“Halloween,” an Ancient Modern.
It is the amalgamation of centuries of human experience, and encompasses the magic of Summer’s End. The meaning of Halloween as we know it today has culminated through various stories of old, religious traditions, national customs, literature, and film. As the culture of Halloween progressed through our history, so did its symbols.
The symbols of Halloween that we see so often today come from different ages, regions, and aspects of culture. Among them- the Jack O’ Lantern, the Witch, the Ghost, and the Skeleton; they are, as we refer to them, The Spirits of Autumn. However, as history changed, and ‘holidays’ became more commercial, these old ‘spirits’ simply became visual motifs under a single title, the “Halloween” we know now. The Beistle Co. was the first to adapt aged Halloween imagery for modern commercial culture, and popularized the Halloween iconography through the manufacturing of illustrious and affordable paper holiday decorations. Beistle contributed to the commonplace nature of Halloween in the United States, and now, having existed and celebrated for little over 100 years, the style of the Halloween illustrations and graphics presented by companies like Beistle have a unique vintage presence.
In Assignment 9, Artist Graphix Slayer enhances The Spirits of Autumn in his own vision to be reborn in the Information Age and live beyond as artifacts for the future.
A ‘Future Nostalgia.’ Acid Techno Occult.
First real trial demonstrating partnership and collaboration with the artist, creating a meaningful yet playful artifact, care of Home Room. Testing for operations within A.DEMONSTRATION. An exercise in the extensive practice of research and literature development. “Puff Print” method implemented.
Artwork / Graphic created by Graphix Slayer, adapted for garment c/o Home Room with additional design by JOYCE.
Orange Long Sleeve t-shirt provided by Los Angeles Apparel. Garment is manufactured in Los Angeles with 6.5 oz 100% cotton.
Printing processed in Los Angeles. A-side printed with black plastisol ink. B-side printed with black puff additive plastisol ink.
75 denier thread woven tag manufactured in Los Angeles.