Category Archives: Art

Tattoos by Peter Aurisch

Ironically, last week I was trying to find some visually awesome tattoo artwork that I thought all of you would enjoy. I wanted to give you something that was different, while still going along the same lines that my blog follows. Well, this week I just happened to come across exactly that, and I couldn’t be more amazed by it. I’ve always been a fan of tattoos (though I don’t have any myself) and absolutely love good artwork that’s on the body.

Peter Aurisch is a tattoo artist located in Berlin, Germany that creates beautiful, eye-catching, and unique tattoos. (You can find his website here, but you must translate it.) Most of his work “[Uses] a lovely mix of geometric lines that mix with bold colors and assorted lifeforms” (Christopher), and is absolutely AMAZING. Much like everybody else who has been talking about Aurisch’s work, if I were to get a tattoo, Aurisch would be the man doing the job!

Enjoy!

 

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Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You

Okay, okay! Since we are being different this week, you know that I had to go all out. I might as well take advantage of it right? Anyways, I was looking around today trying to find something new and different to write about in my blog, and was having ZERO luck. But, because I am trying to post things that I normally wouldn’t, I figured that this would be the perfect time to mix things up. I find that these pictures are technically art, even though they are more funny than anything, and therefore have grounds to post them on my site.

This just so happens to be for all of you who are disappointed that it’s only Tuesday. The below photos showcase animals who are also disappointed, only this time because of you.

See more disappointing photos here!

Now go enjoy your visual (& funny) hearts out!

This sea turtle is wondering why you didn't just do the dishes after you'd finished your meal.

Here's a cat who genuinely doesn't understand what your deal is lately.

This rabbit feels like you always leave her out of your plans and she is beginning to wonder whether it mightn't be deliberate.

This Boston terrier wants to know why you only really apply yourself at work a couple of days out of the week.

This cat doesn't think you are as clever as you think you are.

This otter is disappointed that you never finished Infinite Jest.

 

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The Color Run

For those of you who watched the video that I posted yesterday, you are going to love this. For those of you who didn’t, you’ll love this just as much, but I recommend that you take a look, it’s really cool (and visually awesome!). Because I think that events such as the Holi Festival of Colors (the world’s largest color party) are pieces of art in themselves, I just thought that I would provide you with something that’s just as fun and so much more accessible to do. In my last post I mentioned that I was going to do things differently this week, and this post is exactly that–different. I mean, let’s face it, if I were to do something not along those lines, it would be a copout! Anyways (sorry, I always seem to get off task), I thought it would be really interesting to talk about The Color Run.

For those of you who are unaware (much like me) of what a ‘color run’ is, let me tell you:

“The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. Our events, are all about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.  You will love this Color Dash of fun!” (thecolorrun.com).

Runners are encouraged to attend the race in a white tee-shirt (it’s a 5k) where they are doused (don’t worry it’s safe!) in different colors during different sections (1k is yellow, 2k is blue, 3k is green, 4k is pink, and the finish is a “color extravaganza.”). After the race, participants are encouraged to stick around where  bands begin to play and food is brought out. Locations are spread across the U.S. (well what are you waiting for! Click here!) and include over 28 cities.

Enjoy!

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The Dieline: Package Design

So, because I’ve been on this whole “switch it up” kick lately, and because I haven’t really seen much that has caught my eye the last couple of days, I have decided once again that  I am going to  try something new on my blog (because it’s all about experimenting right?). I know that I’ve been posting a lot of unique art installments on my blog (they are just so interesting! people come up with the craziest things!), so just thought I would give you something else that was just as visually appealing and cool. As I try to find things that I think are extremely interesting, I tend to come across a lot of different websites–TRUST ME, it takes forever! I do so much Googling it’s almost sick! Anyways, there just so happened to be a website that caught my eye… SO, because I love it so much, I just thought that it would be cool to talk about one my of my newly favorite places to visit. For those of you who love design as much as I do, you’re welcome! For those who don’t, I’m sorry.

