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Gazing at art has always been a way for me to travel to other worlds in my mind. Growing up in the 80’s, I remember staring at Heavy Metal magazine for hours – I was transfixed by the colors and images. The master of fantasy art is Boris Vallejo, and for

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CVLT Nation interviews Fred Grabosky of FTG Illustrations When did you first know that art was something you needed to create? It’s tough to pinpoint the exact day or moment, but I feel like I’ve always gravitated toward being an artist. Whether it be musically, with different drawing utensils, sculpting,

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Tengu Guro is a Japanese is an Erotic Gore artist that I really fucking dig! Something about his lines reminds me of Raymond Pettibon, which makes me like his stuff even more. However, Tengu Guro pushes his subject matter to sexual places that Raymond has not yet gone. His drawings also offer

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The name David Paul Seymour is no stranger to us, as we’ve been admirers of his artwork for a long time now. He creates scenes of psychedelic journeys through heavy metal wastelands, so it makes perfect sense that he is creating a feature-length animated fantasy/science-fiction/doom-fueled movie called The Planet of Doom.

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Serpents, anthropomorphized animals, beastly humans, gods and goddesses are some of the inspirations that take root in the mind of Lucas Ruggieri, and make for the magnificent pen and ink illustrations he transcribes onto paper. While these are subjects that capture the imagination of so much of humanity, not many of

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Metastazis is a well-known name in the metal art community. The French graphic design studio has done work for some of the best known and most loved names in the underground, including Watain, Morbid Angel, Tombs, Paradise Lost, Behemoth, King Dude, Mutilation Rites, Sunn O))) and many, many more. The

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Tina Lugo’s art is full of color that seems to to jump out at you and smack you in the face. Her use of kink as subject matter draws you in more, but all of it is balanced of with a sense of humor. Her paintings remind me how at one point, life can

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I love art that invites me into a ritual space, that seems to coil itself around my soul and drag me under the weight of its dark magick. Sorrow Grips creates this kind of art; illustrations that seem to etch a portal onto the surface of this world, creating a

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Mike Lawrence is an illustrator whose work caught my eye a couple of years ago, and now we’re stoked to be carrying his awesome t-shirts, screenprints, patches and coasters in the CVLT Nation Bizarre. He’s worked with Midnite Collective, Pallbearer, Inter Arma and Creature Skateboards among many others, and he

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At this year’s Ritual Festival, there will be death by heavy sounds! The line up is fucking bonkers, and stacked with bands who will do everything to assassinate your eardrums! If you don’t believe me, just look who is on the bill: Grave and BLACK TONGUE, along with support from

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Back when I had TV, one of the channels I would find myself lingering on was the surgery channel. I can’t describe the feeling I experienced as I watched the innards of someone I didn’t know pulsating under bright lights and flashing steel instruments – kind of a combination of

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Being a parent with macabre interests, it stuns me how sanitized a version of reality we share with our kids today. For example, my kids have both the original Beatrix Potter books and reprints that were done in the 2000s. In the reprinted version of Squirrel Nutkin, there are so

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