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!! OMG, who wore it better?: Phillip Toledano’s ‘A New Kind of Beauty’ !!

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With a foreword from Detox herself Phillip Toledano describes the subjects of his new photography book, as “the vanguard of human-induced evolution,” as he depicts those who have gone to plastic surgical extremes as Grecian deities, draped and garlanded [sometimes in post-surgical bandages], as he captures them from their ‘best’ side:

“When we remake ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?” Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture?”

Jump in to see a collection of his most beautiful and extreme photographs, definitely NSFW, unless you were the one who did the bodily reconstructions in the first place, in which case CHECK IT OUT, great work hon, very au naturel..such subtle beauty you done!

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!! OMG, SHAKE YOUR HABITUAL ASS: The Knife’s ‘STH’ interview !!

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Beginning with a mesmeric swingy swing and the footage taken from their album teaser from last December, The Knife’s album ‘interview’ expands upon this very album teaser blurb and their later released album manifesto [also after the jump], questioning systems of fame and school institutions that they see as failed and championing those systems [the ecosystem, the soundsystem] which they still believe can instil change.
Scanning through relatively mundane images [people dancing, birds feeding, doorways and windows, railings and walls], Olof and Karin narrate a new process-heavy-shake-up of old habits:

“we approached each other…through the language of others…and we play…and we played and we played and we played…to let go of what we already knew about music and explore what we didn’t know…letting go…we want to question the knife”

“we used homemade instruments, or played traditional instruments in non-traditional ways and tried to find non-tradional ways of creating traditional sounds…making a bedspring sound like a voice, or a voice sound like a bedspring”

They discuss protest songs [against monarchy and the nuclear family] and the power of safety in collectivism. They use the “commercial homogenisation and extreme hierarchical conservatism” of the music industry as a metaphor for societal shifts in Europe, and set aside their previously worn masks which questioned ideas of “fake tanning” fame and identity, but then became commercial institutions in themselves:

“I think there are no real ‘us’, behind the masks there are other masks”

I’ve popped the video after the jump due to some non-nuclear titty sucking near the end so jump in and SHAKE YOUR HABITUAL ASS !

“it’s time to move…to fall…to fly”

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!! OMG, stick thin: Wolgang Stiller’s Matchstickmen !!

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German installation artist Wolfgang Stiller is a fire-starter, a twisted fire starter. I mean look at the heads on those hot-rods, they are like blackened indignant old man orgasm faces, like maybe he hasn’t squeezed one out in a while and then a little grey drop comes out the end and he’s so ecstatic that he just INTERNALLY COMBUSTS on peaking.
I find these matchstickmen so beautiful, with the open match boxes looking like open funeral caskets; the faces serene but with a sense of something sudden and tragic has befallen upon them and they lie where they were struck down.
Follow the jump to see more more shots of these flaming queens.

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!! OMG, mei want these: Charlotte Mei’s plate faces !!

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Charlotte Mei is 1/10 of London-based illustration collective ‘Day Job’ and is 9/10 plate-face fun-full!
Her plate faces are so emotive; there’s angry plate, nonchalant plate, snoozy plate, flirty plate, disgruntled plate [oh dear, cheer up!]…I’d love to put a big dump of cornmeal on petulant plate or squidge a pile of guac on snobby plate’s face.
Follow the jump to see some of Mei’s ceramic toast faces, kitty rings, and a very bashful teapot indeed. #_no_tea[pot]_no_shade_!

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!! OMG, Gramps has gone AWOL again: ‘Eyes As Big As Plates’ !!

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‘Eyes As Big As Plates’ is a photo series by Norwegian artists Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen, profiling local seniors in and of the Norwegian landscape.
These nutty old codgers are getting all Wickerman on their wrinkly asses and featuring some serious Au natural moss-hair realness.
If you live inside of a Big Apple, you can see the whole series at Recess in Red Hook until April 26th, and if you don’t you can see a number of them after the jump, including one NSFW shot of a marauding madame with her lilypads floating ‘mongst the quagmire waves.

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