There has never been a better time to be an artist than today. In the current world of art, there is practically no art medium that is off limits. Years ago, certain mediums were taboo; that is no longer the case. Just about every type of conceivable art medium–lovely or off-putting–is fair game.
Segmation’s blog post Man Uses His Own Blood as Art Medium discusses in-depth a peculiar, creepy-to-many art medium: human blood. This post gives readers an inside look (literally) at artist Vincent Castigila’s creative process. For Castiglia, his own blood is his art medium of choice. At the time the blog post was written, Vincent’s paintings were selling for as much as $26,000. Segmation’s writer comments, “How much blood does it take to craft just one painting? Castiglia said a 7-foot painting requires a potential 30 vials of blood. Reportedly, the out-of-the-box artist will take only ’15 vials of blood at one time’ from himself – he made the point that this amount of blood is smaller than the quantity in a blood bank donation.” One thing we will say for Vincent Castiglia is that he is as resourceful as he is creative! You can read more about this unusual artist and his extra-unusual art medium here.
What’s Weirder Than Using Blood as an Art Medium? Using Back Hair!
In your opinion, what is more strange than using blood as an art medium? Using back hair, perhaps? That’s right, back hair is the a new medium that is getting publicity thanks to the bravery of a man named Mike Wolfe. To Wolfe, 35, having art created from his back hair is common practice. Wolfe fairly regularly has a new design shaved onto his back. The article Idaho Man Finds Art in Back Hair says, “…after years of feeling ashamed of his body hair, he asked a friend in 2008 to trim an American flag on his back rather than undergoing hair removal processes like shaving or waxing. Since then, the two meet up several times throughout the year to design a new creation onto Wolfe’s back.”
The artist responsible for creating art out of Wolfe’s back hair is former graphic artist Tyler Harding. Harding and Wolfe have been friends for over 10 years.
The article mentioned above states, “…(Harding’s) creations can now be seen on a calendar — called a Calend-hair — available for $20. Some proceeds will benefit a charity at Wolfe’s church.”
Click here to see photos of Harding artistically “manscaping” Wolfe’s back hair.
So, what do you think? Is back hair a disgusting or innovative art medium? Do you believe having a design shaved onto one’s back should indeed be called art? We CAN’T WAIT to hear your opinions on this one, so share with us in the section below!
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