I have always been into art that gives a voice to those that don’t have one. I remember being young in the 70′s and having my mind stimulated with all of the revolutionary creativity that was happening around me. A big part of what got me hyped about the punk movement was it’s use of art as a weapon for change. When I first saw a Crass cover, I knew it spoke to me but I did not know that the artist was influenced by German artist John Heartfield. He was a true warrior for change and used his creative spirit as his gun to fire at the Racist & Fascist Nazi regime in Germany. John Heartfield showed the Nazis that he was not afraid of them by manifesting powerful photomontages that spoke out against their fakery! His influence on the Anarcho Punk movement is evident even today. Discharge used one of his pieces for the Never Again cover and this image has become a part of punk history. Today CVLT Nation salutes John Heartfield with a huge photo essay of his work, plus we are showing the documentary Zygosis: John Heartfield and the Political Image!
We have covered artist/tattooist Scott Move in the past, and we are big supporters of his artistic vision. So we are stoked to hear about the show he has curated, Absence of Light, which opens this Thursday the 11th at The Circle in Soho, London, at 7pm. He has put together an amazing group of UK artists and no doubt it will be a dark and despicably excellent event! Check out the flyer below and represent at 21 Noel Street!
I have always been into things that are perceived as being on the outside of society. As a young kid, I remember when I first saw a Salvador Dali painting; I could not look away. Ever since then, he has been one of my all time favorite artists. From the outside looking in, Dali always represented what it meant to just be yourself and create what you want from your heart. This is why Fuck Yeah Dali is our favorite tumblr this moment. After the jump, melt your brain cells and step into Salvador Dali’s mad mad universe of creation!
A few friends and I all went to the last concert they played in SF at Slims in 08′. We missed the opening act that evening and came in during the first half of Grey, a trio of Witches from the Pacific Northwest that played some seriously Heavy music. When Graves At Sea took the stage that evening, I was so pumped. Nick’s Guitar tone was devastatingly heavy that evening. They had just went through a few lineup changes and Chiyo(Noothgrush) was filling in on drums for them and Miguel(Sourvein) was playing bass. As the story goes, they were scheduled to tour Japan with Corrupted but at the time didn’t feel 100% sure on touring and the promoters told them they couldn’t back out of the tour or they’d be sued. The only way they could get out of their touring obligations was to break up the band. That fucking sucks and is a shitty spot to be in, anyway – they decided to just put the project to rest. Nathan(Vocalist) joined Laudanum, and Nick Phit(Guitarist) moved to Oregon and joined Atriarch. Over the years, people have been hounding them to get back together and to bring back the crushing…This year they finally did and played Oakland, California and I was there to capture it. You’ll get a look into the progression of the band as they played a few new songs as well as a few of their classic tunes.
My experience with ouija boards is limited to two years of my teenage life. From the age of 14 to 16, I was obsessed with ouija, and I “played” with many different groups of people in many different parents’ basements. We used spirit boards every chance we got, and would use them for hours at a time, or at least until someone very negative and evil got a hold of our planchette. This could happen in minutes or hours, but it happened every time. In the spring of 1994, we wanted to talk to Kurt Cobain, of course. He had just died, and my friends and I (and teenage girls everywhere) spoke to his spirit briefly through the board. He told us that his favorite composition was “About a Girl,” and – I shit you not – the next day my best friend and I heard that song played in several different stores five times throughout the day. That was when I first got into ouija, but most times after that we ended up speaking to Damian or Demon or Demian or D-whatever the evil spirit called itself at the time, thrusting the planchette at one of us, telling us it hated us or her or everyone. One night, my friend and I decided to use ouija, so we made a board (as we always did; only one of my friends actually owned a real one, usually they were cardboard), sat down in her empty house with wine and candles, and within 10 minutes were so scared we flipped the board and planchette and swore off ouija then and there. I have never touched a board since. But now I have found a treasure trove of beautiful handmade ouija/spirit boards on Etsy! They are carved, varnished, painted and sculpted by hand and some are truly lovely to behold. I am sure if they are used correctly they are a great way to connect with spirits, but as a teenage girl we didn’t have the respect or experience to use them correctly. I have picked some of my favorite I have found on Etsy, from craftspeople like PereplutCW, SpiritBoard, Midnight Crossroads, Magic Craft Shop, Lord Mock Designs, Graven NY and Hollow Wares. After the jump, check out a selection of handmade spirit boards…but watch out for Damian!
