Sarah Larson talks to David Rees about what led him to host his new TV show:
“He started an artisanal pencil-sharpening business. When I saw him announce it on Facebook in 2010, I was excited. This was before parody menus of farm-to-table restaurants had come out, before it was a cliché to make jokes about Mason jars and pickle-making, and artisanal culture desperately needed to be mocked.”
5:27 pm • 20 August 2014 • 120 notes
Android Couture at Givenchy by Alexander McQueen
Presented on the cusp of the new millennium, Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 1999 collection for famed French fashion house Givenchy captured the new fascination with personalized digital technology in popular culture. At the culmination of the show, two models appeared outfitted in molded Perspex bodices studded with flashing LED lights and glowing leggings patterned like computer chips. The creation of a digital aesthetic and its intimate application to the body—an android-like amalgamation of the physical and digital—anticipated the “wearables” trend and the formation of the digital self. Known for his exquisite tailoring, meticulous detailing, and ambitious collections, McQueen also represented one of the remaining visionaries of haute couture extravagance. Indeed, in elevating circuitry to an elaborate, finely crafted material and applique, McQueen renders digital technology in the more traditional language of status, glamor, and quality associated with couture.
3:16 pm • 20 August 2014 • 287 notes
An amazing series of portraits of Senegalese wrestlers. This form of wrestling, widely recognized as a martial art, is known as Laamb in Wolof and is Senegal’s national sport.
1:05 pm • 20 August 2014 • 4,895 notes
i’m not afraid to kick anyone’s ass. i’ll kick my own ass, if i have to. if i deserve it i will definately kick the hell out of my own ass. that’s my promise.
12:49 pm • 20 August 2014 • 162 notes
here we have the three triplets of production: labour, capital and [record scratch] bad boy bradley, whos always running amuck
10:54 am • 20 August 2014 • 82 notes
its neat how everyone has their own special kind of sadness inside them. please buy a ticket to my comedy show
10:07 am • 20 August 2014 • 127 notes
It may be hard to believe, but this incredibly lifelike lobster is entirely made of boxwood. Hand-carved and fully articulated, it’s the painstaking work of 25-year-old Japanese sculptor Ryosuke Ohtake and an awesome example of form of uniquely Japanese sculpture known as jizai okimono.
"The craft involves carving realistic animals whose bodies and limbs are all animated through joints just like the real living thing. Some common subjects are birds, fishes, snakes and insects. It’s a craft that originated in the late-Edo period (late 1700s) when metalsmiths and armor makers, faced with a decline in demand for armor, found themselves with plenty of time on their hands. But ever since it’s modest beginnings, the lobster, with its numerous joints and undulating back, has been considered to be the most difficult and challenging subject."
What’s perhaps even more unbelievable about this amazing creature is that it was Ohtake’s very first jizai okimono piece. It was shown as part of a wooden sculpture exhibition which took place at Tokyu Department Store in Tokyo this past April.
Click here to watch a brief video to get a closer look at this truly astonishing wooden crustacean, how it was made, and how realistically every single part of its beautifully articulated body moves.
Then visit Ryosuke Ohtake’s Facebook page to check out more of his amazing sculptures.
6:32 am • 20 August 2014 • 2,067 notes
The Rose de Jéricho (Anastatica hierochuntica) is a species of desert moss that has the amazing ability to ‘resurrect’ itself after bouts of extreme dehydration lasting months or even years. After just a few hours of exposure to moisture the plants burst to life, uncurling from a tight ball of dry leaves to a green flower-like shape. Videographer Sean Steininger shot this timelapse of several plants as he exposed them to water.
Watch the video:
A time lapse of a Rose of Jericho . After being exposed to water, the plant turns from a dried tumbleweed to a green fern over the course of several hour.
4:21 am • 20 August 2014 • 3,141 notes