Author Archive | Thad McKraken

Art As Spiritual Technology: How Paul Laffoley Changed My Life


Hearing about the passing of godhead brilliant visionary artist Paul Laffoley the other day made me contemplate just how enormous an impact the man’s work has had on my life and art. I never met Paul (although I did drive from Seattle to Portland to attend one of his lectures), nor do I consider myself an obsessive fanboy, but in hearing of his death I was forced to confront the fact that he influenced me on a such a deeply ingrained level that exposure to his ideas shapes nearly everything I do. Of course, the five minute clip that lead to this shift involves Paul talking about his painting the Thanaton III on Disinfo’s short lived TV show (which if you’ve never seen you should really check out):

For those too lazy to watch the clip, according to Paul, the Thanaton III depicts an extraterrestrial communication from beyond in which he’s shown how to:

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We Exist in the Space Between Space – Reflections on my First Mushroom Trip 20 Years After the Fact

heerinthedeadlights2Back in June, when the 20th anniversary of my high school graduation hit, I found myself thinking, “wow, what an insignificant milestone that I barely think about at all anymore.” After spending exactly no time contemplating that period of my life in zero detail, it hit me. Oh wait, I took mushrooms for the first time not too long after. Now THAT was something worthy of extensive and existential contemplation. Yep, it was at some point in the fall of 2015, and I’m not sure when precisely (wish I’d written it down), that I first blasted my headspace into the exotic realms of the trans-dimensional art gods, forever changing my relationship with, well, everything. And the funny thing is I knew it too, pretty much immediately. Strangely enough, the first thing that occurred to me when I realized I’d been experimenting with psychedelics continually for the past 20 years was, god, isn’t it a bit screwy that Timothy Leary didn’t get hip to this stuff until he was like 40?… Read the rest

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3 Fundamentally Incorrect Assumptions About Consciousness that Define Modern Science

motoraway2Being a mystic in the supposedly modern era is odd, to say the least. Being a spirit medium is even stranger, especially when you have a difficult time accepting that you’re a spirit medium in the first place. As a matter of fact, the idea that I’m some sort of “spirit medium” isn’t even something that occurred to me until roughly a year ago. Up until that point, the idea seemed ridiculous. I suppose it’s mainly because most people who publicly proclaim themselves as such are obvious frauds. As far as I can tell, to make money as a spirit medium, what you do is tell people that their dead relatives totally love them and are in a better place. That’s about it. That’s how you get paid and/or on television as a supposed “spirit medium.” You lie about your ability to communicate with people’s dead relatives to make them feel better about their relationship with death.… Read the rest

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Always Sell Your Best Hallucinations: An Interview with Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet

cobrasandfireActual Photo of Dave Wyndorf’s Attic

It’s not everyday you get to interview one of your heroes, let alone at complete random. So, the backstory to this interview goes like this: I somehow got on a metal PR distribution list because of something I wrote years ago. I don’t even remember what I wrote that got me on this list in the first place…at all. Being not much of a straight up metal guy, I occasionally download an album or 2 and am typically like, ummm, no. I get roughly 5 of these messages a week and this has been going on for years now. I had thus far responded to exactly none of these requests. As a matter of fact, I haven’t even done a musician interview since 2013. Then all of a sudden there it was in my inbox. Hey, do you want to interview Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet?… Read the rest

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New Psychedelic Vampire Sexploitation from Director Phil Mucci

Longtime readers are probably aware of my fondness for the uber trippy metal videos of director Phil Mucci, whose work I stumbled on last autumn through one of my all time favorite bands Monster Magnet (more on them soon). As a matter of fact, if you haven’t read my top 5 list of his micro-films or the interview he was kind enough to do with me earlier in the year, I highly recommend checking those out ASAP.

