The man himself doesn’t need an introduction nor does his persona. I choose to focus on his despotic fascination for homemade costumes and “clothing” that he chooses to adorn himself with on stage for Mayhem, Void Ov Voices and Sunn O))). At one gig going as far to make himself up as a tree, explaining that Sunn O))) music was for the plants. Some of his appearances have nonetheless been deemed controversial or lame, but opinions are irrelevant because it is not made with the intentions to impress. Some of his masks were designed by Nader Sadek, who i also plan to write about. Various others designs that have come across were the German Hitler outfit, broken mirror man, the death priest (over 70 years old and made by nuns) and the mummy…
Atilla states about the purpose of the visual aesthetics “I like to challenge the audience, so the worst thing for me is going on stage with something that has been seen a million times before, like corpse paint. Actually, the first time I wore corpse paint was in 1987 with my band Tormentor. Alien Sex Fiend were using white make-up, so I started to wear a white base and put black make-up on top, around the eyes and the mouth. It was cool then”
Read about his other thoughts and check out all the costumes here READ MORE…
It is hard to find clothing that truly expresses the respect for myth and magick that inspires so much of the music we cover on CVLT Nation. Especially for women, which is why so many of us make jeans and t-shirts the staple of our wardrobes – but like me, many of you may dream of clothing that will make you feel less like one of the dudes sometimes. Enter Ovate, a line out of a small, dark studio in Montreal, where designer Audrey Cantwell blasts black metal and weaves leather, wool and silk with Norse poetry and Druidic wisdom. Her clothing carries an ethereal dark energy around it, and the elegance and power of a High Priestess. An Ovate is a shaman, prophet, seer, healer and diviner, an ancient bearer of wisdom, and Ovate clothing evokes such wisdom without speaking it. Her Curse of Busla silk tops and dresses are hand-silkscreened with runes, a quote from the ancient Norse poem The Curse of Busla: “May wights be wildered, and wonders happen, may cliffs be shattered and the world shaken.” Most of her designs are created by hand, knitting leather and wool and hand-printing on silk. The effect is both ancient and modern at once, and would be equally at home on icy Scandinavian plains and dirty city streets. After the jump, check out photos from her Fall/Winter 2011 collection…
Witchcraft Hardware has just released their new lineup of some seriously murderous boards, tees and hats. French always puts out an amazing lineup of graphics, and this line is no different, featuring artwork by himself, Paul Parker, Andre Coelho, Murdoch Stafford and Sam Roberts. This line has everything the satanic skater needs. On tees, French has brought back some Witchraft classics, like the ‘Goatagram’ and ‘Goat Sabbat,’ but has also introduced the ‘Burning of the Witch’ design. As far as the deck graphics, Witchcraft doesn’t shy away from it’s evil roots, and presents a beautiful array of artwork. Although these make some of the sickest decks I have seen, it’s a shame to think of them actually being ridden and scratched up. But ridden they are, and well, by the Witchcraft skate team, made up of Vincent Coupeau, Garrett McNevin, Jake Snelling, Joxa, Jamie The Pirate, Sam Roberts and Tibs, who are also featured in the pages of the lookbook for this drop. After the jump, you can check out the new line and also the rad photos of the team shredding occult style, and below, read some ominous words by Witchcraft Hardware.
Welcome to Witchcraft, join the coven and come to the Sabbat.
Witchcraft is seen by those outside the sect as an organization with no purpose other than to prey on other Kindred and consume their vitae through Diablerie and to spread of dissension and rebellion throughout the younger members of Kindred society. It’s members are seen by other Kindred as callous and vicious brutes who place no value on Kindred existence, let alone human life, and seem to revel in releasing the Beast during frenzy. They are entrenched in the shredding, carrying on bizarre and unspeakable rituals unseen by outsiders.
Rumors and mistruths do indeed abound concerning the shredding, often fueled by the sect itself to prevent the Camrailla from learning too much. Most of these can be dismissed, although some of hold a ring of truth.
