Out of my respect for other independent dark businesses I've started to build out a directory of dark things, people, and places. I’ve started with the West coast, but will soon expand!
Aways editing! Will continue to add more soon.
"We are an art collective based in Portland Oregon, founded by us, Andreia Claro and Patrick Egan. Rambling Hands manifested from the idea that our hands are dynamic vessels for creating and the importance of exploring all possibilities. Together we are dedicated to finding a balance in designing tangible goods that are dark but also light hearted. Rambling Hands is for those of us searching for magick in the mundane and things worth worshipping."
"Ritual In A Jar is the dream child Allison, a Portland-based, Empath Leo woman with a soul driven by magic and the desire to assist her sisters in finding their own magic. She decided to start selling all-inclusive, do-it-yourself rituals after This very Intention ritual changed her entire life.
Allison was born in the Bayou city of Houston, Texas, and raised on the Gulf Coast surrounded by Catholicism, cajun food, and New Orleans Voodoo and Santeria. At an early age, she was turned off by the Catholic church, but embraced by Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Divine Mother Mary and The Magdalene in all her different incarnations. It was only when she experienced New Orleans Voodoo and Southern Hoodoo Rootwork while attending college in New Orleans did she feel like she'd found her truth - a divine mix of earth magic, the Lwa diaspora and Catholic Saints. Mix that in with some good old folk magic, Paganism, plant medicine, Chakra work and the power of Intention and Ritual in a Jar was born. Sharing her affinity for the unknown divine forces with friends makes her heart full.
All our rituals are made in Portland, Oregon, by Allison , in her witchy kitchen, under Lunar influence once her 4 year old has gone to sleep."
"I'm a one-woman apothecary with a mission to bring "plant power to the people" in an accessible way. All of my products are inspired by requests from people in my life. Everything is handmade with love, formulated with top quality wild-or-organic elements. My growing Apothecary consists of Herbal Remedies, Small-Batch Bitters, Botanical Skin-Care, Bath Magic, & Ritual Ways. I gather, process, bottle, label, and ship everything myself, so if you're looking for the real deal in terms of small batches and big intention, you've found it! Thanks for visiting my shop and supporting my craft."
"Seagrape bath + body is a values driven, for profit apothecary specializing in handmade self-care goods and magical tools. We cultivate a space that supports small, independent makers, teachers and farmers- especially queer, immigrant, indigenous and PoC. By offering accessible workshops and products in a variety of price ranges we help make self-care and self-nourishment tangible."
"The Small Beast is a line of deconstructionist inspired jewelry hand made by Seattle based designer Shelby Lou Cypher. Formally trained in painting, Shelby's love of tactile three-dimensional forms soon led her to sculpture and ultimately jewelry design. Painterly techniques often find their way into pieces with hand applied patinas, tool marks, and varying textures pushing the material to it’s full potential.
Each one of a kind and limited run piece is created using carefully selected metals and natural elements to enhance it's metaphysical associations. Minimalist designs join highly detailed hand sculpted pieces to form an eclectic and ever changing dark themed collection. Inspiration is drawn from ancient tombs, animism, folk magic, grey areas, dark corners and alien landscapes."
"VAVA Lingerie is an endeavor obsessed with quality. Whether it’s materials, craftsmanship, and fit, or our relationship with people and the planet, we believe in taking the time and care to do things right. We’re inspired by classic design and modern comfort, and offer a wide range of sizes for the perfect fit for any body type. Every piece is made in house using deadstock materials and natural fibers in alignment with our commitment to ethical and sustainable production."
"WHAT IS THE WILD UNKNOWN?
I’ll start simple and move toward the big ideas.
First, the phrase The Wild Unknown comes from the lyrics of the Bob Dylan song, Isis. You should probably put that song on before you continue reading.
Second, The Wild Unknown became a nickname for myself, my artwork, and the self- publishing company that I started back in 2006. So it’s a part of me but doesn’t represent the whole me. Likewise, I represent a part of The Wild Unknown, but can’t possibly represent the whole. That leads me to the next answer…
Third, The Wild Unknown is a community that developed around the tarot deck I drew in 2012. This group of seekers, tarot enthusiasts, artists, yogis, goths, visionaries, freethinkers, skeptics, and believers expanded beyond my wildest dreams. Soon there were thousands and then tens of thousands of you from all over the world, forming a living, changing, growing community in search of a deeper understanding of the human experience. You became The Wild Unknown. You still are and will always be. This leads me to my next answer…
Fourth, The Wild Unknown is a place within us. It is a feeling. It is the part of us we do not yet understand, but long to know. Some might call it the unconscious, or more specifically the creative unconscious. Some call it the great mystery, or spirit, soul, The Self, consciousness, sacred intelligence, magic, magik, god, the force, or life’s longing for itself. The point is, even if we spent multiple lifetimes trying to know our full selves, we’d fall short. The mystery remains and within it resides latent energy and power. This force moves us toward growth, no matter how uncomfortable. It pushes us to become our full selves. It wants the best for us, always. It pushed me to create the tarot deck when I doubted myself at every turn. Jung called this process individuation. I’m calling it The Wild Unknown. Either way, it is active, it moves within us, and with us. Can you feel it?
