the mechanical age

“I’ve been working as an airline mechanic since a young age. I’m really good at it. I always pick up extra shifts. And it’s good because it’s allowed me to mature and grow. But since I work so much, it’s easy for people to think that things are going well for me. And it’s also been easy for me not to think about things. Now I’m twenty-two and I feel completely lost. I feel like I haven’t spent any time thinking about myself. I’m not good at forming relationships or talking to people. I’ve never wanted to seem weak because nobody likes people who are sad all the time. So I’ve become a closed-off person. Yesterday we picked groups for a class project, and nobody wanted to be in my group because I work so much. I don’t go to movies. I never even come to the park. This is the first time that I’ve been here. I don’t know– I just feel so lost right now. I’m searching for something but I don’t know what it is.”

(São Paulo, Brazil)

Marilyn Manson CDs

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MM logos through the years.

My Impression of the Marilyn Manson Eras

Portrait of an American Family: tiny goth fetus filled with anger and long hair

Smells Like Children: the fucking creepiest Willy Wonka fever dream drug haze shit you’ve ever seen with references to serial killers

Antichrist Superstar: grungy af, lots of gauze and crack house aesthetics, I’m 99% sure he puts shoe polish in his hair, lots of crawling around and rasping and moving hands about

Mechanical Animals: funky and creative, David Bowie 70s alien technicolor, Rose McGowan, red stripey hair, weirdest contacts and eye makeup, sings about drugs and TV, he’s really pretty here and v creative, great facial expressions, way 2 go dad

Holy Wood: more theatric videos, more overdrawn lipstick, wears mostly black and strappy boots and suspenders, draws lines on face, screams about teenagers and Columbine, big military hat

The Golden Age of Grotesque: gruff, metal teeth, matching outfits with Dita, smaller hair, lots of suits, old Hollywood circus/burlesque aesthetic, heavy makeup and especially eyelashes, more matchy, more cohesive, movements are smooth and jerky at the same time how even? some of the stuff with the sleeveless shirts and gloves is awk tho but brace urself tho because it gets ruff after this one

Eat Me, Drink Me: I call this the Sad Vampire phase, there’s just a lot of emo hair and lots of black eyeshadow and crawlin around bein sad idk what else, he looks like he’s been living in a shitty hotel for a long time, I think he shopped at Hot Topic probably, kind softer than before

The High End of Low: aggressive, lots of colored light and less makeup, some good songs but fewer videos than before, Twiggy is back tho so yay

Born Villain: one red/pink eye or one with bigger lashes, face dots, less hair, Personal Jesus and stuff, kinda soft, Johnny Depp is hangin around, less in your face than other ones, most people forget about it

The Pale Emperor: dad is getting older now and he gives fewer fucks, less attention paid to makeup and videos than before, dresses like a goth barber, kinda smeary soft makeup, more weird poses, more metal sound overall, barely looks like the same dude as fetal Manson and mechanical animals Manson but hey that’s this dude for ya

Mankind, which in Homer’s time was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, is now one for itself. Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as aesthetic pleasure of the first order.
—  Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction