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Japanese Artist Transforms Pearls Into Amazing Skull Jewelry

These pieces of jewelry will remind you of what’s more important in life.

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Human skulls have been associated with defiance and death. It is an ominous symbol used to scare people or warn them of an impending doom. Personally, I used to think that the symbol is only appropriate for rebellious, evil people.

Until now, I didn’t know that in some cultures, human skulls are recognized as an emblem of good luck and protection. And that in the arts, they even have a deeper, more philosophical meaning.

During the early 17th century, “vanitas”, which means “vanity” in Latin, represent a genre of still-life paintings that include elements that symbolize death.

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Objects such as skulls are drawn among common things like books and musical instruments to emphasize our mortality, and remind us of the futility of earthly pleasures and achievements.

A Japanese artist named Shinji Nakaba has been creating intricate jewelry designs since 1974.

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But what’s astonishing about this talented Tokyo-based designer is that, aside from precious metals and stones, he also crafts unique masterpieces from trash, plastic, and other discarded materials.

In his latest, exceptional works of art, he carved pearls and turned them into fashionable skull jewelry.

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And in many of the skulls he wrote, “vanitas”.

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Check out the photos below:

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The skulls in Nakaba’s jewelry are more than just a hardcore design. It also serves as a reminder for us not to give too much importance on material things, don’t you think?

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15 Thought-Provoking Illustrations That Accurately Depict The Modern World

Artist Steve Cutts creates illustrations that show us what it’s like to live in the modern world.

One glance at the extraordinary work of Steve Cutts and you can instantly tell that he’s got some heavy message to share. His quirky artworks take on serious topics such as capitalism, consumerism, materialism, and many other ills that are prevalent in today’s society. You will be prompted to think deeply about the roles that fast food, money, social media, and technology, dominantly play in our lives.

Back when he was employed as an illustrator under an advertising agency, Cutts have worked closely with various clients including Coca-Cola, Google, Reebook, Sony, and many others. In 2012 though, he started to venture on his own by working freelance. The move proved to be worthwhile since it gained him greater popularity in the art community. He currently maintains a website and a YouTube account where he shares artworks and animation.

When asked by Featured Magazine about his inspiration for his unique pieces, he responded:

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Guy from Kentucky Turns Peanuts into Stunning Art

This guy’s works of art are absolutely nuts!

Anything can literally turn into art with a creative mind. Just like today's featured artist: Steve Casino. You wouldn't believe how he makes exquisite tiny portraits! And how he started doing it was just accidental.

Steve was just eating some peanuts when he found one that looks just like him, so he started drawing his face on it, showed it to a friend who was impressed, and that's when he started turning peanuts into art.

Steve has made over 200 pieces of peanut art in 3 years. But the highlight of his peanut art was when MTV asked him to create "Game of Thrones" characters to promote Season 5. His masterpieces have already caught the attention of the world and has been featured in Taiwan and China.

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Makeup Artist’s Eye Illustrations Are All Sorts Of Awesome!

This woman takes makeup art to the next level!

Here at EliteReaders, we love artists who think out of the box and showcase their creativity in unusual ways. So for this blog entry, allow me to put the spotlight on this awesome makeup artist Tal Peleg who creates what she calls “eye-art” since she uses well, basically, her eye as the canvas.

According to Tal, art has always been a “huge part” of (her) life and this new art style she’s been exploring have been the perfect way to merge her love for illustration, photography, and makeup.

She wrote on BoredPanda:

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