It’s very rare to come across art that depicts male nudity as vulnerable. Elegant – yes. Powerful – almost always. Classical art has given us the concept of heroic nudity – the Ares Borghese still looks ready for battle, even completely exposed (to be fair, he *is* wearing a helmet). Apollo can still defeat the serpent Python with nothing but a cloak (and a fig leaf) on. Of classical influence, Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave,” with his attitude of abandonment, is a rare example of vulnerable male nudity but, the thing is – he’s dying! Surely, men are allowed moments of vulnerability before that.
In light of the upcoming comeback (w/ a full album!!!), I’ve decided to do quick (re)summaries of DAY6′s songs as an attempt to describe their indescribable wonderful music.
The Day (2015)
Freely: such a bop //u don’t understand// it has the utmost power to get you up on your feet and dance, a healthy reminder that life is good, sending the most positive and happy vibes
Out of My Mind: if ‘intoxication’ is a song this is it - you won’t stop moving your body to the beat, feels like they’re mad and in love w/ you at the same time (which is the lyrics too lol)
Congratulations: shows day6′s range of knowledge of music bc of classic rock influences, the ultimate fuck you song, 100% chance you’re crying by the time the drums start in the beginning
Habits: such a fakeout - it gets you grooving to this feel good pop melody but the lyrics are the saddest shit ever?? you’re bopping to it but *crying internally*, glorious climactic key change!!
Like That Sun: very entrancing opening synth, what heaven feels like, “cause i miss you too damn much”, makes you feel all kinds of special and love, their most precious love song
Colors: their saddest love song, speaks to your very soul, will break your heart 1000x stomp all over it and only leave you pain, but simultaneously resurrects you w/ vocals and guitar solo!!!
First Time: not sure if they’re happy/sad but it can’t get any clearer //they’ve moved on//, probs your breakup song, the fucking harmonies damn, most epic, it can’t get any more rock than this
Blood: legit feels like the song’s running throughout your body, infectious funk, literally talks about the most toxic relationship but you’ve been highkey bopping since the very first riff
Letting Go: epic theme song for all tragedies, harmonies make it sadder, breaks your heart in a slow excruciating way til it’s finally torn apart by the keys solo, you discover you invented crying
Sing Me: if ‘pretty’ is a song this is it, existential feels af, makes you believe in destiny and love and shit, the universe in a song, (“sing me so i could last forever”?? i’m not crying you’re crying)
Wish: very real about depression, the most ironic song bc of the beat but you realize there’s an underlying sadness throughout the song and in the vocals = pain x10000, intricate composition!!
Hunt: the 60′s groove is real, lowkey sexual, very naughty, gets you very hyped, most energy, drums won’t let you rest, headbanging til that finale so //u gotta replay like ur life depends on it//
So I decided to go with this design for Aphrodite’s character after all. I have way too many things that I’d like to say about her, so I’ll limit myself to just this. There are many definitions of beauty, and I think lots of people will agree with me. This said, I’m drawing Aphrodite like this not because this is my “ultimate-ideal-of-beauty”, but because this is just how my mind depicts this particular character (after all, it might be that I’m heavily influenced by classical and Reinassance’s interpretations of this goddess, who knows?) I hope this doesn’t sound as if I’m justifying myself (and for what anyway?), but I just wanted to share my thoughts about it. Let me know what you think!
Alien Covenant has just released its new poster and it is sick! Those of you who are lovers of art history will recognize other influences besides H.R. Giger. The poster is reminiscent of Rudin’s The Gates of Hell (inspired by Dante’s Inferno from ‘The Divine Comedy’) and of course, John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This isn’t surprising given that H.R. Giger was the one who designed the Xenomorph, the derelict spaceship, the facehugger eggs and the space jockey from the first film. Ridley Scott was impressed with his art work in the Necronomicon and decided to bring him on board. Giger and Dan O’Bannon always said that they were heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Those of you who have read his novels, will see him as a source of inspiration in this, and other Alien films. Lovecraft himself would borrow from several mythologies, to create his own. Throughout the trailers we have seen the same themes that can be found in Milton and Lovecrafts’ novels play out: creation, destruction, the sudden realization that we as a species are utter insignificant, and utter madness.
While I wasn’t thrilled with how Prometheus carried out some of its plot, I appreciated the director for trying to bring something new to the saga, so like many of you, I will be crossing my fingers and hope that this new movie will be everything that it promises. Bring on the despair, the sheer horror and the gore, I say!
Images: Alien Covenant poster, the Gates of Hell by Rudin, Paradise Lost inspired by the novel of the same name by John Milton; and Giger’s work from the Necronomicon.
Building on the success of the campaign, the brand is releasing an exclusive series of videos shot while Lady Gaga was on set in New York. In the videos, she talks about her mother’s influence, “being classic”, and the inherent romance of jewellery.
On her experience working with Grace Coddington and Tiffany & Co. for her campaign:
Randall William “Randy” Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style.
Did you ever watch The Incredible Hulk tv series with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno I was a kid when the series was on use to scare me sometimes I always loved the combination Wolfman/Jekyll and Hyde/ the Fugitve tone of the series and the white eyes probably my favorite makeup effect I ever seen probably the coolest ever effect.
I loved this hell out of this show as a kid. I’m pretty sure the TV movie Trial of the Incredible Hulk was also my introduction to Daredevil, who’s one of my favorite characters of all time.
I’ve got a piece coming later in the week really exploring the Hulk as a monster, looking at the pop culture impact and classic horror influences. I love Hulk, and this show is a big part of the reason why. I love that it’s inherently a werewolf story and that’s also kind of why I loved Werewolf: The Series, which was an even lower budget version of this TV show that still should have gone on much longer than it did.
Bill Bixby might still be my favorite actor to play the character. He just nailed isolation, fear and overall tragedy of Banner.
After the Thor and Daredevil team-ups, there was an attempt in the late 80s to do a TV movie that would combine this show with the Spider-Man TV series, which was a show I loved way more than I should. It would have seen Nicholas Hammond reprise his role as Peter Parker to team up with Hulk and would have featured him getting the black costume. I can’t imagine how any of that would have played out in the budgetless CBS-verse.
And yeah, I do love the the spotlight on the white eyes that always let you know shit was about to go down. Loved the callback to that in the 2008 Hulk movie, as well as the reprisal of the “Lonely Man” theme.
Time for FRIDAY FASHION FACT! I mention the French Revolution in these
posts all the time. A few months ago, I discussed why this war (and
others) had such a huge impact on fashion (read here.) Now I’m going to
delve a little deeper, and discuss how exactly fashion morphed in the years leading up to and following the French Revolution.
are many misconceptions surrounding this tumultuous era. Many people
believe that when the monarchy fell, the extreme opulence fell
simultaneously. They think that women quickly switched to simple
classical gowns because Napoleon introduced the style. Of course,
much of this misunderstanding has to do with a lack of knowledge of French history. As I
stated in the post referenced above, dramatic changes in fashion do not
happen overnight. The Revolution began in 1789, and Napoleon did not
become Emperor until 1804. By the time he gained the title, women were
already wearing the simplistic classical styles. In fact, the peak of
the simplicity occurred right before Napoleon had a chance to become fully
settled into his supreme role. So then how did this style come to be?
had actually been creeping its way into Western society for well over a
century. The Renaissance brought a new-found appreciation and interest
in Greek and Roman art and architecture. The Enlightenment, and the
scholarly pursuits which accompanied it, were an added catalyst for
widespread interest in these ancient cultures. Naturally, this interest
was reflected in the art of the time. While myriad art forms were impacted, for our purposes, we’ll just talk about portraiture. Kings
were depicted wearing the laurels of caesars. Women were depicted as
goddesses and muses. Sometimes the classical inspiration was blatant,
other times it was very subtle, such as a woman wearing soft chiton or
The first instances of neoclassical
dress outside of portraits were in fancy dress. Characters from mythology
were a common choice for masquerade costumes. Yet it was Marie
Antoinette, who everyone thinks of as the Queen of Opulence, who in the
early 1780s introduced simple, loose dress into everyday fashion with
the chemise a la reine (which I previously wrote about here.) However,
the classicism was taken to another level during the Directoire Era-
aka, the years following the Revolution (ca. 1795-99.) Without getting
into a whole history lesson, this was when France was run by a
(incredibly unsuccessful) Republic, which was inspired by the
governments of ancient Greece and Rome. This classical inspiration
saturated French culture in many ways, but particularly the arts and
fashion. Dresses became incredibly simplistic, typically cotton gowns
with next to no tailoring and minimal embellishment, inspired by the
pristine marble sculptures from ancient Rome. And as we all know, if the
French wore a style, the rest of the Western world did, too.
