Gothic Fetish

by Kiko Matsing

Venice Beach, CA (2015)

T-shirt artwork inspired by Swiss airbrush artist H.R. Giger who designed the Alien movie creature and spawned urban goth aesthetic.

It recalls certain aspects of fin-de-siècle decadent art (Edward Burne-Jones, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Baudelaire): the vampiric woman, the baroque serpentine motif, an overpowering gothic mood, and S&M death fetish. It fits the medium of tattoo and air brush graffiti–an outlet for inner city malaise.