It's been a while since Blackbird sent us a party announcement, but this Metal bash features nearly 50 local and national artists, musicians, jewelry artisans, make-up artists, food trucks and hair dressers all celebrating everything headbangery: tattoos, hair, ravens, rock, black lipstick, alcohol, doves, rock, leather, lace, faux Satanica and rock.
The exhibition's local artists roster names known names like Jeff Bertrand, Miranda Herrick, AJ Illustration, Valerie Harrell and Ash Sivils, but tonight's show will also be a good opportunity to find a new, underground painter, sculptor or artisan to get excited about.
With that in mind, keep your eyes peeled for Alex Rodriguez' portraits of pretty girls. The Seattle-based artist's choice of models, their clothes and their poses makes these paintings and drawings read like fashion photos and one could imagine Rodriguez hand-crafting an all-illustrated couture catalog — and someone should probably be paying him top dollar to do just that.
But, don't forget — this is a metal show. Rodriguez' work features lots of nudity, the occasional severed limb and a dash of S&M posturing. It might be better to check out his site after work — unless you work for an alternative weekly newspaper in which case you'll still be the square with the boring browser history.
In the meantime, here are some of my safe favorites...
I spoke on the phone with Shannon Wages at Blackbird last night, and she wanted me to pass on that the event will also be a benefit. Details are still developing after the bad storms we've had this week, but Wages — a native Mississippian — said auctions and other happenings are in the works to raise some relief for our neighbors in the Southeast who could use a hand right about now.
Visit the Blackbird site for information about ticketing and updates on how you can thrust your spiked, black leather, fingerless gloved fist in the air for a good cause. See you Blackbird Tattoo and Gallery, Saturday night at 8 p.m.