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For more information on Pazuzu, please check out this wonderfully well-researched article over at Shadows of the Sun by Sarduriur:

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“While Pazuzu is most frequently referred to as “King of the wind-demons” in various ritual texts and accompanying incantations recorded on tablets and other Pazuzu artifacts unearthed at Nineveh, Sultantepe, and Uruk (Heeßel, 2002), I claim contrary to Heeßel in particular that it is made abundantly clear by a number of artifacts that Pazuzu was respected as a God, not merely as a helpful demon Who reigns in or banishes malevolent lesser demons. A remarkable item on display at the Israel Museum, 93.45.73, is a bronze head with a suspension loop on top. What is remarkable about this Pazuzu head is that it possesses pair of horns which encircle the top of the head, and turn up at the front, typical of those shown on crowns festooning the heads of revered Gods such as Šamaš and Ištar. (Gabbay, 2001) Another find that shows Pazuzu with Divine rather than mere demonic trappings also comes from the Israel Museum’s collection. It is an octagonal pyramidical carnelian seal — BLMJ Seal 1060 — that bears a well-defined relief of Pazuzu on its bottom. He is depicted in His unmistakeable chimeric form with a leonine or canine face, four wings, erect penis, and scorpion tail. Here He is given a crescent headdress and a ball-staff, which rests before His feet. (Gabbay, 2001) Both the crescent and the standard have obvious Divine connotations, though the reader should not assume that Pazuzu was in any way being merged with the Moon God, Sin.” –  Sarduriur

Pazuzu seal at The Israel MuseumPazuzu seal at The Israel Museum

Sound familiar? Yes, the figure of Pazuzu in the Israel Museum resembles the creatures on the Ningishzidda Grail. They are Djinn! Fire critters:

 

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(Featured Photo: William Bougueurea, workaholic extraordinaire, champion of poor French girls and boys and the man who allowed women into the Ecole De Beaux Des Artes.)

Welcome to another page of From One Nuit to Another, the text log of conversations between women in the occult. I am your host, Izi Ningishzidda, and our guests today are Niguma, a disciple of the Tibetan Shangpa Kagyu and closet Thelemite also a previous guest.

Valeria Diocletian who is a witch in what she calls the “Latium” tradition.

We have “S” who is of the theological Satanist leaning.

Finally, Darcy, who is a Wiccan with American Indian roots.

Names are changed to protect identity, the conversations are transcribed when coordinated by telephone or Steam chat.

New interviewees are welcome. Call me at 360-688-1242

First Interview: Niguma

Izi: Hello.

Nigum: Hey Izi. What’s up?

Izi: We’re going to talk about jobs. Like, what does it mean to have a job that sucks or doesn’t suck, as an occultist.

Niguma: Okay well, I can confirm I don’t really work I just sort of live off my parent’s good will.

IZI: K how did that happen?

Niguma: I graduated during the recession and there were no jobs, especially not for newbie women. I saved like everyday I didn’t eat out or buy any new clothes I just saved up and went to Nepal.

Izi: Wow. I’ve heard that’s how to travel is you just have to say “Okay fuck this I’m out of here.”

 

The morning commute in Nepal. Photo by Krish Dulal. CCLThe morning commute in Nepal. Photo by Krish Dulal. CCL

Niguma: Well it wasn’t a decision I made without consulting my parents who were supportive and offered to cushion me if I needed it.

Izi: Did you live off food stamps?

Niguma: Oh yeah. Embarassed to say but I did.

Izi: I don’t think it’s anything to be embarrassed of. It’s probably the only social program that works to counterbalance all of the evil the government is guilty of like bailing out banks and protecting foreigners during war instead of our soldiers.

Niguma: The government I believe did ruin the economy, it’s true. I can’t say I really love this country or what it’s become and I don’t care if someone scrutinizes my food stamps, I guess because it’s like “Hey grandpa this is the world and country  you have left to us. It sucks”

Izi: It sucks so bad now.

Niguma: Armageddon or whatever it will probably be better than this. Anything would be.

Izi: Okay so you don’t have a job, do you plan to get one and how does it relate to your occult studies?

Niguma: Oh geez. I have no idea? I guess write a book about my travels…oh and I’m looking into freelance editing. The pay like, sucks but it’s a job. My parents are cool they know the job market is wrecked and the world sucks so they are glad to afford me the opportunity to become an enlightened being.

Izi: I’ve talked to the TwinStar and it stated that while it can’t help one find a job, it can help you align to the 418 current and survive. That’s enough. No jobs needed.

Niguma: What do you mean by that?

Izi: What I mean is that the “job” is the Great Work and it will do anything to help you survive to accomplish your part in that. It may not be a standardized job or a position you think is best for a certain “career”.

Niguma: Well, I would like to see a different pattern emerge than the one we have now. Working appears to be much more frenetic than say, a farmer’s day 500 years ago.

Izi: But we have better amenities, because, science.

Niguma: right science. And medical care. Although if Obama hadn’t passed Obamacare I would be soooo fucked.

Izi: I havn’t really used it because I hate doctors and dentists.

Niguma: Oh? Like personally or just going to see them.

Izi: No not personally just generally. They often don’t know anything or they make stuff up. The smart ones are angry bastards. Especially the women. God, women doctors are so bitter. It’s the gender inequality gap in their field I’m sure.

Niguma: Yeah that is a really hot topic right now and for women basically every career sucks.

Izi: This world and this country can straight up go eat a dick if they think I want to join their unfair workforce. I’d rather be on minimum wage and food stamps than contribute to this BS.

Niguma: What if they took food stamps and minimum wage away?

Izi: I’d live off the land like my ancestors it’s a lot easier than the job market.

Niguma: Wait so you don’t have a job?

Izi: Oh I do, I work for TAI. I have held a dayjob in the past. I usually just find something I like or people I like to work for.

Niguma: So you are just purely working for TAI – The Abrahadabra Institute?

Izi: Yes I always have wanted to grow up and be an artist and work for a wizard and learn magick. I studied all of the pre-raphaelites work and knew it was possible even though wizards are rare.

The Wizard by Edward Burne-Jones. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, BirminghamThe Wizard by Edward Burne-Jones. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham

 

Niguma: Yeah the ones who arn’t flakes or fakes.

 

Niguma: The tattoo business is an interesting specimen for studying this. Goetia for instance, tatoo art has swung more in the direction of occult themes quite strongly over the years.

Izi: Yeah thats of a career or industry that is banking off the occult and admires it. There’s a few other jobs i can think of that are like that…some coffeehouses and curiosity stores would welcome occultists. There’s a number of giftshops here in Washington that have tarot readers. Metaphysical shops are the one holy grail of jobs for a student occultist who want to learn about the craft from a shop owner or an older occultist who wants to be out of the closet permanently, as a business owner. I would love to own a occult shop, in some ways.

Niguma: Theres a lady downtown here who has had a tarot reading shop for 20 years. It seems like occultists almost have to start their own business.

Izi: Yeah. And why not? Maybe that’s the directive of the new aeon. Start anew.

Niguma: Yeah.

Izi: Sadly I don’t have the money to start an occult shop in 3D, but I did start one in cyberspace, and it’s been a ball. m1thr0s and I have fun everyday. It’s never a ball and chain. I have other things in my life that suck, but not my job. Okay last question, what is your dream job as an occultist?

Niguma: Well I would live in a monastery and meditate all day and do chores to maintain it like they did in Nepal.

Izi: Really what do you think is holding you back from that?

Niguma: I am not sure that low-tech is the way to go, like…the internet seems to be like, the magickal child. You know? I’m not sure I want to give up all the modern amenities.

Izi: You should be able to do both. Meditate and…

Niguma: Well I do that now, it’s true. I worry about the future though like when my parents are gone, what will I be doing.

Izi: I am sure that the universe will manifest something.

Niguma: I’m glad you’re sure. Lol

Izi: Lol.Thanks for being with us again.

Niguma: Oh, yeah, sure.

Second Interviewee: Valeria Diocletian

Izi: Hello Valeria. It’s Valeri-a not Valerie, right?

Valeria: Yes after the region.

Izi: What region  is that?

Valeria: Ancient Rome, far northeast part in modern day Hungary.

Izi: Oh, cool. And your last name?

Valeria: The emperor.

