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Best Intentions Volume 4

AotD: Completely! And that’s really fucked up. I don’t know why it’s different and even I’m on the younger side of why I should feel that it’s different. It just is. I can’t really explain it to you. Tattooing is not like the other things. It’s separate. It’s different. And it’s not to be lumped in with the other ways you can express yourself. I don’t want it to be that. Yes, I do other stuff artistically as well as tattooing. I paint a lot. I draw. I knit shit like I’m doing right now. I ineptly and ham-handedly make things out of textiles. I’m not really good at it, but I enjoy it, but ultimately I’m a tattooer and the other things are sidelines for me. It’s just peculiar to think- I just can’t imagine that people would tattoo and do other stuff and that tattooing would come in second. I just don’t understand how that works. ~excerpt from my interview with Alice of the Dead. 

Issue number four of Atonement Books BEST INTENTIONS is now available! My contribution to this issue is a whopper of an interview with Alice of the Dead, but there’s a lot of really amazing content that’s worth checking out.


230 pages (twice as thick as before) full colour tattoo magazine including interviews from –

Alex Reinke
Stace Forand
Dan Sin on shunga
Simon Erl
Karina Monzon
Alice OTD
Brigante

Artwork and tattoos by –

Steve Whittenberger
Joseph Aloi
Rodrigo DC
Stefano C
Gavin Rose
Adam Shrewsbury
Jenks
Matt Lambin
Davee Blows

Studio visits –
Big Trouble Tattoo San Diego
Purple Sun Tattoo Brussels

Cover by Alex Renke.

Includes Stickers.

*****Please note: to calculate shipping in Europe please select Germany******

DAIKAIJU!

teaser3-2-865x865 The folks at HOWL BOOKS are back at it again! Curated by the Church of Satan’s Peter H. Gilmore (who’s tumblr post on the most recent American Godzilla film is nothing short of epic) THE DEVIL’S REIGN III will be focusing on Kaiju- monsters from mythology, cinema or your own sketchbooks.

Andy and the gang at HOWL have put out some really great content so far, and this volume should be no different. So if you’d like to submit to the show/book:  http://www.howlbooks.net/submissions-dr3/


A NOTE FROM THE CURATOR
THE DEVILS REIGN: DAIKAIJU

Since the dawn of our species, humans have been awed by the power and mystery of the grand forces of Nature under whose dominion we try and survive. Before the rise of science could explain the mechanisms behind storms, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, mankind personified these vast and indifferent phenomena as best they could, and the most mighty and terrifying aspects of the cosmos were deemed to arise from monstrous creatures. In Japanese “daikaiju” specifically means giant monsters, with strange and fantastic characteristics, so the terrors of past legends certainly are captured by this word.

Looking back through the myths of past cultures we find the Babylonian Tiamat, a chaos dragon, who was transmuted into Leviathan in the Hebrew sacred texts. The northern peoples imagined Jormungandr as the world serpent, and the Greeks were terrified by Typhon and Echidna, who spawned a host of lesser hideous beasts. Giant monsters have thus been a primal aspect of the human imagination for millennia.

In the 1950s, science fiction films dealt with the widespread fear engendered by the reality of nuclear weaponry by invoking oversized beasts, either resurrected from prehistoric times by bomb tests or mutated by the radioactive residue from atomic blasts. Harryhausen’s THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS was released from the polar cap and brought long-dormant disease to New York City. THE DEADLY MANTIS came down from those frigid regions to feast on humans and society had to combat rampaging huge ants, spiders, and locusts. Japan, having been the only nation subject to nuclear attack, became the birthplace for GOJIRA, a prehistoric marine reptile roused by the Pacific detonations to ravage Tokyo. He signified that when Nature is violated by mankind’s rash behavior, it may right the balances we’ve tipped with dreadful consequences to the human species.

