Tushy Tush

Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern: London

Damien Hirst sure knows how to get double takes. From spliced cows to bedazzled medicine cabinets filled with cigarette butts, Hirst’s work has an ability to captivate the masses with a pop art style that’s contemporarily kitschy (in my opinion). He is a modern Picasso in the sense that he is not actually the inventor…

Berlin

Wise Words on the Wall: Berlin

Feels like a fitting post for the depressing news that initiative 522, which would label GMO foods in Washington was not passed. I will refrain from a seemingly irrelevant yet somehow parallel tangent to this Erich Fried quote, which is painted on a wall at the East Gallery. Everything about it is striking, from the clean…

Versailles

Rooftop Clock: Versailles

I miss France. I do. You know why? Because absence makes the heart grow fonder. But really, it does. I would love to go back to Versailles and illegally picnic, sketch the statues, and pretend I am Marie Antoinette. Perhaps I’d bring a man to row me around the canal, then photobomb a wedding party,…

Istanbul

Stray Dog: Istanbul

At first glance, it’s hard to make an educated conclusion if vagabond dogs outnumber feral cats in Istanbul– wherever you go, one of them is within a 50 foot radius of you. After a bit of investigation, I discovered that according to the World Health Association there are some 100,000 stray dogs and an unreported…

Istanbul

Suitcase Storage: Istanbul

This will be one of my last posts on Istanbul. The thing that I haven’t discussed in favor of my rants about animal jails are the AMAZING shops in the city. I mean, ridiculously cool stores from vintage boutiques to kitschy gift shops, eclectic clothing stores, massive electronic warehouses (okay that one isn’t quite as exciting)…

Istanbul

Imprisoned Dove: Istanbul

Keeping up with my recent purge of animal images from the “flower” market, here we have a demonic dove, hell-bent on getting the F outta dodge. I (naturally) would have loved to buy him, name him Pablo Escobar, and become a crazy bird lady but alas, I don’t think they allow you to bring doves…

Istanbul

Chicks: Istanbul

Next to the Spice Market , which is more or less a corridor broken down into stalls the size of dorm rooms, each brimming with mounds of dried fruits, nuts, Turkish delight, teas, copper coffee pots, and aggressive salesmen, there is a smaller building that appears to be a plant bazaar called Çiçek Pazarı. Lo…