Marvel Super Hero Team-Up by Jorge Molina
a head turner…
by grzegorz krysinski
"There’s a legend around here. A killer buried, but not dead. A curse on Crystal Lake, a death curse. Jason Voorhees curse. They say he died as a boy, but he keeps coming back. Few have seen him and lived. Some have even tried to stop him. No one can. People forget he’s down there, waiting."
In Germany, naughty little boys and girls have more to fear around Christmastime than just a stocking full of coal. According to popular lore, the Krampus, a demon-like beast, snatches up the worst behaved children, stuffs them into a bag or basket and then carries them off to his mountain lair.
The Krampus is sort of St. Nicholas’ Mr. Hyde-like alter-ego. The two travel together, with St. Nick handing out the goodies and getting all the hugs, and the Krampus doing all the dirty work. This disturbing legend traces back at least 400 years, but it’s likely much older. National Geographic explains more:
Krampus, whose name is derived from the German word krampen, meaning claw, is said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology. The legendary beast also shares characteristics with other scary, demonic creatures in Greek mythology, including satyrs and fauns.
According to folklore, Krampus purportedly shows up in towns the night before December 6, known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. December 6 also happens to be Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas Day, when German children look outside their door to see if the shoe or boot they’d left out the night before contains either presents (a reward for good behavior) or a rod (bad behavior).
The head-shaking Catholic church and poo-pooing by fascists pushed Krampus underground for a while, NatGeo continues. But today the Krampus is back in the holiday spotlight. In Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia, teenage boys especially like to dress up as the Krampus in December, and some people enjoy exchanging Krampus-themed Christmas cards. Now, the Krampus is even gaining a following on this side of the pond, with Krampus art shows, Krampus beer crawls and Krampus rock shows all in the works this holiday season.
Ricardo Solis: Unbelievable Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings [NSFW]
artist based in Guadalajara. Solis paints his animals with a whimsical twist. Whether it be a Rhino molded out of chocolate by tiny men, or a Zebra being draped in black ribbon stripes by a floating zeppelin, his work surprises and engages the viewer.
From a young age attracted to art and nature, Ricardo Solis now as a professional artist tries to express in his work the beauty and perfection of both
I’m sorry, I can’t stay.
There’s something out there calling my name.
I hope you see what I’m going through.
This is something that I’ve gotta do.
Search for my smile.