Look at These Paintings of Cuddly Animals and Metal Logos on Cigarette Packs

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Look at them.

Let’s break this down. Do you ever find yourself surrounded by empty packs of smokes? Do you like legendary metal and hip hop artists? Do you like animals? Cool. Now throw these things at the wall and assemble them into modern art. That is pretty much what Sydney based artist Bridge Stehli did with her ongoing art project, lovingly titled “Smokémon”. Take a look at some of my favorite pieces from her collection:

9_anthrax

Anthrax three-toed sloth bringing the noise.

9_bridgestehlideathweb

Death koala being all misanthropic

9_bridgestehligwar

GWAR hippo looks innocent but sprays fluids everywhere

9_bridgestehlihelloweenweb

Helloween pomeranian wants out

9_bridgestehlimayhem

Mayhem pig impales his brethren for cool stage antics

9_darkthrone

Darkthrone lemur is as lovable as Fenriz

Bridge also has a number of pieces for hip hop artists:

9_juicy-jcutout

You say no to drugs, Juicy J two-toed sloth can’t

Cool right? So… why? Noisey recently interviewed the artist and got her insight on Smokémon. I highly recommend reading the full interview, but let me highlight this portion:

No one hates raccoons, except people who work in parks, but people hate Mayhem because they burn down churches. People hate smoking because it kills people. Generally, the audience who would be involved or looking at my work are not going to be shocked by these things or offended but might really enjoy their subversive nature, all three elements incorporated into one work at that scale. It’s a really accessible thing. Lots of people can enjoy this work.

…I’m certainly not saying anything new with it I know, but the reason I keep making them I think is because—well, it’s fun and there’s something kind of addictive thing about it as well, in the same sense that collecting anything is addictive. And smoking is addictive. And like, you gotta catch ‘em all.

…Listening to that music and being confronted with the imagery that goes with it forces you into a position where you have to consider those things and not be scared of them and treat them just as a part of your life. It’s the same thing with smoking. You’re like, psh, whatever, not afraid of death, not afraid of mortality, gonna just smoke this shit even though it’s going to probably kill me. It forces you into a place where you have to confront the idea of your own mortality, or reach some kind of nihilistic plateau where you’re like, “Well, we’re all gonna die, it’s not that bad.

You should really check out all of the entries in Bridge Stehli’s collection here. Gotta smoke ’em all.

  • EsusMoose

    Tiny enough that our tiny handed overlords can enjoy them as well!

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
  • The W.

    Whenever I think of doing something cool, I always picture myself smoking a cigarette, despite the fact that I’m not actually a smoker. Cigarettes are cool. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • EsusMoose

      I usually think about spin kicks, because they make you seem tough

      • The W.

        Spin kick while smoking a cigarette and you’ll be the king of cool.

    • Dagon

      I kinda feel the opposite way. For some reason I’ve always associated cigarettes with decadence. I really can’t explain why, might be some sort of childhood trauma buried somewhere or whatever.

      I hate seeing people I like smoke. Which is hypocritical because I don’t really mind weed or booze. Yet cigarettes are like crack in my eyes.

      • KJM

        To me, even smoking crack is more “productive” than cigarettes. At least crack gets you high.

      • Lacertilian

        Decadence is cool tho.

    • Fucking cigarettes, nearly killed my dad.

      **FLUSH THE CIGARETTES TO THE FILTHIEST DUMP OV HELL**

      • The W.

        I should mention that I’m making a totally ridiculous statement intentionally and don’t recommend that anyone smoke.

      • KJM

        I used to be a pack-a-day smoker until 1997. Quitting is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do.

    • I smoked one cigarette in my life. Didn’t do anything for me. Glad my parents drilled it into my head that this shit is bad for you. Can’t stand to be anywhere near someone who’s smoking. It really stings the nostrils.

      • The W.

        As I said below, I’m kidding. There’s only one bar in town that won’t leave you reeking of smoke, and that’s the only one I like going to.

        • God

          Only time I like smelling like smoke is when I’ve done some smiting.

