“Painting with bullets”.  Meh:

Yawn another Indiegogo campaign.  Shooting at paint cans and spraypaint canisters and calling whatever you have them to splatter onto “art”, is hardly new.  Heck even FPS Russia did that at least once and then auctioned off the canvas.

This short form documentary will focus on me putting an explosive twist to the technique of splatter painting by using high-powered firearms (12-gauge, AR-15, .44 mag, etc) to create a new series of Skull and Flag paintings. All of this artistic carnage will be captured on a Phantom high-speed camera that’s fast enough to capture a bullet in flight and the crazy splatter effects created when bullets hit paint.

Why it’s necessary to raise $6000 to “document” the artist process is beyond me. There is so much high-speed footage of everything under the sun being shot… it’s not going to change my life seeing another bullet go through another spray paint can. I can get that for free right now WITH some Larry Vuitton ad-libs (YA DAWG! That’s what I’m talking about!).

The reward levels really aren’t even worth discussing… however if you click through you’ll see the lower levels ($25 – $100) consist of a couple different “prints” (yes not originals).  One of a regular USA flag but with 50 bullet holes for the stars, then another clipart looking skull with paint splattered on it.  The originals are also up for grabs at the $500 – $1200 reward level.  I don’t see those being worth the money at all, but what do I know?

Karl-Ford-Painting-With-BulletsI seriously can not wait until we are living in a post-crowdfunding-everything world.  For actual revolutionary ideas and products I think it’s amazing, but there is just too much “noise” on those sites.  By noise I mean there are way too many people who aren’t doing anything groundbreaking, just hoping they can market themselves and their “value proposition” well enough to get some quick cash.  It’s painful to watch.

Thoughts? Anyone plan on throwing Karl some money for ammo so he can have some fun shooting at paint with his bros? Oh you’ll get a print (or original if you’re a baller) out of the donation, don’t worry. :P


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God this is so artsy I think I gagged:

I love the self importance these artists have hahahah. Wow… I’m sure if gun crime in D.C. decreases over the next 6 months, queen bee Lorin Latarro from the video will probably take 100% of the credit.

Crime-Scene-Chalk-Outline-Police-Line-MurderThoughts?  Anyone up for a pro gun rally where we would write words like “Self Preservation”, “Life”, and “Recreation” on drawings of happy families and regular people who own guns and unsurprisingly are not nuts.


Art surrounding firearms:

Some pictures are neat, some are useless.  That’s pretty much how it goes with art though… not everyone is going to be impressed by everything in an exhibit.  The picture, and the story behind 3:27 “Mike And Rat (1983)” by Mary Ellen Mark I found to be the most interesting.  Well that and “Shoot (1971) by Chris Burden where he was so bat shit crazy he got his friend to shoot him with a .22 LR from 15 ft away; in California none the less.  I was a bit disappointed that a high capacity assault clip wasn’t used, considering it was the 70s, before any of the legislation there.


If you’re interested in George Blakeley’s book “Bang: The Gun As Image” it’s available used for quite cheap over at Amazon.  I see it’s only 48 pages long though, so it might be kind of useless.

Hat tip: Erik


By designer Daniel Nyari:

If you want a print of this picture to frame, they are available HERE.

There is a legend at the bottom of the picture that is barely readable.  If you don’t know what one of them is, zoom in with your browser and try to read it.


Mexican artist Pedro Reyes attempts to shock and awe by using guns as a medium:

Imagine is a set of 50 musical instruments fabricated out of destroyed weapons – revolvers, shotguns, machineguns, etc. This work is a progression of Palas por Pistolas (2008), where 1527 weapons were melted and made into the same number of shovels to plant 1527 trees.

A group of 6 musicians worked for 2 weeks shoulder-to-shoulder turning these agents of death into instruments of life.

LOL agents of death!  I’ve got to admit those guitars look and sound really badass.  A shame those weapons were ever destroyed in the first place though.

More pictures and information over at Pedro Reyes’ website.


Hat tip: Raeshawn, Jared


A revolver made out of tools that an artist or old school designer would commonly use:

A revolver made out of purely Helvetica Bold characters and symbols:

Both designed by Mark Fitz out of Dublin, Ireland with prints available for purchase.

Hat tip: Lisa