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Kenneth Anger launches official ‘Lucifer Rising’ baseball jacket in time for the holidays
11.23.2015
10:40 am

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The headline above came straight from the press release because it made me laugh. Can’t think of what to buy your favorite magus for Christmas? [Or Noel Fielding, wait, he’s already got one.] Yes that’s right, Kenneth Anger, avant garde underground filmmaker is now in the fashion business. Back in September Kenneth Anger “signature” tees went on sale, and now you can keep warm this winter with an “official” Lucifer Rising baseball jacket available only at his website.

Hollywood, CA November 23, 2015 – The story behind Kenneth Anger’s undisputed masterpiece, Lucifer Rising, is as exciting and bizarre as the film itself. Featuring such pop icons as Jimmy Page, Marianne Faithfull, Donald Cammell (co-director of the film Performance) and Bobby Beausoleil (member of the Charles Manson family and convicted murderer), the production was plagued with bizarre coincidences and sinister backlashes. After thirteen years of filming Kenneth Anger was determined to complete the film despite the almost surreal obstacles that materialized every step of the way.

A recognized master of avant garde film, Kenneth Anger’s influence can be seen in filmmakers as diverse as Martin Scorsese (who calls him “without a doubt, one of our greatest artists”), Roger Corman, George Lucas, Gus Van Sant, Guy Maddin, and David Lynch, not to mention the pop art of Andy Warhol, and almost every music video. He also gained notoriety as the author of the bestseller, Hollywood Babylon, a tell-all book revealing scandals and controversies in Hollywood among the rich and famous. The interest in Anger’s work shows no sign of abating in 21st century. The objects seen in his films, such as Anger’s custom made ‘Lucifer’ and Scorpio Rising jackets have now become cult icons in themselves.

I’ve been told that the Lucifer Rising jackets are already selling like the proverbial hotcakes and they aren’t planning a second run of these puppies, so if you want one you might not want to hesitate. The production run was described to me as “just a handful.”

In addition, there’s a second newly listed Lucifer Rising item for sale on kennethanger.org, a signed reproduction of “The Magick Lantern Cycle” poster, as originally painted by Page Wood.
 

 
Each poster will be signed in the area with the negative space by Kenneth Anger personally. Can an official Scorpio Rising motorcycle jacket be far behind?

Below, a clip from Brian Butler’s Raising Lucifer documentary:

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The ultimate granny panties: Yep, there’s a 4 pack of ‘Golden Girls’ underwear
11.23.2015
09:19 am

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I love this. I mean really, really love this! A 4 pack of Golden Girls “panties” by Etsy shop Bullet and Bees. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice the Blanche Devereaux panty is crotchless! Perfect, right?

The Golden Girls underwear set sells for $160.00 (which is a bit steep, in my opinion). If you can’t afford the set—or only want the naughty Blanche lingerie—you can buy them separately anywhere from $38.00 - $52.00.


Blanche crotchless panties $52.00.
 

Dorothy Zbornak low-rise panties $40.00.
 

Sophia high-waisted granny panty. $48.00.
 

Rose sheer panty $38.00.

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Debbie Harry’s dress, Kim Gordon painting and other NYC punk artifacts in the Mudd Club rummage sale
11.18.2015
09:52 am

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Though it only existed for five years, from 1978 to 1983, NYC’s Mudd Club served as one of New York—and American—underground culture’s most crucial incubators. Talking Heads and Blondie were fixtures there, and artists that emerged from the scene it galvanized included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Madonna, the B-52s, Kathy Acker… you get the point. It was the gnarly, buoyantly creative flip-side of Studio 54’s disco-glamour coin, a lightning-in-a-bottle moment that can’t be recreated.
 

 
This week, Mudd Club co-founder Steve Mass has contrived a Mudd Club rummage sale to benefit the Bowery Mission, a long surviving homeless shelter/food kitchen that remains in NYC’s onetime Skid Row, now, like basically all of Lower Manhattan, a playground for the privileged. The event will be held on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at Django at the Roxy Hotel. Admission ain’t cheap. It’s $200 a head to get in, but again, the money goes to a homeless mission. What that gets you is a chance to buy a Vivienne Westwood dress donated by Debbie Harry, an original painting donated by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and other items donated by Sting, Maripol, Patti Smith, and other members of the Downtown demimonde.

Via Bedford and Bowery:

Mass assures us that, rather than being a Sotheby’s-style auction, the rummage sale will be “like we had it in the old days,” with $50 dollar trinkets casually laid out next to more expensive items. “If Marc Jacobs donates a dress from that period and it’s $4,000 or $5,000, it might be next to a pair of shoes of someone who lost them in the Mudd Club in 1980.”

