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Tatt-ered “Cø††øn” and Cottonmouth Kisses

I†† [ eye doublecross ] is not just a band;
they’re “a low-fi hypersigil, casting spells in various mediums .”

[CUE EXAGGERATED SHRUG]

Cool by me, brah.

Though when I discovered the basis for “Cø††øN”—
the latest single the duo conjured & released into the world
was [quote] “influenced by [ my book ] Cottonmouth Kisses” ?

Well, the excitement level racheted a bit Richter,
not gonna lie. . .

Then, upon hearing the track?

That’s when the really good news occurred.

I like it.

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As in : I mean —
I really, really like it.

No need to elaborate, nor to “re-visit”. . .
but we’ve all had at least one friend whose
band/stand-up comedy act/spoken word performance —
[ thought I’d keep the playing field fair ]

Y E A H .
You get it/You get it/You get it

Amidst the deafening silence & painful anecdotes that aren’t being shared at this moment,
here’s what is :

C H E C K · I T !

Cø††øN by I††

. . . & them ♥

witch house, eyedoublecross

[ I†† : OFFICIAL SITE ]

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Ah, but you know I’ve gotta ‘get on up in’
this GIFtastic action!

Cottonmouth Kisses, Clint Catalyst

[ a mere clicky-link away : H I T ·  I T   &   G E T ·  I T ! ]

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Also, two other ways in which this obstinate child of mine
continues to make its mark upon the world
[ however great or small that may be ] :

Eleven years since the effer premiered in print, yet not till this turn around the calendar—
Two Thousand Eleven A.D.—is when a song about it was inked,
so to speak. . .

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Ditto, these two lovely ladies :


ßiteMe ßlair from Concord, CA


[ Rockin’ it legit, all up close & O.G. on the detail . . .yeah, that’s how it is ]

As well as


Miss Melinda Wainright of New South Wales,
Australia


[ preliminary sketch, before ‘the needle & the damage done’ ]

&


Ta-da! — The outcome.

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If you’re not able to read the quotation obscured by my likeness?
That strand of syllables won’t be found among the pages of Cottonmouth Kisses,
but rather within the Degeneracy: A Love Letter project —
which I’m hereby placing ‘on the market’
ISO some serious match-making. . .

Said another way?  Prospective publishers, literary agents, &/or
friends/kins/neighbors of the aforementioned?

Where there’s an interest, I have a manuscript.

Let’s talk.

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Extensive project info available through the modern advent of moving pictures!
[ Be sure to click ‘More’ in the video descriptions ]

Mageina Tovah Models for Clint Catalyst Collaborative Project

Actress Mageina Tovah Plays Module [ Part 2 of 2 ]

Clint Catalyst/Dramatic Reading of ‘My Own Worst Enema’

plus other  Making-Of / Behind-The-Scenes clips

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Otherwise,
Best of Wishes, everyone . . . & thanks!

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Goth Done Right [ via Steven Meisel ]

“Here, its drama is spellbinding,
& its darkness is palpable…”

Gothic, Steven Meisel

Gemma Ward † Caroline Trentini † Iselin Steiro † Lily Donaldson † Agyness Deyn † Sasha Pivovarova

A moment worth re-visiting, from the “In My Tribe” editorial
Fashion Rocks MagazineFashion Rocks , 2007

[ VIEW FULL SIZE ]

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L.A. Weekly — Catalyst Named As One of the “Top 10 Most Eccentric, Creative (and Quite Possibly Crazy) Characters” in L.A. Nightlife

February 2011

LA Weekly, nightlife, Clint Catalyst

Direct Link via Picture Push

Complete List available at LA Weekly Dot Com ]

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The Photography of Kasia Bielska

To Start:
Seven Images from the Ben Trovato Blog,
in which Bielska’s editorial “Three Colors — RED” appears

“Three Colors – RED is the story of a creature that transcends to another dimension by means of an unreal space and color. The photos have been inspired by an enclosed space – the interiors of the Park Inn hotel in Cracow, Poland. I had some graphic visions in my mind prior to the shooting, a shape forming from two colors – white and black. As soon as I saw the interiors, however, I knew it was going to be a story of three colors.”

— Kasia Bielska

Photography – Kasia Bielska
Stylist and Producer – Kamila Picz
Make up – Marcin Szczepaniak
Hair – Tymoteusz Pieta @ Claudius Hair Dresser Team
Model – Ania K @ Mango Models

Next:
The Retinal Pleasures Continue, With
Beauteousness Filched From The Artist’s Site . . .

[ Check I†—Someone’s Serving A Proper


…& I Ain’t Mad About It! ]

&
In Closing?

Snaps from a Sleek, Chic Editorial
That Conveys a Sense of  “Tomorrow’s Old News Already–I’ve Taken It”

Bravo!
…& To The Future, Indeed!

Illustration of Vintage Camera by Rebecca Jones

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From The Vaults : Spectre Magazine, Issue Six

with Tina Root
[ vocalist : Switchblade Symphony, Tre Lux, Small Halo ]

a tear sheet from Spectre,
one of the underworld’s most exquisite publications

[ founded/produced by Jennifer Chen ]

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Switchblade Symphony, Clint Catalyst, Spectre magazine, goth, gothic

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Cottonmouth Kisses Review — San Francisco Bay Guardian

May 30 — June 5, 2001

[ & the ketamine-paced process of archiving media continues . . . ]

Massive thanks to Cara Bruce
for one of the best reviews E V E R

It’s been almost a decade, though I appreciate you all the same…

xOxOx

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Cottonmouth Kisses Review — The Bellingham Herald

July 23, 2000

with mad gratitude to Ara Taylor

Cottonmouth Kisses, Clint Catalyst

Either click image to enlarge,
or

http://picturepush.com/public/4729559

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Goth’s Mutant Offspring: Witch House/Ghost Drone/Zombie Rave/Drag

Deep bass
and
digital runes

:: A Spell Has Been Cast ::

and

It’s one of chaos: there’s prattle over terminology in the insular world of ‘outsider music,’ and I can’t help but be amused.  Y’see, the English language has these things called “labels,” and the reaction people have to them reinforces the power of nomenclature.  Give it a try sometime: arrange a few consonants and vowels, toss ‘em around, see what kind of response you get.

Fetch, baby…It’s Fetch.

But what if the words aren’t words but rather occult symbols/symbology?  I’ve often wanted to speak in hieroglyphics — with cartoon captions, for added effect — but I just can’t seem to get band names like †‡† &  \\\^◊^/// to dance their way off my tongue.

They’re part of a scene that — as with any ‘scene’ — seems to have as many detractors as devotees, which I think is a good thing.  On one manicured claw, there’s the trappings of being pigeon-holed; on the other, opportunities that might present themselves through being Guilty By Association. Rather than tl;dr the obvious, how about I introduce the genres?  Sub-genres? [ Again: an argument I opt to file under None Of My Business ]

of

Witch House † Ghost Drone † Zombie Rave † Drag

With origins as questionable as to what extent they’ll have an effect, they’re like strands of the same virus — or a dark and murky exploration into a game of Choose Your Own Adventure.

Whatever the case, I’m backin’ the brilliant post “Enthralled By Thee Witch” by My Pal The Crook [ creative director,co-owner and founder of the streetwear line Мишка NYC ], who describes this mysterious burgeoning mileu as “Goth music for a new generation and a new millennium, fully embracing all the things that drew kids into the genre through the 70s and 80s — the secrecy, the occultism, the suspense, the danger, and the moodiness — but minus all the things that turned people off from it in the 90s: the neon dreads, the vinyl pants, the fangs, and the platform industrial boots.”

Fucking dead-on, that! Brings to mind a relevant aside from Hex Files: Resurrection to which I’m hereby formally applying an asterisk… I’ve got a choke-hold on A.D.H.D. at the moment, and want to turn you on to the prolific nightmare collective that MPTC’s blogature high—or, rather: LOW—lights, and whose death drones and surreal liquid dreamscapes have been dominating my laptop as of late.

:: MATER SUSPIRIA VISION ::

The Trip Garden of El Diablo from Mater Suspiria Vision
:: complete with cornea-melting accompaniment by Cosmotropia de Xam ::

A toxic gumbo of the terrifying and terribly terrific, MATER SUSPIRIA VISION is a brilliant composite: The music they craft induces ripples of gooseflesh; the visual accompaniment renders a viewer spellbound.

Insofar as ‘Zombie Rave,’

Consider this a formal initiation:


Zombie Rave Mix-Tape: Special Edition

ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ — Another challenge insofar as vocal pronunciation : Doppleganger of MSV creates maddeningly ultra-limited-edition sets [ the first of which was capped at a hundred downloads; the next, at 200; the third, bumped to 300…a supply nowhere near ample, nonetheless ].

