Here’s a drawing of Lou Reed I started the evening he died and just wrapped up this evening. Since his death, people far more eloquent and far more knowledgeable about music than I have written about Lou Reed’s significance and importance. I’ll just say this: I discovered the Velvet Underground when I was in high school in the 1980s and theirs is some of the only music I’ve never stopped listening to since then. Lou Reed’s made a lot of records over the years. Some were great. Some were… not so great. But he was never complacent and and never content to make a record he’d already made.
The image is based on my two favorite post-Velvets Reed solo records: the pose and clothing are from aTransformer-era photo session and the color scheme is based on the blue hue featured on the record The Blue Mask. It was sketched in pencil, then inked and colored in Manga Studio.
Because there is a kind of nakedness or authenticity in poetry that is associated with truth, on many days I haven’t the guts for it, and I fail. But when I succeed, there is nothing in life—except maybe love—that equally verifies my existence.
These are not your average Halloween costumes. For two years, French photographer Charles Fréger has been traveling throughout European countries, trying to capture the spirit of what he calls “tribal Europe” in his Wilder Mann series. What he found was a huge array of pagan rituals, mainly related to the winter solstice and spring renewal, focusing on the common myth of the “wild man.”
It appears that the tradition of men dressing up as wild animals and monsters, which dates back to neolithic times and shamanism, is still very alive. The mythological figure of a “wild man” represents the complicated relationship humans have with nature and life and death cycles. His series explores the different interpretations of such figures – while some cultures depict him as covered in flowers or straws, others possess the features of bears, goats, or horned and hairy beasts.