One thing that has gotten me high ever since I was around four was underground art. When I was younger I would spend hours staring at the Funkadelic album covers, and as I started to get older I would bug out on the Freak Brother comics! I didn’t know it then, but now I can see that I have always been attracted to subversive images. Maybe this is why when I first got into hardcore in the 80′s, the illustrators were just as important to me as the bands. When you saw a flyer done by Ric Clayton, Pushead, Shawn Kerri or Marc Rude you know the show was going to kick ass. Also the covers from CRASS, RUDIMENATRY PENI, AMEBIX and ICONS OF FILTH drew me in just as much as their music. When I heard that The Ajna Offensive was putting out a book entitled ENTARTETE HUNTS curated by Dennis Dread, I was very keen to see it. Once I did, I realized I was looking at underground art history, because this book features works by some of my favorites. Check out this roll call of some of the illustrators that are in this 400 page book: Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni), Ed Repka (Megadeth), S. Clay Wilson (Zap Comix), Erik Danielsson (Watain), Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin (Dissesction), Sean Taggart (Crumbsuckers), Joe Petagno (Motörhead), Jos. A. Smith (Bathory), Bobby BeauSoleil (Lucifer Rising), Dennis Dread (Darkthrone), Michel “Away” Langevin (Voivod), plus 30 more insane artists not mention here…Now peep an unreal gallery of some their amazing ART!
The recent Seven Sisters of Sleep and Full of Hell tour was a huge success, and today we have some really fucking awesome photos of their Pittsburgh show from our homie Tanner Douglass. Tanner has his own style of capturing live shows that really makes you feel like you are about to be punched in the head by one of the flying fists or swinging elbows his photos are full of. This show looked like it kicked off pretty good, and we are stoked to bring you this raucous photo essay today! Plus check out Full of Hell’s upcoming European tour dates so that all our European readers know what they’re in for…
According to his jailhouse diary, GG Allin jerked off almost 100 times during his first 30 days in prison. It was 1989 and the outlaw scumfuck was accused of assault after he tortured a fan he met at one of his performances in Detroit. Over the course of several days, he had sex with the woman while she was handcuffed to a bed, burned her with cigarettes, and cut half-moon shapes with the jagged edge of a beer can on the bottom of her breasts. In his version of the events, it was a consensual act of outsider lovemaking. Big fucking deal. The good people of Michigan disagreed and sent the Murder Junkies frontman on an extended vacation to the Michigan Department of Corrections facility in Washtenaw County.
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And that’s where we find GG Allin in the hardcover, glossy, limited-edition smorgasbord of thoughts, drawings, missives, and ideas titled My Prison Walls, to be released in July by Aggronautix. Diving into the studied chaos of Allin’s thoughts while he was holed up in the clink might be the best way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of GG’s death. And it’s a blood-splattered ride. Here’s a few excerpts from his handwritten prison journal, “30 Days in the Hole,” and some drawings that he and a few of his favorite serial killers made.
I just spent 14 minutes watching another inspiring episode of The Art Of Punk, this one about the story behind the Dead Kennedy‘s logo & the art of Winston Smith. One of my best New Year’s Eves ever happened in 1984 – it was a Dead Kennedy’s gig and they opened with “Welcome to 1984,” and I will never forget that night! CVLT Nation salutes our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell on their killer series about Punk Art brought to the world by MocaTv…Now check out this on point documentary!
If you don’t know, now you know: we at CVLT Nation are huge fans of music and we have a good feeling our readers are as well. One constant in my life has been the sound that I listen to, and how music has helped shape my life and the way I see the world. One band that has been a been there for me is NEUROSIS and they have never disappointed me. I know I’m not alone in saying that this band has created a tribe that has transcended the music they create. This is why today CVLT Nation’s favorite tumblr is FUCK YEAH NEUROSIS. What I really dig about this page, besides the killer photos & videos, is how you can stream some epic tunes while you are wandering around the page. So check our gallery of NEUROSIS images, but make sure to head over to FUCK YEAH NEUROSIS ASAP!…They are on tour in Europe starting on June 22nd peep the dates below!