Above: Triarii’s awesome Emperor of the Sun from their album ‘Exile’ which anyone should buy immediately.

 

Izi: Great. So, we’re going to talk about jobs. How they relate to us as occultists or women. So, what is the most fun and most occult job you have had?

Valeria: So you want me to start?

Izi: Sure or if you’re more comfortable I can start.

Valeria: Okay why don’t you start?

Izi: Well I have held a lot of jobs. Not all of the jobs I have had were ideal but, they all had fun aspects. The most crazy fun job I had was at the biggest hip hop club in the South – Senses. I worked as security and sometimes as a backup bartender. In security I was part of the “Wolf Pack” they called it. I was the only girl on the team, so I handled pat-downs for women and restricted access to VIP and the ladies lounge.

Valeria: Wait you had to do pat-downs?

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The Thunderbird is a creature documented all over the lands of American Indian territory. They are birds of prey, giant creatures who shoot lightning from their eyes and live in the sky. I know that they are real, for I have met them. Their power can set one’s feet on the path of The Great Work as nothing else can.

Devilry, to the Christians, and perhaps Superstitious Nonsense to the less religious, but both, non-conforming to White Opinion. Opinion, for it does not contradict science or evolution, yet the Thunderbird does not reveal itself either, just like the Christian God Atheists hate so very much. I do not blame them. It is a lifeless force to me and to many others in the world of magick. Christians feel Jesus, and so he is real to them. I am not one to argue with them but would rather see them be free to explore on their own.

The Stupid Atheist,  comes from the famous Carl Sagan quote “Atheism is very stupid”. Sagan didn’t like being labelled an atheist because he was a careful scientist. He was a true agnostic, and wore it on his sleeve as a symbol of his cautious rationality. All religions, one could argue, are merely a symbolic gesture of one’s inner self, or an allegiance to one of the Gods.

So all of us occultists have been watching the drama playing out between Atheists and Theists in the land of metaphysics from our corner in the dark primeval forest of weird. While I was writing this, several threads populated on Reddit’s little occult corner, reddit.com/r/occult with a few people expressing concern over the rabidity of the Atheists about the web.

I knew then I had to publish this, even though I might be talking about it alot. Over half a dozen or so articles at any given time may find themselves in my recycling bin, as I warrant topics to be non important, a passing trifle, or too much, too soon. Not this one, as it seems I know something a few other concerned occultists do not, though it is obvious to me. There is absolutely nothing to fear or be concerned about with the so-called atheists and their hate filled diatribes. (So-called, because they’re not strictly atheists, they’re anti-theists.)

The New Atheists could have been brilliant and progressive, but instead they’ve decided to adopt the same brand of hate filled bigotry Christianity is well known for.

The problems within the Atheist movement are rampantly snowballing, from the snide sexism of Richard Dawkins to the whole radioactive rationality of “We are the New Moralists”. Dawkins stated something that spells the deathknell for anything Atheists hope to accomplish, before they have even begun to make any progress: “”Mock them, ridicule them in public. Don’t fall for the convention that we’re all too polite to talk about religion. Religion makes specific claims about the Universe which need to be substantiated and challenged.”

This use of force and harassment to force another to believe they believe is merely a rehashing of Soviety style collectivism. I greatly value the rich culture and diversity of the world’s belief systems. They are fucking fascinating, the architecture that their religion inspires is beautiful and their insights into the nature of man are often very astute.

Birla-Mandir, Hyderabad, IndiaBirla-Mandir, Hyderabad, India

Occultism abandoned morality over a 100 years ago with “Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be the Whole of the Law” and we’re doing just fine without it. The absurd little sideshow of Wiccanism which is incapable of not thieving and pillaging everything it gets its grubby little paws on, including American Indian beliefs and Thelema, harangue us with “And it harm none, do what though wilt”, basically rejecting everything The Mother and The Father ever, EVER stood for. Satanists tried to embellish the axiom a little further, without actually quoting it, but the religion has all the signs of becoming an outdated shibboleth. Patenting a scary god you don’t even believe in is a sure way to lose all the followers you’ve ever had, once he loses his shock factor.

