Thursday, December 06, 2007

Passen Sie auf! Krampus Kommt!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Krampus Cookie!

Or maybe it's a pretzel, I don't know but it looks edible all the same. Here's another Krampus cookie. Below are a few other Krampus...things.


Similar to the Halloween cards I posted awhile back there seems to be no end to the variety of bizarre scenes of Krampus in these old postcards. I've posted some of the more interesting ones that I've found but there are many more on display and for sale at Old, Ruby Lane, and of course Ebay.
Check out this really bizarre animated contraption of two Krampus figures dancing attached to a painting. There's a short animated video of it here.

And this is still the tip of the demonic iceberg, there are many more postcards that I'll be posting in the following days, many of which can be found in Monte Beauchamp's amazing "The Devil In Design" book which includes 147 vintage images of Krampus. If you dig Krampus, you gotta get this book.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Krampus Costumes

This week the Krampus festivals are going on in Austria and other places in Europe where those old time Pagan traditions still have a foot hold. The following quote will help explain what the hell is going on in these pictures.


All around Innsbruck Krampus runs around December 5th, preceding the festival of St. Nikolaus. The tradition is that St. Nikolaus comes with not just a single Krampus but with a group of up to ten of these devil figures. They are frightening (especially for children) with their horns and terrible masked faces. The Krampus masks (known as Larven) show the artistic dexterity of the hand-carving in the Innsbruck region. A proper Krampus Larve must, of course, have large horns. The carver usually uses the horns of a goat, Ibex or Chamois." - quote source.

Having browsed pictures taken in the past few days as well as the past several years at places like Flickr I've seen some really amazing costumes designed around Krampus and the other creeps that hang with Saint Nicholas. I've posted some of my favorites but there are hundreds more that can be seen in the following photo sets..
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7

This gallery has group shots of all the Krampus characters taken almost every year across the last 16 years. Check this one out.

Here's a thread from a few years back at Concept with photos from Miguel Walch who has sculpted some of these masks. Visit his website here to see more pictures.

And a video from one of these Krampus infested festivals.