30 posts tagged Hair
30 posts tagged Hair
Rob ‘The Original’ Ferrel is a San Antonio, TX-based barber who combines his artistic background with his skills as a professional barber to create works of art using the hair on his clients’ heads. The majority of his pieces are portraits of celebrities, athletes and pop culture characters, but he also creates illustrations of video game graphics and even some religious iconography. Rob is so good with pairs of scissors and clippers that calling him a barber doesn’t do justice to his skills. Instead it makes a lot more sense to refer to him as a professional hair artist.
This tentacular octopus hairpiece is the work of Australian artist Kirstie Williams (deviantARTist Deeed), who created it as part of a magnificent costume for a steampunk ball she recently attended. Williams documented each step of the elaborate creation process, which involved sculpting a foam core, covering it in long artificial hair wefts and then enhancing it with copper-colored paint and a few obligatory brass gears. The hirsute cephalopod was then attached to an Arda Candy Striper wig. As you can see, the result of all her effort is nothing short of spectacular.
Williams is currently auctioning off a commission for one customized octopus hairpiece just like the one seen here. The auction ends June 15, 2014. Click here for details.
Top three photos by Gillian B Dragancaor.
Art + Science = Awesome
The last time we visited the Department of Microscopic Marvels we were astonished by sandcastles etched onto individual grains of sand. Today’s wee wonder is the world’s smallest comic strip, etched onto a single strand of human hair. Entitled “Juana Knits The Planet”, the tiny comic was created by Claudia Puhlfürst in collaboration with the organizers of EHSM2, “the most cutting-edge DIY and open-source conference” for hackers and makers in Hamburg, Germany.
Claudia drew the comic and Andrew Zonenberg used a technique called focused ion beam (FIB) etching, which uses “a sharp jet of matter thinner and more delicate than a laser beam,” to engrave the comic onto one human hair.
This awesome stop-motion video directed by Peter Simon and entitled “Ballpoint Barber”, is exactly what we imagine it would be like to play with a Wooly Willy toy if you lived in the Harry Potter universe where photographs have a life of their own.
Creative, playful, and completely delightful, the short video stars Tom Offer-Westort and features music by Paul Otteson.
My what beautiful hair you have! For a series entitled Coiffure le Bird, Dutch photographer Rene Mesman and Netherlands-based post-production company Souverein teamed up to create these awesome portraits of beautiful taxidermy birds sporting amazing hairdos. The photos were featured in Volkskrant Magazine and printed at Souverein as large format fine art prints for expositions.
[via Design You Trust]
Japanese artist Teppei Kaneuji creates fascinating found-object assemblages by gluing together things such as plastic toys, scissors, and helmets. For a ShugoArts group exhibition Teppei created an awesome series, entitled Teenage Fan Club, for which he restricted himself to “only use removable hair from figurines.” By exclusively using an extensive assortment of colourful plastic hair originally belonging to all sorts of anime characters, superheroes, and so on, Teppei has created entirely new figures which look like superheroes in their own right.
“I don’t feel you can state unequivocally that only stuff made from scratch is any good,” says Kaneuji, defending the realm of found object art, which is often criticized for being pretentious. “There are so many interesting things around us, there have to be ways to use them, and failing to do so is to my mind, unnatural. There’s a certain pleasure to be gained from the process, such as when different parts fit well together.”
[via Spoon & Tamago]
It’s time for an inspiring visit to the Department of Totally Awesome Coiffures. These portraits were all taken in Japan at a salon called “Trick Store,” which is located in the impressively hip Amerikamura or “Ame-mura” district of Osaka.
These are all amazing heads of hair, but we’re particularly delighted by the top three photos which feature an adorable style called "Ripe Tomato" ("kanjuku tomato" or 完熟トマト), created by a Trick Store stylist known as "Hiro."
Head over to Kotaku to view more of Trick Store’s fantastic hairdos.
We love it when street artists get really thoughtful about choosing the locations and placement of their work. This spectacular piece was created by Nuxuno Xän on a wall in Fort De France, Martinique. A tree growing up behind the wall playfully completes the mural by serving as most of the hairdo belonging to the suave person painted on the wall itself, who appears to know just how awesome his hair is.
Photo by Pedro Filipe