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A Boy and His Dog

by on Aug.09, 2016, under Animals, Art, Family, Health, Kids, Nature

Sometimes art teaches us about life. dog-comicAnd sometimes life imitates art. boy_dog_paw
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Cutting Edge of Bodyart

by on Sep.22, 2012, under Art, Health

It's henna colored, but it looks more like a birthmark than a tattoo. It doesn't look like the allergic reaction to henna that we illustrated in Kids Dye Young. To get this effect, you have to go beyond a mere tattoo and dig a little deeper. For the best results, you really have to be willing to suffer for your art. It takes more than patience and a steady hand. It also requires a high threshold of pain. There will probably be a little blood from the strips of flesh they hack out. But if you survive the pain and septic shock, and infection doesn't set in, the results make it all worthwhile.
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Close Match

by on Nov.03, 2011, under Art, Crime, Recreation, Weapons

Matchstick art is a great outlet for creative people with a low budget and incredible amount of time and patience. With just matches and a little glue, you can build a city,

a space rocket,

just about anything you can imagine.

And if you don't have enough space like the inmate at Category C Usk prison in Monmouthshire, Wales, you can still make some pretty useful things out of matchsticks.

Prison officers discovered this cache of replica guns, knives, and sword in a cell. The cylinder on the pistol spins, and the knife edges were honed razor sharp. Usk's governor Steve Cross said that the knives were lethal


Two matchstick knives were found at Littlehey prison in Cambridgeshire recently.

Prisoner attempting to conceal contraband matchstick

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Pay to Sit or Sit and Pay

by on Aug.18, 2010, under Consumer, Culture, Recreation

It's fun to hang around the park on a nice day.  But they can get awfully crowded. It seems like its always the same people hanging around monopolizing the benches.

These freeloaders get out early and occupy the bench all day.

Shangdong, China parks are overwhelmed with visitors, so officials wanted to find a solution to this problem so the park benches would be available on a more democratic basis.

Yantai Park workers in Shangdong, China enjoy a break

They were inspired by German artist and designer Fabian Brunsing, who created the pay-as-you-sit bench as an art project criticizing the privatization of public goods. For fifty cents, you can retract the spikes for a while.  You'll get a 30 second warning when they're ready to pop up again so you have time to insert another coin. Shangdong officials say their plan is one necessary due to overcrowding at the park.  ”We have to make sure the facilities are shared out evenly and this seems like a fair way to stop people grabbing a bench at dawn and staying there all day,” said one park official. PAY & SIT: the private bench (HD) from Fabian Brunsing on Vimeo.

Be sure to bring change when you visit the park

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The Staff of Jesus

by on Aug.16, 2010, under Art, Culture, History, Religion

Most US Christians embrace the Protestant image of Jesus, as a young caucasian with long flowing hair. Although he was born to Middle-Eastern parents two thousand years ago and probably had different features and darker skin, western artists have depicted him like this through the ages.  In more modern times Jesus has gone from the prophet and teacher in the liturgies to the charismatic image of superjesus. For those who prefer baby Jesus, he was a popular subject of Renaissance artists.  He's usually depicted as a little baby Elvis.  The later Elvis.

Apparently some of the artists missed the fact that Jesus was Jewish.

Jesus on the crucifix is a popular symbol for Catholics.  The bloodier the better.

Some of them are very ornate, such as this crucifix with Jesus wearing a diaper.

Janet Jaime, an Oklahoma City iconographer, was commissioned by St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Warr Acres, Oklahoma to design a crucifix. Some of the church members are outraged by the result, but she Janet says they're misinterpreting a common religious icon.

“This isn't just a subjective drawing. This is a historical icon of the church,” said Reggie Jaime, husband of Janet Jaime, an Oklahoma City iconographer commissioned by the church to design the crucifix. “I can't help what you see in things, or she sees in things, or anyone.”

Father Phillip Seaton, Pastor of the church, referred questions to the Oklahoma City Archdioces.

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Sticking It To The Man

by on Jul.28, 2010, under Art

We know that the primary use for safety pins is attaching diapers to babies. But they're also an art medium.  You can make a fashion statement. Some people use them for craft projects and jewelry.

Wouldn't your Rolex look great with this band?

They even make sharp looking public art.

And if you can't stand tattoos, they make affordable accessories for body art.

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Out Of The Closet

by on Jun.26, 2010, under Art

Joan Crawford's closet

There are a lot of uses for the ubiquitous coat hanger.

They're great for replacement antennas.  Most wire coat hangers are made for UHF frequencies, but can be used for other bands too.

You can use a coat hanger to remove a toilet clog if it's close to the opening, and save the mess of a plunger or the expense of a plumber.

If you've locked your keys in your car, you can hang yourself with a wire coat hanger

But before you do that, try using it to unlock your car.  You'll feel better about it.

For many years, they were the only tool legally available for certain medical procedures.

Before the electronic age, when you can punish a child by unplugging them, the wire coat hanger was an indispensable instrument of discipline.

Nobody is even sure which of these uses were the impetus for the invention of the wire coat hanger.  It's efficacy as a child-rearing tool was demonstrated in the movie "Mommie Dearest", a biography about Joan Crawford, a famous actress.

Child after receiving a coat hanger correction

With all those uses, its no wonder that the wire coat hanger is so commonly found everywhere.  Artist David Mach likes to find unusual uses for common materials. "I had the idea to work with coathangers for a long time but I put off using them. They come from the same line as matches. They are like nothing, you pay them no attention, they have no value, if anything they are an irritant brought back from the dry cleaners. They’re cheap and throwaway. I stalled using them because I knew it would be a long, expensive, painful process to turn them into something. I was already involved in many similar processes, I didn’t need one more. However, after a while I couldn’t resist using them."

Joan Crawford was far scarier.

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Wang Dang Doodle All Night Long

by on May.18, 2010, under Art

Just like a doctor giving you an inoculation, it all starts with a prick.

Art by Mauricio Ricardo

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