I am a big fan of fan art (is there a word for that?); obsessions captured on paper or canvas or in digital form. And some of it is actually pretty good. There's the lady who paints Stevie Nicks (Johanna's Art),an infinity of Harry Potter fan art, and of course Star Trek fan art (including obligatory slash elements).
Which brings me to the work of sheer genius you see here. If Tom of Finland had lived long enough to draw the übermasculine band Rammstein, the result might have looked something like this.
I sometimes shop at the downtown Bay, not because it's a great store, but because it's across the street from my train stop. It's quite surreal in there; I always get lost no matter how many times I go in. The sightlines are non-existant, the lighting is grumpy, and nine times out of ten if you pick an item (one of several identical items on a rack with a giant SALE sign on it), the salesgirls will tell you that one isn't on sale. They've got bait and switch down to a fine art there, I tell you.
And still I go back, out of boredom more than anything. And sometimes I see weird stuff like this, which makes it all worthwhile.
ETA: I went to the official Rammstein site to link to the official dildo set, and wow...their marketing team is working overtime. Along with the usual teeshirts and jackets you can buy Rammstein sheets, Rammstein ashtrays, Rammstein bellybutton rings, Rammstein license plate holders, Rammstein handbags, a Rammstein flambé burner,and even Rammstein placemats.
It's all very tempting, I must say (especially that women’s “Keine Lust” Jacket...because I'm a sucker for cheesy batik) but I'm holding out for the official Rammstein moleskine. It's only a matter of time till they branch out to stationary, and I'll be waiting.
Recently things have not been swell, what with a couple of deaths in the family and illness and work stress…and the never-ending Canadian winter isn’t helping matters. I usually deal with stuff by holing up and drawing about it…or just watching a lot of YouTube to escape.
Rammstein videos are always good for a step away from reality; they are beautiful, multi-layered works of art and the men responsible for the music are obviously very intelligent, articulate guys (watch any of their ‘making of’ videos for proof) with surprising moments of sweetness among all the fire bombs and dark opera. In this video (3:54 – 3:59) an overwhelmed young fan is crying at an autograph session and one of the band wipes away her tears. It’s a stunning gesture from someone in a group often mistaken (in the US, anyway) for pro-Nazi rabble rousers.
Anyway, on to the porno(link NSFW); see, Rammstein is also a collective of contrarians who enjoy messing with people. Their latest album is available as a limited edition complete with not only music, but lube, handcuffs and six appliances supposedly cast from the band themselves (one is enormous, leading to internet hilarity as speculation runs wild as to whose equipment it was cast from... here's a parody of the kit, found on Facebook). And their latest single is an honest to god porno with absolutely everything you’d expect to see in a porno. According to the ‘making of’ video, they used body doubles for the…er…wet work, but who cares. The looks of glee on their faces as they’re going at it never fails to make me laugh…the first time I saw it I laughed until I had tears running down my face. And that is what this post is really about: the very best thing when everything is dark and awful and seemingly hopeless is a huge, uncontrollable belly laugh until you cry the good tears.