We all sin a little sometimes.

This series is all about sins and sinners. The first three prints in this series are based on three of the seven deadly sins. As we look to the circles of hell, created by Dante in his Divine Comedy, not every deadly sin is rated equally.

Ira (wrath, fifth circle of hell) represented by the wolf, a powerful animal that people either fear or admire. With those sharp teeth you don’t want to make him angry.
Invidia (envy, instigator of higher sins) represented by the rooster. Not the typical representative of envy, often used to portray arrogance. But I believe arrogance and envy are two sides of the same coin.
Gula (gluttony, third circle of hell) represented by the pig. A classical portrayal, although a boar has a fine nose for truffles, it’s more the large roasted pig eaten by humans that give me an association with gluttony.

I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.

Or go into the woods at night for that matter.

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

Wearing your sin on display. I love to think of someone who is not afraid to show what mood they’re in by wearing a restless sinner.

Every garment is hand printed multiple times. It started with sketches, then made into a linocut print and finally printed twice on the garment with a silkscreen.

Circling hell.

The name of this series has its origin in a song by Black Rebel Motorcycle club, restless sinner. The lino prints were made before I found this title, but the song had the right feeling, which matched the series. A little poetic, but I definitely recommend listening to it!

In this text I also refer to The Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri. In this poem he gives a very detailed description of hell and its circles. This work is widely considered one of the greatest works of wold literature and I believe it has to be mentioned when talking about sins and hell.

In his poem he writes about the nine circles of hell, each ment for different type of sins. Curiously enough three of the seven deadly sins do not have their own circle.  The trinity of pride, greed and envy (in the Bible often synonymous with evil and injustice) seem to exist everywhere in hell. The trinity can be seen as instigators of many higher sins but on their own can be forgiven if they are not acted upon. 

So don’t believe everything you hear and decide for yourself how bad can it be, a little sin every now and then.


Have a good look at them

What’s your sin?