Little Shops of Horror – One Man Riet

When you love horror as much as we do you want it to permeate every part of your life, at home, at work, on the walls, on your clothes, everywhere!

That is where our regular feature Little Shops of Horror comes in handy as we run through some seriously spooktastic stores and wicked websites ready to sell you truly terrifyingly awesome horror products.

One Man Riet

One Man RietOne Man Riet is the home of the horror-inspired creations of artist, Marty ” Riet” McEwen.

Marty ” Riet” McEwen grew up in middle Tennessee. He began drawing pop culture icons in kindergarten. Ironically, this is what he still bases his illustrations and tattoos on today.

In high school he was immersed in the world of graffiti art. This is were the name “Riet” came from. His graffiti mentor at the time advised him to spell it with the E, instead of the grammatically correct way. He stated the reason for this change is because “You can do more stylistically with an E than an O”.

Currently, Marty still does graffiti but spends most of his time tattooing in Nashville. He specializes in cartoon style, but enjoys doing a little bit of everything. Aside from tattooing, Marty started OneManRiet, a horror company where he makes everything from masks and valentine cards to black-light posters and items of apparel.

And it’s the black-light posters that got Marty on our radar. Never before had we seen horror movie inspired posters that looked so cool, but also had an alter-ego when the lighting was changed! You can see some examples for yourself below.

Halloween blacklight poster
Return of the Living Dead blacklight poster

He has a great range of apparel, much of it inspired by classic horror films and a fair chunk of it relating to Halloween (the time of year and the films).

Marty Riet apparel

Marty also collaborates with other sites with designs for apparel. This year he launched an excellent Trick R Treat inspired t-shirt with Cavity Colors, named Creepy Carver.

Creepy CarverAnd if you’re lucky enough to live close to Marty and happen to be in the market for a tattoo, you would be hard pressed to find designs as distinctive as these to decorate your body with.

Riet tattoos

We caught up with Marty to talk to him about his work and find out what influences his art.

How did you get into making a living selling such magnificent horror merchandise?

I’ve been selling prints of my art for a few years now, but nothing serious. It played second fiddle to my tattooing. I always strive to make the most out of every piece of art I do. Doing a one off tattoo or an original painting is cool, but I also like selling prints. Something all horror freaks can buy.

What is your best selling product?

My best selling product is easily my Valentines, and they are only available from January 1st-February 14th each year. I think it’s because it’s a very affordable and a different gift for any horror lover in your life. If you’re familiar with the movies then the sayings on the cards are that much more clever, with double meanings.
Horror valentines day cars Horror valentines day cars

What inspires your selection when it comes to creepy creations?

I’m inspired literally by everything horror and nostalgic from my childhood.
Japanese horror tattoos

What is your favourite horror film and why?

 My favorite horror movie is the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre! In my opinion it is the perfect horror movie, and can never be outmatched. I’m pretty sure the stars aligned and brought everyone together to make the most brutal,raw,realistic and perfect horror movie ever. It’s a shame when horror movies tried to force that vibe. TCM wasn’t emulating any movie, it was setting the bar.

What scares you the most?

I’m really afraid of being a failure and not producing art. Also my house catching on fire while I’m asleep it’s pretty scary too!

If you had to give a present to a famous horror movie character who would it be, and what would you give them?

I would give Sally from Texas chainsaw massacre, a new brother! Franklin is an annoying, hunk of shit. I guess I was wrong about the movie being perfect. Franklin could have died way quicker. Ha!
If you want to see more of Marty, visit his site: https://www.onemanriet.com/
And why not follow him on Instagram while you’re at it? https://www.instagram.com/onemanriet/
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Tom Atkinson

Tom is one of the editors at Love Horror. He has been watching horror for a worryingly long time, starting on the Universal Monsters and progressing through the Carpenter classics. He has a soft-spot for eighties horror.More

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