Valentine’s Massacre Series: Feast of Lupercalia

2018 – presently in process
letterpress prints

According to NPR, “From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain. The Roman romantics “were drunk. They were naked,” says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.”

These letterpressed Valentine’s Day Cards printed on 100% cotton handmade paper, address the roots of tradition and consequence of mass advertising. The humorous messages are meant to agitate those who can’t recognize the terror of this day and that of the reality of love.

These cards will be sold in vending machines near you soon!!