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14 Magnificent Map Tattoos

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These days, most people rely on GPS to get them from point A to point B, but there are those who still have a soft spot for good old fashioned maps. Here are some people who love cartography so much they got maps permanently inked into their skin.

1. The Traveler

Bill Passman is a world traveler who keeps track of his adventures with this massive back tattoo. Every time he visits a new country, he gets it shaded in. Based on his progress so far, it looks like Passman very well may be able to fill in his whole map within the next few years. The outlines were done by Mike at Tattoo Antigua in Antigua, Guatemala, and the colors were filled in by Natural Mystic Tattoo in Pineville, Louisiana.

2. Unraveling Earth's Mysteries

The stretched and squished proportions make this map completely unique and entirely beautiful, especially when viewed in full—the map explodes from an unraveled string of DNA. This lovely work was photographed by DeviantArtist ComaBlue.

3. The Weight of the World on His Shoulders

He may not have the whole world in his hands, but he's got it stretched across his back. No word on who did this tattoo, but the photographer and model are both Oliver Joe McLaughlin.

4. Worlds And Worlds

Photographer Denise Kreb's friend Maria has a lovely map tattoo on her back, which looks particularly impressive in front of a full-color world map.

5. Colors of the City

Deanna Wardin tattooed this beautiful watercolor version of a map of San Francisco on one lucky local's arm.

6. Beguiling Belgrade

This striking tattoo truly looks like a piece of abstract art. It was done by the Dark Arts Collective of Serbia.

7. Rounded Out

These beautiful stereographic hemispheres, complete with their own sea monsters, were tattooed by Adam Bomb of Milwaukee.

8. Traveling Lily

Compass alstroemeria doesn't have quite the same ring to it as a compass rose, but artist Alexander Lincoln Wolff's tattoo of a compass and a Peruvian Lily on a burnt map shows that any flower will work well as a navigational tool.

9. Surfing the World

Photographer Alan Light captured this fantastic photo of a surfer in Waikiki with a world map tattooed across his back. I have no information on the surfer or who did his work, but the photo is certainly impressive—it perfectly captures that surfer dream of catching the biggest waves across the globe.

10. National Pride

This break dancer has a map of the Philippines tattooed across his back, which is regularly on display during competitions. Like the surfer, there's no information on who he is or who did the work, but the photo was taken by DeviantArtist Schizoasylum.

11. Brazilian Beauty

Northeast Brazil is obviously home to this proud tattooee. Artist Alex Fontes of Arsenal Tattoo did a magnificent job capturing the terrain of Brazil in this impressive piece.

12. Kicking It Old School

This gal is obviously a fan of the classics—though she's obviously not into stuff that's too old or she would have left off the New World altogether. This wonderful map was inked by Karrie Lynne Whitfield.

13. Something Old and Something New

This tattoo by DeviantArtist Strangeris has the burned, frayed look of many classic maps, but the land masses look like they've been removed from the picture, giving the work an all new and intriguing look of its own.

14. Tools of the Trade

Paper maps, globes, and compasses were once all you could use to navigate the brave seas. Andrew Mitchell's cool navigation tattoo reminds us of the majesty of travel pre-GPS.

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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