Insightful Animated Short Examines Racism As An Acquired Epidemic

May 20, 2014
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From film creators Shimi Asresay and Hili Noy:

“The peaceful daily routine of father and son is interrupted by an encounter of an unfamiliar boy, different from them in color. An allegory to the phenomena of racism as an acquired cultural epidemic, the story discusses the question of the personal conscience of each of us, versus the education we receive from our families and environment. Can we really insist on our personal belief system, when what we must believe in, is dictated to us?

The film presents how easily we acquire fear and hatred of foreigners, as well as how easily we might become the “strangers” and “others” ourselves.”


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Evan Lorenzen and His Unbelievably Tiny Book Creations

May 19, 2014
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Small Book Next to Pencil

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Can the human experience be reduced to the size of one’s hand? Artist Evan Lorenzen would say no, it can be made even smaller. Believe it or not, Lorenzen’s The Mini Book of Major Events is so tiny that it could fit on the tip of one’s pointer finger.

The Mini Book of Major Events

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Miniature Book Fire Discovered

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Tiny Book of Major Events Cover

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Constructing, binding and illustrating the work of art by hand, Denver-based Lorenzen covers major events that span from the moment life arose to species extinction (complete with a picture of an eerie skull). Illustrations the size of nickels cover each page, depicting skeletons (death), growing plants (agriculture) and a small flame (the discovery of fire).

Tiny Book by Evan Lorenzan

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Tiny Book by Safety Pin

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The Mini Book of Major Events, along with a similarly tiny book The Little Book of Big Ideas, represents Lorenzen’s desire to construct the tiniest book possible. Of course, creating these miniature stories is quite time consuming, as they can be destroyed by even the slightest of actions. Still, Lorenzen is determined to make even smaller works of literature. In fact, he thinks his next book will be half the size of his most recent creation.

Tiny Book Growth Image

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Love Page from Miniature Book

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Little Book of Big Ideas

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For more on Lorenzen’s art (and yes, he does create more traditional art pieces), check out his Tumblr page. In the meantime, here are pictures from an untitled tiny book Lorenzen created a few months ago.

Illustrations on Small Book

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Colorful Pages of Tiniest Books

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Dark Concepts in Small Books

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Want to learn more about the world’s coolest books? Book enthusiasts will love this post on book sculpture artists.

Miniature Literature

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Mesmerizing Slow-Motion Footage Of A Tattoo Artist At Work

May 14, 2014
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Even for those of us who consider tattoos to be more unsightly than socks and sandals, the precision that goes into creating a fine tattoo is unquestionably worthy of admiration. Watch the process like you’ve never seen it before.


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