“Takehiko Inoue, the creator of manga such as Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Buzzer Beater, helped craft the world’s largest sheet of washi (Japanese paper) on May 23. Working with a team of 20 other people, he produced a sheet measuring 3.3 meters x 10.7 meters (or 10’10” x 35’1”) at the Ueyama Paper Mill in Echizen, a town in Fukui Prefecture known for its washi artisans. The sheet of paper was dubbed the Heisei Choujaku Daishi, or “Long Great Paper of Heisei” (the current Japanese era).”
Polish prison tattoos. Cut with razor blades, glass shards and sharpened paperclips, then inked with burned rubber, charcoal. After the convicts’ deaths, flesh was “extracted” from the corpses and preserved in jars of formaldehyde and stored at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
Photographed by Polish artist Katarzyna Mirczak.
The double-sided anime images of Makoto Taniguchi.
(If you are in Tokyo, you can see Taniguchi’s works in his “Untilted” exhibition at Nanzuka Gallery until March, 29th 2014.)
The Brutal DIY Weapons of the Ukrainian Revolution.
Photos: Tom Jamieson
-Protester’s helmet is painted with an image of St. Michael, next to the Ukrainian crest.
-Brutal as these weapons look, they’re basically medieval compared to modern security forces…(they) show how determined protesters were to either damage or defend against government security forces, depending on your politics.
-This bat’s inscription roughly translated reads, “For Ukraine and good fortune, city of Kiev.”
-A baton with a sticker showing former president Yanukovych behind bars. It reads “Yanukovych under arrest.”
-The inscription reads “Glory to Ukraine.”
-A club with nails hammered in at the end. The inscription reads “Ternopil,” which is a city in Western Ukraine. According to the owner, the handle is wrapped in tape after having broken in clashes with the Berkut.
Beyond Sochi: Photos Of Russia By Russians
A man places reindeer antlers on a shrine in the Murmansk region, a peninsula in the Arctic north of St. Petersburg where he and others keep herds of reindeer. PHOTO: Alexander Stepanenko, Murmansk
A Cossack practices tricks on his horse in the Rostov region near Russia’s border with Ukraine in 2010. PHOTO: Misha Maslennikov, Moscow
"These 5,000-year-old trees have emerged on a beach in Mid Wales …Thought to date back to the Bronze Age, the shin-high stumps became visible for the first time when the peat which once covered them was washed away in torrential rain and waves pounding the shore.
Folklore has it that Cantre’r Gwaelod, or the Sunken Hundred, a once-fertile land and township, was lost beneath the waves in a mythical age.
The land is said to have extended 20 miles west of the present Cardigan Bay, but disaster struck and Cantre’r Gwaelod was lost to floods when Mererid, the priestess of a fairy well, apparently neglected her duties and allowed the well to overflow.
(The stumps have been miraculously well preserved due to the conditions in the peat bog which are deprived of oxygen and usually have a high alkaline level. The lack of oxygen means microbes which rot things cannot grow, while the alkali pickles whatever it touches, helping to preserve it.)”
(Source: Daily Mail)
Someday is Now: The Art of Sister Corita Kent
“Should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.” –Albert Camus