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10 Downright Dangerous Disney Princesses

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Disney Princesses have come a long way since the passivity of Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora. They are gradually becoming more assertive and self-directed, chasing a man (Ariel), reading books (Belle), saving their country (Mulan), mediating international relations (Pocahontas), building a business (Tiana), and even not marrying a man they just met (Anna). But contemporary non-Disney artists are taking them way beyond those things. In these mashups, Disney Princesses can be badasses.

1. Kill Team Princesses

These women are no damsels in distress! Artist Johnni Kok made some Disney Princesses into dangerous characters called Kill Team Princesses. These aren't drawn to be children's role models; this is fantasy art! See all six princesses in the series, (Ariel, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Belle, and Rapunzel) and check out Kok’s other women warriors at his DeviantART gallery.

2. World of Warcraft

Spanish artist Libertad Delgado Rodríguez (DeviantART member LiberLibelula) put the princesses into the game World of Warcraft in the series Disney Meets Warcraft. Shown here is Mulan as an Orc wearing the armor of Pandaria. Also see Snow White as a Dwarf from Forjaz, Esmerelda as a Blood Elf, the Draenei Cinderella, and more.

3. Gargoyles

Artist Brianna Cherry Garcia mixed two Disney franchises to create Disney Princesses as gargoyles, specifically the gargoyles from the ‘90s Disney cartoon Gargoyles

4. Marvel Heroes

Garcia more recently melded two sisters with two brothers: Marvel’s Thor and Loki and Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, titled Thunder and Frost. Like she says, “It just made sense.” Of course it does, but the rest of us didn’t think of it, and certainly can’t draw them as well. Check out her Hawkeye Merida, too!

5. Avengers

Christopher Stoll (DeviantART member ThinkingMakesItSo) did an entire series of Disney Princesses playing the roles of The Avengers. Pocahontas was the obvious choice for Captain America. You’ll get a laugh out of Snow White as The Hulk, and a surprise to see what Disney character plays the token female Avenger, Black Widow.

6. Warriors

DeviantART member Sadyna created a series of illustrations called Warrior Princesses in which they become armed and highly skilled in the various methods of warfare. They still retain a feminine air, which only masks how dangerous they can be! Shown is Fantasy Guardian, Aurora of Sleeping Beauty fame in full armor, ready to lead the way into war. Others hail from various fantasy worlds, such as Cinderella as an android and Snow White as an archer.

7. Fitness Workouts

Activate Apparel offers a series of t-shirts showing Disney Princesses running, exercising and lifting weights. We saw Mulan in military training, and you know Ariel swims every day, but it’s a little jarring to see Cinderella and Bella working out!

8. Gender Swapped

If we are going to toughen up Disney Princesses, why not go all the way and illustrate them as men? That’s exactly what artist Sakimi Chan did! They aren’t all princesses -there are just as many Disney villains in the series. Shown here is Cruella De Vil as a guy, which even inspired a cosplayer. See ten such characters here and more at Chan’s Tumblr blog (warning:auto play music) and DeviantART gallery.

9. Zombie Fighters

DeviantART member Kasami-Sensei reimagines Disney Princesses (as well as other Disney characters, and those of Pixar and Dreamworks, too) as characters in the world of the TV show The Walking Dead. The series is called The Walking Disney. Snow White, Aurora, and Cinderella were apparently cheerleaders before the zombie apocalypse, but they’ve become experienced defenders.

Merida looks a little worse for wear, but that’s to be expected. At least she’s upgraded her medieval bow and arrow to a modern compound bow!

10. Game of Thrones

There are enough characters in the TV series Game of Thrones to accommodate all the Disney Princesses and other female Disney characters without having to gender swap any of them. Sam Tsui (DeviantART member DjeDjehuti) cast them all remarkably well in The Wonderful World of Westeros. You can see individual portraits of each in the gallery. Giving Mulan’s dragon Mushu to Elsa as Daenerys Targaryen is perfect.

For more Disney Princess mashups, see 20 Artistic Takes on Disney Princesses.

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Artist Makes Colorful Prints From 1990s VHS Tapes

A collection of old VHS tapes offers endless crafting possibilities. You can use them to make bird houses, shelving units, or, if you’re London-based artist Dieter Ashton, screen prints from the physical tape itself.

As Co.Design reports, the recent London College of Communication graduate was originally intrigued by the art on the cover of old VHS and cassette tapes. He planned to digitally edit them as part of a new art project, but later realized that working with the ribbons of tape inside was much more interesting.

To make a print, Ashton unravels the film from cassettes and VHS tapes collected from his parents' home. He lets the strips fall randomly then presses them into tight, tangled arrangements with the screen. The piece is then brought to life with vibrant patterns and colors.

Ashton has started playing with ways to incorporate themes and motifs from the films he's repurposing into his artwork. If the movie behind one of his creations isn’t immediately obvious, you can always refer to its title. His pieces are named after movies like Backdraft, Under Siege, and that direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen classic Passport to Paris.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

Screen print made from an old VHS tape.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Dieter Ashton

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This Is What Flowers Look Like When Photographed With an X-Ray Machine
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Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Peruvian Daffodil” (1938)

Many plant photographers choose to showcase the vibrant colors and physical details of exotic flora. For his work with flowers, Dr. Dain L. Tasker took a more bare-bones approach. The radiologist’s ghostly floral images were recorded using only an X-ray machine, according to Hyperallergic.

Tasker snapped his pictures of botanical life while he was working at Los Angeles’s Wilshire Hospital in the 1930s. He had minimal experience photographing landscapes and portraits in his spare time, but it wasn’t until he saw an X-ray of an amaryllis, taken by a colleague, that he felt inspired to swap his camera for the medical tool. He took black-and-white radiographs of everything from roses and daffodils to eucalypti and holly berries. The otherworldly artwork was featured in magazines and art shows during Tasker’s lifetime.

Selections from Tasker's body of work have been seen around the world, including as part of the Floral Studies exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego in 2016. Prints of his work are also available for purchase from the Stinehour Wemyss Editions and Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “Philodendron” (1938)

X-ray image of a rose.
Dr. Dain L. Tasker, “A Rose” (1936)

All images courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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