Wednesday, October 28, 2015


My friend Matt Kepler makes stuff out of leather, under the name Cult of Hades. His shear holsters, wallets, guitar straps, and accessories are works of art, meticulously designed and hand-crafted out of cow, sheep, python, ostrich, crocodile, pony, stingray, and sometimes human. Matt's a man of vision and precision. His taste for the macabre runs through all his work. Before leather, he was making costumes (a 250-lb chain mail dress, masks made of skulls and antlers), artwork for bands (Brutal Truth, Landmine Marathon), and various other creations (there was this giant, serial-killer dollhouse that was unbelievable).

This Sunday, November 1st, Matt has a new piece in Dreams Were Made For Mortals, the group art show curated by Karlynn Holland at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. Titled "Cult of Hades Divining Board," it is a hand-embossed black leather gameboard with a gilded human scapula viewfinder and black wax altar.