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Kat Von D: “My Idea Of Beauty Is A Lot Different Than Most People’s”

Kat Von D: “My Idea Of Beauty Is A Lot Different Than Most People’s”

As Jim Davis might rightfully stated: “Kat rules the world” // Kat Von D // (c) Kat Von D Beauty

For many years the name Kat Von D was tied exclusively to tattoos and tabloids. After all, both of these things, alongside her ambition, her smarts and her stunning goth appeal made her into an internationally renowned tattoo artist, having successfully ran her own studio High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood and starred in TLC’s reality show LA Ink. But the natural born creator is so much more: author, animal rights activist, feminist, free spirit, musician, wife, mother, makeup mogul.

Tiny Monsters And Giant Antlers: The German Museum Of Hunting And Fishing in Munich

Tiny Monsters And Giant Antlers: The German Museum Of Hunting And Fishing In Munich

The Irish elk (megaloceros giganteus) stood about 2.1 meters tall at the shoulders and carrying the largest antlers of any known cervid – a maximum of 3.65 meters from tip to tip. Unfortunately, this beauty went extinct about 11,500 years ago. // (c) AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK

DAY WALKING // In every city there are obvious sights to see and places to go. And then there are secret spots and hidden gems. The German Museum Of Hunting And Fishing in Bavaria’s capital Munich is one of them, a must-see for taxidermy enthusiasts.

Of Dream And Drama… And Poetry: The Writings Of Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro

Of Dream And Drama… And Poetry: The Writings Of Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro 

Little Black Phillip with Fernando Ribeiro, poet, author and lead singer of Portuguese metal band Moonspell // (c) Napalm Records

He is best known as frontman and lyricist of Portuguese dark metal band Moonspell. However, Fernando Ribeiro has also made a name for himself as a writer. His latest is also his first fictional book Senhora Vingança (Lady Vengeance) and contains two ruthlessly dark short stories. Prior to that he explored the manifold facets of pain betrayal, hope and healing by means of poetic verse.

The Shit Life Of Former Mayhem Vocalist Sven Erik “Maniac” Kristiansen

The Shit Life Of Former Mayhem Vocalist Sven Erik Maniac Kristiansen

The moment you find yourself wishing you’d be a guard, so you could raid his cell: Maniac // Press shoot for Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War” (2000) // (c) Season Of Mist

PAST INTENSE // When a band is called Skitliv (shit life), you can hardy expect bubble gum pop music. Their debut album “Skandinavisk Misantropi”, however, is next level shit – so dark, it may cause self-destructive behavior and long-lasting feelings of emptiness and frustration. A true masterpiece, created by none other than Sven Erik Kristinansen aka Maniac, former vocalist of black metal legends Mayhem.

The Story Behind The Song “Black” by Pearl Jam

The Story Behind One Of The Saddest Songs Ever Written: Black by Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder used to be close friends with Johnny Ramone and is president of a Ramones fan club // (c) YouTube

SOUNDS OF SILENCE // “I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star in somebody else’s sky. But why can’t it be mine?” How can one not be touched by these words? They are the final lines of one of Pearl Jam’s best-known songs, “a sad tale of lost love”, as Rolling Stone Magazine once called it.

Contemporary Art That Reveals What’s Hidden In The Dark

Contemporary Art That Uncovers What’s Hidden In The Dark

(c) Lucas Zimmermann “Traffic Lights” // photography (2015)

By the light of day, black reveals its many shades. Literally, but also in an emotional, psychological und philosophical sense. The group show SHADES OF BLACK exhibits various contemporary positions on what is less a color than a symbol. In fact, black isn’t a color at all, but appears when all colors are brought to their darkest value. It is the absence of light, representing the primal fear of nothingness, death and isolation, yet is associated with infinity, silence and elegance.


AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK is a blogazine for those who find inspiration, pleasure and beauty in darkness. Who search for it in music, art, fashion, literature, places and other people. Who pay attention to obscure details and dare to take a deeper look. Who enjoy being different, but find comfort in knowing that they are not alone. AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK is a mindset, a cross-referencer and a common denominator – beyond cliché and niche, genre and gender, limits and boundaries. It unites and invites those who share a passion for everything AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK.

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