Wayne Martin Belger is an artist whose projects are time consuming and ultimately hugely rewarding, not only for him, but for his audience. He creates some of the most unique and stunning sculptural and photographic work I have ever seen. When Belger chooses a subject to photograph, he starts from the very earth the subject grew in. He makes a pinhole camera using items of significance for his subject – relics and materials that represent or are directly connected with the person or things he will photograph. He constructs complex and beautiful cameras of organic and inorganic materials so that when he takes the photo, the image is interacting with parts of the subject both outside and inside the camera. Belger uses pinhole photography rather than lens photography – this way, there is nothing interfering with the light reflecting off the subject onto the film, no mediators or manipulators. In an age of digital photography, this dedication to the bare science of capturing light on film is both astounding and impressive. His cameras are works of art, and the photos he captures with them are haunting. Check out the works of Wayne Martin Belger below…
Designed to study the beauty of decay.
4″x5″ camera made from Aluminium, Titanium, Brass, Silver, Gem Stones and a 150 year old skull of a 13 year old girl. Light and time enters at the third eye, exposing the film in the middle of the skull.
Photographer: Jorge Silva
Based in: Porto, Portugal
On the first edition of Amplifest – a still relatively new festival in my hometown, who will have the third edition this year – Justin Broadrick did a double stint headlining the first day of the festival with Jesu and then, the second day, as Godflesh.
While Jesu were playing I noticed a light, placed behind and above Justin, that, from time to time, was casting strong lightbeams on his head. As I was shooting right in front of him, the light came and I was able to get the shot I was envisioning. It always amuses me the fact the I shot Justin as Jesu with a halo!
Stop whatever you are doing and let these 12 minutes and 17 seconds inspire you. You are about to watch The Art Of Punk: CRASS featuring the works of Dave King and Gee Vaucher. CVLT Nation salutes our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell on their killer series about Punk Art brought to the world by MocaTv….My life would not be what it is today if it was not for CRASS. They are more than a band to me, they are a part of my life story…Enjoy this on-point look at their ART!
Ien Levin is a tattooist that makes me want to pack up everything and move to Kiev, Ukraine so I can get work done by him. He is able to take something ordinary and filter it through a dark mind and come up with something totally out of this world. Ien Levin is also able to work unreal black ink magic with geometric shapes. Today CVLT Nation celebrates this tattoo master again. Check out this new gallery of his most recent work…All hail Ien Levin!
Altars of Madness is a 3-part exhibition that explores extreme metal, divided into sections focusing on grindcore, death metal and black metal. The exhibition, curated by Damien Deroubaix and Jérôme Lefèvre, opened on May 18th, 2013 in Luxembourg at Casino Luxembourg, and will run until Sept 15th, 2013 followed by an exhibition at Confort Moderne in Poitiers (FR) from Sept 28th to Dec 15th, 2013. Featuring noted artists like Matthew Barney, Nicholas Bullen, Larry Carroll, Grégory Cuquel, Damien Deroubaix, Seldon Hunt, Gregory Jacobsen,Theodor Kittelsen, Harmony Korine, Élodie Lesourd, Juan Pablo Macias, Maël Nozahic, Torbjorn Rodland, Steven Shearer, Mark Titchner, Gee Vaucher and Banks Violette, this exhibition is a skillful examination of the influence of metal on the art world. As a part of the exhibition, Napalm Death and Blockheads performed a show on July 3rd, tying in the visuals and the music in a tangible way, and to close the exhibition Final (Justin K Broadrick) and soleil[s]noir will perform at Espace Découverte. Below you can check out some of the haunting pieces that are a part of this exhibition – one that metal fans around Europe should definitely try to make their way out to!
All photos: WILI – Media Makers, Casino Luxembourg, 2013