The insides of animals, after having gobbled a human or two. From left to right, whale innards as imagined by Evan B. Harris, what a girl scout looks like inside a dragon’s tummy by Amanda Visell and a bear commandeered by a couple of kids, by ghostpatrol.
Archive for June, 2009
The world is minus one of the greatest entertainers of our time with the death of Michael Jackson yesterday in Los Angeles. He will live forever in our hearts, and his body might live on even longer than that — the Daily Mail reports the King of Pop’s body will be plastinated and put on display in a BodyWorlds exhibit — take that info with a grain of salt, though, they are the Weekly World News of the UK. We wondered if MJ might be the type to have his body cryogenically frozen — a process that supercools the body and removes the body’s fluids so one might be brought back to life in the future. Not so. Apparently the body needs to be frozen almost immediately after death, otherwise the brain builds up with lactic acid, destroying it in the process. Of course first we must wait for the autopsy, and until then we’ll wait to see whether rumors of heavy prescription drug use and possible anorexia contributed to cardiac arrest. All controversy aside, our hearts are heavy over here at I Heart Guts. Until we hear more details, we’re gonna crank up “Thriller” for the millionth time.
Puzzle Zoo was one of the first (and remains one of the few) mainstream toy stores to carry our guts, so we’re pleased Toy Directory Monthly chose their Santa Monica store as a place to film our pancreas and plush lungs. She calls “I Love Guts” plush “happy, colorful and educational”. I guess no one prepped her on what the pancreas does, exactly, but who cares, right?
What would you do if your kids were bigger than you — when they were born? Apparently a type of ancient crustacean produced sperm that was not shrimpy at all — the manly cells were even bigger than the full grown adult version of itself. Sounds like a hell of a sea monkey to have to give birth to. [Via DiscoBlogs]
Chicago’s hometown craft fair is coming to Los Angeles, and we can’t wait to climb aboard with our guts! We had so much fun at last summer’s San Francisco show in NorCal, we were delighted to learn Renegade is expanding into SoCal as well. Not only is is heartening to see crafty affairs such as this one expanding in “these troubled times” but we Angelenos enjoy seeing the local craft thrive, even down here in amongst the hell of plastic surgery and Juicy Couture sweatsuits. Now could someone please get the Korean taco truck and Ambient Haircut to hit Renegade and we’ll be in heaven? July 11+12, 11-7 both days. Come visit! Anyone wearing I Heart Guts tees gets a free present! UPDATE: we’re also gonna be at Renegade San Francisco! Come visit, wear guts and get a gift!
Cover your body with some of these cool anatomy-related shirts, by Young Lovers at left, organ donor awareness tees (they say “I have the guts…” cute…maybe they should make “future organ donor” shirts too, to be extra creepy.) by Mats Ottdal, and one-of-a-kind patchwork anatomy tunic by takeaholiday on etsy.
We were lucky enough to be invited to the Cute + Dangerous show at seven degrees gallery, a show of fabulous cuteness that opens this Friday. The first 50 people to attend are eligible to win AMAZING STUFF, they are giving away an incredible collection of adorable stuff from the likes of StrangeCo, Meomi, Jon Burgerman, Love Triangle, Fred Flare and more! But enough of that crass commercialism — you’re there to see the art, right? Details, schmetails: seven degrees gallery, 891 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, CA. Opening is June 12, 2009, 8 pm – 1 am.
This giant book Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery is 714 pages of body parts as envisioned by Taschen, one of the finest publishers of books on art, graphic design, architecture, pop culture and other quirkery. If you are an anatomy nut, you will find the gorgeous detail of the book’s intricate full color plates very satisfying indeed. The atlas, published in 8 volumes in the mid-1800s, was two decades in the making, a collaboration between surgeon Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery and illustrator Nicolas Henri Jacob. Just look at the veins on that brain! And so that’s what a cross-section of the spine would look like! Also interesting in Taschen’s catalog: Aesthetic Surgery, all about, well, trying to improve on what nature gave ya. It’s out of stock, but you can still look at the fascinating and sometimes grotesque pictures. You can even send this mouth image as an e-card.