I love those small beer cans with cool labels. Not only do they look and taste good, they’re also working perfectly as a pencil holder.

Here’s what you do:

1. You go to the grocery store and buy one or more of these small cans with a big opening.

 How to make a simple pencil holder

As I mentioned: big opening.

How to make a simple pencil holder

2. Drink it.

How to make a simple pencil holder

3. Wash it.

How to make a simple pencil holder

4. And, TA-DAH, you’ve made yourself a fancy pencil holder!

How to make a simple pencil holder

How to make a simple pencil holder

This eventful year is soon coming to an end…however, despite the cold winter days here in Norway there are still lots of things to enjoy. Today I went on a fishing trip with my father-in-law. Great weather (ice cold, though!) and nice catch, too 🙂

Round 2! 😁

QUESTION 1: From where do you get your inspiration?

Inspiriation

  • Answer: From a lot of places. I can get inspiration from music, movies, other comics, travelling, nature…from life itself, so to speak.

 

QUESTION 2: What was the first horror movie you remember watching, and how did you react to it?

First horror movies

  • Answer: «Gremlins II», I think. To be honest, I don’t remember exactly how I reacted to it, but I remember that it didn’t scare me. Today, I find the «Gremlins» movies to be fun and somewhat childish entertainment (and I prefer the first movie, seen it a lot of times 🙂 ). If I were to think of the first horror movie I saw that actually scared me, however, I think that would be «The Changeling».

 

QUESTION 3: Have you ever really looked forward to see a movie, only to be disappointed?

Zombieland

  • Answer: Yes…«Zombieland» . This was a movie I looked really forward to, and had high hopes for, but I ended up getting really disappointed instead. I expected a zombie-movie with focus on the zombies and the actual “apocalypse” feel that is often portrayed in them, but instead I felt that it fell kind of flat. Yes, the “apocalypse” is there, but the characters seemed to have no problem finding new weapons and more food. Overall, I just didn’t get the hype on this one.

 

QUESTION 4: Do you read manga/watch anime?

Manga & Anime

  • Answer: Before I met Vanja, I was one of those who thought manga and anime primarily dealt with things like PokeMon and “magical girls” with fluffy dresses and extreme high-pitched voices. I found out that there’s a lot more to it than this, though, as Vanja started introducing me to some gems in the “genre”. I think that some of the best horror comics comes from Japan, like «Uzumaki» by Junji Ito, and the comics from Hideshi Hino to mention some. I also like the movies made by Studio Ghibli (R.I.P. by the way, but Studio Ponoc looks like it’s going to bring that beautiful 2D-animation further). We also recently watched «Attack On Titan» , season 1, beautifully animated and with lots of blood and gore, too 😁

 

QUESTION 5: What is the weirdest/craziest movie you’ve ever seen?

Weird Movies

 

Got another question? Add it to the comments field below 🙂

A lot of things have happened in my life recently, and these have all been very positive for me. I can’t remember the last time I felt this excited, happy and satisfied! 😀

As you have probably already guessed, some of these things that I’m talking about, is new projects. And while it is far too early to reveal much yet (other than that there will be a new collaboration project with my dear Vanja) I have a little concept art drawing to share:

As you can see, it’s going to be jungle-themed. Like I said, it’s in very early progress, but stay tuned and more info will come!

We’ve also just gotten back home from a very nice trip to Trondheim (my place of birth), and on our last day there, wednesday (yesterday), we enjoyed some cake and fruit in the evening. Yum! 😋

Cake pavlova

pavlova

The cake is called “Pavlova”, a cake made of meringue, cream and berries. We went to bed with a full stomach yesterday night, that’s for sure!

Alrighty, time for one of these! A list of completely random questions some people have asked me. Just for fun 😋

Here we go!

QUESTION 1: Are you a cat or a dog person?

Cute Cat

  • Answer: A cat person. Without a doubt. That does not mean I dislike dogs, not at all! I do like dogs, especially pugs, they’re adorable creatures. But cats are a bit closer to my heart. I think this is because I’ve heard and witnessed so much abuse against cats (people treating them poorly, dumping them, etc.) Some people say cats are “arrogant”. Yes, they are independent and not easily manipulated, but if someone think badly of an animal because they cannot control them, that probably tells more about this person than the animal…and cats do show affection, and a lot of it too, it’s just more subtle.

 

QUESTION 2: Have you ever been tricked by someone?

Mons-Ivar

  • Answer: Who haven’t been? But the most elaborate “trick” someone pulled on me, dates back to around 2001-2002.  It was back in my high school days, where I got an e-mail from a funny hillbilly-boy from a place called “Skatval” here in Norway, and he called himself “Mons-Ivar”. He had a sister, her name was “Lise”. They had their own websites, with photos and info about them (the website for “Mons-Ivar” is still up, actually). I started chatting with “Lise” as well, where she often hinted a certain interest for me. At this time, I was that kind of guy that had never been with a girl and was over the moon that a girl actually showed interest. This went on for weeks. However, things came to a halt when I and an ex-friend of mine (who was then one of my best friends) searched for these people on the public tax records (called “Skattelistene”), where I found out that these people didn’t exist. After this, I never heard anything back from “Mons-Ivar” and “Lise”, and I suspected my ex-friend to be behind it all. I tried to confront him, and even told him I wouldn’t be mad if he just admitted it. He didn’t, however, he just got angry that I accused him for it. Many years later, however, I saw that his name was written on the “Mons-Ivar” website, listed as the “web designer” for the site (and his name is still there to this day, hidden in text that’s the same color as the background). So, yeah, you could say that this was one of the more elaborate tricks/pranks someone have pulled on me. And to be honest, it would have been a pretty funny one too, which I could’ve laughed heartily at today, if it wasn’t for all the other things that followed which now just make me see this as more unsettling than funny.

