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11 Strange and Delightful Twin Peaks Tattoos

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We recently posted an article about how Twin Peaks helped revolutionize television by making a soap opera into a modern art piece. While some people watched the show, appreciated it, and then moved on to the next trend in prime time, the show, like all David Lynch creations, developed a strong cult following. In fact, many people have tattoos featuring icons of the series. Here are a few we uncovered.

1. Who Killed Laura Palmer?

The first and foremost mystery in the series is who killed Laura Palmer, but I’m willing to bet you didn’t expect anyone to have tattoos of her corpse after it washed up on shore. But here’s one by tattoo artist Josh Carlton that recounts the scene in perfect detail.

2. It’s Not the Laura You Know

Here’s another take on Laura Palmer’s corpse, only this time with classic actress Vivian Leigh filling in for actress Sheryl Lee. Why someone wanted to combine the two isn’t clear, but it is obvious that artist Mez Love did a great job illustrating the concept.

3. Two Seasons, One Tattoo

This tattoo also includes a shot of Laura lying dead on the beach, only it seems less morbid since it also incorporates other images from the show. This impressively detailed leg tattoo by Attitude Tattoo isn’t even complete, it still is waiting for the dark red curtain from the Black Lodge and a few other details to be added in.

4. A Damn Fine Tattoo

Here’s another piece that incorporates a variety of icons from throughout the series in one great image. Artist Silje Hagland combined the décor of the Black Lodge with a “damn fine” cup of coffee, an owl that is not what it seems and a blue rose that symbolizes the unsolvable case.

5. So Much Lynch, So Little Space

This half sleeve by Mez Lovealso incorporates many of the iconic images from the show, including the Black Lodge, the blue rose, and some coffee and pie from the Double R Diner. But it adds in portraits of both Agent Cooper and Gordon Cole (the character Lynch played in the show).

6. Not What They Seem

Joshua Marhall likes the show enough that he’s getting an entire sleeve based on it. The first piece he had completed was one showing that the owls are not what they seem.

7. As Black As Midnight On A Moonless Night

Next, Joshua got some of the RR coffee on his arm with Agent Cooper’s preference for the beverage. His sleeve, by artist Scott Move of Circle Tattoo, isn’t yet complete, but we can’t wait to see how it ends up when it’s done.

8. Welcome to Twin Peaks

No two images better represent Twin Peaks than the town sign shown in the intro and Agent Cooper. This tattoo by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec combines the two into a unique image that seems particularly fitting for such a strange and surreal show.

9. This Must Be Where Pies Go When They Die

It’s hard not to love the Double R, given how much Agent Cooper raves about their coffee and pie. For that reason, a surprising number of people have tattoos featuring coffee or pie from the diner, including Kat Selvocki who was inked by Ashley Love.

10. This Owl Belongs In A Cave

One of the most famous icons from the show is the owls, so it is no surprise that there are so many Twin Peaks owl tattoos. This one, on Instagram user craigy_mac, is not only topped off with a quote about the owls, but also with the owl pictogram found in the Owl Cave.

11. Traditional Owl Surprises

Ryan’s owl tattoo by Ron Henry Wells is quite striking as he decided to get the Twin Peaks icon in a very traditional tattoo style, which flows well with the message about the owls not being what they seem.

If you still can’t get enough Twin Peaks weirdness, don’t miss these great coffee ads from Japan made by David Lynch himself.

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Take a Peek Inside One of Berlin's Strangest Museums
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Vlad Korneev is a man with an obsession. He's spent years collecting technical and industrial objects from the last century—think iron lungs, World War II gas masks, 1930s fans, and vintage medical prostheses. At his Designpanoptikum in Berlin, which bills itself (accurately) as a "surreal museum of industrial objects," Korneev arranges his collection in fascinating, if disturbing, assemblages. (Atlas Obscura warns that it's "half design museum, half horror house of imagination.") Recently, the Midnight Archive caught up with Vlad for a special tour and some insight into the question visitors inevitably ask—"but what is it, really?" You can watch the full video below.

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Microscopic Videos Provide a Rare Close-Up Glimpse of the Natural World
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Nature’s wonders aren’t always visible to the naked eye. To celebrate the miniature realm, Nikon’s Small World in Motion digital video competition awards prizes to the most stunning microscopic moving images, as filmed and submitted by photographers and scientists. The winners of the seventh annual competition were just announced on September 21—and you can check out the top submissions below.

FIRST PRIZE

Daniel von Wangenheim, a biologist at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, took first place with a time-lapse video of thale cress root growth. For the uninitiated, thale cress—known to scientists as Arabidopsis thalianais a small flowering plant, considered by many to be a weed. Plant and genetics researchers like thale cress because of its fast growth cycle, abundant seed production, ability to pollinate itself, and wild genes, which haven’t been subjected to breeding and artificial selection.

Von Wangenheim’s footage condenses 17 hours of root tip growth into just 10 seconds. Magnified with a confocal microscope, the root appears neon green and pink—but von Wangenheim’s work shouldn’t be appreciated only for its aesthetics, he explains in a Nikon news release.

"Once we have a better understanding of the behavior of plant roots and its underlying mechanisms, we can help them grow deeper into the soil to reach water, or defy gravity in upper areas of the soil to adjust their root branching angle to areas with richer nutrients," said von Wangenheim, who studies how plants perceive and respond to gravity. "One step further, this could finally help to successfully grow plants under microgravity conditions in outer space—to provide food for astronauts in long-lasting missions."

SECOND PRIZE

Second place went to Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki, both seasoned micro-photographers. They used a stereomicroscope to create a time-lapse video of a sweating fingertip, resulting in footage that’s both mesmerizing and gross.

To prompt the scene, "Tomita created tension amongst the subjects by showing them a video of daredevils climbing to the top of a skyscraper," according to Nikon. "Sweating is a common part of daily life, but being able to see it at a microscopic level is equal parts enlightening and cringe-worthy."

THIRD PRIZE

Third prize was awarded to Satoshi Nishimura, a professor from Japan’s Jichi Medical University who’s also a photography hobbyist. He filmed leukocyte accumulations and platelet aggregations in injured mouse cells. The rainbow-hued video "provides a rare look at how the body reacts to a puncture wound and begins the healing process by creating a blood clot," Nikon said.

To view the complete list of winners, visit Nikon’s website.

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