Come join the revels

Vintage metal sign – zazzle.com

Presided over, called, written and edited by

T.

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As we all know there’s the “dayside” and the “nightside” – the majority of us are smart enough to keep the two separated. Why?

Because the “dayside”, like it has been here this week, is generally “Hell Week”… work, bills, mortgages, sundry expenses, school, studies, bosses, break-downs, break-ins and all manner of “breaks” shatter normality and make us think, “Just What the living Fuck do I do with this shit now???”

Then there’s the “nightside” – calm, quiet, soothing, undemanding and generally uncomplicated… well, as much as we care to make it anyway… is it any wonder we prefer the latter? Really?

BAH-fucking-Humbug…!!!

 

“Saturnus”
Polidoro da Caravaggio
Circa 16th cent.

“Saturday is the day of the week between Friday and Sunday. The Romans named Saturday Sāturni diēs (“Saturn’s Day”) no later than the 2nd century for the planet Saturn, which controlled the first hour of that day, according to Vettius Valens.[citation needed] The day’s name was introduced into West Germanic languages and is recorded in the Low German languages such as Middle Low German sater(s)dach, Middle Dutch saterdag (Modern Dutch zaterdag) and Old English Sætern(es)dæġ and Sæterdæġ.[1] The day was also referred to as “Sæternes dæġe” in an Old English translation of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People.[2] In Old English, Saturday was also known as sunnanæfen (“sun” + “eve” cf. dialectal German Sonnabend).[3]

Saturday is the Sabbath day of the Bible (Exodus 20:8; Luke 23:54-24:1) but also a day in which many people do leisure activities.”

See also: 

Sat·ur·na·li·a (satərˈnālyə/) noun

The ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.

An occasion of wild revelry.

noun: saturnalia; plural noun: saturnalias

 

So, off to a “wild revel” with one of Australia’s iconic concert and party tracks… NO, it’s not that stupid “vegemite sandwich” song…!!! FUCK THAT…

…and yes, I agree, “No way, Get Fucked, Fuck off…!”

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahhahaha… throw that on at yer next party…!!!

Okies, where are we now? Let’s visit the research office and check on with our illustrious, and beautiful, GM and Chief of Research Lady M.

What have we this week…
Oh, yeah, one of our best friends… this is gonna be a cracker…

Come in Salem, Maaaaaaaassssssss…

YES… the delightful Dnash will be in Salem, Mass.

Something to get your teeth into Massachusetts…

*shuffle, shuffle, flip, shuff…*

Img. Source. – ‘Heart Painting’ by Janos Kerekes

A new studio for those of you in NOLA, a wonderful new artistic outlet… take a look at  the link and see the magic that is…

The Black Tulip Studio

Yessssssssss… I suppose there ARE worse things… 

Speaking of magic… here’s another one that came across our radar this week…

Necrosarium….

In their own words…
“NECROSARIUM is an independently owned Gothic and Lolita indies brand, based in the USA. NECROSARIUM’s design is focused primarily on roses. The brand has been alive since 2011 and has already been sold out of Tokyo and featured on Japanese Visual Kei artists as well as many models and makeup artists.”

img. source: Necrosarium

https://www.facebook.com/Necrosarium

http://www.necrosarium-official.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Necrosarium/

http://necrosarium.deviantart.com/


The wild hunt: Asgårdsreien (1872) by Peter Nicolai Arbo

“The Wild Hunt is a folklore motif (ATU E501) that historically occurs in European folklore. Wild Hunts typically involve a ghostly or supernatural group of hunters passing in wild pursuit. The hunters may be either elves or fairies or the dead, and the leader of the hunt is often a named figure associated with Woden (or other reflections of the same god, such as Alemannic Wuodan in Wuotis Heer (“Wuodan’s Army”) of Central Switzerland, Swabia etc.), but may variously be a historical or legendary figure like Theodoric the Great, the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag, the Welsh psychopomp Gwyn ap Nudd, biblical figures such as Herod, Cain, Gabriel or the Devil, or an unidentified lost soul or spirit either male or female.

Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or at best the death of the one who witnessed it. People encountering the Hunt might also be abducted to the underworld or the fairy kingdom. In some instances, it was also believed that people’s spirits could be pulled away during their sleep to join the cavalcade.

The concept was developed based on comparative mythology by Jacob Grimm in Deutsche Mythologie (1835) as a folkloristic survival of Germanic pagan tradition, but comparable folk myths are found throughout Northern, Western and Central Europe. Grimm popularised the term Wilde Jagd (“Wild Hunt”) for the phenomenon.”

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The Weekly Biatch…

 Yeaaas…

It’s been a couple of weeks hasn’t it so it’s time to put the “Biatch mask” on again… “Buckle up Spanky, here it comes…!!!

The conglomerate that is known, colloquially, as the “GVC” has had a long and illustrious history of uninformed, unformulated, un-supported and un-supportable comments slapped down on social media platforms but it does seem that we now have something bigger than the good ol’ opiod epidemic going on…

Inane, ignorant, baseless, stupid written comments dropped at popular watering holes around the place seem to be reaching an all time high and we SERIOUSLY need to start reviewing the I.Q. – and the E.Q’s – of some of the people we are actually putting up with in the name of “Everyone’s entitled to an opinion”.

Along with that, “Everyone’s entitled to…” et al, we really must realise that THERE IS NO FUCKING CURE FOR STUPID.

*eyerolls*, *facepalms* etc, etc. – WTF is that? Is that your way of saying, “Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t have two braincells to rub together to spark an original or informed idea, much less the E.Q. of a dead frog…!!!”

Then we have the, “I’m so fucking informed and brilliant I’m going to trash everything somebody else writes, OH, wait, unless I find out it’s actually based on the work of somebody I like” brigade – ODIN’s FUCKING BEARD… were you born a complete shithead or do you have to practice in front of a mirror???

Well, listen up “Ignorant Division” – KEEP IT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR, KEEP IT OFF THE KEYBOARD and MOST OF ALL – KEEP IT TO YOURSELF DICKHEAD…!!!

‘Nuff Said

Whew… I feel so much better now… (yeah, I had to say it…!) What do you say King Maven?

 

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“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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  1. Hoad, TF (ed), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (1993), Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-283098-8, p. 418a.
  2. Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.), entry “Saturday, n. and adv., A. n.
  3. Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.), entry “Sunnight n, (and adv.)”, with the note “also in the dative with adverbial force”Further refs:

Further refs:
https://en.wikipedia.org/

 

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‘Tis the season to be spooky…

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
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Presented by

Tim

Okay all you gorgeous creatures that go bump in the night, ‘tis the season to be spooky and show them that “something wicked this way comes”… that’s right it’s Halloween season, that one night of the year when the veil thins and we cavort in the company of ghouls, ghosties, witches and, of course, our favourites, VAMPYRES…!!!

We’ve got some seasonal information mixed with a little entertainment for you, grab a coffee, tea, soda, absinthe or whatever and kick back for a few.

Firstly, what’s hot around here;

Starting in the home town, the Windy City is going to be seeing,

Yup, that’s right folks, we’ve got big balls too…!!!

Bouncing east from here, more or less, we find that the Iron Garden has a splendid event planned, you can find all the details at the Facebook event page;

Iron Garden Celebration of Mexican Traditions & Day of the Dead!

The highlight will be a costume contest that we have joined the sponsors for, we’re looking forward eagerly to the pics…!!!
Off to our dearly beloved New Orleans now and the big news is, of course,

The Bloodlust Vampire Ball – The Old World

The Blood Lust Ball 2017

Now, if you’re planning to get down that way perhaps you might need a little something to really carry the night, how about making a date with the extraordinary Dnash


…but I wouldn’t dally, I’m pretty darn sure that the bookings will be filling fast for one of the best.

