Summer 2013 is here (in LA at least) and we have stocked up on a few of our most popular designs in tees and tanks! We’ve brought back Black Heavens and Bloodseed by Desecrator, Black Majesty by Alexander Brown, Constellations by Natvres Mortes Illvstration and Crown of Eyes by Halseycaust on both tees and tank top, plus we have a CVLT Store-only run of black/grey tie dye tees and tote bags. We have also stocked up on records and brought in some new titles, plus restocked some titles that sold out quick! Check out all our new clothing here and check out the record store here! Lots of rad photos below!
We have been doing CVLT Nation’s Favorite Tumblrs for a while now, and it only makes sense that since I spend too much time trolling Instagram that I start a CVLT Nation’s Favorite Instagrammers feature! We don’t follow too many people because I like my feed to be quality over quantity, so today I am giving you my top 3 so far – NYC iPhone photographer Daniel Arnold, Montreal’s Ovate clothing and Philadelphia’s Bloodmilk Jewelry. These three consistently post photos that I have an emotional response to, whether it be to their latest creation, a stunning, haunting scene or a moment of hilarity. I am simply in love with whatever Bloodmilk and Ovate make, so it makes sense that I follow them to see what new items they have that I can dream about owning one day that I am not living on a tight-to-nonexistent budget. Bloodmilk often features work by other talented artists as well as curiosities and oddities which inspire my posts and makes me feel good about the endless well of creativity in the world. Ovate posts her own stunning clothes as well as beautiful shots of Montreal, her studio/loft space and recently old photos of her Quebecois family. Daniel Arnold captures the complexities and eccentricities of New York City in his candid street and subway shots. His photos make me laugh with humanity rather than at it, and there is often a deeper message underlying his images that was completely unintentional by his subjects. Check out some shots from my favorite Instagrammers below…
I just might be obsessed with Japan. Having been there many times, I can honestly say it’s one of my favorite places in the world! When it comes to punk culture, Japan’s has always hit the spot for me. Going to live gigs there is something special – I have never heard shows as loud as in this country. They have some of the sickest record stores on the planet, plus they have been able to keep the peace punk flag waving high! Then there are the products that you can get in Japan that, to me, always seem to be on the next level. This fact can be seen on the FUUDOBRAIN/strong> website where you can find the sickest CORRUPTED hoodies I have ever seen! Plus this website is full of sick tees with jumbo prints. I’m just just saying, when I saw their John Heartfield tees I almost lost my shit! FUUDOBRAIN also carries Black Means, and their own in-house brand has killer pieces. Their web store is open to international customers – it might be pricey, but Japanese quality is always worth it! Personally, I’m saving up for the CORRUPTED hoodie and the FUUDOBRAIN side bags!
At CVLT Nation HQ, we will be celebrating the 420 weekend, so we thought we should spread the joy! All our clothing and hats will be 30% off starting today until Monday the 22nd with code 420WEEKEND! Plus, every order placed during the sale will get a FREE pin pack! As if it couldn’t get any better, all domestic orders over $75 ship for free, and all International orders over $150 ship free. So spark one up (or don’t) and get yourself some new threads from the CVLT Store!
CVLT Nation’s creative comrade Natvres Mortes Illvstration is re-stocking his Cloven Hoov webstore with new tees, sweats, patches and pins featuring his artwork. All of his pieces are very limited so make sure to get yours quick. I’m sure the Cloven Hoov crews and tees will not last long! Even better, all of his garments are printed in the USA! Check out some photos of the gear before and after the jump…
CVLT Nation is excited to announce that our limited edition TOMBS t-shirts are now in stock! Holy Mountain Printing outdid himself with these tees, and every detail of the intricate Viral Graphics design is captured in this awesome print. These tees are printed on the standard CVLT Nation body with a special edition TOMBS inner neck label and our logo on the back. This is some sweet fucking merch, and you are only going to find it here in the CVLT Store! There are only a few left so run and get yours now…plus check out some photos after the jump!
