Skulls are pretty much my favorite thing and I like to sneak them into my attire and surroundings as much as possible. Usually this means smaller pieces, but I’ve been noticing more designers offering statement pieces for the home, such as chairs, that feature skulls in a big way. I’m afraid if you want to actually buy any of these chairs you’ll have to contact the designers for more information and pricing.
Archive for June, 2011
I’m a custom freak. I love wearing something that I know no one else is going to have and bootstraps and heel attachments are a great way to insure that your shoes are one of a kind. From spikes, to skulls to chains to bats, these shoe accessories will make your boots stand out from the crowd.
I need these Biker Boots Boot Chains Black Leather with Skull & Crossbones Ornaments on Amazon for $27.95
Lyrics from extreme punk metal band Scald’s song Non Selective say, “Necessary agony to reveal hidden creativity. Dig deeper into the bleak recesses of the mind. Sicken the selective eyes. Fuck the corroding minds.” These words could easily apply to Scald drummer Paul McCarroll’s grotesque digital paintings. Working in Northern Ireland, Paul’s disturbing images seem drawn out of a hellish oblivion. Contorted bodies with ghastly expressions, discolored flesh and seeping wounds confront the viewer with primal anguish. Themes of religious iconography, dissection and fecundity repeatedly appear in alarming contexts. His work feels simultaneously old and fresh. I was dying to know more about the twisted mind behind the hardcore art, so I was thrilled that Paul took the time to answer some questions.
What do you hope to accomplish or express through your art?
Never really thought about what I want to accomplish, it’s more of a need to produce. It would of course be nice if I could make a living from it so I could spend more time producing art. Expression? Hard to sum that up, I go off in many directions but I guess it’s generally about the negative aspects of existence. I’m not without humour but I’m not inspired to make happy or whimsical art.
Why do you paint digitally instead of traditional paint on canvas?
I used to use paint and I still make analogue parts for digital work, in fact I hope to be working around 50/ 50 paint and digital soon. Working digitally helps in many ways, especially when doing mostly commission for cd’s and things. It’s easier to change work and to instantly communicate the work, I don’t need tons of materials, it doesn’t need to be photographed and I can drop in and out of it quickly. It does have a stigma though, it’s the new outsider art.
What do you like about the dark and macabre aesthetic?
I can’t actually answer that, isn’t that strange? I’ve always liked the darker side of things, never contemplated why.
Are you trying to shock the viewer?
Occasionally, shock is a good tool to bang home a message, but not always in a sick way, sometimes just putting things in the wrong context can mess with peoples heads.
The Candidate caught my eye. What can you tell me about that piece?
It’s about politics and self interest.
Do you prefer collaborative, commissioned projects or those you make for yourself?
It depends, generally I’d say my own personal work as I can just go in any direction I want without needing to keep within any relevant agenda. But sometimes with commissioned work I get almost total freedom and I’m able to develop work that needs to be relevant to the client but I can easily work in my own perspective. Sometimes it’s jut a great learning aid to be faced with problems that clients can give you.
Whose work do you admire?
Many, many artists, too many. But I’d say top of the list is Zdzisław Beksiński.
How do you celebrate Halloween?
I don’t. I don’t care to be told when to celebrate this or that or how or why. I’m a real fucking stick in the mud aren’t I? haha.
Thank you so much to Paul for answering my questions! Paul’s work absolutely embodies the punk spirit. To see more visit his website. A 170 page hardcover book of Paul’s art entitled, Animus Unhinged, is available here.
Teenage artist SpunkyFreakster creates adorably wrong, savage, freaky girls. I’m so thrilled with her depiction of Dahlia Jane! I love the wild straps and long sleeves of the straight jacket, the characteristic messy hair, the boots and hollow eyes rimmed in copious eyeliner. And the curlicue, scratched background reminds me of a Tim Burton piece. What do you think? Hug this Dahlia or run for the hills? Those are pretty sharp teeth she has…
Thank you so much to SpunkyFreakster! To see more of SpunkyFreakster’s wicked illustrations, visit her Deviant Art page.
I don’t scare easily. And I usually delight at the prickly chills accompanying the horrific. But when I discovered that one of my friends and favorite artists had a major health scare a little over a week ago I was shaken in a very bad way. As I mentioned briefly in yesterday’s post, the fiendishly talented Eric Pigors had a heart attack a little over a week ago and was rushed into surgery. His heart was clogged and even stopped beating and he had to be reanimated on the table. The dark art, lowbrow community would be a lot less fun without Eric’s ghastly, twisted designs. He’s not only one of the most prolific artists I know, he also has the biggest heart. He’s never once filed a restraining order against me even after numerous kidnapping attempts.
Anyway, the procedures that saved Eric’s life are crazy expensive. He’s drowning in medical bills and he needs our help. This is serious. If Eric cannot raise some major funds he may not be able to keep coming out with new designs or print his next book. This cannot happen! Don’t make me come after all of you and beat the money out of you. I’m chronically poor too, but you can get a high-quality Toxic Toons print or t-shirt for just $20, less than you’d spend on a shirt at the Gap or Hot Topic and worlds cooler.
There are some great specials on the Toxic Toons site now. Spend $20 (1 shirt or print) and get 1 FREE Fiend Injected cd mix Eric made of some of his favorite spooky surf, hot rod, bands. Spend $40, (2 shirts, 3 book deal, 3 prints or anything else totaling $40) and get the cd & signed Fiend Injected print.
If you do not help support Eric I will track you all down through your IP addresses and cause you unimaginable suffering. I’m serious as a heart attack. Give Toxic Toons for Father’s Day! If you want to find out where to send Eric a card, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday June 4 was the opening night for Halloween Town’s Parlour Gallery’s 2nd Annual Tribute to the Haunted Mansion Group Art Show. Halloween Town assembled a fabulous roster of about twenty dark artists with different styles to re-imagine scenes and characters from the classic ride. I had so much fun visiting with everybody and reminiscing about early experiences of the Haunted Mansion. It’s amazing how deeply influential the ride has been upon many of us in the creepy community.
Halloween Town is a Halloween store open year round in Burbank, California. For more information, visit Halloween Town’s website.
Los Angeles jewelry designer Megan Bea has created this collection of quirky jewelry with a hint of the blasphemous. I love the bold designs that advertise a devil-may care attitude. The jewelry is made to order.
To see more or to buy, visit theBEAline Etsy shop.
So I’m outta here for a few days, but I’ll be back with more dreary coverage on Monday. Ta!