This is probably not funny [anymore].
So, here’s my thing about Nicki Minaj‘s Anaconda wax figure up at Madame Tussauds. First of all, I agree with Azealia Banks—Nicki is considered by many to be one of the best rappers alive. Anaconda may have been a huge hit, but they could have chosen another pose for her, if say, they’d really thought about her overall impact on rap. My other thing is that gross people are gross. After you’ve seen a bunch of photos online of people putting their hands and tongues all over this wax figure, why would you show up and do the same damn thing? Now wax Nicki is getting bodyguards/bootyguards to keep it from being wax sexually assaulted. Nice work guys! Click inside for more.
They also talked Kanye West, Rihanna and artistry
As of this moment, I am incredibly jealous of all the people who right now who are enjoying (or, you know, not enjoying because it’s not exactly for their enjoyment) the artist Banksy’s life-size bemusement park, Dismaland. LIFE IS NOT FAIR, as evidenced by the fact that I will not get to see it, nor will I get to see this performance by Run the Jewels at the opening. I am pleased, however, that the Guardian managed to orchestrate an interview between Banksy and Killer Mike and El-P AKA Run the Jewels. It’s a really interesting meeting of the minds, so click inside for more!
"This is Banksy's graffiti rendered into 3D"
Earlier today we saw photos of Banksy‘s new art exhibit/installation Dismaland, which is a 2.5 acre life-size dystopian amusement park that showcases the artwork of over 50 artists. Right now, we get to see an excellent video tour of Dismaland, provided by Channel 4 News. The photos we saw earlier are great but this video tour gives us a much better understanding what this Banksy exhibit truly entails. For those of us who are unable to travel to the UK to visit Dismaland in person, this video is a nice consolation prize. Have a look above and see what Banksy‘s Dismaland is all about, in all it’s depressing glory.
The Crappiest Place on Earth
Back in the Fall of 2013, UK street artist Banksy orchestrated a month-long art residency in the city of NYC, NY where he unveiled a new art piece/installation every single day for 30 days straight. The residency was so popular that it was turned into a brilliant documentary film titled Banksy Does New York. Today we learn that Banksy has produced a new art exhibit in the UK by transforming an abandoned vacation resort called the Tropicana into a 2.5 acre, life-size amusement park called Dismaland. The exhibit/installation will be open to the public for 5 weeks only (it opens officially to the public on August 22) and will feature artwork not only by Banksy but by other artists like Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty and others. Banksy describes his “bemusement park” as a “family theme park unsuitable for children”. The photos gathered in this gallery were shot by Christopher Jobson for Collossal and give us a pretty good feel for what attendees will see on display when this exhibit opens to the public. HERE is the official site for Dismaland which offers official information about how folks can secure the very in-demand tickets to visit, as well as official promo photos for the exhibit as provided by Banksy. I am absolutely crushed that there is no way that I can fly out to the UK to see this exhibit in person because I am obsessed with the idea of this show. Dismaland may be the Crappiest Place on Earth but it looks like a really amazing place for art fans … street or otherwise.
I'M INTO IT
I’d been hearing little things here and there about Ronda Rousey, and it felt like she and I were totally on the same page about certain things. But when I read her explanation of her body (a result of the fact that she’s not a do-nothing-bitch), I fell in love immediately. I mean, how can you not love her? This is a person who unapologetically kicks ass (because, seriously, what is there to apologize for?) and who’s bold enough to star in her own biopic. LMAO! Come on! She’s incredible! And she should totally be in all of the superhero movies forever, which is why it’s great that she’s sharing these fan-made images of herself as a Captain Marvel character. Click inside for more!
The TV Guide
So, my Saturday turned out to be quite a doozy … one that has left me reeling a bit today. I somehow managed to keep my Saturday mostly free with the intent of resting up and being lazy by day (in the insanely scorching heat) and then going out to dance in WeHo with friends by night. Instead, I managed to pack quite a bit of fun stuff in my day before I eventually went out last night. I got to spend time with old friends and new friends, enjoyed some art and engaged in my first bit of dancing in ages. It was a fun, if tiring day ;D More »
The art of Jirka Väätäinen
The artwork of Jirka Väätäinen has caught the attention of the Internet this weekend with the discover of his series of portraits that envision what Disney Princes might look like if they were real men. As you can see in the gallery presented here, Disney Princes like Prince Eric (from The Little Mermaid), Prince Charming (from Cinderella) and Prince Adam (from Beauty and the Beast) are featured alongside other male Disney characters like Aladdin (from Aladdin), Tarzan (from Tarzan) and John Smith (from Pocahontas) in really amazing portraits that bring the animated characters to life as very handsome men. I think I’m most impressed by the portraits of Prince Eric and Hercules (from Hercules). This fan art is really spectacular, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
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The TV Guide
Last night I attended the 10 year anniversary of the pop culture art gallery iam8bit here in LA last night with Eileen and we enjoyed a really nice night of video game-inspired art, free booze and food & drink afterward. I’ve been a huge fan of the iam8bit gallery for years now. The last big exhibit I went to see there was back in 2013 when they installed a life-size Scrooge McDuck bank vault (from Duck Tales) that visitors could play in (remember THESE fun photos?). The show last night was a neat overview of what iam8bit has been showing for the past decade, we had a lot of fun. More »
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The TV Guide
Last night I met up with Eileen and Tamar for a dinner hang where the three of us were able to get together and catch up. Eileen and I have been talking about getting together with Tam forever so last night was our night. Tamar has been out of town for the past week on a yoga retreat in Mexico so it was great getting to hear about the amazing week she had on holiday. We met up at Tam’s new place and then made our way to Sunset Junction to have dinner at The Black Cat (which is quickly becoming my fave new restaurant). Our night was really great, really fun, really delish. More »