Shredding is the only truth, the only way.
Actual Pain has just released their Summer lineup of tees & hats, entitled All of them Witches, featuring some new designs and some classics. I am really digging the old school feel he went with, and the pyramid frame theme in the graphics; the Coven tee is dope, as a fan of the band rather than the book. Also, his embroidered occult snapback is pretty rad too. Actual Pain has become a staple in Seattle, and is set on world domination – and it will probably happen, since TJ has Satan on his side. To coincide with the release, the talented Emily Denton, the better half of Actual Pain, directed and filmed the All of them Witches lookbook with Sean Prince of Tit Pig and Gabi Page-Fort of Stickers in deep contemplation of each other, and their new clothes. Watching this video makes me miss the Northwest (or the Southwest of Canada I guess), because of the absolutely beautiful summers, and the people who are so thankful for them after months of rain. We all head out into backyards and onto roofs and patios to drink beer all day and watch the sun set at 10. When it’s summer all year round, you lose your appreciation for it. Anyway, enough of complaining about good weather…after the jump, check out the Actual Pain Summer 11 collection and lookbook video.
Who says metal babes can’t dress up? As Women of Babylon, it is only natural to awaken our vessels with leather, lace, jewels and bones. Shamans of our souls are we, and on days when we want to conjure up the earthen goddesses in us all, we should look no further than Sisters of The Black Moon. Roughing the racks of flea markets, thrift stores and vintage shops everywhere, these moon sisters do more than just hand-me-down band tees.
Cvlt Nation extended family member GIVE UP is at it again with his recent release of HATEFUCK 10. This issue contains the filth, the scum, the collected and spill-over from the elements of GIVE UP art and design. The black and white photocopy zine, 8.5×5.5, numbered edition of 75. Issue 10 features a black on black card cover with a screen printed detail 8.5×12 centerfold, and additional printed transparency pages of the most recent spew. You can pick up your copy of HATEFUCK 10 over at the GIVE UP webstore. More after the jump.
We are really happy to release our first collection of tees, tanks, raglans, henleys & hats in the form of CVLT Nation One. We are also offering a couple of the graphics on canvas back patches for your own DIY enjoyment. We worked with some really amazing artists for our first season, who have set the tone for the CVLT Nation clothing line. If you haven’t already checked out our collections page, we worked with Daniel Desecrator, Toshihiro Egawa, Elias Tormentor and Alemsahim to create dark and powerful hand-drawn pieces. Everything is at our stockists’ worldwide next week, and it’s up here in the CVLT Store. After the jump, take a peek at what we are offering this season, and then head over to the store to pick some up for yourself!
These two are so busy, they remind me of Sean and I on speed. Somewhere in between hand-silkscreening their t-shirts and studding and sewing leather cuffs, Amanda and Le Messie at FALSE also produce FALSE Magazine. True to their craft, they hand-cut, finish and bind every signed and dated issue, and also include 3 handmade 1″ pins. False Flag, their third issue released today, is a series of mixed-media artworks in the spirit of Adbusters – revealing the corruption and deceitful reassurances of modern day societies and their rulers. FALSE inject every page of this zine with their anarcho-punk spirit and create scathing imagery that blasts both government and corporate mind-control of the idiot masses. Their cover image is of a flag that has represented lies and genocide since it’s inception. As a Communications major from a lefty school of thought, this shit is right up my alley. After the jump, check out some images from the new issue, and pick up your copy HERE.
For those of you unfamiliar with GIVE UP, he is a wheatpaste artist from the great state of Texas. His work can been seen all over Texas, United States, zines, album covers, and his own line of GIVE UP brand clothing. Make sure to check out his blog for updates on his awesome work along with his webstore! Last week, CVLT NATION had the pleasure of talking to the man one on one about life, chase stories, Oprah, and more. Read the rad interview with GIVE UP after the jump!