King Dude - European Tour 08/17/11
So most of you know by now that in addition to creating clothes for Actual Pain I also play music. I am King Dude, as well as in Cross and Book of Black Earth. I have been playing music for years and to go to Europe to play has been a lifelong dream of mine. Now it's finally coming true. If you are in any of these cities and would like to come out please do, we will have a drink and you should show us around.
Emily and I are most interested in your country's weird cigarettes and candy so those types of gifts are highly encouraged! Or at the very least, you could point us in the direction of where to purchase them. I also am going to that skull church in Prague for sure, are you kidding? I'm gonna try and take one of those skulls home with me, who'd notice? There's literally like, a million fucking skulls up in there. Also I'd like to see some regular churches too. And eat some weird food. Overall just hang out so we'll see you over there!
Pictureplane - Black Ecstasy 08/15/11
Pictureplane stopped by Seattle last week, so you know we had to invite him to the warehouse to get some new digs (that's old timer speak for swag)! it was rad to finally meet him and get to see him play live. We asked him to make us a mixtape a little while ago and it's a face melter for sure. He named it "Black Ecstasy". How awesome is that?Click the pic to download...
hollagramz “axis” (strange powers magnetic storm remix)
the streets “blinded by the lights” (nero remix)
splurt “the return VIP” (mega refix)
nicki minaj “monster” (total freedom edit)
DVA “bullet a go fly” ft badness, killa p, riko, and flowdan
pictureplane “post physical” (fire for effect’s post grave remix)
LIL internet “i want to be free”
maxsta “east london is back”
schwarz “where da freaks at”
unicorn kid “wild life” (blessings remix)
raleigh moncrief “lament for morning”
psychic tv “just drifting” (midnight)
Since PP was here we decided to do a little impromtu photoshoot.
Pictureplane with Hollagramz (Corey and Ron) and their Tour Manager Alex.
These guys are all totally stellar dudes. We were very happy to have met them! They're still on tour make sure you catch them tomorrow night at the Echo in LA, with oOoOO, Hollagramz, Javelin, and slew of LA DJs that will never let you leave the Rave Cave.
If you missed out last month, you definitely know you better go. This is the best dance party in Seattle, hands down. See you Saturday!
We got our new jewelry online, check it out. Thanks to Ryan for modeling the Vintage Charm Skull Earring!
All of Them Witches - Warehouse Sale 07/27/11
See y'all there!
All of Them Witches Lookbook 07/22/11
This drops next week! Shipping to better stores worldwide now... Directed by Emily Denton. Music by TJ Cowgill. Models: Sean Prince of Tit Pig and Gabi Page-Fort of Stickers. Thanks to Sean, Gabi, Dimitri and Sarah for their help!
Snapback Hat Preview 07/11/11
Here's a little sneak peak of the hats we have dropping this summer... Expect the store to be restocked with all new hats, tees, tanks, crews, and jewelry early next week...
Pentangled black Snapback with cream embroidery.
Script Logo black Snapback with cream embroidery.
More photos coming this week!
Hey everyone, thanks for taking advantage of our 40% off sale! We can't express how grateful we are to our customers, you guys keep the Actual Pain machine going strong!
Anyways, we are going to start throwing a monthly party every second Friday of the month called Second Sight. The first one is on Friday July 8th. The idea is that together, we can foster a place for the friends and family of Actual Pain to get together and dance but also a way for all the people in this town to come out and celebrate our city, our common and not-so-common threads, and a lot of exciting music that's happening not only in this town and the rest of the world.
The venue is Black Lodge, a great DIY all ages venue located at the bottom of Capitol Hill. The music will be a lot of different dark dance music and, eventually, we will feature bands that will also get a chance to guest DJ along side us.
To me Second Sight is an extension of our mixtape page, and I plan on working very hard to showcase some of the best underground music (past and present) from around the world. Who knows? With your support, Second Sight could become the night to play for artists not only locally, but from all across the globe.
