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High On Fire Black Plot

“The Black Plot” — High on Fire x Skinner x Hey Beautiful Jerk

The music video for “The Black Plot” by High On Fire has been released, and it might just be the best thing ever. Of course, we’re biased—the creative force behind the imagery is Skinner, a Heavy Metal cover artist. It is from his twisted brain and frantic paintbrush that these visions flow, with much assistance and enabling from design/production house Hey Beautiful Jerk. The studio does a lot of high-profile work, for artists like Rihanna and Run the Jewels, and corporate clients including MTV, Midas and Geico. This clip is a little grungier, and a little geekier, with influences from Ralph Bakshi, Miyazaki, Moebius and Frank Frazetta—and that’s why we like it. Here’s the video:

High On Fire "The Black Plot" from Hey Beautiful Jerk on Vimeo.

“I wanted to make an animated short film with Hey Beautiful Jerk, I just didn’t know how completely crazy it would get,” says Skinner. “At first I thought we should do a real simple story with action fights to wear down the timing a little bit. But then I thought, fuck it, here’s a super complicated story with a million characters and it’s off the wall crazy and shit. Wanna do it?”

Check out some of the art Skinner produced for the video (and keep tabs on his Instagram for more):

Art by Skinner for "The Black  Plot" video

Art by Skinner for “The Black Plot” video

Art by Skinner for "The Black  Plot" video

Art by Skinner for “The Black Plot” video

Art by Skinner for "The Black  Plot" video

Art by Skinner for “The Black Plot” video

“From the beginning of this project, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted ‘The Black Plot’ to be and we have definitely achieved that vision,” says Gina Niespodziani of Hey Beautiful Jerk. “The creative partnership that Skinner, Mark and I have developed is fucking awesome and it feels super special. We work together incredibly well and we all bring such different skills and perspectives to the table, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts are pretty good too. It is such a fun and rewarding way to work.”

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

Still from "The Black Plot" by High On Fire

Still from “The Black Plot” by High On Fire

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