May 13th, 2006



I was asked earlier this evening about My definition of what 'Satan' is, and in brief, considering that such a complex subject would require an extensive essay, I replied with some of the general points:

"There are so many variations as there are individuals, and an entire explanation would perhaps require an extensive essay on the subject, but I will attempt a brief explanation for you here:

Satan is The Dark Force in Nature, and represents all that which is mysterious, unexplained, yet what the Satanist is attracted towards.

Satan is that described in The 9 Satanic Statements.

In The Ritual Chamber, Satan may be considered as literal, being that it is the 'Intellectual Decompression Chamber', the psychodrama, and that which stimulates the emotions to powerdrive the will unto manifestation is of tantamount importance in the practice of Satanic Magic.

Satan is incarnate in The Self, as the living Devil and God within oneself. The personafication of the ideals set forth in The Satanic Bible and inherently resonant with oneself.

Satan can be detected in various works of art, music, literature, architecture, natural environments, inventiveness, iconoclasm - that which heightens the senses and stimulates the mind and emotions to soar.

In brief, all the true 'manifestations' of the Satan archetype throughout history, each has its value to one degree or the other. This archetype can be well indicative of the personality of the individual either repelled or attracted to it. Either traits of strength, life, independence, intelligence, individuality, quality, power in all states of being, self-mastery, or otherwise one of subservience, weakness, servitude, and death, as with the nazarene archetype.

To the non-Satanist, The Devil represents that which is feared, the villain, scapegoat, and the author of all 'evil'. The Satanist manipulates these fears for personal gratification and amusement."

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Hot Wheels!

Hot Wheels!
by Coop

I count myself extremely lucky that I have been able to fulfill so many of my dreams in my life. I always wanted to make a living as an artist, which I have managed to (more or less) accomplish. I share my life with a wonderful woman who is the embodiment of my every desire and pervy fantasy, who also happens to have an excellent head for business that keeps me outta trouble on an almost daily basis. I've managed to find a circle of trusted friends and associates that are always there to watch my back, a major task, one which I can never truly repay in kind. I've been able to form friendships with some of my heroes and inspirations, all of whom have enriched my life and art to an unbelieveable degree.

I even met Joey Ramone once, in a seedy bar in Manhattan, when I was just 18 years old.

But now, I have finally realized a dream that I've had my entire life, one that I never thought I would be able to achieve.

I was born in 1968, the same year that Hot Wheels were introduced. My earliest memory, from approximately the age of three, is playing on the front porch with a Spectraflame blue Camaro. I still have that Camaro, scratched, battered and missing its plastic windshield. I also still have my Snake vs. Mongoose Hot Wheels coloring book, from around the same period. I was obsessed with Hot Wheels as a kid, (along with their more staid English cousins, Matchbox cars.) It's safe to say that this was the main reason I developed such an acute mania for all things wheeled and internal-combustion-powered, a mania that results ultimately in building hot rods that pretty much look like 1/1 scale Hot Wheels, as well as painting giant-ass artworks depicting the same sorta stuff.

Of all the various items of merchandise that I've done, all the T-shirts and stickers and whatnot, the one thing that I always thought would be the coolest item, the ultimate, would be to design an actual Hot Wheels car. Years ago, we started trying to do this, working every angle. A few times we came very close, but every time it seemed that one problem of another would derail the project, despite the enthusiasm of all the designers and creative folks at Mattel. I had pretty much given up on the whole idea, despite the protests of my friends at Hot Wheels, who wanted to make it happen as much as I did.

But it finally has happened, thanks in part to another subject I am obsessed with, the strange and wonderful country of Japan.

About ten years ago, I was invited to Tokyo as guest of honor at a horror/art/toy convention. This was my first visit to Japan, and I was overwhelmed by the culture and the people, and had a tremendous time. Last year, I ran into one of my hosts from my first Japanese trip, George. He was now involved in planning Hot Wheels Collectors' shows in Japan. In his offhand manner, George asked if I would be interested in designing a custom Hot Wheel for the show, and coming over as a guest of the show.

I coulda' kissed him.

