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Grace Neutral Explores Korea's Illegal Beauty Scene

British body mod artist Grace Neutral heads to South Korea to compare and contrast their mainstream beauty standards with the (still illegal) underground tattoo scene.
posted by divabat on Jun 8, 2016 - 17 comments

Horse yoga

Horse yoga
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jun 4, 2016 - 24 comments

Periodically cool

Return of the Cicadas is a short film by Samuel Orr about the insects' (surprisingly beautiful) 17-year lifespans. [more inside]
posted by Gymnopedist on Jun 3, 2016 - 18 comments

Advice to Students from an Iguana

In 2006, a group of students at Xavier High School in New York City were given an assignment by their English teacher, Ms. Lockwood, that was to test their persuasive writing skills: they were asked to write to their favourite author and ask him or her to visit the school. It’s a measure of his ongoing influence that five of those pupils chose Kurt Vonnegut, the novelist responsible for, amongst other highly-respected books, Slaughterhouse-Five; sadly, however, he never made that trip. Instead, he wrote a wonderful letter. He was the only author to reply.
posted by storybored on Jun 3, 2016 - 30 comments

David Neat's neat, model model blog

David Neat is a model maker and teacher. Of David Neat, Makezine says "This modest blog may be the Holy Grail of model-making sites."
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 3, 2016 - 6 comments

Wir leben in der Krise

Via the Princeton Blue Mountain project, 336 issues of Der Sturm (german, but with art)
Der Sturm, originally published weekly, covered the visual arts, and also included fiction, poetry, cultural criticism, and political essays. The magazine became well known for the inclusion of woodcuts and linocuts, including works by Marc Chagall,Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oscar Kokoschka, Franz Marc, László Moholy-Nagy, and others.
(via, english)
posted by frimble on Jun 2, 2016 - 7 comments

Slashed Beauties

The anatomical Venus re-examined. “One of the things that makes the Venus so hard for us to understand is that we’ve now divided up all those things in ways that wasn’t divided in the time that it was made... We have this division between art and science, and between religion and medicine, that didn’t exist at that time.” (Photos of nude wax anatomical models that may be NSFW or disturbing to some.)
posted by merriment on Jun 2, 2016 - 9 comments

A rolling blob gathers Omoss

Albert Omoss is an artist who uses computers to explore bodies as rubbery, entangled forms (all likely NSFW) and to make ads and data visualizations. Among other tools, he uses Processing to make hypnotic animations.
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 29, 2016 - 13 comments

I'd rather crank than switch

De-dimension, the graduation project of Design Academy Eindhoven student Jongha Choi, is a different take on flat-pack furniture. It's a bit more practical than his Cigarette Chair.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 28, 2016 - 11 comments

Treasure Hunt

“I still think you could do something that no one has ever done before.” - the story of Kit Williams and Masquerade, a children's book of illustrations that also served as clue to the location of a golden hare, and, despite an ignoble end to the competition, kicked off a crazy off treasure hunting books and videogames in 1980s Britain.
posted by Artw on May 27, 2016 - 22 comments

Come for the handmade dollhouse miniatures, stay for the ninja hamster.

Japanese YouTube user HMS2 creates meticulous handmade dollhouse miniatures: DIY Fake Food, DIY Dollhouse Items. There are also hundreds of kit-making videos, from food replicas to complete villages. Yes, there are Re-Ment unboxings! And oh yeah, he also built a ninja mansion for his hamster. h/t [Alert: Ninja mansion link has auto-hamster music.]
posted by Room 641-A on May 24, 2016 - 10 comments

bourgeois capitalist eats too much ice cream and freezes to death

Out with bourgeois crocodiles! How the Soviets rewrote children's books (Guardian). A new exhibition, A New Childhood: Picture Books from Soviet Russia, will be at the House of Illustration. [more inside]
posted by cwest on May 24, 2016 - 13 comments

Tiny faces are his canvas

Noel Cruz is an artist who purchases Barbies and official franchise dolls, strips all of their factory paint, and remakes them into faithful portraits of iconic celebrities and beloved characters using acrylic paints and tiny brushes. His dedication to detail extends to hair styling and commissioning custom clothing to bring a doll to life. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on May 24, 2016 - 17 comments

The symbolic value of rock is conflict-based:

Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember? by Chuck Klosterman [The New York Times] The most important musical form of the 20th century will be nearly forgotten one day. People will probably learn about the genre through one figure — so who might that be? [more inside]
posted by Fizz on May 23, 2016 - 173 comments

Reading and Art

People Reading Books
posted by bq on May 21, 2016 - 2 comments

"...Every room becomes a mouth."