Around the year 1800, when the French government was changing hands and incredibly
unstable, fashion reached the apex of simplicity. The French fashion
industry, along with the rest of the economy, had taken a nosedive.
Additionally, times of social turmoil often result in simplistic
fashion, as style seems to be frivolous when such important issues are
at hand. Shortly after the turn of the 19th Century, though, when
Napoleon took over and introduced a stable Empire to France,
embellishment and opulence began to make its way back into fashion.
That, though, is another post for another day.
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This may be one of my very favorite Jawbreaker mashups created by Dale McCarthy. It’s true Courtney’s line “I made you and I can break you just easily” came word for word from one of my most beloved cinematic influences THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. That’s right! There’s a little of Frank n'Furter in Courtney Shayne!
Can not wait for the Idiot Box show opening THIS FRIDAY at G1988 (West), 7-10 PM. Pieces all influenced by classic (and not so classic) TV. This print from Chet Phillips is awesome!! Work will first be available Friday night at the reception, then online Saturday at gallery1988.com
What is original about his art, it’s a combo of a modern and a old and classic influence. You can find popular people or characters in his art, which keeps followers inspired and always asking for more.
There are so many talented artists out there, but it’s no surprise we decided to feature the art of Lucas David. If you have a closer look at his creations, you might see a talented hand behind them.
Lucas was born in Mexico City and he’s in his twenties. He loves to draw the faces of musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Lana del Rey, Taylor Momsen, Lady Gaga, Alice Glass and Sky Ferreira, but also with famous people like Frances Cobain and Lindsay Lohan.
After he noticed that the paintings containing sex and violence attracted a large number of his followers, he focused on those themes the most. We can admire different Sailors (from Sailor Moon) covered in blood and giving the middle finger.
Dressing more formally during the warmer months has always been a challenge. Since most days it’s too hot to wear multiple layers, I’m usually dressed casually. Most days I’m wearing a pocket tee and a pair of tailored shorts. If it’s a cooler summer day, I can be found wearing a linen blazer, dress shirt, slim tailored slacks and a pair of brown shoes.
I am influenced by classic summer menswear that was popular during the 1960 and appreciate this era when men took pride in how they dressed. A wonderful book in my menswear library that beautifully illustrates this time period is called “Take Ivy”. In it, a group of Japanese photographers showcase men’s fashion on prestigious Ivy League campuses across the East Coast of the United States.
One of my favorite lightweight summer fabrics to wear is madras. The word madras gets its name from the city of Chennai (formerly Madras), India. This cotton fabric is preppy, lightweight and easy to wear. Two of my often-worn shirts are madras, which can be seen both here and here. I enjoy taking a break from dressing more formally during the summer months but keeping my esthetic and sense of style through color and fabric choice is still important.
I’ve always had a thing for silence
But lately I just need a voice I recognise
Baby, it’s perfect timing now to…
One of my favorite lyrics. It summed up a time in my life where I needed to recognize not being okay and then just communicating it and getting through it. I think it is definitely one of the more anthemic songs on the album.
It’s an album that I have come up with over the past few years, one that I intend to play live for a long time. So I think that the energy of it reflects that. But it is also all my influences rolled into one. It’s got my classical influences, my folk influences, and especially electronic. I have such an affinity for electronic music, and I think it reflects that. I also explored my voice. My voice is my very special instrument. I feel sometimes I can do anything with it. Delirium is kind of that freedom. It is the album I have had the most freedom on but also the album that I have constructed the most carefully… I crafted it for the past year or so.
With her Greek tutor, Konstantinos Christomanos, a great admirer of ancient Greece, Sisi becomes not only perfect in the language, but she is also introduced to Greek mythology. The home of mythology becomes the “home of Sisi’s soul.” The ancient world is highly regarded at this time not only by the restless Empress, but is generally quite popular. Classical virtues greatly influence the mature empress’ worldview.