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via: Res Obscura The image above is a detail from a remarkable 1620 engraving I first came across this past summer. It shows a man sliding another figure into what looks like an old-fashioned oven – but instead of smoke, images of the man’s thoughts billow out of the oven’s top.

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Not much is known about Carlo Charléno, the illustrator whose fascination with pony play, spanking, stilettos and bondage made him notorious for his illustrations in magazines and books in the early 20th century. His illustrations are playful and his style is very much of the era he was drawing in,

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THE HEIGHT OF GOTH: 1984: A Night at the Xclusiv Nightclub is a glimpse into a scene that was not documented the way it should have been. What I love about this film is that it is about the everyday people that loved Goth in the early 80’s and say it

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Racism is never a joke…Phil Anselmo, you straight fucking played yourself in the eyes of so many, and CVLT Nation will never support you in any way or form. I have been an active part of the underground music community since the early 80s, and I have never made the

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In 1985, the hysteria over music’s devious impact on the teenage brain was in full effect. The Satanic Panic of the 80s meant that the news was full of stories of metal’s subliminal messages and demonic influence on the malleable brains of the young. Tipper Gore’s Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) came out

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I was born into a neighborhood where gangs reigned supreme, and for the first 4 or 5 years of my life I looked up to gangsters from my hood. The sets in my neighborhood in South Central were the Rollin 20’s, the Neighborhood Family and the Black P-Stones, who all rocked the

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What would happen if you saw a book filled with images that reminded you of what you saw when you were fried on acid? This is just the case when I first saw the pages of the Codex Seraphinianus. These are the kind of visuals that take over my imagination

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The 17th century saw the Age of Reason and the Scientific Method developed in Europe, and along with it the rise of the asylum in the treatment of mental illness. Asylums were seen as a place to keep the mentally ill out of the way of the rest of society –

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I have read many, many accounts of serial killers, and a common thread in the stories is that although they often have criminal records, and are picked and/or questioned up by police as a part of the murder case, they are usually ruled out or released at some point early

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I grew up at a time when the internet didn’t exist, but we did have MRR with it’s scene reports that turned me on to so many bands from around the world! One reason I enjoy doing these Portraits of 80’s Punk Culture is because all we had back in the

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For many different reasons, I don’t put too much faith in the American government when it comes to them doing what’s right for humanity, especially when there is a profit to be made. There are so many things that they have done for the benefit of their evil ways – all you

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There are only hours left for you to own a strangely unimpressive sketch drawn in the 1970s by none other than Doctor Anton Szandor LaVey! Far from being images of the Dark Lord inked in blood, these are weird doodles of animals and people that would be at home in any

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