Why am I doing this?:
Satanic Mojo is spawned from a fascination with underground pop culture, youth tribes, street fashion, musical movements and so forth.
Whereas Victorian children were often clad in miniature versions of the three-piece-suits grown-ups, the modern teenager has always striven to find their own style.
The rise of pop culture is in many ways the history of the teenager, the rebels, the fashion tribes. Elvis hip-thrust was deemed indecent by TV as were Mary Quants high slashed mini skirts and The Beatles long hair.
From Hells Angels to Punks, Headbangers, Goths, Ravers or the hoodies of today youth tribes have routinely been demonised, shunned or banned from the pubs. The main connecting thread between all of these is that from Rock'n'Roll to Acid House, even comics and role-playing games, they have, at some point, been labelled as Satanic by a hysterical mass-media.
In Jan 2012 I started a blog, www.satanicmojo.blogspot.com, taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the influence of the dark arts on pop culture.
Following this thread of influence I developed the idea of producing a series of limited edition artworks resembling ephemera from past decades.
Phase One looks at the counter-cultutre of the late 1960s.
Inspired by the dark side of psychedelia, The Process Church Of The Final Judgement, The Church Of Satan, the influence of Aleister Crowley & his Thelemites on the hippy scene, LSD, Underground Comix, The Manson Family, conspiracy theory, Heavy Metal, Hammer Horror, etc.
The first collection of works comprises of:
a 36 page underground comic, lovingly rendered by a team of artists (inc Shaky Kane & Garry Leach) to resemble the style of the day (36 pages limited to 666 copies); a psychedelic black-light poster with velvet flocking (artwork evocative of a classic rock festival poster), t-shirts, badges, patches, stickers and more...
With the current insipid, P.C. safeness of popular culture I feel it is important we remember the pioneering spirit and unabashed bravery of those psychedelic radicals who defended the right of free expression through their raw and visceral creations.
See below for further information...
Jason Atomic, London MMXIII
What's the story?:
The legend of Satanic Mojo begins with a potent batch of Black Acid known as Satanic Mojo or LSD666.
This acid is reputed to give dark occult visions, out of body experiences, and allow contact with certain entities.
As the 'Summer Of Love' makes way for the 'Summer Of Bad Craziness', "Black Acid" achieves a cult status amongst a certain sector of the hippy community obsessed with the occult revival and rennaissance of Satanism.
In 1968 a San Francisco-based artist collective is established, woking under the Satanic Mojo banner.
Over the next year they produce a series of t-shirts, posters and comix, until things are brought to an un-timely end when the studio is destroyed by fire.
Myriad rumours circulate regarding the fire. It is believed that they have 'stepped on the toes' of a local Coven, or that they had caused the fire themselves by meddling with forces man was meant to leave alone. These rumours in turn go on to inspire a shlocky and exploitative grindhouse movie, and a whole generation of artists and musicians throughout the 70s up to the present day.
Movie still from Satanic Mojo 1972 AD, courtesy of The Schleyer Archive, Brooklyn
In Jan 2012 the popular Satanic Mojo blog appears, dedicated to providing a tongue in cheek look at the influence of the dark arts on popular culture.
Research by this blog uncovers 'The Legend Of Satanic Mojo' and, ultimately, charred fragments retrieved from the burnt out Satanic Mojo studio.
The Creative Team:
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jason Atomic. I'm a London based British artist.
Despite having a background in self produced comix, I have been away from the medium for the last 20 years, concentrating more on drawing and painting from life. I have exhibited internationally and in 2008 set an un-offical World land speed record for portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery.
