Faig Ahmed

Fun with Rugs

Living and working in Baku, Azerbaijan, artist Faig Ahmed distorts and deconstructs the patterns and shapes of traditional Azerbaijani rugs, incorporating modern motifs — glitches, melts, spikes — to create mesmerizing optical illusions. A graduate of sculpture from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art, Ahmed and his merging of traditional and experimental textiles are a very real carpet ride.

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Aug 24, 2016 19:55:00
Squatting Slavs in Tracksuits

Squatting Slavs in Tracksuits

Slavs like tracksuits and they like to squat. That squat to chat, imbibe, appreciate art. They squat in submarines, on skis, under car hoods — invariably in a tracksuit. Here, a near-endless gallery of squatting Slavs in tracksuits. They are, of course, an internet sensation...

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Jun 29, 2016 11:23:00
Photographer Hal

Plastic-Wrapped Love

Japanese artist Haruhiko Kawaguchi, aka Photographer Hal, packs people into futon covers, which he then vacuum-seals (without hurting anyone). He thus transforms loving couples into gruesome twosomes, like wrapped meat from a supermarket...

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Jun 28, 2016 16:26:00
Benjamin John Hall

Shoes for High-Level Espionage

Part shoe designer, part inventor, Benjamin John Hall produces highly conceptual footwear — in London, by hand — that challenges traditional notions of cobbling. Following shoes that self-destruct, his latest avant-garde venture is Laboratory 12, a seven-piece collection of experimental shoes, each highlighting a covert tactic used by the KGB and other secret police.

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Jun 21, 2016 13:36:00
Leopard Man

Leopard Man Dies

Thomas Woolridge, better known as Leopard Man, has died of natural causes at the age of 80.

The London-born former soldier covered his body with leopard-spot tattoos and was, for many years, the world’s most tattooed man.

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Jun 15, 2016 18:43:00
LiarTown USA

LiarTown USA Magazine Covers

Though horrifyingly plausible, all of these magazine covers are fake — snarky photoshop art from the prodigious and very twisted mind of L.A.-based graphic designer Sean Tejaratchi, whose brainchild Tumblr LiarTown USA has become a cult sensation...

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Jun 05, 2016 16:55:00
Rebecca Szeto

Brushing Up on the Old Masters

With her hand-carved paintbrushes, Rebecca Szeto is getting a handle on great women of art history. As a faux-finish painter, the San Francisco artist collects only humble, end-of-life paintbrushes, which serve as both means and end.

The slow pace of whittling down the handles gives Szeto time to reflect on each individual and individual brush — a tribute to the Old Masters.

 

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May 29, 2016 13:31:00

Weird and Wonderful Album Art

Some intentionally absurd, others seriously absurd, we bring you a selection of weird and wonderful album art of yore...

May 16, 2016 18:23:00
Mr. Plant

Just Grow It

For several years running, French artist Christophe Guinet — aka Mr. Plant — has transformed Nike shoes into a series of organic sculptures called, naturally, Just Grow It.

The assorted sneakers are adorned with flowers, grass, bark, and other plant parts. Or they act as pots, out of which poppies, dandelions, or bonsai trees grow. 

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Apr 25, 2016 20:09:00

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