Thursday, May 24, 2012
Book Review - Tattoo a Banana
Phil Hansen, a multimedia artist known for his experimental approach and offbeat techniques, is jumpstarting your creativity in his first book, Tattoo A Banana And Other Ways To Turn Anything and Everything Into Art (Penguin), bringing his outrageous creativity to a wider audience.
Tattoo A Banana is a simple, step-by-step guide to creating art with anything at hand – like a piece of toast, your own fingerprints, or a stack of marshmallows. Part handbook and part manifesto, this engaging, inspiring, and downright entertaining book takes us inside the mind of a groundbreaking artist — and encourages us to create, reimagine, and make something out of (almost) nothing.
With the same intention as his new book, Hansen is delighting audiences of all ages with his new interactive website, PhilInTheWhaaat.com (PITW). “I recently started a Creativity Series, showing simple everyday creativity that anyone can do using familiar objects around the home, paired with a twist of unconventional techniques,” he says. “I want to help people build their creative muscles by experimenting with a variety of nontraditional creative processes. We're all naturally creative and the more creative processes we experience, the more connected dots we have to form new ideas,” he continues. “This helps us build the foundation to be more creative.”
Hansen’s PITW projects are demonstrated through fun, fast-paced instructional videos that are as entertaining as the projects themselves, including how to paint with Coca-Cola, constructing a cardboard beard, and printing images on toilet paper.
About the Author
Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist who works at the intersection of traditional visual art, pointillism, and offbeat techniques, using media that connect to the subject matter, such as karate chops, tricycle wheel imprints, burger grease, and worms. His work has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Oops TV England, Japanese TBS, Clips Mania Germany, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Phil, and many other media venues. As a commercial artist, he has worked with clients that include Grammy's, Skype, Diesel, Arby's, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, The Cherry Arts Festival, and dozens of other large and small companies.
My Take on the Book
This was a book that takes everyday objects and turns them into works of art, and what is best is that the author makes it so easy for you to become the artist yourself. Through easy to follow diagrams and instructions you can make 3D masterpieces with Graham Crackers and peanut butter, or animal pictures with pasta. There were so many cool ideas in this book that I would have never though of if I had not found this book! To make sure that all readers understand, this is the type of book that is meant to be cut up, taken apart, etc. You will not have a complete book when you are done, unless you make copies of pages, but that is ok because it is so much fun! I did a number of these activities with my kids and all I can say is that they thought that this dad was super cool and you can be too!
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