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August 28, 2006 6:22 PM   Subscribe

My Secret Elephant is my favourite work by Japanese-Canadian artist Yuka Yamaguchi. She has a way of making flayed flesh disturbingly cute. [mildly nsfw]
posted by Dag Maggot (36 comments total)
 
Melted 'er.
posted by BeerFilter at 6:29 PM on August 28, 2006


That did not take long.
posted by absalom at 6:29 PM on August 28, 2006


That's some wacky Art!
posted by billysumday at 6:30 PM on August 28, 2006


I was all ready to see some flayed flesh too.

Le cache.
posted by BeerFilter at 6:32 PM on August 28, 2006


poor struggling artists... let's kill another!
posted by wumpus at 6:32 PM on August 28, 2006


Yikes. I feel bad now ... It is really nice stuff though. God, what a crappy hosting service that would do that after a 20% CPU load. (sigh)
posted by Dag Maggot at 6:36 PM on August 28, 2006


That web server should use caching more efficiently...
posted by clevershark at 6:40 PM on August 28, 2006


Works for me. But the piece is called My Secret Elephant Recipe.
posted by dobbs at 6:42 PM on August 28, 2006


I think the "Recipe" part is the post title for that particular article where she discusses creating the work, but I could be wrong, and I'm afraid to go look now.
posted by Dag Maggot at 6:46 PM on August 28, 2006


It's actually just that first link that's hosed for me. Odd.
posted by bob sarabia at 7:10 PM on August 28, 2006


I think it just depends if it's over the CPU limit at the particular moment you are viewing Bob. (Remind me to scratch BlueHost off my recommended hosting list.)
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:16 PM on August 28, 2006


Ah, right.
posted by bob sarabia at 7:19 PM on August 28, 2006


Don't flay this guy's elephant unless you want to get your ass kicked (spoiler.)
posted by homunculus at 7:42 PM on August 28, 2006


You might want to ask the admins for a couple NSFW warnings on the last two links.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:22 PM on August 28, 2006


Really? Ok I didn't think it was warranted due to the exaggerated style and non-sexual nature. I guess nipples in general are taboo.
posted by Dag Maggot at 8:29 PM on August 28, 2006


Really? Ok I didn't think it was warranted due to the exaggerated style and non-sexual nature. I guess nipples in general are taboo.

Eh, better safe then sorry. Plus they're friggin weird.
posted by delmoi at 8:57 PM on August 28, 2006


OK, self-flagged. (though I don't think weirdness in itself is a reason to brand something NSFW)
posted by Dag Maggot at 9:10 PM on August 28, 2006


I didn't think it was warranted due to the exaggerated style and non-sexual nature

Non-sexual nature? Hmm. Isn't a big chunk of the appeal of this kind of stuff the fact that it sits at the intersection of Creepy, Bloody, Innocent and Sexual? I like it myself, but the last thing I'd call it is "non-sexual."

Anyway, if you're showing us naked tits, cartoon or not, go ahead and warn folks who are browsing at work.
posted by mediareport at 9:22 PM on August 28, 2006


those pala pala books are just about the coolest thing I've ever seen.

when does the store open?
posted by carsonb at 9:33 PM on August 28, 2006


Gah, yeah totally was not expecting nipplage from the links.
Hope nobody was looking my way.
posted by nightchrome at 10:30 PM on August 28, 2006


I like how it blends traditional Japanese elements with the insanity of modern culture to equate to something even more mental. Great imagery, distinctive style, I like.
posted by antialiased at 4:06 AM on August 29, 2006


[I added the nsfw link - anything that's naked, noisy or shocking should usually have 'em]
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:26 AM on August 29, 2006


People who enjoy this soul-damning garbage need psychological help and must promptly repent and change, giving their lives to Jesus Christ, or else this awfulness will hang around their neck like a millstone at their final judgement.

They will “stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God” (Jacob 6:9), have “an awful view of their own guilt and abominations” (Mosiah 3:25) and will have “a lively sense of … guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable fire, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever” (Mosiah 2:38).
posted by rinkjustice at 4:54 AM on August 29, 2006


Mhm, グロ (NSFW, frankly, not safe for anyone anywhere).
posted by yeoz at 5:05 AM on August 29, 2006


Thanks for that jessamyn. My thanks ascendeth up forever and ever. (idiot 4:20)
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:57 AM on August 29, 2006


People who enjoy this soul-damning garbage need psychological help and must promptly repent and change, giving their lives to Jesus Christ, or else this awfulness will hang around their neck like a millstone at their final judgement.

I liked religious dichotomies better when they are along the lines of cake/death, etc.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:11 AM on August 29, 2006


What color is the awfulness? I want to make sure I coordinate properly.
posted by schoolgirl report at 6:15 AM on August 29, 2006


I have to wonder what that elephant's facehugger larval form looked like.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 6:33 AM on August 29, 2006


People who enjoy this soul-damning garbage need psychological help

Turned ya on a bit, did it?

They will “stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God” (Jacob 6:9), have “an awful view of their own guilt and abominations” (Mosiah 3:25) and will have “a lively sense of … guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable fire, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever” (Mosiah 2:38).

Oh my. It *did* turn you on. Hey, whatever floats your boat, rink.
posted by mediareport at 6:42 AM on August 29, 2006


Are you people worried about the nipples serious??

So, a young, smiling girl, cheerfully knitting away the flayed muscles of her leg...but wearing a brassiere....this is fine, yes?

RJ, I notice all of your biblical quotes are completely context free. You could have used the same post in a thread about the merits of Cheez-Whiz and it would have made as much sense.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 7:15 AM on August 29, 2006


Fantastic stuff - I love the little moment of shock when you realise that the cute wee person is knitting their leg muscles, or what have you.

People who enjoy this soul-damning garbage...

Hate to break it to you, dollface, but there is no such thing as a soul. Still, I must admit I prefer the religous flim flam to the superheroic dietary advice.
posted by jack_mo at 7:43 AM on August 29, 2006


I'd like all of rinkjustice's comments to be labelled NSFW.
posted by odinsdream at 9:07 AM on August 29, 2006


This stuff is just tired and cliché, and not especially soul-damning at all.

If you want to have “an awful view of [your] own guilt and abominations” and “a lively sense of … guilt, and pain, and anguish, which is like an unquenchable [tumescence], whose [phallus] ascendeth up forever and ever”, you're going to have to look outside The Book of Mormon, and into the depths of hell: the グロ imageboard on 2chan
posted by blasdelf at 12:03 PM on August 29, 2006


Yuka Yamaguchi responds to MeFi.
posted by stemlot at 12:21 PM on August 29, 2006


This whole NSFW thing is kind of overblown, and here is just a banal example. I mean, it's work, and you probably, in the eyez of your employers, shouldn't be looking at ANY - nippley, tubgirly or otherwise- recreational websites while you're at work.
If we were good, dilligent, ethical employees, nothing on Metafilter would be SFW - though I'm perhaps as guilty as anyone of transgressing this. I do rue the fact that Metafilter is blue, instead of AutoCad black.
posted by Flashman at 4:49 PM on August 29, 2006


If we were good, dilligent, ethical employees, nothing on Metafilter would be SFW

Someone always says this, as if there's no reason for the NSFW label at all. But it ignores the fact that different workplaces have different policies about casual Web browsing on the clock, so it's simply courteous to label a post that's got nudity to help folks in those different workplaces judge the risk. Please stop dismissing that kind of thoughtfulness as worthless.
posted by mediareport at 5:18 AM on August 30, 2006


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