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25 Apr 16:45

Listen to Prince's personal party playlist

by David Pescovitz

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In a 2013 episode of New Girl, the characters were invited to a party hosted by Prince. When Prince was made aware of the intended plot, he sent the producers a list of jams he played at his real parties. Damn it's a smoking mix. Spotify playlist below.

“City in the Sky,” The Staple Singers
“Country John,” Allen Toussaint
“Fire,” Ohio Players
“Happy House,” Shuggie Otis
“Higher Ground,” Stevie Wonder
“I Was Made to Love Him,” Chaka Khan
“Listen to the Music,” The Isley Brothers
“The Lord is Back,” Eugene McDaniels
“Lost in Music,” Sister Sledge
“The Pinocchio Theory,” Bootsy Collins
“Rubber Duckie,” Bootsy Collins
“Rumpofsteelskin,” Parliament
“Skin Tight,” Ohio Players
“We’re Gettin’ Too Close,” The Soul Children
“Wild and Free,” Curtis Mayfield
“After The Love Has Gone,” Earth, Wind & Fire
“Back in Baby’s Arms,” Allen Toussaint
“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” The Isley Brothers
“Don’t Take My Sunshine,” The Soul Children
“How Could I Let You Get Away,” The Spinners
“I’ll Be Around,” The Spinners
“Push Me Away,” The Jacksons
“Stay With Me,” Shirley Brown
“The Thrill Is Gone,” Aretha Franklin

(via Dangerous Minds)

21 Apr 18:49

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” Gets an Incredible Shakespearean Version

by Jonathan Sawyer

Could you imagine what it would be like if some of today’s more lyrically-talented rappers were brought up in the 1500s and 1600s? Just picture Drake waxing poetic about strippers and his ex-lovers in such time-appropriate dialect.

Accordingly, David F Brand has updated a number of classic rap songs, ranging from Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” and Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story,” translating them into Shakespearean-appropriate versions. David uses words that can be found in Shakespeare’s writings, all while setting them to the theme of the given rap song.

For his latest effort, David has provided an incredible Shakespeare version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” With all of the “thou’s,” “thy’s” and other 16th century rhetoric, this is easily one of the most unique approaches to reinterpreting Drake’s catalog that we’ve seen.

Check it out below.

12 Apr 17:25

A Huge Abandoned Bowling Alley in Santa Fe Has Been Turned into an Immersive Art Environment Now Open to the Public

by Kate Sierzputowski
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WHOOOOOOOOO! this shit is the coolest shit ever. Every art blog I subscripe to have covered it. I may only be responsible for about 0.5% of it but I don't care. GO CHECK IT OUT!

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In the gutted shell of an abandoned bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a 150 member strong artist collective called Meow Wolf has just thrown open the doors to a new immersive art environment. The group was started nearly ten years ago by both artists and fabricators in order to plan events that were situated in-between large scale art exhibitions and massive parties. The home of the group’s latest environment, a role-playing installation titled The House of Eternal Return, was purchased by Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin with the express purpose of turning the space into Meow Wolf’s large-scale vision.

The transformed and sprawling 20,000 square foot world serves as an unique combination of art exhibition, fantasy world, jungle gym, and children’s museum. Unlike a sterile museum however, you’re allowed to touch everything, go anywhere, push unlimited buttons, and crawl inside of anything that strikes your interest in the boundless environment. Clearly a spiritual sister to St. Louis’ famous City Museum.

“The group has long been inspired by monumental works of art,” Vince Kadlubek, one of Meow Wolf’s organizers, told Colossal. “But I think we are equally inspired by arcades, theme parks, Burning Man, grocery stores, nature—immersive spaces. At the heart of it we are probably most inspired by the forts we built growing up and certainly Nickelodeon, MTV, Jim Henson, Tumblr, and Twin Peaks.”

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At the center of the installation is a full-size two-story home which you enter through the front door. This front door however is not how you exit the giant structure, as refrigerators, fireplaces, and toilets serve as portals to more expansive worlds. While peeking into each room of the Victorian house you learn about the Seligs, the inhabitants of the home who include an artist, her inventor husband, and their young son. Your mission for this fabricated world is to discover what interdimensional incident happened in the house, gathering clues with each room you explore, each cabinet you open. No matter where you go in the fictional world, you are interacting with some detailed aspect of the larger narrative. Some tangents get you closer to the mystery, while others fill in details about the family’s long and complicated ancestry.

The creative process for creating such an involved experience took 18 months, in part because the installation and storyline were being built in tandem. “We had a team of six writers who had a specific story arc with specific plot points and characters, but much of the story elements were written from backgrounds of the objects and spaces that were being created,” said Kadlubek. “Our creative process is not top-down. It is lateral.”

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The artspace is a video game come to life, allowing you to physically explore areas of the universe without bumping your avatar into a digital wall. You can instead enter into dissected vehicles, explore a dome covered in glistening animal eyes, or play music by hitting the ribs of a fossilized mastodon. All of these objects were created by the collective in their extensive wood shop, from dinosaur remains to the house’s ornate window frames.

General mission for the House of Eternal Return is $15 for New Mexico residents and $18 for those out of state. Over the next couple of months musicians will begin to perform in the installation’s venue Fancy Town with a line-up that includes Explosions in the Sky, Of Montreal, CocoRosie, and Mykki Blanco. To see upcoming events and peek inside the massive world of Meow Wolf, take a look at their Instagram and Facebook. (via ars technica and i09) 

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28 Mar 07:25

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15 Mar 16:34

Okuda San Miguel Wraps a Moroccan Church in a Vibrant Geometric Mural

by Kate Sierzputowski
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All images courtesy of Ink and Movement

After covering a church turned skatepark in Spain with his signature style of murals, Okuda San Miguel (previously) has now transformed an abandoned Moroccan church into a 360-degree mural titled “11 Mirages to Freedom.” The street artist covered the structure in geometric bears, birds, and human faces, produced as a part of the British Council‘s Street Art Caravane Initiative. Working with the architecture already in place, San Miguel painted each of the building’s eleven faces while incorporating the structure’s barred windows. These he formed into bird cages, hats, and masks that are seamlessly incorporated…as long as you don’t look into the barred openings.

The church is uniformly painted in a brilliant shade of yellow, with smaller architectural details painted in equally vibrant colors. You can see more of San Miguel’s murals in the video Infinite World included below, as well as on the artist’s Instagram. (via Web Urbanist)

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08 Mar 23:17

ART IS MY LIFE - DOCU-SERIES DIRECTED BY BOSTON FILMMAKER FARAD ROBERSON

by Boston Artists
Brianrhart

"I am artist. Hear me BLABBER..."

"Art Is My Life" is an exclusive new docu-series directed by Boston Filmmaker Farad Roberson. The series features some of the most interesting and talented artists from the Boston Area. The most recent episodes introduce artists Brian Hart, Julia Csekö and Allan Dygon as they tell their stories of how they became an artist and what inspires their unique style. (See links below to watch an episode!)


Links to Docu-series: 

Episode 2 (pt1):  https://vimeo.com/136878653
Episode 2 (pt2):  https://vimeo.com/137439739
04 Mar 07:09

Kendrick Lamar Just Dropped a Surprise Album, ‘untitled unmastered.’

by Brock Cardiner
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Earlier this week, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith shared a photo on Instagram, hinting that a surprise TDE release would hit the web sometime this week.

It looks like he wasn’t fibbing, as just hours ago Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album untitled unmastered. hit streaming platforms and iTunes following a tweet from the Compton MC himself.

The rapper has called the album a project rather than an album and the tracks seem to be a set of unreleased tracks from the 2013 and 2014 sessions that birthed To Pimp a Butterfly. At eight tracks long, you can stream the project in full below.

22 Feb 20:14

As You Have Forsaken Jeb, So You Have Forsaken Me: My Curse...



As You Have Forsaken Jeb, So You Have Forsaken Me: My Curse Shall Lie Upon This Nation for Seven Times Seven Generations by Barbara Bush

15 Feb 14:44

Peek a Boo Teddy Rips Face Off

A Cute Teddy Bear Rips Its Face Off to Play a Horrifying Game of Peek-A-Boo..(Read...)

09 Feb 17:50

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’

by Christopher Jobson

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Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it’s difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet we were promised.

The site was created by filmmakers, photographers and art historians as part of an upcoming documentary by Pieter van Huijstee titled Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil. The ‘interactive documentary’ not only lets you explore the painting in incredible detail down to the most minute brush strokes, it also includes sound design as you move through various sections of the painting and a series of audio essays describing over 40 areas of the painting! This might be the crowning example of how to educate the public about a masterwork painting online, I wish there was something like this for more artworks.

The documentary and interactive exhibit coincide with the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, which is also being celebrated by the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands that is currently exhibiting 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the “Devil’s Painter”—the vast majority of his surviving works.

To see more paintings in vivid detail you can also explore the Google Art Project (they beat us for a Webby a few years ago, but we’re not bitter). Also related: A new Bosch painting was identified in Kansas City last week. (via Metafilter)

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03 Feb 10:49

An incredible David Bowie mural has appeared in Sheffield

by FACT
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"Incredible".

A well-meaning tribute to David Bowie has appeared on Division Street in Sheffield. 

Unfortunately, um… yeah.

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The mural is the work of local graffiti artist Trik09, as tweeted by BBC Radio Sheffield.

In other Bowie tribute news, Gaga will be performing her own at this year’s Grammys, and he recently got his own constellation and a street in Austin, Texas named after him.

Bowie’s estate recently announced that the star planned a set of anthologies to be released after his death.

Read this next: David Bowie’s 15 best deep cuts

The post An incredible David Bowie mural has appeared in Sheffield appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

23 Jan 23:18

Three huskies help save dying kitten, now they’re one big happy family

by Inigo del Castillo
Brianrhart

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Three huskies help save dying kitten, now they’re one big happy family

Whoever said cats and dogs are the worst of enemies clearly has not seen these Huskies and their adopted family member: a stray kitten named Rosie.

Nine months ago, then-3-week-old Rosie was an abandoned kitten found slowly dying on the street. She was taken in by a family with three Huskies, one of which served as her surrogate mum on her first night.

‘By some miracle, she started suckling on Lilo and Lilo went full ‘mom mode’’, said Rosie and Lilo’s owner. ‘Since then, Rosie’s been getting much better and her eyes opened!’

Now, Rosie is all grown up and is part of a huge family consisting of a few huskies, some other kittens, and even bunnies. And because Rosie was raised around dogs, sometimes she even thinks she’s one, going on walks on a leash and snuggling up to her mum, Lilo.

You can see more of Lilo and Rosie over on Instagram.

The post Three huskies help save dying kitten, now they’re one big happy family appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

23 Jan 06:34

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15 Dec 13:48

Public domain illustrations from old books

by Rob Beschizza
Brianrhart

ooooooooooooooooooooo! I love these image dumps. Time to download, catalog and shamelessly use all these in paintings.

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Old Book Illustrations is a search engine and browseable library of—you've guessed it!—the engraved illustrations and litho prints found in old books.

Choose the type of illustrations you want to see: animals or people, landscapes, buildings, etc. Choose your favorite illustrators from a list: Gustave Doré, John Leech, Charles H. Bennett...[and] Find illustrations by the title of the book or periodical in which they were published: Æsop's fables, Punch, L'Illustration...

The scans are high-resolution (though it appears the scanned items are sometimes worse-for-wear) and most come with lots of details about their original creation and printing.

08 Dec 20:10

From Sheet to Seat, Updated: Video of Robert Van Embricqs' Slat-Based Flatpack Furniture

Brianrhart

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Designer Robert Van Embricqs first caught our eye a few years ago for his unique take on flatpack furniture. Back then it was all still photos; now, as he's gained acclaimed and traveled the world showing his pieces at one festival after another, he's added some much-needed video demonstrating his pieces in all of their kinetic glory. Imagine if Ikea stuff was as easy to "assemble" as his Rising Side Table:

His Rising Chair, which we now get to see in motion, requires no fasteners for final assembly at all:

His Rising Table is, amazingly, made from a single sheet of laminated bamboo plywood:

The hinge manufacturer's got to love this guy!

Van Embricqs, by the way, is not limiting his imagination to just furniture. He's also envisioned a nifty, if challenging to execute, concept for a pop-up marketplace that literally pops up:

Check out more of his work here.

11 Dec 09:45

Video Of Trippy Anamorphic Perspective Illusions

Brianrhart

Anamorphic perspective is the coolest.

