Down on the farm

Modern agriculture by Daniel Seex:

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Leave flesh behind

Loves these images from digital artist Nick Giassullo:

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The Business

If I ever write a book, I can only hope it has as great a title as Thee Almighty & Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards from the 1970s & 1980s by Brandon Johnson

Johnson was put onto the world of Chicago gang cards through a card given to his Dad by a gang-affiliated friend back in the day.

Inspired by the social athletic clubs and political groups that preceded them, street gangs in 60s and 70s Chicago made business cards displaying their symbols, nicknames, territories, and enemies as a means to assert their pride, recruit new members, and serve as general tokens of affiliation.

It’s tempting to see the cards as quaint, especially with the prevalence of ‘Lils’ in the gang member’s names, but you could also draw a line from these groups to the terrible gun violence currently plaguing Chicago today, (though I absolutely don’t know enough about either current Chicago crime or these gangs to make any assertions).

That being said, there is some magnificent old-school naming going on here. I love the mix of 20s Chicago gangster – Mugsy, Lil Greaser, Droopy – and street warrior – Savage, Maniac – as well as the incredible gang names themselves – Insane Popes is amazing, but Future Chicago Players is also top-notch…



Adam Scott continues to be hilarious on Twitter:

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To the sea

For last year’s Style Frames Design Conference, Isreali artist and animator Eran Hilleli (previously here) created this charming animation, with music by Disasterpiece.

It has a bit of an Adventure Time vibe…


Flatlined input

Artist and comic creator Sutu, aka Stu Campbell and digital artist Lukasz Karluk have created an exhibition called Prosthetic Reality, supporting an art book of the same name that features the work of 45 artists from around the world:


Each artwork in the book, and also in the related exhibition, bursts into life when viewed through the EyeJack app, with both colour and sound.

Obviously, I’m a big fan of the cyberpunk styling, but there’s also some excellent work going on with the cyberpunk naming – Prosthetic Reality and EyeJack:

Draw the thread

Yuko Shimizu‘s illustrations for the covers of J.Y. Yang‘s “silkpunk” fantasy novellas The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven: