Sunday, January 22, 2017

A form of folk medicine called Cupping Therapy being performed in a sauna in Finland, 1935

80's Dark Portraits: Striking Photos from Rome’s ‘Dark Movement’ Scene in the Early 1980s

The early 1980s was a very particular time in the world. The personal computer boom, Reganism and pop music were all shaping the cultural landscape in ways we can still feel today. However, one movement, which was more underground, particularly thrived. Italian fine art photographer, Dino Ignani, refers to this subculture as the “Dark Movement”. You may know it more as post-punk, new wave, goth and probably a whole host of other labels. No matter how you categorize it, you know when you see it and the movement holds a very special place in all of our hearts.

"Dark Portraits" is a selection from the artist’s archive: shots of the youth that lit up the Roman night life in the early ’80s and, in particular, the venues and events related to the so-called dark universe. The dark community encompassed the various musical tendencies and the fashion of those years. These photos were shot in video-bars, discos and other places where dark events took place at the time (Olimpo, Supersonic, Angelo Azzurro, Blue Bar, C-Club, Venice, Black Out, Uonna Club, Piper, Cinema Espero) and where Ignani would invite the habitués to pose for their portraits.

Vintage Sweet Love – 41 Romantic Snapshots of Honey Kisses from between the 1930s and '50s

Nothing can define clearly what is love, but the sweet kiss could be the most objective measure for love. Each person has a different expression of love, and here are what people express their love from between the 1930s and 1950s.

Two men standing on a tunnel road, ca. 1920s

Saturday, January 21, 2017

30 Old Photos Captured Street Scenes of Houston, Texas in the 1950s

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States, located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico. It also is the largest city in the Southern United States, as well as the seat of Harris County. It is the principal city of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land, which is the fifth-most populated metropolitan area in the United States of America.

Take a look at these old photos taken in the 1950s to see how Houston has changed.

Man with a dead bear slung over his shoulder, 1918

27 Awful Heavy Metal Album Covers from the 1980s and 1990s

The whole point of album art is to create something that reflects what is inside and to have a finished package on all fronts that proves the band delivers and can be creative on all fronts. A stunning album cover will make you want to buy the album without even ever having heard the band before.

Heavy metal is generally thought of as rock's totally hardcore cousin, and heavy metal album art is supposed to reflect the band's extreme fist pumping and headbanging nature. But sometimes in the quest to prove how hardcore you are you just end up making yourself look like a high-caliber tool. Even bands like Iron Maiden, who usually get the album art so right, can fall from grace when they ditch the hand drawn art to make the leap into the digital age.

All of these metal album covers are completely awful, but the music within doesn't always reflect that. Yes, there are some good albums in here. Some of these albums are as bad as they look, but you'll have to find out which ones on your own.

1. Pantera, 'Metal Magic'

After one look at this, we're fortunate Pantera, or should we say Glamtera, abandoned their spandex and Aquanet and became the Cowboys From Hell.

2. 'Artillery, 'Terror Squad'

Did someone forget to color the rest of this in? We'd hate to see the ideas that lost in favor of this.

3. Abruptum, 'Evil Genius'

Black metal is supposed to be evil and menacing. Hopefully, Abruptum look a bit better in person than as cartoons.

4. Dethkorps, 'Metal Tit'

A picture is worth a thousand words. Not this one.

5. Battleaxe, 'Burn This Town'

'Burn This Town'? More like burn this album cover. Hey, at least he has a sweet axe.