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Sharks, stingrays, snakes & other nasty beasts, all made from hubcaps
01.04.2017
08:58 am

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Ptolemy Elrington


 
An Englishman with the excellent fortune to bear the wonderful name Ptolemy Elrington has hit upon an idea that’s far from new—he makes sculptures out of found materials. Since the novelty value of that method hovers closely around zero, such work succeeds or fails on the work’s merit, and Elrington succeeds wildly. His M.O. / gimmick / hook / whatever is that he sculpts animal forms from hubcaps, and they’re quite remarkable.

Hubcap creatures are made entirely from recycled materials. All the hubcaps are found, usually on the side of the road, and therefore bear the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions. I believe these marks add texture and history to the creatures they decorate.

Elrington keeps his web site and Facebook page constantly updated with new work, and his Instagram is heavily laden with extremely cool work.
 

 

 
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Strange Japanese illustrations of dogs with huge balls

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Tanuki are Japanese racoon dogs. Mischievous looking critters with a dog-like face and the body of a racoon. In ancient Japanese folklore these mammals were viewed as either gods of nature or troublesome yōkai. From the twelfth century on, tanuki were seen as humorous characters on account of their rather large testicles which artists grossly exaggerated for comic effect.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) was one of the last great masters of the ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings. He was famous for his pictures of samurai, animals and mythical creatures. He also created a sideline series of comic pictures depicting tanuki and their giant space hopper-sized gonads.
 
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An ever-expanding nut sack will help you catch fish.
 
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Stay dry in the heaviest of downpours with your scrot-umbrella.
 
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Catch birds in flight with one toss of your ‘tanuki’ scrotum.
 
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Cthulhu’s Twitter: Deep sea fisherman discovers terrifyingly freaky Lovecraftian entities
12.20.2016
02:25 pm

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Gizmodo hipped me to this deep sea fisherman in Russia named, Roman Fedortsov. He posts his deep sea discoveries on Twitter and they’re pure nightmare fuel. I know “nightmare fuel” is wayyyyy overused in the blogosphere world, but I couldn’t think of any other way to describe these alien-like creatures. Oh my fucking God, what are these things?!

I have a huge fear of deep sea creatures to begin with—I can’t watch an underwater nature documentary without heavy sedatives—so it totally didn’t help when I checked out Fedortsov’s Twitter account. It’s like I couldn’t help myself. I just clicked on it and BAM! I felt queasy in my stomach. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Terrifying, terrifying stuff.

 

 

 
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Natural History Surrealist Sculpture: Exquisite dreamlike plant-animal hybrids
12.20.2016
10:39 am

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Ellen Jewett


An intriguing sculpture by Ellen Jewett.
 
Based in Ontario, Canada, sculptor Ellen Jewett has done her best to support the rumor that she was raised alongside “newts and snails.” After spending time working as an artist contributing to medical journals and textbooks she soon turned to sculpture as a means to express her deep interest in biology and animals.

Jewett’s sculptures are incredibly intricate and woven together in such a way as to appear inseparable or unified despite their opposing origins. The artist has been quoted calling her work “natural history surrealist sculpture.” Her animal and plant subjects are so lifelike they resemble exhibits shown at natural history museums featuring once living animals in settings made to resemble their former habitat. Jewett’s whimsical sculptures sell for many thousands of dollars when they become available, though you can also purchase stunning prints of her unique animal and plant hybrids at her Etsy shop. I’ve included images of a large number of Jewett’s beautiful works of art below.
 

‘A feral antiquity.’
 

‘The complexity of our task at hand.’
 
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Cat tattoos, tattoo’d cats and tattoo’d cats giving other cats tattoos
12.16.2016
09:52 am

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Kazuaki Horitomo


 
Kazuaki Horitomo is a gifted tattoo artist who also loves cats. A Japanese native currently making his home in California, Horitomo has chosen to make cat tattoos his specialty—not just tattoos of cats but images of cats with tattoos and also cats giving each other tattoos. They’re kind of awesome. (I suppose for the purposes of this imaginative pursuit, the inconvenient fact of a cat’s fur is a detail better left unmentioned.)

Horitomo cleverly draws on Japanese artistic traditions of the kakejiku (hanging scrolls) or ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) stretching back centuries. You can almost imagine his cats giving each other tattoos in the court of Emperor Go-Sai during the Edo period (1655–1663).

The tattooing technique Horitomo prefers is known as tebori, an ancient method of tattoo art that does not employ the needles of an electric tattoo machine, as in contemporary western practice, but rather makes use of long tapered instruments similar to a straight razor; some styles of tebori blade resemble screwdrivers. One of the cats in the images below has a tebori blade in his or her mouth.

