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Customer Photos!

Where do the Tentacles go, ArtAkimbo wonders, when they leave their first home, the ArtAkimbo studio? And whose glasses are perched on the Nose Eyeglass Holder? Luckily, customers send photos from time to time to answer these midnight wonderings. Some recent installations:

New Yorkers in California

Kitchen Wall with Nose Mustache Eyeglass Holder

In a kitchen in Claremont, California, the wall-mounted version of the Nose Eyeglass Holder does double-duty as a sunglass holder and key hook. And fits in nicely with a wall of New Yorker covers.

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Octopus Imagery in Tattoos

From Captain Cook to the Navy

Tattoos have been around forever and in every culture, but we have Captain Cook to thank for sailing the ocean blue, the Pacific specifically, in the 1700’s and bringing tattoo tales back to our shores. Whalers and sailors took to tattooing naturally, and not just to do something on those long voyages. Tattoos frequently had meanings, telling of mutinies, miles logged or the name of the girl you left behind. And in the event a sailor ended up in an untimely meeting with Davy Jones’ locker, his tattoos could serve as positive identification, like a modern-day driver’s license.

Sailor Jerry Traditional Anchormom_heart_tattoo_etsy2

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The Cultured Octopus

Our fascination for the eight-tentacled wonder called the octopus never ceases. Here is a brief list of cultural and commercial references to the marvelous cephalapod, proving you don’t have to be an island nation like Japan to be fascinated by tentacled creatures.

High-End Brand: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Tentacles store window
In 2012, Louis Vuitton collaborated with pop artist Yayoi Kusama, who is magnificently dot-obsessed, to creates storefronts and interiors that were aburst with abstract tentacles.

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Albino Tentacle is Born

If traditional taxidermy asserts Man’s dominance over Nature, the ArtAkimbo wall tentacle perhaps suggests the reverse: Nature’s dominance over Man – and Woman.

Imagine your daily routine interrupted by a visitor from the Outside.
Just flippin’ some pancakes and BAM – ohmygod – there’s a squid limb wigglin’ round your kitchen, anxious to help you flip.

Hang a tentacle and ferociously alter the feng-shui of any domestic space.
They’re the ultimate household pet – what’s a new puppy compared to 1/8th of a giant octopus?
Charm guests with the implied sea monster on the other side of your dining room wall.

Perfect for seafood restaurants, movie theaters and submarines.
Also your bathroom.

This new white fella is playful and lonely.
He’s looking for a family or a friend or a…