My co-worker Melisa Lunt is a delight to work with, and it turns out she is a fantastic artist as well. Here is a wall-sized painting she did for a friend, which employs the use of bottle caps for the suckers on the tenticles. How awesome is that?
In just a few days I am headed off to Colorado for a work conference, a location not particularly noted for its native octopodes. The mascot for the conference is a yeti, though, so I searched for images of a yeti and an octopus in mortal combat. Instead, I found this bit of unbearable cuteness.
Mentioned in yesterday's video, here is a scan of the first page of the magazine article from April of 1949.
I love the Today I Found Out YouTube channel, and today's video has both octopodes and stories set in my hometown of Seattle, Washington. What's not to love?
Here is a really neat decorative piece given to me by my mother, with a silver octopus astride a glass sphere filled with beach sand and seashells.
Here is an awesome book that my sister gave me last Christmas:
Check out this cool octopus magnet with wiggly arms, given to my by my sister-in-law:
Holy cow, has it really been two months? Sorry. I kind of got distracted with a show I was doing and lost track. But I'm back now, and you will be shocked to hear I got some octopus-related gifts for Christmas. Here is a lovely new mug I got from my wife:
I really want to meet Brian Kesinger someday. I am sure we would be the very best of friends.
Halloween is coming! Check out this awesome art print by Mike Bell:
The answer, apparently, is that you build an 80 foot metal Kraken attached to the deck of a decorated WWII vessel, and sink it. This is an amazing project, read all about it at DiveTheBVIArtReef.com and their Facebook page.
ThinkGeek.com is one of my favorite online stores. Check out this awesome ceramic bowl available now for only $35. It would make the perfect Christmas gift. I'm just sayin'.
(A special thank you to Sarah Martin for sharing it)
Available right now on Etsy by one of my favorite artists, Brian Kesinger.
October the 8th is World Octopus Day, because of course it is. Today I happened to be walking through Epcot at Walt Disney World and passed a very nice man with an amazing octopus sleeve tattoo, and he was kind enough to let me take a picture. Check it out:
I haven't posted a new picture here in what seems like forever. I feel bad about that, like I have been misbehaving. So I did a google image search for "delinquent octopus" and was not disappointed. Thank you, Time Magazine.
Here is a lovely piece titled Autumn Octopus Walk by Amy Taluuri:
This is exactly the kind of thing that someone would buy, if they are the kind of person that spends $36,446.95 on a table clock.
Words of wisdom.
I don't know anything about the Octopus Drama Group except that they are named after my favorite cephalapod, they are an acting troupe (which is near and dear to my heart), and they are doing a fundraiser next month in Thornbury, England (just north of Bristol, and pretty dang close to Cardiff in Wales, home of Doctor Who which is also near and dear to my heart), with all procees to go to JIGSAW Thornbury, a local charity that supporst special needs children (my own son is autistic, so this is about as near and as dear as you can get to my heart). I hope you'll support them.
So, I'm kind of a Doctor Who geek. I have another blog over at TimeTreadmill.com on that very subject, in which I am watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill. I am also, as you might have noticed, an octopus geek. Here, then, is a custom tattoo design that takes the Eye of Rassillon from my favorite television show and converts it into an octopus. I am all aquiver.
"I’ve Been Drawing On Beaches Since Childhood, And I Still Do' - Tim Hoekstra
Sorry for taking a month off. I got busy with work. But this awesome print by Brian Kesinger is just too amazing to pass up.
Here's a nifty steampunk octopus, painted by DeviantArtist ninjagirl:
Check out this swell pixelated octopus painting by Laura Bifano:
Check out this gorgeous music box from Brian Kesinger, which will be available at his booth at San Diego Comic Con, and eventually at his Etsy shop.
Over the weekend I received my copy of Jonathan Crow's very excellent coffee table book Veeptopus: Vice Presidents with Octopuses on their Heads, and I have to say it is truly a thing of beauty. I must heartly recommend that you follow the link and purchase your very own copy. You might even learn a thing or two about American history. I surely did.