Immorality is a different story altogether, and The Book of the Law pins that down to Restriction. Immorality and Morality are human ideas, not universal ones, although Nature has his own sort, based on economics. It’s really all simply harmony and disharmony, and only the framework of Will in “Do What Thou Wilt Shall be the Whole of the Law” is relevant.

There isn’t a lot written about Will that is right or even does us much good. It’s a force connected to what the Ancient Chinese called the Tao. I say Ancient Chinese because the last few generations in China have abandoned everything the Dragon taught them. I don’t proclaim to know everything but I do know this  – if everything went as planned, I wouldn’t be typing this from The United States. As it stands now, one can be killed for believing in such things as we Abrahadabrites do in China. The Federal government here in the states has it laid out in their monuments and city arrangements, they’ve embraced it so. And they’ve been rewarded for it.

Choronzon Club by Michael BertiauxChoronzon Club by Michael Bertiaux

I think the stench of Choronzon is all over New Atheism, mostly because they are really out to point out how mediocre man is. Abrahadabra states that mankind is a miracle, a marvelous star destined creature. Choronzon’s mark has been made, in the past, by belittling man in any way possible. To degrade and discourage him. To make him out to be an impotent and miserable creature lost in a sea of irrelevance or under the dominion of terrible forces only gods had control over. The New Atheist is saying the same thing, just in a way that preempts the Nu Aeon’s movement of empowering Man with the adage “Every Man and Every Woman is a Star”.

Courtesy of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo; photograph, Hirmer Fotoarchiv, MunichHrw with Pharoah Khafre at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo; photograph, Hirmer Fotoarchiv, Munich (Khafre built the Sphinx and the second largest pyramid in Kemet)

Gamergate, the movement against the rampant sexism in the gaming industry has been more prominent than the misogyny scandals affecting atheism because people like games more than they like morbid and astringent rationality. They’re really worried the scandal threatens games, and they should be. Sexism is an even bigger threat to Atheism, as it has no inherent economic value. The evidence set forward by Rebecca Watson, by the admission of many atheists, tolled the death knell for New Atheism. She wrote:

“Dawkins’ seal of approval only encouraged the haters. My YouTube page and many of my videos were flooded with rape “jokes,” threats, objectifying insults, and slurs. A few individuals sent me hundreds of messages, promising to never leave me alone. My Wikipedia page was vandalized. Graphic photos of dead bodies were posted to my Facebook page.”

Since the 2008  incident, the movement has been mired in a debates about equality. Admitting you’re an atheist, especially a New Atheist, is about as attractive as admitting you have the plague. I don’t want anything to do with them. When I think of atheists I think of nerdy, unnatractive alcoholic nihilists hating women and nyucking it up about how clever they are and how stupid everyone else is, in their easy chairs on internet forums, with perhaps a neckbeard and a toaster pastry in hand. I know it’s a cartoon image but I can’t imagine that they’ll ever recover from this debacle in time to head off the more ecstatic and neo-shamanistic Visionary movement, or the Occultist movement which embraces Science, Magick and Spirituality in one seamless package, sometimes hand in hand with atheism and sometimes with theism.

The New Atheists could have been sparklingly brilliant and progressive, but instead they’ve decided to adopt the same brand of hate filled bigotry that Christianity is accustomed to poking the “Other” with. Just another dogma. Just another oppressive meme to degrade humanity with, starting with women and non-white culture of course.

Liber al Vel Legis has some interesting things to say about this.

27. There is great danger in me; for who doth not understand these runes shall make a great miss. He shall fall down into the pit called Because, and there he shall perish with the dogs of Reason.

28. Now a curse upon Because and his kin!

29. May Because be accursed for ever!

30. If Will stops and cries Why, invoking Because, then Will stops & does nought.

31. If Power asks why, then is Power weakness.

32. Also reason is a lie; for there is a factor infinite & unknown; & all their words are skew-wise.

33. Enough of Because! Be he damned for a dog!

34. But ye, o my people, rise up & awake!

Why do we believe in gods? The straight up truth is that occultism is about embracing Doubt.  As Crowley said  “I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.”

m1thr0s and I believe in all the Gods but we believe Gods are an expression of a higher mind. Not believing in any limits for Nature means that if universe extends multidimensionally so does Nature. Strato was a Greek philosopher, the first to espouse the notion that the universe does not require any other cause, and posited the universe is sufficient first cause unto itself. That which we call God is in fact, the universe, and universal mind. They are the same thing. This is not to say the Gods are not capable of individuality. Individuality is built into the fabric of Nature.

Gods were identified and catalogued by humanity for the purpose of inspiring growth and evolution, Perfection or Completion being the ultimate lofty goal. One may reconcile the inner and outer world, microcosm and macrocosm, through the use of the idea “There is No God But Man” and forgo all of the baggage of slaves.

 

Nature urges us on to become perfect, pointing at us from all directions with immense mystery and the promise of an ever unfolding evolution, in our only real heaven, simply the here and now and whatever we choose to make of it.

 

Main article photo credit: The Brooklyn Museum, Thunderbird Transformation Mask by Namgis 1908.

By Stanislas de Guaita [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Stanislas de Guaita [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Occult Art is a term I had to use to describe what a small group of artists have been doing for some time. H.R. Giger, Aleister Crowley, Eliphas Levi, and many other occultists and occult conspirators have all produced this genre of art.

Occult Art talks about Mystery. Not only this, it does so in visceral and scientific ways - talismania and the magickal schools go hand in hand with the Occult Artist.

To be apprehended appropriately, it requires the viewer to have some knowledge of what they are viewing - not necessarily an initiate, but someone who knows at least a bit of mythology, religious iconography or so forth.

Here are some examples of Occult Art:

 

Seal_of_MarbasSeal of Marbas, The Lesser Key of Solomon: Lemegeton, Translated By Mathers,Samuel MacGregor Liddel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Some of the best paintings of the Tarot were created by Lady Frieda Harris under the instruction of Aleister Crowley. The deck combines past ages of alchemical and hermetic art with Crowley and Harris's view of the New Aeon.


In the past decade or so, occultism has spread throughout the arts, quietly and mostly in the underground. It's an important response to the materialistic nihilism of the 20th century and represents a modern revival of ancient art methodology which has never been fully accounted for.

The 15th century Rajasthani Tantrikas

Rajasthani has always been an artistic region of India. The Tantric paintings from there are abstract and seamlessly blend with modern minimalism. There are still a great many Tantric artists active in India using the same shamanistic methodology of the ancients.

tantrasongimageRajasthani Painting depicted in the b ook Tantra Song: Tantric Painting from Rajasthan by Franck André Jamme and André Padoux

The Medieval Alchemists

Not only speaking in cypher and proto-chemistry speak, the alchemists delved into exquisite depictions of their theories and workings, creating some of the most spectacular woodblocks and paintings ever to come out of Europe.

Matthäus Merian the Elder [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMatthäus Merian the Elder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


The Ancient Daoists

China has been involved in the Occult for a very long time, since the beginning of their recorded history in fact. The I Ching came to us from prehistory in China, where magick, called Wu, gave rise to the post-shaministic practices of the Daoists.

By Felix Andrews (Floybix). (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsDaoist (Taoist) symbols carved in stone: yin-yang and animals of the Chinese zodiac. Qingyanggong temple, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Photo by Felix Andrews (Floybix). (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

 


Anyone involved in the arts or the occult has something in common - that is, being a part of a community that for the most part, has little access to personal wealth within itself, and is exploited a great deal by unscrupulous corporations, business people, and far too often, other artists and occultists. Lobbyists are constantly trying to strip copyright power away from poor and disenfranchised artists.  While the community often rallies in powerful ways against predatory "design molesters" as I like to call them, it's never easy and it can lead to burnout amongst artists who if they achieve even a little success, see it ripped off.

Concept art god Randis Albion wrote a slick article on the subject of crowdsourcing and artist exploitation:

"The way our profession is treated at times is sickening. No one would dare to claim a free meal at a  restaurant in exchange for telling friends that it was tasty and yet in our industry some people do not
even bother to ask. Artworks get stolen on a daily basis as if this was a natural thing to do, as if art grows  on trees or is generated with a single button click in mysterious apps like Photoshop."

