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T-shirt design for the merchandising of Cover for my metal-industrial-dance music side project POST MORTEM VISIONS, powerful guitars, groovy electronic and strong drums.... this time the concept is simple as fuck: a zombie apocalypse.
Just like with vampires, werewolves and other creatures the zombie idea too has its grounding in ancient legends, religions, traditions. It was not just made up out of thin air by movie-makers. The concept has been part of human consciousness for a long time - maybe because there is some reality to it.
Haitian and African systems of voodoo teach the "Zombification" of people through a number of spells and by use of various powders and potions. People who have been administered such drugs are buried at funerals and then dug up again to then exist as a Zombie. The reanimated undead are used as slave labor. To keep them in a state where they lack a will of their own, one must continue to give them a variety of drugs. The Zombification of people is real enough to be considered a crime at the same level as murder in the Haitian legal books.
The origin of the concept of zombiism stems from Haitian Voodoo culture. The word zombie--in Haitian it is "zombi"--means "spirit of the dead." Voodoo folklore contends that Bokors, Voodoo priests that were concerned with the study and application of black magic, posessed the ability to ressurrect the deceased through the administration of coup padre--coup padre is a powder that is issued orally, the primary ingredient of which is tetrodoxin, the deadly substance of the notoriously poisonous fou-fou, or "porcupine fish." According to lengend, "a zombi(e) is someone who has annoyed his or her family and community to the degree that they can no longer stand to live with this person. They respond by hiring a Bokor..to turn them into a zombi(e)." Once they had been issued the coup padre, the subjects being prepared for their descent into zombidom would appear to die insofar as their heart rate would slow to a near stop, their breathing patterns would be greatly subdued and their body temperature would significantly decrease. The public, thinking that the person was dead, would bury him/ her as if they were a corpse. They would then be exhumed, still alive, by the Bokor and, although their physicality remained intact, their memory would be erased and they would be transformed into mindless drones. "Though still living, they remain under the Bokor's power until the Bokor dies."
Bokors in the religion of vodou are sorcerers or houngan (priests) or mambo (priestesses) for hire who are said to 'serve the loa with both hands', meaning that they practice both dark magic and light magic. Their black magic includes the creation of zombies and the creation of 'ouangas', talismans that house spirits.The name Bokor can also refer to the leader of the Makaya division of Vodou (which originated in the Congo region) and Bokor also refers to the highest initiation rank in Dominican Vodou.
Bokors are featured in many Haitian tales and are often associated with the creation of 'zombies' by the use of a deadening brew or potion usually containing poison extracted from puffer fish. This potion makes the drinker appear to be dead and thus he is often buried; later, the bokor will return for the "corpse" and force it to do his bidding, such as manual labor. The "corpse" is often given deliriant drugs, mainly datura, which puts them in a detached, somewhat dreamlike state. Its state is likened to being mind controlled. The person is alive but in a state where they cannot control what they say or do; at this point, when the person has been "reanimated" from the grave, or at least is moving about working for the bokor, they can be termed "zombies." However, some legends dispense with this more rational explanation, and have the bokor raise zombies from dead bodies whose souls have departed.
Also, bokors are said to work with zombi/zombie astrals - souls or spirits which are captured in a fetish and made to enhance the Bokor's power. Bokors normally work with Loas Baron Samedi, Kalfou, Legba and Simbi (snake loa) plus in some cases they are said to work with Grand Bois, the loa of the forest.
Bokors are similar to the "root workers" of voodoo and New Orleans voodoo. Some may be priests of a vodou house. Bokor are usually chosen from birth, those who are believed to bear a great ashe (power). A Bokor can be, by worldy terms, good or evil, though some sources (Judeo-Christian) consider him an evil version of a houngan.
Taken from the Catholic Bible:
And the LORD will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day they will be terrified, stricken by the LORD with great panic. They will fight their neighbors hand to hand.
But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army.
