Gonzo Art: The Super Surreal Art Of Ralph Steadman

Creative energy is often really harnessed when shared, and the relationship between Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman is no exception. Virtually anything that Thompson produced during his career featured Steadman’s wonderfully bizarre illustrations, which greatly complemented the out-there, Gonzo brand of journalism that Thompson pioneered in the latter quarter of the 20th century.

Steadman’s images are instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the enigma that was Hunter S. Thompson. And thanks to Johnny Depp’s brilliant portrayal of Thompson in 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, another generation was introduced to the often misunderstood writer as well as Steadman’s sensory twisting and thought provoking drawings. Not only is Steadman’s work used for the Criterion Edition cover art of the film, but Fear and Loathing director Terry Gilliam thoughtfully (and effectively) assaulted the audience with Steadman’s often drug-fueled images throughout the film.

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In Victorian Times, The Quickest Way To Look Like An Idiot Was By Smiling

Victorian Family Photos

This is what a happy family looked like way back when. Source: Etsy

Victorian life must have been so much fun: if you weren’t dead or about to die due to infectious diseases, you were always trying to act or at least look that way. That helps explain why, at least in the early days of portrait photography, it was somewhat more socially acceptable to take posed–albeit solemn–pictures with dead bodies than it is today (see: #funeralselfie). Post-mortem portraits were meant to be commemorative, especially in the case of infants and children.

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What Happens When You Raise A Chimp With A Baby?

Gua Experiment Winthrop

Gua and her “stepfather” Source: Mad Science Museum

If movies are to serve as an authoritative guide to reality, then we’d have reason to believe that a person who grows up apart from society and in nature will wholeheartedly embrace his wild side, almost becoming indistinguishable from his animal brethren. But that does raise a question – could the opposite be true? If an animal is taken from the wild and raised by humans not as a pet but as a child, would it act more like a human?

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Cassius Clay Takes His Training Underwater

Cassius Clay Training 1961

Flip Schulke captured this photo of Cassius Clay in 1961, less than a year after he made his professional debut and three years before he would win the world heavyweight championship against Sonny Liston. Schulke’s work appeared in a number of publications, but the photographer is best-known for chronicling the civil rights movement in the American South.

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