeremiah with The Storage Unit of Terror Tie Dye that he created

And that's when the amazing creations by Jeremiah James Scott and Julia Gilbert of ART LOVE DYE had my complete attention

Between Julia Gilbert's astounding seamstress talents and Jeremiah James Scott's tie dye mastery they went above and beyond getting me into their art! And their very cool want to up cycle and being part of the kind of people that want to leave the world a little better place for others. And I'm all about artistic couples that are able to do what they love. 

Jeremiah setting up for sales

They have an Etsy store that can be reached from my homepage, and can do all  kinds of customs on various clothing and more. I'm pretty sure that if it can sewn and dyed it can definitely be done.
And here is their About us from their store site.

Lovingly Created Sustainably Sourced.
There is no such thing as "away". We save the planet by diverting trash from landfills! Fast Fashion is contributing to the environmental crisis. When natural fibers, like cotton, linen and silk, or semi-synthetic fibers created from plant-based cellulose, like rayon, Tencel and modal, are buried in a landfill, in one sense they act like food waste, producing the potent greenhouse gas methane as they degrade. But unlike banana peels, you can’t compost old clothes, even if they're made of natural materials. Our goal is to divert as much of these textiles and accessories as possible from the landfills and re-manufacture them into fun and quirky, bohemian, upcycled fashion, tie dyed garments and of course we offer the quintessential Hippie Uniform the Tie Dye Shirt. Custom and bulk orders are always welcome!

And here are more samples of their work

Awesome mask that are available tie string or ear loop styles

Julia modeling her and Jeremiah's custom creation

Custom Scrub Cap and Mask sets

Hip Bags with fabric that is quilted by Julia herself and had dyed by Jeremiah

Hand dyed men's and ladies socks

Hand inked custom designs and tie dyed by Jeremiah

Custom outfits

Classic hand dyed styles by Jeremiah

Everything they make is done completely by them from scratch. So when you place an order just ask how the wait time is. And believe me having originals this cool for their very fair pricing is worth having it done right. 

Custom clothing designs by Julia Gilbert and custom jewelry is available at their store site too

I have the link to ART LOVE DYE on my homepage here on the right hand side. So please pay their Etsy store a visit and make sure to tell them that Tattooed Steve from The Storage Unit of Terror sent you!

Aurora Classics For Geriatrics Part 6

By: Stephen Mezo

From 1973 to 1978 The Six Million Dollar Man made every kid everywhere want to have Bionics in the worst way. There were all kinds of toys made from the TV show but when I was five years old the Fundimensions company had made snap together model kits.

My mom had bought Fight For Survival and Evil Rider. I had assembled them with no problem but my mom didn't think that I was ready to handle enamel paints so I just played with them as figures. The only problem was styrene plastic doesn't hold up well in imagination land.

But with the help of Ebay I was able to buy all four kits and paint them this time round. The best part of these kits were the comic strips on the side of the box explaining the action pose of each kit and they have to be seen to be really enjoyed. I'll let you have the fun of finding them on the web and getting a good laugh.

Evil Rider

Fight For Survival

Bionic Escape

Jaws of Doom

Friday, June 26, 2020

Auoroa Classics For Geriatrics Part Five

By: Steve Mezo

MPC was able to get some licensing from Disney and made some really cool model kits based on The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of The Caribbean that featured movements called ZAP ACTION caused by rubber bands. Only problem is once the band gives out you can't replace it because you build it into the kit. Years later the Lindberg Model company was able to re re release the Pirates kits under new names and has been able to get one of the Mansion kits out renamed as well,

But before that I was only able to afford one of my favorite original MPC Mansion kits that needed some parts but I only wanted to display "Grave Robbers Reward" as a static kit anyway. And thanks to a fellow builder and a trip to the Craft store I was able to complete it.

Grave Robbers Reward

And these are my favorite Lindberg re release Pirate kits. They've released a coupe more and when I get them I'll update the photos here.

Dismay Be The End

In The Pinch of Peril

Hex Marks The Spot