H. P. Lovecraft action figure
06.14.2012
10:18 am

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H. P. Lovecraft


 
A hand-molded H.P. Lovecraft action figure by Alex CF.

According to the website, it’s not available yet, but will be soon. You can contact merrylinhouse AT gmail.com for all inquires.

Via Super Punch

 

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Robert Anton Wilson tribute: ‘Mr. RAW’s Psychedelic Hand’ by Dimitri Drjuchin


 
This trippy tribute to Robert Anton Wilson, “Mr. Raw’s Psychedelic Hand” is by New York City-based artist (and Dangerous Minds pal) Dimitri Drjuchin. Acrylic on canvas.

Stunning, isn’t it?

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A letter from Gene Wilder about the costume for ‘Willy Wonka,’ 1970


 
Here’s Gene Wilder’s polite constructive criticism to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory‘s directer Mel Stuart, after viewing early sketches of the costume.

From Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition ):

July 23rd

Dear Mel,

I’ve just received the costume sketches. I’ll tell you everything I think, without censoring, and you take from my opinion what you like.

I assume that the designer took his impressions from the book and didn’t know, naturally, who would be playing Willy. And I think, for a character in general, they’re lovely sketches.

I love the main thing — the velvet jacket — and I mean to show by my sketch the exact same color. But I’ve added two large pockets to take away from the svelt, feminine line. (Also in case of a few props.)

I also think the vest is both appropriate and lovely.

And I love the same white, flowing shirt and the white gloves. Also the lighter colored inner silk lining of the jacket.

What I don’t like is the precise pin pointing in place and time as this costume does.

I don’t think of Willy as an eccentric who holds on to his 1912 Dandy’s Sunday suit and wears it in 1970, but rather as just an eccentric — where there’s no telling what he’ll do or where he ever found his get-up — except that it strangely fits him: Part of this world, part of another. A vain man who knows colors that suit him, yet, with all the oddity, has strangely good taste. Something mysterious, yet undefined.

I’m not a ballet master who skips along with little mincy steps. So, as you see, I’ve suggested ditching the Robert Helpmann trousers. Jodhpurs to me belong more to the dancing master. But once elegant now almost baggy trousers — baggy through preoccupation with more important things — is character.

Slime green trousers are icky. But sand colored trousers are just as unobtrusive for your camera, but tasteful.

The hat is terrific, but making it 2 inches shorter would make it more special.

Also a light blue felt hat-band to match with the same light blue fluffy bow tie shows a man who knows how to compliment his blue eyes.

To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.

Hope all is well. Talk to you soon.

All my best,

Gene
 

 
Via Letters of Note

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Medieval armor hoodie
06.12.2012
09:01 am

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Design
Fashion

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Hoodies


 
Brilliant design—and nice tailoring—by Chadwick John Dillon of this fashionable suit of armor hoodie.

Whether or not this puppy is for sale (or if there are others like it) is unclear. The only link I have is to Chadwick’s Facebook page. I want one of these to wear when I watch Game of Thrones!
 

 

 

 

 
Via Super Punch

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‘Prometheus’: Species Origin Explained


 
**Spoiler Alert**

Carlos Poon has created this handy guide to the species origin in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Though it’s still probably best to see the film.
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Paper Prometheus: ‘Prometheus’ trailer made entirely of paper


 
Via Neil McDonald
 
**Spoiler Alert** ‘Prometheus’ explained, after the jump…
 

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Incompetent Spunk Lobster: Tourettes Dice

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Tourettes Dice originally appeared on the B3ta message boards when Duke Euphoria posted a pic with the following note:

I’ve been having fun with my layzor and thought I should show all the lovely people at B3ta* just how much I love them.

Roll these puppies on your favorite flat surface** anytime you feel the need to express yourself through the medium of profanity.

A perfect gift for your grandmother and your aunty Bessie.

There’s been some interest from various people regarding swapping hard earned cash for their own set of dice. Part of the reason I’m posting this is to gauge whether there’s serious enough demand to make it worth getting off my arse and putting a project onto one of the UK crowdfunding sites.

Indeed there was more than enough interest Duke Euphoria’s suggestion and he made his gifts to the English language available at Box of Delights:

Ever been lost for something rude and slightly surreal to say ?

Roll these chaps on your favorite flat surface anytime you feel the need to express yourself through the medium of profanity. A perfect gift for your grandmother or your great aunty Bessie.

Three laser etched 20mm wooden dice.

1) Adjectives.
2) Words that would cause one’s mother an attack of the vapours.
3) Amusing animals from around the globe.