If you haven’t heard of thedieline.com, you’re really missing out. The website consists of the best product packaging in the world (seriously) and showcases beautiful and übercreative packages. Yes, yes I know it sounds silly, but the art on this stuff is amazing. Again… just trust me and check it out for yourself. If any of you remember my feature on Snoop Dogg’s Rolling Words a while back, I just so happened to find it while browsing thedieline. The site not only contains amazing package art, but also allows people to list and find jobs (did you just get fired?). Thedieline also holds “The Dieline Package Awards” which allows people and companies to enter a packaging contest (if you hadn’t already guessed by the name). Below are some of the packages off the site. To get to the direct site where I’m pulling these photos from go here!

Enjoy my visual friends!

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Chad Person’s Money Collage

Hello my dear followers! I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter and got at least one day to kick your feet up and relax! Over this past weekend I finally had the opportunity to show my family my blog (hello, mom!) and have really been thinking about the direction it’s headed… What do you all think? Are you enjoying the posts? Is there anything you would like to see? I’m just so curious… Well anyways, I hope the following post excites you, enjoy eating your visual hearts out!

If you have any extra cash lying around (HA!), this feature is for you! Today’s installment was created by Chad Person, and while I would love to tell you about it, I feel as if Person does a much better job. Here is his story and journey in creating “TAXCUT.”

“In 2002 I was teaching digital photography at a University near an Air Force Base. I’d had several talented and creative soldiers come through my class. And while I tend to forget the bad students pretty quickly, Harold is one I would always remember.

Three semesters after the course ended I got a phone call from an administrator at the base. Apparently, Harold had used Air Force money to take the class. Since he had failed my class, the cost of the tuition (around $400 with fees) was to be reneged. This meant that Harold would have to repay the military out of pocket so they could reassign the funds elsewhere.

In a time of war, we all need to make tough choices. I chose that day to change a grade, passing a failed student with an A+ to ensure that his tuition fees – which had fortunately found their way into education via a defense allocation, would remain there. He didn’t deserve to pass based on his performance, but I saw it as a rare opportunity to take a little back from our government’s excessive defense spending, even if it might have been just enough to halt the purchase of one box of ammunition.

This series, playfully titled TaxCut, functions in much the same way. I have been destroying currency for my work for the past two years. As a professional artist, I deduct my material expenditures as a write off. If I slice up a hundred dollars to make an image, or a thousand, or just five, I am taking it out of the IRS coffers. Imaging the weaponry that I’m not buying with those dollars is a reminder for me that a little creativity can be quite empowering” (Chad Person).

Click on the above link to see more of Person’s work. Enjoy!

&& some extras from one of Person’s different money collages!!

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World’s Largest Gummy Bear

Okay…. So I know that this is a little off-beat (so to say) for my blog as it’s not normally something that I would post, but I just couldn’t help myself. In fact, this quite possibly is one of the strangest things I have ever seen, and because of this reason, I absolutely love it (so typical)! So what, I love weird things okay?! And let’s just be honest… we both know that you do as well. SO, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to the World’s Largest Gummy Bear.

The gummy bear, which you can find on Vat19′s website, consists of 1400 delightfully packed, regular sized gummy bears and consists of a monstrous 6,120 calorie intake (if that doesn’t clog your arteries, I don’t know what will). Yes, yes I said it… 6,120 CALORIES. In fact, the ginormous gummy sized beast weighs in at approximately 5 pounds (making it the size of a newborn baby–both disturbing and intriguing), stands 9.5 inches tall, and can serve up to 51 people. The website (which is surprisingly quite clever) not only provides the consumer with nutritional information, but also frequently asked questions, shelf life length, methods of consumption, and lastly (and my favorite) warning of extreme emotional attachment. “While it’s quite common to treat your new bundle of deliciousness like a newborn baby, we must remind you that a World’s Largest Gummy Bear is specifically designed for consumption. Nothing makes it happier than being eaten.”

