It's great when you discover something that's unexpectedly stylish, like your grandfather's old suit in the attic, or your grandfather's other family in the Old Country, who he never told you about, and all dress really well. For surprisingly stylish Satanic streetwear, steady your eyes on Actual Pain.
Designed by the lead singer of a punk/metal band that sounds like "hammers on skulls", Seattle based AP's turning out unexpectedly sweet occult-inspired gear, evidenced by its latest collection called "Old God", who may've created the universe in 7 days, but didn't figure out how to work it until three weeks later when his nephew came over. The tees start with somberly colored affairs like the Satan-referencing Lucis Feris depicting a naked Eve encumbered by a giant snake, John the Bastard showing two Victorian ladies with some bastard's head on a plate, and one featuring a seemingly possessed woman carrying a sign claiming Eve Was Framed, based on a 1971 Life cover story on "The Woman Problem – Then and Now" which, as ever, is that they don't know who Jay Buhner is. There's also black & white numbers like the Classic Logo tee with the brands name dripping blood, and Jesuskull with a face that's, duh, half Jesus and half skull; heavier duds include a shiny nylon snap jacket backed with the snake/pyramid/skull & bones Eyeorborus graphic, as well as the all-black 100% organic Destroyer Denim Vest that AP suggests you "never wash, and wear till death" or, at least until you smell like it.
AP's Spring drop also includes a few accessories like the 100% silver upside down "Shadow Cross" pendant on a 32" chain, and a logo ball-cap in a variety of colors (including glow-in-the-dark) simply embroidered with "Actual Pain", which is what you felt when you realized New Cousin Sergio would now be the handsomest at family reunions.