Hand Solo, the song against the taboos of female autoerotism

Hand Solo, the song against the taboos of female autoerotism

Anna Cardaci · 4 months ago · Music

In the female world, you know, there are an infinity of taboos. Questions a bit uncomfortable where every time they are addressed, women feel embarrassed. Millages, sex, and many others are just a small part of them. What more women accumulate, however, and what can be defined as the King of taboos, is certainly masturbation. In general, the whole world of sexuality is a difficult subject for a woman to express. It’s easy for a man to talk about it. Probably because inexplicable social dynamics have been established so that expressing something about this very intimate subject can put many women in awe.

For this reason Marika Hackman, an English singer, wrote Hand Solo, a song taken from the album Any Human Friend, released last August whose lyrics seem to be a real hymn to female masturbation. This celebrates the theme by offering a sort of accusation to the strongly masculine society in which we have always lived.

The track is also accompanied by a direct video of the director Samuel J. Bailey who wanted to make a short film of almost four minutes. Here the subject is treated with a lot of irony and with metaphors that represent in an abstract way the act of masturbation from the beginning to the end. Although very explicit, the film is not vulgar and does not present scenes that are too strong. Inside there are hands that caress objects such as cakes, sinks, clothespins, sheets, cappuccinos, fans, etc.. Hand Solo’s video begins with a quote from Susie Bright, an American journalist and writer who is very active on the feminist front:

Behind every erotic conviction is a fiery hypocrite.

For the project, Marika Hackman and Bailey also anonymously collected thoughts and stories about masturbation by women. These appear at the end of the film as if they were the end credits.

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365typefaces, one typeface per day

365typefaces, one typeface per day

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

365typefaces is a special Instagram profile, at first glance it may seem trivial, but it is not.
Born in Rome in 1993, Andrea Biggio lives and works in Milan as a graphic designer and just over a year ago he created 365typefaces, an account created to promote and present contemporary and experimental typefaces, created by independent designers and digital foundries.

His page is now a real point of reference for all those designers looking for inspiration, looking for the right font to best realize their idea.
Founded with the aim of publishing one project a day, whether it’s a finished and finished font or one that’s still being worked on, until now 365Typefaces has collected a lot of fonts, becoming a digital archive perfectly updated on the latest trends in type design.

365typefaces also has big plans for the future, it would like to expand its community and become a brand partner of foundries and events related to the world of printing, but not only.
An ambitious project, which among other things gives the opportunity to many graphic designers to show the fonts they create and share them with everyone.
In December a 365TChallenge was also created, inviting designers to create an alphabet inspired by the shapes of sound.

A useful and inspiring project for many graphic designers, a way to share their work, through a simple Instagram profile.
An excellent showcase for designers, driven by the authentic nature of the page, always ask to be published to increase their visibility.

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Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Flags

Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Flags

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

If there is an object of universal use and comprehensible to anyone in the world that is the flag. Since the time of the Crusades, flags have represented the belonging of a group of people to a country, but not only, to a belief, an ideal, a current of thought. Think, for example, of pirates, Italian lordships, political parties or the most popular rainbow flag of peace. 

Because of its deep meaning and its powerful symbolic force, Rirkrit Tiravanija, a New York artist born in Buenos Aires, has made the flag an inevitable object of his artistic research. 

One of the best known is completely white, presenting light, almost invisible, the silhouettes of the stars and stripes of the American flag, above them in cubital characters appears the inscription “Fear Eats The Soul“. The sentence is taken from the film Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, one of those films that forty years later still manages to be particularly relevant, dealing with themes linked to racism and class struggle. 

The same flag with the phrase in Italian appeared yesterday on the facade of the Church of San Paolo Converso in Milan, headquarters of the Fondazione Converso that will host the works of Rirkrit Tiravanija throughout the year, including six flags that will be waved in turn at the entrance. The first one is “La Paura Mangia L’Anima” (Fear Eats the Soul) and, unfortunately, it couldn’t be better suited to the current climate in the city (and throughout Northern Italy), which is forced to close schools and museums because of the Coronavirus.

Although it remains a white flag, do not mistake it for a gesture of surrender. 

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Malala, Lady Gaga and the other women Behind the Mac

Malala, Lady Gaga and the other women Behind the Mac

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, Apple released an all-female version of Behind The Mac

The 2018 campaign is renewed every year with short commercials that show both well-known personalities from show business and music, but also normal users, working behind the screen of a Mac. The interesting aspect of this campaign is that every country has the possibility to customize it, for example, a few days ago we talked about the commercial made by Apple Japan that instead of known faces used cartoon and anime scenes. 

But Behind the Mac can also change according to the occasion to celebrate, so in this spot, always busy working behind a computer, we see personalities ranging from Lady Gaga to Malala, from Greta Gerwig to Diane von Furstenberg. In the background? “***Flawless Feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” by Beyoncé. 

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Cheyne Gallard, between superheroes and drag queens

Cheyne Gallard, between superheroes and drag queens

Emanuele D'Angelo · 1 month ago · Art

Cheyne Gallard is a famous illustrator born in beautiful Honolulu. Like almost every colleague, from an early age, he loved to draw and scribble whatever paper was in front of him.
As a child, he enjoyed watching cartoons and drawing them on paper on Saturdays. We can undoubtedly say that his style is clear from the beginning, you have never sought inspiration from other currents because he has always been dedicated to comics.

Self-taught, his life changed after picking up a copy of Stan Lee’sHow to Draw the Marvel Way“. Even today, his main inspiration continues to be comic book king Jack Kirby and some modern illustrators like Dave Gibbons and Joe Quinones.

Cheyne’s works are absolutely a continuation of pop art, in which he combines his love for ferocious women and Golden Age comics. Flamboyant, full of colors and details, his works are very similar to the comics of the most famous Marvel superheroes.

His latest work is dedicated to one of his favorite series, America’s Next Drag Queen. It’s an American reality show based on a competition between drag queens. The presenter of the show is RuPaul, who is also a judge and mentor. The contestants must show their skills as entertainers and style by competing in various competitions.
Since the sixth season, Cheyne Gallard has started to dedicate comics to the strongest competitors.
He decided to combine his love for drag queens with the vintage and retro comic book look and thus my unique mix was born.

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