Tuesday, January 13, 2015

From the Void: The Illustrations of Arkahno13

It's almost impossible to classify the demonic tinged creations of gay Mexican artist/illustrator Arkahno13. It's part romantic horror, part witchcraft/demonology, part Dungeons & Dragons, part Tom of Finland (minus the oversized manhood). It's fairly unique. Even Arkahno himself has a hard time giving it a genre. When I asked him what he would classify it as, he responded, "I never though about that, I don't know if there is such a thing, I guess some place between bara and dark illustration." Whatever you wanna call it, it's pretty great.

Aside from Arkahno's illustrations, there is not much information about him on the internet. So, I asked him for a little bit of background:
I'm 31 years old at this moment, I live in Guadalajara Jalisco, is a city in Mexico, you may say I'm not the typical gay guy, I love rock-industrial music, symbolisms, I'm also a bone collector, sometimes tattoo artist and sometimes musician. I started drawing when I was a child, during my adolescence I was into comics and manga so I drawed stuff like that just for fun, I started to put my love for men anatomy, dark ambients and some ideas in my drawings latter, and that become slowly in what I do now.
Since his imagery puts us in the mood for horror, my film loving coworker wanted to know what Arkahno's favorite scary movies were. "I love "The Eye" (Japanese version) and The Woman in Black. Ghosts are creepy in those ones." When asked what artists he follows, he replied with a surprisingly diverse list, "Zoe Lacchei, Nickie Charles, Chiara Bautista, Nick Kushner, Stuntkid, Gottfried Helnwein are my favourites in this moment."

If you would like to explore the world of Arkahno13 on your own, we suggest his Tumblr, DeviantArt, and Facebook pages! 

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