In the past year so many great bands have taking part in our Sonic Cathedrals Mix tape Series it’s pretty mind melting! Behind the scenes we have a secret weapon my wife Meghan how is also the co editor and in house designer for CVLT Nation. This year she has created over 50 covers that convey the energy of each band that has curated a mix tape. I’m always amazed at how creates the morbid uplifting eye candy that she does with the covers. Today CVLT Nation salutes Meghan for her outstanding design work that i never get tried of looking at. Also maximum respect to all of the bands that have taken part in this series and created some sonic art that us and their fans get stoked on. Stay tuned as we make our way to Sonic Cathedrals volume 100 and beyond. For now check out some killer art after the jump!
‘ROMEO IS BANISHED.’ – that might sound like the name of a new glamrock-band hailing from Las Vegas to destroy every sense of music and art in this world. But no : it is actually a kind of a headline for an amazing piece of art that is going to be published very soon.
The force of imagination is what you are going to find at Rancho Obi-Wan located in Northern California. This place is the largest STAR WARS museum on the planet. This is one place I would like to venture to in my lifetime, because this movie opened a creative portal in my mind from the first time I saw it. In the meantime, check out this cool short film about Steve Sansweet and the huge collection he has a massed after the jump…May the fucking force be with you!
While I was watching The Omen the other day, I remembered how as a teenager I used to dream about having my own darkroom one day, where I could hang row upon row of prints I manipulated and developed with my own hands. In the ensuing years, digital cameras made my dream obsolete, and I forgot about it until I watched the photographer develop his prints and squint at the supernatural unfolding before his eyes. The digital age of photography has made it in some ways easier and in others more difficult to come up with photography that feels like a work of art. I think the bar has been raised for true photographic innovation because of programs like Photoshop and Lightroom that do things that were nearly impossible with analog developing techniques. Jim Kazanjian has found a way to make digital photography reach it’s pinnacle of creativity and realism in his digital sculptures. He takes thousands of images and recomposes them to create fantastical buildings that would confound any real world architect. His use of photos to create his masterpieces makes them startlingly real, as if you could actually imagine such a building existing, hear it creak as the wind pushes it on its tilting foundation. After the jump, check out a gallery of Jim Kazanjian’s stunning photographic works.
We have done a few of these DIY clothing posts now, but we keep coming back to them. The reason we re-visit this topic again and again is because we feel that it is an art form, one that communicates the passion and dedication of the wearer to the world. Not only is the wearer passionate about the bands he or she painstakingly sews or paint onto the garment, it shows their commitment to originality and craftsmanship. You can’t buy a battle jacket at Target or Walmart. You have to make it yourself, just like in the good old days. Below is the definition of “Battle Jacket” according to the Urban Dictionary, and I think it is an apt description:
A denim or leather jacket worn by metalheads to show their devotion to the best musical genre on earth.
The denim kind are usually sleeveless. The leather kind are usually a converted biker jacket.
It is covered with sew-on patches with the names/logos of favorite bands. There is usually also a large backpatch covering the back of the jacket, with almost all the available space left taken up by smaller patches. Studs and/or spikes are optional, but they aren’t punk jackets so don’t go overboard.
Some may smell a bit due to being worn exclusively in moshpits where it can get sweaty at times.
Metalhead 1: Your battle jacket is awesome!
Metalhead 2: Yeah I know. I dare you to smell it though!