In what delightful alternate universe would a salt shaker be reading Catcher in the Rye or a chair sit hunched over a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma? We have no absolutely no idea, but we want to go to there.
“There’s something very personal about books, so to have inanimate objects reading specific titles seemed like a pretty amusing idea worth exploring,” Marc Johns writes of his most recent series of drawings. Because we found it physically impossible to pick out a favorite, the Canadian artist has graciously allowed us to share them all with you! Click through to check ’em out, and leave your suggestions for future author/object pairings in the comments.
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Temporary tattoos get a bad rap. From the Spongebob Squarepants stick-ons you most often find in supermarket vending machines to the messy, do-it-yourself mehndi kits that were so popular around the same time Gwen Stefani was sporting a bindi, they never really seem all that appealing. So, what are those of us who appreciate nice ink but suffer from a serious fear of commitment to do? Now, you can check out Tattly — a design-savvy shop where you can buy fake tattoos including Marc Johns’s smoking rabbit, Julia Rothman’s Polaroid camera, and James Victore’s tribute to New York. See some of our favorite selections from their stock after the jump.
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Ever wondered how your favorite artist gets their work done? No, we mean, exactly how. As in, if we use the same pen Hemingway used, and the same kind of paper, and at the same time of day, maybe we’ll… nevermind. Regardless of pen type, there is something fascinating about the artist’s desk, and like anything else, everyone will draw their own far-reaching conclusions. In particular, it seems like everyone has their own opinion about what the state of someone’s workspace “means,” and we guess it has more to do with what the adage-makers own desks looked like than anything else. Whether a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind, or whether a cluttered desk just means a cluttered desk, or whether a messy desk is a sign of genius, we don’t know. But be their desks cluttered or clean, these creative people are definitely on this side of brilliant. Indulge in some harmless voyeurism and sneak a peek at the desks and workspaces of writers, artists, and thinkers. Then, it’s time to redecorate.
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