Friends are important. And long-standing friends are so rare and so precious that they can hardly be overvalued. But if humanity, as a species, were to name one friend that had been there since the very beginning, it would be certainly be...well, dogs. They were our evolutionary companions from early on. They are a part of our mythologies, our legends, and our tall tales.
But while we can imagine that people have always loved their dogs, there's actual evidence to back it up as well. As Indiana Jones would tell you, archeology is the path to many abilities some would consider to be unnatural. (Wait, I think I messed up that quote
Talk about the creative process...
Walt Creel creates original artwork with a deadly weapon. The Birmingham, Alabama-based artist uses a .22-caliber rifle to make pointilist portraits of southern wildlife onto 4x6-foot aluminum panels.
"My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose, to deweaponize it."
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One of the first email forwards I ever recieved (so...1996?) was a photo of a stuffed mouse who'd had some sort of bird feet grafted onto him.
"That," I said, "Is the scariest non-alive animal contraptration I've ever seen..."
Turns out, I was waaaaaaay wrong. Environmental Graffiti has scoured the web and come up with a postmodern taxidermy primer, which, either by design or default, is quite creepy. Which makes sense: animal combinations (sphinx, griffin, minotaur, mermaid, etc) have been the stuff of myths and legends since the earliest cultural narratives.