Villainy Krackles — a 100 piece, generative art homage to comic book legend Jack Kirby and hip-hop icon MF DOOM by artist Lance Pilgrim.
With nothing more than pencil lead and imagination, Jack Kirby created entire worlds. His art, with its deep black lines and signature “Kirby Krackle”, evoked an energy that is, to this day, unmatched.
His heroes were bold and iconic—but it was his villains that were gripping; cosmic beings with unimaginable powers and ambition, whose layered complexity revealed misunderstood souls.
“He wears the mask just to cover the raw flesh, A rather ugly brother with flows that gorgeous.” – MF DOOM
Jack Kirby was an architect of reinvention. Born Jacob Kurtzberg, he created “Jack Kirby” as a new persona, meanwhile the trauma that molded Kurtzberg lay beneath the surface.“Kirby” was the mask.
His most famous and influential creation, the villain Dr. Doom, embodied this concept—a vagabond who loses everything and, in order to face the world, takes on a physical and metaphorical mask. Three decades later, Daniel Dumile aka MF DOOM, adopts this namesake and the mask as the inspiration to craft his persona after emerging from traumatic life experiences.
These icons crafted their image from layers of life experiences—the Villainy Krackles collection generates the work by peeling back these layers.