Folk Art Meets Horror: An Interview with Vikki Sin (The Queen of Blades)
As one of the official sponsors of the inaugural Ax Wound Film Festival, her custom saw-blade was one of the most coveted raffle prizes.
If you are a fan of the genre, your home is just not complete without a beautifully painted weapon.
Read on to learn more about the incredible woman behind the blades.
Hannah Neurotica: When did you discover your love of horror? When did that transition into creating art based on the genre?
Vikki Sin: I grew up in the 80’s. Going to the local video store and picking slasher movies from all crazy VHS covers was what we did. I’m still terrified of Critters. Some of my earliest memories are of my uncle leaving giant plastic skeletons in my bed and putting the vintage flaming skull cutout under the toilet seat. I tell him he messed me up for life. It’s just something I’ve always been around. I’ve been fascinated by spooky things since I was born. From the time I started painting, that’s what the focus was. I think my third painting was a Gremlin. It was awful, but I was like, “Hell yes, Gremlins.”
Hannah: How did you get the idea to paint knives/real weapons with horror imagery? Its such an awesome and perfect canvas!
Vikki: Thank you! I live in the middle of nowhere and there is a ton of country places out here that have old painted saws with landscapes and things like that on them. One day, it just occurred to me that I could take that idea and make it darker. So, I ran with it and people responded really well so I kept going. It’s folk art for people that are into horror.
Hannah: Is there a certain image on the the blades that are more popular than others?
Vikki: Freddy Krueger is popular, as is Jason. Otherwise, there’s been a pretty good mix of orders. I’m working on a Carrie (the original) knife right now, and starting a Natural Born Killers hand saw.
Hannah: You make jewelry, paint, and are an all around creative woman. Any art forms you haven’t experimented with yet that you would like to?
Vikki: I would love to paint a mural. That’s my next goal. I think street art is a huge weapon in the war against conformity To have something I painted be up on a wall in a city I love, with people looking at it and thinking about it…that’d be excellent.
Hannah: Will your mural be horror themed?
Vikki: It will definitely be dark, but I’d like to do something along the lines of my original art rather than just horror characters. Somthing dealing with society’s impact on nature.
Hannah: Have you experienced any challenges as a woman horror artist and fan?
Vikki: Personally, I haven’t experienced too much of that nonsense. There are misogynists everywhere, but for the most part people have been just lovely to me. My supporters and friends see how hard I work and how much art means to me. If anyone has something negative to say, it’s only because they’re rotten inside.
Hannah: There is this idea that teenage boys are the target audience for horror but recent box office numbers say otherwise. This is hardly a new phenomenon though; growing up horror movies were a huge part of the all-girl slumber party experience. I remember seeing most of the 1980’s slashers during these sleepovers. Growing up did you have girlfriends who dug horror as well?
Vikki: Growing up, we watched horror movies at sleepovers all the time. It was like “hey, let’s play with some puff paint and watch Sleepaway Camp.” It’s never been hard for me to find like-minded people. I’ve always ran in the right circles for that. People that like hanging out in cemeteries and discussing serial killers tend to gravitate to one another, thankfully.
Hannah: Where can people find your work and contact you?
Offline my work is currently part of art shows, including 63 Bluxome St in San Francisco, Sidestreet Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Mercury Tattoo in Doylestown, PA, and Gallery X in New Bedford, MA.