In the meantime, dig on his new gore-tastic short for the song Sorrow by the amazingly dialed-in metal outfit Huntress. The whole thing is sort of a mash-up between the classic 70s sexploitation flick Vampyros Lesbos and the bleak as fuck Witchfinder General, which I synchronously ended up watching several months back. Another way of putting that would be, it’s awesome. Props to Phil and his crew at Diabolik and maybe, just maybe, we’re inching closer to someone finally giving this guy the keys to a full length.… Read the rest

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Chaos Magic – The Fashion Trend

chaosmagicfashionCan’t say I saw this one coming. In the last week or so articles about Chaos Magic (minus the K mind you) being the next big thing in fashion have popped up in magazines like Vogue, Elle, and let’s face it, a lot of other places I’ve never actually heard of because I don’t really follow the fashion world closely (Google it). Apparently this trend forecast is coming from some trend forecasting PR company (I guess that’s a thing) called K-Hole who, like, forecast fashion trends or something. Anyway, you can download their PR document or whatever the hell it is here. Excerpt:

The fundamental element of magic is the ability to manifest or sublimate things, whether they’re emotions, states of being, people, or the Statue of Liberty. Magic is the art of making things appear or disappear, out of nowhere or into the void. This magic, the lady-in-a-box, rabbit-in-a-hat form of magic, is predicated on two questions: where did she go?… Read the rest

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Terence McKenna Had a Bad Trip in the Late 80’s and Never Took Mushrooms Again

Terence_cosmo-codeAll I can say is wow, and of course the way I stumbled upon this fun little nugget of information had to do with listening to synchronous inner wisdom. So a couple weeks back I had a dream where it felt like I was watching a film about Terence’s final days. The details aren’t super relevant here, but what’s compelling is that at one point, my mind-camera focused in on his face and you could see it in him. The mushrooms killed him. He’d gone way too far on that front, and somehow, in this alternate dream world, this was evident to me solely from his appearance. I picked up on it immediately and it was the main thing I took away from the dream. Anyway, I posted this on Facebook (like my new page if you want to see this sort of shit in your feed), and one of my fans pointed out to me that Terence did in fact stop taking mushrooms nearly 12 years before he died because of a horrifying trip.… Read the rest

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Aleister Crowley was a Total Hack Magickian (Part 2)

crowleymeme2Some of you might recall that earlier this year I was annoyed with Crowley-worshiping dickbags on the internet and wrote a piece about how much I personally detest the guy. After publicly writing about divine conversation with Holy Guardian Alien Intel on Facebook for nearly 2 years (like my new page for psychick communique), I kept wondering where the boring and rather primitive obsession with macabre subject matter and evil in general stemmed from within the modern Occult world. They’ve read Robert Anton Wilson, right? If you can’t realize that witch hunts are about a billion times darker and “more evil” than witchcraft will ever be, you probably shouldn’t be playing around with this shit in the first place. Seriously.

Then roughly the 5th or so Crowley fanboy started being a total contrarian prick to me and something clicked. Oh yeah, shit, these people idolize Crowley. Crowley was a total asshole to everyone around him.… Read the rest

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L$D by A$AP Rocky – When Psychedelics Go Mainstream

I sort of can’t believe I’m posting a video that already has over 19 million hits, but I’m actually posting this precisely BECAUSE it has over 19 million hits. This may be the best example of psychedelic drugs going full on mainstream that I can think of in recent memory. I mean, this is a song and video about tripping on acid….by a commercial hip hop artist. File it in the “things I never thought I’d see in my lifetime” category.

Is it good? Yeah, not bad. I could do without the prototypical “materialism and misogyny” bling rap breakdown, but you know, catchy tune. Will have to give more of A$AP’s stuff a listen here when I have a minute. I give the video higher marks for catching what would in my mind be a rather mild potency acid experience. Props to Mr. Rocky for pulling off the “holy crap am I tripping balls right now” face right before the rap breakdown.… Read the rest

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Our World is a Metaphorical Representation of Higher Dimensional Space

Transdimensional Architecture IEarlier in the year, an essay of mine ended up being featured in a compendium of psychedelic writing compiled by Graham Hancock. It’s an incredibly worthwhile read that I recommend checking out to anyone (The Divine Spark, which you can pick up here). I could actually go on and on about the thing. In particular, Graham’s stories of dealing with dark ayahuasca entities and the piece about the prevailing concept of the holy trinity throughout various mystical traditions (The Soul Cluster: Reconsideration of a Millenia Old Concept, if you’re curious). The funny thing about this is that I’m also an Occultist and if my work was featured in an Occult compilation, I probably wouldn’t even mention it to anyone. Man, what passes for the Occult these days is some seriously embarrassing bullshit. Monotheism won. They slandered the art of summoning your Holy Guardian Entities with a dark creepster veneer so effectively that it’s become an absolute fucking joke.… Read the rest

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