It’s been said that it’s hard out here for a pimp, but I would argue that it’s even harder for an independent artist or designer trying to make a living selling their work to a society mostly obsessed with obsolescence. Unlike the large corporations that dominate consumer culture, the work of small business is often meant to last – the materials are quality and each piece is lovingly constructed by human hand. It’s really the only thing that small business in North America has going for it; we certainly can’t compete with the quantity and price of the corporate goods. But a growing number of people realize that supporting local artists and designers – whether in the music we listen to, the clothes we wear or the art we decorate our house with – has much larger benefits than just getting something that will last you longer and is made better than its made in China counterpart. By supporting your friends and neighbors, you are improving their lives and the community’s economy, because the money stays in the community and cycles through it, supporting other local businesses and helping others improve their livelihoods. Unless you think we’re all better off working at Wal-Mart for minimum wage. Most small business is a minimum wage job, but one infinitely more rewarding than greeting huffy obese shoppers and making rich Christians richer. Being creative and running my own business has made me get used to being broke, yes, but so happy. However, I believe that the time of the artisan is nigh, that disgruntled citizens are waking up to the fact that the only way to live the way we want to live is to support each other at a grassroots level. One of the only ways creative people have been able to survive is by supporting each other, and Amanda Moore of Adelina Mictlan jewelry is doing that with her popup shop project From the Black Lodge. She has big plans to do a series of national and international popups featuring designers and artists who produce their pieces in small batches by hand, companies like Ovate, Guts, Glam Glory, Morph, Death/Traitors, Terra Luna, Wicked Apothecary, Thrillhaus, Lisa Muerta leather works, David Guy and more. She’s starting out at Austin Psych Fest this year, and she needs our help to get her started, so she’s put up an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds. There are 7 days left to get involved, so I highly recommend that you check it out now. She has some excellent incentives for people who donate starting at $1, including a jewelry raffle, patches, tees, totes, tattoo credit, Adelina Mictlan gift certificates, original paintings and the one I am hoping for – a chance to win a stunning Bloodmilk ring. After the jump watch read about her mastermind plan and please help her get this awesome project started!!!
Today is a fucking rad day because we got our limited edition collabo t-shirts in from FALSE, and they look amazing! If you don’t know about this awesome Singapore-based clothing brand, now is the time to find out – Le Messie and Amanda make everything by hand, and individually hand silkscreen their tees together so that each one is a work of art, check out the interview we did with them here. Plus, as a brand we see eye-to-eye with their anti-system and anarchist politics; they disseminate a lot of important information in the form of articles and documentaries, and they are pro-small business and pro-artisan creators! The t-shirt itself is already super nice, a lightweight, combed cotton American-made tee, and then FALSE’s silkscreening skills are off the chain. This is a super limited design, only a few are available in the CVLT Store and on FALSE’s webstore Anti Anti, so they are going to go quick! Check them out after the jump, as well as a rad video below documenting the process of making a FALSE t-shirt!
I am so excited for the launch of OVATE’s new website and store today at 3pm PST/6pm EST! Audrey has been working hard to conceptualize and produce a gorgeous line for her Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Kuolema, that will launch in her new shop today. Right now all I wear are CVLT Nation t-shirts, but one day soon all I will wear is Ovate’s dusky silks and dark leathers, inspired by beautiful pallor and shadows of death. Kuolema focuses on the materials – silk, cotton and bamboo knits, washed lamb leather – and highlights their natural elegance with minimal, flattering silhouettes. Ovate creates such a complex beauty out of a simple palette of black, grey and white, and this new collection carries the brand forward while maintaining her strong design aesthetic. She has also ventured into jewelry with fellow Montrealer and jewelry designer Elaine Ho, casting an antique Masonic axe to create really fucking sick earrings and necklaces that I have to get my hands on. You can get yourself into all of these clothes and more at her website launch today, so make sure to head over to Ovate.ca…there will also be some limited edition pieces only available in her store, like her classic Valhalla hoodie in a stunning light grey. After the jump, check out some of her Spring/Summer 2013 offerings, plus some haunting photos from her lookbook shot by Krist Mort. I’ve also included a photo of the designer herself and her rad studio with some of my favorite Dilek Baykara prints on the wall (we have the same ones up in our HQ!).
Today is the 2nd Anniversary of the day we launched the CVLT Nation blog and clothing brand, and we can’t believe how much has happened in the past two years! The support and love we have gotten from our readers has been overwhelming, and it has made every day that we work on CVLT Nation a pleasure! To thank you for supporting CVLT Nation, we want to give away three t-shirts to two of our awesome readers. To enter the giveaway, just email email@example.com with “2nd anniversary” in the subject heading. We will pick three winners by Monday, March 11th at noon PST! For now, enjoy the mixtape and features we have for you to celebrate two awesome years of CVLT Nation!
***We have our winners! Rayny, James & X!**