Recently I began curating comic-inspired group shows and performance events at Resistance Gallery & Orbital comics in London. These include The Iconography Of Mask, Hail To The King, Stripped and The Magick Eye. I have written for various magazines in the UK & Japan including Tokyo Journal, Pimp, Alternative London and The Illustrated Ape (for which I art-edited the latest issue)
For this project I have recruited a team of comic creators including UK comics legends Shaky Kane (Deadline, Bulletproof Coffin)and Garry Leach (2000ad, Warrior,A1) as well as American indie/underground creators Paul Lyons (Monster) and Dennis Franklin (Monster & movie art department for 'House of the Devil').
Shaky Kane rough sketch for Satanic Mojo Comix
Shaky Kane concept sketch for Satanic Mojo Comix
So What Will It Look Like?:
Satanic Mojo Comix will do its best to emulate the art styles of the late 1960s. It will be printed on an off-white pulpy paper stock, using old-fashioned risograph 'stencil duplicator' technology to reproduce a vintage 'off register' effect.
It will feature a '4 color' cover, made using hand-drawn separations.
Interior pages will be in black and white, with the possible addition of further colours or pages should sufficient funds be found.
This 36 page comic will run to a limited edition of 666 copies.
The t-shirts will be short run, hand pulled screen prints produced using home-made D.I.Y screens to give that low budget vintage effect. This will also allow for special one-off/experimental garments to be produced, employing multiple prints, hand colouring etc.
Also, we plan to produce a poster print, in the style of the classic UV posters of the period, featuring a psychedelic witch enacting the rite of the Black Mass with a goat-masked cultist.
The poster will be a 4 colour screen print at A2 size
(420 x 594mm - 16.5 x 23.4 in)
It will be printed in UV reactive fluorescent colours with flocked blacks to give that traditional black velvet effect.
There will also be a cheaper Mojo Dayglo 'diffusion range' version in black on fluorescent paper.
These items are intended as art objects which will form a metafictional collection of facsimile ephemera from the mythical Satanic Mojo Studio.
Only half the print run will be available through this indiegogo campaign. The rest will go on to form part of a multi-medi group exhibition and performance event to be held in London.
What you'll get if you contribute:
There are a wide range of perks available.
Badges, patches and stickers featuring the sigil of Satanic Mojo.
It was Jinx, a practicing witch, who back in the 1960s introduced the sign of the horned hand to the rock scene.
All perks will come together with a specially distressed certificate.
(See image above in Legend of Satanic Mojo)
A t-shirt featuring a cartoon version of Aleister Crowley in familiar triangle hat making the sign of Pan whilst walking in a pose reminiscent of R. Crumb's classic "Keep On Truckin'" shirt.
Manson family inspired t-shirt featuring the title "Creepy Crawl" and a hairy hippy spider with a Charile Manson death's head on its abdomen.
"Satanic Mojo T-shirt"
The Satanic Mojo logo flanked by a pair of winged demons.
The Satanic Mojo diffusion range Poster
The same design as the other poster but printed in one colour (black) on fluorescent paper.
Satanic Mojo Comix, 36 page comix with colour cover and B/W interior.
Where Will Your Money Go?:
The funds raise through this indiegogo campaign will go towards printing/material costs for Satanic Mojo Comix, the posters and t-shirts, as well as a fee for contributing artists.
Should the goal be exceeded, additional money raised would allow me to pay a bonus to contributors, to further enhance the finished product (better quality material, more colours, etc) or to add new designs to the collection.
I am committed to producing this comic & poster and will go ahead with or without my complete goal being reached.
Other Ways You Can Help:
If you're still not convinced but want to help this project gain some momentum, we would be delighted if you'd share our links on Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms.
Wether you are contributing of not we'd be delighted to hear your feedback in the comments section above.
Follow the Satanic Mojo blog.
Any bloggers or journalists out there with an interest in the Satanic influence on pop culture - I am available for interviews and will be happy to discuss this project in more depth.
"For Open Minded Adult Intellectuals Only" :
In the spirit of the counter-culture of the late 1960's these limited edition art objects will feature erotica, macabre themes and drug references. As such, they are intended for a mature audience.
Artist, curator & publisher.