Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Topless and Running with Wolves (NSFW)

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Think this tattoo might serve as a warning.  
Oh, look his tag will tell us if he's had all his shots!
Of all the appropriation trends, tattoos are the ones I understand the least.  Why would anyone want something from another culture permanently drawn on their skin with a vibrating needle?

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Two wolves, a dream-catcher, generic "tribal" markings, feathers and a turquoise tramp stamp?
(I'm not even going to ask about the bondage collar)

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Yes, it's a wolf-catcher.  They even added pony-beads to the design.

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Sky face wolf + maiden + horse= TRIPLE POINTS 

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I'm not even sure where to begin with this one!  
I think the, um, roll adds that extra special something to the shading, though.


Oh look, someone indigenized Star Gate.
Sadly, I feel I must deduct points for the lack of wolf in this tattoo.

This will give me nightmares.

And the winner (still) is...

Wolf eyes, sky faces, horse, maidens #1 & #2 , one even has the "O" face...is that an eagle over there, too? 
Yup, she wins the internet.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Awful inspires Awful

Taken by me at an arts & craft show somewhere in Kansas
Don't those fairies look strangely familiar?
Well, they should.
Yes, it's Jasmine Becket-Griffith's Spirit Maidens, again, brought to you by the wonderfully offensive dedicated folks at the Hamiton Collection.

O.o, check out the description:

"Embark on a quest to feel the spirit's guiding presence with a first-ever collectible fantasy art fairy figurine collection featuring fairies and their spirit guiding friends by acclaimed fantasy artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith, only from The Hamilton Collection. Your mystical journey begins with Issue One, Moonheart, the Spirit of Strength. Soon, your mesmerizing collection continues with Issue Two, Dreamsky, the Spirit of Vision and additional collectible fairy figurines, each a separate issue to follow."

So, there's MORE!  Oh wow, that wacky artist lady (who will remain unnamed, because I was too busy taking pictures and making fun of her work to pick up her card) to be INSPIRED by. 
I'm betting her next painting will look something like this:
Don't even get me started on the owls...

Oh, did I completely forget about all those antlers and dead animal skins draped on that artist's table?
It was like a taxidermist explosion plus turquoise.  Because when you think turquoise, what's the first thing that comes to mind?  

No, not that. 

Not that, either.  

No, the sacredness of nature that can only be experienced by surrounding oneself with dead things. (that's the theory anyway)
Oh look, driftwood.
What's sad about all this is that we have a large, active Native Community here.  I wonder how many walked by this booth and thought, "Wow, that's bad."  I'm not so much offended as I am annoyed.  It would have been so easy for the artist to ask someone, "Do you think it's too much?"