At the age of 21, the 19th-century Japanese artist's work was already legendary, as was his unhinged behavior and epic consumption of sake.
It was hiding in plain sight, and yet it was almost designed not to be noticed at all.
When the pop stars got all philanthropist-y, the metalheads just had to get in on the action. Thus we got the complete insanity of Swedish Metal Aid and Hear 'n Aid.
It's definitely creepy. But, let's remove the artist from the art and maybe there will be something there?
The device may look like a novel fashion accessory or a variation on one of those "cock locks" favored by those into fetishism, cross-dressing and a little S&M, but it was originally intended to put a stop to young men spilling their seed on stony ground, or rather in their hands or handkerchieves.
A look at the label that set the standard for issuing tax shelter albums. It’s a company that was started by one of the most infamous figures to ever make a buck in the music business.
Johnny Hudgins is not the first name to come to mind when considering influential 20th century comic performers — but perhaps he should be.
Truly, she was the junkie underground “Kevin Bacon” game connector of her era. And she's nearly forgotten today.
People who are locked in prison for the rest of their lives have a lot of time on their hands, which means that plenty of art is produced by some notorious killers. Here are their renditions of Charles Manson, in an interesting series of "murderabilia."
Some of the diagrams from the 1931 German book Elektroschutz in 132 Bildern illustrate totally plausible ways one might die of electrocution, for instance touching a lamp while in the bathtub or using a hair dryer over a sink.
Recently I had a friend hip me to a song that I had no idea existed, having thought for decades that the later cover of it by an ‘80s one-hit-wonder band was the original and only version ever recorded. This epiphany led to a conversation about hit songs that we didn’t at first realize were covers — sometimes not discovering the existence of the original versions until many years after the fact. A few friends joined in, and at the end of the conversation I was sitting on a list of nearly 50 well-known hit songs that were “surprise” cover versions.
The museum features more than 300 figures, many of them reclaimed after having been discarded from other museums — which means that there are more than a few celebrities and famous people in the mix. When the figures "true" identities shine through the Biblical costumes, it can make for an odd experience.
There's a Facebook community dedicated to documenting the pervasive feeling of unease and discontent, often including an aspect of bland social control, in the form of mildly “coercive” signs that you might see at the airport, but sometimes simply showing processes and buildings in a state of disrepair.
Oh, 1940s anti-VD posters, the only place where a girl’s cooch might be worse than Hitler!
Perhaps it’s because I’m from a post-boomer generation, but I’ve long been accustomed to Jimi Hendrix getting a great deal of credit as the musician who popularized the afro. But here's the other side of that story.
I had heard rumors that the Motörhead “Motörböat” cruise ran out of booze before the trip was over. Of course that’s not shocking news when you’re talking about a boat full of hard-drinking headbangers.
For the upcoming limited-edition Blu-ray release of "Breaking Bad," show creator Vince Gilligan joined forces with Gonzo illustrator Ralph Steadman to create six different covers for each season of the show.
This remarkable piece of equipment is called the Kuba Komet. It was manufactured by the KUBA Corporation in Wolfenbüttel, West Germany, from 1957 to 1962.
2014 marks the twentieth World Cup and it’s the second time the competition has been played in Brazil. These are the posters for all twenty tournaments from the first held in Uruguay 1930.
It kind of figures that "Game of Thrones" author George R. R. Martin would be a fan of Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, with its strong main characters, who may often bicker and argue with each other, but always unite to fight various dastardly enemies.