(Content warning for pretty much the whole post: Body horror, bright flashes, and disturbing imagery abound.) Kitty Horrorshow (Itch, Twitter) is an independent game developer making fascinating, horrifying things. Minimalist horror games that go bold directions and are deeply uncomfortable experiences. Her biggest game by far, though, is ANATOMY, a game in which you explore a dark house, seeking out cassette tapes and studying the "physiology of domestic architecture". [more inside]
posted by brecc on May 20, 2016 - 17 comments

Art by crayon stacking

Christian Faur has been on the blue before, but here you get to see his process. He also details how he cleans his art.
posted by numaner on May 19, 2016 - 2 comments

"You’re giving the fruit pleasure."

An interview about pleasure, ownership, censorship, and harassment with artist Stephanie Sarley. "Keep MeFi Weird May" continues with some videos that are decidedly NSFW despite containing only hands and fruit.
posted by hollyholly on May 19, 2016 - 5 comments

Disco 2000

The Y2K aesthetic: who knew the look of the year 2000 would endure?
posted by Artw on May 19, 2016 - 62 comments

It tastes like shiny!

Olga Noskova bakes cakes. Really, really shiny cakes. And she makes it look easy.
posted by Room 641-A on May 18, 2016 - 34 comments

Kate Compton introduces computational generative methods

This is a beginner-level advice essay for people just getting started with building generators. It’s also for practiced experts who want a way to organize their knowledge. The advice is meant for any kind of generators: humorous twitterbots, fanciful art-making bots, level generators, planet builders, makers of music, architecture, poetry, and cocktails. (edit: it turned out to be 4000 words long, so enjoy the ride!) [more inside]
posted by cgc373 on May 18, 2016 - 12 comments

Google Art Camera

No brush stroke, no accidental blotch of paint, no hidden nuance of a great painting by van Gogh or Monet can hide from the ultra-high resolution Google Art Camera.
posted by ColdChef on May 17, 2016 - 12 comments

Whatever it is, the music is fucking annoying

Art or junk?
posted by MoonOrb on May 15, 2016 - 11 comments


You know this guy? Yeah, him, with the art and the comics. Well, he successfully crowdfunded at least thirty cartoons, to be released weekly. Welcome (back) to the disquieting world of Joan Cornellà. (Warning: the various media contain nudity, violence, drug use and Jimbo the Jam.)
posted by BiggerJ on May 15, 2016 - 4 comments

buff anthro pokemon

buff anthro pokemon
posted by clorox on May 12, 2016 - 22 comments

Web 0.0

Civitacampomarano is a small village in the province of Campobasso, Italy, with just 400 souls, mainly elderly. In this village, rich in folk traditions, Internet is a partially unknown world: mobile phones have difficulty working and the data connection is practically nonexistent. [more inside]
posted by Too-Ticky on May 12, 2016 - 12 comments

Press the Panic buttons

The Panic Sign - a brief story about a remote-controlled sign on top of a building in Portland, Oregon
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 11, 2016 - 22 comments

Hilariously Giant Goalie Pads

Molly Brooks loves hockey - like in a romantic comedy kind of way. She's a big fan of the Stanley Cup! But it seems like she's found her home on the fresh ice of the National Women's Hockey League. (previously)
posted by ChuraChura on May 11, 2016 - 9 comments

Quiche and a milkshake

I was Prince's private chef - Margaret Wetzler talks about her experiences cooking for the late musician
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 7, 2016 - 70 comments

"...we think a detachable penis is for the best.”

A French statue of Heracles, also known by his Roman name Hercules, has been suffering from a particularly invasive form of vandalism. But local authorities think they’ve come up with a solution: a prosthetic penis.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 7, 2016 - 35 comments


A Piet Mondrian-themed version of Pong you can play in your browser.
posted by Cash4Lead on May 6, 2016 - 8 comments

When my anger is expressed through dance

When my anger is expressed through dance. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on May 5, 2016 - 6 comments

ars ex machina

I have been to the future and have brought back art.

"ReTech was born of a desire to translate discarded tech into artistic pieces."
The FAQ explains it better than I can.
posted by cjorgensen on May 5, 2016 - 11 comments

Ancient ink

Norwegian artist Esther van Hulsen draws a picture of an ancient octopus, using 95 million year old octopus ink (link to original article in Norwegian).
posted by Harald74 on May 4, 2016 - 13 comments

S ~ P ~ L ~ O ~ S ~ H

Gore, Guts, & the Grotesque :: The Acid Trip Art of Alex Jenkins [Some links NSFW]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 4, 2016 - 1 comment

Moon Knights and Demon Bears

A celebration of Bill Sienkiewicz - the unique comics artist most famous for his work on Moon Knight, The New Mutants, Stray Toasters and of course Elektra: Assassin.
posted by Artw on May 3, 2016 - 47 comments

