Art Attack! News: Episode 39: Porcapizza

Art Attack! News: Episode 39: Porcapizza


Odd Musical Instruments

Odd Musical Instruments


  Meet artist Massimo Tortella, aka Porcapizza, who creates musical instruments out of ordinary garbage.




  Porcapizza is a one-man band, but with the most obscure instruments you can imagine; from tennis racket guitars to typewriter drums, and even a butter knife keyboard?


  Self-described as “Pure “Italian” passion for music expressed through homemade instruments”, Porcapizza creates amazing renditions of classic tunes.



  All these amazing sounds are courtesy of Massimo Tortella, who was born and raised in the heart of North Italy, Viadana. This uncanny performer plays instruments ranging from electric and classical guitar, bass guitar, and percussion.



  Having played shows in several rock, folk, blues, metal, punk, hardcore, and indie bands, he felt experienced enough to become a one-man band. With that many genres of music coursing through his mind, it was only a matter of time before he created something even more amazing.



  A Porcapizza show is a mixture of music, art, and entertainment. His instruments are made from recycled objects, such as tennis rackets, an old typewriter, Pringles cans, a telephone… you name it. And with his ingenious creations, Massimo guides each audience on “an alternative journey through music”His performances tackle “thinking outside the box”, not to mention, freaking rock.




  Porcapizza has original instruments, and an original sound, all coming from an original mind. However, Massimo knows potential when he sees it, too, and recently purchased Hendrix’s tennis racket, turning it into a guitar.


  As the saying goes, one man’s trash, another man’s treasure.


  Porcapizza’s line-up consists of tracks like Foxy lady by Jimi Hendrix, Cissy Strut by The Meters, Waiting in vain by Bob Marley, Hootchie Cootchie Man by Muddy Waters, Peter Gunn Theme by The Blues brother, and Hit the road Jack by Ray Charles. But, each tune is always full of his own unique flair.


  I have to say, my favorite of his instruments has to be his reclamation of the classic rotary phone headset as a microphone. The nostalgic sound it creates is a throwback most of us haven’t experienced in decades, and really lends to his shows obscurity and intrigue.


    Massimo also recently traveled to Russia, performing on TVRAIN, expanding the reach of his fascinating musical inventions.



  Porcapizza is proof that a dream will grow into a reality with enough effort placed forward. His story literally shows how the things we throw away – even our time – can be better used to make something new and prosperous. And for this proof, I thank him.


  Not only does he make a point with his actions, he also lends his knowledge to others who may want to partake in something different. He’s created a DIY video on how to make you very own “Guitaracket”, just in case you’re feeling inspired.



  Make sure to follow this incredible artist by clicking the links below!

Keep creating!


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Obscure: Episode 40: Population 1

Obscure: Episode 40: Population 1


Towns with only one resident?

Towns with only one resident?


  Imagine living in a town where YOU are the only resident. It sounds crazy, right?

 

  Today, let’s take a look at four towns with a population of “1”.


1.  Jordan River, Canada

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  Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a town on the beach? It sounds like a dream; waking every day to nothing but the sounds of nature and a beautiful view. Well, as great as it sounds, pollution, erosion, rising water levels, earthquakes, and even tsunamis have made places like this less than ideal to live.

1.  Jordan River, Canada

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  Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a town on the beach? It sounds like a dream; waking every day to nothing but the sounds of nature and a beautiful view. Well, as great as it sounds, pollution, erosion, rising water levels, earthquakes, and even tsunamis have made places like this less than ideal to live.


  Jordan River, near Vancouver, is a town that faced its demise to the forces of nature. Frequent earthquakes causing floods made all of the towns inhabitants leave their beloved homes; all but one. The only resident to remain is 72-year-old Hugh Pite, who refuses to move. Hugh wants to stay to enjoy the surfing.



  Yup, Hugh Pite is a surfer who first learned while living abroad in Australia in his early 20’s. When he returned to Vancouver Island, he came across the surfing community in Jordan River, purchasing a home there in 1987. “I’m right across the road from the water and I go out there and I go surfing,” said Pite. “If I didn’t have the place there, I’d have to drive an hour and a half each way, which is in my opinion far more dangerous than the very slight chance of an earthquake.”


2. Monowi, Nebraska, US

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  Elsie Eiler is now the most admired, smartest, wealthiest, best-looking, youngest, and the oldest person to reside in this little town; because she is the only one left. When you are the only resident of a community, you can give yourself any title you like. Eiler, who is 77, is the lone inhabitant of Monowi. There were two people living in the town in 2000, with the other being Eiler’s husband, Rudy. Sadly, he passed in 2004. “We probably have the record by going down in population 50 percent,” Eiler quipped. “I chose to stay here after my husband died. It’s home.”


