Ammunition Art

Spent shell casings and a blow torch used to create a picture of a famous person that was assassinated:

Obligatory deep meaningful “purpose” statement:

The materials I have chosen to use serve my purpose because of the blatant and emotionally charged response they evoke.  These mediums already have a strong  mental imagery that is attached to them.  Around the world they are still used to either help build dreams or destroy the dreamers.  My hope is that you will feel the agony and  then see the miracles that can arise from choosing to create rather than destroy.

Now that that’s over with…

According to the contact page he charges $10000 – $25000 for one of these!

Not a bad wage if he’s selling the things!  (Be right back… tumbling brass and looking for blow torch.)

You can check out more pictures over at his website Bullet Proof Art.


Hat tip: Peter




Poppy January 27, 2012 at 12:38 am


An artist juxtaposing firearms imagery over a famous victim of gun violence/traditional symbol of peace in order to make the controversial statement that firearms kill people and that violence is, in fact, bad? The originality and genius of such an action just BLEW MY MIND and made me SHIT MY PANTS in awe.

Timmeehh January 27, 2012 at 01:04 am
Vhyrus January 27, 2012 at 01:54 am

In the artist’s defense, he did say “Around the world they are still used to either help build dreams or destroy the dreamers.” so he did allude to guns being used in a positive as well as negative way. All in all a pretty cool idea.

USSMUnkfish January 27, 2012 at 02:10 am

>Obligatory deep meaningful “purpose” statement

Every time, it’s there every freaking time! These art posts keep getting more hilarious.

Ernest Young January 27, 2012 at 07:32 am

I think these would be slightly more amazing if the primers didnt have the little indention from being fired. Those little “dots” are a bit off-putting.

RWC January 27, 2012 at 08:07 am

“It is my belief that most of mans’ loftiest pioneering endeavors are hard to manifest and the surface of my art is as hard as the subject matter. I feel it is fitting that I have used the heat of a torch to bring about the shadows of lines and furrows seen in the faces at hand.
The heat and light of the torch reminded me of purifing strength that is forged by fire while simultaneously illuminating altruistic philosophies and new concepts.”

Artists would make GREAT car salesmen.

Grindstone January 27, 2012 at 08:29 am

Who is that and why should I care?

Dan January 27, 2012 at 08:38 am

The subject matter? Lincoln and John Lennon, I think.

Frank January 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I honestly don’t care for this kind of art either. It paints a terrible image of firearms.

I guess we should also have paintings of women on cutting and/or ironing boards to represent them… I’m sure that would go over well. -cackle-

Josh January 27, 2012 at 09:38 am

According to the contact page he charges $10000 – $25000 for one of these!

Thoughts? I think he’s going to price himself out of work.

Church January 27, 2012 at 03:27 pm

I think they’re pretty cool looking.

Ed Miller January 28, 2012 at 02:31 am

Looking at his site’s slide show, he even did John Wayne.

Cancer shot John Wayne, after all.

Clay January 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm

As a designer/artist/gun guy I really like the idea and even had a few similar ideas of using spent brass as a medium for art. It really annoys me, however, when artists think every piece they do has to have some overlying message to it. If you don’t like guns please be original instead of chroming an AK or making an RPG into a flower pot and calling it art.

Antibubba January 29, 2012 at 12:54 am

According to the contact page he charges $10000 – $25000 for one of these!

For me to pay that much for spent brass would be Berdansome…

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