Daniel Jung’s ‘Black and White Portraits’ Series features Virgin Blak

Daniel Jung’s latest works capture the essence of people and personality in the rich tones of Black and White. They also capture the essence of Virgin Blak perfectly in his striking portraiture of our dedicated endorser Chris Mesmer of LA band Vera Mesmer.

Mesmer_Jung Photo1A lifetime student of the arts, Jung explores the medium of photography zealously, working in the past primarily with color and focusing on a wide variety of subjects. In this exhibition however, he has omitted color entirely, instead translating all the images into black, white and shades of grey, focusing on the personalty of his subjects and removing them from all context by placing them on a white background.

The Artist states, “I chose a wide variety of characters that I know or met that struck me as being compelling people. I limited the portrait sessions to 10 minutes and asked each subject to bring 2 different looks to portray themselves with. In each character I sought not only to capture the uniqueness of each individual- their personal stamp, if you will, but also my own self mirrored in each person. The simplicity of black and white removes each person from the emotion of color, and unifies them in kind of a togetherness through their monochrome presentation.”

Mesmer_Jung_Photo2Daniel Jung is an award winning director and photographer living and working in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in San Francisco, and later went on to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Daniel’s photographs have appeared in numerous international magazines and publications including SPIN, The Wall Street Journal, Runway, LA Weekly, Slave, Nouveau, Bisous, Sessions, Superior, Nouveau, Tantalum, Dark Beauty, PDN, Wraparound, Nous, En Vie, 180, and Photographer’s Forum. In 2010 he was invited as guest lecturer at USC’s Film School.




Big things ahead for Gothenburg’s BatAAr

VIRGIN BLAK wearing Art Metallers BatAAr have sent us a mini update of what’s happening in their world and we’re just as excited as they are about their upcoming activities:

BATAAR_band promo“We’re currently laying down the final recording tracks for new songs that will be released before the end of the year. After our very successful recent trip to Japan we learned a lot of new things and had a lot of eye-opening experiences that will affect the future of BatAAr in a very big way! We wish we could say more but at this point we must keep things shrouded in our much loved mystique…but this thing is going to be HUGE!

“We still wear Virgin Blak in all band related situations as well as in private because it just fits our style and we love the way the clothes both look and feel! They’re truly perfect for our VICIOUS style!

“Hope everything is well with all you guys at Virgin Blak! Regards!”

The Virgin Blak team would like to wish BatAAR all the best and thank them sincerely for rockin’ our threads so VICIOUSLY!

Check out BatAAR wearing Virgin Blak in their vid for ‘Owls and Snakes’ below:






Clufetos&BlackSabbathDid the tickets to your local Black Sabbath show sell out before you were able to score a pair? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Enter our flyaway contest and you and a guest could win an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to see the almighty Sabbath perform on Sept. 1 at the MGM Garden Arena.

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Black Sabbath kick off their North American tour July 25 in Houston, Texas. The Black Sabbath Las Vegas Flyaway contest runs through July 12, 2013.

Virgin Blak Endorsers Tommy Clufetos and Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson both perform with the Black Sabbath live line-up.




Album Review: Black Sabbath – 13

blacksabbathBack from the grave. The first Sabbath album with Ozzy for 35 years…

Over 40 years since their formation, the question Black Sabbath asked on the first line of the first track on their first album remains a valid one: what is this that stands before me?

Purportedly, this is Black Sabbath in its original and most potent form, in which the downtuned guitar riffs of Tony Iommi soundtrack the apocalyptic visions of Terry “Geezer” Butler, as vocalised by the siren wail of Ozzy Osbourne. It’s not punk, it’s not prog, and it’s not disco, but it assuredly is one of the defining sounds of the 1970s.

And sure enough, that is what the trio, working with producer Rick Rubin, have set out to recreate here. If he was making an album with Jesus Christ, Rubin, as know, is the guy who would say: “I appreciate your input, but I’m really more a fan of your early work.” Here, this means Rubin has attempted to isolate and redeploy the band’s classic qualities. Chiefly, this means Tony Iommi’s riffing (opener “End Of The Beginning” recalls the electric soup of Master Of Reality). The quiet “Zeitgeist”, meanwhile, nods dreamily to the jazz and bongos vibe of (i)Paranoid(i)’s “Planet Caravan”. Ozzy’s vocals throughout 13 are double-tracked in convincing homage to the classic 1970s works, and the album ends with the heavy rainfall and depressing church bell chime that began their debut album.

Virgin Blak Endorsers Tommy Clufetos and Rob ‘Blasko’ Nicholson both perform with the Black Sabbath live line-up.

Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/black-sabbath-13-review#BIrQ3bC8LWFtZhKZ.99