Thanks again, to you, for showing the world Seattle is still a thriving artistic place to call home! Without your support this would all be impossible!
Oh and if your a band, DJ, or label person and are interested in playing our party hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org with Second Sight in the subject line and I will attempt to make it happen.
Thanks! - TJ
SUMMER SALE! 06/14/11
New Mixtape from Santa Muerte 06/10/11
Actual Pain Presents:
A mixtape by Sante Muerte
16 on death row-2pac
big ant tape collage
high for this- the weeknd
lucky- nike7up (thief in the night mix)
in heaven- lady in the radiator
storm column- gatekeeper
it's all forgotten now- caretaker
if you were my man- linda perhacs
who'll fall- coil
lucifer (vocal)- of the wand & the moon
off to the witch- wild eyes
fields of rape-death in june
ea, lord of the deeps- burzum
New Mixtape from Kvohst... 06/01/11
Here's another new mixtape, this time by Kvohst all the way from Finland! You may know of Kvohst from his very cool folk band Hexvessel, or maybe from his seminal black metal band Dødheimsgard, either way he fits right in around here.
This is a bit of a change of sorts from the mixtapes of late, so I really hope you enjoy it!Click the pic to download...
Actual Pain Presents:
A mixtape by Kvohst of HEXVESSEL
1) "Aimless Lady" - Suck (1970)
2) "Drugs" - Gift (1972)
3) "Wizard's Council" - Sorcery (1978)
4) "Osman Pehlivan" - Arif Sag (1973)
5) "The Lions" - Bent Wind (1969)
6) "Dream Chart" - Ticket (1972)
7) "Child Of The Golden Sun" - Cosmic Dealer (1971)
8) "Demon & Eleven Children" - Blues Creation (1971)
9) "Living for myself (King Dreamer)" - Charlies (1970)
10) "When It All Gets Old" - Blue Cheer (1969)
11) "Mad Lover" - Jenghiz Khan (1971)
Coming Soon! Check out the mega-talented work of Erin's on her website! You don't want to miss this one...
New mixtape from CW and Ben Chisholm aka WHITEHORSE from LA... Enjoy!Click the pic to download... Pendu!
Actual Pain Warehouse - Open Wednesday through Sunday 12pm to 7pm - Closed Monday and Tuesday. By appointment only. Email email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Suspiria Screening and 30% Off Sale! 05/04/11
Come by for the second Thursday artwalk on Capitol Hill. We will be showing Suspiria, drinking beers, and having a 30% off sale.
Hope to see you all here!
Owleyes from LA is an old personal friend of ours who is responsible for two of the designs this season, Rose Clouds and Siren's Song. We were very excited to get to use a couple of his pieces for Actual Pain, his work tends to blow our collective minds! Check his work out here...
Earth and Fire // Storm and Thunder 04/30/11
Spring Launch Party // Recap 04/19/11This was a lot of fun! Thanks to Callum, Richie, Bryan, Will, Alchemy Tattoo, Pabst and everyone for coming through and helping make this our biggest and best sale to date. We will be doing something else soon, so stay tuned!
We finally got our Spring Collection up online for sale. Check it out! The cut & sew and hats should be up by tomorrow if not Thursday. Thanks to Emily, Demetri, Sarah, Marielle, Spar and Jordon for putting together such a great look book, we will be posting the full version up this week.
SKELTER Mix for VICE ITALY 04/01/11
I made this mixtape for VICE ITALY a little while ago. Check it out. It's weird and fun. I also put a new King Dude song in the middle of it called, "Spider's in Her Hair". I like it and I hope you do too.
ICEAGE 03/29/11Everything about this band and video is perfect. I love it.
Spring is almost here! Come on down to the Actual Pain Warehouse Saturday April 9th to get the first look at our new spring collection ICONS OF A NEW MYTHOLOGY. We have new tees, tanks, sweaters, hats, denim vests, and jewelry plus everything from the MYSTERY FAITH collection will be 50% off. This is an in person sale only, it will be up on the website the following Monday.
