Evan Vellela & the age of sacred terror

Attending Philly shows over the years many of the sets and road trips have blended together, but Evans flyers will always stand out. Using source material from historical events, pop culture, and religious artifacts juxtaposed with straight forward often daunting phrases, Evan creates his own narrative and repurposes the images giving them a new context. To celebrate the release of Evan's newest zine 'The age of sacred terror' we asked Evan to discuss some of his favorite shows and the flyers he created for them.

1) Bane - It's funny how the ones you put the least amount of effort into become the ones that people claim to be your best work. I lifted the graphic of the skeleton from a 1950's horror film poster, and cut out the image inside the coffin so i could lay it over a photo that Angela Owens took of Bane from This Is Hardcore a few years back. All in all, I think it turned out alright and I was hyped to work with Angela because she is the best.

1) Bane - It's funny how the ones you put the least amount of effort into become the ones that people claim to be your best work. I lifted the graphic of the skeleton from a 1950's horror film poster, and cut out the image inside the coffin so i could lay it over a photo that Angela Owens took of Bane from This Is Hardcore a few years back. All in all, I think it turned out alright and I was hyped to work with Angela because she is the best.

2) AF - I had one goal with this one, and that was to make a flyer that gave off an A7 '83 vibe. The image came from the pages of a horror film book that I purchased at Book Trader in Olde City (and subsequently fell apart). This was assembled on the fly at the my most hated location, the Oregon Avenue Staples copy center. Truly a hell on earth. 

2) AF - I had one goal with this one, and that was to make a flyer that gave off an A7 '83 vibe. The image came from the pages of a horror film book that I purchased at Book Trader in Olde City (and subsequently fell apart). This was assembled on the fly at the my most hated location, the Oregon Avenue Staples copy center. Truly a hell on earth. 

3) Merchandise - This one is from the last show I ever booked. This was right when Merchandise was blowing up, but they were adamant about playing a gig in Allentown (because we did so many wild Cult Ritual gigs in the past). They got the full experience too, playing in a drug spot bar in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. Seeing reps from Sub Pop come out to try and option them and be visibly uneasy about their surroundings made for a good laugh

3) Merchandise - This one is from the last show I ever booked. This was right when Merchandise was blowing up, but they were adamant about playing a gig in Allentown (because we did so many wild Cult Ritual gigs in the past). They got the full experience too, playing in a drug spot bar in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city. Seeing reps from Sub Pop come out to try and option them and be visibly uneasy about their surroundings made for a good laugh

4) Pentagram - This was an unofficial flyer, as nobody really asked me to make it. At the time I was working an office job where I always had free time to fuck off and do whatever, & I had a drawer of images that I kept on ice just in case I needed something. I had this one of Mia Farrow laying around with nothing to use it for, so when this show got announced and I didn't see a flyer for it, I took it upon myself to make one. Later on at the show I accidentally looked Bobby Leibling straight in the eyes and it was the single most haunting moment of my adult life.

4) Pentagram - This was an unofficial flyer, as nobody really asked me to make it. At the time I was working an office job where I always had free time to fuck off and do whatever, & I had a drawer of images that I kept on ice just in case I needed something. I had this one of Mia Farrow laying around with nothing to use it for, so when this show got announced and I didn't see a flyer for it, I took it upon myself to make one. Later on at the show I accidentally looked Bobby Leibling straight in the eyes and it was the single most haunting moment of my adult life.

5) Twitching Tongues - The image for this one came from that same disintegrating horror film book that I mentioned earlier. I went all out and made big poster sized copies for this gig, and while I was waiting to pay I overheard a mother in line behind me tell her son that she thought the image was disgusting, so I knew I was doing something right. I also recall someone I strongly dislike catching a beating at this gig for doing some grimy shit (and although I don't normally condone violence, I can't say that I was too mad at that).

5) Twitching Tongues - The image for this one came from that same disintegrating horror film book that I mentioned earlier. I went all out and made big poster sized copies for this gig, and while I was waiting to pay I overheard a mother in line behind me tell her son that she thought the image was disgusting, so I knew I was doing something right. I also recall someone I strongly dislike catching a beating at this gig for doing some grimy shit (and although I don't normally condone violence, I can't say that I was too mad at that).

6) The Rival Mob - This is from the Brooklyn record release for the Mob Justice 12". I had the image laying around for a few months (lifted from the poster of a trashy 1970's biker flick) and when I got asked to make something for this show, it only made sense. Inside Out NYC ended up dropping, probably so they could go shop at the beatest mall instead. I was convinced I got a concussion during Waste Management, but as it turns out I just got punched really fucking hard in the head. 

6) The Rival Mob - This is from the Brooklyn record release for the Mob Justice 12". I had the image laying around for a few months (lifted from the poster of a trashy 1970's biker flick) and when I got asked to make something for this show, it only made sense. Inside Out NYC ended up dropping, probably so they could go shop at the beatest mall instead. I was convinced I got a concussion during Waste Management, but as it turns out I just got punched really fucking hard in the head. 

7) Protex - Whenever Timmy from Chaos In Tejas asked me to make a flyer it was always for the most insane shows. Protex in a room about the size of my living room/kitchen. Real wild stuff. At the time I had tried to use this image of Meiko Kaji for a few other flyers, but nothing looked right. I managed to fit everything just right here, and it ended up being one of my favorite flyers. This was also the second time she has been on a flyer of mine (and since then has been on two more).

7) Protex - Whenever Timmy from Chaos In Tejas asked me to make a flyer it was always for the most insane shows. Protex in a room about the size of my living room/kitchen. Real wild stuff. At the time I had tried to use this image of Meiko Kaji for a few other flyers, but nothing looked right. I managed to fit everything just right here, and it ended up being one of my favorite flyers. This was also the second time she has been on a flyer of mine (and since then has been on two more).

8) Framtid - I made this one while I was working a particularly slow shift on new year's eve. The image is of anti-war activists John & Mary Beth Tinker, and I took a nod from the Gism school of graphic design and cut the skulls to fit over their faces. Always a good look, as far as I am concerned. Sadly, Framtid was denied entry to the states, so this flyer was pretty much unseen by anyone that doesn't follow me on Instagram. 

8) Framtid - I made this one while I was working a particularly slow shift on new year's eve. The image is of anti-war activists John & Mary Beth Tinker, and I took a nod from the Gism school of graphic design and cut the skulls to fit over their faces. Always a good look, as far as I am concerned. Sadly, Framtid was denied entry to the states, so this flyer was pretty much unseen by anyone that doesn't follow me on Instagram. 

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