Read more: www.conceptart.org/forums/show…"

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I would point out that these are not some backwater fleamarkets selling ripped off designs, (which also happens, alot)  but big corporations with huge legal departments. RGMagazine wrote in their fashion blog: "cheap teen retailers such as Forever 21 re-sell low quality versions of both high-end and indie designer work to serve the girls who cannot afford the real thing. [...] Forever 21 has a fully staffed legal department, that deals with lawsuits and attacks from designers who Forever 21 steals from. "

One website aptly named "You Thought We Wouldn't Notice" (www.youthoughtwewouldntnotice.…)  tackles the issue by publishing every instance of art theft it finds, in order to leverage the tool of social ostracization to stop the practice.

Below is one horrible example. The wonderful occultesque artist Katie Scott created a very intricate and powerful image which was ripped off by a big clothing company called General Pants, who without her permission, sold them online to the global marketplace.
The Original by Katie Scott:

magic-science-katie-scott

The ripoff:

general-pants

It's so painful to see an artist's original design mass marketed - stolen - for some corporation's bottom line. The artist rarely recovers any of his or her lost income and work. The company makes their buck and moves on to the next idea to steal.

This predatory practice is part of the problem facing third world nations who get their native designs ripped off by mass market nations who give nothing back to the culture except a legacy of enviromental abuse and a generation of kids who can look forward to a short lifetime of severe disability. (I'm talking about the dangerous factory conditions afflicting women and children which lead to nerve damage). One of the hardest hit communities is the Native American tribes of the Southwest. Authentic pieces are purchased by factory buyers from the Pacific Rim who go back to Phillipines or China and reproduce the design enmasse, probably using child labor. For the Zuni, Hopi and Navajo artists who depend on making art for a living, this has a devastating effect and is cultural rape.

The example below is a fake fetish necklace, being illegally advertised as Native American. The seller admits it is made in the Phillipines. While a true fetish necklace is hand carved from genuine local stones and can take an Native American Indian artist months to create and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, the resin copy below is sold on places like Ebay or Etsy for as low as $40.

A fake cultural-rape necklace made in the AsiaA fake cultural-rape necklace made in the Phillipines sold on Etsy. This is one example amongst thousands that hurt poor artists living on reservations in the Southwestern United States.

To be fair, Ebay is much stricter about abusing Native American art. They warn every seller whenever they use the term Native American on a listing. Etsy, once though of as a crafter's haven,  is a horrible and  unethical company. It has become the central hub for design theft of all kinds, made out of cheap plastic and factory made items.

Artists are sort of the canary in the mines in any society. When artists are downtrodden, chances are the society is not a very enlightened one. They're also a reflection of the world at large. An exploited artist is an exploited underdeveloped nation. That is what the United States is becoming.

Crowdsourcing, bad education in a broken college system for artists, copycat mass-market art you can buy off the shelf at Old Navy or Target - this is what is exploiting artists.

Jason Manley, a cultural creative, artist right's activist and art school reformer behind conceptart.org, wrote that "It just gets worse every day with no end in sight" in response to yet another report on his forums that one of the community artists had their art completely stolen - copied and pasted - for a vulgar car advertisement, by a famous ad designer.

The outrage is still just a tiny voice in a sea of theft and corporate debauch. You Thought We Wouldn't Notice, an art law and theft blog, keeps the community up to date on recent outrages perpetrated by thieves.:

youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com/…

It's probably under-pressure corporate artists doing this - ones desperate enough to sell their soul to pay off their college loans - the ones that paid for a diploma with little or no education in actual art creation attached to it.

The question for the emerging artist is how to stop it. A small time artist doesn't have a lawyer standing behind their catalogue raissonne at all times waiting to go vampire on any corporation stupid enough to steal something from their treasure.

1. For starters, start watermarking your work if you put it online. We had to start doing this at The Abrahadabra Institute because the fucking Freemasons were claiming some of m1thr0s's proofs - never before published or depicted anywhere in the world - were part of their ancient "legacy".  Bullshit. For this reason I never trust Freemasons. Here's a couple of different examples of watermarks:

Seven of Blades - Futility by Izi Ningishzidda and m1thr0sSeven of Blades - Futility by Izi Ningishzidda and m1thr0s
yoga by m1thr0syoga by m1thr0s

 

2. Use small resolution images. Anything larger than 800x600 is asking for trouble. If you want to show off your work at a larger size - for xst's sakes, save it for an opening show and print it off at Imagekind.

