Heroes. Emerson on Greatness.

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

Photograph: Ansel Adams

Culture. Bo Bartlett. Ineffable.

Were this a film featuring the artwork of Bo Bartlett or the poetry of T.S. Elliot or the music of Aeroplanes or Lee Rosevere or Betsy Eby & Jason Leonard, it would be enough. But the ways by which Jesse Brass brings each of these elements into harmony are as inspiring as the life Bartlett injects into  canvas.
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Interview. Artist. Lauren Dugdale-Liebermann.

Lauren Dugdale-Liebermann is a Brooklyn artist who makes the sort of paintings that you have a hard time explaining why you love.

People call them abstract, when there’s want for better words. Better words would be cathartic or cleansing. They spill a romance of impressionist color over abstract-expressionist attitudes. They bring back that feeling of discovering the 8-bit patterns hiding in your eyelids. Sometimes they leave the same dull ache. Sometimes they leave you tripping. Either way, they’re pure and exciting and honest.

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Works. The Battle Royale: In All Colors by Electricity.

The Battle Royale tattoo is history in the flesh, a physical symbol of eastern and western tattooing’s union at the turn of the 19th century.

In the documentary “The Battle Royale: In All Colors by Electricity,” we experience its time-lapsed creation by CJ Fishburn of Salt Lake City’s Cathedral Tattoo. CJ employs a rubbing of the original plastic acetate that masters Huck Spaulding and Paul Rogers created to tattoo The Battle Royale on the back of DC Paul.

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