So here we go… This is my “unHOLY SHIT!” project. Well, Part I, anyways ;D
So - first off, this is my costume of Papa Emeritus III. Made from the EXACT SAME MATERIALS as the real deal! The only things that aren’t exact is the gold fabric on the mitre, the frilly stuff on the white part of the mitre, and the purple lining.
It’s a complete blast to wear - I had my first outing in it last night at the Kansas City, September 30th ritual. Did meet and greet again… and holy shit, Papa and the Ghouls were wide-eyed and speechless again! The crew and merch people loved it, the blond british gal who works the merch table went BONKERS over the costume! “Oh, I really dig your costume!… Wait… Where did you get that fabric?? How the- how the hell did you know those details!!! Holy shit!” she proceeded to take photos of me, took close-ups, and said “I’m showing this to Papa, nice work!”
So after spending an hour or so stuck in the same place as everyone wants a photo (not complaining mind you, it was an awesome experience) it was time for the meet and greet. The guy who sends you in looked at me, leaned back and yelled to Papa “Oh, you’re gonna LOVE this guy!”
I met Papa at the bus after the ritual, what a hottie holy sHIT, and he signed my Papa dollar and looked me over and said “Nice work! I dig it. Keep it up.” JDFKLAJDFKL;AN HELP
And then I wake up to the OFFICIAL BAND INSTAGRAM posting a picture of me while I was doing my meet and greet - holy shit! HOLY SHIT. HELP. THIS IS AMAZING.
So credits due: Scott Blake of Yordreem Creations, for doing this one-time-only custom commission of both the mask and the costume - total badass and master of his craft. To be clear, he does not sell these.
Sewcherry Onatopp Stitchwork, for drawing up the mitre design, and doing all the embroidery work.
Enjoy! If you wish to join the journey, I’ll be posting more to this tumblr (I suck at staying active), and I also post to my instagram, @notpapaemeritus.
the presence of demons and their lore seems to have been around since the dawn of time. it’s one of the oldest and most ancient of unholy figures. possessing both the most frail and vulnerable. that being, nonbelievers and skeptics. they’re known to deceive, taunt, swindle, and kill. their presence is can be both physical and illusionary. they never have to truly show themselves to wreak havoc.
Papa II always struck me as someone who practiced a lot with the elements in their spare time. as if he had taken a few notes from the previous Papa. in dealing with the world around him and using physical means to manipulate and summon. of course, with his very apparent demonic look, I could see him practicing things late at night. carrying around a book of shadows with little baggies and vials of various sorts. Papa II may have the appeal of a bitter old man, but I could see him using his power for good. like reviving a pet that someone is devastated of having lost. but he’s careful in the aspect of his craft. because, we all know what happened with Victor Frankenstein…
Papa III: Incubus
does this one really need an explanation? well, alright, just to be fair I’ll give him a bit of writing. we all know Papa III as a sexual deviant. a sort of campaign leader in the fight against shaming sexual promiscuity- and the act of enjoying it. in his mind sex is nothing to be ashamed of and neither are female orgasms. it’s a part of life, and it’s what creates life. not only that, but he believes that it’s essential (for most people anyway) for humans to experience the pleasure. again…and again…and again…*cough* anyway. like most succubi, he shows up in people’s dreams. he doesn’t have a sexual preference. whether it be male, female, anything in between, or none at all. Papa III aims to please. his aim is never off, and he pleases well.
To me, Omega gives a werewolf vibe. Simply because you never know who is one. In interviews, he’s very soft spoken. Soft, kind, and has a gentle approach. But his “no bullshit” response course is just festering under the surface. That and along with when he goes full fledged on stage. If you were attend a Ghost show for the first time, you would have never guessed his moves. It’s sort of the beast that lies within. Even active concert goers and avid fans of Ghost are still blown away by his coordination with the other members. how he just unleashes on stage, and never stops until the very end.
Air: Skin Walker
A Skin Walker is simply someone who has the ability to shape shift. Air is one of the more mysterious ones of the group. You never really know what he’s thinking or what he might do. I feel like he would enjoy changing his form a lot. To surprise of course, but to also provide that constant feeling of allure and mystery to people.
