Visual Art

MAL-entine’s Day is coming!

I don’t want to alarm anyone but VALENTINE’S DAY IS THIS FRIDAY. If you don’t have all your proper v-day accoutrements and hoity-toitily overwrought micro-tapas gastro-chic reservations prepared already, you’re either SOL or you care about v-day just as much as I do (read: not a whit). However, if this is the sort of holiday on which you like to take an extra moment to make... »

Operation Flawless: Selfies against Big Beauty

Operation Flawless: Selfies against Big Beauty

In case you’ve forgotten, a couple of months ago, Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel wrote a ridiculous article declaring selfies to be a “cry for help” and the ultimate anti-feminist act. Our own Surly Amy responded, schooling Ryan on the importance of self-portraits throughout history. Selfies give us the power to control the way the world sees us. We show ourselves at our best. We show the world that ... »

lined notebook paper seen through a cut-out sheep drawing

What Color is Your Sheep?

Last night in our Growing Up Godless panel during FTBCon, I mentioned that I’d been to churchy-camp without even realizing it was churchy as a child. Apparently there was a nearby church holding summer “camps” with a running theme of the Chronicles of Narnia; if I remember correctly, each year they used a different book from the series. Being the sort of kid who would waddle up t... »

Help Get ‘Hug an Atheist’ to Film Festivals

Help Get ‘Hug an Atheist’ to Film Festivals

For the past three years, I’ve helped organize the Atheist Film Festival (AFF) in San Francisco. At the 5th Annual AFF this past September, we had the distinct honor of hosting the world premiere of Hug an Atheist, a documentary by Belgian filmmaker Sylvia Broeckx about the everyday lives, loves, and values of atheists in America. It is a heartwarming and honest portrayal of members of the s... »

Cucking Follages: A 365 Project

Cucking Follages: A 365 Project

Ah, collage–the ancient art of gluing shit to other shit. To ring in the new year and get my creative juices flowing, I’ve decided to undertake a collage a day project. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: CUCKING FOLLAGES. The rules are simple: Must be a “complete” collage Cannot buy new materials for them–must use what is on hand If you miss a day, you have to ma... »

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

One of the challenges of being a visual artist and blogger is that one rarely has time to blog because one is far too busy producing other art. In an attempt to make the two mix a bit better, I’ve started filming my building and then talking about them. Welcome to my first of, hopefully, many video design diaries Requests and recommendations are welcome. »

Community Beer Company Art & Booze Events

Community Beer Company Art & Booze Events

Portland, Oregon may be the paragon of craft beer, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area isn’t doing too shabby either. With at least 10 active craft breweries in the area (and more on the way!), it’s easy to find a brew to suit your needs and a brewery to drink it at. But every beer snob has their favorite, and mine is Community Beer Company. A bit of history for those of you who aren’... »

Hi! I’m Lauren

Hi! I’m Lauren

Hey Madartlabbers! My name is Lauren and I’m one of the new kids around here. You might know me from my work with Skepticon or you might remember me from that one time I totally fought a T-Rex and won. I recently graduated from art school with my MFA (which stands for Mother Fuckin’ Awesome, by the way) and have been enlisted by the wonderful Surlyamy to rock your frickin’ socks ... »

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