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Mad Quickies: The Problem We All Live With Isn’t Just Skin-Deep

Holla, People of Earth, and welcome to the Monday edition of the Mad Quickies. I hope all is going well in your world. As for me, I’m in the last hundred pages of Chuck Wendig’s “Wanderers”, so I’m deepest in it, and I’m getting that world and this one a little mixed up. I’m just saying. Also, omigod this book is SO GOOD. I really wanted to call into work and tell them I had come down with a case of “reading.” But I digress! I’ve got Mad Quickies to share…Onward!


Should You Get a Scary UV Photo of Your Skin Damage?
A technology grows in popularity among dermatologists, sunscreen brands and artists.

“Witney Carson McAllister, 25, a ballroom dancer from Salt Lake City who won the 19th season of “Dancing With the Stars,” knows to the naked eye her complexion seems smooth, silky and blemish-free. “If you saw my skin you wouldn’t think I had any damage,” she said.

But as a survivor of skin cancer, she also knows appearances can be deceiving. So at the beginning of June she traveled to New York City to have a UV portrait taken by Pierre-Louis Ferrer, a Parisian photographer who specializes in them.

For such pictures a special camera, or a regular camera with a filter, catches UV light instead of visible light, exposing damage under the top layer of skin. Bruises, sun spots, freckles and other pigmentation all become apparent.”


Stunning photos of two extraordinarily beautiful humans with albinism, including “model Sanele Junior Xaba and South African model, lawyer, and activist Thando Hopa, the first woman with albinism to grace the cover of Vogue.”

Models with Albinism Challenge Standards of Beauty in Photographs by Justin Dingwall

“They are not about race or fashion, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful,” Dingwall in a statement. “I wanted to create a series of images that resonate with humanity and make people question what is beautiful…To me diversity is what makes humanity interesting and beautiful.”


Here’ an interesting idea: using tattoos for diagnostic purposes.

The art of sensing within the skin
Dermal tattoo sensors for the detection of blood pH change and metabolite levels

“The art of tattooing may have found a diagnostic twist. A team of scientists in Germany have developed permanent dermal sensors that can be applied as artistic tattoos. As detailed in the journal Angewandte Chemie, a colorimetric analytic formulation was injected into the skin instead of tattoo ink. The pigmented skin areas varied their color when blood pH or other health indicators changed.”


Longtime design writer Steven Heller tapped out this piece about Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With”. The essay is an adaptation of Heller’s introduction to Rockwell’s autobiography My Adventures as an Illustrator (The Definitive Edition), and is “an homage to Rockwell’s heartfelt commitment to Civil Rights in the United States.”

Rockwell Most Radical Painting

“Never in his wildest dreams — and he had many throughout his life — did Norman Percevel Rockwell imagine that he would become one of America’s controversial artists. Sure, he dreamed of being popular, respected and accepted into New York society yet mostly he compulsively worked hard to be as exceptional an illustrator as those he admired, including Howard Pyle, Frederic Remington and others of the late 19th Century “Golden Age of Illustration.” These (mostly) male artists defined the styles and content of American “commercial,” “applied” and “popular” art. Rockwell saw his role as illustrator was to illuminate and entertain — to capture in paint what an author wrote in words. As The Saturday Evening Post’s most prolific cover artist for over 40 years, his aim was to paint a mythic spirit of America, not kick dust in the viewer’s eye. Being controversial — politically or otherwise — was never ever considered.”


Read more about the lovely and vibrant Ruby Bridges at the Wiki.


Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is a heartless, stupid, deflated bag of cheap leather really needs to get on one of her 10 yachts and sail over the horizon for good. So naturally I was livid when I saw that heinous Betsy DeVos cartoon.

Artist Glenn McCoy was flabbergasted that people were up in arms. Really, McCoy? He told Talking Points Memo: “My cartoon was about how, in this day and age, decades beyond the civil rights protests, it’s sad that people are still being denied the right to speak freely or do their jobs or enter public buildings because others disagree with who they are or how they think.”

This happened in 2017 and it STILL makes me want to set my computer screen on fire.


View more images of Ruby Bridges at Rare Historical Photos:

Ruby Bridges, the first African-American to attend a white elementary school in the deep South, 1960


Ruby Bridges is interviewed by President Obama in 2011

—from the page—

“Ruby Bridges visited the White House to see how a painting commemorating her personal and historic milestone looks hanging on the wall outside of the Oval Office. American Artist Norman Rockwell was criticized by some when this painting first appeared on the cover of Look magazine on January 14,1964; now the iconic portrait will be on display throughout the summer of 2011 in one of the most exalted locations in the country.”

IMAGE: William Frantz Elementary School, New Orleans, 1960. “After a Federal court ordered the desegregation of schools in the South, U.S. Marshals escorted a young Black girl, Ruby Bridges, to school.” Note: Photo appears to show Bridges and the Marshals leaving the school. She was escorted both to and from the school while segregationist protests continued. Public domain via WikiCommons.

DOJ photographer, 1960, public domain WikiCommons


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