  As the town’s only resident, she acts as Mayor. She also granted herself a liquor license, and pays taxes to herself. She is however required to produce a municipal road plan every year, in order to secure state funding for the village’s street lights; all four of them. Most of the town is empty, but it does have a 5,000-volume library named “Rudy’s Library”, founded in memory of Rudy Eiler. Oh, and of course that liquor license Elsie granted herself goes to use. She runs a tavern in Monowi, drawing regular customers from as far as 80 miles away.

2. Monowi, Nebraska, US

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  As the town’s only resident, she acts as Mayor. She also granted herself a liquor license, and pays taxes to herself. She is however required to produce a municipal road plan every year, in order to secure state funding for the village’s street lights; all four of them. Most of the town is empty, but it does have a 5,000-volume library named “Rudy’s Library”, founded in memory of Rudy Eiler. Oh, and of course that liquor license Elsie granted herself goes to use. She runs a tavern in Monowi, drawing regular customers from as far as 80 miles away.



  Elsie Eiler is now the most admired, smartest, wealthiest, best-looking, youngest, and the oldest person to reside in this little town; because she is the only one left. When you are the only resident of a community, you can give yourself any title you like. Eiler, who is 77, is the lone inhabitant of Monowi. There were two people living in the town in 2000, with the other being Eiler’s husband, Rudy. Sadly, he passed in 2004. “We probably have the record by going down in population 50 percent,” Eiler quipped. “I chose to stay here after my husband died. It’s home.”


3. Cass, New Zealand

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  “I didn’t want to come here in the beginning to be honest,” said the town’s only resident, Barrie Drummond.

   When Mr. Drummond was offered a job in Cass, he never thought he’d last more than two years in the small town, but is now the last remaining resident.


  He works for KiwiRail, and is responsible for the highest section of the track linking Christchurch to Greymouth, and said that he grew so close to the towns few residents in the past, that he decided to stay indefinitely. Eventually the town’s population decreased over the years, but Drummond stayed behind. He said that he really doesn’t mind the solidarity, even in the absence of women. He has also never been married; go figure. Twenty-five years after his initial move to Cass, and despite being the Selwyn District town’s only resident, he says he has no plans to leave anytime soon.

 


4. Buford, Wyoming, US

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  PhinDeli Town Buford is an unincorporated community in Albany County, Wyoming, located between Laramie and Cheyenne on Interstate 80. It has an elevation of 8,000 feet (2,400 m), making it the highest populated settlement along the First Transcontinental Railroad. The town was originally named Buford – in honor of Major General John Buford, a Union cavalry officer who fought during the Civil War – but in 2013, the town was purchased by a Vietnamese owner, who re-branded it as “PhinDeli Town Buford.” The postal addresses, however, still bears the town’s original name.


  In 1992, Don Sammons purchased the town, and as of 2013 the population had dwindled to only one; just him. He had moved to Buford in 1980 with his wife and son, and in 1992 became owner, but in 1995 his wife passed away. Afterwards, his son moved away in 2007, making Don Buford’s only resident.


  The local convenience store, gas station, and modular home were put up for sale when Sammons got tired of his solidarity, choosing to move closer to his son. He sold the town on April 5, 2012, for $900,000.


  At first, I thought it would be amazing to have a town all to myself, but it does sound like it would get lonesome after a while. While escaping the everyday “craziness” – and all the people involved in that “crazy” – sounds nice, it’s our interactions with others that make life enjoyable.

  But, with that being said, I still wouldn’t mind having a vacation town to go to now and again when people piss me off!


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Art Attack! News: Episode 38: Nightmare Artistry

Art Attack! News: Episode 38: Nightmare Artistry


What’s Your Nightmare?

What’s Your Nightmare?


  No one enjoys a nightmare, however, Hannah Lemley isn’t everyone. Taking her melancholy, bizarre, nightmares from concept to canvas, she transforms thoughts into incredible works of dark art.



  As the creative mind behind Nightmare Artistry, Hannah finds her inspiration in dreams, sometimes waking in the middle of the night to jot down ideas. Living a very empathetic, sensitive existence, those dreams can range from pure macabre to incoherent nonsense, but that’s where the best ideas begin.


“In 2000, I painted my first nightmare. It was nothing short of scribbles on canvas, but it gave an essence of the imagination I have. “


  I personally came across Hannah’s works a few months ago, and have been hooked ever since. Each piece she creates has a whimsically deranged beauty about it, which I cannot get enough of.