Fifth, though The Wild Unknown is within us, we are also within it. It is the mystery of the world, of the collective. You step into The Wild Unknown every single time you do something that requires courage and leads you toward discovery. The Wild Unknown is the land you have never travelled to, the star we haven’t yet named, the lover you have yet to meet, the unborn child, the song unwritten, the ocean that calls from afar. This place will always exist. It is beyond wild, beyond unknown, and beyond generous. It calls us toward it with a seductive whisper, a persistent hum, or a savage roar. When we answer, we open our hearts once again to this life. For now, I’ll stop here. There are infinite answers to this question. That’s the whole idea."
"The figure of the witch is a powerful symbol. Though most iconic in the popular imagination as a dramatic silhouette with a pointed hat and black garments, a witch can be anyone. Witches are not just from Europe, and don’t just practice Wicca. We exist in a broad range of cultures and traditions (and in fact, black and indigenous witches have historically been persecuted by witch hunts more than anyone else.)
We are everywhere. We are your sisters, your neighbors, your teachers, your bartenders, your mechanics, your check-out clerks, your drivers and your nurses.
Our costume is theatrical, instantly recognizable and unifying, reflecting the millions of witches who came before us and the legions of us who exist today. For every black-veiled witch in a pointed hat you may see holding signs on street corners or performing rituals in public squares, there are vast numbers of anonymous witches, solitary or working in covens, sending their energies into the swirling mass from which we draw our inspiration and motivation.
We have always been here. We will always be here."
San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon
"Here at Paxton Gate, we have a deep fascination and respect for the natural world. Part of our philosophy is ensuring that our product offering is ethically sourced.
Taxidermy, along with animal skulls and skeletons are among the many items that our customers purchase online and in the stores. We want you to know that we go out of our way to source items that have either died of natural causes or were otherwise trapped and euthanized in humane ways as part of animal care and control programs intended to manage wildlife populations. In some cases, individual animals are collected and euthanized by licensed nuisance trappers. Additionally, all of the baby livestock (deer, boars, ostrich, etc.) that we occasionally carry were stillborn or died shortly after birth of natural causes. Most of the larger and game items are vintage pieces from many years ago, and therefore sourcing is difficult to confirm. Others come from areas where certain animals are much more common than they are here, and licensed hunters are required to meet legal quotas as part of a system of wildlife management. We do not support the trade of poached or endangered animals nor cruel ranching practices.
Insects are often collected in their native habitats by people indigenous to the same locale. This regulated practice gives people the means to make an income off the surrounding habitat by keeping it in its natural state, and even in some cases reforesting with native host plants intended for particular species. In the end the effect on insect populations is positive as opposed to the alternative—loss of habitat due to farming, development, and pesticides. Our insects are often from South-East Asia but also endemic to the Americas, Africa, Madagascar, and other regions of the world. Many of the larger and bird-wing butterflies are ranched by conservationists who release about 50% of what they raise and sell the remainder to fund their organizations thereby helping to replenish threatened species in the wild.
Occasionally questions arise as to the ethical nature of some of the items we carry that we have not answered here or elsewhere on the site. If you require additional information, or if you have information you think may be valuable to us, please contact us and we will do our best to answer your question or consider your thoughts."
"NOCTEX harmonizes between organic and man-made structure. Multi-wearable, androgynous and shape shifting layers are the backbone to creating subtle diversity, as each garment takes it's truest form when in motion with the wearer. Rooted in deadstock textiles and produced in our hometown of Vancouver, Canada, Noctex embodies the global citizen that values form, utility and ethical design."
"NDA is a Portland, Oregon based leather accessories brand that combines traditional leather craftsmanship with purposeful design to create modern and elegant silhouettes. NDA or nome dell'accessorio - is Italian for “name of accessory” - the mother language of founder and creative director Giovanna Cafaro.
