Artwork by Kyle Ranson
Damaged Bug’s John Dwyer (also of Thee Oh Sees) has always had a thing for strange, grotesque imagery, as a quick look at his extensive back catalog reveals. But Dwyer has perhaps never fully embraced his penchant for the perverse until now. Today, Damaged Bug announces a unique collaboration with artist Kyle Ranson, in which the latter will produce a limited edition tarot card deck entitled The Tarot of Personal Experience and the former will provide an accompanying soundtrack on 7-inch vinyl.
A press release describes the deck as “gravely suited for divination in this mutated world of ours” and promises cards ranging from the terrifying (“Radiation”, “Power-Over”) to the unconventional (“Stoner Older Brother”, “Saturday Morning Cartoons”). You can check out some examples of Ranson’s twisted artwork ahead, but first hit play on this exclusive premiere of Damaged Bug’s funked up “Horse Egg 2”, which will appear on the soundtrack’s B-side.
The Tarot of Personal Experience will be released via Castle Face on September 19th. The 45-card deck comes in a hot-foiled card case, including an insert with explanations of the card characteristics and a written intro by the artist. The colored 7-inch vinyl comes in a printed jacket with artwork by Ranson as well. Both are available only via mail-order and limited to 1,000 copies, though the cards will also be on display in the Chris Lux art show being hosted by Brian Lee Hughes at his Sade Gallery in LA on September 18th.
Below, check out some examples of Ranson’s work (that’s the cover art up above):
“Saturday Morning Cartoons”:
But wait! That’s not all. Check out Damaged Bug’s new video for Cold Hot Plumbs’ “The Mirror”, an Italian giallo-inspired work directed by Alfredo Lopez. It’s got enough weird scares to get you stoked for the Halloween season, at the very least.