Monday, 30 April 2012

Graffiti from Shok 1

Abduzeedo has just profiled the amazing work of Shok 1 - a London-based graffiti artist. His work is a highly-original mix of photo-realism, scientific imagery and 80s retro.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Madonna cover images

A selection of covers featuring our beloved Madge, pulled from my Picasa archive.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Zombie fashion

First, apologies for the slow posting of late. I've been working on some awesome stuff in my day job, but have been pulling some long hours.

I have started to do something I probably should have begun many years ago. When it comes to writing things into my notebook, I often procrastinate and so ideas sometimes languish in my 'to do' list. I have instead begun quick digital mash-ups which articulate the concept through found images and textures. It's inspired by the wonderful Polyvore amongst other things. So, here is an idea for a brand of zombie fashion...

Monday, 23 April 2012

Norman Lindsay

A few delights from the uber-talented hands of Norman Lindsay.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Happy Birthday David (new Prometheus Viral)

New and extended version of the "David" Prometheus viral, from the mind-blowingly talented paws of Mr Hardstaff.

A wry commenter on YouTube said, "I can do everything except for order three beers like a German".

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Repatriation with extreme prejudice

A news story grabbed my attention recently. An antique Chinese bowl has been stolen from a university museum in the UK. It's been theorized that the theft was done 'to order'. There seems to be a flow of Chinese antiquities back to the East now the country grows in wealth and influence.

I was reminded of the arguments surrounding the repatriation of antiquities acquired under 'contentious' circumstances. The most famous are the Elgin Marbles (AKA the Parthenon frieze) and the Benin bronzes, both of which are in the (cough) British Museum. As their countries of origin become more politically stable and the citizens more aware of their own (missing) heritage, these nations have mobilised efforts to reclaim artifacts taken, in their view, illegally. The difference in the case of the stolen bowl is that no one seems to have claimed it moved to the UK in circumstances which were anything other than wholly legal. Its removal, by contrast, seems unabashedly underhand (there was a large degree of hole-drilling involved).

But what do the Chinese think of this? Does a nation have claim to artifacts created within its borders which have traveled legally? What if an antiquity was created in, say, India but immediately after it was constructed it moved to the UK and has been here for hundreds of years? Does it not, then, become part of the UK's national identity? Is there any merit to the argument that all nations should have access to works of art from across the world and so have multinational collections?

These are interesting questions indeed, but they may prove altogether irrelevant if wealthy individuals are willing to go to extreme lengths to obtain artifacts.

Photograph: The Oriental Museum at Durham University

Monday, 9 April 2012

Wierd looking cameras

Here are some wacky cameras I found lurking in my Picasa archives...

Camouflage to deter thieves
Gold-plated Pentax. Hmmmm tasteful.

A tiny spy camera.

Transparent Nikon. Perhaps it lives deep under the ocean?

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Adventures in Nottingham

With my epic move to the UK's Midlands complete I have started to scratch the surface of the city's cultural life to find the weird and wonderful things which lurk beneath. Here's what I've found so far...

Earlier this week I went to a talk given by The Emyprean - a pagan interest group in Nottingham. It was titled "Suffer Not a Witch to Live" and concerned the history of witchcraft in the Western World. It was given in the city's Theosophical hall - a solid brick municipal hall, the main chamber of which is decked out with book cases holding esoteric works. On the walls hang portraits of the likes of Helena Blavatski. Alas I had to leave part of the way through for the worst reason - I had to go and buy Easter eggs for my colleagues (a clash between the old order and the celebration of the Christian re-birth mythology).

I checked out the Gambling Lambs board game night at Nottingham's wonderful Lee Rosy cafe. I enjoyed watching a group play a title that jauntily proclaimed itself a 'paranoia-driven partly cooperative game' then joined in a very raucous and amusing round of Werewolf. The atmosphere was warm and the cafe's fair hearty so I'll definitely go back to Rosy's soon.

This little chap appeared in my front garden late in the week. He then made his way into the communal hall. I decided to help him on his journey and bring him up to my landing (complete with greeting note). Alas he has been replaced by a MASSIVE SOFA which my next-door neighbor bought in a fit of optimism only to find he can't actually fit it in his flat, so the thing remains in the corridor. Arse.

The Wiki entry for the pub Ye Olde Trip to Jerulsalem dryly reports that the establishment is one of twenty claiming to be the oldest public house in the land. "First!" or not, the place is certainly old and makes a great haunt on a cold night. The rooms are full of character and many have legends attached to them - the haunted snug, the haunted model ship, the haunted... you get the idea.

This cheeky blighter adorns my desk at work. Occasionally he whispers malevolent threats at me. I generally respond with a stern look and a proclamation that I have a great deal of work to do so can he please go and bother someone else. 

Monday, 2 April 2012

221B Baker Street

I have been re-watching the immensely enjoyable Ritchie/Downey Jnr/Law Sherlock Holmes and mining the wonderful production design for my own work. During some google-fu I came across the image below from this blog.

Wonderful stuff!