Dylan Garrett Smith is Dylan XVX, an artist whose haunting creations have fascinated me for a long time and about whom a post is long overdue! His aesthetic is one of delicate horror – he does’t hammer you with violence and spew blood and viscera all over you, rather he hints at the possibility with menace in his fine lines and threat in his details. Dylan XVX’s work speaks to the aftermath of horror, when the bloodflow has slowed to a languid drip and the flesh is cold. This isn’t to say that his work is devoid of movement – it just has a coldness to it, and the movement is like a winter wind raising the hairs on the back of your neck. It’s funny though, because the two prints I own of his, “Belial” and “The Eyes Satisfied,” are tea-stained and painted in warm colors, but they still retain the iciness of the imagery despite their warmth. Dylan XVX is creative in his offerings – his shop carries silkscreened prints, framed paintings and most recently (although sadly sold out) broaches that look like mini framed artwork to pin on your chest, and he has also done little crucified teeth on wooden crosses. He has done a lot of exhibitions around the country the past couple of years, and currently has a piece up until 4/20 at Gristle Tattoo + Art Gallery in Brooklyn as a part of their Philias: Loved to Death group show. He has worked with bands, clothing companies and vegan bakeries, and as I look through his work I can see how it has grown over time. After the jump, check out a selection of his work, and make sure you stay in his loop because his specialty pieces sell out quick!
From the unknown depths of filth comes an illustrator that is able to conjure the chaos of Hades and show you how beautiful it can be. He goes by the name of FARRON Loathing and when you look at his work, his blackened artistic passion punches you in the neck! Each line he draws tells a cryptic story that holds meaning. To me, it seems like FARRON creates in a way that asks the viewer to go deeper into his art than what you see on the surface. What I really dig about his work is not only his otherworldly subject matter, but also his use of space – his composition is on point! His imagination is plugged into Lucifer’s left hand, so therefore he is always able to come up with some shit that makes me say, unholy hell, how did he think of that? FARRON is not only an illustrator, he is an all around creative anti-human that does what he does because it’s in his nature. For instance, for the new NAILS cover he created, it seemed like he combined his painting skills with graphic design to come up with a unique and classic album cover. It doesn’t stop there – he also directs videos for & is the frontman of Lighting Swords of Death. Now back back to his art – check out a huge gallery of FARRON Loathing’s work after the jump…don’t be afraid if your eyes start to bleed!
Sometimes, there are artists that prove that it is good to express yourself. Germany does actually have alot of these young people. CVLT Nation is now introducing you to a few of them. This is the first episode of ”CVLT Nation introducing young artists from Germany” and it’s about a guy called Tobias Tietchen. He’s from Hamburg in the very north of Germany and does different kind of arts. I had a chance to talk to him and this interview is what I got out of him. But what is he doing ? His art can be described as a mix of illustration, drawing (oldschool) and design. Let’s just stop the talking for now and you can look at the art yourself. Deal ? Deal.
CVLT Nation is stoked to present the newest tee in our band t-shirt series…the CVLT Nation X TOMBS shirt, featuring a fucking epic illustration by Viral Graphics. This tee is one of our favorites yet, and captures the menace of TOMBS’ music perfectly! This tee is up for pre-order starting today, and a very limited quantity will be printed by our comrade Holy Mountain Printing to ship by the 18th. This tee is only available in the CVLT Store, and is going to be mind-blowing in person, so pick yours up quick!
Design close up after the jump!
Even though I don’t see it when I look out my window, I live in a country at war. For the past decade, kids from my neighborhood have joined the US military – to get a degree, a “good” job, a paycheck, to fight for a false ideal – and they come back with war in their minds and hearts. I can’t see the violence and trauma in their souls, nor can I see the indelible images in their brains; they aren’t things I even want to imagine. The fear, the smells of burning flesh and blood, the ear-crushing booms of bombs and bullets are all real life horror and nightmare. If I Am Your Mirror captures this in breathtaking painted animation; director and animator Garrett DeHart was inspired by Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and romantic painting, and sets a scene of mass murder and revenge that has left me unsettled and sad, but at the same time blown away by the beauty of his film. The protagonist is played by Larry Holdman (Batman Begins, Memento), whom the film is also in memory of, and his character invites us into the dark and paranoid worldview of a veteran of the Civil War. His world is painted black after witnessing so much murder and mayhem, some at his own hands, and he is unable to cope with the world around him. At times we are in his mind, at others we are watching him from the outside, but the lines are blurred and leave the viewer with a feeling of sickness at the cruelty of human beings. This film may mean different things to different people, but to me it is a reminder of why war is to be abhorred and not exalted, and it will keep me speaking out against the bullshit and lies that push my neighbors into its clutches, only to come back broken and scarred. Check out If I Am Your Mirror below and more information about the film and DeHart after the jump.
Monsters Monsters Monsters rule and the only ones that really scare me run the governments & corporations that are fucking this world up! Creepy beings are things that I have always found beauty in. Maybe this is why seeing fucked up-looking punk rockers as a kid was normal to me. Outsider art is where you find people that are willing to take chances, and do it because they have to and not for the money or fame. Whenever I’m in the trolling mood, searching for some cyco beings to look at, I head over to Monster Brains. This site is a great resource of radness that you can lose yourself in. Metal & Punk have always shared a loved for fucked up imagery. So on that note, check out some ghouly shit after the jump! Fuck Yeah Monsters Monsters Monsters rule!
