One of the first people to ever support CVLT Nation was Aaron Edge when he worked Southern Lord. He is one of those people who has given to the underground scene for decades. Now he needs our help, because he was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. To help out with his medical expenses, check the tee he is putting out via Holy Mountain Printing: “Metal Heads Against MS“…go here to buy the TEE!
Metal is about hatred. It’s about disgust and distrust. It’s about the release of energy and rage. Metal has (and will always be) about aggression via heavy riffs and lyrics. Metal contains a strong disdain for the sheep that follow blindly, for those that lack of their own opinion, for all who give up without a fight. That said, some hands dealt to us require true strength to persevere. Some are forced to fight harder. This shirt is dedicated to them, specifically those that struggle to control the terrible disease that is Multiple Sclerosis. Channel your hate, the hatred for MS.
Check out this selection of Krampus cards from the 1800s to the 1970s…imagine getting one of these in the mail for the holidays!
Having lived in Texas as a youngster, I can honestly say that it’s a strange place, both good & bad! This state is known for producing individuals that dance to their own beat. In the 80′s, some of the most weird and original bands to come out of the hardcore scene came from the Lone Star State. Right now, the land of the longhorn has some of the most interesting street artists influencing the world with their creativity. The three artists I’m speaking of today have deep roots in the punk and metal community – GIVE UP, Jason Barnett aka Cursed Death and Eye sore all have different styles, but they all share the thirst for creativity and see their urban environment as a living gallery. All three of these artists should be saluted for having the courage to step outside of the law and share their works with the world.
Today is one of those days where I want to stare at spectacular images that make my jaws drop. So this is why I headed over to Monster Brains – to me it’s the greatest ghoulish resource online! I can’t put my finger on it but I’m never bored when I’m trolling this site…So now check out some of the creatures that are getting me hyped. Peep this huge gallery of mind melting imagery – I hope you aren’t afraid of the dark!
I have said it before – there was a greater appreciation for the art of the human body in the science of the past. Frederik Ruysch is the perfect example of an artist/scientist – as an anatomist, he carefully preserved pieces of flesh from many different species, including humans, but he placed his subjects delicately into their jars, and often decorated them. A baby’s head, embalmed in permanent sleep, rests with an embroidered cap on it. A woman’s forearm and hand gestures from out of its lacy sleeve. Ruysch also created fantastical scenes out of skeletons and fauna and flora, sometimes on the lids of his jars.Below you’ll find some of his actual preserved pieces, as well as illustrations of his work.
The comic 2000 AD in August of 1983 gave us Sláine Mac Roth, the feral warrior who fought ancient demons and demigods. The stories are all loosely based around Celtic mythology, so are full of primeval gore, guts and bloody axes. With of course strong elements of Robert E. Howard’s ‘Conan the Barbarian’ in there too. At the start of the series Sláine was a wanderer, banished from his tribe, the Sessair. He explored the Land of the Young (Irish Tír na nÓg) in the company of an unscrupulous dwarf called Ukko (Finnish for “old man”, and the name of the Finnish pagan Thunder god), fighting monsters and mercenaries in the fantasy tradition.
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Sláine, 2000AD are running a brand new Slaine series, ‘The Book of Scars’. Which reunites the most well known original artists Simon Bisley, Mick McMahon, Clint Langley and Glen Fabry.
Written by Yohani Kamarudin
Lots of people doodle when they’re bored, but Tokyo resident Cho, who’s only 19 years old, draws pictures on her own skin. This habit eventually led to a rather strange portfolio of different work – like this face with an extra pair of eyes, which is fascinating but hard to focus on, plus a little unsettling.
I remember the 70s a time of equal opportunity for many different kinds of humans and ideals. Growing up, there was an African American version of most toys, ie. Black GI Joe’s, Black Barbies and so on. This vibe of cultural inclusion was even apparent in comics – this is why Marvel had titles like Powerman & Black Panther. This is also during the time that the The SON of SATAN comic came on to the market. I have a good feeling that today the far right would not allow a title like this to exist. I was always drawn to the The SON of SATAN covers and would stare at them for eons. This is why today we celebrate this radical comic with a huge gallery of its iconic covers…Hail The SON of SATAN!
Being a child of the 70′s & 80′s raised in SoCal where I grew up, gang culture was the norm. In Venice we had local pride for days, and the way we dressed could be tied to the V-13 gang that was in our hood. Maybe this is why when I wasn’t reading skateboarding magazines, I really liked to check out TEEN ANGELS and teach myself how to write in gang lettering. It was also a trip to read the letters – keep in mind this is way before the internet so this magazine connected like-minded people across the nation. TEEN ANGELS was also full of art that I would spend hours looking at. Looking back, I can see how this publication influenced the 80′s punk scene – just look at Suicidal Tendencies’ iconography or Jaime Hernandez’s art. Today CVLT Nation salutes TEEN ANGELS for keeping it real, because they were just being themselves. Now check out our gallery of killer visuals!
Robert Cook creates haunting illustrations inspired by his concept of Norot, or the artistic expression of mythical, esoteric and occult elements through different media, aural and visual. Entering his illustrated world, I feel overwhelmed by the powerful figures that I confront there. I am but an observer, but they speak to me in ancient tongues and radiate a pantheistical energy and power. Cook is an expat American living in Ireland, and you can certainly see the Celtic influence on his artwork, where many lines intersect and cross each other to create interwoven and seemingly infinite patterns. His inspiration is clearly deep-seated and intellectual, based in profound contemplation of humanity and our subconscious relationship with our world. There is a lot of emotion and intuition in Cook’s work, and it draws the viewer into its universe easily, asking us to contemplate what lies beyond our rational mind. Check out more of Robert Cook’s illustrations below…