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…
One of the raddest things about being a punk kid in the 80′s was the fanzine culture. D.I.Y was not a word for us but an lifestyle. Out of this culture grew the cottage industry of fanzines & from this, the independent publishing houses that produced them. Back then these fanzines were our internet – they actually connected the East Coast punks to the West Coast punks. My first love was my local, Flipside, & my second favorite was NoCal’s Maximum Rock & Roll (they brought the global perspective to fanzines with their global scene reports). Today, CVLT Nation is featuring two epic zines from the 80′s: the punk zine Urban Decay & the metal zine Brain Damage. Both of these have some awesome interviews from bands of the day, plus some killer art. Get your fanzine download on after the jump!
In the spirit of Part 2′s, I have compiled another gallery of long-sleeve metal tees for your viewing pleasure. Again, most of these were found on T-shirtslayer.com, straight from the collections of metalheads from around the world, photographed on a nearby bedsheet, patterned carpet or linoleum from homes in the US, Sweden, Germany, Canada, France and beyond. Check out this collection of vintage merch from bands both metal and not, like Mayhem, Corrosion of Conformity, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Metallica, Slayer and more. I also threw in a couple of Nails long-sleeves I found elsewhere, because they were underrepresented on T-shirtslayer, and because I think NAILS is a current band that takes the long-sleeve seriously. Unfortunately I couldn’t find my favorite one, the “Corpse” print drawn by Alexander Brown, but I think you will find a lot of rad shirts to look at after the jump…
A while back, I did a post on the metal battle jacket, or kutte, and it’s proved to be one of our most popular, so here’s a part two. Again, I searched T-shirt Slayer for some of their finest examples of what is a staple of the metal wardrobe, after long hair and a band tee. Anyone whose ever tried to make one of these knows how painstaking the process is, from the placement of the patches and studs to the actual stitching and studding. These works of art can sometimes take months or years to fully complete, and others are in a constant state of progression. I have so much respect for the effort and artistry that has gone into these vests, regardless of how I may feel about the bands they are repping, or the flowery sheet or shag carpet that makes up the background of the photo, I can’t fault their dedication or talent when it comes to making a killer piece of clothing. After the jump, check out a mega epic gallery of battle jackets…
Cultivation of surrounding primitive cultures, evolution through self education, and complete spiritual ties to the flesh; these are all things that Marc Riedmann, better known as Little Swastika, manifests. He came into his own at a young age, and from starting out on a swiss army knife, I think it’s safe to say he’s certainly come a long way in his arts of the flesh and otherwise, as today he is viewed as a prodigy amongst the body-mod culture. While he has evolved into 21st century tattooing techniques, he still maintains a love for reverting to traditional means of tattooing. The DIY approach has really been all that he’s known, and the “‘build something new and then have a go at it’ approach is something,” he says, “I find deeply fascinating…” This do-it-yourself, street lifestyle he grew up knowing reflects in his work and seems to be responsible for his entire aesthetic; an aesthetic which comprises ornate and detailed imagery with raw, sketchy lines and technique.
Tattooing and body modification can be viewed as mere extensions upon the soul, and our means of merging the material with the spiritual. In some cultures, the swastika represents creation, which alone is the sole reason we are the beings we are. If we do not create, we cannot destroy, and if we cannot or will not destroy, we refuse to fully live.
Artifacts From Hell is the evil brainchild of Michael Schulz, a collection of hand-carved and cast jewelry that looks like Satan’s own talismans. He casts his dark arts in solid bronze and aluminum, and creates a texture on the metal’s surface that gives the impression that these pieces were indeed born of hellfire. His amulets are some of the most terrifying and truly evil pieces of jewelry that I have ever seen. True, they are beautifully and delicately carved, with minute details intricately fashioned – the bony wingtips of a demon, the tiny skulls, the placenta of the hellspawn fetus are all carefully rendered. But their beauty is definitely in the eye of the black metal beholder, because these Artifacts From Hell are true to their name, and conjure more nightmares than dreams. This isn’t the kind of shit you are going to find in jewelery stores, so you can pick it up from the artist’s own shop. After the jump, check out a gallery of artifacts stolen from the Underworld…
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.
If you’ve stumbled across this zine chances are your days of meadow-dwelling are long since past. You no longer view the world through the hate-veil of the Fox News Corp (although, I think you should since it becomes an endless “Blood Test” scene from John Carpenter’s The Thing), and have deduced that most Muslims are not blood-crazed terrorists, the world won’t fall apart and decay suddenly in 2012, most mothers are not time-bomb murders incognito and most Skinheads are not racist, ignorant hatemongers. At some point one of the proudest, loudest, least politically minded and certainly best looking sub-sects of the Mod culture was
adopted stolen by the very people who make civilization a crumbling structure. Entirely, although unsurprisingly, lacking the foresight to see that their newly purloined look was largely a Jamaican/Immigrant/Black creation, these Bonheads chose simply ignore the truth and go on tarnishing a proud crest. The documentary Man Alive was filmed in 1968 and examines the Dancehall roots and Football hooliganism of the skinhead culture and while the sugar-glazed goggles of the past often allow us to overlook glaring flaws of our heroes (Paki-bashing is entirely unacceptable regardless of how great your Merc looks), these gentlemen were simply rudies intent on having a good time. Check out the original English roses after the jump
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.