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    Designer Prints Series of Posters with Human Blood

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    I for one, am not only feint of heart, I faint at the sight of blood. So this tale of design madness makes me more than a little queasy. Dear reader, stop right here if you feel the same.

    The poster for the Swedish “Black Metal” band Watain (above) was designed by the Paris-founded, New York-based designer, Metastazis, and was silk-screen printed using real, human blood. There is not much more to say except: whoever said designers invest blood, sweat and tears in their work, did not mean it to be taken so literally.

    This poster goes the extra mile. And the entire process is documented here and here.

    Metastazis says his studio is “dedicated to the most scandalous yet refined forms of expression.” Founded in 1999 By Valnoir, and joined by “almost nazi-gay illustrator DJ Holowestcoast and recently by the post-soviet arrogant doll Anastasia Ilyna,” they have shined up Black Metal with high production values and theatrical staging (see here). Their work bridges design and performance in a manner that is becoming more frequent these days.

    However, is the act of using human blood scandalous yet refined? You be the judge. In the “end of print” era it seems that spectacle is becoming as significant as content (although the poster is impressive). I’m reminded of Raymond Lowey‘s “Most Advanced Yet Acceptable” measuring stick for novel design. Maybe “scandalous yet refined” is the 21st century corollary.
    Designer Prints Series of Posters with Human Blood

    Bloody process:
    Metastazes: Metastazis vs Watain part 3. The Blood of Watain

    General write up:
    Blood Work

    Mixing Blood ink (with pig blood test run!):
    Metastazes: Metastazis vs Watain, part2

    Designer: Metastazis

    I think it's pretty cool, and Watain is a good band. I bet it smells DREADFUL though... But that's the name of the game with Watain.


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    It's not a bad design, but no one would be talking about it if it weren't printed with blood. Shock value = how to make people talk about something that would not usually be of notice.

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    I guess it's shock value. But at the same time it's very fitting for a black metal band... Shock value is kinda what they do.
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    Indeed, and I think the design is awesome, regardless of being printed in blood or not.

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    is that blood archival?

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    Yeah i'd say since its for a metal band it definately is a success. I normally dont like bodily fluid related art, and kind of think it's a cheap way to get more eyes on a piece of work, but definately in this case it fits. I'll bet it smells awful too..
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    *sigh* I guess if you want to get noticed...you can just tape a dead animal to your painting or something.

    Wait, no... that is silly...

    Hot glue works better ><

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    That is the most metal thing I have ever seen. A poster so brutal it MUST be printed in blood.

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    At least it's an appropriate use of blood... (black metal band, blood poster, okay, it works.) And it IS a cool design.

    Unlike most bodily-fluid art, which just screams "ooh ooh, look at meeee, I'm so shocking and controversial!"

    Only thing is, if you hang it on your wall... picture the cockroaches, man.

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    Really? Have these people never heard of Vincent Castiglia?

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    how many years would a print/painting made of blood last?

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    Well i think it lasts for many years because if you have a drop of blood in your cloth and if it is not washed quickly than it lasts for many years so i think same is the logic here.

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    Didn't this get topped by the menstrual blood painter?
    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    So when a girl uses her period to make art, it's shit but when it's for a metal poster it's pretty interesting?

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    I love Metal but their logos are so hard to read!

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