Women And Cats: Contemporary Bijinga Paintings By Kazuho Imaoka

Women And Cats: Contemporary Bijinga Paintings By Kazuho Imaoka

The tradition of bijinga (美人画, “beautiful person picture”) is said to have originated in Kyoto around the mid-Edo period as an art form that portrayed not only external beauty, but inner beauty. The style continued to evolve through the Meiji and Taisho periods of Japanese modernity but now, a group of young Kyoto-based painters are taking the genre and adding a fresh coat of paint. One of those is Kazuho Imaoka. Continue reading »

Artist Celebrates Japanese Art And Culture With Strong And Beautiful Women Illustrations

Artist Celebrates Japanese Art And Culture With Strong And Beautiful Women Illustrations

Born in Chiba prefecture, illustrator and graphic designer Nadesico Rin’s style focuses on more traditional aspects of Japanese art and culture. On her official website, she cites a love for Japanese art and culture, the aesthetic of which has raised her and led her to the focus of her artwork. Continue reading »

“Through Chaos And Solitude”: Badass Digital And Traditional Paintings By Edward Delandre

"Through Chaos And Solitude": Badass Digital And Traditional Paintings By Edward Delandre

There are more than just a few skulls kicking about the art portfolio of Edward Delandre. His concept art shows a mixture of digital and traditional paintings. Mr Delandre even offers commissioned portraits. Flicking through his works I noticed he creates a lot of fan art. Including some wicked Ghost Riders and the human munching Titans. They are big freaky bastards. Continue reading »

Artist Breaks The Traditional Masculinized Image Of Famous People By Taking Them To Their Pink World

Artist Breaks The Traditional Masculinized Image Of Famous People By Taking Them To Their Pink World

Scott Scheidly is an artist from Ohio, currently based in Orlando, Florida, who calls himself surrealist at heart. His series “The Pinks” has some of that vibe too since Scheidly decided to depict infamous historical figures in a completely new light – fabulous pink. Continue reading »

This Artist Re-Imagines Traditional Tattoos As Incredible 3D Illustrations

This Artist Re-Imagines Traditional Tattoos As Incredible 3D Illustrations

Billy Bogiatzoglou aka Billelis is a digital artist, illustrator, and art director currently living in the UK. With an eye for bold contrasts and colors, complex machinery, and the macabre, everything he produces has a hyperreal and futuristic quality. Continue reading »

Historic Photos Of Russian Beauties In Traditional Costumes Prove Slavic Beauty Never Gets Boring

Historic Photos Of Russian Beauties In Traditional Costumes Prove Slavic Beauty Never Gets Boring

Today we will continue to recall the dresses and images of Russian beauties of pre-revolutionary Russia, but not in illustrations and paintings of artists, but in photographs. The photos below are taken from the collection of Shabelsky from the collection of the Russian Ethnographic Museum. Continue reading »

“Memoirs Of The Geisha” – A Look Back At The Traditional Japanese Female Entertainers

Two geishas receive a visiting samurai, Japan, circa 1880:
"Memoirs Of The Geisha" - A Look Back At The Traditional Japanese Female Entertainers
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A long standing stigma has been placed on Japanese Geisha girls. When someone thinks of a Geisha, they think of a glorified prostitute or call girl. This is far from the truth. Geisha’s are entertainers, and they are trained vigorously in art, music and dancing. If you translate Geisha into English, you get artist.

Being a true Geisha is an honor to the girls, who when they become full-fledged Geisha’s are then called geiko. If a girl begins her training to be a geisha before she is 21, she is called a maiko, meaning child dancer. A girl or woman can become a geisha even if she wasn’t a maiko, but if she had been a maiko she would enjoy much more prestige. Continue reading »

The Traditional Rwandan Hairstyle: The Most Unique And Creative Hairstyle From The 1920

The Traditional Rwandan Hairstyle: The Most Unique And Creative Hairstyle From The 1920

The Amasunzu traditional hairstyle is hands down one of the most creative ever. Still being worn today, it was and still is a symbol of pride in Rwanda. The Amasunzu hairstyle represented different roles and stages in life of women and men. When warriors wore the style, it symbolized strength and bravery. Worn by women, it usually marked marital status and virginity. Young woman wore it before they were married. After marriage, some women let their hair grow freely. Continue reading »

Russia’s Traditional Ancestral Architecture Is Pretty Amazing

Traditional wooden houses, many featuring exquisite carvings and craftsmanship, are falling into decay across Russia because of neglect, lack of funds and an exodus from the countryside to the cities. Urbanisation and a low birth rate are emptying out the countryside, and residents and authorities are often largely indifferent towards the historical value of their properties.

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A view of the facade of a house in the village of Cherevkovo, Arkhangelsk region, Russia. (Photo by Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) Continue reading »

Beautiful Photo Session In Traditional Costume From The Region Of Łowicz In Central Poland

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Photo by Łukasz Kłosiński

When we come upon some interesting photo-shoots we are usually eager to share them with you. This was one such “nostalgia” driven photo spectacle by Polish blogger Wiktoria Nowak. She was a folk dancer for 11 years in her younger age, because of that dance has been a large part of her personality and life. You know there is a thing about these folk gatherings, or what we mean they will leave you filled with good memories such as events, dances, trips, camps and culture preserving. Continue reading »

Traditional Family Statues On The Streets Of Russia

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Statues of a traditional family have been created all over Russian cities, in order to promote traditional family model. Some of the statues show an expectant mother along with her husband, children and a pet. Images of the statues, that portray happy family; mom and dad with couple or more kids, went viral in social media. Continue reading »

