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While stumbling along through the interwebs, I’ve come across some of the strangest things – things that defy explanation and honestly, at times, don’t want any.
Steming from my combined love of sushi and cats, I present to you NEKOZUSHI!!!
Nekozushi, translated “Cat Sushi”, makes me wish I had a better grasp of kanji. Thankfully, the explanation is translated:
Neko-Sushi is an extremely unusual life-form consisting of a cat on top of a portion of sushi rice.
Although several references have come down to us through history from various researchers and witnesses, their existence is still shrouded in mystery and actual sightings remain rare.
There are several academics who have devoted their lives to the study of these creatures. According to a number of these, Neko-Sushi make use of gaps in space to come to us from an alternate dimension. Beyond these “gaps” lies the world of the Neko-Sushi in which, it is recently understood, lies the true identity of the cats that dwell with us here in the human dimension.
Yep. Makes perfect sense.
And if you’re still confused, there’s a helpful documentary:
But most perplexing of all is the sushi snow globes, hidden in the “Online Shop”.
With no English translation, these bizarre microcosms of herding maguro bombard my brain with endless streams of “Wha-??” That being said, I wish my Japanese language abilities permitted me to purchase one of these amazing little enigmas. Fortunately, my artistic abilities may permit me to one day make my own…
It looks like I was featured on Freshly Pressed, which has brought some new readers to this blog. If you’re new here…welcome! Please relax and stay a while…like this guy (by Michael Pratt):
…or booze and mornings.
I was taken aback upon looking at this because it feels like someone did a high-contrast caricature of me without my knowledge (if you doubt it, see photo on upper right). Got the hair and my spindly little limbs down…
I’m not sure if everyone has the same tolerance for morbidity that I do, but this series of drawings by Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890) depicting the stages of bodily decay is just so interesting!
Supposedly, this subject was a courtesan. Interesting choice.
Mermaids have a rich (rather culturally diverse) folklore surrounding them. What do you envision when you hear the word “mermaid?” An illustrious beauty with long, flowing hair?
Well, consider some renditions from 19th century Japan.
These illustrations range from about 1805-1840.
Apparently, reports of mermaid encounters were quite common during this time period…though undoubtedly far less desirable than running into one of our own culturally appropriated versions of the creature.
I’m finally setting up an Etsy and/or Artfire portfolio. Before I do, I want to offer a few discounted items I had on hand (in just one particular style) to my wonderful blog readers.
Pardon the awful snapshots. They look much better in person! And they’re only $12 each unless otherwise specified (5 for $50).
B-Movie Posters (requests for others granted):
1) Attack of the Giant Leeches (1 1/2″ X 1″)
2) The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1 1/2″ X 1″)
3) The Screaming Skull (1 1/2″ X 1″)
4) Jail Bait (1 1/2″ X 1″)
Vintage Spookshow Posters:
1) Francisco’s Big Midnite Spook Frolic (1 1/2″ X 1 1/8″)
2) Alliance Stage Spooks (1 3/8″ X 1″)
3) Halloween Midnite Show (1 1/4″ X 1 1/8″)
4) Midnite Spook Show (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
5) Midnite Jinx Show (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
1) Antique Ouija Board (1 1/2″ X 1″)
2) Sea Life Wunderkammer (1 1/2″ X 1″)
3) Hand of Fate Fortune Telling Game (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
4) Albini Magic Show Poster (1 3/8″ X 1″)
5) Femmebot (1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″)
6) Insectodeath antique poison label (1″ X 1 1/4″)
1) Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1″ X 1″)
2) Metropolis (1″ X 1″)
3) The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1″ X 1″)
4) Twilight Zone Mystic Seer (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
5) Skeleton Dance (closeup) (1″ X 1″)
6) Skeleton Dance (four smiles) (1 1/2″ X 1/2″)
1) Quantum physics on chalkboard (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
2) TV test pattern (1 1/8″ X 1 1/8″)
3) Hubble image: spiral galaxy (1″ X 1″)
4) Hubble image: nebula (1″ X 1″)
5) Mirror neurons (1 1/4″ X 1 1/4″)
Please contact me to place an order or request a custom design. You name it…I can make it. Feel free to spread the word!
Shipping is $2 for the first item, $1 for each additional item (max $5). I take paypal, check or money order.
And some strung out veggies that remind me a bit of Nouar’s wonderful work.