Psivamp

Now, any party requires three things, food, drink and dancing…. Hmm dancing, *snaps fingers* I know, let’s go get our dear friend Psivamp… an eclectic mix of Techno/Electronica and Trance to put you right in that zone. The artiste kindly received a little something I put together to go with a track from his 2004 album “Doppelganger”, even had some kind words for about the presentation and thus, my Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you my interpretation of, “The Shield”…

Off to the haunts of lost boys, and ghouls, the Wyld West now and we hear that Lady Shannon McCabe is throwing quite a bash out that way…Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball

Speaking of which, in 1987 Warner Bros. brought out a wonderfully youthful tale of dastardly deeds in a west coast town and to go with it a wonderful soundtrack, this song, originally penned in 1967 by Morrison and Krieger, was an integral part of that soundtrack and here it is given a wonderfully wistful and melancholic makeover by an outfit named “Johnny Hollow

 

We’ve also patched in, and touched base, with some of our International friends to find out what’s happening in some faraway locations…

Courtesy of the London Vampire Magazine and the self-described “Dastardly DandyDarren Demondaz, what’s goin’ down in ol’ London Town…

“An Alternative Halloween in London

It’s the Night when the Pagans herald in the New Year and the boundary between this world and the next comes down. The Souls of the Departed are allowed back, for one night only, and they will wish to visit their old homes and hearths and will expect to be remembered and will wreak havoc if they are not. This is most likely the origin of the practice of ‘Trick or Treat’ or ‘Begging’ as most people now call it now. Halloween is mid-week too this year which means there will be two weekends or more of fabulous, fetishy, macabre and bizarre amusement to be had in London for those that wish to embrace the coming of the darker seasons and in the following weeks the skies will be lit with fireworks.

Obviously all London clubs will wish to host something if the extended dates fit with their event or nightclub. There will be more Halloween themed events than you can brandish a bloodied machete at and Goths everywhere will be quite forlorn for the period as they won’t stand out anymore! I will, most certainly, be slapping the ‘Halloween Special’ tagline on my own Retro Club-night Yesterday’s Shadow and that’s on the 21st October but it’s a Goth Club anyway so most wouldn’t note any great difference there.

Here are a few noteworthy events in London that you might be interested in if you are looking for something other than a goryfied fancy-dress party.

If you wish to learn something new about Gothic and Macabre London you would do well to look at the epic series of events from ‘A Curious Invitation – The London Month of the Dead’. They will be hosting various events over the period ranging from talks about the Necropolis Railway and the Crypts and Catacombs of the City. There are even workshops to learn Mouse or Insect Taxidermy and many of these events, night-time tours, talks and tales are actually hosted within the prime locations of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries. They are also hosting a Halloween Ball ‘A Theatre of Blood’ on the 27th October at London’s ‘Coronet’. Look for the full listing for all of the events here http://londonmonthofthedead.com/

Without a doubt one of the largest Halloween events will be ‘The Festival of the Dead’ on the 21st October at London’s Troxy. FotD are a huge international affair and are setting up events all over the UK and Europe with circus, theatre and carnival themes to be seen on a very big scale.

Also on the 21st October will be ‘Deep Trash in the Underworld’ at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. A devilishly deviant occult-themed night of visuals, installations, live art and gothic-techno tunes from DJs Patricia MacCormack and Kasey Riot (aka Cellardoor). For this Night Witchcraft, Voodoo, Teratology and magic are featured heavily with work submitted and performed by over 40 artists.

Perhaps you might like to find out more about Haunted London and there are, if you believe, one hell of a lot of Ghosts in London who presumably prefer London to Hell! ‘London’s Ghouls & Ghosts (aka Spooky London) have a guided tour and talk just outside central ‘Feltham Halloween Guided Ghost Walk’ on the 22nd October – look them up if you want to know more about the Ghosts of London as they host regular events.

 

For a Night of Medieval Enchantments do consider ‘The Serpent’s Lair’ on 29th October hosted by Serpentyne (mediaeval/symphonic/metal band) at Nambucca, with suitable support acts and DJs for this most Ye Olde styled magical and musical night.

London’s Largest Alternative Fetish Club – Antichrist – will be having their Halloween Extravaganza on the 3rd of November with a Mad Max Themed Night of Mayhem at their new labyrinthine venue ‘Fire’ in Vauxhall.

Farrukh Hyder (a noteworthy photographer of London’s Alternative Scene who submitted the photos to accompany this article) and Daniela Fanetti will also present a Free Night of photography, fashion and cabaret at the Resistance Gallery on 9th November featuring works with fetish, erotic and punk themes.

