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6 August @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A special evening celebrating heavy metal battle jacket culture!

Metal hordes! You are warmly welcomed to Dark Earth for this exclusive book launch event with artist Tom Cardwell, author of HEAVY METAL ARMOUR. Tom will be joined by his friend, fellow artist Mark Titchner and together they will share with us their passion for battle jacket culture. We guarantee a relaxed, social evening with plenty of opportunity for conversation. Tom’s new book will be for sale at a special launch price and he will be very happy to sign copies for us.


HEAVY METAL ARMOUR is the first book of it’s kind to explore the significance of ‘battle jackets’ in heavy metal scenes and it makes connections to wider historic and contemporary culture.

Since the 1970s, customized denim ‘battle jackets’ have been worn by heavy metal fans to signify their devotion to the music and subcultures of metal. Embellished by the wearers with patches, badges and studs, these jackets are works of art that communicate the values of metal to the world at large.

This book features a series of Tom Cardwell’s detailed paintings that visually document examples of jackets alongside photographic portraits of the fans that wear them. The accompanying chapters describe the significance of battle jackets in metal scenes and trace a lineage of customized clothing starting in the Middle Ages.

Connections are made with a wide range of historic and contemporary artworks, suggesting a broad context within which to more fully appreciate the significance of the jackets. The methodology spans a range of disciplines from art theory to ethnography and subcultural studies, and the discussion is informed by responses from a series of interviews conducted over the years with metal fans.

Foreword written by Turner Prize shortlisted artist, Mark Titchner.

TOM CARDWELL is an artist and researcher specialising in contemporary painting, customized clothing and heavy metal subcultures. He is Senior Lecturer in Painting at Camberwell, University of the Arts London.

MARK TITCHNER is a British artist who uses words and language to explore the tensions between the different belief systems that inform our society. He works across multiple media including digital print, wall drawing, video, sculpture and public billboards.


6 August
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


16 Seaview Road, Liscard, CH45 4LA
Liscard, CH45 4LA GB
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