Greek and Roman black magic was obsessed with ghosts (possibly, this is because both cultures favored cremation as a burial practice, so not many corpses were around to be reanimated), especially with how to manipulate them to do one’s bidding. Those who died by accident, murder, or some other untimely death were especially vulnerable to would-be necromancers, because they were condemned to wander the earth (or be tied to their graves) until the time of their “natural” deaths arrived and they could move on to the Underworld. Until that time, a living person could inscribe instructions on a “curse tablet” made of lead or papyrus, roll it up, and slip it into a grave in order to control the spirit of the dead person to do the bidding of the living. Some of these tablets could be found inside ancient wax equivalents of voodoo dolls. So, you have pre-Caribbean voodoo zombies and Stoker-style vampires—but as ghosts.
The Zombie is known as Jiang Shi in China, Ganshi in Korean and Kyonshi in Japanese. Is a type of reanimated corpse In the day, the jiangshi rests in a coffin or hides in dark places such as caves. At night, it moves around by hopping, with its arms outstretched. It kills living creatures to absorb their qi (life essence). The causes of a corpse being reanimated can be classified in two groups: a recently deceased person returning to life, and a long buried corpse not decomposing.
A ro-langs is a zombie-like creature from Tibetan folklore. Ro is the word for corpse and Langs is the perfect tense of "to rise up", so Ro-Langs literally means "a risen corpse". A ro-langs is usually created by a gdon spirit, or a sorcerer. A ro-langs cannot speak or bend over, it signals its victims by wagging its tongue back and forth. They can not bend at any joints, which makes them walk with a stiff-armed lurch. In regions of Tibet there are low doorways to keep the ro-langs out. Demonic ro-langs are created by an evil spirit with the goal of contaminating other humans.
In Hindu folklore, the vetala is an evil spirit who haunts cemeteries and takes demonic possession of corpses. They make their displeasure known by troubling humans. They can drive people mad, kill children, and cause miscarriages, but also guard villages.
So there´s a strong background about it, and hope it helps you to know more about it, after all that zombie-retarded-brain eaters-hollywood invasion.
Cover of a dj set mixing original David Lynch´s songs & my fav songs of his movies. I made it for a radio show as a tribute, sounds more hypnotic and ghostly, and the pack includes 4 exclusive remixes of the songs made by me too.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
– H.P. Lovecraft -
The world is full of unexplained phenomena. Some of them seem unexplainable. And the unknown, the unexplained, the unexplainable, is not only uncomfortable, it’s a reminder of a world full of abysmal dangers which we can’t even imagine. As such, one would expect every conscious being would fear the unknown, the mysterious, as many do fear the dark. Some of us love mysteries. There’s a significant market for the unexplained and the occult. Well, there’s a market for horror movies, there’s a market for puzzles.
But the fascination with the unknown despite its implicit horror can also be understood in other ways. One of them is that the fear of the unknown can be fought with the mere illusion of knowledge. One can simply make up and, this is important, believe in an arbitrary explanation for the unexplained to stop being a nuisance, at least to our own minds. Believe those stories, have faith in those explanations,and the fear will be appeased.
Is there a strange unexplained light in the sky? Oh, those are Zeta Reticulli spaceships showing off, part of the hybrid program. Or rather just swamp gas, simply ignore them. Either way, those who find and easy and certain answers to everything very probably don’t actually have an answer to everything, they just believe they do.They don’t actually love mysteries, but the explanations they think that answers them.
Faith can deal with the fear of the unknown, but it doesn’t actually deal with the issue, it can even aggravate it. It’s not very helpful to lose the fear of the unknown if we keep being as vulnerable and far from understanding the world in which we live. Fighting instead the fear of the unknown with the real light of knowledge is surely the most promising path, and it’s exactly one of the ways of defining that which we call Science.