Polish Artists Recreate Traditional Slavic Head Wreaths With A Modern Twist

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Photographer Ula Kóska in collaboration with makeup artist Beata Bojda has made an incredible Slavic themed photo-shoot that features Polish (and Slavic) folklore elements. In Polish folk culture they used to wear wreaths and bunches of flowers that were a part of both religious and secular ceremonies such as marriage, funeral, festivals or Easter. They used a Handcraft paper handicraft if you are wonder, as this has been well known & traditional method of creating such wreaths in Poland. In their project they used techniques coming from Polish “Opoczno” area, although this technique it is also an integral part of Malopolska and sub-Carpathian tradition. Continue reading »

Beautiful Colorized Photos Of Immigrants in Their Traditional Dresses At The Ellis Island Immigration Station In The Early 20th Century

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The photographs were taken by an immigration official named Augustus Frederick Sherman. He took photographs of immigrants who were being detained for further interrogation, whether for medical or other reasons. Some would be permitted to stay while others would be forced to return to the homes they risked so much to leave. Continue reading »

Disney Artist Inserts Beloved Characters Into Old, Traditional Japanese Photos

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Disney artist John Ramirez inserts Disney and other inspired characters into traditional Japanese pictures and scenes, turning them into surreal worlds from the 19th and 20th century. Continue reading »

Ancient Traditional Honey Hunters Of Nepal

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Andrew Newey, an award-winning UK-based travel photographer, has captured gripping photographs of central Nepalese Gurung tribe members engaged in a dangerous and ancient tradition – honey hunting. Continue reading »

Watercolor Painter Uses Traditional Techniques To Reveal Expressive Faces Of Tibet

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Chinese artist Liu Yungsheng is one of the leading watercolor painters of his generation. Making use of inherited traditional techniques, Yungsheng creates hyperrealistic portraits that convey a trademark observational style. Each depiction seems more photograph than painting, as Yungsheng’s portraits seem to come alive by capturing his subjects, down to the smallest detail. Continue reading »

Surreal Collages Of Cambodian Trees Mixed With Traditional Art By Clement Briend

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French photographer Clément Briend projected giant gargoyle heads on to trees at Parc de Saint-Cloud near Paris. Continue reading »

Breathtaking Photos Of Traditional Eagle Hunting In Mongolia

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In one of the planet’s most desolate and harsh terrains, the Altai Mountains which run from Siberia in Russia down to Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, hunting with eagles is currently only practiced by a handful of Kyrgyz and Kazakhs (previously). This form of falconry, the practice of hunting with the aid of birds of prey, can be traced back as far as 4,000 years in Central Asia. Since 2014, after leaving a senior corporate job and wanting to document remote cultures around the world, photographer Tariq Zaidi has been photographing the Kazakh eagle hunters. For Kazakhs living in western Mongolia, hunting with eagles is a proud art, and one of the highest expressions of their cultural heritage. Today, the art is slowly dying out, as there are only about 70 traditional eagle hunters left in the world. For these remaining few, it is not simply an important tradition or an extraordinary sport; it is their reason to live. Here: after a successful hunt, a proud hunter rewards his eagle by feeding it the lungs of the prey, which is considered the most highly prized part of the animal. (Photo by Tariq Zaidi/The Washington Post)
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Star Wars Prints Styled As Traditional Japanese Art

Star Wars Prints Styled As Traditional Japanese Art

To Transpose the mythical universe of the Star Wars saga in Japanese prints, that’s the great idea launched by the Japanese crowdfunding website Makuake. Continue reading »

Holi – Traditional Festival of Colours in India

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A physically challenged Indian child, smeared with gulal-coloured powder, smiles at the camera during Holi celebrations at the Society for the Edcuation of the Crippled school in Mumbai on March 4, 2015. ‘Holi’, the festival of colours, is a riotous celebration of the coming of spring and falls on the day after full moon annually in March. Revellers spray coloured powder and water on each other with great gusto, whilst adults extend the hand of peace. AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Traditional Historical Ski Race In Czech Republic

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A participant jumps on vintage skis during a traditional historical ski race in the northern Bohemian town of Smrzovka February 21, 2015. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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Traditional Wedding Ceremony in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian Muslims Azim Liumankov and his bride Fikrie Bindzheva pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, February 15, 2015. The remote mountain village of Ribnovo in southwest Bulgaria has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad. The wedding ritual was resurrected with vigour among the Pomaks – Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. The highlight of the ceremony is the painting of the bride’s face, where in a private rite open only to female in-laws, her face is covered in thick, chalky white paint and decorated with colourful sequins. (Photo by Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)
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“Bloco da Lama” – A Traditional Mud Carnival Party in Brazil

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A woman, covered in mud, dances during the traditional “Bloco da Lama” or “Mud Block” carnival party, in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Revelers in the seaside colonial town threw themselves into deposits of black, mineral-rich slime, emerging covered head-to-toe in the sludge. Bikinis and trunks disappeared beneath the mud, which highlights both gym-pumped pectorals and beer-fed guts. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)
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A Traditional Candle Factory

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An Indonesian worker carries a giant candle at a traditional Chinese candle maker for the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bogor, Indonesia, 27 January 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year, known here as Imlek, is only three weeks away. The whole city is getting decked out to celebrate the event on 19 February 2015. (Photo by Adi Weda/EPA)
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The Jarramplas Traditional Festival in Spain

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People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Jarramplas is a character that wears a costume made from colorful strips of fabric, and a devil-like mask and beats a drum through the streets of Piornal while residents throw turnips as a punishment for stealing cattle. The exact origin of the festival are not known, various theories exist from the mythological punishment of Caco by Hercules, to a cattle thief ridiculed and expelled by his neighbors. The Jarramplas Festival takes place every year from the 19th till the 20th of January on Saint Sebastian Day. (Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo)
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