The success of Toho’s GOJIRA spawned a stable of monstrosities that were allies or foes, including Rodan, Mothra, Anguiras, and King Ghidorah. Over the course of three film series these avatars of nature became camp and heroic and then swung back to embodying nature’s wrath. GORGO followed from the UK, a super-sized mother saving her exploited offspring. GAMERA arose with his collection of imaginative foes. KONGA and THE GIANT BEHEMOTH smashed London. Various child-oriented series from Japan have been busy conjuring all manner of peculiar giant monstrosities and heroic silver-toned figures to combat them.

Today we are in a renaissance of Giant Monster films. While CLOVERFIELD (2008) gave us a gripping experience capturing the terrors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it took the success of Legendary’s PACIFIC RIM (2013) and GODZILLA (2014) to re-ignite the genre. This studio now has a “shared universe” of giant monsters that will see a very large ape in KONG: SKULL ISLAND this year, and sequels to both previous films are in the works. Toho revived and reimagined Gojira in 2016’s SHIN GOJIRA and they have plans for more incarnations, both live action and animated. So now is a splendid time for celebrating Daikaiju.

For THE DEVILS REIGN: DAIKAIJU, we task you with crafting images of giant monsters. They may be renderings of the behemoths from past mythologies and movies or you may summon up new vast beasties from the primordial depths of your own imaginations. From horrific to humorous, the daikaiju you conjure must be shown in a context that emphasizes that they are gigantic, whether their actions are devastating or hilarious. We live in a new age of Gods and monsters, so let us capture them in all of their glory for this year’s book and exhibition. Have at it, you aficionados of the gargantuan!

—Magus Peter H. Gilmore
High Priest, The Church of Satan

Inborn Absolute Ultimate Bundle.

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The folks over at Featherproof Book are offering a deluxe bundle of Robert Ryan’s INBORN ABSOLUTE this Holiday Season, featuring the hardcover book, Raking Light Productions seven color letterpress print of Robert’s PURUSHA AND PRAKRITI (edition 100) and a t-shirt available only through Featherproof.

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These are only available until 25th December or as the inventory lasts. You can find out more information at Featherproof‘s website. I’m working on getting a proper review up for Inborn Absolute by the end of the year, but needless to say most OV readers should know that it’s a must have. From the press release:

The Inborn Absolute collects the artist’s past five years of Eastern deity paintings, mandala studies, and even an unfettered glimpse into his sketchbook. It also includes interviews with iconic performer and artist Genesis P. Orridge and legendary tattoo artist Freddy Corbin that serve to contextualize Ryan’s work and his progression as an artist. Ultimately, The Inborn Absolute is a celebration of an artist’s masterful blend of skill, tradition, and a knowledge which can only be passed down through oral traditions and ancient practices.

Devil’s Reign II: Psychedelic Blasphemy

event-both-squareThe use of Psychedelics and the Occult both run on similar currents; the intent to expand your mind through means eldritch or entheogenic is something that we here at Occult Vibrations are very much interested in. I’d wager that the folks at HOWL BOOK feel the same way.

On Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd HOWL will be hosting events to celebrate their second collaboration with Church of Satan High Priest Peter H. Gilmore- Devil’s Reign: Psychedelic Blasphemy. They’ve gotten 100 devilishly talented artists from the worlds of underground comix, tattooing and lowbrow culture to celebrate Satan in all of His trippy glory.

From the press release:
Fort Myers & Tampa, FL – The Devils Reign II: Psychedelic Blasphemy is the 2nd art book in a series curated by Church of Satan High Priest, Peter H. Gilmore. The new book, entitled Psychedelic Blasphemy features over 100 illustrators, tattooers, and rock poster artists, contributing wild, blasphemous, and hallucinogenic inspired images. The list of artists includes such notable icons as Zap comics co-founder S. Clay Wilson, seminal punk rock collage artist Winston Smith, rock poster artist Derek Hess, and famous tattooers from around the world including Derek Noble, Robert Borbas, Onnie O’Leary, Kelly Violet, and many more.

2 days of book release concerts and art shows open this Friday December 2nd in Tampa, Florida at The Orpheum and Dysfunctional Grace art gallery. And a following day of events will be held at the book publisher’s gallery and tattoo shop, HOWL, in Fort Myers, Florida.

