Woe betide those who might cling to the dreams of their youth. You want financial security? Pffft. A rich social life? You gotta’ be kidding! Romantic love? Just who do you think you are? You may not be able to transport yourself back to a time of starry-eyed optimism, but you can reflect on the miserable state of modernity with therapeutic past times of your youth. Coloring for Grown-Ups has it all—self-medication, disaffection, alienation, and yes—the soul crushing disappointment so many of us face daily in our cubicle farms!
And the best part is, you can print out as many as you want. Where else in life do you get a do-over?
Originally published in 1975 by lesbian activist and artist Tee A. Corinne, the Cunt Coloring Book was originally intended as a sex education resource. Of course, the parade of vulvas doesn’t always inform so much as affect the viewer, especially as the depictions become increasingly stylized throughout the book.
Regardless, the project is a classic example of feminist/queer art, representative of the more experimental “second-wave” of sapphic activism. Corinne set out to create something interactive for both children and adults:
’In 1973 I set out to do drawings of women’s genitals for use in sex education groups. I wanted the drawings to be lovely and informative, to give pleasure and affirmation. I organized the drawings into a coloring book because a major way we learn to understand the world, as children, is by coloring. As adults many of us still need to learn about our external sexual anatomy.
But what about the “C-word” title? Wasn’t that an impediment to sales, or were the 70s really that much more open of an era? Corinne explained:
The Cunt Coloring Book, published in 1975, was immediately and wildly popular, although many people complained about the “awful” title. Three printings later, in 1981, the title was changed to Labiaflowers and the book virtually died. So much for euphemisms.
Okay, starting out pretty anatomical here—no big surpise.
And now we’re into more of a comic book-style abstractions—a bit grotesque, in my opinion. This isn’t the first time you’ll see a hand in the picture
And of course, someone has made a YouTube video of their own Cunt Coloring Book! Because what’s the use of vagina art if you can’t share it?
The Thrill Murray Colouring-in Book has a delightful selection of 23 illustrations, by artists including James Burgess, Alice Devine, Logan Fitzpatrick, Hattie Stewart, Brooke Olsen and Bridget Meyne, to paint, crayon, or pencil over. The images are taken from some of Murray’s finest films including, Groundhog Day, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Lost in Translation. What a beautiful way to celebrate the lovely Bill Murray, and I certainly want one.
German artist Christopher Tauber created this fantastic heavy metal children’s coloring book just in time for the holidays. I like how he puts his own spin on popular metal album covers so that they’re more kid friendly.