Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rogue Taxidermists

Today I stumbled upon the Rogue Taxidermy Sculptress Sarina Brewer's facebook fan page and immediately became fixated. I soon found out she is a co-founder of MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy), which has an interesting list of members that do all different kinds of freakish taxidermy as a controversial art-form.

These members have taken the campy feeling out of their stuffed carcass by creating new beings placed in ironic habits and giving them characteristics that are not usually attributed to their breed.

My personal favorites:

Side show artist Sarina Brewer

The aggressively gory Scott Bibus

Hybrid specialist MF Amazing

Doll master Esther Verschoor

Memento Mori taxidermist and jeweler Loved to Death

Diabolical Dioramist Mirmy Winn

I could go on.. but I think you should click on every link and explore these resurrected curiosities.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Death Becomes You

The Death Mask and Gloves of Martin Luther
A few months ago I came across The History Channel's show, Death Masks, and was instantly intrigued.  They are wax or plaster molds of the recently deceased face. They were used to make portraits or as mementos of the loved one. They had discussed the death mask of William Shakespeare and Napoleon and whether or not the popular opinion of what they looked like is accurate.  The mask of Abraham Lincoln was used to analyze how his facial features affected his life.
Death masks were used as tradition in many countries through out history. The most prominent being the ancient Egyptians. The burial  mask of King Tut is a great example of such. The mask was believed to guard the soul of the dead and help strengthen them for their after life.

 I found an article written by orbit-mag and it only added to my intrigue. According to the article, there is a historical museum in Michigan, who has the death masks of Jesse James and Butch Cassidy.  The article goes on to explain some of the funeral purposes of death masks and those would wear them: "In patrician Rome, for example, a wax mask was worn by someone who closely resembled the deceased, while others wore masks of his forbears. According to Pliny, these masks were kept in a special cupboard, an ancestral congregation awaiting the next funeral"

I wonder if The Mutter Museum has any. Something I may have to find out.

Which famous/infamous person in history's death mask would you want to see?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Are you serious?

I don't know what it is, but I am so in love with pop-punk band,The Mean Jeans. I love their fast vocals that flow with the thrashing of their instruments, as well as their melodic lyrics about that party that everyone wants to be at on a Saturday night. Their tunes are so catchy and fun that it is no surprise that Dirtnap Records picked them up. Dirtnap represent a handful of my favorite (glue sniffing) bands: The Ergs, The Spits, and the late Exploding Hearts.

Mean Jeans' 2009 album, "Are You Serious?", has left a few critics asking them just that. They have been accused by of "manifesting a carbon copy of [The Ramones'] style." and says the album is "as catchy as it is dumb. Which is to say very dumb!"

Are you serious?!

In my opinion, the Mean Jeans' inspiration comes from one of the greatest parties ever thrown by the Ramones and Screeching Weasel. Of course The Toy Dolls and Marked Men make an appearance before Philly's "party animals", Bucket Flush (who the Mean Jeans most likely don't know at all) crashes the party "Not My House" style. (The last part is obviously a complete stretch in this hypothetical scenario) Nonetheless, their would be endless pizza, booze and "too much cocaine" on none other than a "Saturday night". All Cheesy puns intended because it's totally appropriate.

Further reading:
The Comune a visit to the Mean Jeans compound
SPIN "Exclusive: Cool Punk Band Mean Jeans Debut Video"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

automobile apocolypse

There are a lot of unexplainable things that keep me up at night-- my imagination just runs a little too wild.

Tonight, I have been thinking about the ridiculous strides car companies have made in my life time: blue tooth, gps, key-less starters, electric windows and locks, engines that run on electricity, sensors that brake when they sense a collision, sensors that spot pedestrians and animals in the road, etc. When are cars going to start driving for us? Or when are cars going to become so technologically advanced that they lock the doors and drive off, kidnapping everyone on the planet, never having to stop for a fill up.

I could explain more of the hypothetical inner workings of this take over, but I wouldn't want anyone to suffer with my imagination like I do.

Here is some further reading:

Audi's unintended acceleration

6 New car technologies in your not-so distant future (3 and 4 are creppppy)

Google robot cars (I hope this site is a hoax)


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A habit I've never been able to kick...

I love food. I love eating food. I love making food. I love trying new food. I am by no means a foodie or an expert in anything, I just know what it is I like. I have a serious sweet tooth, and find it impossible to contain it either.

Tonight for dinner I decided to make stuffed porkchops(for the boy. I don't eat meat.), sweet corn, and my first attempt at making latkes.

I found a pretty easy video recipe and followed it nearly step by step.
2 lbs of red potato (peel and grate)
1 sweet onion
1 bundle(?) of scallions (A friend had suggested including scallions. It wasn't included in the recipe.)
3 eggs
S&P to taste
Garnish with apple sauce and sour cream

How To Make Latkes
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I am currently in a food coma. It was so good. Maybe a little to oily to eat on a regular basis but delicious none the less.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Turn of the century tattoos

Art nouveau has allusively come back as a popular art form. Art nouveau over-took the western world's architecture, furniture, advertisement, art, etc in the late 1800's until modernism exploded in the early 1900's. Artist Cris Cleen, of San Francisco, has embraced this reminiscent form as well as traditional roots of tattooing in his paintings and tattoos.

His works are styled with ornate details applied to turn of the century "pin-ups" and classic industrial era machinery in conjunction with the typical tycoons of that period. Even his more traditional style work shows that he his heavily influenced by the turn of the century. Even his color usage is in line with his reoccurring themes--they are vibrant, yet dark much like advertisement of the time. This is very similar to artist Uncle Allan, who favors similar themes.

Another great find from

All images are from

You can find Cris Cleen in San Francisco at Idle Hands on Haight St.