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Our Vices

We are stoked to welcome the dudes from Our Vices to the Vile Family! Lots of good shit in the works for these dudes! We first met them at Knocked Up Fest last year and have been really excited to see all the work they have been putting out ever since! check out their video for song My Dearest Jacob! Make sure you follow them on social media and buy their music! We will all keep you posted on all the new good shit going down! -Aren 

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Blackwork Tattoo Artist: Johnny Gloom!

At just 23, artist Johnny Gloom- the pseudonym of a Parisian tattoo artist (a she, not a he,) is a name that's on the come up in the realm of minimalistic, blackwork, traditional tattoo artists. 

Finding inspiration for designs in everyday life things, and describing herself as "sensitive to her own emotions," and using that as a guide for her work. "Love, Hate, Violence, Passion... Love is the burden of humanity, everyone recognizes it.... Graphically, I love simple things."

Obviously taking inspiration from fetichism, BDSM, film noir femme fatales, doomed lovers, etc. I love this style so much, because it shows that you don't need loud colors, lots of detail and intricate designs to convey a short story. 

Johnny Gloom and Ball & Chain dropped the brand new "ADORE" collection on Monday, August 8th, featuring apparel and accessories featuring the works of Johnny Gloom! My girlfriend and I are obsessed with the work of both Johnny Gloom, and Ball & Chain, and the two working together can do no wrong. She actually ordered a bunch of items from the ADORE collection drop from this past Monday, for her and myself, and words can't explain how excited I am!

Follow Johnny Gloom on Instagram: @JohnnyGloom
Follow Johnny Gloom on Tumblr: @danslamaisonnoire

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MEL

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Desires

So far its been a rad summer and we've met a ton of new friends and family. We are excited to announce that Desires will be joining our Vile Family. We met these guys at the warped battle of the bands this past month and we were stoked on what we saw. These guys have done a lot in a little amount of time. Signed to Third String Records, two music videos, recently released first EP,  they won the Warped Botb thus playing Warped in Detroit a few wks back, and soon they will be playing this years Heartwood Ball! For Fans of Hotel Books and La Dispute check out their Music Video for their first single "Crux" 

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WCW: Robin Eisenberg

I feel like 90% of my favorites artists are based out of California, I feel like I need to venture out there at some point of my life.
Robin Eisenberg, an artist and designer based out of California, who creates digital art and designs things like patches, pins, hats, key chains, prints and postcards!! I have this recent obsession with pins, and I need every single one from Robin's shop. 

What I love most about Robin Eisenberg's work in general is obviously the bright colors, and bold lines, and how her character girls all look so different! She makes sure to highlight all body types, because all bodies are great bodies! She's heavily inspired by feminism, badass women, space, fashion, sex, the occult, makeovers, "and other rad things!" 

Robin Eisenberg Website: http://robineisenberg.com/
Follow Robin Eisenberg on Instagram: @RobinEisenberg
Shop Robin Eisenberg PRINTS: https://society6.com/robineisenberg/prints
Follow Robin Eisenberg on Tumblrrobineisenberg.tumblr.com 

Check out the video below, featuring Robin Eisenberg, and a couple more of my favorites, Sara M. Lyons (wildly known for her "Whatever Forever" piece that is so widely spread on the internet!) , and another one of my favorites, Natasha Lillipore (who I actually have a tattoo of one of her drawings!)

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WCW: Special Effects Makeup Artist, Erika FX!

If you love special effects makeup artists, optical illusions, and scary real prosthetics, you're going to love Erika FX! Body painting, and SFX makeup is something I've always wanted to take up as a hobby, ever since I did my Halloween makeup as a Pop Art Zombie! I love featuring SFX artists here on the WCW blog, so here's another for ya!

Check out her Instagram, because it was really difficult to choose only a handful of pictures to put in the slideshow, because I love all of her work so much! 

ErikaFX Instagram: @erika.fx
ErikaFX Facebook Fan Page

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MEL

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Vile Co. & Live Nation Presents Warped BOTB 2016

We are pleased to announce that once again we will be rocking the Warped Tour Battle of the Bands! We decided to change it up and battle it out in two separate shows. First second and third place from each night will get the chance to play the Detroit date of the Vans Warped Tour! So it is imperative that you show up and rep your favorite band! Friends and Family are very welcome! July 7th Event Page and July 8th

Check out some of the Bands battling it out! 

OUR VICES

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Ball and Chain Co. ft Johnny Gloom

Ball and Chain Co. is an apparel, accessories, brand that makes high quality,  patches, jewelry, and pins! B&C paired up with one of my favorite artists/tattoo artists, Johnny Gloom, and used some of his signature designs on a varsity jackets, pins, lighters, banners, and more! A shop close by to my house actually sells some patches and pins by B&C, and I have a few of their patches that I've put on hats!

It's really my life dream to get tattooed by Johnny Gloom. His work is minimalist, and a lot of his work is really sexy, kind of dark, and always very clean. I really like art work done by John Willie, who is best known for his bondage comic strips, and fetish photography, and I get a similar vibe from Johnny Gloom's work!

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CANT SEE SHIT!

This week for Music monday we decided to do something a little different. We wanted to bring to your attention this awesome documentary in the works from our boys in Get Super Rad. Brendan Patrick is an Detroit based artist and a musician who has had a rough battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Beyond having a double lung transplant Brendan lost his eye sight about 9 years ago. The beautiful part is that this tragedy has not dwindles his spirit nor has it kept him from creating his art. The good dudes from Get Super Rad decided that they needed to document his process and spread the word of all the awesome shit Brendan does on a daily basis. We highly encourage you guys to check out their IndieGogo page for this Documentary aptly name and donate what you can for this awesome project aptly named: Cant See Shit. there are only four days left for their campaign and wed love it if you guys could all help. Currently the dudes have been going live via Brendan's Fb page and have been auctioning off his one of a kind work!

check it out and let us know what you think!   

