Exobiotanica, by Japanese artist Azuma Makoto.  Tokyo based Makoto and his 10-person crew partnered with JP Aerospace to launch a bonsai tree and a flower arrangement into the stratosphere last week from the Black Rock Desert, Nevada (site of the Burning Man festival). “I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” explains Makoto. Awesome stuff.

Elephant. More Shepherd Fairey goodness from the Obey Giant archives.

Elephant. More Shepherd Fairey goodness from the Obey Giant archives.

Obey Wall. Part of Shepherd Fairey's art installation at Glastonbury 2014. Obey Giant is an all-time fave for me.

Obey Wall. Part of Shepherd Fairey's art installation at Glastonbury 2014. Obey Giant is an all-time fave for me.

… unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

Charles BukowskiSo You Want To Be A Writer?
Weavers by beesandbombs. Awesome Processing based GIFs.

Weavers by beesandbombs. Awesome Processing based GIFs.

The Sky Between. This work by French artist, Thomas Lamadieu, is amazing. For the past year, he has been transforming patches of empty sky into intricate illustrations. The ongoing series called “SkyArt” will go on exhibit early next month in Hong Kong, as part of Le French May, an annual festival of cultural exchange.

…human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
White Walker.

White Walker.

Last night as I was sleeping
I dreamt — blessed illusion —
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart
And the golden bees
were making
white combs and sweet honey
from my old failures.
On the Subject of Risk.

On the Subject of Risk.

Saturn Photos: Hexagonal weather and a ring light surge.

Some surreal digital work by photo artist Caras Ionut.

We’re all going to die, all of us,
what a circus!
That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t.
We are terrorised and flattened by trivialities,
we are eaten up by nothing.
Charles Bukowski, German-born American poet and writer.
.. All I can say is what you already know: some days are treasure. Not many, but I think in almost every life there are a few. That was one of mine, and when I’m blue - when life comes down on me and everything looks tawdry and cheap, the way Joyland Avenue did on a rainy day - I go back to it, if only to remind myself that life isn’t always a butcher’s game. Sometimes the prizes are real. Sometimes they’re precious.
Devin Jones, the protagonist in Stephen King’s Joyland

Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2013. Stunning selection of images from the top 250 finalists announced recently. This year the competition received more than 28,000 entries by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries.