From Artist Alexander Mijares “Make Art Not War” series *insert eye roll at series name*:

They start off as CNC cut aluminum blanks and Alexander paints what you see on by hand:

It’s pretty much a given that I’ll shit on any and every art project someone sends me a link to.  For one, this Alexander Mijares guy calls himself a professional artist and obviously makes a living off of what he does.  Bottom line is I could do this (and most of the other “art” I post about), and I just might do it for personal satisfaction.  Secondly, I get the whole concept of taking “artistic licences” when representing something.  I didn’t need this AR-15 based rifle to be a carbon copy of an actual rifle, but seriously the proportions are way off!  Why is the barrel nut way behind with the delta ring?  Why is the magazine retardedly shaped?  Why is the barrel profile on a diet? I could go on and on.  Maybe he wanted it that way, but my guess is he knows nothing about firearms and googled “assault rifle” and took the first picture of some airsoft bastardization and made that his model.  That’s Ok too though… he hangs out with good looking girls (see his facebook page), likely drinks for free and eats some stinky cheese on the reg, so all in all it looks like a pretty good life.

Visit the artist Alexander Mijares‘ website for more info.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Karl

31 COMMENTS

11-19-2012

Semi-acceptable at first glance I suppose:

BRZN is a collection of bullet casing jewelry. The bracelets are made with .22lr bullet casings, colorful camo paracord and wire. Each piece is handcrafted with a combination of new and sustainable materials to create something rugged, fun, eye-catching and different.There are over twenty styles of paracord available in two bullet casing colors.

A couple of .22LR brass casings, some paracord with a bendable wire inside for rigidity.  Meh… if you like the look not bad right?  Sure until you look at the price: $49  I shit you not.

Lets break down the costs incurred by this enterprising young man (from Chicago no less):

  • .22LR brass (free unless you’re an idiot)
  • 6″ of 550 paracord (worth around $0.05 at retail price)
  • 6″ of bendable craft wire (I’ll generously say this is worth $0.05 as well)
  • Miscellaneous item that keeps wire inside the .22LR brass (I’ll give this a generous estimate of $0.10)
  • Labor (Heck lets be generous again and say this guy’s time is worth $60 per hour and he can do one every minute… so labor cost per item is $1)

——————
Total Cost: $1.20

Yea that’s a $1.20 cost (but likely much less) on a $49 item, and to add insult to injury he won’t even ship the damn things for free.

Looking at his Etsy sales he has sold 25 of these since his store opened on September 6th of this year.  Now that’s not a lot, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a complete failure either considering he pulled in $1225….. $1195 of which was profit.  That’s a decent amount of beer money (or in his case possibly a few cases of low fat coconut water infused with chai extract and lingonberry vapor.) *slow clap*

Head over to his Etsy store BRZN for the goods.

Thoughts?

19 COMMENTS

11-19-2012

Crazy slingshot guy delivers:

Does anyone else get nervous when he’s cocking weapons and inserting projectiles when someone is obviously running the camera directly in front of him?

2:11 – Poison injecting syringe arrow?  haha wow

I hate to think how many watch lists Joerg is on in Germany.

Why he hasn’t quit his job and moved to the US to make and sell slingshots full time is beyond me. People would eat this stuff up if the designs looked a bit more polished and the price was reasonable.

Thoughts?

8 COMMENTS

11-19-2012

Even though they are glass, I feel like I need to give one of these a lick just so my brain can get over it:

Source – Darren Lago

Even though the title of this work was “Candy Colts” I was bracing for Deagles and Glocks to be in mix.  Looks like the artist either got lucky, or is a gun enthusiast because he kept it strictly 1911s and what looks like Colt single action revolver.

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Kevin

4 COMMENTS

11-18-2012

Good advice if you want to take your gun somewhere you’re flying:

Say “I need to declare a firearm”.   Saying “I have a gun” will not get you the response that you’re looking for from the TSA agents.

LOL yea no kidding.

Make sure you take a look at the official The TSA Traveling With Special Items – Firearms And Ammunition page for the official rules and to keep up on any changes.

27 COMMENTS

11-18-2012

I make fun of Panteao occasionally, but they release some solid content with some good guys 99% of the time.

They also occasionally have a good sense of humor, which is refreshing in an industry where most videos are dialed up to serious high-speed no bullshit.

They put an MP3 of their intro theme (right click Save As…) up for download in case anyone is interested.  Perfect accompaniment for drying your mullet slow motion in the breeze, or sliding across a car hood like a boss.

I’m not sure what type of licencing rights are on the track, so if you’re planning on using it for something you’re going to make money off you should probably drop them an email.

You can check out their website for more gun related goodness.

6 COMMENTS

11-18-2012