So when we came across San Francisco-based artist Ben Venom’s heavy metal-inspired quilts, we can’t say we were surprised. We can say, however, that we were sufficiently impressed with his ability to turn “your grandmother’s sewing circle” into a celebration of vintage tattoos, the occult and motorcycle gangs. Blending, as he puts it, B-movie horror film style with the delicate intricacy of quilting, he creates the perfect mashup of traditional and unconventional. Behold:
Images that frequently pop up in Venom’s works include ax-wielding skeletons riding tigers, eagles adorned in chains, knives embedded in animal heads, skulls, eyeballs, anchors, more skulls and more knives. Threaded together from the artist’s old t-shirts, with bits of denim and leather tossed in for good measure, the decadent blankets are the perfect piece of art for a Megadeth fan who enjoys a toasty night’s sleep. Or a Slayer enthusiast who appreciates the perfect piece of wall art.
Take a peek at Venom’s extreme and beautiful designs below and let us know your thoughts on his particular brand of quilting in the comments.
Venom sent a batch of his newest works, not yet seen on the internet, below: