Tired of the pretty and adorable? Put some memento mori in your home. Remind yourself daily of your inevitable demise. Here’s Harow's polygonal skull armchair, which does a pretty good job of hiding the skull from the front, making it just the thing for super villains with a need for furnishings that work while on the job or taking a break. Price given on demand, which means if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it - but one can dream or nightmare.
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A Must-See Vintage Betty Boop Cartoon, 1931
The 1931 Max Fleischer cartoon Bimbo’s Initiation is a miracle of awesome, Fleischerian weirdness. It’s the last Betty Boop cartoon that was personally animated by her creator, Grim Natwick. It’s so delightfully bizarre that the film critic Leonard Maltin called it “the ‘darkest of all” of Fleischer’s work.
The cartoon starts with Bimbo seemingly being drawn into a college fraternity initiation. What Bimbo goes through is very dark — until he sees who’s behind the mask. Wonderful to watch.
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Hedi Xandt is a German-born artist that mixes styles and materials with talent. The artist invites the viewer to discover his dark and intense universe with his new macabre artwork. The above pieces are a series that the artist refers to as “skull-ptures”. They combine the aesthetics of naturally shaped bone with state-of-the-art and experimental production techniques. The pieces remind me of the old craniometers that were used to measure the external dimensions of skulls.
Blue Ghost Fireflies, North Carolina
A forest floor in North Carolina is traced with the movement of blue ghost fireflies in this time-lapse image by Spencer Black, who says the element of surprise compels him toward long-exposure photography.
"These fireflies are unique because their blink pattern is much longer than the common firefly and they hover about a foot off the ground," says Black. "Witnessing them by the thousands, floating above the forest floor in complete darkness, is truly an incredible experience."
Blending the old with the new - Artist Bill Domonkos combines vintage photography with unique animation adding a modern twist to an old medium. Domonkos is a visual artist and filmmaker. His work has been shown internationally in cinemas, film festivals, galleries and museums. You can follow his Tumblr page here.
Strange and Unusual Tombstones
Everyone has a different view of death. Some fear it. Others count down the days. Regardless of your particular view on the matter, you probably have an opinion on how you would like to be remembered. Whether is was the people lying below these tombstones or their beloved family members, someone had to make the decision on the above tombstones. It’s hard not to imagine what some of them must have been thinking.