The Special Edition that’s linked above, however, has an

✶ OPEN-ENDED DOWNLOAD POLICY ✶
[ Translation: You want it? Then G E T . S O M E ! ]

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August/September Issue of Auxiliary Magazine

Auxiliary = alternative, supplementary, to provide what is missing, to give support

Auxiliary Magazine,Clint Catalyst

from the site page:

“The August/September issue is the eleventh issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle.  This issue is packed with interviews, including Android Lust, Nina Flowers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Michael Swaim of Cracked.com, and Andy Deane of Bella Morte.  The issue also contains a military inspired fashion editorial, a beauty editorial that will teach you to get smart, a style editorial guide to wearing harnesses, a mod inspired style feature, and editorials from two notable writers, Clint Catalyst* and Grumpy Owl.  It also features DJ picks from Volvox, a beauty feature on how to achieve the look of a 2026 starlet, and fashion by Steam Trunk, Cyberoptix TieLab, Dace, S&G, Skingraft, Fluevog, Audra Jean, Garbage Dress, EC Star, Steady, and much much more.”

and—although credited in the issue, just as my own little Damn Straight, I Love My Friends—here & now:
*featuring the photography of Dirk Mai, wardrobe by Mother of London & Stacey Hummell make-up artistry.

To download a free .pdf, or for ordering information on a print copy, either click the image above or GO HERE.

✷ Special thanks to editor Jennifer Link! ✷

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She Ain’t Ugly; She’s My Shyla.

Rifling through the ridiculous four-digit number of unanswered missives clogging my In-Box like a steady diet of deep-fried dill pickles, KFC and biscuits slathered in bacon fat does the arteries, it took but a cursory glance at the last sacrilegious e-card Ugly Shyla sent starring Scooter (R.I.P.), her three-legged cat, and I was transported back to April of 2003.  Convergence, an annual festival for those more shadowy in spirit, had booked me as a spoken word performer among that year’s roster.  Jared, ever the trooper in terms of road trips, had joined me on this excursion to Las Vegas: convention capitol of the world, tackiest city in the country, and home of the flamingo-themed Hilton hotel where for four days it was as if a black cloud descended upon its fuchsia presence.

That’s when I first “officially” met Shyla ♥—

Why the quotation marks?  A counter-culture periodical entitled  Swag had premiered around this time, and both Shyla and I graced its pages.  I’d read the feature on her and hence already knew about the ‘morbid fine art’ dolls she creates, her involvement with the performance art troupe (A-M-F), her wicked sense of personal style (fish-hooks through flesh used in lieu of garter belts), how her mom (known in the scene as ‘Goth Mom’) turned her on to the joys of John Waters, Satanism and transvestites.  All of that was fine and fascinating, but—more than anything—I was intrigued by the knowledge that this remarkable creature hailed from a tiny town called Jennings, Louisiana.

My own history composed of 18 years in Nowheresville, Arkansas—where I grew up not on a street, but a ‘Rural Route’ consisting of dirt and gravel—I can’t help but be drawn to other southern-fried freaks.  Not so much for the sake of sharing tear-stained stories of persecution, but rather because some of the most fascinating individuals I’ve ever met have sprouted from completely random spots among The Fly-Over States’ detritus.  While it sucked with sharp fangs during those days of puberty and pimples, I’m grateful to have developed as an individual without a clique to inform or guide me.  Said another way?  There was no “Check-List of Cool,” no tables in the caf polarized by those who fit within the parameters of Punk, Goth, Mod, Ska, etc.

When there’s no need to conform among the non-conformists?  That’s when the aberrant has an opportunity to define itself.

But I digress.  Ugly Shyla is aberrant, if anything—and sick, sick, siiiick in the best sense of the word.


::  A Sexy Shyla Pin-Up Print :: Available Through Her Web Shop ::

We clocked each other in the (ahem) “Bizarre Bazaar”: me in a custom Liz McGrath pinstripe suit adorned with gaping wounds and open sores oozing with red glitter; she in a pristine white baby doll dress that’d been ripped apart and re-stitched with thick black thread to match her full-eye black sclera contacts.

Sure, there’s the blue hair, the fishnets: this is familiar territory for most of us.

But once we made it past the “Don’t-I-Know-You-From…” social pleasantries?

That’s when I began to learn the good stuff.


:: artwork utilizing menstrual blood as a medium ::

Don’t just take my word for it, though.

Stop by her self-proclaimed “trailer park of the internet” ( Ugly Shyla Dot Com ); peruse her on-line gallery ( Ugly Art Dot Net ); give her Etsy marketplace a gander ( Ugly Art On Etsy ) and come to your own conclusions.

Rather than a welcome mat, you’ll be greeted by an image of your hostess bound in a warm, fuzzy straightjacket.  It might be hard to make out what she’s saying on account of the Hannibal Lecter-Lite safety guard that obscures her mouth…but if you look deep into those eyes eclipsed by contact lenses a ruptured shade of red, there’s an inherent sense that in Ugly Shyla’s world—complete with gauche magenta-on-pink animal-print wallpaper and the royal proclamation “Mental Illness With Style” scrawled in a gorgeous font rife with manic intensity—this is her version of an invitation to step inside.

