Friday, June 05, 2020

"OK! I'LL DO IT..."


Limited edition "red blood" variant of my 2020 shirt for AUTOPSY is available HERE through June 15, 2020...and then it disappears forever! This shirt was created for their worldwide 2020 concert dates, before the global pandemic put an abrupt end to live music for the foreseeable future. The original single color print was unveiled at AUTOPSY's Chicago show in March, just days before the nationwide state of emergency was declared, and sold out immediately. This 100% authorized two-color discharge ink version is printed on super soft sweatshop-free shirts and proceeds directly support my WYRD WAR gallery in Portland, Oregon, which has had to remain shuttered since March. Only death is real...but the rent is still due. All sizes and international shipping are available. ORDER NOW!     

Thursday, May 21, 2020

THEE SLAYER HIPPY R.I.P.

FEEL THE DARKNESS.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

F.O.A.D.

Photo by A.K. Wilson

Production pic by Tim Sepulveda





Photo by A.K. Wilson

COVID-19 can take me now! My work on this planet is complete. The amazingly talented sculptor Tim Sepulveda of Veda Toys partnered with me to create an extremely limited edition 3.7" funeral figure based on my first drawing for DARKTHRONE way back in 2007. Note how the devilock hangs over the brim of the helmet. Behold the tiny spikes on his tiny gloved fist. Revel in the microscopic silver bondage ring on his clunky black boots. A.K. Wilson designed beautiful retro-inspired action figure packaging, and the plastic blister is hinged at the bottom so the figure can be removed without damaging the signed/numbered cardback! 13 of these painstakingly sculpted and hand-painted masterpieces marched into the world on April 20, 2020 and disappeared in less than one hour. F.O.A.D. // R.I.P.   


  



Saturday, May 02, 2020

GROSS ANATOMY (part 23)


Plague Log May 2, 2020: I'm gonna hide this GROSS ANATOMY post when I finish. If none of us make it, at least they'll be some kind of record. If you are reading this, it means the pandemic has come to the world as prophesied. Humanity has been forced underground into total social isolation. Nobody trusts anybody now. Before the plague, my brothers in AUTOPSY called and asked me to design their 2020 world tour shirt. This is my fifth shirt for Autopsy. It was to accompany them for all of their 2020 appearances, including our highly anticipated Halloween show here in Portland, Oregon that it appears may need to be pushed way back now. Only time will tell. My artistic direction was Chris Reifert's perfect nomenclature for this string of dates: Blood on the Scythe. I immediately had a vision of Death gleefully fucking the world and having the last laugh, as Death always does. I had no idea when I drew this over one hectic weekend in February just how eerily appropriate this image would become a few weeks later when the world was plunged into total global panic. Or maybe somehow I felt this coming? Long live death. FTW.

As always, it begins with a very primitive scribble that contains the essence of the symmetry I am intuitively moving towards. 



I wanted four bells on the scythe to represent Chris, Eric, Danny and Joe.

Once the pencils are tight enough to see where the hell I'm going, it's time for ink.



Drop the logo on and it is time to print!


These shirts were printed by my good friend Adam Rooster at Nightgaunt Graphics, who does all of Autopsy's shirts (along with the only official Discharge and Amebix shirts in the world!), and he did a damn fine job as always. Proud to have this one emblazoned across my chest, and, well, now it is destined to become something of a collectors item since it sold out at their wild Chicago show on Saturday March 7, just days before a national state of emergency was declared and most of the country (world!) was ordered to shelter-in-place to one degree or another. You can get yours directly from the band's online store HERE while supplies last! Let's hope we "flatten the curve," so live music can return someday, hopefully sooner than later. Until that day, remember...

HEAVY METAL IS THE LAW. 
PHYSICAL DISTANCING IS ADVISED.

Friday, May 01, 2020

LET THE BRÖCKEN FIRES BURN!









Thank you to the hordes who joined us remotely last night for our first streaming WYRD WAR event! LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL was absolutely amazing! It was so exciting to receive pics from all around the country from people sharing where they were watching with us (and what they were imbibing!). Here are just a few favorites. Thank you to the Hollywood Theatre for allowing us to be your very willing guinea pigs for the theater's inaugural streaming event! There were a few minor glitches to be fixed, but together we set a precedent for many more streaming events very soon. Hail Walpurga! Happy May Day to All!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

