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My First Rifle: Photos of Kids and Their Guns

Wednesday 05.21.2014 , Posted by
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For much of the western world, owning a gun is near unthinkable… let alone giving one to your young child. That’s part of what prompted Dutch photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn to jump on a plane for America, just one month after seeing the tragic story of a 5-year old boy in Kentucky who killed his 2-year old sister with a practice rifle (an event which was deemed an accident). [Read more…]

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The Worlds First 3D Printed Metal Handgun Makes Its Debut

Monday 11.11.2013 , Posted by

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Earlier this year 3D printed guns made quite a stir. First came the Liberator, a gun made almost completely in ABS plastic using 3D printing and an easily downloadable file. Now comes something that blows that gun away – a complete, 3D printed metal gun that has been fired over 600 times to date… and it’s modeled exactly after an iconic 1911 handgun design. [Read more…]

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From Guns to Drums: The Disarm Project Creates Mechanized Musical Instruments from Dangerous Weapons

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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Pedro Reyes is taking a notoriously dangerous element in his country – guns – and transforming them into musical instruments programmed to play surprisingly catchy music. In doing so, the Mexico City native is subverting the original purpose for these weapons, taking something that could have taken life, and instead enhancing lives through musical creativity. He calls his project Disarm. [Read more…]

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Cakes and Guns? Dangerously Tasty!

Thursday 05.02.2013 , Posted by

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If you thought our article earlier this week with guns and porcelain was an odd combination… how about guns and cake? San Francisco artist Scott Hove has been making unusual cake based sculptures as part of his Cakeland series since back in 2005. From high heels to taxidermy, he has given the fantastic frosting-coated treatment to a diverse range of subjects – even including entire art spaces. Now, for his show “Guns and Ecstasy,” Hove has turned his talents toward firearms and in particular assault rifles. It’s an appropriate topic as the debate on gun legality continues to rage in the US after a shocking amount of recent school shootings. [Read more…]

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Thumbs Up! Famous Films Without the Guns

Monday 03.18.2013 , Posted by

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Sometimes in life, all it takes is removing one key ingredient to change the message… in fact, it sometimes completely reverses the original meaning. That’s the case in these great movie still remixes from the blog Thumbs and Ammo, where we are given a collection of shoot’em up moments with one element removed: the guns. Suddenly tough guys like Al Pacino’s Tony Montana in Scarface don’t look so tough… he’s just enthusiastically giving a thumbs-up. [Read more…]

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Decommissioned AK 47 Rifles Become Symbols of Peace

Sunday 10.28.2012 , Posted by

Twenty-three artists have transformed twenty-three AK 47 assault rifles into beautiful artworks for an inspiring exhibition called AKA Peace. The Peace One Day organization funds itself through projects like this and has worked with the United Nations to declare a global day of peace on September 21st every year. Peace One Day gives us hope; if everyone can put down their weapons for one day, why not one month or one year? Their latest project is called Global Truce 2013. [Read more…]

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Guns N’ Roses – Underwater Shots Become Flowers

Saturday 09.29.2012 , Posted by

The only thing more cool than seeing a gun shot underwater is the beautiful, flower shaped jacketed hollow point bullets that result. Firearm expert Andrew Tuohy provides both on his website, Vuurwapen Blog. The blog is named after the Dutch word for firearm and is intended to be the best source of the highest quality firearm reviews on the internet. [Read more…]

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Wait Miss, Is that a Gun in Your Hand?

Friday 12.23.2011 , Posted by

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The beginnings of feminism are most notably associated with women’s suffrage movements in the 19th century… and we have come a long way since those early movements for the equality of the women of the world. Even today, it is somewhat unusual for women to be pictured with guns. Fine art photographer Lindsay McCrum has created a new photo book challenging cultural norms and our national identity. The idea of combining beautiful women with firearms is no new idea, but in Chicks with Gunsthe firearms are not just props [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #27 > Stormtrooper Icon

Wednesday 03.23.2011 , Posted by


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Stacks of Money Turned Into 3D Carvings

Monday 03.14.2011 , Posted by

Tattoo artist Scott Campbell is a man of many, varied talents: recently he has been laser cutting tall stacks of dollar bills into delicate three dimensional carvings. His piles of currency feature many of the traditional tattoo symbols we are accustom to: skulls, religious art, guns, roses. Other pieces have adeptly cut script with sayings like “Thank you, Jesus” and “The Thrill is Gone.” Only adding to the raw nature of his work: it’s technically illegal to destroy or deface currency.

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