Entries for January 2016
Not that I am trying to make my wife cry again or anything, but here's a reall cool Bowie tribute tatoo. With tentacles.
Over in Cincinnati, the School for Creative and Performing Arts has an awesome student-made bike rack that was built as part of the ArtWorks program that strives to transform the city by bringing functional art into public spaces. Check it out.
These days Marvel Comics is StarWarsing it up all over the place, not to mention the runaway success of their whole Cinematic Universe thing. Back in the 70's, though, they attached themselves to the Planet of the Apes juggernaut. Feast your eyes upon this glorious cover from their series. It's the wrong number of tentacles for a squid, but makes up for it with a scantily-clad savage girl so it's all good.
On the one hand, I definitely need these shorts. On the other hand, there is no way on earth I would pay nearly eighty bucks US plus international shipping to get them. Ah, well.
Artist Brian Kesinger gives us today's octopodal painting, entitled Octopus Garden. I quite like it.
I don't speak French, but I bet my wife can pronounce the title of this Pierre Zaccone novel. Translated, the book is called The Octopuses of Paris. Tragically it is not about an army of octopodes laying seige to the Eiffel Tower, but rather a social commentary about the decadence of Parisian women. Ah, well.
Submitted by reader MyWife, here is a lovely Cthulhu damask fabric created by Megan Rose Gedris, available now at Spoonflower.com.
Artist Michele Banks donated this lovely watercolor painting to help raise money for a father whose son was suffering from pneumonia. I'm not that sick, but I have been coughing non-stop for days.
It's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go, but don't you mess with my Red Octopus Shoes! (Available on Etsy from seller SWilkinsArt.
And then there's the time the National Reconnaissance Office decided that the appropriate logo for their upcoming launch was a giant octopus clutching the Earth in its mighty tentacles while gazing defiantly into space. Presumably, to stare down Galactus and send him packing.
I am going to the dentist this morning to get a new crown. Maybe I should bring along a copy The Dentist and the Octopus by Michael Coupland to read while I am there.
Today is Buzz Aldrin's birthday. That dude for realz stood on the mother-flippin' moon! In his honor, here's a painting by Julien Kalnecker of an astronaut with an octopus on his head, because of course.
As a bonus: Today is also Tom Baker's birthday. Remember that time the Fourth Doctor battled a giant octopus thing in The Power of Kroll? Ok, not necessarily the show's finest moment, but there was still this:
Sent in by reader 'My Sister', who lives three thousand miles away, here's a lovely brass octopus that she has set out to remind her of all of our childhood adventures. The photo next to it is of Haystack Rock in Oregon, where we used to go on family vacations.
When I proposed, all I had to do was take my lady to Disney World and find the perfect spot (Haunted Mansion). This poor guy has go on an actual underwater quest to rescue the ring from a voracious shark. Good thing he has the help of an adorable octopus.
I almost forgot to post today! Sorry, but artist Liz Climo would like to offer you a hug to make up for it.
Sent in by reader Lori DeFuso, video proof that ocotpodes are much better swimmers than crabs. Also: I never knew that crabs could swim.
Today is my birthday. This is not the cake I got for my birthday. Maybe next year.
Ladies, are you looking for the perfect thing to wear to your next red carpet event? Reader Julie Sardo recommends this lovely latext Ursula dress, available now on Etsy!
I never worry about running out of octopus posts. Why? Because every single time I dispair, the Gods of the Internet come along and prove to me that the web's capacity for true weirdness is both bottomless and unceasing. Case in point: Artist Jonathan Crow decided to draw every single American vice president, with an octopus on their head. Because, of course he did.
You can see them all over at his website, and you can purchase the entire series of 47 prints (The Full Veeptopus) at his Etsy store.
Bonus for you Hamilton fans: Here is a print commemorating the notorious duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton:
Looking for the perfect t-shirt to wear to any upscale social event? Check out "Unipus", from Michael Houghton at Designed by Monkeys! He has even been kind enough to offer free shipping in the US for readers of this blog, just enter the discount code 'octolove' when you are checking out. Yay!
Here's a cute little guy who becomes very attached to a snorkler.
Back in 2009, when Slumdog Millionaire was sweeping it up at the Oscars and Heath Ledger was setting the world on fire as the Joker, this little French film was nominated for Best Animated Short. It shoulda won.
The Bartz Brothers have completed their snow sculpture, here is their Facebook post from last night:
Meet Octavius the Snow Octopus! Over 500 hours of work was put into its creation. At 18 feet tall and over 35 feet wide, it is our largest sculpture to date! We are grateful that our work will benefit those in need.
Link for providing clean water in Haiti: https://www.onedayswages.org/…/sculpting-snow-life-saving-c…
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and spent about six months living in Vancouver, WA. I know exactly the spot where this photo was taken (although there wasn't a giant tentacle there the last time I drove by.) Hooray for Vancouver, and hooray for public art!
Created by sculptural artist Alex Friend, this bronze octupus table is filed under "Yes, I would put this in my home."
Every year, the Bartz brothers in New Brighton, Minnesota build a giant snow sculpture in their yard. This year they are building a twelve foot tall snow octopus, and so far it looks pretty cool (no pun intended.) They are also getting a lot of attention this year, so they have decided to raise money from their scupture for a the charity organization One Day's Wages in order to provide clean water to people in Haiti. You can follow the progress of the scupture (which they expect to be finished by Friday) on their Facebook page.
Last week spectators in Japan were given the special treat of seeing a giant Humboldt Squid surface in Toyama Bay. I am not nearly as fond of squid as I am of octopodes, but this dude is pretty cool.
Check out all the amazing color and texture changes throughout this entire video. I love early on, where the octopus gives herself a white racing stripe.
A special bonus octopus today! Beloved fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. When I think of Tolkien and tentacles, of course the Watcher in the Water springs immediately to mind. Here then is John Howe's lovely illustration from The Fellowship of the Ring.
Submitted by reader Ruth Withrow Kurtz, here is a lovely hand blown glass octupus. This one has sold out, but you can check out the Etsy page for Emergent Glassworks for some of their other pieces.
This one is for my wife, whose love of snowmen surpasses my love of octopodes. This painting by Meg Lyman (see yesterday's calendar post) combines the best of both worlds.
2016 is here, and it's time to throw away that old calendar and put up a new one. My recommendation: Meg Lymon's 2016 Cute Cephalapod Calendar. It includes an Orctopus, Furioso, Adventure Time, and of course this lovely Saintly Cephalapod.