PFC Rupert Valero, stationed at Khandahar, Afghanistan, has been using his spare time to build robots and action figures out of found recycled materials. He uses things like bottle caps, microwavable soup containers, yogurt cups, and even Dr. Scholl's foot powder containers to assemble his creations.
In an interview with the blog Another Limited Rebellion, Valero said: "I love to improve 6” super-articulated action figures. I have an engineer’s mentality, so nothing is ever perfect enough. So I am big on tweaking and at time breaking and rebuilding toys. The use of found items is based on what is available to me out here. Slowly, I have amassed more resources like paint and hobby tools. Assemblage has really grown on me to the point I will continue to build from found items." Continue after the cut to see more of his super-fantastic action figures.
NYU professor Wafaa Bilal had a camera implanted in his skull last fall as part of a year-long art project, and now it is giving him a headache. The camera apparatus was installed by a body modification artist at a Los Angeles tatoo parlor. It consists of a titanium base fixed between Bilal's skin and skull. The camera is then attached with three posts. Bilal was undergoing antibiotic and steroid treatment, but his body still rejected the device and he was in constant pain. One of the posts has been removed, but the remaining two and the base are intact.
NYU assistant professor and would-be artist Wafaa Bilal has encountered a new problem with the embedded camera attached to the back of his head: not only are there arguments about whether it counts as art, his body is rejecting the implanted mount. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, one of the three titanium posts has had to be removed, after failing to respond to medication.
The biggest fan of Verizon Wireless in the world is not it's CEO, not its founder, not even anyone who's won a contest that's brought them a lifetime supply of free phones, no! The biggest fan of Verizon Wireless in the world is a man by the name of Daniel Carrion, a man who is a professional tattoo artist who has decided to show his love for the company by tattooing their current logo on his left hand.
Take a look at this, a bookshelf that you could potentially purchase from a store for about... oh... $10? So long that when heavy contents are placed along the center, it bends and arcs. Designer / artist Daniel Eatock saw this situation and decided to make the best out of it by grabbing all of his favorite books and placing them along the center in a perfect order, an order so perfect that the arc of the shelf and the height of each of the books perfectly compliment one another in harmony.
Banksy is a British artist that has recently grown in fame due to some controversial, however well-done short films. The unknown individual, who has kept a secret identity despite his growing fame, is perhaps best known for his spoof on the popular cartoon, The Simpsons. Banksy created a new opening sequence back in October, 2010, that seems to start off normal enough, but then towards the middle gets a bit more "interesting." In an odd turn of events, an eBay seller has put up the "true identity" of Banksy on the popular bidding website, offering the name up for quite a bit of money.
This right here is a skateboard with style, for the woman skater with an desk job, just waiting to get back on the streets to do some sick 50-50 grinds, but currently filing papers and being a boss in the office. This is a board created by designer Carissa Carter and created as a treat for the owner. Made to be stroked, not ridden.
The great thing about the rise of digital cameras is that we're no longer limited by film and processing in our attempts to preserve memories; however, it's also possible that we end up devaluing photos in the process. Korean designers Yoo Geun-hyuk & Yoon Bo-jung have come up with Flutter in Pinhole, a disposable, collapsable instant pinhole camera which produces a pair of snaps intended for sharing.
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Electronic chess sets have been around for ages, but seldom do they goad or insult you while you're playing. That's because most chess sets aren't like artist Barbara Kruger's, a custom electronic kit crafted from Corian and able to say things like "don't even think about it" and "why prolong the pain?" as you play, and which has been on display at Art Basel Miami Beach 2010.
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A professor of photography from New York University has had a camera installed in the back of his head. This sounds much cooler than it really is. If I had a camera in the back of my head, I would want to be able to see what people behind me were doing. This camera just takes pics and then uploads them at an art exhibit called "The 3rd I."