  One of the first pieces I came across was this horrifying nightmare; a half-man, half-beast. Even as a simple black and white piece of art, it gives me a shudder.


  Does this piece portray some evil entity devouring a soul? Or, does it perhaps display the monstrosity that a soul can become if you allow it?


  Either way, this visage provokes thoughts in much the same way a nightmare does. I mean, I can imagine waking up in a cold sweat fearing that this monstrosity was lurking in a darkened shadow of my room, only to pull my blankets a little tighter to my body, and to make sure none of my limbs were hanging off the bed.



  One of the first pieces I came across was this horrifying nightmare; a half-man, half-beast. Even as a simple black and white piece of art, it gives me a shudder.


  Does this piece portray some evil entity devouring a soul? Or, does it perhaps display the monstrosity that a soul can become if you allow it?


  Either way, this visage provokes thoughts in much the same way a nightmare does. I mean, I can imagine waking up in a cold sweat fearing that this monstrosity was lurking in a darkened shadow of my room, only to pull my blankets a little tighter to my body, and make sure none of my limbs were hanging off the bed.



  We’ve all been there, right?


  Not all of Hannah’s dark creatures depict something malevolent. Some, like this next piece, do not muster the “impending doom” sensation, but more illustrate that of a lost, mourning presence.


  This beautiful entity is a woman floating in an abyss of darkness. To me, it displays a feeling of incompleteness. With missing limbs, and seeming to dissipate among the emptiness, she appears to be mourning the loss of something dear.


  Not all of Hannah’s dark creatures depict something malevolent. Some, like this next piece, do not muster the “impending doom” sensation, but more illustrate that of a lost, mourning presence.



  This beautiful entity is a woman floating in an abyss of darkness. To me, it displays a feeling of incompleteness. With missing limbs, and seeming to dissipate among the emptiness, she appears to be mourning the loss of something dear.


  Everyone can relate to this feeling in some way, at some point in life. Loss is one of the most powerful emotions a being can know.


  Of Hannah’s many beautifully macabre works, I am most drawn to this eerily confusing black and white sketch. I have always been attracted to sketch-like art, and this piece is a perfect example of why.


  My interpretation of this piece is that of a person bound by themselves and their inner most thoughts. The depiction shows a figure having a multitude of emotion escape through its head; from the wailing cries of an open mouth, to the skulls and chains that bind. I personally love the large nails piercing the forefront of this entity’s skull, which to me represents the blistering headache that come with anxiety and uncertainty.


  Of Hannah’s many beautifully macabre works, I am most drawn to this eerily confusing black and white sketch. I have always been attracted to sketch-like art, and this piece is a perfect example of why.


  My interpretation of this piece is that of a person bound by themselves and their inner most thoughts. The depiction shows a figure having a multitude of emotion escape through its head; from the wailing cries of an open mouth, to the skulls and chains that bind. I personally love the large nails piercing the forefront of this entity’s skull, which to me represents the blistering headache that come with anxiety and uncertainty.



  The interpretations I have given are relative to my own opinions, experiences, and beliefs, but that’s what art is all about. Art is to be interpreted by the viewer, and everyone interprets a nightmare differently. Hannah’s depictions of her own nightmares are open to interpretation, and surely mean something different to her than to I. However, I find her cadaverous creations beautiful for depicting the darker side of thought and expression, and many others share this feeling. 


  Not only is Hannah involved in art through her creations at Nightmare Artistry, but she is also an administrator for the Dark Arts Compendium, as well as a contributor to the Dark Art Tarot Project, where she created the “Six of Coins” card. A few of the artists I have featured on site are part of these incredible groups, and with the fine skill and beautifully obscure works that Hannah creates, I am not surprised that she would be a collaborator for these growing projects.



  In the end, I find each of Hannah Lemley’s creations to be beautiful depictions of the thoughts behind a melancholic existence, and feel they capture the true essence of what it is like to be a human being. Whether or not they give you nightmares is up to your own interpretation, and with that being said, keep dreaming, and keep creating!


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To see more of the incredible works of Hannah Lemley and Nightmare Artistry, follow the links below!




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Obscure: Episode 39: Fun with Fire

Obscure: Episode 39: Fun with Fire


DIY Fire Fun

DIY Fire Fun


  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself getting lost in YouTube videos.  I love checking out DIY videos, but, being Nothing Normal, tend to look for abnormal DIY projects. Today, I decided to get sucked into some videos dealing with fire, and I wasn’t disappointed by what I found.