I am very saddened at the news today of George Romero's passing. It is no exageration to say that his work as a filmmaker played a formative role in my love of horror films. The work he did, particulary in the late 60's through the mid-80's, is staggeringly brilliant. Zombies may or may not be your thing, but the simple truth is that he personally had a massive impact on American pop culture - an impact that continues to echo today and presumably well into the future.
I haven't been able to identify the artist of this piece. If you happen to know, please drop me a line at email@example.com so that I can give proper credit.
This crochet pattern by Mama Mosely Creations is nothing short of awesome. It is also exactly the kind of thing that I could never ask someone to make for me, because it would be such a huge piece of work. But holy cow it's great!
Check out this brand new sign that artist Joshua Blewett carved for the city of Long Beach in Washington State. I am a Seattle boy, born and raised, and have been to Long Beach many times. If you are ever in the great Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend a visit.
There's an old adage that says, "Friends come and go like the waves of the ocean, but the true ones stay, like an octopus on your face."
Our air conditioning has gone out here at Shmoolok Estates, and in Central Florida in July that is no trivlal thing. It's a wee bit warm and drippin in here, much like this amazing pop art octopus painted by Carissa Weber:
Check out this awesome fabric available over at Spoonflower.com:
Artist David Brodeur, @lockedandloading on Instagram or LockedAndLoading.com, creates amazing organic designs both practical and virtual. For his Invasion series he has placed several different octopus-like alien things out in real-world settings, and the result is visceral and hypnotic. You really have to go visit the Instragram page and see the animated versions to see them pulsing and throbbing. Wow! (source)
I don't know whether this image was created by Brian Kesinger (of Otto & Victoria fame, and whose work I have featured here several times), or if he just found it and posted it. But it's the best, most patriotic thing I have seen all day:
This painting by Martin Davey pretty much sums up the current weather situation around my house right now.
I don't know that having this beautiful octopus-engraved guitar would improve my playing at all, but at least it would give people something entertaining to look at to distract them from my playing...
YouTube channel Man About Cake gives a detailed tutorial on how to make this amazing octopus wedding cake. Although, honestly, there is not nearly enough actual cake in the cake...
Sometimes inspiration for this blog is as close as my wife's bookshelf. True story: I knew she was the girl for me the first time I went to her home and saw she had a complete set of Doc Savage novels. True love, right there.
What can I say? I'm still on a trashy pulp kick. Speaking of which... why does the Dime detective Magazine cost fifteen cents? That just seems wrong.
The other day this book by James Aquilone came up as a suggestion on my Kindle. I can't imagine why.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. To commemorate, here is a drawing of the giant squid that lives in the lake next to Hogwarts.
Here's a lovely piece of work by artist Barbara Ravietta Rosiak:
What can I say, I'm just in a pulp mood lately and this one is awesome.
"Complete and unabridged" it says, but if you ask me there's something being abridged on that cover...
If you haven't seen the Wonder Woman movie yet, you should definitely go see it. It is amazing. Turns out, she is no stranger to octopodes:
Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. I hope you are all having an awesome summer!
I dunno, her "fiendish plot" seems to be "get eaten by an octopus"...
In all fairness, she's also got a lotta leg...
I have posted work by Brian Kesinger here before, of Walking Your Octopus fame. Today, however, I was messaged by a half-dozen different poeple with this BoredPanda.com article within the space of a couple hours. I figured that was a sign that I was supposed to post new Kesigner artwork today.
(BTW - if you are into Doctor Who, you might like to check out my Time Treadmill blog in which I am posting daily about my mission to watch the entirety of Doctor who - all 833 episodes and counting - while walking on a treadmill. So far I have lost nearly 35 lbs, and I am not even through the Second Doctor yet.)
Check out this article in The Daily Mail about a new wound patch that can stick to both wet and dry surfaces, inspired by the suckers on an octopus tentacle.