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Heavy metal heroes Valentine’s Day cards


Glenn Danzig

I realize that I’m blogging about these cards just a week before Valentine’s Day. Perhaps I’m too late to the game on this one, but maybe they can be rushed delivered? Anyway, here they are in all their glory… heavy metal heroes Valentine’s Day cards! For those who, you know, don’t want to get all mushy-gushy on the holiday.

You get nine different metal heroes that come in a set of 27. The set of cards sell for $15.00. Get ‘em here.


 

Wendy O. Williams
 

King Diamond
 
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Badass cat motorcycle helmets from Russia
02.05.2016
10:08 am

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Animals
Design

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cats
motorcycles
helmets


 
I never saw myself writing “badass” and “cat” in the same sentence, but these are some seriously cool cat motorcycle helmets straight out of Russia. I dig the one that looks like an extra evil Cheshire Cat with that devilish grin. That helmet looks like it ain’t gonna take no shit.

The Neko helmets come in 12 different designs and are made by Russian company Nitrinos. The prices can range anywhere from $495 to $595 depending on which style you want.

I’m sure these things have been crash tested, but I wonder how the impact with the ears on the helmet affect the human skull? Is it safe? Perhaps I’m overthinking this?


 

 

 
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The Young Ones, Ab Fab, Einstein and more, recreated with LEGO


The Young Ones
 
I’m not huge fan of LEGO, but every once in awhile I do come across some LEGO minifigures that make me smile. These The Young Ones minifigures by Etsy shop Glinda the Geek do the job quite nicely. They’re kind of adorable, right?

Not only is there The Young Ones, but there’s also Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous, Jane and Blanche from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Charles Dickens.

There are more LEGO minifigures at Glinda the Geek‘s shop, I just picked the ones I liked best.


The Young Ones
 

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
 
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Fugglers: Stuffed plushies with ‘human teeth’
01.25.2016
08:53 am

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Fuggler


 
Recently a meme has been passed around on social media purporting to be a stuffed plushie with actual children’s teeth sewn inside its mouth. Click here to read it. I’m seeing it everywhere and yes people are falling for this. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. What you’re actually looking is a stuffed toy called a Fuggler. It’s a toy that sports human-looking teeth. And not actual kids’ teeth for Pete’s sake! Fake teeth!

Of course this meme is being spread faster than a photoshopped pic of Obama with a bone through his nose via a Tea party mailing list…

If you’ve just got to own one, you can buy it at Mrs McGettrick’s Fuggler Emporium or her Etsy shop. She’s been making them since 2010.


 

 
via Coilhouse on FB

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Artist creates freakishly realistic doll faces
01.21.2016
09:08 am

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Art
Design

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dolls
Michael Zajkov


 
Out of polymer clay, Russian artist Michael Zajkov creates doll faces and moveable doll body parts that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The detail within his work is utterly exquisite. The handpainted glass eyes are from Germany and the dolls’ hair is fashioned from French mohair. The end result, to me, is quite spooky. The longer I stare at them, the more lifelike they seem. The quality of the expressions is haunting, like they’re lost souls or have tortured pasts.

All images via Michael Zajkov’s Instagram.


 

 

 
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Mother makes knitted version of her son so she can cuddle with ‘him’
01.13.2016
12:28 pm

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Art
Design

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knitted son


 
Well here’s something you don’t see every day: Self-proclaimed “Smother Mother,” Marieke Voorsluijs, knitted a life-size version of her son because he didn’t want to cuddle with her anymore.

My son is reaching puberty. We used to cuddle all the time, but those days are becoming scarce. Now he rather hangs with friends, plays with his phone and listens to his iPod. Exactly according to nature’s plan. I am a good mother, so of course I accept this and I am happy he is a healthy kid.

We laugh a lot about the stretching gap between his needs and mine. Him needing more of his own space and my covert needs to keep on smothering him with maternal love. I am a textiles designer and he often helps me and has great creative ideas. So we started to fantasize how we could visualize this puberty gap. So I suggested to make a cuddly version of him!

When in doubt, just knit yourself another kid. I mean, that’s the natural thing to, right? I see nothing wrong with this. (Or do I?)


 

 
via Gizmodo and Bored Panda

 

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If you have an extra $500,000, here’s a gold skull armchair to buy
01.12.2016
10:10 am

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Art
Design

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skulls
armchair


 
A 24-karat gold skull armchair for that special supervillain in your life. I can’t imagine too many people will be buying this as it’s retailing for $500,000. Holy crap, Batman!

The company who makes it is called Harow. Here’s their information just in case, you know, you can afford it.

Dig the black velvet upholstery.


