Sprawling Tattoo-Inspired Ink Drawings by ‘Benze’ 

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Hungarian artist Benze produces intensely detailed ink drawings by fusing aspects of tattoo art and objects from the natural world, components the artist views as an important way to continuously open his work to new meanings and interpretations. The excruciating detail achieved through stippling and cross hatching with fine pens is stunning whether viewed in its entirety or zoomed in on various sections—simultaneously existing on a macro and micro level.

“Each work has its own gravitational field which irresistibly forces us to zoom in, explore more, discover new aspects within the whole,” says Benze.

The content of his drawings typically involves female faces with ornate head pieces adorning the women’s hair. Natural elements make up these decorative pieces, including objects like flowers, grasses, twigs and posed animal skeletons.

You can see more work from the artist on his Behance page here. (via Scene360)

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Famous Oil Paintings Add a Modern Twist to Limited Edition Boards 


Famous oil paintings cover the surface of limited edition boards in both triptych and diptych variations in Boom-art and UWL's newest collaboration. The French skate and surf gallery teamed up with surf company UWL to produce the ‘504’ series that includes the work of Jan Davidsz. de heem (1606-1684), Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516), Jan van Huysum (1682-1749), and more.

The centuries old twist adds a modern pop of rich colors and patterns to the surf and skateboards, each board handmade and individually numbered by UWL. For the series, each skateboard has been produced in an edition of 80, and the surfboards come in an edition of just 10. (via Designboom and This Isn’t Happiness)






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New DIY Geometric Halloween Masks by Wintercroft 


Marianne and Steve over at Wintercroft (previously) spent the last year dreaming up several new geometric paper masks that you can download as DIY templates. Last year they just had a handful of great designs, but now they have over 50, some of which have multiple components and even moving parts like an articulated elephant’s trunk, or the long body of a fish. All you have to do is download, print, and assemble, and paint or color as you see fit. See more on their Etsy site.










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NASA Releases Trove of Over 8,000 HD Photos from the Apollo Moon Missions 

Astronaut John L. Swigert, Jr., Apollo 13 Command Module Pilot, holds the “mailbox,” a makeshift device used to purge carbon dioxide from the Lunar Module that played a significant role in saving the doomed astronauts lives. Apollo 13 Hasselblad image from film magazine.

During the course of the Apollo space program astronauts were charged with enduring unknown perils, conducting science experiments, piloting spacecraft, walking on the surface of the moon, and comprehending sights, sounds, and physical stresses never before experienced by humans. All the while, they were also asked to snap a couple thousands photographs of practically every moment with a modified Hasselblad camera.

Last Friday, for the first time ever, NASA uploaded the entire catalogue of 8,400 Apollo mission photos to Flickr spanning Apollo 7 (the first manned test flight in 1968) through Apollo 17, the final lunar mission in 1972. The effort to bring the photos online was lead by Kipp Teague of the Project Apollo Archive who first began scanning camera film magazines on behalf of the Johnson Space Center in 2004.

While we’re all used to seeing the more iconic photos like Blue Marble, the Apollo 11 bootprint, or this image of Buzz Aldrin, this random assortment of mundane moments and blurry horizons seems to highlight the humanity of the entire endeavor. Collected here are a few of our favorite shots, and you can see thousands more organized by mission on Flickr. Digg and PetaPixel also have collections of their favorites.














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A Canopy of 1,100 Umbrellas Above the 2015 Habitare Design Fair in Finland 


To transform the interior of the Ahead Arena at the 2015 Habitare Design Fair in Finland (part of Helsinki Design Week), environmental artist Kaisa Berry and creative director Timo Berry of BOTH conceived of this lighter-than-air umbrella cloud suspended above a main stage. The duo used 1,1000 white umbrellas hung at various intervals, somewhat like similar outdoor installations we’ve seen in Portugal. The installation served as a backdrop for speaking events as well as live performances. You can see a few more views in this image search. (via Wallpaper)





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Sponsor // Learn Travel Sketching in Mixed Media With 50% Off This Online Craftsy Class 


Capture the energy and excitement of travel in spontaneous sketches! Whether you have just a few minutes to jot lines, or a half hour to make a small watercolor, start depicting your surroundings in stunning sketches. Learn how with professional artist Marc Taro Holmes in his online Craftsy class, Travel Sketching in Mixed Media. You’ll get 50% off Marc’s video lessons — a special, one-week offer for Colossal readers — and learn fun, fast and flexible techniques for sketching on location.

With these lessons, which you can watch anytime and as many times as you like, Marc will guide you through everything from elegant observational sketches in line, to bold silhouette drawings with a brush pen, watercolor sketching, layering techniques, and more. Along the way, you’ll also pick up skills for visual storytelling and perspective drawing.

Visit Craftsy now to get 50% off the online class, Travel Sketching in Mixed Media, and enjoy your video lessons risk-free with Craftsy’s full money-back guarantee. Offer expires October 12, 2015 at 11:59pm MT.

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