And the trust, one can even say faith in the success of this scientific endeavour is another way by which one can appreciate, and truly love a mystery.rnrnAnother great writer, Isaac Asimov, reminded how the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!‘ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …‘. Every anomaly, every unexplained event, every UFO and Paranormal case may be the first requirement for a new, and better understanding of the Universe, for greater and better knowledge. The day there would be no unexplained thing left will be the day there will be no knowledge to gain. Science will have exhausted its purpose. We can be reasonably sure this day is still very distant, if it may ever come. More than a body of knowledge, science is a way to acquire verifiable knowledge, one that not only appeases to our own fears, but those of any and everyone who faces the same phenomenon, be they Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, whether they believe in fairies, unicorns or Santa Claus.
For the unknown to be dealt not with arbitrary faith, but with knowledge that can be tested and used.rnrnBelieving in a higher plan may offer some comfort amid a smallpox outbreak, but understanding it’s a contagious disease and proving it can be prevented by vaccination offers us real knowledge to appease our fears – and actually eradicate this terrible malady. Not all scientists will embrace anomalies with excitement. Scientists are human beings attempting to practice science, and they do not always succeed. Even the most accomplished men and women of science will not be making scientific statements at every thing they say.
It’s not being a scientist that makes what you do science, it’s making science that makes you a scientist.rnrnBecause science, as we emphasize, can be understood as the quest for knowledge that starts with the unknown. If you witnessed an unexplained phenomenon, it can be the first step towards a scientific contribution. Share what you found, in every possible detail, with the largest number od records – photos, videos, samples, witnesses.
Some scientist may be interested. This author may be interested. Science and technology nowadays offer us tools to easily share information with a great number of people literally at our fingertips. Do take into consideration, however, that after more than three centuries fighting the unknown with knowledge, we did find a lot of things out, and it’s very possible that the phenomenon you witnessed may be understood through the things we already know.
Things we actually know, tested and apply every day of our highly technological lives. If a scientist sounds arrogant on telling you something can be explained in prosaic terms, think also if you, on rejecting his explanation, will not sound arrogant too, by contradicting not only the opinion of that scientist, but generations of thousands of people honestly trying to understand the unknown, just like you.
Science is more than a body of knowledge, but today it’s also a vast body of tested and verifiable knowledge. Are you really the first to face this phenomenon? Are you the only one to actually understand it? Or do the explanation you believe that answers this mystery seem more attractive than the mystery itself? Above all, what is proper is to fight the fear of the unknown through the search for real explanations that won’t depend on mere faith, that can be demonstrated for us all, believers or not, to better understand another small part of a world full of phenomena to comprehend.
For the fear of the unknown to be faced upfront as an opportunity to expand that which is known. For a mystery to be appreciated by what it is, and not by what we want to believe it is.
Painted again for a comission, the biggest bigger canvas i´ve ever paint.
As a triple Goddess, Hecate represents Maiden, Mother and Crone; mind, body and spirit; and birth, life and death. As Mistress of the Night, She represents the three stages of the lunar cycle of New, Full and Dark. Hecate symbolizes the dark within us, the part of our psyche we refuse to acknowledge. Many ignore the wisdom, the strength and the truth of Hecate because our fear of the darkness is so strong. Hecate is associated with the dark side of the moon, but this is the true Moon. The Moon has no light of its own, only reflected light from the sun. Dark is the Moon's true color as is Hecate's. Although most see Hecate as the third phase of the moon, She is actually a Triple Goddess in her own right. She is Hecate the maiden, Hecate the Mother, and Hecate the Crone. Hecate can be called upon during any moon phase, as She is the One and the Three. In pronouncing her name, in the Greek language the "H" is silent. So, to properly pronounce her name is "E-CA-TA" or "e-CO-ta."
Hello, ladies and gentleman. First of it all, i want to say a big THANK YOU to all the people who cared about me after to know about my car accident and their best whises. Still shocked about it, specially when a lot of that people never wrote a comment on my works. So thank you for all the notes and comments, im so sorry for not answer it all, i literally havent the time for to do it with the proper time you all deserve.
THANK YOU, AMAZING PEOPLE.
