A lot of products out there, usually the ones sold in half-hour blocks late at night, just don’t have the immediate “wow” appeal that makes them instant sellers without needing to get into every single product detail. And then there are products that speak completely for themselves, and my words just sound like the screams of mutilated bears.
For The Walking Dead fan in your life, for the friend who took the head off of each of her Barbie dolls, or for the avid hunter you know who thinks guns are for pussies, look no further than UndeadTeds, a line of one-of-a-kind repurposed teddy bears who look as if they’ve been through at least three slasher films, a nighttime nature documentary, and a wood chipper.
These plush, gore-soaked victims of creativity are the loving work of British artist/illustrator Phillip Blackman, whose taste for the macabre carries over into his other work as well, but that all takes a backseat to a teddy bear with the back of its head blown off, or one with the majority of its skull poking through its furry face.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, these bears — because I’m afraid they’ll come after me if I refer to them as mere dolls — would be the perfect gift to accompany a box of cherry cordials that have actual blood inside, all tied together by a heavily thorned rose. And don’t even balk at the $50 price tags. That just means you care more.