        • Guacamole Jim

          That’s wild to think about. Smoking indoors in any public place is illegal in Canada.

    • IronLawnmower

      I never got the point in smoking cigarettes. You don’t get high you just get lung cancer.

      • The W.

        See my comments below for response.

  • Interesting enough, the fun part became weirdly inspired:

    “Listening to that music and being confronted with the imagery that goes
    with it forces you into a position where you have to consider those
    things and not be scared of them and treat them just as a part of your
    life”.

    Also, lol’d at the Corgi/Helloween mashup. Is this a signal? Are we seeing a return soon of the Mighty Randall Thor from his spiritual retire of poser killing?

    *at-choo!*

  • Void Dweller

    Damn, this was stupid.

    • You like Nirvana.

      • Void Dweller

        Is that really all you have? Really? This was a really silly article, simple as that. Take your criticism and move on.

        • What exactly would you like me to do? Stop running content if it’s not something that appeals to you directly? Quit being a cranky fuck.

          • Void Dweller

            Maybe post about some music. Why can’t you just take the dissent and again move on.

          • Because you’ve never said anything positive once. You’re only here to be a miserable dick. You contribute nothing and shit on everything. I like you better when you ragequit disqus.

          • Void Dweller

            That is totally bullshit and you know it. It’s funny, there was a time when I did this and was basically applauded for it (on a different site, in case you forgot). Now the shoe is on the other foot and you can’t take it. The irony is truly hilarious.

          • I guess you’ve given me something to think about. I should just sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea. Distill the life that’s inside of me. Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea. I’m anemic royalty

          • Void Dweller

            Wow, that really is all you have. I make a point that is dead on and then you get 3rd grade petty. Nice.

          • When you’re right you’re right.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWmkuH1k7uA

          • Void Dweller

            Keep it up, you’re doing swell.

          • Hubert

            ..

          • Void Dweller

            Wow, very excellent point. I see many great points being made about the above post.

          • God

            I’ve got a soft spot for cuddly animals and death metal. It’s like Joe’s post was made for me.

          • You really need to enter the FB group, Hubert is always posting cuddly animals everyday <3

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
          • God

            I’m in it but I can’t remember my goddamned email I used to login

          • KJM

            I love cuddly animals, but not enough to join FB.

          • God

            Is this guy like KSoFM v2.0?

          • Le Tapir The Based

            He’s the same guy I think.

          • God

            I liked KSoFM better. He said cunt a lot.

          • more beer

            I don’t know about that. He hasn’t called anyone a life loving cunt.

          • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

            You’ll have your chance to bitch again tomorrow when MetalSucks steals this and runs with it.

          • Void Dweller

            Valid point. Of course it’s hard to tell the difference between the two sites anymore. Pity.

          • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

            Well, the big difference is, Joe et. al. actually READ the comments.

          • Void Dweller

            And that’s their problem it would appear. Axl posted the dumbest shit ever and had the balls to ignore it.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Maybe Joe is making a mistake by being involved in the comments, but honestly, I’m really glad he is. Joe’s a great dude, and has been pretty cool with dissenting opinions; all he asks in return is that we try to be kind to one another.

            Clearly we’ve all done some growing up since the MS days, and we’ve realized that shitposting all over other people’s work isn’t the best way to go about living our lives.

            I just think the important thing here is that we all be excellent to each other. Life is too short to worry about enmity on the internet.

          • Void Dweller

            And a gang mentality is a good alternative?

          • Guacamole Jim

            No, but I think you’re misreading what’s going on. Nobody is ganging up on you because you’re the lone dissenting opinion in a sea of sheep mentality — people are challenging you for posting a negative and unhelpful response to an article that the majority of Toilet readers enjoyed. You don’t have to like it, but then why bother with the negativity without any form of constructive criticism?

          • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

            There are some articles I don’t read because they don’t interest me.

            #toiletovconfessions

          • Guacamole Jim

            I always read the articles, but not all of them are up my alley, and that’s totally cool in my books. Diversity is the best. We need to rock unity, not uniformity. I like the fact that not everything is my jam, because it’s guaranteed to be someone’s. And sometimes I find stuff that I would never have thought I’d like, and end up loving.

