I’m Damage Von Rock. I’m a London-based artist, writer and subculture researcher with an insatiable love for gonzo, alt/culture, coffee, eyecandy and anything with a Scoville rate or a frequency.
Right now, I’m working on various iterations of my debut fiction book The Damage Report, a 400+ page monster not unlike Mondo 2000′s New Edge Guide. Its premise is “how did we imagine the future and what did we end up with instead”, dealing with contemporary technology research, the cyberpunk movement, industrial music, mindhacking and whatnot. I’m currently working on launching a free/donationware Hungarian ebook in April/May 2013 and making ends meet to have an English translation ready by Q3 2013.
I’m also working on a new issue of The Dose magazine – a cyberpunk PDF magazine that’s been recently acquired by Australian underground media outlet DarkMedia.biz who also own a similar but more gritty magazine called Machete Girl. The new issue will launch in Q2 2013.
I also design infographics – in November 2012 I was one of the winners for an infographics contest run by The Economics. For the record, I did my first infographic in January 2012.
My current dayjob is with music startup Tastebuds where I do community management, social media magic and the occasional infographic.
In recent years, I worked as a lecturer for International Business School Hungary, a tech journalist for a major Hungarian news portal called HVG Online, a pop culture journalist for geek powerhouse Mondo Magazine, co-authored two books (one on music genres, the other on Steve Jobs) and I was also one of the screenwriters for a New York Times-acclaimed animation comedy entitled The District!
One of my biggest projects to date was LD50.hu, a Hungarian community site not unlike Vampirefreaks with 10,000+ users. I founded it in 2002 and was its chief editor (also project manager, blogger and photographer) until 2009. I also organized and promoted weekly clubnights and massive parties, working with musicians like Angelspit, Eve of Destiny, Soman or Killing Miranda.