*Know that attempting to re-create any of the following experiments is not recommended, and performed at your own risk, or whatever.


  This first video is a set of ten tricks with fire that can easily be performed at home. None of these tricks are inherently dangerous, but remember, fire itself is dangerous, so don’t screw around.



 Video Credit: Brusspup 


  So, this is how it began, trolling through YouTube for DIY fire tricks. Pretty basic stuff, however, I soon found something a bit more intriguing.


Video Credit: Al Stahler


  If you’re anything like me, you watched that video several times thinking, “Exactly wtf did I just witness?” Well, this is Al Stahler and his creation named the Plasma Popper. Not only is this device easily build-able, but it’s amazing to watch. Al has several designs of this device, and has even set up shooting galleries for people of all ages to launch tennis balls from a modified version, which is like a potato launcher.


Video Credit: Al Stahler


Video Credit: Al Stahler


Video Credit: Al Stahler



  While this device looks like the brain child of a mad man – which it totally is – it’s actually made of some basic materials you could find at any hardware store.

  An easy tutorial of how to make one of these bad ass toys was created by another YouTuber called NightHawkInLight, who had originally found the project on Instructables.com.


Video Credit: NightHawkInLight



  As awesome as this is, I found myself needing something a bit more… spy-tech, for whatever reason, and soon came across JLaservideoThis YouTuber makes a wide variety of inventions, but the first to catch my eye was his fireball launching wrist watch. It’s a little out of my league as far as DIY, but is an awesome creation nonetheless.


This video runs a bit long, so if you just want to see this device in action, skip forward to around 6:30.

Video Credit: JLaservideo


  While this invention is awesome, I found another of his projects dangerously fun, and much easier to build.

*Again, it is not recommended that you re-create these devices, but if you do, don’t blame me if you burn your house down.


  To see this wrist flamethrower in action, skip forward to around 10:50.


Dangerously delightful.



  Say, speaking of dangerous and delightful… I just remembered a little something from a previous article I’ve written containing a little DIY firepower.


  Did you know that non-dairy powdered coffee creamer is banned in some prison commissaries? This is due to the fact that it is highly flammable in the right conditions, and has been used to create effective makeshift flamethrowers.


  This powder is non-flammable if you just pile it up and try to set it ablaze, but when mixed with air in a dust-like consistency, it is highly flammable due to its high fat content, as demonstrated below.


Video Credit: ScamSchool




  This is a neat trick, and I was amazed at how flammable this household item really was. However, I kept searching for a worthier example of how someone could weaponize something so readily available and simple, you know, out of curiosity.



  After a few hours of YouTube-ing, I found that most coffee creamer flamethrower videos have one thing in common, a fire source that was pre-existing, and a method of blowing the dust across it.


  YouTuber Nick Uhas performed some experiments using a squeezable bottle with a nozzle full of creamer, puffing it out as a dust across a flame. It yielded some interesting results, and laid some deeper information as to why and how the creamer is so flammable.


Video Credit: Nick Uhas


  Nick didn’t stop experimenting on the small scale, and soon made a powdered coffee creamer “flamethrower” using a modified Ryobi leaf blower. While it expelled the dust well over a fire, it had no ignition source of its own, making it more of a coffee creamer dust-blower.


Video Credit: Nick Uhas



  I was beginning to think that no one had gone the distance to make a fully functioning DIY flamethrower out of coffee creamer, until I found a video shared by HodgePunk. He has in fact made a working flamethrower, originally using cornstarch as the fuel. He later used non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, and found that the results were much better. Using a modified leaf blower with an attached propane torch, and a crank operated hopper to contain the “fuel” material, his flamethrower – like Wu-tang Clan – ain’t nothing to fuck with.


Video Credit: HodgePunk


  In this first video, he simply used cornstarch, which proved effective at short distances. The close ups of the device and few rough descriptions show that this device is fairly simple to construct.


  In his update video of this powder-flame-throwing-death-device, he shows how the device performs when both cornstarch is used and when non-dairy powdered coffee creamer is used.


Video Credit: HodgePunk

I’d say the coffee creamer wins, for sure.



  Most of the DIY fun with fire videos I came across were simple parlor tricks, but the folks behind the fiery tricks and inventions I’ve shared with you today surely go above and beyond to show a love of pyrotechnics. With that being said, if you plan to have some fun with fire, please do so with caution, and don’t act like a jackass. After all, this is fire we are talking about. You know what can happen when you play with fire.


 While I may lack the skill to re-create many of these incredible experiments and inventions, I do find them educational, as well as obscure. However, when it comes to playing with fire, I will always find the most joy in the simple classics.



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