Long dark mane, that almost sinister stance, and a sharply groomed set of facial hair. Lazarus Colloredo was an extremely handsome being. That is, until you’ve beheld the mass of dangling flesh, or what looks like to be a corpse, hanging from his abdomen. That my friend, is no member of the dead, it is his living, breathing, moaning, and drooling brother, Joannes Baptista Colloredo.
I stumbled across the prodigy while searching for cabinet cards and curiosities. Oh yeah, did I mention I’m a huge fan of the odd and grotesque? Skulls, bones, medical quackery, ancient artifacts, animal parts, cabinet cards, funeral paraphernalia, ritual tools, etc. are all things I admire and collect. I was looking through old photographs and illustrations when I first laid eyes upon this striking pair. One particular image I took a fondness to was an illustration by the artist James G. Mundie, an illustrator of fine curiosities. At first, all I saw was a Spanish-looking stud, appearing to be so beautifully gallant, just before my pupils drifted down further…I was immediately intrigued. (Ha, and I’m not speaking of any trouser serpents, not this time.)
Lazarus and his parasitic twin, Joannes Baptista (named after John the Baptist), were one of the earliest and most well documented cases of the kind. The 17th century duo were in-fact born in Genoa, Italy and had earned their living by touring parts of Europe. The Colloredos had visited many higher-ups and figures of royalty. Some of their acquaintances may have included the Duke of Lennox and Richmond, James Stuart, and the entire court of Charles I of England. On the streets, Lazarus would drape his capacious cloak over Joannes, to make certain he would not be noticed. Although, there were accounts of him allowing spectators to poke, pinch, and irritate Joannes. When doing so, his brother would leave his constant state of salivation to squeal, twitch, or spew out other nonverbal bellows. Occasionally, the limp twin could be seen fluttering his eyes and performing other less than minimal independent movements. If you’re as curious as I am, I’d like to tell you that Lazarus’ parasitic half did have genitals, but they were said to be “imperfect” or amiss. Actually, the unfortunate brother was only made up of two arms, a head, partial chest, and one leg. Oh yeah, and that ill-sufficient baloney pony I just mentioned too.
Mark McCoy is a fascinating artist on so many levels. Many people might be familiar with his musical output and as the force behind Youth Attack Records. When you check out his artwork in several different mediums you can to see how fucking talented he is. The detailed pieces he drew for his “Hallow” series are mind-meltingly harsh, but at the same delicate. When you look at his piece “When I Die Bury Me In The Clothes Of My Youth,” the invisible people of his streets stare you right in the face with their dispair! His collage work in the “Wound” series is ugly and gross, but you can’t turn away, just like when you pass a car wreck. Mark’s work does go hand in hand with the music he creates, but can reach an audience that his music might not. What draws me to his art is his honesty and his commitment to doing what the fuck he wants to on his own terms. Youth Attack Records and McCoy’s art are an expression of a part of society that the status quo would like to keep hidden…FUCK YEAH Mark McCoy!
As a child raised in a “Christian” home, I was told every Sunday in church that the way to ensure eternal life was to believe in the Bible and Jesus. If I didn’t believe in these things, I was going to end up in Hell, a horrible place full of horrible people being tortured for eternity. I was free to choose to believe or not to believe, but if I made the wrong choice I was fucked. Forever. This idea never sat well with me, especially when I realized that other cultures had different ideas about what makes punishable behaviour. Chinese Buddhist Hell is a place that makes way more sense than Christian Hell. In fact, it makes Christian Hell seem like a scam to make more money for the Church. Rather than punishing people for not believing in a weird sexist storybook, in Chinese Buddhist Hell you are punished for doing really shitty things during your life, repeatedly, to the point that your soul becomes so weighted down with bad karma that you sink into one of 18 levels where you are punished until your karma is served off. A kind of rehabilitation scheme for your soul. So if you’re a pedo, you’re going to be boiled alive in a cauldron of oil, a thought that I find quite enjoyable. If you talk a bunch of shit, you’re going to have your tongue ripped out by demons. If you pretend to be someone you’re not, you’ll be steamed like so many little buns. If you are a powerful oppressor, you’ll be ground in a mill into powder, over and over again, until you’ve paid off your billions in thievery. All in all, I like the sound of this place, especially since I always thought that being as nice a person as you can was the best way to avoid Hell – I mean, who wants to believe that all those child molesting priests are going to be enjoying some fucking paradise after they finally die? I would much prefer them to be burned and bubbled in a rolling vat of oil. After the jump, check out the Eighteen Levels of Hell, complete with ancient depictions of each level of torture…
It’s a post-apocalyptic world, and we shouldn’t take that for granted – now more than ever, life needs to be embraced and lived, and if you are planning a 2013 release, that means your artwork and packaging should be on point! Corpselogic is here to help you, an art collective dedicated to the dark arts of album design and band merchandising. It’s eight members – Tas, Jondix, Thomas Hooper, Tim Lehi, Jane Lives, Andrew Sloan, Joseph Díaz and Andrew Labanaris – have extensive illustration and graphic design experience, having worked with bands like Neurosis, Electric Wizard, Altar of Plagues, High on Fire, Doomriders, Scott Kelly, Tombs, St. Vitus, Pentagram and Slayer. These artists have gotten together to make the process of developing an art direction and packaging concept easier on studios, labels and bands who want their shit to be stunning and disturbing. The artists in this collective are highly talented, and represent a wide range of styles in their artwork, and they are equally open to working with established bands and labels as they are to work with new and unsigned bands. They have a dope site up with galleries of their latest offerings, as well as a place to contact them and get the process started. Check out a selection of their works after the jump…