official Black Lodge Video t-shirt

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official Black Lodge Video t-shirt

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Black Lodge Video was Memphis' last remaining movie rental store. Open since the late nineties in Cooper-Young, Black Lodge housed thousands of movie titles, spanning all genres and catering to the weird, obscure, occult, hard-to-find, and hard-to-watch. With no AC, creaky carpeted floors, and something bizarre perpetually playing on the tv, Black Lodge Video was no fucking Blockbuster. It was rare you found anyone else behind the desk but the one of the two owners, each immeasurably versed in all genres of cinema, ready with opinions and recommendations. Regulars often lingered around the shop for hours at a time—introverts, film geeks, art students, outcasts and weirdos gathered nightly to exist within the comforting, DVD case-laiden walls, trading movie trivia, bumming smokes off of one another,  and volunteer working as a disc runner. In its existence was a pure form of acceptance: for all forms of art, and all kinds of people. Its reliable noon-midnight/365 day a year open policy made it a safe place for many, and a sanctuary for some. The spirit of Black Lodge—its celebration of cinema and of the weird—is still alive these days through former owner Matt Martin's programming with the Time Warp Drive-In & Pandemonium Cinema Showcase, but should hopefully return soon with Black Lodge Video's new incarnation.

I did this design for Black Lodge Video before their closing in 2015, to both help raise money for the business and to bolster its cultural impact on the community it has been a part of and served for over a decade. 

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