3. Put your name on your work. Even if you don't watermark it, at least put your name and/or website address on the work so if it gets passed around you get the advertising credit. Just remember it can be cropped off by evil people.

4. Don't put your work on the internet. This, I can't really recommend unless you're living in New York City and already have strong gallery representation. First you almost always need the publicity of the internet as an emerging or even intermediate artist. Secondly, in the unlikely case you become famous in this post 1980's art world, your images are going to end up online anyways. I do advise not showing your work until you really are familiar with how to get stolen art taken down and how to protect it using watermarks and Google search.

5. If your work is stolen for profit, send a bill to the art thief. Be civil and try to explain that you make art for a living. You can always try getting paid by the company. This only works if the company actually has money, reach and legal concerns and isn't some shack on the beach  somewhere in Rio or something.

6.  Threaten legal action, and if they don't respond, follow through with a lawyer and a good cease and desist.  A lawyer costs about $50-$100 an hour on average, but only bill based on collective hours spent, so it may not be as expensive as you think. It's important as your work grows that you start a relationship with a lawyer or legal service. (I recommend Prepaid Legal Services, aka LegalShield)

7. Talk about it. Division is the Tool of Restriction. Find an artist's community to ally with and talk about tough issues facing the industry such as crowdsourcing and illegal copying. Make people aware of what companies like Forever 21 and Walmart are doing to artists.

8. Report image theft to the ISP. I have successfully had m1thr0s's art removed from for-profit sites that did not pay for his work by going directly to the ISP. Even ISP's not bound by hard  copyright law such as those based in Israel or South America will often honor the request - they have a reputation to protect and most people who don't sell art will protect artists. If you don't know who the host is, do a whois lookup on the domain.

9. Stolen physical works. Have you ever had a framed piece of original work stolen? I have and it sucks!  I have never gotten these pieces back, as it's hard to track stolen art. Report it to the police as soon as possible and save the copy of the police report. You can use it to retrieve stolen artwork. Post local ads on craigslist asking for the crowd to help find the work.  Even years later, don't hesitate to continue the search by posting photos of it online and ALWAYS sign your work so that people know who it came from. Get digital photos of the work as soon as  you create  a work so you have a record of it.

10.  Lastly, don't encourage art theft of any kind, and don't engage in such behavior yourself. Torrenting movies and music that have not been released by the artist for such a purpose is also art theft, and one little theft can lead to an attitude of appropriating anything. Go through a service that pays the artists, like Netflix or Pandora.

 

As always ask questions in the comment section and I'll do my best to answer.

A HISTORY OF THE RISING TYRANNY OF ALPHABETIC CHARACTERS ON THE INTERNET, OR HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE DEVIANTART AND TELL SAATCHIONLINE TO FUCK OFF


Artists need  to be free to create. They can reinvent themselves anyway they choose, and they can show other artists and non-artists how to reinvent themselves in the process. They are linked to the realm of imagination where anything goes, and they are  a portal to this realm, bringing back artifacts to alter our reality.

It’s especially important that they are able to do this online in the plebian lands of the WWW. That’s right, I called the WWW plebian – it isn’t really the internet as a whole – just a tiny tamed slice you can view with your browser.  The patricians of the internet are the code ninjas, network admins and deepnet denizens who grew up in the silicon wilds in the 80′s and 90′s, nursed on silicon titties of the Erisian internet goddess.


[...]Cont

this weird and exotic journey through tarot and hexagrammology finally bears some motherfucking fruit in the form of:

CARDS


Firstcards by ningishzidda

MythMath sent us these prototypes to look at and examine (they smell rather beefy) and I was in awe of how fantastic this card stock was. The playing card stock pro poker decks use is very hard to find, only one man in the world buys it in bulk and resells it just to be a good guy cuz you basically have to buy like a literal ton of it. 

