manos-the-hands-of-fate

here’s my sophomore illustration final on its own. the assignment was to create a poster for one of three infamously terrible movies (the room, manos the hands of fate, and birdemic) and make it look appealing while also playing to the director’s original intentions for the tone. so we werent allowed to be funny or ironic, which was probably one of the biggest challenges ive ever faced as an illustrator, and because the room has some of the least interesting imagery ive ever seen in my life, i decided to make this piece more of a symbolic character study. you are tearing this city apart, lisa!

Last Saturday, I had a table at a small local convention. I was selling these “Wives of Manos” posters. I had the following conversation with three different people:

ME: Are you familiar with Manos the Hands of Fate?

THEM: No.

ME: You know Mystery Science Theater, right?

THEM: No. What is it?

Furthermore, when I pointed out Olivia Munn, Christina Hendrix and Aisha Tyler, they did not recognize those names. These were grown adults I was talking to, not little kids.

@introvertia I’m enjoying Powers of Darkness, but there’s a scene where Harker (Thomas Harker in this case) stumbles onto a weird cult sacrifice ritual involving Dracula in a red cape and a bunch of beautiful tied-up women.  I started thinking of Manos, and then it all fell into place- the long carriage ride portions, how Harker keeps wanting to leave but not actually leaving, even a prominant vampire bride who could be described as Hot Lady Torgo (”The Master wants you.  He can’t have you.  I want you.”  etc.)

Gravity Falls actually made a reference to “Manos: The Hands of Fate”

“Manos: The Hands of Fate” is considered to be one of the worst movies of all time. For me, it is the worst. Don’t believe me? Just look up “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ on Netflix (the old one, not the new one), and they reviewed it in the first episode. The movie is downright horrible. But why am I telling you this?

Well, do you remember the episode of Gravity Falls entitled “Little Gift Shop of Horrors”?

In it, there was a witch called the “hand-witch”, because she stole people’s hands and made them sentient. Here’s a photo of her:

Now here’s the good part: here’s the villan from “Manos: The Hands of Fate”

THE HAND-WITCH IS WEARING HIS ROBE!

I FREAKING DIED LAUGHING WHEN I SAW THIS!

Most TV shows make very subtle references to old shows that you see and go “Haha, pretty funny”. But Gravity Falls completely outranks all of those with this reference to what is arguably the worst movie of all time! And it’s a reference that fits in as well; there are hands on the Manos robe, so it’s fitting that the witch should wear it. I freaking love Alex Hirsch because of this amazing allusion to MST3K!

American Denim: A New Folk Art

Before we get to the book review, please be aware that some images contain nudity–there’s butt, boobs, and one embroidered bush, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

American Denim: A New Folk Art

Somebody actually cut a picture of a jacket pocket into the shape of a pair of pants.  1975, folks.

Right away, you can see why I had to show you this book.

Most of the stuff inside inspired three thoughts, in this order:

  1. That’s really ugly.
  2. That must have taken forever.
  3. I bet you can’t wash that.

Here are some highlights:

Our young model will be all the rage at punk shows, with her pants covered in sequins and zippers.  The macrame necklace is a nice touch.

The horror so horrid, they show it to you twice: a shirt covered in hands.  But just the sleeves and shoulders.

This artist saw Manos: The Hands of Fate and said, “Yeah, but what IF..”

These pants are apparently based on the garden of Eden.  I do not know what is going on with that tree on the ass of the jeans.

This is a front panel on a denim jacket.  There’s a similar lady on the other side.  Do you think someone once wore this in public, with pride?

Here we have pants made out of tiny pieces, because apparently pants that fell apart as soon as you stuck your leg in them were an artistic statement.

There are a lot of ass shots in this book.  This is the best one, though.

Dinosaur ass!

This poor model has grown barnacles.  They are awaiting scraping.

And lastly, tits surrounded by raw meat.  I guess that’s an iron-on?  But, just.. why?

This book is absurdly expensive on Amazon, your best bet if you need more terrifying weirdness is a library sale or something.