Alpha can be known for being just as sexually illustrious as our Papa. ***see videos of him humping his guitar while mercilessly fingering away at it*** he can be just as distant as Air, but can also make his presence known loud and clear. he feeds off energy from the crowd. playing harder, louder, and faster as he takes in more of human essence. because not all vampires feed off blood. psychic vampires are a thing too. but, if you’re willing to supply the life, you won’t see him denying himself.
Human in appearance; despite the pointed ears. they carry a kind and welcoming nature (well, some of them anyway). Water has a charming and loving personality on stage **see his weeble wobble shtick**. he seemingly has an abundance of charisma and energy that certainly brings life to the other string Ghouls’ performances. a lot of people underestimate bassist’s contributions to bands. as Elves aren’t really too striking in terms of appearance- so they’re overlooked. but you’d be surprised at how much a foundation that bassists’ lay for a song. Elves’ powers are just as underestimated.
These enormous mythical birds are known for creating devastating weather. Each flap of their wings creates claps of thunder that shake the foundations of the Earth. <<< speaking of that little ball of fury, Earth’s abilities present themselves in the same way. His skill will have your ribcage reverberating like a ping pong ball inside a machine. This Ghoul’s sound can either create a moderate rainfall, or a violently whirling and clashing storm. making Zeus blush a pretty pink.
insanlar sabahları uyanırlar. güneş sabahları doğar. insanlar işe giderler. ayakkabı giyerler. bazen laciverd, bazen siyah, bazen beyaz arabalara binerler. bazen de kahverengi ayakkabı giyerler. hava vardır. su vardır. bazen yağmur ya da kar yağar. kış vardır. kışın hava erken kararır. evlere gidilir. çorba içilir. şeftali yenir. insanlar pazen ya da başka kumaşlardan dikilmiş pijamalardan giyerler. pikniğe gidilir. at vardır. en çok da kahverengi ve ona yakın renklerde atlar olur. bazen taksi tutulur. kuşlar havada uçarlar. yer vardır. ona basılır. yaz olunca denize girilir. balıklar yüzerler. yeşil vardır.
So I don’t know if anybody knows this or not, but I found it interesting. The line in Stand By Him that says “all witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is, in women, insatiable” is a direct quote from "Malleus Maleficarum", or “The Hammer Against Witches.” This was a witch hunter’s guidebook from 1486.
“This book reflects that [the writers] not only severely lacked a sense of humor and were obsessed with sex, but also that they had major issues with women; the book singles women out as the weaker sex, weaker in faith, lustful and easy by nature, and thus easy prey for Satan’s coaxing.”
“It’s basically the work of two sexually repressed, frustrated monks who were so alienated towards women that the only way that they could deal with women was to slander them. They basically claimed that women were frivolous, stupid, dirty, weak, emotionally unstable, faithless trollops who were up to no good.”
I not only think it’s hilarious that they quoted the book, because the song basically says that the vengeance still belongs to the ‘witch,’ but I also find it really interesting. I love finding out little details like this within their lyrics. They seem to take direct quotes from a lot of written works (including Edgar Allen Poe.) Anyhow, just thought I’d share! Found it interesting.
"What else is a woman but a foe to friendship-! They are evil, lecherous, vain, and lustful. All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is, in women, insatiable.” -The Malleus Maleficarum
fun fact(s): when I first discovered Ghost. I thought Papa’s accent was real. I actually thought he was an old dude in his 60′s but was like ‘meh, Alice Cooper is still rockin’ it so why not.’ . I actually thought that with each new era, there was an actual different lead singer. And I actually thought, that he really did paint his face.
Either Papa is simply one hell of an actor, or I’m a gullible idiot. Let’s go with both.
Papa I: the kind of guy who you would pay to sit on my front porch and keep assholes away 24/7. hella creepy. smells like lysol cleaner and plastic. even though he freaks you out sometimes and can be a major grump, remember respect. he was the first, after all.
Papa II: the kind of guy who you would want as a mentor. he would be rough around the edges, but would act as a sort of fatherly figure. his motto is basically ‘you reap what you sew’. hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. like those bomb ass chocolates you get around the holidays. but you have to work for his affection. you can’t just demand it simply because you’re you. give him a reason. you will be rewarded.