We will also be giving away free tattoos by Alchemy Gallery and Tattoo with purchase! I drew up a flash sheet myself and I gotta say these little buddies look pretty fucking sick. If your a fan of the shirts I draw myself you'll want to come down early to make sure you get a tattoo! See you all on Saturday!
STEVE DIXON'S PUNK PIX 03/27/11Inspiration...
Tit Pig Interview 03/23/11
Sean from Tit Pig did a interview with Trent Moorman over at the Stranger today, check it out here. In my opinion, Trent is one of the few good music writers in this town. For example he recently tried to interview Styper and when they passed on it he interviewed me instead with the same questions. People say it's funny, you can read it here and decide for yourself.
Also, against better judgement, I have decided to start a cassette only label called WALL OF DOGS and will be releasing a Tit Pig cassette soon, like in the next two weeks. This will be my second release the first one being CROSS "Never Ending Death Demo" which I had to release because, really, who else would?
The cassettes will be available for mailorder through the WALL OF DOGS website so check that site not this one to order. Each release is limited to 100 copies and most likely won't be repressed. At least not by me. Oh and I only plan on releasing bands from the Pacific NW because it makes it a lot easier since there are only five good bands out here.
Pyramid Logo Hats Restocked! 03/18/11
SOFT KILL // From This Point On 03/17/11
SOFT KILL is the Southern California (soon to be PDX) based band that is fronted by Tobi (formally of Blessure Grave). After what seems like a rollercoster of year for Tobi (He moved to a new city, met a nice girl by the name of Shiloe, fell in love got her name tattooed on his neck, married her and more or less started two bands with her, what a romantic.) he has emerged from it all with a really fun and almost happy (gasp) sounding band and new album, "An Open Door" out now on FAST WEAPONS. Tobi says of his new project,
SOFT KILL is my first song writing collaboration ever. I'm not carrying all the weight and the project isn't identified as just me. I'm not opposed to "doing all the work" so to speak, but the fact that I can naturally be on the same wave length as another person is refreshing.
Musically, it reminds me of what I love about the Cure but that should seem fairly obvious. What isn't obvious is how fucking good they are live. I was reeeally sick last week, had a fever, cough, the works, and I still managed to go see them play at Pony down the street with Dangerous Boys Club. After a few shots, I came out of my flu haze in time to see them play a great set and I went home with one of my new favorite records. Which I will be spinning at L O V E T O N E this Saturday night.
Nice to see good things happening for you Tobi...
Video by CRCK HEAD.
Lovetone This Saturday March 19th 03/15/11
Come through I will be doing a rare DJ set of everything dark that I have on vinyl and Emily will be showing some strange video she made! Should be lot's of fun. And check out Dethbook while your at it, it's my friend Dimitri's blog (Lovetone's his night too) and he'll be styling our upcoming look books from now on...
Check out this interview in Anthem with four of my favorite people on Earth as they discuss the movement known as Witch House.
The most current love child of electronic music is a genre based on a dark aesthetic commonly referred to as “witch house.” It’s influences run across a wide spectrum of music, from hip hop to industrial. While its not easily definable, the common thread seems that these artists are on a mission to do things their own way, and they aren’t taking no for an answer. They have created a subculture that encompasses all realms of this aesthetic and at the forefront, we find the record labels Pendu Sound Recordings and DISARO Records. For the first time, Anthem got DJs Zane Landreth, BLKRAINBW, and Disaro from Killing Spree, L.A.’s best representation of this new genre, to sit down with New York’s Todd Pendu of Pendu NYC to dissect this cultural phenomenon of all things dark.
How did you each get your start, and do you feel about the term “witch house” as a label for this genre?Todd Pendu: The New York scene got started with the Pendu Disco that I started over there in Jan 2010, where I did a show with Salem and Gatekeeper...
