I for one, am not only feint of heart, I faint at the sight of
blood. So this tale of design madness makes me more than a little
queasy. Dear reader, stop right here if you feel the same.
The poster for the Swedish “Black Metal” band Watain (above) was designed by the Paris-founded, New York-based designer, Metastazis,
and was silk-screen printed using real, human blood. There is not much
more to say except: whoever said designers invest blood, sweat and
tears in their work, did not mean it to be taken so literally.
Metastazis says his studio is “dedicated to the most scandalous yet
refined forms of expression.” Founded in 1999 By Valnoir, and joined
by “almost nazi-gay illustrator DJ Holowestcoast and recently by the
post-soviet arrogant doll Anastasia Ilyna,” they have shined up Black Metal with high production values and theatrical staging (see here). Their work bridges design and performance in a manner that is becoming more frequent these days.
be the judge. In the “end of print” era it seems that spectacle is
becoming as significant as content (although the poster is
impressive). I’m reminded of Raymond Lowey‘s
“Most Advanced Yet Acceptable” measuring stick for novel design. Maybe
“scandalous yet refined” is the 21st century corollary.
(Thanks to Mirko Ilic for bringing Metastazis to my attention.)
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