HOWL LIKE A WOLF AND A WITCH WILL OPEN THE DOOR


WYRD WAR returns TONIGHT for our fifth annual Walpurgisnacht film screening! Every year on Witches’ Night, April 30, we unveil a favorite occult-inspired cinematic gem to inflame the senses and inspire the most devilish of dreams! This year is no exception, and we are making history by programming the first film to ever be streamed online by the Hollywood Theatre since this hallowed landmark opened to the public in 1926! Strange times call for strange magic, and we are honored to bring us together by any means necessary for this very special one-night-only presentation of Richard Blackburn’s mysterious 1973 period film LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL. Lila Lee is a cherubic adolescent, played with understated grace by the great B-movie legend Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith, who is summoned to her hometown to say farewell to her father on his deathbed. Lila is soon drawn into an allegorical dark night of the soul through an enchanted forest, populated with malevolent forces and the sinister temptations of the wicked Lemora! Mythological in its stark simplicity, utterly compelling in its earnest portrayal of the grotesque, this adult fairytale is exactly the intoxicating escape we all need from the world right now! Gather around your screens with me for this private streaming event on Thursday April 30, 2020. All you need is a Vimeo account (free!) and a $10 "ticket" which can be purchased HERE

Thursday April 30, 2020
6:00pm - midnight

Thursday, March 05, 2020

THE VELVET VAMPIRE IS CUMMING...


WYRD WAR proudly presents pioneering independent filmmaker Stephanie Rothman’s bizarre reimagining of the vampire mythos on the big screen at Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre for one night only! Boasting one of the most misleading ad campaigns of the freewheeling 1970s, THE VELVET VAMPIRE cleverly subverts the familiar horror tropes popularized by Universal and Hammer studios with a liberated bloodsucking matriarchal antihero, played with smoldering eroticism by Celeste Yarnell, who hunts her prey across the American desert in a dune buggy in full light of day! Michael Blodgett and Sherry Miles play a bumbling young couple seduced to the remote lair of the titular fiend, where they slowly begin to realize that they are the main course...in more ways than one! Rothman’s beautiful and surreal directorial style paved the way for later experimental vampire films such as Bill Gunn’s GANJA & HESS and George Romero’s MARTIN, and has re-emerged in recent years to be canonized as a boldly comedic and beloved low budget cult classic. Tickets on sale HERE

Friday March 13, 2020
7:00pm
Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED NAKED


WYRD WAR proudly presents Norifume Suzuki’s epic “pinky violence” period piece SEX & FURY (1973)! A young woman, played with icy precision by Reiko Ike of the infamous "girl boss" franchise, witnesses her father’s assassination and sets out to exact methodical and very bloody revenge. Along the way, she gambles with a frequently undressed Christina Lindberg (THEY CALL HER ONE EYE), takes a very peculiar bath and plumbs the sleazy depths of Japan's Meiji era yakuza underground, hunting her father’s killers by their distinctive tattoos. For genre fans with a stomach for ultra-violence and hilariously absurd sexual situations, SEX & FURY is to LADY SNOWBLOOD what Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE is to DAWN OF THE DEAD. If you want blood…you got it! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Sunday February 16, 2020
7:30pm


Tuesday, February 04, 2020

SNAKE IN THE WYRD WAR'S SHADOW












Wyrd War Cult Is Alive!

Thank you to EVERYONE who joined us at WYRD WAR headquarters this weekend for the grand opening of BEYOND SHAOLIN: KUNG FU MOVIE PAINTINGS FROM GHANA! The turnout and enthusiasm far exceeded our expectations. Very special thanks to our sponsor BLOOD SWEAT TEARS vodka, Ben Green, Ghost and DJ Bestial Walrus who was chained to the Wheel of Pain for four hours straight, but ultimately escaped to wreak his bloody vengeance! If it was too overwhelming to take in the amazing paintings (it was!), we are open every Saturday and Sunday from noon-7pm through March 1, and I invite you to visit for a more relaxed engagement. No war but the WYRD WAR! See you soon, Portland.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

BEYOND SHAOLIN: KUNG FU MOVIE PAINTINGS FROM GHANA AT WYRD WAR GALLERY

WYRD WAR 3505 NE Broadway Street Portland, Oregon

FIRST POST OF THE DECADE! I started this blog in March 2006, so this year marks 14 years as a keyboard warrior.  All the scars are on the inside. You still with me? The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as I celebrated the single most amazing year of my life. Too much to get into now, but I would love to share some of the highlights at some later date. For now, it is my pleasure to cordially invite YOU to join me at WYRD WAR headquarters on Saturday February 1st from 7pm - 9pm for our grand opening of 2020! BEYOND SHAOLIN: KUNG FU MOVIE PAINTINGS FROM GHANA is an amazing collection of rugged hand-painted treasures from West Africa, showcasing seven different artists and nine original works from the prolific and mysterious master of Ghana mobile cinema, Mr. Brew! Four decades of celluloid martial arts mayhem celebrated across 15 massive flour sack canvases, spanning the golden age of the 1970s Shaw Brothers revival through the new jack wire-work warriors of the early 2000s! Two lethal styles of kung fu! 75 flying fists of fury! Everything available for purchase. Music by DJ Bestial Walrus. Booze by Wolf Spirit Distillery. This exhibition will be on display every weekend (and by appointment) through Sunday March 1st at 3505 NE Broadway Street in beautiful Portland, Oregon. See you at the gallery. “You...must...avenge...us!”

"So you think your kung fu is good, huh?!?!"