Los Angeles muralist Ilma Gore will trade you ad space on her skin for the insanely low cost of a $10 Kickstarter pledge. She’s trying to cover her entire body with tattoos for her next exhibition, meaning, to be clear, that the process of getting tattooed from head to toe is the exhibition itself.
Why? “Each persons name to me represents YOU the main protagonist in your own story. I will be covered in a hundred tiny stories.” Well, and with a goal of raising $6000, it’d really be more like six hundred tiny stories. That’s a super-beautiful idea! She’s six feet tall, so she has the canvas to do it. Just check out her super-helpful before and after model photos: Keep reading »
Most Disney fairytales take place in a land far, far away, where fame doesn’t exist, Twitter is just a noise birds make and Lady Gaga is some royal who lives in a high castle beyond the hills. But thanks to DeviantArt artist Isaiah Stevens, now we can imagine what it’s like for some of our favorite Disney characters and villains to not only KNOW about the pop world, but transform into some of the biggest musical superstars of our time.
Maybe Pocahontas loves Britney Spears and Aladdin listens to Jay-Z when he’s getting ready to ride his magic carpet— we don’t know. But what I do know is that this art installation confirms that Disney’s next big hit should definitely include some kind of Beyoncé reference. Just imagine it: the Princess falls under a spell, is eventually found by Prince Charming who wakes her up with true love’s kiss, and she pops up wearing an “I woke up like this” T-shirt. Priceless.
Check out some of your favorite Disney characters in pop star garb, including Beyonce as Ursula, above…
Costco, the big box retailer, sells virtually everything — engagement rings, meats, coffins — and now they’re extending their empire to the art market.
Apparently Costco used to sell fine art, but stopped after the authenticity of a couple of Picasso paintings it sold was questioned. The store began relisting art a couple of weeks ago, and have already sold eight of the 10 pieces listed on the company’s website, including two framed lithographs by Henri Matisse and a framed screen print by Andy Warhol. The store is also selling works by living artists, many of whom could never have imagined their work being sold in such a mass market way. “It’s a really great way to get exposure for my work in a way I wouldn’t be able to get on my own,” said artist Heather Robinson. “I know their customers are really important to them, and they have a really loyal following.” Keep reading »
Artist Fraser Smith will carve you a whole outfit if if you let him. The Natchez, Mississippi-based master carver has a special skill set — he makes realistic-looking clothes and accessories out of wood. The 54-year-old has carved hats, basketball jerseys, even leather jackets out of basswood that’s stained with pigments to create trompe l’oeil wood sculptures. While you can tell the items aren’t what they seem from up close, Smith says that his items often confuse and bewilder viewers.
“They see it, and ask themselves, ‘Interesting coat, but why’s it hanging in the dining room?’ … A while later, they’ll learn what it’s made of, or bump into it, and realise it’s made of wood, and they’ll have to immediately change everything they thought of it. Some are excited, like they’d just seen magic.”
Check out more of Smith’s amazing clothing sculptures after the jump! [Daily Mail]