Be sure to check out Vat19′s hilarious “Will It Blend” video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqOSNzxo7Mo&feature=player_embedded

 

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Mark Powell’s Amazing Biro Pen Envelopes

Who knew drawing on the back of old envelopes with a black pen would be so cool?
Mark Powell did.

Powell, who is based in London, primarily focuses on portraits of the elderly, capturing not only the intricate details of aged faces, but also the forgotten beauty of vintage envelopes. From these astounding pieces, it seems that Powell is not only creating eye-catching work, but also preserving the forgotten allure of vintage postage and envelopes.

“[Powell] has been on an absolute tear the past few weeks, cranking out new portraits every few days, so I couldn’t resist sharing a few more with you. Powell executes each drawing with a standard Bic Biro pen using stamped and faded envelopes that traversed the European postal system more than a century ago” (Christopher).

Check out more of his work (which I HIGHLY recommend) at http://markpowellartist.com/ and let me know what you want to see this coming week by commenting and subscribing to my blog!!

ENJOY!

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Annie Hastings: Breathtaking Imagery

How I’ve missed thee!! With spring break last week (and the days leading up to it), it seems as if I got a little off track (do you honestly blame me?). But woe! I am back! As I stated in my previous post (yes, yes, I know–it was forever ago–I’m truly sorry), today finally, I will be doing a post about some beautiful pictures edited in Photoshop.

The below photos were created by the amazing photographer Annie Hastings, and are quite honestly stunning. The photos were captured with a Canon Rebel T3i and edited in not only Photoshop but Lightroom as well. Her photos are inspired by everything. Hastings stated in a personal online interview, “I pull ideas from everywhere. I’m currently working on a new series about memories.”

You can check out more of her work (and follow her as well!) at www.theaane.wordpress.com

Enjoy!

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Florian’s Double Exposures

Alright people! This week I am going to be featuring a couple of photography installments (one with no Photoshop editing and the other with Photoshop editing)! For todays feature, you will be able to see the work of Florian Imgrund, a German photographer who shockingly didn’t start shooting with a film camera until 2010 (you’ll see what I mean here shortly)! “The unique charm of analog photographs connected with the original handcraft of photography fascinates me. After I got my first analog camera in summer of 2010 I started shooting more and more. This growing portfolio is the result of my passion. All of these photographs are captured on film, self-developed and without any computer manipulation” (Imgrund). His work, which includes both human and natural landscape, comes at its finest when combined together as one (as seen below), and uses double exposure to capture his striking photographs.

To see more of his work, check out his website: www.inthoughts.de, his flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/inthoughts/, and also his facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/inthoughts-photographs/293068830705153 (I strongly suggest this, his work is amazing!) Now go eat your visual hearts out! Enjoy!

Source: www.thisiscolossal.com

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Debombourg Staples Aggravure III Mural

The use of different mediums in art amazes me, and over and over again it seems as if I am always surprised—this week proves no different. Today, I came across a piece entitled “Aggravure III” created by artist Baptiste Debombourg that captures a strikingly visual and impactful mural. The mural, which was composed entirely by staples (YES, STAPLES), depicts Icarus (the protagonist), also known as “the Mannerism of the Renaissance and the symbol of sublime power [of] Air Force One (the official plane of the President of the USA)” (baptistedebombourg.com). The mural, which uses 450,000 staples (imagine how cramped his hand must have been!), interested Debombourg when he combined it with ‘Mannerist’ engraving. “Mannerist engraving, is the representation developed around mythological and religious themes and their potential echoes in today’s super-heroes, bodybuilders…and the violence of ‘Male-Power cult’” (baptistedebombourg.com). The mural, which also took a whopping 340 hours (or around 14 days with ZERO sleep), was “inspired by drawings from 16th century engravers Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Harmensz, and Cherubino Alberti” (baptistedebombourg.com). Both insanely captivating and uniquely vintage, Debombourg captures the essence of old school imagery, with a new school twist.

Debombourg’s installments at www.baptistedebombourg.com

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