Occult

Make mine Legba

The Loa are the spiritual intermediaries between Bondye and humanity in the Voodoo faith.
I’ve always have a special liking to Legba (who is sort of the ‘Saint Peter’ of the loa) but Ghede has his appeal as well.

I’m not sure what Loa inspired this piece byt the always impressive Daniel Trocchio but it’s damn good none the less.

Jodorowsky at MoMa- Halloween

On Monday, October 31st 2011, the MoMA in New York will be hosting a screening of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s iconic The Holy Mountain. Jodorowsky will be introducing the film and as part of MoMA’s “To Save and Protect” project will be participating in “An evening with Alejandro Jodorowsky” afterwards.

A hosted screening of El Topo will be on Tuesday, November 1st.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my Halloween.
Ticket information can be found here: ABKO.

I’ll be there with my fiance; if you see me, please come up and say hi!

Talking With Gods

The mandate of OV includes “EXPLORING THE ESOTERIC IN TATTOO CULTURE AND BEYOND.”

This is the beyond.

Grant Morrison has been one of the most influential voices in the comic book industry for over two decades. His writing is hardly aimed at the average comic fan yet he’s redefined Batman (Arkham Asylum) and Superman (All Star Superman) as well as the JLA, all while releasing subversive, occult works like The Invisibles, the Filth and Vimanarama.

Grant is the only guy who knows how to draw hypertime on the back of a napkin.

Anyone interested in Chaos Magic, Archetypes (Morrison’s theory that Superman is the latest incarnation of the Sun God archetype is covered in his new book) and Super Heroes should take the time to check out a recently released documentary called ‘Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods’.

It’s on dvd, sure- but you can also swing over to HULU and watch it gratis. Talking with Gods.

The Lightbearer

Another update from musician Bobby Beausoliel on his Lucifer tattoo. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the soundtrack for Anger’s LUCIFER RISING, swing by White Dog Music for the download. (OR the LP!)

From Bobby:

“Hey Shawn,

Yes, I tattooed LUCIFER on myself while at San Quentin, back in ’73. I had been caught up in a serious fracas on the SQ yard, and was in the infirmary mending a broken jaw and broken left hand. A friend smuggled some ink and guitar string into me, and I did several tattoos on myself in the weeks I was in the infirmary with my jaw wired shut and my hand in a cast. The Lucifer tattoo is below an eagle that had been done earlier. It represents a personal vow I made then to dedicate my life to creativity, renouncing violence and destructiveness, to live and express as an artist (i.e. “lightbearer”) for all of my life thereafter. I have stuck to that vow.

Bobby

PS: Hardy’s description of meeting me and what my apartment was like was the only accurate section on that page from Spring’s book you sent me.”

main de gloire- Robert Ryan

You can’t argue that Robert Ryan does a good hand of glory; my recent tattoo has healed perfectly and he just dropped this on his tumblr account.

The Hand is an increasingly popular tattoo design, but a lot of the folks getting them aren’t familiar with the mythology behind it. This is what our friend wiki has to say:

“According to old European beliefs, a candle made of the fat from a malefactor who died on the gallows, virgin wax, and Lapland sesame oil – lighted and placed (as if in a candlestick) in the Hand of Glory, which comes from the same man as the fat in the candle – would have rendered motionless all persons to whom it was presented. The candle could only be put out with milk. (In another version the hair of the dead man is used as a wick, also the candle is said to give light only to the holder.) The Hand of Glory also purportedly had the power to unlock any door it came across”

Lucifer Update via Bobby Beausoleil

UNI by Bobby Beausoliel.

I received word from Lucifer Rising’s Bobby Beausoleil that my recent post about his LUCIFER tattoo, as reported by Justin Spring’s ‘Secret Historian- the life and times of Sam Steward’ isn’t quite correct. Bobby, who appeared in Invocation of my Demon Brother and scored and appeared in Lucifer Rising had this to say:

“Kenneth Anger may have been tattooed by Phil Sparrow, but I wasn’t a participant in that. All of my tattoos were done while I’ve been in prison, all designed by me, many tattooed by me. Other jailhouse tattoo artists did the work in the places where I couldn’t reach with my right hand or see with a mirror.”

This proves it’s always best to go to the source when available and I’m glad Bobby was able to set the record straight for us.