Now you will never be at a loss for words when breaking the ice at parties or, ever fail when attempting to impress young hipsters with your word association skills. Though big, oiled men in budgie-smugglers will still kick sand in your face.

If you fancy buying a set, have a gander elbow monkey fart here.
 
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Previously on Dangerous Minds

Tourettes Karaoke: R.E.M.‘s ‘Losing My Religion’


 
Via B3ta
 

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Life and Death Mask Making Workshop with Sigrid Sarda
05.31.2012
11:07 am

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R.I.P.

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Sigrid Sarda


 
The fine folks over at Morbid Anatomy are holding two special classes with “self taught ceroplast” Sigrid Sarda.

The first class, Life and Death Mask Making Workshop, will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is $100 (includes $40 materials fee). This class is part of The Morbid Anatomy Art Academy.

In this class, students will learn to create their very own Life Masks working with alginate—a non-toxic seaweed-based mold making product that is easy on the skin—and plaster. Students will pair up and cast one another, but don’t be alarmed; the workshop’s instructor Ms. Sarda assures us that you will love this experience, and that most everyone who has been cast comes out feeling relaxed to the point of jello, with the extra insentive of a free facial. All materials are included, and each student will leave class home with their face immortalized in plaster.

The second second class, Anatomical Wax Votive Making Workshop, will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is $145 (includes $63 materials fee).

In this class, expert wax worker and artist Sigrid Sarda will teach students to create an uncannily lifelike wax votive of the body part of their choice. Each student will leave class with a finished wax votive as well as a knowledge of mold making, wax craft, and the history and meaning of the anatomical votive.

Both of these classes will be held at the Observatory located at 543 Union Street in Brooklyn. RSVP at morbidanatomy [at] gmail.com if you’re interested.
 

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David Bowie: Brian Ward’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ photo-shoot from 1972

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Those darlings at Retronaut have posted a fine selection of Brian Ward’s photographs for David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album cover, taken in January 1972. See more here.
 
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More of Ziggy, after the jump…
 

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Books By Their Covers: Oliver Bevan’s Fabulous Op-Art Designs for Fontana Modern Masters

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In 1970, Fontana Books published the first of 7 paperback books in a series on what they termed Modern Masters - culturally important writers, philosophers and thinkers, whose work had shaped and changed modern life. It was a bold and original move, and the series launched on January 12th with books on Camus, Chomsky, Fanon, Guevara, Levi-Strauss, Lukacs, and Marcuse.

This was soon followed in 1971 with the next set of books on McLuhan, Orwell, Wittgenstein, Joyce, Freud, Reich and Yeats. And in 1972-73 with volumes on Gandhi, Lenin, Mailer, Russell, Jung, Lawrence, Beckett, Einstein, Laing, and Popper.

Fontana Modern Masters was a highly collectible series of books - not just for their opinionated content on the likes of Marx or Proust, Mailer or McLuhan, but because of Oliver Bevan’s fabulous cover designs.

This eye-catching concept for the covers came from Fontana’s art director, John Constable, who had been experimenting with a Cut-Up technique, inspired by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin and based on The Mud Bath, a key work of British geometric abstraction by the painter David Bomberg. It was only after Constable saw Oliver Bevan’s geometric, Op Art at the Grabowski Gallery in London, did Constable decide to commission Bevan to design the covers.

The first full set of books consisted of 9 titles. Each cover had a section of a Bevan painting, which consisted of rectilinear arrangements of tesselating block, the scale of which was only fully revealed when all 10 covers were placed together. Bevan designed the first ‘3 sets of 10’ from 1970-74. He was then replaced by James Lowe (1975-79) who brought his own triangular designs for books on Marx, Eliot, Pound, Sartre, Artaud and Gramsci. In 1980, Patrick Mortimer took over, with his designs based on circles.

The original Fontana Modern Masters regularly pop-up in secondhand bookshops, and are still much sought after. Over the years, I have collected about 20 different volumes, but have yet to create one complete painting. Here are a few samples, culled from my own collection and from the the web.
 
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A small selection of Fontana Modern Master covers, after the jump…
 

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The Weird and Wonderful Masks of Wladysław Teodor Benda

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Wladysław Teodor Benda was a Polish-American painter, illustrator, and designer. His work illustrated magazine covers such as Colliers, American, McCalls, Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal. Benda is best know for creating masks for various dance and theatrical productions, including works by Eugene O’Neil and Noël Coward, and the film The Mask of Fu Man Chu. His masks were ranged from the grotesque and the fantastic, to the highly stylized and the beautiful. Here Benda (or W.T.) presents a selection of his strange and fabulous masks in this short British Pathé clip from 1932.

See more of Benda’s work here.
 

 

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