Reviews say it's better than Batman vs Superman

17-year-old Nigerian student Joshua Umia is getting a lot of attention for his homemade action films with special effects, especially his remake of a Flash vs Zoom episode - which are all filmed on a Blackberry Bold 5.
posted by divabat on May 3, 2016 - 6 comments

Light Plane System +Plu

shivinteger designs things [more inside]
posted by clorox on May 2, 2016 - 2 comments

Louis Le Breton, illustrator of boats and demons

Maybe you first saw one of them in a video game or a heavy metal album cover: the 69 demons Louis Le Breton illustrated for Collin de Plancy's Dictionnaire Infernal (previously). But who was the man who rendered these images, and brought the dukes and presidents of Hell to life in such specific detail? Would he want to be remembered for his drawings of composite monsters and naked men riding dragons, or did he perhaps leave another legacy entirely? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on May 2, 2016 - 13 comments

Indistinguishable from magic

20+ drones; 16,500 LEDs; 3 shamisen players; 1 Mt. Fuji: Filmmaker Tsuyoshi Takashiro orchestrates a performance combining drones and the Oyamakai shamisen ensemble.
posted by wintersweet on May 1, 2016 - 13 comments

Satan is an individualist

Every movement needs it's Magician and Surrealism had Kurt Seligmann, a painter who was heavily into the Occult.
Gallery owner Rowland Weinstein was surprised that Seligmann's works was largely forgotten or unknown.
Here you can explore his prints and his written Magnus opus is still available.
A Biography and the full title quote and a couple more.
posted by adamvasco on May 1, 2016 - 4 comments

What gravity?

Tareq Alsaadi performs gravity-defying aerobatics with the SAB Goblin Nitro radio-controlled helicopter — in one case, with some interesting LED patterns on the blades
posted by a lungful of dragon on Apr 29, 2016 - 12 comments

All Prior Art

All Prior Art is a project attempting to algorithmically create and publicly publish all possible new prior art, thereby making the published concepts not patent-able. The concept is to democratize ideas, provide an impetus for change in the patent system, and to preempt patent trolls. The system works by pulling text from the entire database of US issued and published (un-approved) patents and creating prior art from the patent language. While most inventions generated will be nonsensical, the cost to computationally create and publish millions of ideas is nearly zero – which allows for a higher probability of possible valid prior art. [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Apr 29, 2016 - 27 comments


Reverse OCR is a bot that picks a word and then draws randomly until an OCR library recognizes it
posted by a lungful of dragon on Apr 28, 2016 - 19 comments

Art is a conversation between you and someone you’ve probably never met

Years With Yoko. For a long time Ono was basically despised, the inevitable lot of someone married to a person whose fame actually may have eclipsed Christ’s. Fools hate foreigners, and fools hate women, but a lot of people who ought to know better hate the avant-garde, and a lot of people who ought to know better hate the politically engaged, and a lot of people who ought to know better hate polymaths, and Ono is all those things. (SLTheMillions) [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Apr 27, 2016 - 67 comments

Sweating Blood: The Deaths of Sarah Ottens and Ana Mendieta

The violent sexual assault of Sarah Ottens at the University of Iowa inspired a famous art work by Ana Mendieta. But that wasn't the end of the connection between the women. Mendieta would go on to create more artwork invoking the female body, violence, and disappearance (some images NSFW; many are distressing). Twelve years after Ottens's murder, Mendieta would die in suspicious circumstances in a case that has been called the art world's version of the O.J. Simpson trial. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Broadband on Apr 27, 2016 - 10 comments

Scots are mad for citrus!

Scurvy Dogs - A brief overview of the history of the scurvy, brought to you by naval cartoonist Lucy Bellwood
posted by a lungful of dragon on Apr 27, 2016 - 19 comments

How to Be an Artist With a Day Job

"More people are incarcerated in America than are making... [an average $30K] ..."living" from art...You don’t have to be cynical and bitter, you can be optimistic and realistic. Yes, realistic optimism is an actual thing that involves recognizing harsh realities while understanding how to make the best of them. This post isn’t about giving up on your dreams, it's about embracing the journey to achieve them. It's also about accepting the reality that you may never be able to work on your number one creative passion full time. Here’s how you can live like that and be happy." (Includes helpful illustrations; note one of the cartoons has a suicide reference.) [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Apr 25, 2016 - 31 comments

"Less is a bore."

Uncube has ended. A Berlin-based digital architecture magazine that began in 2012 has concluded with issue #43, Athens. Known for its unconventional reportage and groundbreaking design, monthly themes ran the gamut from the desert to Iceland to outer space to, well, death. [more inside]
posted by nagemi on Apr 25, 2016 - 5 comments

Jack Davis: America's Most Prolific Cartoonist

Jack Davis, born in 1924 and still with us, is the last living artist who contributed to the legendary EC Comics horror titles. [much more inside] [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Apr 25, 2016 - 19 comments

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