After that Halloween is officially over and you may respectfully commence with Christmas shopping.”

Thanks to Darren, yeah, uhhh Christmas, right…!!!

Okay, keeping up with the old “frequent flyer” thing again we zoomed off to Italy to pay our good friends at Lega Italiana Real Vampires a quick visit and find out what’s cooking in their neck of the woods for Halloween, courtesy of the delightful Vice-President Of LIRV, Lady Maria, we learn that…
RVL: We understand that LIRV is planning a major Halloween event this year, what sort of party will it be?

MA: Lirv will make a great Halloween party with other new friends. In Genoa this year this city will always be full of games and fun and our long black veil ball !!! then we will send you the photos of the event!

RVL: Is it an “invitation only” event or are tickets to be available to the public? And, do you expect a major turn out for the event?

MA: Only with invite, we are more people…

RVL: Is Halloween a major focus of the year in Italy in general?

MA: In the last few years halloween is a very well-liked party here in Italy as well. Especially for fun and different parties every year. We always have a lot of fun!

RVL: So, without giving anything away what can the people who attend expect from your Halloween event?

MA: our Long Black veil ball our dance in themed costumes, with always different shows and games that capture participants from the beginning to the end!

RVL: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers at this time about either the television project or your Halloween event?

MA: There will be pleasant scary and unforgettable surprises !!!

On the way back we swung by Sao Paulo, Brazilas you do… and courtesy of noted local identity and author, Prince-Lord Axikerzus, we’ve got a line on the hottest parties in town for the Halloween in a place noted for its parties…

Prince-Lord Axikerzus gave us a little low-down on the business there, apart from being the speaker for October’s Wiccan and Pagan events, World Dragon Day and  World Pagan Pride Day he is also the speaker for two big festivals there, the Festival of Halloween Bosque dos Gnomos and the Festival de Halloween Casa de Bruxa.

I commented to Prince-Lord A,
“I see, wow, are you going to be busy…! *Laugh* When do the Festival of Halloween happen, October 31st?”

Lord A told me, “No no… All events running this weekend and on the next weeks”

So, starting the weekend of October 7 it seems there’s going to be back-to-back parties around there for the rest of the month… how’s that grab the “party animal” in you?

Sao Paulo at night
by Julio Boaro

Now, I have to admit something here, a serious confession… I have a particular Halloween favourite, bit of a predilection actually, something sublime that just takes your breath away and leave it to a Texas band to put it into words right? What would Halloween be without a little…

 

Going to leave you with a bit of tribute here… TO US…!

Bela Lugosi in ‘Dracula’ (1931)

A little thing I put together celebrating the cinematic culture and, strangely enough, demonstrating that Hollywood has had a long, deep and meaningful affair with us, so much so in fact that they have repeatedly demonstrated a predisposition to having mesmeric, definitely Sanguinarian, Hybrid Vamps around… curious eh?

 

So, hey, there’s a bit of news for all the ‘Weeners’ out there, and rest assured we’ll keep updating the information at our Facebook page right up until the last moment. If you have a Halloween event going on that you would like people to know about please feel free to send us the information in a message to our John Reason’s Real Vampire Life Facebook page.

Heading toward the evening in question, this is well worth a catch-up…

Quest Documentaries – History Of Real Life Witches Documentary

We wish you a very happy creepy night and whatever you’re going to get up to, or down to, be safe, consume responsibly and we’ll catch you, all safe and sound, on the other side, yes?

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Dnash on the road

Fang Tour HeaderRecently, on the Fang Tour 2013 by Dnash, Lady M and I were privileged not only to be able to play host to Dnash but also to be able to meet some other wonderful people that this fang tour brought together in the Chicagoland area.

We were able to spend a working day on the tour with Dnash and to witness, first hand, some of his amazing work. Following his visit here we have been able to catch up with him, between engagements, to get his thoughts on the mid-west Fang Tour.

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RVL: Good evening Dnash, glad you and ‘Miss Daisy’ made it back home safe and thanks for dropping by to kick around a few thoughts.

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Music maestro…!

Dnash: Hey there Tim.  Yes, we made it home in the appropriate number of pieces due in no small part to the help and support of the many wonderful people we met on our travels.

RVL: So, tell us, overall was the 2013 tour a successful one? And how did it compare to previous tours?

Dnash: well, Tim, it’s far from over but the first leg out to the mid-west went far beyond my wildest dreams.  I had originally only intended to attend anthrocon (http://anthrocon.org) in Pittsburgh over the 4th of July weekend, but my mother’s side of the family was having a reunion the following weekend out in Minnesota.  Pittsburgh went well enough to cover the petrol costs to GET me there, so I rolled the dice, sent out an email, made a few calls and hooked up a few locations along the way to “work” my way back and forth.  It had been years since I had traveled out to the mid-west and the response was amazing.

RVL: We noticed that you had good patronage on Saturday (July 20) at Witchy Wearables in Chicagoland, how did Illinois/Chicago leg shape up in general?

Dnash: Chicago was amazing.  As I said, it’s been a while, since 2007 to be exact, since I was out that way.  My good friend tom stress used to pierce at a shop on Cicero and he set up my first location at B-distinct tattoos, and you and lady M were kind enough to provide introductions to Witchy Wearables.  both locations did very well but I would like to add that over the many years of my doing this, I have found that shops that promote more of the cultural, aesthetic, or spiritual sides of vampirism and other groups that tend to be interested in my line of work tend to do better than those focused purely on body modification.  The “tattoo crowd” likes permanent and painful.  I provide neither.  Unless, that is, you’re being bitten by a client of mine, lol.  Witchy Wearables was the perfect fit for me.  I cannot wait to come back.

RVL: …and how many stops, in all, did you make along the way this time?

Dnash: 2 in Pittsburgh, 2 in Wisconsin, 1 in Minnesota, 3 in Chicago if you count your kitchen, and 1 in Cleveland.  That was for fangs.  I had other stops to make as well.

Dnash and Jacob

Dnash (R) & Jacob ‘Midnite’ Ohse

RVL: That sounds a fair hike for the intrepid ‘Miss Daisy’, how many miles did you clock up from start to finish?

Dnash: the intrepid, I like that.  She is a humdinger of a land ship I must admit.  Especially without power steering!  Up around 3,000.  That does, however, include a few unintended detours where I was on the phone one second and in Detroit the next.  It seems every time the phone rang I missed an exit.

RVL: …and at today’s gas prices those kind of miles don’t come cheap I imagine?

Dnash: well, the trip paid for itself and set me up a bit for the rest of the Halloween season.  Like any business, it takes money to make money.  I have had a few “real life” matters to deal with over the past few years and my business has suffered a little during that time.  Before I began to travel with fang tour on a regular basis back in the mid 2000’s, I did a ton of mail order.  once I started traveling, people just assumed I’d make it to their “neck of the woods” at some point and mail orders production, and live performance with a series of projects and I kind of fell off the face of the fang planet.

As with any prolonged absence, needs still need to be met and a lot of other fang makers popped up.  Not that I’m complaining…..  our craft is so little known worldwide that even if everybody who knew our art was available came out to get fitted all at once, there aren’t near enough of us to fill the demand.

My going underground has helped the craft to a large degree I’d say.  I mean, when I began doing this in 94, it was because there were only a handful of people in the world doing it.  I only started teeth by Dnash in 95 to fill a demand.  I didn’t plan on a life of spit and plastic shavings, lol.

RVL: So, back to the “teeth” by Dnash, we’d like to mention that it wasn’t all fangs either; you did some masterful (bridge?) work for a friend here, how difficult is that compared to creating a pair of fangs?

Dnash: I’ll do anything mouth related.  Yes, fangs are the biggest seller but I really am out to create smiles more than anything.  That’s another reason I always stayed a little clear of the “scene” aspect of the art. It was ART, not a popularity contest or a way to get laid.  I’d just huddle in my studio and figure out how to make the seemingly impossible possible.  I also have some very old school approaches, and the wonderful thing about having so much “new blood” in the way of others practicing this art is that there are a lot of new ideas out there.  I’m always learning too, you know.