This is a video from Youtube BrussPup featuring a number of perspective illusions.   It's worth a watch all the way till the end!..(Read...)

04 Dec 13:36

This Translucent Cube Hides Six Handpainted Anamorphic Images

by Christopher Jobson

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Artist Thomas Medicus (previously) just unveiled a new anamorphic sculpture titled Emergence Lab that contains six handpainted images inside a large translucent cube. The six fragmented paintings are spread across 216 laser-cut acrylic glass strips that are designed to perfectly align when viewed directly from each side. Each figure is cleverly contained within the same surface as its counterpart on the opposite side, and the object is filled with silicone oil giving it the look and feel of solid glass. Watch the video to see how it works, and Medicus shares some behind the scenes photos of his design process. You can also follow him on Instagram. (via Colossal Submissions)

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04 Dec 17:25

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24 Nov 19:05

This is the best restaurant spiciness scale

by Mark Frauenfelder

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23 Nov 10:57

Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!)

by Cory Doctorow
Brianrhart

Considering how I over-caffeinate every morning I can see this ending poorly for me.

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Self-experimenters, inspired by a 2011 presentation by The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide author James Fadiman, are taking tiny "sub-perceptual" doses of LSD and psilocybin to encourage workplace creativity and give them pep and a positive outcome in life overall. (more…)

11 Nov 14:07

An accurate representation of what happens at my parents house during the holidays.

Comedian Chris Fleming does a hilarious over-the-top impression of a frantic mom getting the house ready for company to come over...(Read...)

27 Oct 20:12

Newly Digitized ‘Phenakistoscope’ Animations That Pre-Date GIFs by Over 150 Years

by Christopher Jobson

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Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Since first stumbling onto an early type of image projector called a magic lantern over 40 years ago, Richard Balzer became instantly obsessed with early optical devices, from camera obscuras and praxinoscopes to anamorphic mirrors and zoetropes. Based in New York, Balzer has collected thousands of obscure and unusual devices such as phenakistoscopes, one of the first tools for achieving live animation.

The phenakistoscope relies on a disc with sequential illustrations to create looping animations when viewed through small slits in a mirror, producing an effect not unlike the GIFs of today. These bizarre, psychedelic, and frequently morbid scenes (people eating other people seemed to a popular motif) were produced in great volumes across Europe in the early to mid 19th century. Balzer and his assistant Brian Duffy have been digitizing and animating these discs and sharing the results on Tubmlr since 2012 (previously). Seen here is just a sampling of their efforts over the last year or so, but you can see plenty more here.

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27 Oct 18:06

Caracal Kittens Go Exploring at the Oregon Zoo

by tastefullyoffensive.com
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The two new six-week-old caracal kittens at the Oregon Zoo, in Portland, cautiously explore their outdoor habitat with their mom. You can read more about these little guys on the zoo's website.

Related: Meet Lincoln Park Zoo's New Baby Red Pandas

[Oregon Zoo]

26 Oct 09:48

Prince joins Instagram

by Chal Ravens

Princestagram is here.

Having abandoned all other social media, Prince has now decided to have a go at Instagram.

So far he’s posted clips of music, some archive photos and press clippings, and a few memes.

Earlier this year Prince released a new album HITNRUN as a Tidal exclusive, and he’s been dropping singles exclusively through Jay Z’s streaming service.

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26 Oct 14:40

stream J Dilla’s Dillatronic

by Chris

40+ rare instrumentals from the legend, out this week. Pre-order Dillatronic here.

15 Oct 15:00

Stop motion animation of stop motion master Ray Harryhausen

by David Pescovitz

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The incredible visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen (1920-2013) bringing a stop-motion skeleton to life. Below, the classic skeleton fight from Jason and the Argonauts (1963). (via r/movies)

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07 Oct 19:59

Sprawling Tattoo-Inspired Ink Drawings by ‘Benze’

by Kate Sierzputowski
Brianrhart

pen game = STRONG

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Hungarian artist Benze produces intensely detailed ink drawings by fusing aspects of tattoo art and objects from the natural world, components the artist views as an important way to continuously open his work to new meanings and interpretations. The excruciating detail achieved through stippling and cross hatching with fine pens is stunning whether viewed in its entirety or zoomed in on various sections—simultaneously existing on a macro and micro level.

“Each work has its own gravitational field which irresistibly forces us to zoom in, explore more, discover new aspects within the whole,” says Benze.

The content of his drawings typically involves female faces with ornate head pieces adorning the women’s hair. Natural elements make up these decorative pieces, including objects like flowers, grasses, twigs and posed animal skeletons.

You can see more work from the artist on his Behance page here. (via Scene360)

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21 Sep 17:52

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nature Park for Children

by Staff

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Hayao Miyazaki’s latest project, “The Forest Where the Wind Returns,” isn’t a movie—it’s a nature park!

Keeping with the spirit of many of his films, Miyazaki is donating 300 million yen ($2.5 million USD) of his own money to create a place where children can commune with nature. Although the facility is set to include a 2-story library and sleeping quarters to house up to 30 children from the surrounding area, all the play equipment in the proposed park will incorporate the trees and boulders of the existing landscape (rather than relying on man-made structures). The proposed site is in the Zendo Forest Park on Kume Island (in Okinawa).

Click below for a sneak peek at the initial renderings from the design firm, Kume Creation! (It’ll be about a two year wait before you can see the real thing)

31 Aug 17:09

The Ethiopian Fashion Tribe that turns Nature into Haute Couture

by MessyNessy

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Remember when you tried to get creative and bejewel your jean shorts or decorate your new tennis shoes with a Sharpie pen? Well this is not that. In the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia, the Surma and Mursi people don’t have glue guns, sewing machines, sequins or Sharpies to accessorise with. Inspired by the tools and textiles provided by nature alone, these ancient African tribes manage to create their own unique fashion that could easily rival and certainly influence the avant garde looks of Haute Couture Fashion Weeks around the world.

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These rare photographs of what is believed to be among the most unique and remote tribal people in the world, were captured by German-born artist Hans Silvester. Born in 1938, with an impressive career behind him, Hans has documented everything from the ravages of deforestation in the Amazon to the lives of women in the Great Indian Desert.

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For his most recent work featuring the Surma and Mursi people, the photographer immersed himself into daily tribal life to chronicle and “save…as much as possible of this truly living art.”

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The two tribes reaching the southern end of Ethiopia and the northern part of Kenya share a similar culture. Their homelands are remote, located in desolate mountains in a largely unexplored region. But as civilization encroaches and civil war becomes more violent, Hans worries that these people will lose their delightful tradition.

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They have practised some of the same traditions that their ancestors did centuries ago living in the same remote area, but most tribes now carry AK47s to hunt or protect themselves from tribal rivalries, provided by parties in the Sudanese Civil War. Police allow foreigners to travel there only with a hired armed guard.

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Still, despite the inevitable contamination from the outside world, the tribespeople, women and adolescent children in particular, show an innate artistic sense.

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Because they are a nomadic people without permanent architecture on which to express their art, they use their bodies as their canvases, embelleshing their skin with mineral pigments from powdered volcanic rock and dressing themselves in “textiles” obtained from the natural world around them.

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Body accessories and spectacular avant-garde looking headpieces are made with just flowers, leaves, grass, shells and animal horns. They have an exquisite and innate sense of form, shape and colour.

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What I love most about this, is that it’s 100% original. You can be certain the tribespeople aren’t flicking through the pages of Vogue or looking back at style icons of the 60s for inspiration. Their fashion is truly inventive and they are each natural born fashion designers.

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Far from the runways of Paris and the fashion houses of Milan, they are from an alternate fashion world, where what you wear is subject to mother nature’s infinitely changing elements, the colours “in season” truly do depend on the season, and individuality is the only trend.

Hans Silvester has two books featuring his stunning photographs. Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa and Ethiopia: Peoples of the Omo Valley, both available on Amazon.

Photographs via the Marlborough Gallery.

P.S. Thanks for the tip Brian! 

04 Sep 03:15

Fluffy Chicken and Two-Legged Chihuahua are Best Friends

by tastefullyoffensive.com

Roo, the handicapped but energetic chihuahua, and Penny, the fluffy silkie chicken, became instant, unusual best friends with they were rescued and re-homed together.

Related: Orphaned Otter is Best Friends with Hyenas and Lions

[BarcroftTV]