 

QUESTION 3: Do you believe in ghosts?

Ghost Girl

  • Answer: This question is a little bit like the “Do you believe in UFO’s?” question. Yes, I believe in UFO’s. It means “Unidentified Flying Objects”. I believe people see unidentified flying objects which are caused by various things (like for example ball lightning). But I do not believe they are flying saucers with little green men in them. It’s the same for ghosts. Yes, I believe the phenomenon exists, and yes, I believe people see/experience “ghosts”. But I am not convinced they are the spirits of deceased people. As a horror movie fan, the concept of ghosts are often a theme, and while many films use the standard theory of them being spirits of the dead, some films in recent times (like the “Conjuring” movies and the “Annabelle” movies for example) portray them as demons that manipulates people into believing they are the ghost of an innocent little girl for example. In my comic series “Sally The Ghost Hunter“, I simply portray ghosts as the classic spirits of the dead. I think I may explore the theories/concepts around ghosts a bit more in upcoming “Bella Mortis Presents” stories, though. Even though I personally don’t know what to think of the phenomenon of ghosts, I still enjoy a ghost horror story.

 

QUESTION 4: Are you a satanist? You make all these drawings with blood and gore and use upside-down crosses and occult symbols in many of them, so you must be, right?

Magica Baphomet

  • Answer: I specialize in the horror genre, but that doesn’t mean I have to believe in it or treat it like anything else than what it is: a fantasy. Jeez Louise, they’re just drawings! I often draw occult symbols because the devil/satan/beelzebub/gamle-erik or whathaveyou is often part of the horror genre, together with blood & gore, monsters, ghosts, demons, freaks and all those things I draw. This does not make me a devil worshipper or a satanist. Just someone who enjoys the horror genre.

 

QUESTION 5: Have you ever had a strange thing happen to you that scared you?

Creepy Experience

  • Answer: I have experienced a few things that scared me at first (although some of them could be explained later on), but there was this one thing that happened several years ago. I still lived with my parents at that time, and we were the only ones in the house. We were all sitting in the living room, watching a movie. Then the phone rang (the home phone). My mother went to pick it up, only to look strangely at me, because the number showing on the display was that of my cell phone. We just looked at it, and didn’t know wether to pick it up or not, but then it stopped ringing. I went into my room to check if my phone was there as usual (I suspected I might have lost it), but it was there and the call logs didn’t show that it had tried to call the home phone. It didn’t really scare me, but it was a bit creepy. It never happened again, though.

 

Got another question? Add it to the comments field below 😉

 

Last year, around this time, a stray cat mother and her little kitten decided to move into our backyard. We first tried to call the local animal protection center, but they didn’t have the capacity to take in any more cats (unfortunately, some people have a fucked up way to treat cats like trash and dump them whenever they please 😡).

We decided to try and tame them. This was a long and somewhat tedious task, considering that they were both terrified at first, and they would not come inside the house. We placed a “cat house” in the garden for them so they could keep warm at least. After a few months we were at least able to get the kitten to come inside, and thought it was a she…so we named the cat “Philippa” (we call the mother “Fia”). After a while, however, when “Philippa” became tame enough so we could pet “her” and she would start sleeping inside the house, we figured out we’d been wrong, and that “Philippa” is actually a he. But alright, we just removed a letter from the name so now the kitty is “Philip” instead 😺

As for both cats, they now have a much better life (after getting their first deworming treatment we especially noticed a significant change in Fia, the mother. Afterwards her fur got more “shine” to it and she started looking much healthier overall).

While they’re both still two scaredy-cats, and will bail if someone else comes around, they now greet us with their cat-smile (if you don’t know, cats “smile” to you when they slowly blink their eyes together while looking at you 🙂). So it is possible to tame stray cats, but it will most likely take some time.

Some pics:

Smugmug gallery of Philip when he was a kitten (and we still called him Philippa)

Philip (kitten) and Fia (photo from last year):

Philip The Cat turned into Philippa The Cat

Hello, and welcome to my new blog, “Inked In Hell”!

For several years I’ve been running this website (Tomte.org) where I’ve been showcasing my work. I’ve had several blogs during the years…and the last one ended up being more or less a photo blog. Not quite sure why it ended up that way, but I’ve wanted to start a more personal blog for a while now, with more in-depth posts about what I’m working on and what’s going on in my life. There’s a lot to tell, I can promise you that! 😀

I’ve been working on this blog for a few days now, and decided to use the same theme and layout as my previous blog (which has now been converted into just a photo blog). I first struggled a bit with deciding what kind of name I wanted. Some ideas were “Heads Are Gonna Roll” (as you probably have seen already, I’ve had a habit of drawing people getting their heads chopped off, specifically gothic/punk women chopping men’s heads off, and there’s also another reason I love this title which I will explain sometime later 😁 ), and things like “Tomte’s Mansion” came to mind, but was quickly discarded as being a bit too…well, dull. Another title I had in mind was “Black Ink & Nightmares”, but decided to go for “Inked In Hell”. Since I work mainly in the horror & punk/gothic genre, and often draw devilish pinups, monsters, ghosts and all kinds of hellish creatures, I found this title to be quite fitting.

I also worked on multiple headers. Below are two I decided to not use, and instead I chose a simple one with just text instead. There will be enough graphics in this blog to come anyway!

Thanks for looking around, please stay tuned if you want to see more 🙂