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Spencer Kovats Reveals the Impressive And Extensive Tattoos That We Hide


Do you know someone who, beneath their clothes, has extensive tattoos? They might look unassuming from the outside, but underneath reveals their impressive collection of body art. That’s the idea behind Vancouver-based photographer Spencer Kovats’ series Uncovered, in which he invites strangers to pose in two photos- one where they appear fully-clothed and the other where we see their ink in all its glory.

The subjects have colorful, full sleeves and backs of intricate designs that showcase the art of tattooing. There is an interesting juxtaposition between the two photos, as someone sheds their skin to who they really are. They look more relaxed and at ease. At the same time, it also challenges us to think about how we judge people and how this changes after we see stripped down.

Kovats is one of 11 photographers participating in the “The Tattoo Project” that began during a long weekend 2010. Hundreds of tattooed people journeyed to shared studio space to pose before the cameras. The photographers captured thousands of portraits that each explored different aspects of body art. (Via Huffington Post)

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And the Colt 45 + B/D “Art Works Every Time” Contest Winners Are…

1st place Winner: Colin Strandberg


After receiving hundreds of amazing submissions from across the globe, the winners of our recent Art Works Every Time design competition are finally in. Each and every artist really pulled out all the stops to create some of the best T-shirt design entries we’ve seen this year. You can see the extremely fierce competition on the Gallery page! We pored over all of the entries, pulling our hair out- we really hard a hard time deciding, so we awarded each design points based on a number of factors:

-Wearability, functionality of design as a T-shirt graphic

-Uniqueness or surprising integration of Colt 45’s catch phrase

-Clarity, creativity of logo depiction

-Palette: color combos that work together, and also fit the Colt 45 brand

As you can see, the ultimate suave player award of 1,000.45 big ones went to artist Colin Strandberg, above. We thought he did an excellent job integrating all the aforementioned factors, into a playful and iconic design. We loved how he rendered the Colt 45 tall boy as part of the catch phrase’s typography, and his interpretation of Colt 45’s color palette. Our 9 runners up can be viewed after the jump!

Whew! So now, we’re gearing up for the big finale, the Colt 45 Art Works Every Time exhibition at Synchronicity Gallery June 12th. Each of the 10 winning submissions, along with each artist’s personal work, will be on display in a one of a kind art show. The opening reception features an extravaganza of excitement, including free T-shirt giveaways,  live bands, and last but not least, vegan Colt 45 flavored ice cream made by the award-winning Scoops ice cream shop! Mark your calendars, this will be a good one!

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Best of 2011: Warwick Saint’s Tattooed Sex

I can’t look at Warwick Saint’s portfolio without blushing. His Ink series is dripping with bad girl sex appeal that will have you clicking the next button over and over to see all 85 images from the series. If that’s not enough reason to check out his work he also is an accomplished portrait, music, and celebrity photographer.

The Bizarre High Heels Of Kermit Tesoro Defy Trends And Celebrate Eccentricity

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When it comes to fashion, the most groundbreaking and expressive creations aren’t always the most objectively practical. Kermit Tesoro is a designer known for his bizarre high heels, such as one with a backward-arching platform and a skull impaled on the heel. Tesoro’s work caught the attention of Lady Gaga, who commissioned Tesoro to create the iconic (and seemingly gravity-defying) heel-less heels. In addition to covering them with sequins and black “slime,” Tesoro has designed shoes in the likeness of horse hooves and, more recently, a set of writhing tentacles.

For Tesoro, clothing is a physical/mental extension of one’s personality. Instead of using fashion to downplay or conservatize identity, he strives to make it strange and shocking, exaggerating (and thereby celebrating) one’s inner eccentricity. In an interview with StyleBible, Tesoro explains further:

“I want to translate people’s deviations into my own creations. It’s like a fashion interpretation of the biological or psychological deviation of a person. I’ve always been driven to create clothing articles based on inner conflicts or the inability to control one’s inner impulses or failure to structure one’s behavior in an orderly way. These traits are quantified into one as a form of aggression against others due to frustration that ignites nothing but rebellion. If my collections have violated one’s conventional control or if the collection amazed people, either way I’m very grateful with the outcome. There is no agitation without provocation.” (Source)

Earlier in the interview, Tesoro says that when it comes to making original and captivating designs, “one must follow his own instinct, and the trend will follow.” His methodology derives from deeply personal perspectives and inspirations, channeling a variety of emotions — from love and happiness to joy and despair — to create shoes that defy superficial notions of beauty in pursuit of daring forms of self-expression. Follow Tesoro’s work on Facebook and Instagram. (Via Bored Panda)

Joel Parés’ Powerful Series Examines What Happens When You Judge A Book By Its Cover

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Joel Parés is a U.S. Marine-turned-photographer who’s created a series titled Judging America that illustrates the prejudices we often have against people who are different from ourselves. As the old saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and that’s what you’re liable to when you first see these stylized photographs.

Each image is broken up into the two parts – a stereotype of a particular societal group versus who the character actually is. The tattooed, gun-toting gangster turns out to be a Harvard graduate, a decorated stripper is a buttoned-up widowed mother of three kids, and more. You get the picture here – Parés is demonstrating that talented, incredible people come in all different packages.

“Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge even if we try not to.” (Via Bored Panda)

Rania Matar’s Photographs Of Teenage Girls In Their Bedrooms

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My room as a teenager was a sanctuary-my only safe place. My room was me, more specifically though, it was what I wanted to be at the moment. I wanted to be as bold, tough and flawless as my favorite musicians on the magazine cutouts on my wall. Truth is, I wasn’t any of those things. In fact, I was timid and self-conscious, an anxious girl who found it hard to make it through some days as I struggled with an anxiety disorder.

Every girl battles with herself and the burden of the transitions that come along with the teenage years; whether good or bad, her room is just an imprint of what she is going through.

Photographer Rania Matar’s recent collection of photographs, A Girl in her Room, explores the teenage girl in her habitat (her room), to further understand the origin of a teenager’s way of being. Matar wanted to capture the universality of teenage behavior by photographing girls in the U.S and the Middle East- both cultures she is very familiar with.

I became fascinated with the similar issues girls at that age face, regardless of culture, religion and background, as they learn to deal with all the pressures that arise as they become conscious and aware of the surrounding world wherever this may be.

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