Established in Brooklyn NY in 2015, NDA was founded in the art of slow fashion – timeless and sustainable products and practices. Each piece in our collection is made by hand with meticulous care and attention and from only the highest quality leather and materials in our Portland studio. This means your piece can be worn and loved for years – complementing your look and your lifestyle.
NDA exists to inspire creativity and originality with the way you dress and use your wardrobe. To be worn as your heart desires. "
"Calling forth the unexpected & wisdom of old through sacred, practical modern day living. Offering books, findings, classes, and readings with the intent of bringing deeper meaning into life & home. Igniting curiosity that leads us deeper into the roots of the soul; everything from the paranormal to the occult, from metaphysics to yoga, from all the world religions to the smallest of sects; our shop respects and honors all aspects of spirituality. We also have a love for and offer modern day fire (lamps, lights & swags) as well as a mix of collectables~ "
"The Hoodwitch was a website and project that I had been working on for over a year. It started as a fun play on words, but also as a reference to the curanderas and the wise women in the neighborhood botanicas that I grew up in. These wise women were the healers. They were the shoulders to cry on, they could give you a recipe to clear up your colds, bring love into your life, or protect your flower garden. They are the beacons of light for their community and that has always inspired me. This experience has allowed me to explore my understandings of metaphysics, folk medicine, and wellness in ways I never thought possible. I have always believed my purpose in this life was to share, uplift, support, and spread love to the world around me."
"The Dark Exact offers artfully designed, hand-crafted products for home, body, and mind. All products come with suggestions for how they may also be used to perform personal rituals for clients seeking deeper self-awareness, or to simply feel more present in daily life. At The Dark Exact, we believe in the power of ritual to set intention and change lives from within. Art is for everyone. Tarot is for everyone."
The Creeping Museum is an ongoing experiment in art and philanthropy. We're a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization whose goal is to help artists use their work to give back to their communities. We believe in the transformative and healing power of art, especially when it’s paired with advocacy and education, and we’re always looking for new ways of using art to support meaningful causes.
"CHARIOT is a combination housewares retailer, interior design studio, and spiritual workshop. Located in Astoria, Oregon, we specialize in carrying one of a kind textiles and decor for every area the home, including bedding, area rugs and kitchenware. The products we carry are not only beautiful, but they are meaningful. They give life to a space and serve a purpose -- making a home.
In spirit, our mission is to carry products that not only have innate beauty but have a ‘soul’. They have a purpose and a story that honors the past, while marrying the old with the new. Think classic ornate details blended with minimalist modern design.
CHARIOT also offers full interior design services for both residential and commercial projects. We bring a classic style and a fresh, unique and substantive approach to every project. Our mission is to manifest beauty that enriches lives, provides comfort and reflects our customer's most authentic selves. "
"Consider our pieces to be the special elements in your jewelry arsenal. The ones you wear to feel powerful, to feel strong, to feel magical, to feel mystical. Each design was chosen and created by us because we felt an affinity for the animal, and then went the next step further to fabricate/manipulate it to work with the human form. Our pieces aren’t just for adornment, they are created to fit seamlessly into your life be it at work, getting coffee, making art, traveling, or even casting spells. We are influenced by the darker side of the life cycle, geology, gemology, astrology, mythology (lots of ologies), botany, alchemy, and Mother Nature herself. Each piece is handcrafted in our studios, Zoe’s in Portland Oregon and Ashley’s in Brooklyn New York."
"APATICO is a fashion line by artist & designer Megan Bishop(MCAD BFA, Illustration, 2006). After years of fancy millinery work, Apatico branched out into harnesses and accessories using PVC and leather. Each piece is designed and made by hand in her Seattle studio with an emphasis on great design, unique materials, attention to detail, and fit. Taking inspiration from fetish fashion, dark fantasy, clubkids, goth and punk styles, each piece makes a strong statement and becomes a transformative focal point for any outfit."
"Altar is an alternative handmade fashion boutique located inside of a historic, converted house in Portland, OR cozied up with brunch restaurant, The Hazel Room. Established by Amy Fox and Cassie Ridgway, Altar is dedicated to beautiful clothing and accessories that are inspired by the natural world and the spirit of the Northwest. The shop curates an edgy, dark aesthetic and celebrates a new generation of American artistry and manufacturing. Altar is a destination for gorgeous jewelry, incredible handmade clothing, small batch apothecary, and lovingly made accessories. We believe in the power and value of quality handmade goods and Altar is our place to share these keepsake pieces with you."