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It’s that old saying come to light, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  In this case, artist Riikka Hyvönento finds beauty in a roller derby girls’ occupational hazard turned accidental canvas.  Inspired by the feminist, communal spirit of the sport her work reflects the community, fragility, and personal strength of the women who play it.

Roller Derby is high-octane, aggressive, physically demanding competitive contact speed skating sport that originated in the United States (hello Philly Roller Derby Girls).  One gnarly side effect is the technicolor rainbow of bruises the players sport after a particularly rough game.  Bruising is a trophy in this sport – a proudly earned right of passage from a well-played game. 

Hyvönen spent the last year collecting photographs of roller derby girls’ bottoms and converting the bruises – which she calls ‘kisses’ – in giant pop artworks.

“I am objectifying these women totally. But I am doing it exactly in the way they objectify themselves,” Hyvönen says.

“The players fall, and although it hurts, they get up smiling: after the match they are immensely proud of their bruises. Posting photos online and competing in who’s got the most colorful, biggest bruise, is a phenomenon: it would be a shame if no one saw the sign of bravery after a well-played game.

Hyvönen portrays the feminist, communal spirit as one of the essential characteristics of the sport. Even the titles of her works are inspired by the comments posted under the photos the girls have shared on social media:

Oh, Lord. Is That the One That Looks Suspiciously Like My Wheel?! God, I’m Sorry To Have Marked You So :( … Um, Think Of It As A Love Bite? xx” – The Finnish Institute in London

‘Roller Derby Kisses’ is part of an exhibition at the Finnish Institute in King Cross, London, it will run until August 20, 2015.

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Blacklight Pop Art Makeup Video Tutorial [Sponsored]

The folks over at Halloweenmakeup.com want to show you how to have some fun with this Blacklight Pop Art Makeup Video Tutorial.

The “pop art” art movement emerged during the 50’s which paved way to a very unique and enticing kind of art and design. Surely, it would look good as a face paint design for Halloween!

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We recommend Graftobian ProPaint Metallic/Neon Palette for this design.

You may also get all the face paint colors used in this tutorial in one kit. Choose from either the Graftobian Makeup Kit or the Diamond FX Makeup Kit.


Tips: Always start with a clean face. Make sure that all paints, tools and the work area are all clean. Prepare everything you need before you start.

Let’s paint! 

Step 1. Create the base. Load your sponge with Electric Yellow and apply generously on the whole face.

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Step 2. Put on the lipstick. Paint the lips with Shocking Pink with your #6 round brush.
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Step 3. Create eye shadows. With your sponge, cover the eyelids with Radioactive Green.
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Step 4. Draw eyeliners. Draw eyeliners along the lower eyelids with the same paint, Radioactive Green, and with your #6 round brush.

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Step 5.  Paint the polkadots. Dip a cotton swab on Atomic Orange and use it as a “brush” to put dots all over the yellow base. This will give it that Pop Art feel to the design.

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Step 6. Draw the details. Using your #1 round brush and Raven Black paint, draw the various details on the design such as eyelashes, eyebrows and shadowing on the nose, cheekbones and chin.

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Step 7. Outline the hairline. To outline the hairline, use your #6 round brush and some Raven Black paint.

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Step 8. Highlight the hair. Put some highlights to the hair by using a sponge with some Shocking Pink.

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Step 9. More highlights to the hair. Add more highlights to the hair. This time with Electric Yellow.

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Step 10. Outline the hair streak. Paint the hair streak with Raven Black. Use a #6 round brush.

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The finished product! 

Under Normal Lighting

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Under the Blacklight

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I bet a lot of these Andy Warhol Bugaboo strollers will start cropping up in the parks this summer – where the cool babies meet for even cooler play dates.

It’s not the first artist inspired baby accessory Bugaboo has put out, but the 1966 Velvet Underground album cover design is their latest collaboration with the Andy Warhol foundation and slickest one yet.

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This is Super Future Kid’s (formerly known as Cake) surreal Daliesque pop filled world. This cool chick from London creates a visual mash up of religious iconography, childhood pop culture, sci-fi bravado all melding together in a clash of bold brash tacky colors. The work isn’t necessarily off putting, per se, because it could be that odd highlight piece in the room. And does hit this strange art geek chord …I’m still debating it – needless to say Future Kid’s technique is stylized and imaginative. What do you think? Is it doing anything for you?

Super Future Kid’s world is right here.