Wavves // King of the Beach 03/03/11
Wavves new video for King of the Beach is fucking awesome. Sometimes I wish I lived in LA just so I could smoke gold blunts on the beach all day and inject liquid gold into my veins under a bridge at midnight with Anthony Kiedis. But then I wake from my daydream and remember Seattle is the best place on planet earth. Nathan wears the Acid Wolf snap up in this vid too, and I gotta say, it looks damn good. Long live Wavves!
Silver Baphomet Rings by Actual Pain 03/01/11
This limited edition ring is honor of the Baphomet. Tell her you love her with the devil's head on her finger. It's 100% Silver carved by TJ Cowgill except for the Swarovski Crystal eyes, and cast right here in Seattle Washington. Hail the GOAT.
Just restocked the Devil's Hand Cuffs, go get em!
Grave Babies // Record Release 02/25/11
There's something about K-Holes music that inspires a primal sex urge in your pants. It could be all the smoking hot babes in the band (yes I am talking about the girls but I am also talking about the dudes), or the fact that they have a saxophone player, but what I really think what makes them make you want to get freaky is their swagger.
They remind me of that band that plays at the Roadhouse during that awesome topless Donna scene in Fire Walk With Me. You know what I'm talking about. When Jacque Renault says to Laura and her slutty friend, "Hey it's my favorite high school sandwich, let's put some meat inside".
Yeah it's like that. A sex sandwich. Anyways Emily Denton (my wife) made this beautifully fucked up video for them. Enjoy! Oh and their new record's out on Hozac Records and you should buy it and find someone to lay down with immediately.
Actual Pain Pyramid Logo Snapbacks 02/22/11
A while back Kanye West ordered some clothes from us after he stumbled upon our website somehow. At first when his stylist emailed me about it I thought it was a joke but as you can see, it is not. This is a photo is of him and some really famous woman at a Jeremy Scott fashion show during NYFW and they appear to be having a great time. Obviously he has good taste (he likes Actual Pain for Christ's sake!) and picked out some really great stuff but most importantly, he got one of the last Pyramid Logo hats. I get a few emails a day from y'all that are new to our brand, so to let you know we are making more of the Pyramid Logo Hats and they should be restocked in the next few weeks.
As far as the shirts they are still limited (I like it better that way) although some stuff will be reprinted from time to time but that's basically up to me so no point in emailing us about it. We are a small company ran almost solely by one person and I plan on keeping it that way. So nothing's changing. Except now we are keeping some hats and logo items stocked on a regular basis... So when our new season drops in a week or so, DON'T SLEEP!
Sometimes I wonder, "What went wrong with people? They are into such horrible fucked up shit their must be something wrong with them." Well in Noel Sinclair Boyt's case, I often wonder, "What went right with this one person? Why can't more people try and be like Noel?".
NSB did a stint with us as a design intern last summer and has done some really great work for other clothing brands in the past like Comune and Manik. Now NSB has left for art school in Portlandia and even thought he may not be illustrating as much for us, he can still send up mixtapes. This one is especially good for fans of heavy metal, I know, we haven't done one in awhile...
And sorry the mixtape cover is so gross, NSB made it himself, and usually I think this kind of shit is tasteless and disgusting but when NSB does it all I see are unicorns and princesses.
Grave Babies 02/18/11
My wife Emily shot this video for fun for Grave Babies who are really good, duh. They are going to be playing Black Lodge February 25th for their record release show and you should go. The flyer rules but it's too small to post here. I am crazy about all images being 760px wide. I like BIG pictures.
Sean Prince from Tit Pig 02/16/11
Recently I had the opportunity to interview my friend Sean about his job as a clothes buyer and being the singer of one of Seattle's best new punk bands, Tit Pig. Check it out!
Wavves - Bug 02/14/11
King Dude Shows in LA 02/08/11
Primitive Weapons 01/21/11Primitive Weapons have a preview of a new song up over at Metal Sucks, check it out... Also check em out live, I designed their logo and one of their tee shirts...
There's Only One Abbath 01/16/11