          • KJM

            I try to be respectful of the OT posts until the thread in question is dead or after 6PM EST in the latest thread.

          • And the other BIG difference is that people here write about what they like.

          • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

            Also, no one here is making any money off it. Of course that’s because Joe is the heir to old world money and the true sinister purpose of the site is to further the goals of the New World Order, but that’s an entirely different topic.

          • Well, I’m doing my part pushing the Venezuelan culture of gangs, awesome food, bad goverments and lazy making money. But that’s an entirely different topic.

          • KJM

            That’s valuable cultural exchange, right there. It’s always good to learn about other countries/ways of life.

          • Yes! That’s one of my favorite sides of being around here.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            It’s about time I brought some Satan back to this place.

          • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

            You could be like the Justin Timberlake of Satan.

            http://media.giphy.com/media/11RvtFJ5Ud6nCg/giphy.gif

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander

            Or not?

          • KJM

            Or not.

          • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
          • RJA

            I would like a blog catered to me if it’s not too much trouble!
            One post for each: 1.Black Metal, preferably the obscure stuff
            2. The quality/merits of various IPA’s 3. Chicago Cubs baseball 4. open swim where I can talk about the above 3
            Let me know when it’s up and running. Thanks Joe

          • Baseball and beer are right up my alley. Your Cubs aren’t doing too bad this year.

          • RJA

            They took a doubleheader from the Cardinals yesterday and I am way more excited about it than I probably have a right to be.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I’m reminded of the 2009 Black-hawks, at the start of the youthful rebuild. The rest is history 3 cups in six years: DYNASTY!

          • RJA

            I’m going to the cubs/white sox series this weekend. It’s amazing how much energy can be in the air there at Wrigley when the cubs are just performing above average.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Cool man very jealous! I could imagine its electric…I got my Bryant Jersey and represent regularly our here in NJ: CUBS NATION! The fact we are over 500 is a win this year alone but I would love to see the Cubs take the wildcard. That would be huge after losing about 90 games a year the last three years…

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I’m very jealous man. Im sure Wrigley is electric. The fact we are over 500 and in the running for the wildcard is a win given the fact that given we lost an average of 90 games a year the last three seasons. I would consider this season a HUGE win if we were able to take the NL wild card and get into the first round of the playoffs. PS I love Maddon!

          • more beer

            Those 2 things should be right up every red blooded American mans alley.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            CUBS!

          • The W.

            Thankfully for you, we’ve talked beer multiple times.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            you had me at cubs baseball!

          • KJM

            Fried chicken, diet mountain dew, and Cherry Pie Kush are called for in my commenting rider. I only see one of these things in front of me. This is a problem.

          • Le Tapir The Based

            You forgot Pepes and Pingu.

          • KJM

            Yes! And air horns, lots of them.

          • RJA

            only diet double dew for me.

          • more beer

            Wouldn’t you want the fried chicken and diet mountain after the Cherry Pie Kush?

          • KJM

            I prefer to eat first, strange I know.

          • more beer

            Fair enough. I’m a more traditional pot head. I smoke then eat.

          • KJM

            I’m hypothyroid, went untreated for a long time. I have to be a bit mindful of what I eat. My best friend is the opposite. If he doesn’t eat a full meal every 4-5 hours, he’ll notice.

          • more beer

            Very understandable. I’m pretty lucky I can pretty much eat or drink whatever I want. I must say I do smoke much off and on all day. Just never on my job sites.

      • Dagon
        • CyberneticOrganism

          Big giant tattooed diaper baby

      • RJA

        Do you guys really dislike Nirvana around here? Or is that we’ve had to hear it nonstop for the last 20 years? I was a 13 year old when I discovered Nirvana and it changed my musical landscape forever so I guess I have trouble understanding the dislike.

        • I disliked Nirvana due to hearing it nonstop. Then I grew to loathe Nirvana when I started playing in a band with a dude that worshiped Kurt Cobain.