Then, once you ease into the nascent stages of dementia via multi-sensory bombardment,

once you abandon all distinctions between what’s extreme and what’s extremely absurd,

it’s hard not to feel immediately welcomed…and at home.

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IN Utah This Week : June 2010 Coverage

Clint Catalyst,In Utah This Week

Special thanks to Amy Spencer and Alanja of the Dark Arts Festival!

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Salt Lake City: Beware!

Oh, Salt Lake. Over the course of the last decade, I’ve descended upon you as a spoken word performer, actor, and emcee . . . but now this? This promises to be something else, entirely.

Present Tense : All you need to know is : It’s a collaborative effort with comrades Paris Sadonis

And the multi-talented Miss Zoetica Ebb. † As for specifics? Well . . . we hope to see you there!

Friday, the 11th of June, 2010 † Area 51, 450 S. 400 W., SLC, UT
Doors at 8 PM † Performance at 9 PM † 10 Dollar Cover Charge
18 to Think † 21 to Speak In Tongues

Aural Fixation: 33 Tracks From The End Of The Aughts, My Heart To Your [Downloadable Device]*

✼—Limited Time Offer/”It’s A Lot Like Life”—✼

Alright you guys: Apart from a few tracks on which I had some creative involvement, I’ve never utilized Ye Olde Dot Com in the context of a public music share. Never until now, that is… With this: a veritable list of my 33 favorite songs from ’09.

As stated on Fluxblog, Music For Robots, NME’s “Daily Download”, Music Is Art, Glorious Noise and a slew of other noteworthy locales among the internet ethers, any music posted is provided under a code of ethics ✼ [& Disclaimer]

Though it should go without saying, if anything from this catalogue aux Catalottalisps moves your spirit, contributes to involuntary thrusts of elbows and hipbones, or just plain pleases your ear canal with good aural: give the musicians some much-deserved love and support. That’s “love” as in: the kind from your pocketbook—not Nature’s Little Pocket, and “support” that doesn’t involve an underwire or cup size.  Odds are, Pamela Des Barres has that Other territory covered, anyway—unless VH1’s Next Big Hit: a competitive “reality” series entitled Groupie: Go Ho or Go Home! is still in negotiations.

So, yes…here’s my first Em Pee Three Web Log

a play list intended as a means of promoting the artists as well as the art

for the sake of art itself:

The creative spirit is contagious

and these are the the lullabies that transmit inspiration
Lily Allen and Annie’s bubblegum pop with biting, cyanide-laced lyrics that
induced an emotional imprint, capture an essence:
the interrobang I experienced upon hearing the somber vocals of Fever Ray’s Karin Andersson
collide with boody-bass, a re-mix that shatters her glacial strip-tease & throws everything
off, like the crepuscular hour in which I was first infected by Demdike Stare:
hunched over at my desk, fist gripped around a sweat-slick black Ticonderoga, that
late night/early morning’s weapon of choice for my
battle with words—though what I fought more than anything was to stay awake
floating in and out of consciousness, when
suddenly and without warning, I was surrounded by an echoing incantation
that rose up, a miasma as mysterious as voodou yet synthetic, manufactured, cold

Wait…What the F was I rambling about?

:: never mind all that :: just ::

close your eyes :: inhale deeply, & :: listen

pictured above :: the big pink

Metric“Help I’m Alive (Immuzikation B-Ting Like A Hammer Remix)”

The Big Pink“Dominos”

Fever Ray“When I Grow Old (Bassnectar Remix)”

The Joy Formidable“The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade”

Twisted Wires“One Night At The Raw Deal”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs“Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)”

Simian Mobile Disco (featuring Beth Ditto)“Cruel Intentions”

As Tall As Lions“You Can’t Take It With You”

Bat For Lashes “Daniel (Death Metal Disco Scene Remix)”

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart“Everything With You”

The xx “Basic Space (Astronomer Remix)”

Lykke Li“Knocked Up (Kings of Leon Cover: Death To The Throne Remix)”

Health“Die Slow”

Veil Veil Vanish“Anthem for a Doomed Youth”

Passion Pit“The Reeling”

Hunz“Draw The Line”

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Cottonmouth Kisses Review — Lambda Book Report

[ April 2001 : Archived ]


Props, Ever in Order
to both Richard Davis and LBR, a publication through the Lambda Literary Foundation !

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