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Serial Killer Art Review Tired of the Gustav Klimpt posters you bought when you were a freshman? Grown tired of the faux antique absinthe poster you bought at Ikea? How about spicing up your decor with a splash of bona fide serial killer art? This site showcases the best of the worst.... reviews and grades of serial killer artwork. Enjoy!

This is my first (and probably creepiest) post.
posted by mannythedog (30 comments total)
[This is good.]
posted by thebabelfish at 6:05 PM on January 23, 2005

Serial killers are so much more artistically acomplished in the movies.
posted by bobo123 at 6:14 PM on January 23, 2005

I am extremely disturbed by the fact that Charles Manson's handwriting looks like mine.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:21 PM on January 23, 2005

(Oh, and good find, mannythedog.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:22 PM on January 23, 2005

Like totally surreal, dude.
posted by Quartermass at 6:24 PM on January 23, 2005

I's rather eerie that the prior post on yuppiepunk was "the truth about chachi."
posted by tidecat at 6:25 PM on January 23, 2005

I think Charles Manson does not qualify as a serial killer,
he did not actually kill anyone that I know about.
posted by hortense at 6:28 PM on January 23, 2005

With her first paycheck, my daughter bought me a framed copy of Gustav Klimpt's, The Kiss. I never tire of this image.
posted by Oyéah at 6:36 PM on January 23, 2005

Where can I order prints?

There does seem to be a wide dichotomy between the cliché (Gacy, Shawcross, Lucas) and the enigmatic (Mullen Haley, Kearney). Apropos of Kearney, I mean, how many people did Warhol kill?

Very seriously, I'd display the Manson piece in my cubicle at work.
posted by jimfl at 6:37 PM on January 23, 2005

They gave Kearney a B+, but seem unaware that his portrait is actually of Myra Hindley, another serial killer. Surely Kearney should get extra points for the recursive subject matter.
posted by amber_dale at 6:41 PM on January 23, 2005

jimfl - looks like there are no prints for sale, but you can buy the original for $700 here. You'd have the most popular cube around, though nobody would let you talk to their kids.
posted by mannythedog at 6:43 PM on January 23, 2005

Good call amber_dale.
posted by Dean Keaton at 6:53 PM on January 23, 2005

I wonder how the person/persons resposible for that Serial Killer Art Gallery acquires that stuff and what they do with the money.
posted by sklero at 7:23 PM on January 23, 2005

Oh THANK YOU tidecat-- I clicked on the Chachi link and landed the theme song from Joni lvs Chachi..........

[smiling widely]

...Loved Manson's use of orange, of course.
posted by TangerineGurl at 7:28 PM on January 23, 2005

Hey hortense-- it's been a while since I read Helter Skelter but as I recall there were a number of people that Manson shot or stabbed in the desert.
posted by brevator at 7:44 PM on January 23, 2005

Klimt. It's Klimt.
posted by mediareport at 8:13 PM on January 23, 2005

hortense: in layman's terms that's what's known as hairsplitting. Even in legal terms, as the mastermind of the Tate-LaBianca murders, he'd be considered a serial killer. And that's putting aside the other probable killings that brevator alludes to.
posted by jonmc at 8:16 PM on January 23, 2005

Very good. The John Wayne Gracey made me my jaw drop.

That guy is messed up.
posted by xammerboy at 8:19 PM on January 23, 2005

Now, the flipness of the blogger's comments aside, looking at artworks by people like this can be interesting and informative in that it might give us insight into whatever twisted "logic," their minds' operate by. Of course, there's always the risk of looking to make sense where there isn't any, but it's one worth taking.
posted by jonmc at 8:20 PM on January 23, 2005

"Neckface" is NYC's current it-boy? Really? I don't get it. Does this mean I'm uncultured? Or am I just not street enough?

Thanks for the link, mannythedog. I actually think Kearney's is pretty cool.
posted by sellout at 8:22 PM on January 23, 2005

Even in legal terms, as the mastermind of the Tate-LaBianca murders, he'd be considered a serial killer.

More of a mass murderer, I should think.
posted by rushmc at 8:43 PM on January 23, 2005

More on the artistic side of Manson at Air, Trees, Water, Animals.

That Henry Lee Lucas clown is amazing.

rush, depends on whether you believe the '30+ bodies in the desert' claims by the ex-Manson Family members who scored a book deal. Although it's worthy of noting that Manson himself claims to have killed somewhere around that many. If it was only the Tate-LaBianca murders, then sure, he's a mass murderer.

However, Manson was also charged with the November 1970 murder of Ronald Hughes, and three other murders at dates other than the night of 9 August 1969. This makes the killings serial.

sellout, got a 403 on both your links.
posted by cosmonik at 9:43 PM on January 23, 2005

cosmonik: Sorry about that. Not sure why it happened.

I think this pretty much sums up what I was getting at. (The first link was to the eighth image down the right side. Hoe's?) I guess I'm not sophisticated enough to appreciate artists who draw or use punctuation like eleven-year-olds.
posted by sellout at 1:03 AM on January 24, 2005

I like how Manson manages to work in a swastika into his signature, but I'm worried he's married to the theme....
posted by 235w103 at 1:21 AM on January 24, 2005

Charles Miller Manson on craziness: "Crazy used to mean something. Hell, nowadays everybody's crazy."
posted by alumshubby at 4:14 AM on January 24, 2005

Uh dude, is that a Care Bear?

Am I the only one who finds this picture the most chilling of the lot?
posted by ciderwoman at 5:21 AM on January 24, 2005

Slightly off topic, but I got to see Dr. Kevorkian's art exhibit in Ferndale. He painted some very creepy images that I imagine were his visualization of pain. There was also this very ordinary portrait of the good doctor and his lawyer, Fieger, sitting together in a law library.
posted by rfs at 5:54 AM on January 24, 2005

I cannotp beliepve I missppelled Klimt (was Klimpt)! Thanks for pointing that out, Pmediareport.

I've shamed myself and my familyp in my phirst ppost.
posted by mannythedog at 3:03 PM on January 24, 2005

I believe that bear is supposed to be pink
posted by Debaser626 at 9:34 AM on January 25, 2005

Cereal killer art

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