Jay-Z's "On to the Next One" - it's all black and white, there's some beautiful imagery and aesthetics in there, but it's got all kinds of occult/satanic symbolism.
What think ye? A "yea" vote is a vote for aesthetics or general defiance of the religions, spirituality, and philosophy that'd condemn the occult. A "nay" vote says, "No, I don't think any aesthetic value is worth glorifying that sort of thing."
For a music video that's black and white, and also haunting, but lacks the satanic imagery, there's Massive Attack's "Splitting the Atom" -
What do you think? I was thinking of commissioning a work of art later in life that's somewhat ridiculous - I was going to get myself sitting at a desk in a replica of Date Masamune's armor, with a map spread across the desk, a feather quill in my right hand, and my left hand resting on a skull. On the desk to the left of the skull is a strategist's war fan for signaling troops at a distance. Two swords on my belt.
That has the symbolism of how I think of myself in the world - a warrior, clad in armor (readiness) at all times, thinking and planning, truly international, strategist, aware of my death at all times, ready to fight and die for what I believe in. There's a mix of Western and Eastern themes there - the quill, skull, desk, map are more traditional depictions in European art. The armor, helm, swords, and commander's fan are Eastern.
Ultra-rough version in MSPaint:
I'd be worried it's be interpreted incorrectly by overzealous people and I wasn't sure if I was going to do it - in reality, that's Christian and Bushido imagery that's very much virtuous-warrior-centric, but the imagery could look vicious to the untrained eye. But actually, now that I'm writing this, I've decided to do it later. Whenever I realize I was going to not do something out of fear of being misinterpreted, that makes me decide to do it.
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