Posted: October 12, 2012 in Community, Makeup and Hair, Show Support, Supporters and Friends, Zombie Walk
Tags: airbrush, animals, art, clothing, DMACC, evil art, helmets, Iowa State Fair, motorcycles, portraits, shawn palek, The Art Store, throttler magazine, vehicles
If you have ever been to the Des Moines Zombie Walk before, you have probably seen Shawn Palek. You may not have known who he is, other than the guy who is spraying green paint all over your body to make you look like an awesomely dead zombie. Shawn is great at that. What you may not know about Shawn is that he’s an airbrush artist and has been doing work for 20 years.
After receiving an airbrush as a gift, Shawn took some classes and started doing airbrush artwork on t-shirts. After mastering his craft, he moved to canvas, clothing, motorcycles and helmets, vehicles, and people.Shawn’s work includes male and female portraits, animals, vehicles, evil art and more. Shawn started a custom paint shop business in 2004 doing his artwork and custom work for clients. He also teaches at DMACC and The Art Store in West Des Moines. He also writes a column in Throttler Magazine. Shawn has also won over 50 ribbons at the Iowa State Fair in the creative arts competition.
Shawn is heavily invested in the Des Moines community, and building a growing a culture of artists. Shawn has been supportive and active since the start of the Des Moines Zombie Walk in 2009. We are so lucky and thankful to have his skill, passion, and support for the entire community. Please help us thank Shawn Palek for being a great friend to us all. Make sure you check out his website and artwork in the above links.
Photo by: Sara Baxley
Saturday is coming fast! We hope you all are getting excited and your zombie makeup and costumes ready. This year, different than previous years. we have added much more to the zombie walk. We would encourage you to check out the vendors and exhibitors that will be joining us this year. There are a lot of great people involved, even more than last year.
If you need a reason to stop by the vendor booths, you have the chance to win an autographed poster from the cast of The Walking Dead (which primers Sunday October 14th). Make sure you pick up your vendor “passport” the day of the walk. Those who submit a completed vendor “passport” will be entered into the drawing to win this awesome prize!! So come early and check out the vendors and exhibitors. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. We have to thank Don Atkinson who donated this awesome prize. Thank you, Don!!
Posted: October 7, 2012 in Community, Event, How To, Show Support
Tags: anti-zombie, des moines zombie walk, event, protesters, spectator, support, zombies
Over the years, the Des Moines Zombie Walk has grown, in fact, doubling participation ever year. That’s a lot of zombies. We understand that not everyone is a zombie fan, or shows support in the same way. So, we would like to invite you to take a side-line seat at our walk. We would love for you to bring your family and friends (this is a kid friendly event) and enjoy 1,400+ zombies take over the East Village.
If you are brave, bring an ‘Anti-Zombie’ sign and protest with those who don’t feel zombies have rights. Yes, you read that correctly. Last year we had zombie protesters! You can be one too or just sit back and enjoy the day. All are welcome. Make sure to dress for the weather, bring a camera, and plan to laugh and cringe at the zombies who will pass you by.
We are all getting very excited about the upcoming 4th annual zombie walk. Want to be even more excited?? Well, you can help! This year, we are heavily recruiting volunteers to help make this walk the best one yet. Get some of your friends and come help out. You can learn more and get signed up by visiting our Volunteer Local page. Get involved with a local startup to help a local event, supporting people right here in Des Moines. You can make a difference and dress up like a zombie for the day.
To learn how you can get involved in the community, check out Volunteer Local for other volunteer opportunities.
Posted: October 1, 2012 in News, News and Info, Show Support, Supporters and Friends, Uncategorized
Tags: costume supercenter, des moines, des moines zombie walk, iowa, zombie accessories, zombie costumes, zombie makeup, zombie walk, zombies
Costume Supercenter is all about zombies. They make an effort to promote and support zombie events across the country. If you don’t have your zombie costumes or makeup yet, Costume Supercenter is a great option. If you’re looking for zombie costumes, makeup or accessories, you can order them online. Check out their full list of options and ideas here. Make sure to use the DMZW2012 promo code to receive 30% off.
If this will be your first zombie walk, or first time being a zombie, take a look at the video above to learn the walk, and get costume and makeup ideas. We are excited to have Costume Supercenter as our event partner. Make sure you check them out on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Posted: September 24, 2012 in Makeup and Hair, Show Support, Supporters and Friends, Uncategorized
Tags: costumes, des moines zombie walk, event partner, Halloween, makeup, nobbies, zombie
As you prepare for the upcoming fourth annual Des Moines Zombie Walk, supplies are important. First, you might decide what kind of zombie you want to be for the event. There are bloody, fresh killed zombies, rotting and decaying zombies, character zombies, and other limitless options. Zombie makeup and costuming can be whatever you can dream up. Don’t limit yourself.
Nobbies in Des Moines has everything you could ever need: zombie blood spray, zombie makeup kits, zombie scars, horror flesh, zombie rot, 3D flesh, body gauze, zombie teeth, zombie fingernails, an assortment of zombie costumes, multiple zombie wigs, and over a dozen zombie masks. Click here to start getting some ideas for your zombie this year. You can also go into the store, since Nobbies is our Event Partner, they are offering all of you a coupon for your zombie supplies. Print out the coupon below to get 20% off one item. Print this off and take it with you when you head over to Nobbies. Don’t forget to tell them “thank you” for making the zombie walk bigger and better this year. We are very excited to have them as a partner this year!
Get into the Halloween and zombie spirit early. They have a large selection of zombie products and decorations for your home or office.