That pastiche, Mass said, was true to the club’s sensibility. “We were merging all these disciplines, which hadn’t been done before in a club,” said Mass, citing the presence of filmmakers like Kathryn Bigelow, writers like Candace Bushnell and Jay McInerney, photographers like Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin (both of whom are hosts), and fashion designers like Anna Sui (another host) and Marc Jacobs, both of whom had early shows there.

The event will be open-bar, and will feature performances by the B-52s Kate Pierson and the Patti Smith Group’s Lenny Kaye, plus DJs and more to be announced.

Here’s some BADASS footage of the Cramps at the Mudd Club in 1981, from the contemporary NYC access cable program “Paul Tschinkel’s Inner-Tube.”
 

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The story behind the photo of Albert Einstein on the beach in those open-toed sandals
11.17.2015
02:55 pm

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Einstein and David Rothman, 1939

There’s actually great back-story to Albert Einstein and those open-toed sandals. The man pictured with Einstein above is David Rothman, and he was the one responsible for selling Einstein the fancy footwear back in 1939. From Chuck Rothman’s “Albert Einstein’s Long Island Summer”:

In the summer of 1939, Albert Einstein spent his summer on Nassau Point, in Peconic, NY on eastern Long Island. My grandfather, David Rothman, was owner of Rothman’s Department Store in nearby Southold.

One June day, Einstein came into the store. Of course, my grandfather recognized him at once. He decided, though, to treat him just like any other customer.

“Are you looking for something in particular?” he asked

“Sundials,” Einstein said in his thick German accent.

Now, Rothman’s has always had a large variety of items—just about everything from housewares, to fishing tackle and bait, to hardware, to toys, to appliances. But no sundials. Not for sale, anyway. But…

“I do have one in my back yard,” my grandfather said.

He led Einstein—who seems a bit bewildered—to the back yard, to show him the sundial. “If you need one you can have this.”

Einstein took one look and began to laugh. He pointed to his feet. “No. Sundials.”

Sandals. Those, he had.

E=mcFAAABUloussss! Who knew Einstein had such wonderful gams?!


 

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There are limited edition ‘Trent Reznor boots’ for $1,100.00
11.09.2015
10:20 am

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Since the holidays are coming up, I’d thought I share with these limited edition Trent Reznor boots by N.I.C.E. Collective. The Reznor Combat Boots sell for $1,100 (which isn’t so nice).

The Reznor Combat Boot is a limited edition black ink & wax finish that we recently created for our friend Trent Reznor of NIN. The vibram lug sole is the perfect all-terrain tread for the modern explorer.  Built locally in San Francisco, this unique adaptation of the N.I.C.E. Collective Combat boot will only be sold through our online shop for a limited time.  Starting today.

So if you have money to burn, or you’re a trust fund kid industrial music lover who needs to prove what a deeply hardcore NIN fan you are, these shit-kicking “Reznor boots” are for you! It’s not as if you couldn’t find something similar enough for ten bucks somewhere, but here ya go…


 

 

 
Via Coilhouse on Facebook

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Marilyn Monroe in a black wig, imitating Jackie Kennedy (1962)
11.05.2015
10:55 am

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Here are some photos of Marilyn Monroe you may have or may not have seen before. I’m so used to the iconic “blonde bombshell” images of Monroe, that I was slightly taken aback (in a pleasantly surprised way) when I saw these.

The photos were shot by Bert Stern for Vogue magazine in 1962 (six weeks before Monroe died). What you see are some outtakes from the the photoshoot. Monroe is paying homage to Jackie Kennedy by donning a black wig in the style popularized by the First Lady.

I love these.


 

 

 

 
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‘Good… and long’: Blaxploitation ads for Winston cigarettes, 1970-1973
11.05.2015
10:05 am

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The term ‘Blaxploitation’ was coined by NAACP head/film publicist Junius Griffin in the early 1970s to describe the genre of African American action films that followed from the examples set by Cotton Comes to Harlem and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, but the term certainly could have had other applications—racially targeted marketing that sought to move destructive commodities like malt liquor and menthol cigarettes to underclass populations has long been, and justifiably remains, a highly contentious matter, and is inarguably more literally exploitative than any “exploitation” film. Flashbak.com compiled a lode of eye-popping examples from a print campaign for Winston cigarettes.