He sent us the full decks after a few bugs were worked out and man they are awesome!
All The Cards by ningishzidda




At a $1 a sheet, these decks will run about $200 but we're working on the cover letter to US Games. ;)


In the real world, if your art is awesome, and you distribute it anywhere in publications it will get nabbed. People will save it if you put it anywhere on the internet, and they will even print off copies if they think it's super awesome. Putting up neurotic "do not steal" warnings, threatening viewers with homeland security or the FBI not only makes you look lame, it makes you look ignorant. Copyrights are in place as soon as you create an image. It's not going to stop pirates from stealing your work, either. Ones who do it for a living make their living breaking the law. So while you're doing nothing to deter thieves, you're doing everything to alienate possible fans.

The clever artist will limit damage by limited access to the original. If you don't want to find prints of your original oils, for example, on the streets of Hong Kong on cell phone covers, don't let people have huge images of your work. Don't upload big images unless you want it redistributed.

If you are drawing fanart, you have no right to the copyright. Nada. Claiming copyright or proclaiming that no one can steal your work when it's of Batman or say, The Smurfs, is absurd. You have no claim and no original idea. You are the one who is the thief - but since the "theft" is free advertising for the corporate brand, most companies tolerate it.

A true artist makes his or her way in the world of art by finding their voice. If you are still drawing fan art of World of Warcraft characters or making a DeviantArt account dedicated to some franchise without being hired to do so, you're not becoming a true artist. You're serving someone else's vision. Companies love fan art because it helps their bottom line. You're not doing yourself a favor though.

Be original. Come up with your own dynamic characters and stop following tired visions like some sad media-poisoned sheep.
armchair
armchair magician
izi ningishzidda (signed as naomi chan)
2005

nude1
nude study
izi ningishzidda (signed as naomi chan)
2005

medici-cast-drawing
giuliano de medici after michelangelo (cast drawing)
izi ningishzidda (signed as naomi chan)
2005

Why do artists, particularily students, work in grisaille (monochrome, pronounced "gris-sai")? The reason for this is because it teaches the artist value gradiation. After learning how to properly measure angles and negatives spaces, and before learning how to mix colors and achieve compositional harmony, the student must learn how to use light and dark. Grisaille makes use of very inexpensive supplies, such as vine charcoal or simple white and black or dark brown (typically van dyke brown). This makes it a very attractive and logical choice for students. It is still incorporated into the curriculum of contemporary realist studios working in the academic traditions, for example at The Contemporary Realist Academy, in Memphis, Tennessee where I studied, at The Ryder Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Ted Seth Jacob's Ecole Albert Defois in France. The end of the phase of value gradiation study is marked by the time-honored cast drawing exercise, where the artist selects a white cast of a master's work from the atelier's collection and makes a copy of it.



The Abrahadabra Institute will be showing at The Bandha Room this October 5th-6th 2012.  The theme is Myths and Masks. We have some spooky art to share with you. There will be performances throughout the evening and we will be doing tarot readings as a fundraiser for the Abrahadabra Institute all night.

bhagalamukhi

izi ningishzidda
bhagalamukhi
2011

fenrisaandyggdrassil

izi ningishzidda
fenris and yggdrassil

ananta
izi ningishzidda
ananta
2012



izi ningishzidda
vampire's kiss
2007

framed-blackakasha-kaosstar

kaos star 03 : black akasha
m1thr0s
2012
The Faery Queen of Thorny Relationships

Izi Ningishzidda
The Faery Queen of Thorny Relationships
Ink on Parchment
2005

In highschool when I was working in the local Seattle art circuit I worked almost exclusively in ink as I was a huge Timothy Bradstreet fan, and it was a cheap easily available medium for a young artist.

Ever tried stippling? This is the most time-consuming artform I have ever experimented with. I'm not going to say I won't ever do it again, but I must say it was a gargantuan task.  It does lend a lovely antique feel to the image that calls to mind old woodblock prints. It's also a good for developing patience and concentration.  I think this small work (11 x 14) took me 30 hours to finish. Almost a full week's work.  So don't get into it looking to make a quick buck!

You can either use a kohi-noor pen with interchangeable nibs (fussy, but my personal favorite for ink work) or a range of different nib sizes.

I used parchment for this image but it looks good on a variety of papers.  Experimenting with different paper colors and quality can lead to some very interesting results.

I also advocate the use of filling in areas with black and line work, it adds interest and complexity to the work not normally seen in softer "pure stippling" works.