Hedgehog. Aryballos, opening in the left ear, metaphoric scales for the spine armor. Ancient Greek, ca. 600 B.C.E.
The homie Ryan Florig has a new zine coming out with us later this month! Peep game!
eat my shorts!
Now THIS is art.
Celebrating the Year of the Snake is a perfect excuse to revisit one of the most incredible piece of taxidermy we’ve ever seen.
This awesome piece of taxidermy, depicting an Antelope Ground Squirrel bareback riding a 4ft. Arizona Black Timber Rattlesnake as though it were a bucking bronco, was created by WildThings Taxidermy in Arizona. This feels like some sort of rodent superhero legend come to life…and then carefully stuffed. We’ve been rendered speechless.
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Mourning bracelet, 1840-60, McCord Museum
Jewellery made from hair was very popular in the mid-19th century.
Symbols of life, hair has long been associated in many societies with funeral rituals. This piece of mourning jewellery, worn during this period in memory of the deceased, was a reminder of the inevitability of death. However its price, sometimes high, also made it a symbol of social status.
When the hair was that of a friend or living relative, the piece of jewelry was worn as a token of esteem. This one, however, was no doubt made from the hair of a deceased person and worn in his or her memory. Such jewelry was not acceptable during the period of deep mourning, when only jet accessories were permitted.
Hair is a material that can be braided, woven, sown, knotted and coiled to produce all kinds of shapes and patterns. Horsehair was also used for this type of jewelry.
Not all hair jewelry was made by jewellers. Magazines explained to their readers how to make it at home.
This kind of jewelry had existed in Europe since the late 17th century.
Bracelets, necklaces, earrings and watch chains were made of both men’s hair and women’s hair.