Horitomo’s calls his creatures “monmon cats,” using the term monmon, an old Japanese slang word for tattoos. You can buy Monmon Cats, his recent book of cat tattoos, or check out his regularly updated Instagram feed (which—fair warning—also features some tattoo’d dogs). Prints are available here.
 

 

 
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‘Not a Wolf’ is DEFINITELY NOT the Twitter account of a wolf pretending to be a man, nope
12.13.2016
09:26 am

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Not a Wolf
Dan Sheehan


 
I know mileage varies on this, but I find Twitter to be good almost exclusively for humor, otherwise I almost couldn’t care less about it. It’s not even just seeking comedians’ feeds, I also surpassingly love good one-joke Twitter accounts, the more narrow and absurd the better. From the almost zen-like “Coffee Dad” to the seasonal-affective “Santa Klaus Nomi,” run your one stupid idea into the ground and I’ll probably find it funny once it’s gone on way too long. And in a similar spirit of denial shown by “Not a Cop,” here’s “Not a Wolf.”
 

 

 

 
“Not a Wolf,” if you haven’t picked it up from the content (or this post’s headline) is the purported feed of a “Coffee lover. Graphic designer. Definitely not a wolf pretending to be a man.” This very, very silly and wonderful thing is the brainchild of Chicago comedian Dan Sheehan, known as the creator of “We Still Like You”—a traveling storytelling show and podcast 100% centered around first-person narratives of shame—and the once extremely popular blog “I Suck at Tinder,” another high-concept affair, which must have petered out, as he switched it to a more general theme a little over a year ago.
 

 
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Just in time for the holidays: A HUGE realistic-looking beetle earring!
12.06.2016
09:34 am

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Fashion

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Still don’t know what to get your loved one or friend for the holidays? Well if they don’t suffer from insectophobia, why not get him or her this realistic looking beetle earring? It’s a Dynastinae or rhinoceros beetle to be exact which are a subfamily of the scarab beetle family.

As freaky as this earring looks, I must admit I kinda dig it. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. It certainly is a fashion statement, wouldn’t you say? (That statement being: “Look at me!”)

The beetle earring is available at Japan Trend Shop for $47 here.


 

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Iggy Pop singing ‘Surfin’ Bird’ to his cockatoo is exactly what the world needs now
12.05.2016
12:22 pm

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Iggy Pop


 
So OK, if you’re not following “Biggy Pop,” the eponymous Instagram Iggy Pop made for his pet bird Biggy earlier this year, you’re missing out. Go do that now. We’ll wait.

OK, then, having done that, you’ve seen that Pop’s Instagram is a series of home movies of the proto-punk godfather with his feathered companion (who looks to be a salmon-crested cockatoo, if you’re interested in that sort of thing). And it’s pretty wonderful. Biggy is the same bird who appeared in Pop’s Christmas video a couple of years ago…

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‘Nightmares’: The perfect calendar for 2017
11.22.2016
09:40 am

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If you think 2016 has been a bad year then be prepared for what may come in 2017 with John Coulthart’s magnificent Nightmares calendar.

Following on from his highly successful Lovecraft calendar last year, artist, writer and all round good guy Coulthart has pulled together a rich selection of his finest artwork to create an eye-catching calendar for 2017. His theme this time round is nightmares—which may be apt considering some of this year’s startling events.

Coulthart has picked some of his best known (and some little known) artwork from the mid-1990s—including paintings of Lord Horror, the Burroughs influenced Red Night Rites diptych and “one of the pages from [his] Kabbalistic collaboration with Alan Moore, The Great Old Ones.”

I like Coulthart’s work—it unsettles those dark corners where imagination grows wild—and think his Nightmares 2017 will look damned good on any wall. Order yours here.
 
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January: ‘Steps of Descent ‘(digital, 2008).
 
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February: ‘Untitled’ (acrylics on board, 1997).
 
Take a peek at what the rest of 2017 has in store for you on John Coulthart’s ‘Nightmares’ calendar, after the jump…

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OMG, the ‘sexy’ full-body crotch-showcasing wolf onesie has arrived!
11.21.2016
10:57 am

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onesie


 
Remember those “sexy” crotch wolf head’s underwear I blogged about a few months ago? Well, some evil genius decided to take it to a whole ‘nother level by creating this “sexy” wolf’s head onesie. If you notice, the crotch is stil, er, accentuated. Dear lord…

It’s available here for $54.94.


 
via Boing Boing

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