I can’t quite tell you why, but I was pretty darn addicted to MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,” and, to a lesser degree, “The City.” Nothing ever actually happened on these shows and the conversations and “characters” were basically the opposite of fascinating, but maybe it was their incredible blandness that made it hard to turn away. I think I am going overboard trying to justify this particular habit — I just like TV that temporarily lobotomizes me. Artist Karin Bubas is probably on my wavelength, because she’s created these portraits of “The Hills” stars at their most, um, poignant. I kind of dig the soft focus glow of them — they remind me of the ’80s Sweet Valley High book covers. I’m not saying I’m planning on buying one, but if someone gave me the drawing of Lauren with the single mascara-tainted tear stain on her cheek, I would make a space on my wall for it. [Karin Bubas via Buzzfeed]
Artist Steph Mantis has done some pioneering work with pizza: specifically, encasing real pizza slices in resin to preserve it, in her words, “FOREVERRRRR.” These “pizza ninja stars,” which turn four harmless pieces of pepperoni pizza into a deadly weapon, look terrifyingly delicious (or is it deliciously terrifying?). [Neatorama]
I’m drawn to art that evokes a strong emotional reaction, and when I look at this beautifully simple picture, a feeling of calmness and freedom washes over me. I’d love to hang this in my office and look into those endless ripples of water whenever I get stressed out. [$60 for 11" x 14" print, 20x200]
Okay, not really. This is an art installation by Seattle artist Suzanne Tidwell, who stitches large scale pieces out of brightly colored yarn and then wraps them around trees, sculptures, and light posts. Still, we think it’s pretty magical. [Apartment Therapy]
“Storytelling” is an exhibit that went up in Dublin last month. Design duo Harmless Creatures recreated The Scarecrow (made of hay), Tin Man (made from hand-shredded cards) and the Cowardly Lion (made of VHS tape) from “The Wizard of Oz.” Each costume took over 40 hours to create and were “assembled like a suit of armor, protection against a world where everyone else has the brains, the heart or the courage,”says the Harmless Creatures website. God, I love this. It’s so haunting and poignant kind of like the story. After the jump is a video that accompanied the exhibition. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
I take issue with many women who carry Birkin bags (unless, I mean, you’re Jane Birkin), and I swear it’s not envy. Let’s admit that most anyone who totes a bag that cost upward of $10,000 (and probably closer to $20,000 or more) isn’t doing it for the love of the purse: it’s a love of the status symbol. Case closed! I love the shape and design of the celebrity and WASP favorite, but even if my income suddenly skyrocketed, I’d … probably pick a different bag. It’s just so obvious! A Birkin needs no introduction or explanation — it’s like the fashion version of a private jet, and can cost almost as much. Keep reading »
I am a well-documented believer in the life-changing (or, at the very least, day-changing) potential of makeup. Many girls are completely cool with going au naturel, while others like myself are just not that into it. It’s not that I feel like I need to wear makeup to be presentable, or like I’m hideous without it. I just prefer myself with my makeup on — I don’t even wear that much of it! For a new editorial in the June issue of avant-garde cultural glossy Dazed & Confused, makeup artist Yadim took the transformative power of cosmetics and spun it on its head by turning run-of-the-mill (as if) models into flesh-and-blood rough drawings inspired by the portfolio of fashion illustrator René Gruau. A daunting concept, yes, what with the insta-recognizability of the artist’s work, but the results are startlingly true to Gruau’s distinctive vision. Check out the whole (NSFW) shoot at Fashion Gone Rogue.
Oh Dier is an Etsy shop run by an adorable husband and wife team from St. Paul, Minnesota. They create handmade acrylic and wood signs with a fun, cheeky aesthetic–they have a “You’re killin’ me, Smalls!” sign, you guys. Click through for a few of our favorite pieces guaranteed to add some character to your home or office…
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would make a whip cream smiley face on your pancake and you thought it was the most amazing thing that had ever happened? Well, illustrator Nathan Shields is here to make your parents feel bad about themselves. He creates intricately shaped pancakes to resemble everything from dogs to Star Wars characters to famous architecture. Click on the photo to check out a few more of his edible artworks… [Buzzfeed]
Musician Pete Doherty is one of my favorite misunderstood anti-heroes, a true artist and transcendent thinker whose messages are often sadly sacrificed to his drug-addled lifestyle. He said it best in one of his own songs: “I’m so clever, but clever ain’t wise.” His inconsistencies are glaringly apparent, but Pete is openly, unapologetically who he is, and he’s so damn compelling!
His most publicized relationship goes without saying (I’ll just say it anyway, Kate effing Moss!) but he also happened to be a great friend (and predictably terrible influence) of the late Amy Winehouse. Together they created a series of bizarre, likely crack-fueled YouTube videos and I guess they made art together, too, because as part of an auction filled with his belongings, Pete is auctioning off a painting that he claims incorporates Amy’s blood. Yes, the musician says that his work, “a portrait of his band The Libertines,” was created with the help of his young son and the deceased siren. Amy’s mark is on the right side, next to where it says “Ladylike,” which is also the title of the painting. The piece is anticipated to fetch over £80,000 ($104,000 US) when it’s sold later this week in London. Of all the oddities Pete and Amy created together, why, oh, why couldn’t just one of them have been a song? [Hint]