Constellation: Possible essay subjectPosted: March 6, 2014
As part of our constellation work we have to gather 3 images which we shall be analysing in order to work on our essay with. As a kid, I grew up idolising one of my brothers. He was into metal in a big way, as was my dad (my eldest brother and mother were more into generic rock music). I grew up hearing the distorted, screaming vocals of metal bands coming from my brothers bedroom which was across the landing to my own. I am certain it is because of this exposure as a child that has caused my interest in black metal and ‘shock rock’. My dad was a big Alice Cooper fan growing up, his greatest hits album being one of my first albums, and I have very vivid memories of going into my brothers room once he’d moved to university and sneaking out copies of Metal Hammer magazine and pawing through pages, taking a dedicated interest in the likes of Marilyn Manson, Murderdolls and the Peppermint Creeps, all of which have one thing in common: Theatrical stage makeup.
the Peppermint Creeps
Another major interest of mine throughout my childhood, which has continued into my adult life, is professional wrestling. Watching wrestling was a way for me to bond with my brothers, considering they are both 10 years+ older than me. The wrestlers that I have always enjoyed watching have been those with gimmicks. I like to be thrilled when I’m watching wrestling wrestling, and a common theme in the wrestlers I have always liked is the make-up. Three of my favourite wrestlers seemed to follow the same look: Plain black clothing, corpse paint.
Due to my interests in this type of culture, I have decided that a look at black metal fashion and culture would be an appropriate way forward.