All over the world, in every culture, human beings seek to prolong their existence on this earth. Today, we use manufactured chemicals to preserve flesh so that it can be seen by the living. Thousands of years ago, humans spent days carefully dissecting, preserving, clothing and arranging a corpse in
I have always been fascinated with art and artists. Especially artists who throw themselves wholly into their creations, so that you almost can’t tell where the art ends and their lives begin. Bryan Lewis Saunders is one such artist, a person whose being is fully consumed by his art, to
Ghost towns often present themselves in my imagination as the domain of the West – cracked desert floors accepting the decay of dry wooden saloons, with the denizens of Deadwood cursing at me from other dimensions. But ghost towns are a global phenomenon, and each region of the world boasts
Manhattan is a weird place, a kind of Mecca for people who want to get away from Nature. I found it a sad place; no mountains, no wild trees or animals, squirrels that were all in my face for a peanut instead of running away in fearful innocence. I moved
It really cracks me up, in a sad kind of way, that there are some ignorant people out there who truly believe that Europeans “invented” civilization. It takes very little research to find out that while the great cities of Europe were awash in their own shit, cities in the
Sean and I have said this many times before – the art and music we post on CVLT Nation may be perceived as “dark” or “evil,” but the real evil is perpetrated not by long-haired, black-wearing “weirdos,” it’s perpetrated by side-parted, manicured suits. Case in point – pink slime. I
Since my first post on Victorian post-mortem photography, I have had the chance to explore more about the subject and find new troves of photographs. They offer an intriguing glimpse in to life over a century ago, when people immortalized their children with professional photographs of their corpses. In fact,
As a follow up to my earlier post, The Creepiest Photo Album, I have compiled anther gallery of horrifying and weird photography. These are all vintage photographs, some by famous artists, some not. Some are meant to terrify, disquiet and provoke thought in the viewer. Others are just photos that
Culture is a funny thing. It is constantly created and re-created all around us, and it takes a seriously open mind to try and understand what draws people to group together around a set of ideals and practices that are so far from your own. For example, the American Juggalo.
Imagine walking into someone’s living room, and seeing a large and beautifully staged portrait of them posing with their brother, sister, mother or father. Except the other person in the photo is a pale, waxy corpse, dressed up and slumped in a chair or leaning on the living for support.
YouTube is a weird world to travel in…I have found some shit on there that I don’t even want to think about, let alone ever watch again. People create all sorts of videos about whatever they’re into: mud, balloons, or black metal. One of the things people may not know
For the past few months, every time I got off the highway near my house I had been subjected to a giant billboard declaring the end of the world. It warned me that May 21st, 2011, less than a month before my first child will be born, was the “official”