This post is long overdue; since Ovate’s SS13 season, Kuolema, launched at the beginning of this year, I have been following Montreal jeweler Elaine Ho (@elaineho) on Instagram, and coveting pretty much all of her gorgeous works. Like Ovate, she is able to capture the rough beauty of black metal in her work, taking materials like quartz and silver and creating something that is at once jagged and delicate. Her necklaces, rings and earrings evoke a strong sense of the earthbound, not just because she uses so many minerals in her work, but also because she creates cages and nets in so much of it, binding the crystal and precious metal to the wearer. I am personally not a huge fan of big necklaces, but I would wear any of hers in a heartbeat, and I am still in desperate need of the Ovate x Elaine Ho viking axe ring. It’s sometimes difficult to find jewelry lines that aren’t derivative of the big names in the dark jewelry arts like Bloodmilk, but Elaine captures the raw spirit of nature in her pieces and has truly created her own unique aesthetic. You can find most her her pieces in her shop, and she also does custom work! Check out a gallery of her work below…
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.
RAWTEE has come out with another rad collabo, this time with Madrid-based illustrator Alex CL. The tee features a sick print hand screened on an organic cotton jersey grey tee. You can pick it up in the Rawtee Store – plus you can get their rad Killuminati tee on sale! Rawtee makes sure each hand-printed tee is packaged beautifully in black tissue paper and with a hand-printed tag, so if you are into supporting small, artisanal brands that bring you some fucking rad product, check him out!
This weekend only we’re offering FREE SHIPPING in the CVLT Store for all US orders, and for all International orders over $75! The sale will run from Friday, October 4th to Monday, October 7th, so if there’s something you’ve been eyeing from our FW13 CVLT Nation SIX season now’s your chance to pick it up! Head over to the CVLT Store to get your gear…
Montreal’s OVATE goes live with her Autumn/Winter 2013 collection today – actually right now! RESURGAM expands on her always gorgeous silhouettes for both men and women, featuring coats and cloaks that would suit any snowy forest walker. Her materials are always top notch, and this season she has introduced more leather and some awesome looking faux fur to her pieces. I am waiting on baited breath for this collection, because as I write this all I’ve been able to see are her lookbook shots that you can check out below…for sure I’ll be hitting up the OVATE store at midnight to see what amazing handmade pieces she has to offer!
CVLT Nation is proud to present our Fall/Winter 2013 season, CVLT Nation SIX. SIX is a celebration of all things dark, delving into the underworld to resurrect creatures of disturbing beauty. This season we balance elegance and evil, blend geometry and chaos in a collection of illustrated graphics that show the true nature of CVLT Nation. SIX features one of a kind artwork from talented and well-known artists from the metal community. We worked with Alexander Brown, Viral Graphics, Andrew Sloan, Jacob Parmentier and Maxime Taccardi to create hand-drawn graphics for clothing that is as much a piece of art as it is a garment. We printed on t-shirts, unisex oversized tees, crews, hoodies and leggings, plus we have four new snap back and beanie styles to offer. CVLT Nation SIX just launched in our CVLT Store and will be in our stockists worldwide in the next couple of weeks! Check out some images below of our best season yet!
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.
Just over a month back on July 6th I attended a pretty awesome DIY grind gathering in the forests of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that lit up the tranquil atmosphere with blazing grind and powerviolence from the afternoon straight into the night.
Organized by locals and inviting multiple comrades from both sides of the border, while respecting the land and putting on a grand celebration of fastcore, this year’s Squamish Fastcore Fest while it was my first, will not be my last. So this is kind of a (late) summary or reflection with some photos and video.
A few days ago, I did a post about Historical Serial Killers, and I commented on how many of them were in positions of power, with vast riches, and perhaps as a consequence of that they put little value on the lives of the masses. Today, many of the world’s richest people gain their riches at the expense of our health and well-being, and often at the expense of our lives, which are routinely thrown away in conflict in the interests of the politicians and corporations who will reap the benefits of rebuilding a decimated society in their image. The amount of money being poured into the coffers of the 0.1% is stunning and offensive considering the state of the world economy today and the number of people who are spiralling into poverty worldwide. But let’s say $27,000 is just a drop in the pool for you, what do you spend your money on? Well, one thing you can treat yourself to is a pair of human leather shoes, so that when you step out of your private jet, instead of having to lay out a pathway of slaves across the tarmac, you are literally walking on human bodies. Or perhaps you fancy a human leather wallet for $14,000, so that you can stuff your black and gold cards up the ass of your fellow human beings? Or you can hold your freshly pressed trousers up with a $15,750 human leather belt, and then loosen it when you have eaten a meal that costs more than I make in one year. Sound disgusting, disturbing, revolution-inspiring? Then I don’t think you are the target clientele of [Hu]man Leather, makers of “exclusive, high quality items for a selected clientele…[made out of] skin sourced from normal everyday people.” I am considering asking the CVLT Nation readers to donate to a special cause – do you think [Hu]man Leather can source fetal or baby leather? We can commission a cute little fetus skin onesie for the new UK royal baby, with much love from the CVLT Nation community! What do you think?
WARTIME COLLECTIVE is one brand that has gotten stronger with each season! Their new collection is full of fucking bangers that speak to the hate that many of us have for the police. Being from Los Angeles, where I have experienced police brutality first hand, I totally get where WARTIME COLLECTIVE is coming from. I respect the way that they are able to flip hardcore iconography and merge with a socio political message. On a personal tip, I need their Fuck The Police hat in my cap collection ASAP! Check out the new WARTIME COLLECTIVE gear right here and make sure to peep their webstore!