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EAT ME, DRINK ME ; ALBUM & ERA | "This record is the best artistic thing that I could offer to represent Celebritarian ideology." Just as the name 'Marilyn Manson' is a dichotomy of opposing elements, the term 'Eat Me, Drink Me' is itself a union of opposites in the context of Alice in Wonderland. 'Eat Me', the cake, made Alice grow while 'Drink Me', the bottle, made her shrink. In other words, the album title can dually act as an extension of the black/white, good/evil dichotomy that Manson continually portrays.
'Eat Me, Drink Me' can be seen, to philosophize on a deeper level, as the union of expansion and contraction; dichotomy of opposites, Marilyn and Manson.
HEART SHAPED GLASSES, VAMPIRISM & BLOOD RITUAL | The Vampire, whom Manson personified during 'Eat Me, Drink Me', in one regard is an inversion of the mythology of Christ. Both entities rise from the dead but as Christ offers his body and blood for his disciples to feast upon in communion with him, the vampire as contrary to this, devours the flesh and blood of his victims in order to make them one with him.
The aesthetic and dark, macabre imagery of 'Eat Me, Drink Me'.
LOLITA - EVAN RACHEL WOOD & HEART SHAPED GLASSES | "Together as one against all others." The most prevalent literary influence on 'Eat Me, Drink Me'; Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, one of the most notorious books of the Twentieth Century. The song 'Heart Shaped Glasses' is the most obvious nod to Lolita as according to Manson, Evan Rachel Wood is also a huge fan of Nabokov and had deliberately worn heart shaped sunglasses upon meeting for a tryst when their relationship became romantic. Connections to the novel, however, are much deeper than simply the "inside joke" between Manson and Evan...
EAT ME, DRINK ME TWISTED HEART LOGO | A new direction for Manson emerged in the events leading up to the release of 'Eat Me, Drink Me': the cryptic elements from MarilynManson.com became less prominent, and has since been replaced with a new twisted heart icon, altogether seeming to shift towards a more raw, emotional & subjective examination of admittedly his most difficult year yet.
This particular heart however find its origins within a 1920's horror film of a perverse love gone awry...
THE RAPE OF THE WORLD TOUR | 'Eat Me, Drink Me' made fully animate, live and onstage around the world. The tour of 2007 - 2008 marked a return to the dark theatrical presentation of the new era, full of allusions to the album's themes and influences which range from Alice in Wonderland, Hamlet, Dracula, Elvis Presley to David Bowie.
MARILYNMANSON.COM - EAT ME, DRINK ME ERA | 'The Eat Me, Drink Me' incarnation of MarilynManson.com illustrates likewise as representative of Manson's personal and romantic (in the true sense of the world) impetus in crafting the dawn of the new era, via subtle and rather esoteric symbolism. Albeit grotesque and morbid in certain respects, the imagery conjures the renewed excitement and love life Manson has spoken of since the album's inception as being recent inspiration.
LES FLEURS DU MAL | Marilyn Manson's 2007 to 2008 worldwide art exhibition named for its titlepiece watercolour which had surfaced in mid-2006, at the period when Manson had been thoroughly immersed in the composition of his film project 'Phantasmagoria : The Visions of Lewis Carroll'. As such, many of the paintings released simultaneously bore similar themes and re-interpretations of the nightmare world of Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland'.
The title of the painting however evokes the much deeper and intricate reference of Charles Baudelaire's 1857 incendiary poetic collection during the era of Romanticism, 'Les Fleurs Du Mal', or 'The Flowers of Evil'.
EAT ME, DRINK ME - LYRICAL REFERENCES | The various lyric allusions of 'Eat Me, Drink Me' and the imageries which are referenced by Manson, not visual in this case but in verse form. As 'Eat Me, Drink Me' has been Manson's most personal album to date, the lyrics are full of self explorations of past themes which Manson has explored as well as many subtle (and some not so subtle) allusions to the album's inspirations.
EAT ME, DRINK ME - VAMPIRE FANGS LOGO | Though not particularly esoteric or heavy symbolism, the primary 'Eat Me, Drink Me' Marilyn Manson logo (as opposed to a symbol denoting the themes of the album/era, such as the Mad Love heart signet) were two blood dripping fang-like M's to represent the initials of the band. Fairly self explanatory in representation, and included here for the sake of being all-inclusive, the dripping red M's are nonetheless an iconic logo in themselves and work effectively in illustrating the many vampiric themes of the album.
RAPE OF THE WORLD TOUR - THE POSTERS | Limited edition 'Rape Of The World' tour posters sold during the January to March 2008 Winter tour. Each poster, printed and designed by Print Mafia, was limited to 100 print runs each with a unique design available for, and exclusively in, each city of the tour. The dark themed poster designs featured serial killers (namely many of which the band members adopted the latter half of their stage names from), models and actresses (a handful of which the band members adopted the first of their stage names from), martyrs, iconic figures which represent the themes of 'Eat Me, Drink Me' (ie - Bonnie & Clyde) and various horror movies...
MARILYN MANSON & DALI ; PARANOIAC | "I've been in the bored room this past month trying to explain the difference between a night club and a night stick to a pile of idiots, who for the life of them, could not see the connection betwixt the moustache of Dali and the 'mustache' of Nietzsche..."
Dali and Nietzsche are two iconoclasts which Manson has invoked and sought inspiration from the beginning of the band to 1996's 'Antichrist Svperstar' being a quoted tribute to the work of the latter. An offhanded remark from 2003 that Manson in his online Journal made reference to a telling 1963 quote by Dali which demonstrated some of Manson's inspirations for 'The Golden Age', and evoked including throughout 'Eat Me, Drink Me' in direct and tangential forms.