On May 8, Abram the Safety Ape and “friend” showed up at the Broadway Fiesta in downtown Los Angeles to convince festival-goers that his new Ape Bran cereal is a proven means of promoting regularity (hence the sidekick) AND “fighting cancer with great taste.” Footage shot there will be part of an advertising campaign launching this summer. (Photos: Phil Glau).
Feedback 0n the recent face-transplant blog entry got us searching the topic a bit more, and we didn’t have to search long. Think this pretty much says it all: “Face Transplant Pictures Dot Com”
(not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach obviously)
American artist Stephen Shanabrook gives new meaning to the phrase “dark chocolate” with his 2006 piece “On the Road to Heaven Highway to Hell,” an exacting duplicate of the remains of a suicide bomber sculpted in everyone’s favorite confection.
Shanabrook, who spent his youth working at a chocolate factory, has previously turned the medium to macabre ends with his “Morgue Chocolates” series — a set of luxury chocolate boxes filled with confections representing stab wounds, bullet wounds, rough autopsy sutures, and other trauma sites. Like his suicide bomber, these pieces are crafted in loving detail. And there’s no questioning the realism as these sweets were cast from molds Shanabrook made from actual bodies while visiting morgues in Russia.
Not appetizing, you say? Apparently not everyone agrees, as some of Shanabrook’s pieces have disappeared into hungry mouths while on exhibition. “Mostly kids,” he explains in an interview with Vice Magazine. “They’re not scared of it. They just want the chocolate.”
(Pictures via eatmedaily.com)
Yet another reason to visit Thailand — grisly anatomy-lab tidbits baked by artist/baker Kittiwat Unarrom. His bakery, known to weirdo tourists such as yourself simply as “The Body Bakery” in Ratchaburi Thailand is slightly off the beaten path, but a manageable day-trip from Bangkok, and there is at least one tourist agency eager to help you find your way.
Constantly called upon to justify his wretchedly realistic yet entirely edible creations, Unarrom is quick to downplay their extraordinary nature, offering a rather bland rationale: “The lesson is ‘don’t judge just by outer appearances’.” But we know that’s just icing on the cake.
For a further taste of Unarrom’s work, check out the delicious images posted by Shape and Color