Sunday, December 4, 2011

just in time for the holidays: new "Gruss vom Krampus" print!

While creating a label for a special Krampus-themed ale of my own concoction, I decided to also use the design for paper lanterns to be displayed in my home on Krampusnacht itself (December 6th) but also during the first annual Krampuslauf Philadelphia on December 10th.

The lanterns are in production now (Kate and I have the sore fingers to prove it), but the reaction to this design was so overwhelmingly positive that I decided to make a large, gorgeous print available to you, the Krampus-loving/fearing public:

For those unfamiliar with Krampus, he is a goat-like horned devil with a long red tongue traditionally associated with St. Nicholas - however, this kinky Germanic yuletide spirit's folkore tradition actually predates the Christian era. Denizens of Europe's alpine regions had been marking the annual arrival of Krampus for many centuries before the concept of Christmas came along, and long before the aforementioned former bishop of Turkey stole the spotlight. Traditionally, Krampus serves to punish naughty children by whipping them with switches or tossing them in icy rivers. Like Black Peter, Krampus is the "bad cop" to St. Nick's "good cop".

So, now you can display this darker side of the winter in your own home.  Krampusnacht may come but once a year, but this 17 x 11 inch print on 12pt stock will help you keep the spirit all year 'round.

Get one today for yourself and a friend at, and we'll ship them for only $1!

Season's beatings!

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