I have a Shelf of Oddities (yes, I capitalize it in my head) that contains a toy bust of a Black Barbie, a miniature black Frank Kozik Gipper Bust, a School House Rock soundtrack, a vintage Franc, a chunk of pyrite, a bag of semi-precious rocks (mostly also pyrite), a paper knife, the rubber-band detritus of having performed Lygia Clark’s “Estruturas Vivas,” pieces of a broken sonic screwdriver toy that held someone’s weed before I scavenged it from their garbage, a six-sided die that has no 1 or 6 but two 2’s and two 3’s, a small vial of gallium (a metal that melts at extraordinarily low temperatures), a tungsten drill bit, dozens of pins that I had to take off of my backpack before I started traveling, and — here’s the important one — several pieces of multi-colored, multi-flavored hard candy that I took from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)” and pocketed instead of eating, as theoretically one is intended to do.
“Portrait of Ross” is a pile of 176 pounds of a candy called Fruit Flashers that’s usually housed in the contemporary wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s 176 pounds because that’s the weight Ross Laycock, Gonzalez-Torres’ partner, was when he was healthy, before they both got AIDS. It’s a metaphor for Ross’s body, and viewers are supposed to take a piece of candy — by so doing, the body deteriorates. Keep reading »
Two of the best things about summer are as follows:
- Getting to sit at the beach or park while reading an awesome new book.
- Getting to show off your fun, beautiful tattoos that have been hiding all winter like you’re Dolly Parton.
I myself have tattoos from stories by two out of the three preceding names; you’ll just have to click to find out which ones! Click to check out some of the absurdly incredible body art that people have had done in honor of these writers’ on The Gloss…
Willow Smith, the 11-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, posted the above photo to her Instagram this weekend, and it appears as if the young pop star has a new tongue piercing. There’s certainly a possibility that she’s got one of those fake magnet piercings in her mouth and hasn’t actually been stabbed by a needle, but let’s assume, for the sake of debate, that it’s real. A person under 18 can’t get pierced in California without parental permission, and Will and Jada do seem like parents who try real hard to be “cool,” so I wouldn’t put it past them to allow this. (Especially if they subscribe to the Scientology belief that kids can basically do whatever they want.) However, this does seem like it would be a more extreme version of what Will talked about in regards to letting Willow shave her hair, no? What do you think — is 11 too young for a piercing? (Personally, I think yes. I also think tongue piercings are so ’90s raver. Sorry, Jessica.) [Dlisted]
Two years ago, I got my fifth tattoo, a large red and black crown on the back of my neck. I went home to visit my parents and was stunned by the lack of commentary. Eventually, I just had to ask.
“Mom, did you see my new tattoo?”
“Yes. It’s … big.” Clearly, she’d made an uneasy peace with the idea that her daughter loves ink. Keep reading »
A body paint competition called Body Canvas took place recently in Australia, with proceeds from the event going to the country’s National Breast Cancer Foundation. While some of the human canvases turned out kinda scary (we can’t show you most of them since the models are in fact nude), it’s certainly an attention-grabbing way to raise money for a good cause. Keep reading »
It seems like the Marchesa designers were drinking a bit of Karl Lagerfeld’s Kool-Aid, because at their presentation during New York Fashion Week, the fall 2010 creations were accented with a bit of body art. But there’s definitely a difference between the two brands, so let’s not call it a copyright issue just yet. Where Chanel’s faux tattoos were actually applied to the body, Marchesa’s were only affixed to tights, giving a bit of added intrigue and variation to the otherwise precious dresses full of tulle, layers, and detailing. We’re quite loving the option for a quick change — body art by stocking one minute, gone the next. This fall, accessories are not enough. You’ll need a tattoo of some sort, as well, it would seem. [Fashion Toast] Keep reading »