Im 99% ok so its time to rock again. After to refuse to take more pills for not to feel pain, because pain makes you feel alive ( who the fuck wants to live like a fucking zombie?) and some rest, im back full of energy and projects coming. First of it all, im recording new songs for a mini album of my FEAR IS THE LIAR, called "My Mother Is A Shadow", more dark and intense than ever. You can listen some songs here:
Is my way to say thank you to the 20,000 people who have listened my albums and specially to all the people who ask for more. This one is for you all, my sisters and brothers. 20,000 is just a fucking number, a joke in the music industry, but for me means a dream come true. New full album in May.
After to some live shows as dj on breakdance battles the last weekend, im producing the album of a local hip hop band of my city, and playing bass for some months in a band. The most amazing thing is we´ll play 3 of the songs from my XIII album, and im so fucking excited. Fucking rockstars.
And the most amazing thing, an exhibition in a little art gallery who wants to support my dark stuff. To be honest, i dont like that shit, i mean, who wants to answer the same questions again and again, but this time is special for me because i´ll sell 13 canvas and all the money will be for a non profit organization who takes care of children who dont have a home because sex abouse, poverty or broken homes of my hood. For all the people who dont know this side of me, you must know i never wanted money making music or painting. The children is the future of this fucking world. After all those years helping to feed homeless, i believe there´s three kinds of people: those who think sending money or give food to the homeless in Christmas to Africa ( for example) and think they´re saving the world doing it, and the rest of the year ignore it, the people who talk but dont do nothing, and the people who work for to make this world a better place, not for just for them, for the others too.
People who dont want fame or recognition. People in the shadows who spend their time figthing against the loneless of the old people who are rejected and forgotten from our system. People who support rape victims, people who kick the asses of the drug dealers and people who want to give a chance to the children who dont have nothing. Not heroes. People. So fuck art and fuck those all second hand sermons about how fucked up is this world. Im so fucking proud to be part of it and still doing it all those years.
Dont get me wrong, is not a superhero complex or feeling better than the rest. Is about to leave this world a little better than you found it.
I´m Mister Trece and i paint creepy things. That´s a good way to introduce mysfelf. I don´t call myself artist, because i´ve a really aerosol spray addiction, and i do it for the need to create and just for the fun of it. My influences comes from so many different worlds, from the horror movies of the 70´s and the 80´s, the art music covers, graffiti, the supernatural and paranormal, tattoo world, religions, philosophy, urban legends, music, life, death, and everything in between.My tools are a simple blade, a cardboard, aerosol spray cans,canvas, ink, cotton, kleenex, loud music and coffee. I don´t know if i can call my stuff stencil art, because my paints are raw and rotten, and that´s the way i like it. I want to create something different, new ways to create with the same old tools. I don´t know if i do it. But to be honest… I don´t give a fuck and who cares about it. You just should to know one thing: expect the unexpected.
Favorite visual artistMike Giant, Gustavo Rimada, Caravaggio,Jane Leroux, Mister Kaves, El Greco,The Wild Ones, Jack Bannon, Delacroix, Jeroen Anthoniszoon van Aeken, Fabrice Lavollay,Miss Van, , all grafitti crewsFavorite moviesThe Omen, Nightmare On Elm Street, Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, Pulp Fiction, The Straight Story, Snatch, Lock&Stock, The Texas Chain Massacre, Sympathy For Delicious, Style Wars, Creepshow I, Halloween ( Rob Zombie remake), Wild Style.Favorite TV showsTwilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, Supernatural, Fringe, X-files, The Fades, Death ValleyFavorite bands / musical artistsFrom hip hop to death metal...specially dark stuff with a punk rock attitude!Favorite booksONE UNDRED!!!! Specially "1984" and "Farenheit 451" and all Stephen King stuff.Favorite writersRaymond Chandler, Stephen King, George Orwell, James Ellroy, Ray Bradbury, HP LovecraftFavorite gamesdrink coffee, russian rouletteFavorite gaming platformMy bodyTools of the TradeCoffee, tobacco, aerosol spray and loud music.Other InterestsDrink coffee, tattoo, skateboard, graffiti, horror movies, drink coffee, chinesse food, books, street basketball and try to be happy every day!!!!!