Korean Artist Puts Art Back In Tattoos

Hongdam, a Korean Tattoo Artist, creates works filled with detail that seem to speak to tattoo enthusiasts while creating a whole new fanbase with his beautiful creations. Attracting more than 200,000 Instagram followers, his sometimes tiny pieces are a beautiful alternative to classic tattoo styles.

Hongdam honors those with scars by creating masterpieces to cover or extenuate their skin conditions. 

Below is a collection of some of his airy, delicate masterpieces. Whether in black and white or his signature water color collections, these tattoos are bringing beauty to an age old craft in a very unique way.

Our Kissing style is hardwired

Kissing is born in our heads, not our hearts…

Thoughts leading up to an actual kiss can be agonizing.However, once we start… kissing… how much do we actually think through the…process? If we thought through every move- wouldn’t that be a little tedious? A new study took on those types of questions and their answer- the whole process is mostly automated.

That moment- the reddening of your cheeks, the butterflies- it may all be the result of an elaborate cerebral dance, if you will, between the kisser and the kissed.

The study learned that our brains typically tell our heads to tilt. with over ⅔ of kissers tilting to the right. Research also noted in male/female couples, men made the first move 79% of the time.

The first study of its kind

The study itself focused on 48 couples living in Bangladesh. The couples kissed privately, then separated to answer  series of questions. The study is the first to show a real separation in sexes, with the males being the initiator, which modulates the responses of the females.  Bangladesh was the best area for research since the country sensors such acts from the media, so the residents take their kissing cues not from the old boob-tube, but from what comes naturally.

The study also found that if the person initiating the kiss was left-handed, their head would likely tilt in that direction. The person being kissed, regardless of handedness, responded by leaning their head to the left as well. If partners mirrored each other’s head tilts instead, kissing would frequently end up in awkward head bumps instead of a smooth, lip to lip kiss.

So, why does the brain encourage a right-tilt when kissing?  Aside from handedness, the researchers suggest the mind splits tasks between hemispheres. When hormones like testosterone surge, it may create an imbalance on one particular side of the brain — and result in a tilt to the right.

Hormones can sometimes throw us off balance. And they likely wash over us in the moment that we decide to lock lips with someone.

Humans in Australia 80,000 years ago

Australia, being an island continent, would not have been an easy place to migrate to. If the first known inhabitants of our planet were in the area of Africa, visitors would have arrived by sea to reach Australia.

When scientists first stated that humans found there way to the continent as far as 60,000 years in the past, there was some skepticism. In contrast, humans were first purported to populate the Americas only around 15,000 years ago.

But now archaeologists have uncovered new evidence that could push the date of human habitation back even further, possibly as far as 80,000 years ago. This discovery could push back the human timeline, altering the believed path of human migration around the world.

The findings, unearthed from Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, involves the finding of a huge cache of 11,000 artifacts.These included ochre and reflective paint, the oldest unbroken ground-edge stone axes in the world, by about 20,000 years, and the oldest known seed-grinding tools in Australia. The artifacts could have shifted around over the years, dating methods suggest the artifacts were older than 70,000 years.

If people arrived in Australia much earlier than previously thought, that must also mean the left Africa much earlier to have traveled their long journey through Asia and Southeast Asia, ending up in Australia. It also means a time of overlap with megafauna is much longer than before- by maybe 20-25 thousand years. It ends the idea that the Aboriginal people  wiped out the megafauna very quickly.

Australia was host to some gargantuan megafauna, large animals like massive diprotodons or marsupial lions. Since many were extinct around the time that humans were believed to have arrived, theorists assumed that humans wiped them out. Those theories can now be called into doubt if humans arrived much earlier. This also bolsters oral histories passed down through Australian aboriginal cultures which suggest that people have lived in Australia for much longer than previously believed.

A Journey To Happiness

Michaela DePrince had a tumultuous beginning. She was born in Sierra Leone during civil war and by age of three, both of her parents had died and she was living in an orphanage. At four, Michaela was blessed to be adopted by an American couple, and moved with them to Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Even with her new life, her battles were far from over. Michaela was born with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes the loss of skin pigmentation.

This disease caused her to be an outcast at the orphanage, and continued to cause her issues in her new life as well. Because of her condition, it was very difficult to let people in as a child. She was already afraid people would see something negative if she opened up, but she soon realized that if she did not open up, she would never be able to become the artist that she really wanted to be. She believes in some way that the adversity she experienced as a child helped to prepare her for the struggles in her chosen profession.

The now 21 year old dancer is a soloist for the Dutch National Ballet. She was also a breakout ballerina in a documentary film First Position, which chronicled the attempts of 6 proteges as the prepared for the Youth American Grand Prix.

DePrince’s personal outlook is a positive one, she is always focusing on the good rather than the negativity of the past. Her attitude has propelled her into such campaigns as Jockey’s “Show ‘Em What’s Underneath” campaign. Her memoir, Taking Flight, has been published in 12 countries and she has garnered a solo in Beyonce’s Freedom Video from the album, “Lemonade,”. Along with the love and support, her career has helped her to heal from the hardships of her past. She states that it is not worth your time on people who think negative thoughts about you. Be who you are, do what you love, and tell YOUR story.

Today she works on paying it forward as an ambassador for War Child Holland, an organization that helps children in conflict areas. She says helping people, especially the children, makes her happy. She currently lives in Amsterdam where her dance company is based and enjoys biking.

Artist’s Clever Pop Culture Mash-Ups

We love the idea of our seeing our favorite pop culture icons in real life; it’s why theme parks and cosplay are so popular. French photographer Francois Dourlen loves it as well, and this idea – of incorporating fictional and often fantasy characters into everyday, boring life – is the inspiration for a lot of his art lately. He doesn’t need Photoshop or After Effects to assemble his photographs, however, he simply uses his iphone!

Francois uses the iphone to search for the correct photo he has in mind, then simply holds it up and snaps a photo with his other hand. “It is really simple. I just see something that reminds me of a movie, an animated movie, a character… I search the image on Google and take the pictures.” They may be simple, but these images pack a punch because they’re so spot on!

The project started as a bit of a joke, but once Francois started posting the photos he was taking to Instagram, he realized he really had something here.

The iphone is the perfect way to view what Francois has going on in his head, because it’s often one of the vehicles through which we access pop culture. And that’s often where his ideas come from. “I am inspired by pop culture — the things that everyone, me included, have seen and seen again,” he explains. “Sometimes I can be inspired by something else; you just have to ask me.”

We’re super impressed by these playful and clever images, especially how they incorporate everyday items that aren’t usually used for art. Perhaps the most impressive thing, however, is how steady both of Francois’ hands are!