In the summer of 1970, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Dock Ellis’ tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. But according to Ellis, the real feat wasn’t silencing the Padres’ bats; it was doing so while under the influence of LSD. If you’re looking for footage of the fabled game, you’re not going to find it — no tape has ever surfaced, and Major League Baseball hasn’t rushed to dig through its archives for documentation of the psychedelic affair. But animator James Blagden has created something arguably better: a black-and-white short film to accompany Ellis’ own account — taken from a 2008 interview with American Public Media — of his trippy day on the mound.
The video’s minimalism makes way for Ellis’ rich retelling of the story. The middling hurler — whose career record stands at 138-119 — claims he dropped acid not knowing it was a game day, and took the hill despite being “high as a Georgia pine.” He tells viewers about imagining Jimi Hendrix in the batter’s box, Richard Nixon calling balls and strikes and coping with a ball that constantly shifted in size. But despite these drug-induced hallucinations (and eight walks), Ellis stifled the Padres, striking out six. It may not be an achievement Major League Baseball is eager to commemorate, but Ellis would likely find Blagden’s cartoon tribute enough. He died in 2008, after retiring from the major leagues to become a career drug counselor in Los Angeles.
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Jay-Z’s new video, On To The Next One premiered just after mid night on New Years Eve. We would have shared this earlier, if we remembered anything from that night. This video is totally bad ass, and its so good to see Hove with his confidence and swagger at full speed. Enjoy.
Through his razor-sharp sculptures and related works, shi jinsong initiates a dialogue, at once menacing and ironic, between the forms of mythic Chinese culture and modern day globalization. The here featured work is part of the series ‘na zha’, a sort of brand name for an outrageously unsafe line of baby products. Meticulously assembled in stainless steel from intricate mechanical drawings, they include a deadly carriage; a sadistic cradle; a sinister walker; and a malicious, multi-part toy complete with needle-tipped pacifiers and dismembering abacus. Baby boutique confronts its ‘shopper’ with a radically strange and seductive ‘product’, lethal luxury designed to reveal the forces that dominate our lives in unimaginable ways.
It’s the end of an era, the end of a decade and a lot has changed, even if it’s hard to notice just off hand. When you see info-graphics showing the dramatic changes that have occurred it is really interesting. Out of the 1,000,000,000,000 websites that have been created, we hope that you have enjoyed this one, ZootPatrol. We just started a few months ago but have already got over 100,000 page views. We owe this all to our readers and the support to make us keep the motivation to inform you of all that is awesome around the net. Happy New Years to everyone, get crazy tonight, be safe, and we will see after the break.
When done properly, body painting is one of the most fascinating types of art forms. If you look closely at the picture above, you’ll notice that the leopard’s eyes, cheeks, and chin have been painted on the floor. The back of a female volunteer forms the rest of its face, with her bottom used as the big cat’s nose and upper lip.
Born and Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Craig Tracy decides what to paint when he sees the model’s body, using their shape as an inspiration for ideas. Sometimes he takes two days to plan before applying the first splash of paint. Once he figures that out, he spends up to nine hours painstakingly applying water-based paint to his volunteers’ bodies before photographing them in unique poses.
“I personally didn’t take Bodypainting seriously for five or six years. The day that I finally asked myself ‘why’, why I liked painting on people so much, that led me to… Well,,, What if I take this passionate interest seriously? That one question and a quick Google search changed the course of my life.” -Craig Tracy
I usually don’t get involved with politics and the wars being fought around the world, but this speech by a war veteran, Mike Prysner, really caught my ear. I won’t attempt to add my two cents for or against the speech below, just listen for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy… The loss of Liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad…” – James Madison
A few months back we did a post on Mike Giant, and how he is a major influence in our artistic style. Everything from the way he tattoos to the way he drafts up his drawings with a black sharpie are right on point. Given his success that has come with working with Rebel 8, Giant has not been doing too many shows, and his tattooing has been put on hold, with the exception of a few appointments being taken here and there. These pics are some new work from Giant, who uses hot chicks as his canvas. Is there really a better kind of canvas to use? Seriously. By the way, does it make me a bad guy by saying I want to marry every single one of these chicks?
These red wine glasses are based on the 7 deadly sins. Each glass encapsulates a sin, which is revealed through the ritual of drinking. The ‘7 Deadly Glasses’ are about celebrating passion and encouraging the user to be sinful in a theatrical fashion.
Handmade in England. Limited Edition. Available to order here at the designer’s, Kacper Hamilton, website.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, the city of Detroit developed rapidly thanks to the automobile industry. Until the 50′s, its population rose to almost 2 million people. Detroit was the 4th most important city in the United States. It was the dazzling symbol of the American Dream City with its monumental skyscrapers and fancy neighborhoods. Increasing segregation and deindustrialization caused violent riots in 1967. The white middle-class exodus from the city accelerated and the suburbs grew. Firms and factories began to close or move to lower-wage states. Slowly, but inexorably downtown high-rise buildings emptied. Since the 50′s, “Motor City” lost more than half of its population. Nowadays, its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great civilization.
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