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 http://bit.ly/1HuhNVf )
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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1464704693830459/

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!
FRIDAY AUGUST 7

MERCURY LOUNGE

10:30 – 4:00AM
ACT 1
The Brickbats (The Return) (NY)

Peeling Grey (Record Release Party) (CA)

The Harrow (NY)
DJs

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!
Hostsess

Mandana Banshie (Dorian Gray)

Mercury Lounge

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

$10 Advance Tickets

$15 at Door
http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/842869-harrow-peeling-grey-new-york/

SATURDAY AUGUST 8

THE GALLERY AT LPR

10:00 – 4:00AM
ACT 2
THE MURDER OF CROWS INVADE: THE RED PARTY!
DJs

DJ Sean Templar

Joe Cyn
SPECIAL GUEST DJS

Dave Bats

Martin Oldgoth
Special Guest Hosts:

Jenn Bats (Killer Pins)

Brigitte Gothtart (Thirteen13)
THE GALLERY AT LPR

158 BLEECKER STREET

DOORS 10PM – 4AM

$5 BEFORE 11PM / $12 AFTER

Mark Splatter Printworks!

Killer Pins!

Graphic Library #00015

 Antonio Gisbert Perez - The Execution by Firing Squad of Torrijos & his Companions on the Beach at Málaga, 1888, Museo Nacional del Prado Another amazing painting, this is a Spanish historical painting depicting the execution of the liberal field marshal José María Torrijos (1791-1831) by absolutist troops. “…commissioned in 1886 directly by the liberal government of Praxedes Mateo Sagasta (1825-1903) during the regency of Queen María Cristina of Austria (1806-1878), as an example of the defense of freedom for future generations.”

The scene draws you in first by it’s seaside setting, but quickly alerts one to the danger by its grey atmosphere. The presence of blindfolds rules out the impression of shipwreck or disaster at sea. The padre administering last rights, the soldiers in the background, and the bound hands among the crowd deliver the message before the title finally imforms one of the grave scenario, despite its uplifting message and the martyrdom of freedom. These sensations and the overall color palette make this one of my favorite paintings.

More Info: Museo Nacional Del Prado
Artist: Gisbert Pérez, Antonio
Title: The Execution by Firing Squad of Torrijos and his Companions on the Beach at Málaga
Date: 1888
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Location: Museo Del Prado, Madrid

California Deathrock – The Photo Book

 Mark Splatter circa 2003 at a Release the Bats photo session with Amelia G and Forrest Black 
2000-2005 was a particularly relevant time in deathrock culture. I had just moved to California from New Jersey, as the proprietor of Deathrock.com, a webzine that served as a sort of beacon for the dark-minded music aficionado. Part reference guide, part webzine, it was a place where bands like UK Decay, TSOL, and The Mob first got more than just a mention in a collectors’ trade list. I was a young zine publisher who’d taken up web design in its infancy and was eager to share my love for anything remotely Misfits-esque, or even darker, more somber sounds like Southern Death Cult and Kommumity FK.

The New York presence of adherents for such sounds was lacking, apart from a small corps of gloom rockers like Charlie the Slut and Paul Morden, who took me under their wing as an aspiring DJ, and our close friends. When I visited California to meet some of the Los Angeles correspondents I was blown away by the packed floor of a club dedicated to just such sounds at Release The Bats. NYC always stood apart as too homogenous and sophisticated in its tastes to cater to such a niche and outmoded (although beloved) style. It was a no-brainer that the West Coast was where I wanted to be, where deathrock, as many argue, was born. 

Six months later I packed my bags and arrived, a 21-year-old devil lock-wearing deathpunk, and a postage stamp-sized record distributer with a case of music and a pair of DJ headphones. There it was not that it was still going strong, as it was ground zero for a full-on rebirth. New bands were evolving and converging, local bands coming into their own distinct style, Cinema Strange and The Deep Eynde pumped all sorts of energy and fishnet into our veins, and local legends were showing their faces again. Kommumity FK, Dinah Cancer and Gitane Demone resumed their positions as luminaries. Release the Bats was our Mecca, facing west. Bands from all over the globe were sending their energy into it too. Crews from further north and south were getting in touch. First the San Francisco synth-damaged Phantom Limbs with The Vanishing one on top of the other. Frank The Baptist and Diana Death from San Diego.

In that motley crew of deathrockers, gothpunks, dark new wavers, postpunks and horrorpunks were Amelia and Forrest, of Blueblood fame—one of the only established alt-porn names of the day. With their camera savvy and eye for the exotic black-clad, they managed to capture in brilliant gloss the blackest the Sunshine State had to offer, from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Now their work has been collected in this deluxe photo book, California Deathrock.

It reads without words like a yearbook of the era. Looking through the photos brings “ooohs” and “aaahhs” of recognition; the friends, acquaintances, strangers, lovers, and adversaries (if only for their makeup flair or record collections!). Fishing names and memories out of a golden era is just one of the perks of this book. The first of all being the gamut of styles, the theatrics, the glamour, the variety and poetry of appearance that this book represents, a jewel in the collection of anyone who finds beauty in the creativity and expression of the gothic style.
http://californiadeathrock.com for more info:

  
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http://ameliag.com/cadramzn.php to order!

  

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Curiosity Roadshow

This week I’m once again hitting the road in search of the unknown. But this time in America where there’s a lot more left to be discovered; New England – in the heart of  Massachusetts, to one of Americas largest antiques and collectible a shows for decades. Also different is my aim- more trinkets books and other rarer objects, whereas history, scenery, music, art and alcohol has been my traditional quarry. I have been covering the schedules and maps of the event and it promises to be in comparison the antiques and flea market version of Wave Gothik Treffen, if that means anything to you dear reader. 

Graphic Library #00014

Pinocchio's Funeral Parade by Carlo Chiostri, 1901Pinocchio stands out as one of the most influential characters I’ve encountered among my journeys. In 2007 while in Florence on a DJ gig, I had several days to explore the museums. In the Museo Uffizi, at that time was an exhibition of Pinocchio including many various adaptations, editions and illustrations as well as the FULL story and history of the character Carlo Collodi created in 1883. Much darker than the Disneyfied version most americans take for granted, Pinocchio’s death is played out and finalized, when demand for the story, initially published in serial via newspaper, prompted Collodi to continue the story with a happy ending that became the finished book. In this image, four black rabbits come to take away Pinocchio, who has been misbehaving and pretending to be sick, so that the blue haired fairy can continue to nurse him. Showing no signs of getting well, the rabbits bear a coffin and intend to carry out his funeral. Needless to say this shakes him out of bed and into a miraculous “recovery”. The original book was illustrated by Enrico Mazzanti in 1883. This version of the illustration is a later, large print edition from 1901 by Carlo Chiostri.

Media: Illustration
Artist: Carlo Chiostri
Format: Book Illustration
Title: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Year: 1901

Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment

New York Times - "Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment", Brooklyn Historical Society and City Reliquary present Collector's Night 2014In October 2014, Brooklyn Historical Society and City Reliquary presented Collector’s Night 2014. I was included as one of the Collectors, and the article in the New York Times was titled “Where Cockroach Legs and Snow White Have Something In Common” and a slideshow subtitled “Oddities From A Gowanus Apartment”. A photographer was sent to my apartment in Gowanus/Park Slope and snapped a few of my collection pieces. These photographs are directly from the article photographed by Karsten Moran. You’ll see a collection of antique carving and butcher knives, stereo views, skulls, keys, and wet specimens I have both collected and prepared. Also a pretty good portrait of myself by the very talented photographer who was able to get some great exposures out of glass in a very small environment!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/17/nyregion/where-cockroach-legs-and-snow-white-have-something-in-common.html?_r=0#

Tarot Society Reading Room

Tarot Society Reading Room
On May 30, 2015, I had a fun night providing the tunes between sets for Tarot Society’s show with Public Speaking, Catrina Calavera and Jeanann Dara. Tarot Society Reading Room (4 Charles Pl, Brooklyn, New York) is a space in Bushwick that offers events with capacity for local and visiting Tarot Artists to provide readings.

Jeanann Dara Live at Tarot Society Reading Room, Bushwick Brooklyn, NY, May 30, 2015I came out of semi-retirement on the condition I could spin with vinyl, and Darcey Leonard our host, provided two quality decks. Here’s a sample of the songs played primarily on Vinyl !

Sixth Comm – Content With Blood
Minimal Man – Touch
Sisterhood – Giving Ground
– (Live: Jeanann Dara) –
Lydia Lunch & Rowland S. Howard – Black Juju
– (Live: Catrina Calavera) –
The Vanishing – Disaffectionate
Minimal Compact – Deadly Weapons
Ministry -All Day
Danse Society – My Heart
Nico – My Heart Is Empty
– (Live: Public Speaking) –
Cinema Strange – Hebonian Vial
Depeche Mode – Shake The Disease
Nash The Slash – Dance After Curfew
Screen Vinyl Image – Revival
Cocteau Twins -Peppermint Pig
Mephisto Walz – Tribal Conflict
Siouxsie – Ornaments Of Gold
Death In June – The Calling

Meow Day 2015

  The 3rd bi-annual Meow Day was Sunday May 24th, and thanks to my good friends at TheSkullNextDoorNY for representing for me while I was working with Obscura Antiques. The event was held at The Silent Barn, in Bushwick Brooklyn. 

“Meow Day is an event for cat enthusiasts, crafters, activists, and rescuers to celebrate their love of cats while supporting local TNR & adoption efforts!”
Adoptable cats & kittens from A Tail Of Two Kitties, DJ, Meowmosa Cocktails, and vendors supplying vintage and handmade, especially cat-themed objects, like the Anatomic Cat Skull patches that I print.  

 TheSkullNextDoor and I have been working together since 2009 in Milan Italy, selling jewelry and accessories together at markets and collaborating on projects together like our limited line of Bottle Imps. Their jewelry is made of bone, tooth and claw combined with jewelry and repurposed metals and findings, woodwork and these great jawbone bone handled knives most recently.