Creepy things with leather

Fear not, this is not a post about the Sydney Mardi Gras.

Although there WAS a lot of leather there as well. I accidentally attended the Mardi Gras on Saturday night (honestly, who goes to the movies on Oxford Street on Mardi Gras night? I really am a freaking genius sometimes…).

At least from where I was standing, the Mardi Gras crowd seemed largely composed of sixteen year old girls in hot pants experimentally kissing their girlfriends, while sneaking glances at passing boys out of the corners of their eyes, and then puking on the footpath.

Cynical, me? No, honestly… the Mardi Gras was awesome. Some truly magnificent costumes, a fantastic tribute to George Michael and some extraordinary people who danced all the way to Moore Park in platforms! I can’t even walk to the bus stop in platforms!

But I digress.

We’re actually talking about sculpture, not the Mardi Gras. And about some really rather creepy work by Meryl Smith, that I discovered through We love you so. Meryl Smith is a New York artist, and her work is often animal-focused, with wonderful tongue-in-cheek naming, and quite acerbically topical, all of which I find irresistible.

She calls this piece “don’t hog the ball”.

And this piece “excessory baggage”.

I’ll never look at Louis Vuitton handbags the same way again. Evilly good!

You can check out more of Meryl Smith’s work on her blog. All photos are copyright Meryl Smith.


~ by Niccola on March 1, 2010.

38 Responses to “Creepy things with leather”

  1. one word: bizarre

  2. Creepy as advertised. LOL! :)

  3. OMG. This is my new favorite thing ever and I am going to repost this everywhere. Thanks! Also, if you like these leather pigs, you might like my gross pictures:

  4. Her detail is absolutely amazing! Thanks for introducing me to her art.

  5. Love this. I’ve never cared about louis vuitton bags until that photo. I mean… I still don’t really… now I just care about leather dog sculptures that comment on overpriced hand luggage. But… awesome. I also really like your profile picture with the big manatee thing. Creativity is abounding around here it seems. Well done.

    • Thanks for that, that’s Wilfred the dugong/manatee in my profile pic. It was hard giving him away!

  6. Love it.

  7. That is creepy. Gives me shivers!

  8. one word: bizarre

    elmer said this on March 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply

  9. It’s so easy to forget how animals are used in our many industries – this is a fantastic way of reminding people where leather actually comes from.

  10. again one word: awesome!!

  11. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww but yet strangely woahhh (in a good way) at the same time!

  12. That is soooooo creepy. Humans soooooo barbaric.


  13. disgusting but funny post!!!

  14. LV bags are not MADE with real leather. Only the trim and the handle are. Do your research before your “ewww creepy” comments.

  15. I’m sort of horrified, yet strngley intrigued – I suppose that’s a sign of good art

  16. wwww

  17. WOW…

  18. I want that pig.

  19. […] […]

  20. So ugly, they’re cool!

  21. Creative and yes creepy…

  22. WTF yet still, sweet.

  23. Ok…I’m scared!:/

  24. Haha, love the pigskin.

  25. that is a little creepy. But good!

  26. This is very Werid…..

  27. How very odd

  28. those just gave me the shivers. very interesting work.

  29. That is SO perfectly bizarre! Love the football-pig!

  30. I completely dug it

  31. scary as hell

  32. It’s the eyes that really creep me out! Fantastic!

  33. that is soooo creepy but cool at the same time!
    read my blog?

  34. I want to buy one!

  35. this was really cool

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