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Dublin City Council Asks Artist to Remove Massive Marriage Equality Mural


A massive mural for marriage equality which appeared on the side of a building in downtown Dublin last week may have to be removed after the artist received a letter from the Dublin City Council, The Journal reports:

Councillor Mannix Flynn told that the letter concerns the removal of the black-and-white paper mural over a planning issue, and is not due to the content of the mural.

Stuff like that would fall in breach of planning. It’s a listed building. As far as I know, a lot of complaints came in. They would be forwarded to planning and planning would issue a general warning letter saying it was in breach and requesting removal by a certain date. If that is not removed, a letter of enforcement would be sent out. It’s about due process.

 The mural was elected ahead of the May 22 marriage referendum and Flynn added that the request was not political:

I’m very much a supporter for the Yes camp, and have been campaigning for a Yes vote. but nonetheless, when you see a building like this and a massive piece this size, the law is the law. If there is a laissez-faire attitude, within a short space of time you’ll see people leasing out and renting out the sides of buildings.

Massive Marriage Equality Mural Appears Overnight on Building in Downtown Dublin: PHOTO


An enormous four-story mural of two men embracing by Irish illustrator and street artist Joe Caslin went up overnight on South Great Georges Street in downtown Dublin, meant to be a "poignant representation of same-sex love in the city" ahead of the Irish marriage referendum on May 22.

(top image via Panti Bliss)

Caslin says he is selling prints all weekend on South Great Georges Street and will be opening up an online shop as well.


# Y E S E Q U A L I T YA2 limited edition prints straight off the printing press this afternoon. These will be on sale...

Posted by Joe Caslin on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wrote Caslin of the image:

| E Q U A L I T Y | - Claddagh...The hands represent friendship....The crown represents loyalty....And the heart represents love. ...#‎voteyes‬


| E Q U A L I T Y |CladdaghThe hands represent friendship.The crown represents loyalty.And the heart represents love.#voteyes

Posted by Joe Caslin on Sunday, March 29, 2015

Here's the building before the mural went up via Caslin on Instagram.


'Portraits in Provincetown' That Deserve More Face Time: VIDEO


Many of you enjoyed a gallery and interview we posted last summer by photographer Emil Cohen featuring 47 portraits of people in Provincetown, which went on to get wide exposure on the web. Now, Emil is preparing a show of the portraits in Ptown this summer at the William-Scott Gallery and a book and is looking for funding to help finish the project.

Check out Emil's Kickstarter video, AFTER THE JUMP...

And help him out here.


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Guerilla Artists Erect Massive Bust of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden in NYC Park: VIDEO


A massive bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made of hydrocal was erected overnight in a park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn by a group of guerilla artists and their assistants, ANIMAL New York reports:

The group, which allowed ANIMAL to exclusively document the installation on the condition that we hide their identities, hauled the 100-pound sculpture into Fort Greene Park and up its hilly terrain just before dawn. They fused it to part of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers. As of press time, the sculpture was still there.

The idea for the Snowden tribute was conceived about a year ago by two New York City-based artists with a history of pulling off notable public interventions. They linked up with a renowned sculptor on the West Coast who was sympathetic to their cause. The artists admit that Snowden probably wouldn’t approve of the project, since he never wanted the leaks to be about him, but they hope he’d understand why they did it.

2_snowdenThe group released a statement about why they did it:

Fort Greene’s Prison Ship Martyrs Monument is a memorial to American POWs who lost their lives during the Revolutionary War. We have updated this monument to highlight those who sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies. It would be a dishonor to those memorialized here to not laud those who protect the ideals they fought for, as Edward Snowden has by bringing the NSA’s 4th-Amendment-violating surveillance programs to light. All too often, figures who strive to uphold these ideals have been cast as criminals rather than in bronze. Our goal is to bring a renewed vitality to the space and prompt even more visitors to ponder the sacrifices made for their freedoms. We hope this inspires them to reflect upon the responsibility we all bear to ensure our liberties exist long into the future.

Watch the video of the installation, AFTER THE JUMP...

NOTE: The bust has since been covered with a tarp. Towleroad's Michael Goff walked over to it this morning and took the photo below. He reports that the area was crawling with police and additional personnel who looked like Secret Service.


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A 'Massive' Look Inside the World of Gay Japanese Manga: VIDEO

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To read most of the Western media’s coverage about LGBT rights in Japan, one might, understandably, get the impression that the country has all but suffocated its gay population. In reality that’s far from the case. Much in the same way that Tom of Finland helped define the artistic aesthetic of 70s-era gay erotica in the West, Gengoroh Tagame did the same for Japan in the mid-80s. 

Though bara, the genre that Tagame primarily works in, is considered a separate artform, Tagame’s influence on the Japanese manga industry can be seen throughout some of the most popular yaoi manga titles today.

MassiveHere in the U.S. Tagame and other bara artists’ work has really only ever thrived in online enthusiast communities like those exist on Tumblr, DeviantArt, and certain message boards. In Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It authors Anne Ishii Graham Kolbeins interview some of the genre’s top artists for one of the first in-depth, English-language primers.

Massive, Kolbeins, and Ishii are currently touring across the U.S. promoting the book, but in case you can’t make it to a signing check out the epic launch party featuring an interview with Tagame and Gachimuchi go-go boys AFTER THE JUMP...(NSFW images)

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This Series Of Incredible Stone Sculptures Will Put You in a Zen State: VIDEO

Gravity Glue

Artist Michael Grab works in stone to create some amazing abstract sculptures. Rather than carving in marble, he works exclusively with found stones and rocks that he then arranges into some unbelievable towers and arches that are held together purely by gravity and impeccable balance, including some jaw-dropping piles resting serenely amidst rapids.

A plausible reaction would be to assume that during the time-lapse montages he used some form of glue or tape to hold everything together. That theory falls flat later in the video when Grab, not unlike Tibetan monks and their sand mandalas, completely destroys his sculptures with the removal of a single stone...or by chucking a rock at the sculpture from offscreen.

There's a philosophical message somewhere in all of that.

You can watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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