Graphic Library #00017

800px-Jean-Leon_Gerome_Pollice_Verso-2Another favorite from Jean-Léon Gérôme. Pollice Verso is Latin for a gesture used during gladiatorial matches, given by the spectators when they wanted to indicate the victor should finish off his fallen opponent. The reverse signal would direct the gladiator to spare the victim instead. This painting shows the Emperor giving the gesture and the crowd follows his cue. The coliseum is reproduced from accurate drawings Gérôme studied from, and the armor based on findings at Pompeii, a popular archaeological find at the time, although it is not correctly assembled in this representation. Note the shafts of light that descend from the arena’s ceiling.

Artist: Jean-Léon Gérôme
Title: Pollice Verso
Date: 1872
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

The Berlin Stories, by Christopher Isherwood

berlin_storiesWritten in the early 1930s while Isherwood was living in Berlin as an English teacher, he witnesses the simmering political situation as the Nazi party rises to power and prominence. As a former resident of Berlin in the later half of the first decade of the new century, I was able to follow Isherwood down the streets and through the routes he travels, into the hinterhofs and up the dark altbau stairwells. He describes in vivid detail the characters he meets, the crooks, the dandies, the whores, the pimps and crooks. The stories would later be woven together in a pastiche of scenes, characters and impressions for Broadway in 1966, then as the 1972 film “Cabaret” with Liza Minnelli and a very well cast Michael York.
The grim political tone aside, reading these stories transported me back into Berlin instantly. Nearly all the characters he encounters had their counterparts to my own experience. It’s an intimate look into this very special and unique time period from a very personal and sincere perspective – it’s no wonder this collection is so highly regarded in literary circles.
The introductory character, Mr. Norris, is a man of little scruples, a failed dilettante and businessman of no certain legitimacy. He swindles, schemes and manipulates his way through life, all the while remaining very charming in a certain way. He reminds me of the storyline set forth in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Satansbraten”. He seems to also be alluded to in “Cabaret” as the writer who Brian is paid to translates the smut book for. Sally Bowles is of course the focal point as the cabaret girl, who is in the book actually British, not American, as portrayed in the film adaptation.

Red Party DJ Setlist, November 14, 2015

Thanks to everyone at The Red Party last night! Sean Templar Mandana Banshie Templar Joe Cyn and everyone who came out. Then it was one hell of an adventure getting home (finally got in at 10:30 am)!

Some of what was heard from me last night, more or less:

Calling Dead Red Roses – Creeping Death
Grauzone – Wutendes Glas
Danse Society – My Heart
Death In June – The Calling
Siekiera – Bez Konca
The Factory – Burn Me Up (12″)
The Lords of the New Church – Russian Roulette
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Sometimes
Kommunity FK – Something Inside Me Has Died
The Sound – Resistance
Haunted Mansion Intro
Christian Death – Deathwish
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Ornaments of Gold
Death In June – Fields
Blitz – Flowers and Fire
Bauhaus – Of Lillies And Remains
Killing Joke – Change
The Southern Death Cult – Moya
Strange Boutique – Song From Under the Floorboards
Death In June – She Said Destroy
UK Decay – Testament
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
David Bowie – Modern Love
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Peel Session)
Gene Loves Jezebel – Shaving My Neck
Viele Bunte Autos – Liliputaner
Crisis – UK 78
1919 – Tear Down These Walls

Pier Paolo Pasolini – No More Heroes

Pier Paolo Pasolini, RIP November 2, 1975, No More Heroes Tshirts from Mark SplatterPier Paolo Pasolini †2 November 1975

No More Heroes is a line of shirts providing memorial for a series of artists, inspirational and motivational to our studio; likenesses of icons and iconoclasts who have been my heroes and mentors – part reverence, part remembrance. Moved by the death of Dennis Hopper in 2010 the series began.

This is Pier Paolo Pasolini. Italian writer and poet, he moved into the film business where he reached the world with his graphic, explicit imagery and biting commentary on the status quo.

Currently no longer in stock on Etsy but available via special order/print on demand.


Anatomical Armour Tshirt from Mark Splatter Printwerk, Mike Sappol, Dream Anatomy, anatomist Juan Valverde de Amusco, engravings by Gaspar Becerra, gut viscera, Roman Centurion armor, anatomical atlas "Anatomia del corpo humano" Rome, 1559

This is a diagram of the human anatomy of the abdomen. After Andreas Vesalius’ comprehensive guide to anatomy in the 16th century revolutionized medicine and surgery, more detail emphasized on anatomical diagrams. From Mike Sappol’s ‘Dream Anatomy’: the anatomist Juan Valverde de Amusco (1525–ca. 1588) published these engravings by Gaspar Becerra (1520?–1568?). The artist drafted the gut viscera onto this illustration of Roman Centurion armor in his anatomical atlas “Anatomia del corpo humano” Rome, 1559. Copperplate engraving. National Library of Medicine.

Printed on black ‘Canvas’ brand cotton jersey tshirt for excellent fit and quality. The color is a burnt brown printed with discharge ink, a special ink that permeates the fiber of the tshirt. Unlike most inks that simply rest on top of the fibre and see prone to flaking off or leaving heavy deposits like plastisol or water base, discharge effects and bonds with the very material of the garment.

