Feb 7, 2013

Metaldudes Cat Book

Metaldudes Cats Book is a photography book of portraits of West Coast Metalheads with their kitties!

This book is intended to not only celebrate the beauty of the people photographed (and their adorable kitties), but also to transcend the judgement placed on the metal scene, which sometimes is characterized as violent, hateful and misanthropic.

Alexandra Crockett began the Metaldudes Cats Book project in 2010 when she decided to ask her cat-loving, metal-loving friends if they would be interested in a photo project. Their reaction: excitement and delight.

"The metal scene has long been thought of as a culture of people who are into dark, depressing, even disturbing imagery and deas. I believe that in a lot of ways, these portrayals have spilled over into judgments of people's character as well. In general, these judgments are not only negative, but also incorrect. This, of course, can also be said of the portrayal of men in our society."

Once published, proceeds from the book will go toward no-kill cat shelters along the West Coast. With support from dedicated animal advocates such as Greg Ginn, Donald Tardy, Gitane Demone, and artist Christophe Szpajdel, Metaldudes Cats Book shows that while the music may be brutal, depressive, or extreme, the people in the scene are amazingly compassionate and affectionate, especially towards their pets. The book will feature such artists as Isis, Xasthur, Atriarch, Black Goat, Book Of Black Earth, Harassor, Lord Time, Skeletonwitch, King Dude, Morbid Angel, Anhedonist, Thrones, Lightning Swords Of Death, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, Nausea, Exhumed, Phobia, Murder Construct, Cattle Decapitation, And Gypsyhawk.

Benefit shows will take place in Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle in February and March.

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