At the 'Witchy' place

At the ‘Witchy’ place

RVL: How did this tour compare with the early days when you were touring? What sort of different market/ client influences did you notice, if any? **

Dnash: well, I have a much bigger mailing list now, so the word gets out farther and faster.  Another MAIN thing is that I’ve made some good friends over the course of time who have been able to help out in many ways.  Back in the day it was motel 6 every night, super shuttle, and endless airports.  Nobody likes to go to motel 6 for their dentistry.

I have to send a HUGE thanks out to you and lady M, and the many others who put a roof over my head this time, helped organize the word of mouth, and set me up with proper shops to work out of.

The same goes for FANG TOUR OZ which kicks off on September 5 in Brisbane.  I’ve been over to Australia many times before, but this year will be the first time everything has fallen into place and it’s a well oiled machine.  A tour is not an easy thing to put together.  That’s why there’s a whole business end of it when it comes to music, etc.  The last thing the “talent” want’s to have to worry about is where do you sleep tonight, etc.

Also, as I mentioned before, I’ve begun to modify my focus away from the tattoo/body mod circuit towards more compatible conventions, shops, etc.

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Dnash meets The BratPrince @ Tim and Lady M’s

RVL: What was the most positive thing about the tour for you personally?

Dnash: meeting people face to face.  I hate working on molds.  Yeah, it’s easier, more convenient, etc., but to see the look on somebody’s face the first time they see themselves…. it takes me back to the day I got my first pair from Tsarvek up in Vancouver.

Also, I grew up traveling.  I’d lived on four continents by the time I was 7 and it just never stops being a bug.  I love waking up in a different town every day/night.  I love seeing the trees wiz by or the earth fall away into clouds and….. Oh yeah, this isn’t high times, sorry.  I love airplanes and airports.  I love truck stops.  Now this is just getting weird.    Seriously, I’m an input junkie.  I just love something new every minute and not always being sure of what’s coming next.

RVL: …and what were some of the not so positive aspects of conducting this exercise?

Dnash: the exercise…. no, seriously, like I said a moment ago, it’s a pain in the neck to have to juggle every single detail.  I generally don’t get to enjoy my time in different places.

When I travel, I appreciate the fact that folks will travel hundreds of miles to come get teeth.  I travel thousands.  People sometimes question the cost, and why it’s higher when I’m on the road than my home studio.  Well, any given day can cost from 300 – 1500 dollars depending on what you’re doing, where you’re traveling to, exchange rates, hotels, baggage fees, petrol, oil changes, blah blah blah…..  and there’s still rent and bills at home to pay.  I have virtually no overhead at home.  they, on the other had have other costs involved with mail order that they don’t when they come to me in person, so I think it’s fair to defray some of mine over to them and meet in the middle.

People sometimes complain about having to get teeth on a weekday versus a weekend, but that also depends on how long I can be in one place which also depends on demand.  A town with one day’s worth of business will not get a full weekend when another town with 4 days of full business will.  That’s just practical.  It also depends on location.  I prefer to travel in straight lines when at all possible.  I’m very lucky that I have an AMAZING client base and they work with me at virtually every turn.  You get the odd duck who complains, but it’s not the norm.  Most people are just happy that I’ve finally come to town after years of them drooling over my website…. now they get to drool over me in person. Well, my hands anyway.  I have to tell them not to feel special.  I have that effect on everybody, lol.

Lady M in the 'hot seat'

Lady M in the ‘hot seat’

RVL: From the “shop talk” at the infamous “night of deep dish pizza” it seemed to be mutually pleasurable for you to catch up with Jacob of /Midnight Custom Fangs/ and James of /All In Vein/, do you think the concept of an annual get together will be beneficial in this area?

Dnash: I’d love to see more of us get together.  Historically there’s always been some kind of bullshit rivalry between fang makers.

You’d have to ask those who started AND continue it what purpose it serves, but it never served the art.  It was always more scene politics and personal aggrandizement than anything else.  It’s nice to see people put their egos down and have a slice of deep dish together.

