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‘Frankenpussy’: The terrifying ‘Rogue Taxidermy’ of Sarina Brewer
07.11.2017
09:31 am
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‘Frankenpussy.’ A taxidermy art-piece by Sarina Brewer.
 
Before you get your ethically-sourced panties all clenched up in your ass cheeks, the animals that artist Sarina Brewer uses for her unorthodox taxidermy art all died of natural causes. Brewer utilizes animals that have been legally obtained from all kinds of sources. Some were roadkill, and some were donated to her personally. During college, Brewer worked with wildlife rescue groups and firmly believes that out of respect for the animals that have passed on to the great beyond, that “wasting” any part of the creatures she comes by would be disrespectful to Mother Nature.

Completely self-taught, Brewer has been creating wild taxidermy-art pieces for a quarter of a century. In the spirit of her perhaps more modern work, the artist has dubbed her genre “Rogue Taxidermy.” Brewer combines various anatomical parts from different animals, such as her “Turducken” for which she affixed the heads and necks of a turkey and chicken to the body of a duck creating a three-headed monstrosity that almost seems to still be very much alive. Fueled by surrealism, the Rogue Taxidermy movement was officially defined about twelve years ago, and artists in the field such as Brewer’s fellow RT’ers Scott Bibus & Robert Marbury use both conventional and non-conventional materials in their work such as glass or fake fur to enhance their stuffed subjects.

Below you’ll find a large number of Brewer’s “pets” such as a “Frankensquirrel” and something she calls a “Jabbercocky” that really do give a second life to the component animals they are comprised of. The images are NSFW and may get under your skin if you love cats and fluffy bunnies like I do. But that didn’t stop me from loving Brewer’s “Frankenpussy” taxidermy (pictured at the top of this post), that’s for sure.
 

‘Banana Monkey.’
 

‘Capricorn.’
 
More of Sarina Brewer’s Rogue Taxidermy after the jump…

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Posted by Cherrybomb
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07.11.2017
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I squid you not: H.P. Lovecraft inspired tentacle dildos are a thing
06.29.2017
11:14 am
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An example of the tentacle dildos made by Lovecrafters Toys.
 
These inspired and colorful dildos come from an Etsy shop called Lovecrafters Toys. It seems that the owner of the shop, Chae, has a thing for H.P. Lovecraft as most of the sex toys in her store are silicone tentacles which are made to order. According to the site, you’re able to trick out your toy in pretty much any color you want. Chae will even paint the “suckers” on the tentacles another color just in case having a tentacle dildo in one color scheme just won’t do it for you.

Depending on the colors you choose one will run you anywhere from $47 to around $72 bucks and can also be used as a strap-on. You know, because Cthulhu is probably into some pretty cosmic shit. NSFW images follow.
 

 

 
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Posted by Cherrybomb
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06.29.2017
11:14 am
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Forget Louis Wain’s psychedelic cats, here are his crazy Cubist ceramics
06.26.2017
11:57 am
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Sometimes it seems that luck is far more important than talent. Louis Wain was a talented artist but he was never a lucky man.

Louis Wain was the man who drew cats. He was born in the East End of London in 1860, the only boy in a family of five girls. This meant that when his father died Louis became the family’s sole provider. As he was good at art, he started submitting illustrations for various magazines. These proved popular. This led to his joining the staff of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News in 1882. His artistic streak most probably came from his mother as she had once been a textile designer. Little is known about his father.

In 1884, Louis married the family’s governess, Emily. She was ten years older than Louis who was then a rather green 23-year-old. It was because of his love for Emily that Louis started drawing cats. Emily had a small black and white cat called Peter whose company she greatly enjoyed. When Emily became too ill to play with Peter, dear old Louis spent hours sketching the cat in the hope his drawings would bring his wife some needed cheer and a much hoped for recovery. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Emily had cancer and died three years later in 1887.

The year prior to Emily’s death, Louis had the good fortune to show his editor a small selection of the cat drawings he had made for his wife. The editor liked these illustrations so much that he published two of them in the following edition of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News. This was the first real luck Louis ever had. His drawings were greatly received and led to his being commissioned to illustrate two books Madam Tabby’s Establishment and A Kitten’s Christmas Party.  After Emily’s death, Louis focussed solely on drawing more cats. It was his main connection to his wife which also became a way to make money.

Louis produced cat illustrations for postcards and greeting cards, adverts, books and toys. Then, just before the First World War, he designed a series of ceramic cats which he mainly called “Lucky.” These designs for vases—chunky, square, and brightly painted—were inspired by the latest fad for Cubism. Unfortunately for Louis, his designs weren’t so lucky with the home market as they were considered ugly and tasteless and did not sell at all well in England. But fortunately, in America, these crazy cats were highly popular. This should have been Louis’s retirement fund, but a large consignment of his ceramics bound by ship for the United States was sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat. This, together with the war, briefly put and end to Louis’ Cubist cats.

