Another day, another artist accusing larger corporations of stealing her work. Today it’s cartoonist and illustrator Gemma Correll, whose pug-heavy doodles you may recognize from her “Pugs Not Drugs” paraphernalia or books like A Pug’s Guide To Etiquette and A Pug’s Guide To Dating.
Gemma’s doodle of a cat and pug together sitting under mistletoe, with the cat saying “Don’t even think about it!”, has allegedly been stolen by not one but two retailers. Keep reading »
I was about to pack it up and call it a day when I saw that Walmart was selling the work of graffiti artist Banksy on their website starting at the low price of $25 — the most ironic being the work entitled “Destroy Capitalism.” Walmart’s in-house art expert (?) speculated that Banksy would “probably appreciate the irony of a monstrous corporation appropriating his anti-consumerist art and selling it at a markup without giving him any money — that’s pretty punk rock.” Eh, maybe not. Nothing about Walmart — particularly its treatment of their employees — is what we’d call “punk rock.” Keep reading »
When I was a preteen, I made a purse out of an old pair of jeans and thought I was just too cool. Artist Ian Berry took things a big step further, using denim as a medium to make beautiful “paintings.” In a report by the BBC, Berry shows off his art. The designs look almost as if they’re paintings, but are made solely of jeans. Berry has exhibited his work worldwide, and was even commissioned by Giorgio Armani. Mind. Blown. [BBC]
January Jones and other new mothers have been known to eat their placentas or swallow them in pill form, to the disgust of some. For those who don’t want to go so far as to ingest this fetal organ but still want to memorialize it, artist Amanda Cotton presents another option: a placenta picture frame. The 25-year-old, who says she’s received “positive feedback” on her frames, puts dried and crushed pieces of new mothers’ placentas in resin molds to create truly one-of-a-kind mementos. Keep reading »
As if the holidays weren’t reason enough to fight with your neo-con relatives about politics, now you can have George W. Bush right on your tree. The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas is selling Christmas tree ornaments emblazoned with a painting of a red cardinal by Dubya himself. He is a semi-decent painter, you know! The ornament read “George W. Bush Presidential Center” across the top and “Christmas 2013″ across the bottom. The $29.98 cost is real score for the faithful in the war on Christmas. We’ll hold our breath for the Jay Leno-emblazoned yarmulke. [Talking Points Memo]
Detroit artist Tyree Guyton had seen his beloved McDougall-Hall neighborhood transform into a poverty-stricken, crime-ridden ghost town, full of abandoned houses, garbage, and broken windows. Looking to bring a dose of bright playfulness into this increasingly hopeless place, Guyton painted giant pastel polka dots all over his grandfather’s house on Heidelberg street. His grandfather loved the home makeover, and encouraged Guyton to keep going. With the help of some eager neighborhood kids, abandoned homes and overgrown yards were turned into bright, wacky art installations, and The Heidelberg Project was born. Now spanning two blocks, the artistic takeover includes a house covered in stuffed animals (shown above), abandoned cars decked out in paint and pennies, polka dot streets, and huge sculptures constructed of found objects and repurposed trash. Pretty cool, huh? Check out more photos over at Slate.