|Alternative Matter Webzine|
|Mark DeVito with Mikkey Dee|
Being a former graphic artist – you turned to designing ‘metal wear’ for babies. Can you explain to our readers, how this concept came about?
|Mark DeVito with son Aidan|
In regards to graphic designing – you have worked with many metal bands and their merchandising. How did you get into this career field and do tell us, which metal bands have you enjoyed working with?
I have worked for a lot of companies and as an independent (for over 27 years now), and have enjoyed working with most of the top Metal and Hard Rock bands in the world, and it is an honour, to be certain. I always loved t-shirts, mostly because I would go to so many shows, that I started to collect a shirt from every show I would go to. I think it just became an obsession to be able to be involved with the bands I grew up with…it was either that or become a pizza chef. LOL! [We are glad you are not a pizza chef!]
|Queensryche 2008-2009 World Tour – women’s shirt design sold throughout tour|
I LOVE working with Motörhead, as they are my all-time favourite band, and it is a dream come true to even be considered designing something for them. I still can’t believe it. They are the nicest folks, too…they have the best crew in the world, and all of them are the coolest! It is very much like a family and I am honoured to be asked to be a part of their family. Metallica has been fun, sometimes, not so much fun, but overall, I love those guys. Anthrax is great because of their great sense of humour. All the local guys I grew up with, like Death Angel and Testament, Laaz and Ruffians. I see those guys all the time, we’re all good friends and they have always been so kind to me. I just love working with any and all metal/hard rock bands!
|Twisted Sister – World Tour shirt – used for stage backdrop and website logo/main page graphic|
Metal Babies has become a favourite for many Metalheads and their little offspring. Some of the designs are really awesome and non-offensive. One of my personal favourites is “Nappath Baby Nappath” [which is a parody of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath]. How often do you come up with such quirky slogans?
|My unborn niece/nephew will be getting this.|
I tell everyone that I came up with the idea as the result of three combined existences: love for metal music, sleep deprivation due to a new baby in the house, and a great deal of caffeine. I’ve always loved parody, and that was my first shirt for Metallica – a parody of the Capn’ Crunch box, “The Capn’s of Krunch” I’m a huge fan of comedy movies, the goofier the better, and music is my life, and since I can’t play a note on any instrument, I draw for bands, instead. Gary Holt (long-time friend and guitarist for Exodus) actually called me up with the idea for “For those about to Walk”! He’s a very funny guy; loves tongue-in-cheek stuff like me – the minute you take yourself too seriously is the point in your life where you lose your identity. I never take what I do too seriously, and hope that in my designs I help the bands laugh at themselves a little, because life is one big running joke, and death is the punch line. [Ha!]
|Metallica 1988-1989 World Tour – Crew shirt design – used for tour laminates, posters and patches|
Recently Metal Babies has featured in Metal Hammer and (surprisingly) Playboy magazine. How has Metal Babies been received by the general media and public?
|Heaven & Hell – Retail shirt design|
For a bit of personal interest; how did you get into heavy metal music? Now that you are a father – will you encourage your son to listen to the artists that you grew-up with or not?
|Mark DeVito’s children Wylder and Aidan|
The Tinman Merchandising company is growing and quickly too. What are your future plans for Metal Babies?
|Journey 2006 Tour – Main tour shirt / dateback|
Thanks to social media sites and the growing popularity of the world wide web, finding Metalheads, Headbangers or like-minded individuals has never been easier! On facebook – one can friend an army of Metal soldiers, on twitter one can construct a stream of Metal followers, on social bookmarking sites – one can find relative up-to-date articles on Heavy Metal bands and so the list goes on…
The point is Metal has become Global.
Recently on twitter, I posted the question How did you get into Heavy Metal? The response that followed was amazing! Metal men and Metal maidens, I present to you the replies:
Some of us started with the Big Four. In this case Metallica who have seemed to impress with their brutal and in my opinion best album Master Of Puppets
Simple I like metal since I was little… Started with Metallica… Korn… Papa Roach and since that its never been the same! – alejmuri Alejandro Murillo
I was always attracted to guitar music from early on…once I heard Metallica’s One I was sold… – HomeNucleonics RaymondW
I heard the “Master of Puppets” record from my cousin when it first came out. BLEW MY MIND!!! It was all downhill from there – mor_metal_thn_u Wade
Hearing the opening riff to Enter Sandman at a friend’s house, aged 11. Fucking awesome moment. – Mr_Fred_Guest Adam
When I was 6 yrs. old I was in the car with my uncle and he put in a Manowar cassette. The sound was fierce. I was hooked! – Man_O_Thor Frank Santorelli
My brother made me listen to it, we worked together, and he controlled the radio. 😀 – kels_72 Kelly
I started with Black Sabbath. Good drum beats attract me. – Netteallica Lynette
When I listened to Dio’s “I speed at night”, I was excited by its speed and heaviness. I had never experienced such a song! – metamimi Hiro
There was a video show called ‘Power Hour’. Heard Ozzy’s ‘Ultimate Sin’. I loved it, my parents hated it, I was hooked. – Habsdad Darren G
I was raised on nwobhm by a uncle which is where my love for Diamond Head comes from and it went from there to where I am now – manc_metalhead Jay
Well I’ve got into Rock music first, when I was 13 years old by MTV till 17 I got into metal music till this day! \m/ – Rattlehead81 Rashed I
I guess I was born into it. My family listened to rock, and eventually I found Pantera. The rest is history. – 1spookydick Keith Roberto Hatlak
Easy one this. One listen to cowboys from hell by pantera and it was metal all the way – GrindHorizon Grind Horizon
Two words says it all: Kiss – Destroyer –BrianBasher Brian Basher
Heard Twisted Sister in the early 80’s and I was hooked. – Rajendra Rajendra Singh
Went to see Judas priests in 1983 at a tender age of 13 they blew my head off and I loved it – sharkymarky06 mark horbury
Spheres Of Madness-Decapitated….blew my brain out of my ass and was hooked from then on – unhallowedmag Unhallowed Nation
Was impressed by Iron Maiden’s album covers as very young girl and then later heard Run To The Hills by accident on the radio. – ironmadna Madna
The 5 year break between Semigalls’ Warchant and Kurbads shows a very different approach from SKYFORGER. The Kurbads album has much more detail and attention to the folk elements whereas Semigalls’ Warchant is more concentrated on the Black Metal elements. Why has SKYFORGER chosen this new approach?
Mythology plays a central factor in SKYFORGER’s work and makes the Band cutting-edge unique. What is the Band’s main goal in trying to resonate the history of Latvia and the Baltic’s?
Most of SKYFORGER’s lyrics are in Latvian and this includes a sense of pride in Baltic mythology. However, do SKYFORGER intend to write more English lyrics to make the work and Band more accessible to an international audience?
In several interviews, SKYFORGER has shown disinterest in playing mainstream and being commercialized. Why is this so?
SKYFORGER has been playing some bigger events like Brutal Assault, Hellfest, now you are confirmed for Masters of Rock in Czech Republic and as I can see from your sites that SKYFORGER is now into the band competition for Sweden Rock Festival! What is the band expecting at these festivals and what can the audience expect at the festivals?
Over the years; SKYFORGER has played several gigs in Europe. Are there any particular favorite places to perform? Are there any places that SKYFORGER will not perform at again?