It seemed now that all barriers had been removed, and things happened really fast. Early on, George decided he wanted this project to be really special and talked Hot Wheels into letting me design a two-car set. HOLY CRAP!! Now I'm gonna do TWO Hot Wheels, instead of just one? George then suggested that the set could perhaps be a '49 Merc custom, and a '51 Merc custom, if I thought that would be cool. My arm did not require further twisting.

The design process began, and my luck got even better, as the Hot wheels designer assigned to help me through the process was Steve Vandervate, a hugely-talented artist who also had suffered the singular misfortune of being my assistant for a brief time. With Van's help, everything happened quickly and painlessly, and it was only a few weeks before I was looking at a set of factory prototypes.

Words cannot describe, my friends, words cannot describe. Here's a link to the show, with a look at the cars. I'd like to show more, but I'm not allowed to just yet.

P.S. in reponse to emails, this set will be a limited edition of 2000, exclusive to the convention in Japan. We're hoping to have some available for sale at after the show.


A date with the devil for some

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Drew Sinton, a member of the Melbourne Church of Satan, says the church has planned low-key celebrations to mark June 6, and is "not fearing any global catastrophes". Photo: Craig Sillitoe

A date with the devil for some
By Rachel Wells, May 14, 2006

JUNE 6, 2006 — 06/06/06 — is just weeks away and a date that is generating frenzied discussion and debate around the globe, not seen since the eve of the new millenium.

Why? Because if you drop the 0's — you get 666 — the number of the beast, according to the Bible's Book of Revelation.

The internet is rife with speculation about the looming date with the devil. Doomsayers have declared it the day the Antichrist will be revealed, while the superstitious are fearing global catastrophes from earthquakes to terror attacks.

One website is selling "6/6/6 — the date of the beast" T-shirts, coffee mugs and bumper stickers and urges people to "get your T-shirts before it's too late!"

In the UK, some expectant mothers whose babies are due on June 6 are so concerned about giving birth on the date marked by the satanic number that they have scheduled caesareans and inductions beforehand.

Others are taking the ominous date less seriously.

The Netherlands national news agency, ANP, recently reported an unusually high number of couples planning to tie the knot on June 6 — which is unusual, given that it falls on a Tuesday.

The agency reported that in the Dutch city of Enschede, 17 couples had already applied to marry on June 6.

Normally, there are just two weddings in the city on any given Tuesday. One couple even requested to be married at 6:06am.

Others are planning to celebrate the once-in-a-century date.

American satanic radio station Radio Free Satan, for example, will celebrate the "sin-tennial" with Satan's Rockin' 666 Eve party, featuring performances by heavy metal and death metal bands, while the Church of Satan in Los Angeles is hosting a satanic high mass, which has already sold out.

Celebrations at the Melbourne branch of the Church of Satan will be somewhat more low-key.

"There's lots of stuff on the web … with people saying it is a date to fear for biblical reasons … and I read on one site that there have been at least 60 terrorist attacks on June 6 since 1970 … But we're not fearing any global catastrophes," said Drew Sinton, church member and author of The Antichrist Bible.

"I think it's quite exciting."

There are also those who are cashing in on the date, with marketers seizing the day to launch movies, books and albums with anti-religious or satanic themes. 20th Century Fox will release its remake of the 1976 horror film The Omen, retitled The Omen 666, on June 6.


Carnival of Lost Souls release party!

From The Nox Arcana Newsletter:

Something wicked this way comes... Once every century, the Carnival of Lost Souls rises from the shadows. On 6-6-6 the darkness will be unleashed.

You are invited to celebrate the release of Nox Arcana's new musical nightmare, Carnival of Lost Souls, on Tuesday, June 6th, 2006.

Enter a realm of wicked wonders and living nightmares. Meet Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski and get a signed copy of the new CD. Marvel with awe and dismay at the phantasmagoric feats of dark magicians. Fortunes told by Madame Endora and diabolical door prizes will be awarded to the first 50 guests, including CD's, T-shirts, posters, magazines, and calendars from Monolith Graphics. With a fiendish live performance from monsters of metal, Nightcrawler.


Jigsaw Saloon & Stage
5324 State Rd. Parma, OH
(1 mile south of I-480, State Road exit)
Doors open at 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
Ages 18 and over
Admission $3.00
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