The Black Ink Warlock, a.k.a. Justin Bartlett, applies boundless visual style to depictions of the arcane. His developed portfolio representing clients of various trades exposes an illustrative language often derived from the occult, where theology and religion meet strife. Here he has mastered visual manipulation of his equally imaginative clients within several genres of extreme music — as well as of select collaborative efforts with visual and sound artist Stephen O'Malley of SUNN O))) fame. Although most profound in music, Bartlett has also adapted his style to film, such as Los Angeles-based SA Studios Global, and he has made a mark in the fashion world, weaving grim illustration into the heavy metal denim of Anti-Sweden jeans.

His work takes inspiration from Rudimentary Peni's Nick Blinko and Voivod's Michel "Away" Langevin, both whose styles amass similar detail and abstract dimension. With pen and ink, Bartlett renders visions unseen by the naked eye, awakening apparitions as ambiguous as those creatures created by Edgar Allen Poe or ideas fostered by Aleister Crowley. Self-taught, the illustrator/designer has developed a style that's equally recognizable as it is versatile. The beauty lies within infinite detail, where imagination and cheeky humor conspire. Corpses decay. Wolves howl. Creatures spawn and slay. All is ugly and hauntingly inhuman.

Bartlett's work has been selected for worldwide exhibitions and shows, including the Dark Nature exhibition in London and the Catalyst show at San Franscisco's FIFTY24SF Gallery. His illustrations have cloaked the pages of Vice Magazine and he has been featured in Illustration Now! and 3X3 Magazine. Recently, Bartlett is continuing his journey into the entertainment world. When daylight falls, the bleak visions and demented creatures sprung from Bartlett's imagination come out to play … It is then that we shall embrace visual hell.

Appearances & Awards


Out of Step Magazine 3, Norway, September 2011
Testimonium Veritatis #01, Germany, July 2011
SOMA Magazine 023 and here, Brazil, May 2011
Zeitgeists Magazine #1, Netherlands, April 2011
Black Astrial Magazine 008 and here, Poland, March 2011
Out of Step Magazine 2, Norway, March 2010
I Love Fake Magazine #15 "Eccentric Issue", Netherlands, November 2009
Svartkonst Magazine 1 "Occultism", June 2009
Out of Step Magazine 1, Norway, June 2009
Terrorizer #184, United Kingdom, June 2009
Rock Sound #112, United Kingdom, August 2008
"KVLT? In The Nights I Eat Clits", Norway, June 2008


"Illustration Now! 3", Taschen Books, International, 2010
"3x3 Illustration Annual No. 5", 3x3 Magazine, United States, 2009
"Sideways. A Smart Art Project", Die Gestalten Verlag/The Smart Car/Daimler, Germany, 2008

Selected Web Features & Interviews

M3 Event, 2012
Currentz, 2012
Cvlt Nation, 2012
Get Currency/American Express, 2011
Critical Terrain, 2010
The Fanzine, 2009
Crustcake, 2009
Hammer Smashed Sound, 2008

Selected Gallery Shows & Exhibitions

"Invocation I", NerdMelt/Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA, USA, November 2012
"Life and Death in Black and White", DTLA Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA, November 2012
"Corpse Corps: Urban Legends", Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA, October 2012
"Screamfest 2012: John Carpenter Tribute", Regal Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA, October 2012
"Art of the Assassin", DTLA Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2012
"All the Colors of the Dark", Awful Nice Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, March 2011
"Video Violence", Exhumed Films Annual 24 Hour Horror-Thon, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, October 2010
"Dark Nature", Poppy Sebire Gallery, Camden, London, United Kingdom, October 2010
"Von Doom", Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA, October 2009
Out of Step Magazine 2 Release Party, Oslo, Norway, June 2009
Svartkonst Magazine 1 "Occultism" Release Party, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2009
Anti Sweden Jeans Opening Exhibition, Oslo, Norway, February 2009
"13 Nights of Terror", Guerilla art show around San Francisco, California, USA, October 2008
"Catalyst", FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA, September 2008
Vrengs/Adbusters Norway Release Party, Oslo, Norway, August 2008
"Creatures of the Night", Supersonic Festival, United Kingdom, July 2008
"Sideways. A Smart Art Project" Release Exhibition, 7 World Trade Center, New York City, USA, March 2008


Gold in "Best Advertising, Promo or Information Film", Visuelt Award, Grafill – The Norwegian Organization for Visual Communication, Norway, 2010
"Award for Design Excellence in Corporate Identity", Norwegian Design Council, Norway, 2010
Silver in "Best Identity Design", Visuelt Award, Grafill – The Norwegian Organization for Visual Communication, Norway, 2009

Selected List of Clients

Arts & Culture

Anti Design/Anti Sweden Jeans
Assassin's Creed 3/Ubisoft
Barnaby Black Clothing
Best Buys/Wongraven Wine
Creature Skateboards
Inferno Festival
The Power of the Riff Festival/Converse
SA Studios Global/The Raven (Film)


Adbusters Norway
Decibel Magazine
Terrorizer Magazine
Vice Magazine


Apoptygma Berzerk
Aura Noir
Dragged Into Sunlight
Job For A Cowboy
Lord Mantis
Sutekh Hexen
Trap Them
Wolves in the Throne Room
Wolves Like Us

Record Labels

Candlelight Records
Earache Records
Peaceville Records
Prosthetic Records
Relapse Records
Southern Lord Records