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Tanbo Art in Japan

Posted on July 2, 2013

This is called “tanbo art” or “rice paddy art”. There are no dyes to create the different colors and hues. Instead, farmers used various rice strains in their tanbo canvases. Often, hundreds of villagers work together to plant the rice by hand and create these massive works of art. While planting, different areas of the rice paddy are roped off, so people know which type of rice to put where—kind of like painting by numbers. Rice is planted in the spring, and then harvested in the fall. When it gets close to harvest, the color changes to a beautiful hue called “koganeiro” (???), which is often translated as “golden” or “honey-colored”.

via Whudat

Streetart: RONE New Murals

Posted on June 26, 2013

RONE is back in Australia where he just completed this new piece on a famous abandoned building in the Fortitude Valley area in Brisbane. In Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, RONE completed this beautiful piece some days ago. As usual with the Australian artist, he delivers one of his signature portraits featuring which can be found on 26 Bank St in Adelaide.

via StreetArtNews

West Africa, as Seen From Its Barbershops

Posted on June 24, 2013

It takes a certain amount of trust to allow a man to put a straight razor to your neck or run scissors around your head.

That’s why, while barbers may start off as strangers, they don’t remain strangers for long. Often, they become long-term confidants with whom men share intimate details of their lives. The conversations may begin with sports, cars or politics, but they often end with personal revelations that customers would share with few others.

“The barbershop is an intimate space where people come to discuss what they cannot speak about in their homes or in public, including politics and even their lovers,” said Andrew Esiebo, who has photographed scores of West African barbershops. “It’s one of the few spaces where people from different walks of life, from different classes, mix.”

Mr. Esiebo, 34, a Nigerian photographer, is fascinated by the nuances of this relationship and how men present themselves to the world. He has traveled through seven West African countries to explore how barbers and their shops function, and to document the often kinetic aesthetics of the salons. Whether they consisted of a single chair on a sidewalk or a fancy space in a shopping center, the barbershops he found were more similar than different.

via NY Times

by Mike Mitchell: Iconic Film Character Portraits

Posted on May 14, 2013

LA based artist Mike Mitchell is a freelance illustrator with a focus on pop culture. He is most known for creating the “I’m with Coco” poster embracing Conan O’Brien. Mike recently finished a big set of posters for his upcoming gallery show opening in two weeks. For the show, Mike tried to choose the more under appreciated film character in pop culture art. His process consisted of illustrating their personalities the way they existed in his mind. By keeping the celebrities in character, Mike wants the viewer to connect with them on a deeper level.

via InspirationFeed