Ben Venom's Heavy Metal Quilts

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Ben Venom might be handy with a sewing machine and embroidery floss, but that doesn't mean he's not capital-H Hardcore. Venom's quilts are made from vintage metal band shirts. Why? Because it's brutaaaaal. The artist's statement on Venom's site describes his work as a "collision of Iron Maiden Metal ballads with the outrageous stage antics of Ozzy Osbourne." Check out more of his work on his site, or at the BAN6: Visual Arts Exhibition,” Group Show, Jul 9 – Sep 25 at the YBCA Gallery in San Francisco. Link


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I love the irony of heavy metal music, particularly Ozzy.

"It's in the lives that we lead
Setup for money and greed
A little isn't enough we have to use it all up
Success, excess, the truth is inconvenient

Burn into the air and atmosphere
Watching the rain come down
Turn your head away ignore the fear
Watching the ice crash down

Our father's justice gets closer
How could you fuck us all over
Rape, steal and murder
God bless the almighty dollar

Death, doom and disaster
The point of no return
No earthly life ever after
Is it too late to learn?"

Heavy metal tends to sound like angry music performed by raving lunatics who'd love nothing better than to "rape, steal and murder", and frequently the people attracted to this type of music are those very people, which is what makes it ironic that Ozzy's message is the exact opposite of that mentality. Which is why Ozzy is über famous and rich with millions of fans, and straight-talkers are relegated to the insane asylums.
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