Thomas Kinkade

10 Great Artists’ Famous Calling Cards

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Here at Flavorpill, we love looking for patterns in the culture around us — and patterns there are aplenty. This week, we’ve been thinking about the trademarks that often span artists’ bodies of work. Like a stamp on an official document or a secret code rapped through a bedroom door, many artists, directors and authors have these calling cards — trademarks that they either slip into their works on purpose or that just tend to crop up time and time again in their work. Whether they’re tributes, fascinations, or just stylistic choices that the artist never tires of, we think it’s fun to look for these identifying marks. Click through to read about the calling cards of ten artists across fields, and let us know which easter eggs and trademarks we’ve missed in the comments.
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Thomas Kinkade’s DUI and the Year’s 5 Weirdest Artist Arrests

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This morning, we learned that one of the most successful artists in the world had been arrested. No, Shepard Fairey didn’t get nabbed wheatpasting again. The perp in question is… Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light. You know, the guy who does those folksy landscapes your great-aunt likes and has his own store at the mall. Kinkade was arrested in Carmel, CA Friday night for DUI. The man of the people was driving a Mercedes Benz. And have you seen the shirt he was wearing?

This incredibly random arrest got us thinking about some of the other strange artist arrests we’ve read about in the past year. Our five favorites, including everyone from Damien Hirst to a guy who stole his own paintings from his ex-wife, are after the jump.
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