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Scanned from a 3×5 print dating back to approximately 1986, this photo features Gary, Indiana’s Debra Cooper with tattooing by Royboy. I’ve sorted through stacks of pictures taken at this convention and with about 10 more in queue to scan I have yet to find a single photo that makes reference as to where it was hosted but I’m thinking Tennessee based on nothing more than an educated guess. Either way- any time I come across photos of Debra I make it a policy to post it.

Mirror Cave #11: Transcendental Sound Vibration with Robert Ryan.

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Dan Higgs Baphomet tattooed by Robert Ryan.

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The latest episode of Scott Harrison’s MIRROR CAVE podcast features a 30 minute chat with Electric Tattoo’s Robert Ryan. The episode’s focus is on Robert’s connection with Eastern religion, experiences with Ayahuasca and his first visit to India; while not directly connected with tattooing it’s a great insight into his aesthetic output.

You can find it on ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mirror-cave-podcast/id1143661860?mt=2

 

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/

Tomboy Tattoo

A few months ago our friends over at Yellow Beak Press sent a box full of VHS cassettes for archival and preservation. The tapes were a few decades old and in various states of magnetic decomposition; audio loss, video loss or spot on perfect. It’s always different and surprising what I’ll find when I pop a tape into an equally aged VCR and push play.

This short clip that dates back to the early 1990s features Calamity Jane of Tomboy Tattoos talking about her career and being a female tattoo artist in a time where it wasn’t so common. The audio had degraded substantially (I bumped it up 400% and tried to balance out the resulting hiss) but it’s worth watching.

Weird Wit

Late last night I had a conversation about bullfrogs. Earlier tonight I had a conversation about Philly tattooists and Chris Kline’s name came up. These two events are probably not directly connected, but Mr. Kline’s affection for the noble Bufonidae is well known so, really, who can say.

Chris is one of my favorite local tattooers; if I were to do a ‘five to watch in 2017’ you can bet his name would be on the list. You can follow him on Instagram or shoot him an email for appointment information: Christopher.awesome@gmail.com

The Deck of Cures-Mike Moses

Now available via Mike Moses’s webstore- The Deck of Cures. Tattoo flash reimagined, the set contains 54 individual ready to tattoo designs.

Check it out here: http://www.thedrowntown.bigcartel.com/product/the-deck-of-cures

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THE DECK OF CURES is the first ever tattoo flash set from Mike Moses. The deck comes shrink wrapped in a mega glossy tuck box and is comprised of 54 individual 3.5×5.75″ high quality cards. The cards themselves are 310gsm linen with a durable and smooth satin finish and a light texture that won’t translate into photocopy.

The black only designs are easily transferable to stencils and have a built in hard shading reference. Use them as is, or add your own unique color scheme for a collaborative effort. The deck is durable, easy to carry, easy to use, and above all, friggin’ sweet.

(Ghost tattoo by Samantha Scott, Crescent Moon by Caleb Ledley)