Entries for February 2016
Happy Leap Day, here's a photo by Joan Gonzalvo of a dolphin leaping with an octopus attached to its belly.
Artist Sarah Cloud has a nifty Etsy shop where she sells (among other things) this seriously cute tiny octopus hat.
I dig the fancy balloon octopus, but it's really the kid that makes the video for me.
Chiara Bautista is a spectacular artist. At first blush her work seems anime-inspired, and yet it is richly-detailed and completely her own thing. Here is a fantastic tentacled piece called Malamor ("bad love").
...and then there's the story of Charlie Clover, a sixteen-year-old who built an octopus headpiece and decided to walk around Ipswitch just to get people's reaction. Because: art.
The Elstwhen shop on Etsy has some pretty cool stuff, including this awesome Sapphire Sea Fire Kraken Chalice.
Remember: The chalice with the palace has the pellet with the poison, but the flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true.
Here is a lovely necklace, designed by CatherinetteRings and available on Etsy for $75.
(found via the Octopus Appreciation Society)
SubNautica is a game released on the Steam platform a little over a year ago. It had received rave reviews. Check out this gorgeous artwork.
I have featured the art of Brian Kesinger before. Here is his latest book: "A lavishly illustrated Victorian era travelogue chronicling the international journeys of Octo-Victorian globetrotters Victoria Prismall and her pet land octopus Otto"
Here's a nifty charcoal sketch by John Shook (facebook, etsy).
Recently diver Andrew Harring capture this great footage of a blue ring octopus hunting in the waters off of Mabul in Malaysia.
I love this piece. As near as I can tell, it is by a Canadian artist who went by the name Kikariz, but she closed her account on DeviantArt.
NOTE: If you are the artist, or know the artist, please let me know so that I can give proper credit.
This was sent to me by reader Tom Knoblauch. I tried to find the original artist (well, I mean, the original defacing artist) with no luck.
This swell comic comes from artist Ben Bruce and his blog Aliens, Robots, & Octopodes. I consider myself very octomistic.
Thank you, sculptor Richard Moore, for providing this nightmare fuel. I may never sleep again.
Online retailer AntiCraft makes this swell zombie octopus refrigerator magnet, available for only $5.90.
Bow chicka bow wow! BBC Earth very helpfully put together an infographic to show exactly how octopodes do it. I am certain that if an octopus where to watch humans, their response would also be "You put your what where...?"
Artist and photographer Adam Wallacavage makes beautiful chandeliers and other functional art pieces. You can also check out his blog Monster Size Monsters as well has his Instagram feed. This one here is my favorite:
Last week diver KC Nayfield filmed this this gorgeous octopus in the Maldives. She goes through all kinds of amazing color changes, it's a beauty to watch.
I will admit that I have been lusting after 3-D printers for no particularly good reason except they are cool. And this new octopus seal that is available as a download from Thingverse just makes me want one even more.
Last night this image floated across my Facebook stream, and my immediate comment was, "Well, there's tomorrow's post sorted."
This morning I did a little research to find out who the artist is, and I'm glad I did. It led me to discover Erika Moen and Dar! A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary.
Obviously I am a sucker for classic pulp comics, and how do you get better than a hairy four-eyed space octopus?
I am morally opposed to eating octopus. I am also gastronomically opposed to eating octopus because I am a finicky weeney of an eater, but that's neither here nor there. This, however, is an octopus I would cheerfully eat.
Why do I post a new octopus thing every day on the internet? Well, umm...
Submitted by reader Melody Bernal, here is a lovely octopus timepiece hand-crafted by German watchmaters Kudoke. From their description: "With its eight all-embracing tentacles KudOktopus wrapped in roségold and rhodium entangles the steadily swinging balance. Holding wheels and screws tightly it captures the most precious - time."
It's a robot. It's an octopus. Hooray!
Looking for that perfect garden decoration idea? Well look no further! I give you the Cactopus:
"If the octopus sees his shadow, folks, we have six more weeks of calimari..."
Happy Octopus Day? We actually aren't even sure what this means ... but Happy Groundhog Day anyhow, everyone! WATCH Punxsutawney live now: http://abc7ny.com/live/23376/
Posted by ABC7NY on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Back on October 12, 2015 I did a post on what I identified as Haida drums. Today I was contacted by the original artist, who very kindly informed me that they are, in fact, Tsimshian drums. A huge thank you to artist Corey Moraes for setting me straight. The original post has been updated with the correct info.
Why did the octopus cross the plexiglass tube? To see what was on the other side!