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Wonder Women of Colour (Zachary Pryor earrings)

The Representation of all races, genders, sexualities and body types in comic books has made some big strides in the last few years, but there is certainly more work to be done. As a gay man I feel that the characters I should or could identify with are often gimmicky or relegated to the background. It is easy for me to make that leap and think of what it must be like for Latin, Asian, or African American men and women to see characters they love coming across as shallow stereotypes. I’m a white man, but I honestly get bored looking at white faces all the time across all media platforms, not just in my beloved comics. In that spirit I regularly honor one of my all time favorites, Storm on my etsy painted earrings page, but I went a step further by re-inventing some of DC Comics biggest heroes as powerful African, Asian, and Latin American women.

Black Wonder Woman, with perfect vixen hair

Latin American Supergirl made her debut recently

Glittering Storm lightning bolt earrings

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Babs Gordon, Batgirl painted earrings

The first Storm earrings I painted

The original zp black Wonder Woman earrings

A favourite X-Man for many years now – Rogue. When I was in Junior High the X-Men lived in the Outback and I still consider those the best X-Men years. Their time there ended when they all (except Wolverine and Storm) escaped through the Siege Perilous. When Rogue returned the Reavers had taken over their home and she had to escape using by stealing Gateway’s powers. In doing so she became a gorgepus black woman and I was like, “please let her keep that look.” She did not. So, here she is, as a gorgeous black woman and in her Outback X-Men uniforms.

Rogue, after absorbing Gateway’s appearance and powers

Another X-Woman who received a shocking (and permanent) makeover was Psylocke. Formally white British girl, now ridiculously sexy Ninja… irresistible 

Available on my page as Glitter Psylocke, or 

Psylocke through the years

Thanks for stopping by, and remember – I welcome special requests too!

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Top 7, my favorite Portland, Oregon Area waterfalls

#1 FALLS CREEK – I genuinely have a wildly different experience each time I visit. 

#2 SPIRIT – This hike can be a bit of a chore and the last time I visited I was stung by 5 yellow jackets. I thought of dropping her down the list, but her beauty wouldn’t be denied.

This place is incredibly magical all year, long, but late fall is my absolute favorite 

#3 ABIQUA – Two separate hikes are here that lead to the top and bottom of this beauty. Also a bit of a labour in the descent to both spaces, but the views are well worth it.

#4 TAMANAWAS – The thunderous melody made by this sexy waterfall actually makes me sway when I hear it.

#5 WEISENDANGER (currently closed) 

This waterfall was a casualty in the recent Eagle Creek fire. The falls are on the Multnomah Loop along with several others. No word on when the trail will reopen, but I am certain her beauty will endure. 

#6 PANTHER CREEK – The hike here is quite simple to the first viewpoint, but you can have 3 very different experiences here if you put in a little work.

I am Always, Always filled with energy at this space.

#7 WAHCLELLA (closed) – Wahclella was my introduction to the hiking world in Oregon. For that reason, and for the power behind this gem – keep it on the list. SADLY, her trail is also closed now, another casualty of the Eagle Creek Fire.

Zachary Pryor Halloween Offerings

Here we have a quick share of the items in my 3 shops that celebrate the greatest Holiday during the greatest season. 

I just know we will see thousands of Wonder Women out there this year. I have been painting her for years and these two are my favorite, earrings with gold leaf and a painted cuff

One of my first creations, the Blythe doll inspired Medusa, perfect if the ancient Gorgon is on your mind for this holiday. PURCHASE HERE.

No Halloween post would be complete without giving a nod to Buffy Summers. I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer the minute the show first aired and my obsession grew and grew. At the time it was airing it was the only show I watched. You can get the Buffy Mr. POINTY pair here and the Buffy and Angel pair here

Another Halloween favorite is the Bride of Frankenstein. I painted her likeness inspired by the classic film with a dark, rich green background, PURCHASE HERE

Feeling spooky animals instead? How about a royal blue black cat silhouette or an orange ombré bat silhouette

Not everyone knows of this gorgeous, dangerous vixen, but they should. This is Vampirella, the comic book anti-hero. Get her HERE.

Finally my etsy shop featuring gemstone, chain, and charm creations both new and upcycled has two gorgeous skull pieces in stock that would look great during this season, even while you aren’t in costume. Click to get the Glitter Skull Tassel earrings or the Rhinestone matte black stone necklace. 

Have a wonderful Halloween everyone!!!

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