After World War Two American tobacco companies started to explore new markets to maintain their not insubstantial prosperity. The growth in urban migration and the growing incomes of African Americans (called at the time the “emerging Negro market”) gave the tobacco companies what was sometimes called an “export market at home”. Additionally, a new kind of media started to appear after the war when several glossy monthly magazines including Negro Digest (1942, renamed Black World), Ebony (1945) and Negro Achievements (1947, renamed Sepia) began to be published.

These relatively expensively produced magazines were far more attractive to the tobacco advertisers than the cheap ‘negro’ daily newspapers of the pre-war era, with glossy pages and a far wider national distribution. The magazines meant for a purely African American audience also meant that advertisers could produce adverts aimed and featuring African Americans away from the eyes of white consumers.

 

“Rich.” “Long.” Got’cha. Wink wink.

The juxtaposition of aspirational fashion, rogue-ish male confidence, and burning cigarettes carries an unmistakable message so old it’s hardly worth spelling out. The longing looks from the women in the near-backgrounds aren’t terribly nuanced in their subtext, either. But all the problematics of death-dealing aside, these are objectively awesome photos, amazing snapshots of a time and place when African American culture was asserting a more prominent place in the US mainstream. Airbrush out the cigarettes (or don’t) and change the captions, and these would be amazing menswear ads, too.
 

 

 
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You put your weed in it: Vape on the go with smokable hoodies
11.03.2015
02:43 pm

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Although most credible observers think all fifty states will see legal pot by 2020, today there are still quite a few holdouts, places where you might want to keep things a little more discrete and on the down-low…

Enter VAPRWEAR, a newly-launched apparel company that makes “Smokable Hoodies.” The collar of each one of their stoner sweatshirts comes with a vape system built in where the hoodies’ drawstrings normally are. How convenient!
 

 
Now this is what I call functional fashion: You put your weed in it. And not just your weed, VAPRWEAR‘s system is friendly to hash oil, wax, e-juice and other similar preparations. They’re also open to making custom vaporizer apparel.
 

 

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Halloween over, now’s the time to pick up your Rozz Williams from Christian Death costume CHEAP
11.03.2015
08:33 am

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A photo floated across my desk yesterday of a costume being sold by national chain party-supply store, Party City, which is a generic gothic rocker outfit.

What was remarkable about this typically lame attempt at subculture commodification for normies to play dress-up-like-a-weirdo for Halloween, is the fact that they went all deep-cuts for the title on the package.
 

 
“Romeo’s Distress” is the eighth track on Christian Death’s seminal 1982 death-rock masterpiece Only Theatre of Pain. Personally, I consider “Romeo’s Distress” the best song on the best goth album of all time. Your mileage may vary. Still, I’m impressed that some designer working for this particular costume company went there with the authenticity in the titling, even if pre-packaged Halloween costumes always look somewhat LESS than authentic.
 

 
With Halloween over, these things are bound to be on sale, right? Find one on discount now and plan ahead for your next occasion warranting a fake goth look. Be sure to pick up some clove cigarettes to complete the ensemble.
 
Here’s the real deal. Rozz Williams and Christian Death performing “Romeo’s Distress” live:

 

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‘What da fuck?’ Vintage leather jackets embroidered with images and quotes from ‘Scarface’
11.02.2015
02:09 pm

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Scarface vintage embroidered leather jacket
Scarface vintage embroidered leather jacket
 
Just when I thought I had pretty much seen everything that had anything to do with the the 1983 film Scarface, this came across my radar—elaborately embroidered leather jackets with images and quotes from the film. ‘Da fuck?
 
Scarface embroidered leather jacket (say hello sleeve)
 
This coat is adorned with famous quotes from the movie such as “Say hello to my little friend” (because it wouldn’t be a proper homage to Scarface without those five words) and “World is your” (minus the word “the”) and other memorable phrases. There are also images of Tony Montana’s mean mug sucking on a fat cigar and clutching his modified Colt AR-15 sewn into the jacket only a true Scarface fanatic would wear. A few of these sweet and strange homages were made to mark the 20th anniversary of the film back in 2003, then it appears they were knocked off in a further effort to cash in on the film and character immortalized by Al Pacino 32 years ago.

There are a few different variants of this bizarre piece of outerwear for sale on eBay that, just like the world, could be yours for anywhere from $50 to the delusional sum of $500. Loads of images for you cockroaches to gawk at follow.
 
Scarface embroidered leather jacket (alternate sleeve view)
 
Scarface vintage embroidered leather jacket (front view)
 
More Montana after the jump…

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