KRIEGHALLEN is a collective effort paying tribute to the legendary albums that were recorded in the 1990s at Grieghallen studio, Bergen, Norway. This 32-page book showcases 20 of today’s most respected dark artists from all over the world into a gorgeous, bleak and evil collection of illustrations. The curator, Valnoir of Metastazis Design House calls these artists “nostalgic from a time time when Norwegian Black Metal didn’t need to be trve to be true, but also dangerous, controversial, mysterious, worshipped by a few and despised by the rest, unlike the pathetic circus that we’re all witnesses of nowadays.” He has certainly compiled an impressive list of contributors, featuring the likes of Sin Eater, Daniel Corcuera, French, Seldon Hunt and Cloven Hoov. Kreighallen is published by Timeless (FR) and only 300 are available here (stock is low so hurry!). Check out some of the illustrations below…
There is no shame in my game, I’m a mammoth fan when it comes to ELECTRIC WIZARD and I look forward to the day when everything they created is in our vinyl collection. When I hold any of their albums in my hand, I just want to roil one up to enhance my listening experience. I also really dig the artwork and design of every ELECTRIC WIZARD record. Sometimes I troll the stoner web looking for kick ass Wizard-related images. The other day I found my favorite tumblr right now: ELECTRIC WIZARD Artwork. Now it’s your turn to peep this page that is full of stonerdelic art…puff one and exhale the wizard!
CVLT Nation SEVEN Spring/Summer 2014 is now in stock in the CVLT Store and in our stockists worldwide! This season features a brutal collection of graphics from the likes of Daniel “Desecrator” Corcuera, Viral Graphics, Alexander Brown, Andrew Sloan, Jacob Parmentier and Rainbath Visual. We also have a couple of sick collabos on our plate with Vancouver/Mexico DF brand Santa Muerte and Montreal’s Ovate. Head over to the CVLT Store now and get free shipping with your order over $75 (US) or $150 (international)!
Skulls are one of those things that you just can’t have enough of around the house. Sean and I are always on the lookout for people to recruit as skullfinders for us, since we pretty much stay at home and blog like city folk and don’t make it out to the deep woods enough to expand our collection. I like a nice clean yet weathered animal skull salvaged straight from the forest floor, but I am also into decorated skulls. Peter Deligdisch, aka Peter Draws, is doing stunning things with skulls. He burns his line drawings and patterns into the bone, driving the pyrographic patterns into the very cells of the animal. The result is gorgeous, a tattooed kaleidoscope of scorch and ink on the surface of deer, fox and bear skulls. Below take a look at some of the pieces he has created and also a video of his pyrography on a bear skull. You can also pick up a book of his drawings here!
via Treat & Retreat
When people think of serial killers, they think of all the brutal carnage these sick individuals were responsible for. Sure, this group of twisted psychopaths have become notorious for their violence and destruction, but what people may not be aware of is their capacity for artistic self expression. The term “murderabilia” refers to the profitable niche market wherein famous criminals can sell their handmade wares to people who want to own a piece of disturbing history. The ethical ramifications of purchasing artwork from a known murderer is irrelevant to these collectors. They are drawn to these paintings and drawings that offer a fascinating glimpse into the depths of human depravity.
Many states have enacted laws to prevent murderers from profiting off the notoriety of their crimes in the form of book deals and souvenir sales, so as to protect the dignity of their victims. That hasn’t stopped businesses like Serial Killers Ink, an online murderabilia retailer, from capitalizing on the public obsession with famous killers and their artwork. While these convicted killers serve their time behind bars, they pass the days making truly unsettling drawings and paintings that provide a creative outlet. As you will see below, there is no direct correlation between artistic talent and insanity. This sampling of artwork represents a pretty standard cross-section of amateur attempts, some having more natural ability than others.
John Wayne Gacy
What could be creepier than clown paintings made by an actual killer clown? Convicted in 1980 for murdering 33 teenage boys and young men, John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection in 1994. While he was on death row, the former clown performer would create paintings depicting his alter ego named “Pogo”. Another subject he favored in his artwork was the Seven Dwarves. In one painting called “Dwarf’s Baseball”, Gacy shows the dwarves playing a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs. To increase the value of this painting, an art dealer outside of prison took Gacy’s masterpiece to autograph conventions and had it signed by Baseball Hall of Famers like Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Dimaggio (without telling them what it was they were signing).
When did I realize that human beings could go crazy for a film? When the first Star Wars movie hit the street in 1977. I remember driving past movie theaters, looking out of the back seat our Datsun at long lines of people waiting to see this film. My mom thought everyone was crazy for sleeping in tents to see a movie, but she didn’t get it because it was not made for her generation. When I got the chance to see Star Wars, I became a fan instantly! No movie had ever been merchandized like this movie was, and it created collectors around the world. Even to this very day, when I see certain items from Star Wars it takes me back to my childhood. This is why I want to share with you this huge gallery of vintage posters from the film…May the force be with you!
My eyes have just taken a journey to a place where fantasy connects with art to create something otherworldly. I have spent much of the day gazing at the artwork of Yoann Lossel. This human sees the world through the beauty of flames. He is able to balance the occult, nature, destruction and divine and create something that will have your thoughts wondering off to a place where the trees speak to your dreams. Yoann’s use of light is almost beyond words, because he illuminates darkness so that the viewer can see something in it that they never knew was there. I could write for hours about how his work touches the deepest parts of my being, but that would not even do him justice. See for yourself – allow the magic of Yoann Lossel’s art to put a spell on you!
Black is Black and Kyung Hwan Kwon’s illustrations on black paper are very powerful. I’m not going to write much but I will say this dude’s work is on a whole other level…Peep Kyung’s expression in darkness for yourself!
If the Cocteau Twins’ music became paintings, they might take the shape of a Boris Indrikov painting. This Russian artist’s work is full of enchanting magic that will have your mind wandering off into never never land. His work draws you in with spirals that engulf your being then transform into surreal beings. Boris is able to create paintings that have an old world energy with a new world vision. When I gaze at his paintings I hear a language both beautiful and yet haunting. Just like a Cocteau Twins song, it doesn’t matter that you don’t understand Liz’s lyrics, you feel in your heart where she is coming from. Boris Indrikov conveys the same power with each stroke of his brush. All I want to do is get trapped in his creative universe, because it’s just that surreal!