After the war, his designs were picked up once again and manufactured in Italy. By now, Louis was in severe financial difficulties. His naivety about the world had led to his squandering much of his hard-earned cash on crank business propositions or foolishly giving it away in response to begging letters. It’s unclear how much money Louis made from this second production of his ceramics. If he did make money, well, it proved of little avail as Louis was certified insane and committed to an asylum in 1924.

Louis Wain’s art and designs fell out of favor until the early 1960s, when his cat paintings became highly fashionable again.

Today, like his paintings, Louis Wain’s ceramic animals are greatly sought after and can sell for as much as $10,000 each. The designs mainly feature cats, but there are also designs of pigs and dogs. As ever, with the unlucky Mr. Wain, some of the designs that flooded the market about a decade ago were considered to be fake. But those who posses a genuine Louis Wain Cubist cat, they are lucky enough to own a thing of great beauty.
 
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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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06.26.2017
11:57 am
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Sex signals: Trashy illustrations from vintage ‘Frederick’s of Hollywood’ catalogs


A page from one of Frederick Mellinger’s famous ‘Frederick’s of Hollywood’ catalogs. Mellinger is pictured, with what I imagine was a permament grin, just below the word ‘SEX.’
 

“I never listen to Paris designers . . . they don’t dress women for men.”

—Frederick’s of Hollywood founder Frederick Mellinger on what made him successful.

 
You have to give Frederick’s of Hollywood founder, Frederick Mellinger a lot of credit. After lying about his age, Mellinger scored a gig at a women’s “intimate apparel” company when he was only fourteen. The veritable dream job quickly helped acquaint Mellinger with the ins-and-outs of the mail-order business though he would later be fired from his job for suggesting that the company add *gasp* black undergarments to its catalog. During a stint in the army Mellinger became hip to the existence of the “pinup girl.” His new awareness would end up being a tipping point for the young entrepreneur who headed to New York City to open the first Frederick’s headquarters in 1946 right on Fifth Avenue which he dubbed “Frederick’s of Fifth Avenue.” Within a year’s time, Mellinger moved his base of operations to Hollywood Boulevard.

I’m sure most of you out there are at least somewhat acquainted with what Mellinger would end up calling Frederick’s of Hollywood. Those three words are undeniably synonymous with girlie garments like push-up bras, crotchless panties, and other skin-tight delights, many of which were black. While he was still doing business in New York, Mellinger couldn’t get a magazine or newspaper to run illustrated ads for his racy garment because they considered them to be “pornographic.” Once he relocated his headquarters to Los Angeles and opened the first of what would eventually become 160 retail locations in 1947, everyone from exotic dancers to bored housewives started snapping up his enticing designs. Then, while on a business trip to France that same year, he bore witness to his first bikini-clad woman. Mellinger brought back as many French bikinis as he could which he promptly sold without effort back in Hollywood. Then something happened that would prove to be a linchpin to Frederick’s future success that involved the cops and one of their bikini-loving fans.

A lucky girl who happened to score one Mellinger’s French bikinis was arrested on Venice Beach while wearing it and was charged with “indecent exposure.” The papers went wild and widely published stories accompanied with scandalous images of the poor girl being cuffed and stuffed into a police car. Orders for anything and everything from the Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog went through the roof, and it would be almost 40 years until the company would post their first ever loss in 1984. Through it all, it was Mellinger’s determination to continue to push the boundaries of lingerie design that led to, among other things, the invention of the thong panty and edible panties. Well done, Mr. Mellinger, well done.

When I came across the illustrations used during the early days of Frederick’s, I had not seen them before. Most likely since I mostly associated the catalog with the real-life model sleaze of the 80s. The discovery has led me to pursue the acquisition of one of their vintage catalogs that pre-date the mid-70s, which are sadly hard to come by these days. So, for the time being, we will all have to live vicariously through the images below, some of which are NSFW.
 

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More sexy stuff after the jump…

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06.21.2017
09:16 am
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Animals armed with guns & snake oil salesmen: The confrontational ceramics of Mitchell Grafton
06.16.2017
10:12 am
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A curious ceramic creation by Mitchell Grafton.
 
Insanely talented ceramic artist Mitchell Grafton has been working in his field since he was nineteen when he was hired by Odell Pottery in Panama City, Florida to help make their ceramic goods. Odell Pottery was run by three-time U.S. Pottery Olympics Champion Bruce Odell and Grafton spent seven years working under Odell making lamp bases while completing his degree in Architecture at a Louisiana technical college. Later in 1991, Grafton would enter the same competition as his mentor, which he not only won on his first time out, but three more times. None of Grafton’s early success seems surprising once you have seen his whimsical designs, often featuring animals—such as an octopus that has joined forces with a tank complete with a soldier in a gas mask riding on top of its head.

On Grafton’s blog, it’s noted that he does take commissions and he has posted many examples of his custom orders there, as well as on Grafton Pottery’s official Facebook page. As you would hope, the imaginations of Grafton’s fans often rival the artist’s own, for example, the freakishly eccentric designs Grafton created at the behest of a Canadian ceramics enthusiast who could no longer live without a mug with removable antlers and the face of a man smoking a stogie. Because life it too short to not own weird things made by weird people. This is the golden age of that, so savor it. I’ve posted a ton of images of Grafton’s wild ceramic creations below for you to check out below. Some are kinda/sorta NSFW.
 

A ceramic vivisected frog clinging to a mug. One of the many wonderfully weird ceramics created by Mitchell Grafton.
 

 
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06.16.2017
10:12 am
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Home for sale in Arizona is move-in ready IF YOU’RE A CRAZY CAT PERSON
06.13.2017
09:23 am
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These may not be particularly original observations, but two things are true of cats—they find more of interest in our houses than we do, and they’d be happier still living in labyrinths of cat-sized Habitrail tubes. But what if there was a middle option—what if you needed a human house decked out entirely for the comfort and enjoyment of cats?

If you’re OK with living on the outskirts of Nowheresville By God Arizona, you’re covered.

A property for sale at 669 Stanford Drive (Country Road 8235) in unincorporated Concho, AZ, is convenient to expanses of hot dirt and little else. But you’re not moving here to be right in the mix, you’re here for your furbabies (and if you unironically call your pets that I’m not 100% sure we can be friends). Every room in the place is essentially Pee-wee’s Playhouse for cats. I’m powerless to further describe the 2,500 sqft of eyebleedy cat toy that is this house, I can only let the realtor’s photos do the talking.

See the effects of untreated toxoplasmosis on the human mind, after the jump…

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Posted by Ron Kretsch
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06.13.2017
09:23 am
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Socks that make your feet look like you have realistic animal paws
06.09.2017
11:58 am
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These are kind of weird, yet I like them: Crew socks that look like realistic animal paws. I wish there were some hooved variety socks to sport (I’d like to have some goat socks), but right now it appears there’s only fuzzy paws to choose from.

When you order, you have to specify whether you want dog or cat paws. They’re available through What on Earth and sell for $11.95. It looks like they won’t be ready to ship until June 23.


 

 

 
via Boing Boing

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.09.2017
11:58 am
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Octopussy: The ‘tentacle’ erotica of Yuji Moriguchi
06.08.2017
03:13 pm
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An erotic painting by Japanese artist, Yuji Moriguchi.
 
“Tentacle erotica” has been a theme present in Japanese pornography and erotica at least since the early 1800s. The trend is still common in Japanese manga where your eyes are often treated to illustrated interpretations of what it’s like for an octopus to force itself sexually on an unwilling female. Tokyo-based artist Yuji Moriguchi brings together both the ancient art of “Shunga” (Japanese erotic art) and modern Manga to create his explicit paintings that feature acts of hardcore sex, bestiality, bondage and other (mostly) fantasy-based scenarios.

If you are a fan of Japanese erotica and are perhaps unfamiliar with Moriguchi then you can thank me later for the images of tentacled creatures having way more fun on a Saturday night than you’ll probably ever have. His use of color is masterful and is alligned with color schemes derived from classic Shunga that he incorporates into his more modern interpretations. Tentacle erotica and tentacle-related pornography is a popular genre of Japanese kink that has proliferated into some pretty fucked up “sinema” that, if you are not already acquainted with, then you should probably just leave it that way because it’s not the kind of thing that you can unsee. Trust me on this one. Unless of course, after looking at Moriguchi’s perplexing porn paintings below you feel the need to see the live-action versions of them, then have at it. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. If collecting this flavor of art is your thing then I recommend picking up the 2014 book from PIE International Japanese Erotica in Contemporary Art. The 320-page book features artwork by Moriguchi and many of his peers such as Takato Yamamoto and Suehiro Maruo. The images that follow are NSFW.
 

 

 

 
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06.08.2017
03:13 pm
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What could possibly go wrong?: Photos of children riding alligators
06.01.2017
11:20 am
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Like it says in the title, “What could possible go wrong?” A lot of these vintage images are from the Los Angeles Alligator Farm located in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The singularly stupid tourist attraction was opened in 1907. In 1953 the attraction moved to Buena Park, California where it was renamed the California Alligator Farm. The farm closed its doors in 1984 due to poor attendance. I’m shocked it was allowed to go on that long, quite honestly.

According to Wikipedia (and I truly hope this is true) the alligators were moved to a private estate in Florida where we can presume no one tried to ride them… (The word about the gators had probably gotten out by then, you’d think.)


 

 

 
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Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.01.2017
11:20 am
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Pigeon caught smuggling ecstasy pills in tiny little backpack
05.25.2017
09:15 am
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Well here’s something you don’t hear and see every day: A homing pigeon—normally used for carrying messages—was apprehended by Kuwaiti custom officials as it was crossing over from Iraq. The pigeon sported a tiny bird-friendly backpack with 178 narcotic pills inside of it. According to the reports I’ve read online, some sources are saying the pills were ecstasy while others reporting it was ketamine.

One burning question I do have is how exactly did the Kuwait custom officials capture the bird? That would seem almost impossible to do. Also, what’s next for the bird? Do they set it free or is there some type of jail for birds that smuggle drugs?


 
via BBC, Nerdcore

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.25.2017
09:15 am
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