About Batman, murals and 50-foot-tall beer
As opposed to me, you may not have liked The Dark Knight rises — and I’ll forgive you — but you have to love this hand-painted film poster for Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to his Batman trilogy. It’s 150 feet tall of craftsmanship; accurately bestowed upon the side of a building at 315 Park Avenue South, New York.
Irene Gallo, art director for Tor Books, had the chance to chat with Dan Cohen, a principle painter at ArtFX Murals and one of the fellows responsible for the giant-size advertisement above. She was told this particular mural took four guys about five days — from sunrise to sunset — to finish. Then after six weeks or so, the wall will be repainted with a playbill for another film. A pretty darn short lifespan, but that’s what makes one appreciate it even more.
Irene documented the painting process of the TDKR poster, including some in-progress photos, over here.
After the jump, you’ll find an amazing short documentary film about a fairly neat Stella Artois mural project and its admirable painters.
About public restrooms and diagnostics
I thought I’d liven up this neglected little piece of the Internet that is my blog with a bit of a faux pas. So what better way to go against social norms than by dedicating an entire entry to my ebbs and my flows with urinating in public restrooms?
I’m such a scoundrel.
I’m not going to mince words here: sometimes, I experience difficulties when trying to take a leak in a pub or restaurant. Hold your chuckles. The professionals amongst us may say I suffer from paruresis, a shy bladder. To you I say: “No.”
Due to years of medical experience — watching eight seasons of television drama House M.D. — I have identified the cause of my unease. Obviously, it’s not Lupus. Because it never is. No, the true cause of me being not too comfortable when I find myself standing in front of an unfamiliar toilet, is you. You, him, her and this whole society.
As the should-be Asian member on Dr. Gregory House’s team, allow me to put the pieces of this diagnostic puzzle together for you.