Notwithstanding, there is going to come a time in the near future when “the law” is going to be cracking down on us.  It has been so for the tattooing and piercing industry for some time now, but we are going to be getting it ourselves shortly.  There are some of us who don’t have the SLIGHTEST clue as to what they’re doing either with the materials we use or with the human mouth in general.  There have been stories, many I can attest to over the years of fang makers injuring people.  I myself have had one or two close calls with a fang being stuck.

Sharing knowledge is the best way to avoid these mistakes.  Having standards of safety and practice will protect us to some degree once the heat is on.  all it takes is one pissed off customer to call a health department, prick everybody’s ears up, and get the AMA, the FDA, and god knows who else breathing down our necks.

I’ve had dental training.  I’ve worked in all manner or procedures including surgeries.  Getting a pair of fangs from me, watching what I do, and copying it from memory does not qualify you to do this.  It takes training and practice.  I worked on myself for a whole year before every going into anybody’s mouth, and I still made mistakes.  But I never hurt anybody.  Working in a dental lab isn’t even a qualification to work in the mouth, though that’s been touted as one.  Only chair side experience.  I’m not trying to come down on anybody but some of us choose to work in the mouth, some on molds.  Those working on molds are much safer.  Those working in the mouth better have some qualifications because a waiver doesn’t protect you from a civil suit.

I’m psyched to learn that at least one of us is considering actually going INTO the dental field.  He’s going to blow all of us away one day because he’ll have the first official FANG LAB in the world where he’ll be able do things we can only dream of.  I won’t tell you who it is, but he eats less than me…… amazingly, lol.

Smile...!

Smile…!

RVL: So, we can look forward to a 2014 Fang Tour, yes?

Dnash: …and 15, 16, 17……  I AM immortal, you know.

RVL: …and what’s the priority for you now that the 2013 mid-west tour is over?

Dnash: I’M GOING TO AUSSIELAND!!!!!!! (Tour commences September 2013) well, that and planning for Halloween.

RVL: …any other pearls of wisdom you’d like to share with us about the experience and the trip?

Dnash:  don’t try FANG TOUR at home, you won’t get very far?

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It’s all about the style…

RVL: Thank you very much for spending a few minutes with us and we’ll be looking forward to the release of, and being able to highlight at RVL, the filmography from the trip.

Dnash: thank you Tim….  again, you and lady M really helped pull something special together.  I really look forward to doing it again.  As you mentioned, there is a bit of film in the works.  The tentative title is “FANG TOUR the (un)MUSICAL”.  it’s a reality show based on, well, the reality of an unknown musician making his way from empty coffee house gig to empty coffee house gig, the insanity that ensues from any kind of tour situation, the never ending question of how to get into the rock and roll hall of fame, and how he pays for it all by making teeth in every corner of the world.  Pretty epic idea, and one that’s been kicking around since 2006 when a producer from VH1 wanted to air it as a show.  Unfortunately, I had a bit of a problem with follow-through at the time (tequila) and never got it off the ground.  However, episode one is in the can and will be hitting the web at http://youtube.com/fangtour this October.  Several more episodes are being shot over FANG TOUR OZ and Halloween, and season two will pick up in Europe this winter while I continue FANG TOUR EU in support of “The Age Of Nefarious”, my first solo record that’s about 10 years over due.  A lot to chew on, but well worth the wait for those of you who’ve hung in there for the past 18 years.

Cheers, d.

"mmmmmmm...!"

“mmmmmmm…!”

For our first major engagement (Tim and Lady M) since arriving in the United States earlier this year we couldn’t have asked for a better time and event. Being able to support this tour and being able to meet some of the amazing people we had only ever been in touch with long distance the buzz was astounding. We would like to thank Dnash for the opportunity to be part of the tour, BratPrince Lestat of the Leathur Lair for his support and bravery, James Banks of All in Vein and Jacob of Midnite Fangs for the pleasure of their company.

For me, one of the most absorbing and intriguing things was being able to watch Dnash at work, not just with the fangs but also with some tricky and truly special “bridge” work that he pulled off with skill, dexterity and an attention to the client that I have rarely seen equaled. All I can say is LOOKOUT West Coast (from August 29) and LOOKOUT Australia, you are in for a rare treat… and say Hi to Miss Daisy for us will you?

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