CVLT Nation has been down with LA’s doom lord Ear/Splitters for a while now, and we are very excited about his latest incarnation, Midnite Collective. To celebrate the beginning of this new venture into the darkness of the human heart and mind, CVLT Nation and Midnite Collective present Midnite Communion. Summoning the dark arts and craft of the underworld, on Saturday, November 23rd Midnite Collective brings Jas Helena, Bryan Proteau, Davide Manicni and Stevie Floyd together to create a visual altar that will be led in ceremony by Amarok (Chico) and Funerary (Phoenix). Doom and darkness set the somber undertone of the evening, gathering the masses of the underground community to observe their creative counterparts in an intimate setting known as MonkSpace in Los Angeles (4414 W. 2nd St.). The event is free and all ages, beginning at dusk (7pm) with music beginning shortly after, ending at 10pm. Check out more event info here and below…
The Victorian Blood Book was a part of Evelyn Waugh‘s personal collection of Victorian texts and manuscripts, and arguably the most curious – a scrapbook put together by a loving father for his daughter’s wedding day, this book is an amalgamation of engravings by William Blake, Christian and nature imagery, blood red ink and written text filling all the gaps in between. The text on the pages, hand written by its creator John Bingley Garland in 1854, has the tone of religious ranting, rife with Bible quotes, with phrases such as “Truth! springs out of the earth! and Righteousness! shall look down! from Heaven!” A lot of exclamation points, so many that when I read the text, I read it in the voices of the crazy bums I’ve met on the street trying to convert anyone and everyone to their visions of plague and fire. All I can say is, if my dad gave me something like this, I would question his sanity. But hey, this was the Victorian era, so this type of zealotry was as mainstream and normal as it is today in a Texas megachurch. The creepy element is in the blood dripping from everyone and everything on its pages. Hand drawn in red India ink are bleeding crosses, blood dripping from people, animals, plants and fruit. Literally everything is soaked in the blood of Christ. That’s it, I’m converted! You can look at scans of the full book here, plus take a look at some of my favorites below.
Check this out – 13 tattoo artists from around the world whose work is so sick it makes you want to book flights ASAP! These photos are just a small snapshot of how incredible these artist are at creating art on flesh!
Sometimes, you just want to look at some creepy, scary shit. Some people want to look at it every day, or watch hours and hours of horror films. In North America, there’s only one day out of the year that celebrates horror and fear (I’m not counting Day of the Dead because there’s so much more to it than that) – Halloween, but for some of us, it’s not enough. So if you need a daily injection of gore and horror, check out CVLT Nation’s favorite Tumblr this moment – 365 Days of Horror! You’ll find gifs from some of your favorite horror flicks, as well as old movie posters, creepy art and photos and whatever fucked up inspiration you need to get through your day. Check out a selection of images from 365 Days of Horror below!
Hey Will what’s happening in your universe right now?
I’m in the middle of a few things, working on some new drawings inspired by vintage motorbikes and voodoo ceremonies, trying to finish the fourth issue of my comic Tales From Greenfuz, plus I have a few commercial jobs coming up. I just finished a poster for Beyond Fest, for a series of concerts by Goblin at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, which was kind of a dream job for me.
If you could be a creature from another planet, what would you be and why?
I guess some kind of psychedelic warlord, cruising the universe in a riff-powered spaceship, discovering new galaxies and getting into adventures, that would suit me.
It’s time to take a journey and check out some old school death metal flyers! Just like the early hardcore scene that used flyers to announce the sick bands that were performing any giving week, Old School death metal flyers served the same purpose, and they also serve as historical markers of a time that will never return. Many of them also helped kick start different illustrators’ careers the same way hardcore flyers did. So today CVLT Nation is going to celebrate these filthy pieces of metal history with a huge gallery of them: FUCK YEAH OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL FLYERS! This feature was inspired and conceived by our comrade Christoper Rodriguez.
Two hundred years before my 2-year-old daughter figured out how to use Netflix on an iPhone, people were fascinated with moving pictures. The first moving pictures were produced on devices known as Phenakistoscopes, Praxinoscopes, Tachyscopes, Thaumatropes and Zoetropes. I assume only the very wealthy had the money and leisure time to sit and watch what amounted to short animated gifs, replaying a millisecond of action over and over again. How long would people sit in front of these? What was the attention span of the 1830s compared to today? It’s fascinating to think how advanced and amazing these devices were to people, and how these simple wheels inspired people to innovate new and longer methods for watching moving pictures, all the way up to the portable TVs we call smartphones today. The following gifs were created by Richard Balzer from his vast collection of moving picture devices. They are a cool and sometimes creepy look into the images that captured the human mind in the 1830s.
Davide Mancini, Italy
With your given theme, how did you come up with your piece? What drove your creative process?
Among the three themes (beauty, vanity, and death), I chose death because it always strangely fascinated me, especially its representation throughout the centuries. So, my piece is inspired by some allegorical themes and ancient inscriptions such as “Death upon a pale horse” and ”The Raven” by Dorè, as well as various classical statues. For the narcissistic woman, Mucha and art nouveau played an important role. I searched and collected several images to study costumes and icons, then tried to balance and mix the darkness of the concept with the beauty of art nouveau. From there, my own vision developed as my pencil and ink were put to paper.
Thanks for checking out the latest installment in my ongoing series focused on covering the heaviest and most devastating of Bands and Artists within the Underground Music Community that travel through The Bay Area. This is a collection of footage that I’ve captured recently at shows on both sides of the bridges in Oakland & San Francisco.
Enter a world of illusion with the art of István Orosz – he creates etchings and woodcuts that play tricks on human eyes. Today I’d like to show you his “Ship of Fools” series, images of centuries-old life on ships, in barns and in taverns. However, Orosz shapes his figures and spaces deliberately to create the illusion of skulls, so that when these images are seen from afar they are a series of human skulls. It’s true that death lives with us in every aspect of our lives, and with these works Orosz demonstrates this perfectly. It’s fascinating to look at these and understand that your brain is forming an image from the curve of a head or a sleeve opening. Check out his Ship of Fools collection below!