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The Art Hoe Collective

Last week, I was visiting some friends of mine in Asheville, North Carolina to celebrate my 21st birthday, and when I finally crashed on an air mattress in the middle of my friend's living room, the TV was on a channel called Viceland, and we were watching a really great show, about the fashions around the world, and what the modeling/fashion industry is like for women around the globe. The channel seemed to have a lot of pro-women advertisements, and previews for upcoming documentaries, etc. Suddenly this flashed across the screen.

I instantly hopped up, because the phrase "Art Hoe" is in my daily vocabulary, and you don't always come across internet phrases like that plastered on a television. Instantly completely taken by whatever was next to come, I was SO PLEASED. I can't figure out how to get the video onto this post so you'll just have to watch it HERE HERE HERE HERE!!!!

Mars and Sage Co-Founders of the Art Hoe Collective

Mars and Sage
Co-Founders of the Art Hoe Collective

“Artists of colour are constantly being underrepresented and exploited. If we’re not getting swept under the rug, our bodies are being overtly sexualised and used as muses,” -- Mars, 15 year old co founder of Art Hoe Collective

After watching this stunning, progressive, brave, and entrancing commercial, I shuffled for my phone to look for more information about the Art Hoe Collective.

"The Art Hoe Collective was started by QPOC to provide a space for all creatives of color. This is for us, by us."

Artists and activists are what really come out of Art Hoe Collective. Artists of color submit art work, photography, poetry, dance videos, and really so much more. Everything that is submitted that makes it through to be posted on Art Hoe Collective's Instagram page, is posted with the artist's name, age, location, Instagram handle, pronouns, race/ethnicity, and a little written background about the piece of art that is being posted. Everything that is posted, is so worth reading the bios about. This online movement is giving POC to portray themselves the way they want, free from stereotypes, preconceptions of who they are. Art Hoe Collective has been supported and embraced by Amandla Stenberg, young activist and actress, who I've blogged about here awhile back, and teen polymath Willow Smith.

As a queer woman of color myself, who identifies as an artist, this is the most inspiring thing I've come across in months.  It's inspiring as an artist, as a woman, and as a person of color. 

Follow Art Hoe Collective on Instagram: @ArtHoeCollective
Follow Mars on Instagram: @SensitiveBlackPerson
Follow Sage on Instagram: @Sageaflocka

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MEL

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10 Things

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BOYS OF FALL FAREWELL

As much of you have already heard, one of our favorite bands to work with is at an end. The dudes of Boys of Fall have had a solid 5 year run! They have blessed our ears with so many bangers and have seen so many sites. We love these dudes and we are excited to see all of the awesome things coming from all of their future projects! So as a last hurrah the dudes are throwing one last party and will be ending everything on a high note! Coincidentally this will be your last chance to see Rumours as well. So come out this friday to the Crofoot and sing one last time and remember all the good times!  

and check out their last video for Thanks for the Burgers

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Worn & Tattered

So a good friend of ours Emily Fox started a little side business a while back that we think you guys will like! Its called Worn and Tattered. W&T offers a vast assortment of vintage Lingerie with a series of other goodies and one of a kind finds. When it comes down to these vintage renewal companies its all about having good taste and translating the right aesthetic. we believe Emily is killing it on both!

Check out her store HERE! 

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WCW: Colour Creep AKA Kimberley Margarita!

I talk about a lot of beauty and glam makeup artists here, and just about everywhere else, because those are quite easy to come by nowadays with YouTube makeup tutorials being such a huge way to learn the art form.

After doing makeup professionally for 3 years, she has began to use all that she's learned about makeup, to take on body painting, and more creative and whimsical styles of makeup. When beauty meets fantasy, that is  where you will find miss Kimberley Margarita! When looking for inspiration for a look for RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Season, I came across this gem! Kimberley can make something look so beautiful, even if it really is something still very grotesque, and creepy. There really is something very romantic, fairy like, and playful about her looks, but also never going without some kind of a eerie, and haunting vibe to it as well.

She's really inspired me to start trying some fantasy looks, and watching her YouTube videos, I feel like I've been able to pick up a few new tricks, that I'm really excited to play around with next time I do a more creative makeup look!

Follow Kimberley on Instagram: @kimberleymargarita_
Subscribe to Colour Creep on Youtube

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MEL

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LAKE EFFECT/VILE LOOK BOOK COLLAB

So we had a really great time shooting up at the sand dunes this past wk with Jen Drewyore Beck and our good friends Brittlind and LB. Took some good pics, rep'd our New Design "Such Small Hands" designed by Alisha Murray! Who if you haven't checked out her work yet creep it HERE! And we got to shoot some fun behind the scenes action and collaborated with one of our favorite songs by our boys in Lake Effect! Check out the video here ! 

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Hologram Hair!

Hologram prints, fabrics and textures have been my obsession since about two summers ago when hologram came back in style, and hologram came back stronger than ever. It was on backpacks, purses, makeup bags (which I have,) skirts, dresses, accessories, YOU NAME IT it probably comes in hologram! There's just something very 90's about it, and since fashion and style is being recycled heavily from the 90's right now, it's understandable why hologram took over when it did. ONLY RECENTLY have I seen THIS trend taking over. With all the hype about silver, white, lavender and pastel hair has become to popular, it really was only a matter of time until someone made hologram hair happen!

Really the first time I've ever seen this actually done, was by Guy Tang, the HAIR ARTIST of our time. He is really so sooo so talented, and he really is a master of his craft.  Watch the video below of how Guy Tang achieves this fabulous hair look! Definitely not to do something on your own at home, because it very well could go completely awry!

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MEL

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