Monday, April 27, 2009

Abney Park, Band with Serious Steampunk Style





Abney Park, before I was privileged enough to experience their performances, first seduced with me with their website. The site is one of the most exquisitely designed portals for a group I have ever seen. The spinning dials and electric images sent shivers down my spine. The band members are all stunningly sexy creatures who embody their characters thoroughly. From Captain Robert's hot throaty voice to the seductive moves of Kristina, Finn, and the strokes of wonderboys Nathaniel and Daniel, prepare yourself to be dazzled. Their shop offers elegant items crafted by authentic steampunk artisans, leagues above your typical groupie merchandise.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kutna Hora Bone Church


In the suburb town of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic, you will find the unique "Bone Church", or the Sedlec Ossuary. This Gothic church was was built in the middle of the cemetery around 1400. After 1511 the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was, according to legend, given to a half-blind monk of the order.

In 1870, FrantiĊĦek Rint, a woodcarver, was employed by the Schwarzenberg family to organize the massive bone heaps. The darkly decorative result is now a popular attraction for followers of the macabre. Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An elaborate chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vaults. Other arrangements include piers and monstrances flanking the altar, a large Schwarzenberg coat-of-arms, and the signature of Rint, also executed in bone, on the wall near the entrance.

This site had some recent exposure on Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's series "Long Way Round".

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Royal Sarcophagus Society






Looking for exquisite hand-made Gothic gifts and treats for yourself? The Royal Sarcophagus Society and the Sarcophagus store offer beautiful crafts, clothing, artwork, toys and other beautiful oddities by stylish artists like Christine Stait-Gardner, Magda Trzaski and David Keyes.
Their group has a goal of liberating art and "setting it free from the shackles of mass produced, predictable, modern day, dim-witted, dunder-headed profit orientated sameness."
The quality is impeccable and the prices are very reasonable for such elegant items. Support the art, support your own dark tastes, support someone's need for a great day in receiving such a nice gift...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Macabre Travel: Vampire Cafe in Tokyo




If you find yourself traveling to the frenetic and chic city of Tokyo, why not stop by for a lovely evening in the Ginza district? The Vampire Cafe is a gorgeously sexy spot filled with blood red decor, velvets and Gothic decor. The menu is a feast of Gothically inclined dishes which are all plated beautifully. Look for a steak that is 'staked', sauce-drawn crucifixes, red wine 'blood' cocktails and edible coffin salads.

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