Accompanying the book, a CD of retro 60’s electronic music recorded by High Priest Peter Gilmore is being released as a special limited edition audio component. “Sinfonie Sinistre” is a 40 minute album originally recorded in the 1980’s on rare synthesizers while Gilmore was receiving his masters degree in composition from NYU. Both the CD and the book will be available during the Tampa and Fort Myers book release party, concert, and art shows.

The Psychedelic Blasphemy concert at The Orpheum, December 2nd, will feature a 25 year reunion of industrial band The Electric Hellfire Club, with a special guest performance by Jinx Dawson of the original 1960’s pioneering occult band Coven. The concert will also feature openers Nathan Gray Collective and Asmodeus X. The show is MC’d by former WCW wrestling manager James Mitchell, aka The Sinister Minister. Tickets are still available for $17 and doors open at 7pm, Dec 2nd. The Dysfunctional Grace Psychedelic Blasphemy art show teaser and book signing event starts at 4pm, and is a few doors down from The Orpheum.

A second day of events in Fort Myers, Dec 3rd. features a Devils Reign II craft beer release at 4pm made by Bury Me Brewing, followed by a art show and sold out concert and burlesque performance at HOWL Gallery starting at 6pm.

The Devils Reign books are published by HOWL Books in association with The Church of Satan. The church, based in Poughkeepsie, NY, was founded 50 years ago in San Francisco by Anton Szandor Lavey. In 2001 Peter H. Gilmore was appointed High Priest. The Church of Satan prides itself on being the world’s first atheistic and carnal religion. Past members have included well known and celebrated actors, musicians, and artists.

For additional information on the book or CD, a complete list of artists, or to purchase, visit www.howlbooks.net

For additional info on The Church of Satan visit www.churchofsatan.com

 

Complete list of artists/ordering information can be found here: http://www.howlbooks.net/shop/books/the-devils-reign-2/

Best Intentions 3

The third issue of Best Intentions is finally available! It promises some great content including a very stream of consciousness interview I did with Ohio’s Jacob Des that I hope you folks will enjoy.

140 pages full colour tattoo magazine including interviews from –

Adam Hathorn AKA Honkey Kong
Sławomir Nitschke
Spider Sinclair
Jacob Des
Lee Knight
Diego Azaldegui

Articles by –

Nick Baldwin
Shawn Porter’s Occult Vibrations
Sam Layzell
Mr Gordo

Artwork and tattoos by –

Mary Joy
Andrew McNally
Ash Davies
Oliver Bach
Young Kill Kim

Cover by Adam Hathorn.

http://bestintentionsmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/issue-3

Tattoo Totem: Sailor Vern

In 2015 Scott and Kayla of Colorado’s Yellow Beak Press released a comprehensive book on the life, times and art of Sailor Vern Ingemarsen (which can be found here: Yellow Beak Press) and they’ve just recently loaned me a copy of an obscure tattoo film called ‘TATTOO TOTEM’ that belonged to Calamity Jane. I’m in the process of capturing, editing and preserving the contents the whole video, but this first clip was too good to wait for the finished archival so we decided to let the cat out of the bag a little early.

The VHS- which was provided to Yellow Beak by Aaron LeGore- has some audio and tracking issues which I’ve done my best to fix. All things considered, given it’s age, it’s held up fairly well and is a great chance to put a voice to Sailor Vern.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Sailor Vern by Yellow Beak Press.. treat yourself. Like all of the YBP books it’s made by and for the tattoo community and their dedication to collecting stories from it’s golden age.

 

Lost Love 2 is coming!

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Our friends at Yellow Beak just rolled out the pre-order for their latest volume in the Lost Love series- 232 pages of vintage tattoo flash and never before seen photos. Scott and Kayla are adding special goodies to the first 200 pre-orders (a photo print of Cap Coleman, a flash print, and a Lost Love themed enamel pin designed by @timbecktattoos) so get in early and secure what’s sure to be one of the best tattoo books of the year!

**Pre-Order** Lost Love Volume 2