        • Shrimp in a Pizza Box™

          I personally don’t HATE them, but I don’t know why would I ever listen to them over, say, Alice in Chains.

      • KJM
      • Maik Beninton™

        Joe, your articles are fun to read but completely useless, if it was done by someone stupid it would be pure click bait.

        • Thank you I guess? Honestly, I just want to put together entertaining things. Not sure I’m even capable of serious writing.

        • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

          AKA, written by anyone at Metal Injection.

      • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
  • Dagon

    I always said my ex-“wife” looked like a Sloth in a lovable way. She also liked Juicy J. And cigarettes when she felt like spiting me.

    This is too real, lol.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Juicy J used to kill in Three Six Mafia; now he raps on Katy Perry tracks.

    • Dagon

      Dude, Snoop Dogg morphed into a fucking dog to get out of a honey dip’s house when her dad arrived. He did a song with a boy band a couple years ago.

      It is the cold, white world.

        • Dagon

          One of my favorite Snoop Dogg songs. I’ve been able to rap it Acapella for years.

          • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

            The only good CD he’s ever put out.

          • Dagon

            He had some other moments. R&G is a good album. Not great, but good.

          • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

            Meh.

      • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

        You don’t love me, Dagon, you just love my doggy style.

    • Can’t take someone with the name Juicy J seriously but I just found some guy named G Mo Skee who’s pretty good so what do I know?

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
    • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

      “Do these shoes make us look fat?”

      “No, man, the black clothing has a slimming effect.”

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    I went to an art show where one of the “pieces” was a big picture on the floor displaying a blown up photo of a plate with a single slice of swiss cheese on it. Placed on the four corners of this large picture on the floor were four plates identical to the one in the picture, each with a single slice of swiss cheese.
    “Art”

    • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

      I find Swiss cheese to be the most artistic of the cheeses.

      • The W.

        Not gouda?

        • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))

          Gouda tries too hard.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            The subtle nuances of fresh limburger or GTFO

          • Lacertilian

            so many people are GingTFO this week cybro

          • CyberneticOrganism

            As they should.

      • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo
    • CyberneticOrganism

      Yeah but did anyone else think to do that? NO THEY DIDN’T

      • more beer

        When people have too much time on their hands. They think of all sorts of whack things. That is a prime example.

  • Disgustache

    Learn to art or GTFO.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Buy a Gerhard Richter painting or GTFO

  • Would love to see this concept applied to soft drinks. They are responsible tons of the cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity that afflict many people.

    • IronLawnmower

      I just finished off a tin of coke 10 seconds before reading this.

      Shit.

    • I’m In Love With Tha DooDoo

      I’ll smoke to that, my friend!
      I very very very rarely drink them. Maybe once a year, if even that, and that’s if I’m wanting an ice cream float. I pretty much gave up on sodas over 14 years ago.

      • Yup, haven’t had one in years after having at least a can a day for many years. I would advise anyone to cut it out of their diet right away.

  • The W.

    My recent art obsession is Agostino Arrivabene.

    http://agostinoarrivabene.tumblr.com/

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Wow that’s cool. I love this guy’s stuff too: http://jourdon.tumblr.com/

      • The W.

        That’s tight. This is some @dagonthefishgod:disqus stuff here.

    • more beer

      Can’t blame you there there. He is very talented.

      • The W.

        I love surrealist art. It resonates with me more than just about anything else. Zdzisław Beksiński is one of my favorites.

        • more beer

          I know I either like something or hate it immediately. With that guy after looking at the first picture I knew I had to see them all. I will check this gentleman above out later when I have a little more time.

    • Trees ‘n Shit is Kvlt O)))
  • IronLawnmower

    Man I don’t get art.

  • Scrimm

    Wohooo! A full day in the studio today, finally. Should be able to get a lot done with this much time uninterrupted.

    • YES!

      • Scrimm

        Hopefully we can get the guitar tones down. If I get anything sample worthy I’ll put it up

    • more beer

      That’s awesome!

    • KJM

      That’s great. You’ll get lots of work done that you can feel good about.

  • Lisbeth (Tyree) Salander
  • KJM