 
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Your new favorite 19th-century naughty erotic typeface (NSFW)
01.04.2016
11:40 am

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Art
Design
Sex

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smut
font
typeface


 
I couldn’t find much about 19th century German artist Heinrich Lossow’s “smutty” alaphabet. In fact, I could only find one single online source that had all of Lossow’s dirty typeface together on one page. Perhaps there’s a reason why: these illustrations are also credited to a French artist namedJoseph Apoux. According to Apoux’s brief Wikipedia page, the series is called Erotic Alphabet and date back to 1880.

Heinrich Lossow (1843-1897) was known for his Rococo-style paintings and pushing the envelope when it came to inserting pornographic details into his paintings. The most notable one being The Sin, circa 1880. French artist Joseph Apoux had the same reputation as Lossow.

In the end, I’m going with Joseph Apoux as the one responsible. There’s slightly more information pointing towards him concerning these naughty letters.


 

 

 
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The far-out sci-fi costume parties of the Bauhaus school in the 1920s
12.31.2015
10:25 am

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Germany
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Bauhaus school costume party, 1920s
Bauhaus school costume party, 1920s
 
As we get ready to tell yet another year to kiss our collective asses on its way out the door, that also means it’s almost time for that annual liver-killing bacchanal known as New Year’s Eve. But no matter what you have planned this year, I’m fairly certain that your party will not even come close to the costume parties thrown by students and teachers of Germany’s Bauhaus school back in the 1920s.
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
Sadly, there are not many surviving photographs of the costumed shindigs thrown at the school, which was founded by the revered German architect Walter Adolph Georg Gropius. It has been said that attendees of the costume parties took the preparation of their costumes as seriously (if not more so) as their studies at the school and the results were a spellbinding array of imagery created by the upper crust vanguard that made up Bauhaus’ academic population. Such as Russian abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky and the great painter, Paul Klee both of whom taught classes at Bauhaus for approximately a decade starting in the very early 1920s.
 
Bauhaus costumes by Bauhaus mural and sculpture department head and later theater workshop director, Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
Bauhaus costumes by Bauhaus Mural and Sculpture Department head (and later Theater Workshop director), Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
 
As for the the school itself, Gropius was very specific about the type of students he and his free-wheeling, arty-administration wanted roaming the halls of Bauhaus. As detailed in his 1925 essay, “Life at the Bauhaus,” then student and Hungarian architect, Farkas Ferenc Molnár, described the very specific “party people” attributes a prospective student should possess before deciding to pursue their studies the school:

For someone to be admitted to the Bauhaus workshops he or she must not only know how to work but also how to live. Education and training are not as essential requirements as a lively, alert temperament, [464] a flexible body, and an inventive mind.  Nightlife at the Bauhaus claims the same importance as daytime activities.  One must know how to dance.  In Itten’s apt phrase: locker sein [loosen up].

I don’t know about you, but if this was a part of my former higher education institution’s “mission statement,” I probably would have stuck around longer. As many photos of the fantastical Bauhaus costume parties that I could dig up follow.
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
Bauhaus costume party, 1920s
 
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Steelhenge: Swiss architecture firm designs Stonehenge using shipping containers


 
An amusing instance of the new genre of “cargotecture” emerged earlier this year when a Swiss architecture firm called Bureau A re-created the famous neolithic monument of Stonehenge in Geneva, using only blue shipping containers.

If nothing else, the structure, known as “Steelhenge,” was an intriguing blend of the prehistoric and the postindustrial.

Bureau A created the edifice for the so-called “BIG Biennale,” a nickname for the “Biennale des espaces d’art indépendants de Genève,” the Biennale of independent art spaces of Geneva. The location of the Steelhenge project was Plaine de Plainpalais, a large pedestrian area in the city of Geneva; the BIG Biennale was scheduled for the last weekend in June.

Leopold Banchini of Bureau A commented, “The biennale was only organized for a long weekend. With a restricted budget, we had to go for a fast and easily reusable material: the container. ... We like to work with references, displacement or even direct quotes.”
 

 
“In this case, the ruins of Stonehenge and the pagan rituals that it evokes seemed like an interesting landscape relating to the disappearing alternative and squat culture in Geneva,” said Banchini.

The containers were placed side by side to recreate the outer circle of monoliths. In order to evoke the taller structures of the original Stonehenge monument, located in Wiltshire in southern England, pairs of containers were placed on their ends to support horizontal units that would bridge their tops.

“The biennale was only organized for a long weekend,” said Banchini. “With a restricted budget, we had to go for a fast and easily reusable material: the container. ... Containers are a symbol at the new globalized economy; it was also interesting to replace the stones of the original monument by these steel box,” said Banchini.

The entire structure was built in a day using a crane. Concrete blocks were added to provide greater stability to the structures, while the design of the interiors were designed by gallery participants at the biennale.
 

 
Below, Tony Hendra and Anjelica Huston usher in Spinal Tap’s unforgettable rendition of “Stonehenge”:

 
via Coudal Partners
 
Photographs by Dylan Perrenoud

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