Available on Etsy: $28USD +shipping (worldwide)

The Secret Life Of Lobsters

by Trevor Corson, 2004 Harper Collins Publishers

The Secret Life Of Lobsters, Trevor Corson, 2004Written by journalist Trevor Corson, who spent a short but observant time in the field on a lobster boat, this well researched book approaches the life and ecology of the American Lobster from a variety of viewpoints. Starting with personable introductions to some of Little Cranberry Island, Maine’s lobstermen and their boats, setting traps along the coast. Offset by the scientists who studied lobsters in laboratory tanks, and on research vessels large and small, including manned submersibles and a robotic lobster researched by the US Navy, both the commercial and scientific tools of the trade are presented in fascinating details. From Francis H. Herrick in 1895 til cutting edge computer modeled larva distribution patterns, there is much to be learned about the biology and ecology of the Maine Lobster and it’s human predators, who are also it’s most concerned conservators. Their molting and reproductive habits, their larval stage, which holds a few surprises, as well as social behavior is all revealed. This book was a great look into a little known world. I could have used a few more recipes at the end but sometimes the simplest way to cook a lobster is the best way.

Vending Appearances September 2015

Mark Splatter at Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, The Bell House, August 30, 2015, photo credit Village Voice, NYCFirst of all a thanks to everyone who visited the Morbid Anatomy Flea Market at The Bell House on August 30 which was a resounding success with a lot MORE vendors, more fun, more people and more great and curious STUFF! Looking forward to the next one on October 18th. Silkscreen Patches, Tshirts, Totebags and Wet Specimen Preparations all did very well, but on the other hand, some of my more natural object assemblages got very little attention. I’ll have to give them more play and display next time.

Next up in September is NYC’s NecroComiCon, September 20 at The Delancey. This is a nighttime event in the gothic scene with Live Bands, Costume Contest, DJs, vendors and hosted by NYC’s own Master of Ceremony, Voltaire. Other Vendors will include Wren Briton of PureVile and Dellamorte & Co.

NecroComiCon 2, September 20, 2015 at The Delancey

Then in October on the 5th and 6th, I’ll be in Philadelphia for Death Salon at their Dark Artisans Bazaar, held at the world renowned Mütter Museum for a two day intensive program of lectures presented by today’s leading minds on death and its anthropological, historical, and artistic contributions to culture.

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market

Sunday, August 30th is the next Morbid Anatomy Flea Market, where I will be vending my waters. This will be the Summer Market Redux! Since the prior event called for an encore! My sikscreen products like patches, tshirts, totes and postcards will be just one focus. I will also have as usual some wet-specimen preservations, both large, small and even teeny-tiny ones. Some curios, constructed from Dead Horse Bay and other Natural and vintage/antique repurposings and upcycled goods. I will also have a few other vibtage odds and ends to add to the flea market aspect of the day, rather than solely my own crafted goods.

This time however, the Morbid Anatomy Museum will be holding the event for the first time OFFSITE! At the Bell House, where Secret Science Club also held the annual Rogue Taxidermy Contest where in 2013 I walked away with the Belle Of The Ball trophy!) on the other end of the block on 7th Street towards 2nd Avenue. This means more space, more beverages, and more vendors! My next scheduled vending event is in October at the Death Salon taking place at the Mütter Museum, Philadelphia on October 5-6th.collectors-slide-0RVS-slide

Date: Sunday, August 30th
Time: 12pm to 7pm ( Morbid Anatomy Members will be able to enter at 11am; become a member at )
Admission: $1 ( add $4 to go to see our Museum Exhibition )
Location: The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 ( A block away fro the Morbid Anatomy Museum )

More information can be found here!

Murder Of Crows

Murder Of Crows, Friday August 7th at Mercury Lounge, NYC with The Brickbats Return, The Harrow and Peeling GreyThis Friday, August 7th at The Mercury Lounge is a special night for music in NYC – Three live bands on one stage with after party and Djs from California and England! Thanks to The Red Party and Salvation and the others for collaborating on an event of this magnitude – no small feat for the NYC club and booking landscape.

The event is titled Murder Of Crows: live bands: The Brickbats Return again to the stage after nearly 200 years. Peeling Grey from Los Angeles are appearing for the first time in New York and with their album release party. The Harrow are from New York and one of its best new artists in years.

Yours truly will be behind the merch stand with my own brand of Deathrock and Gothpunk clothing and accessories from Mark Splatter Printwerk along with my good friends from California of Release The Bats and Killer Pins!

Then on August 30th I will be vending again at the Morbid Anatomy Museum Flea Market Summer Reprise among an increased group of vendors at a larger space next door to the Museum at The Bell House!

The Info:

Those Damn Goths present : A Murder Of Crows

2 Nights of Bands, DJs, Merch Booze, Friends & Fun!


10:30 – 4:00AM
The Brickbats (The Return) (NY)

Peeling Grey (Record Release Party) (CA)

The Harrow (NY)

Sean Templar (The Red Party, UNDERWORLD) (NY)

Martin Oldgoth (thirteen13 radio show, Nostalgia) (UK)

Dave Bats (Release The Bats, Helter Skelter) (CA)

Patrick Cusack (SALVATION, Albion) (NY)
Spinning The best Creepy Crawlies All Night!
Very Special Guest MC Voltaire!

Mandana Banshie (Dorian Gray)

Mercury Lounge

217 East Houston
Doors 10:30 – 4:00 am

$10 Advance Tickets

$15 at Door



10:00 – 4:00AM

DJ Sean Templar

Joe Cyn

Dave Bats

Martin Oldgoth
Special Guest Hosts:

Jenn Bats (Killer Pins)

Brigitte Gothtart (Thirteen13)



$5 BEFORE 11PM / $12 AFTER

Mark Splatter Printworks!

Killer Pins!