While much great modern graffiti is based around political discourse, love has classically been an equally important inspiration to artists around the globe. These paintings on Environmental Graffiti prove that graffiti made from love is no less wonderful than graffiti made for politics.
Because you needed some weekend cuteness.
Wrapping up our Valentine’s Day posts, Mental Floss has a great article detailing the strange role the flea once played in romantic poetry:
The most famous of these poems is The Flea, by John Donne. The poetâ€™s narrator, struggling with a woman who wishes to hold on to her virginity, compares its loss to a fleabite: small and insignificant. When a flea actually does bite them both, he notes that their blood has mingled inside it. He just wants to mingle other bodily fluids anyway, so sex should mean neither sin nor shame nor loss of virginity at this point. Other writers imagined themselves as fleas exploring their loversâ€™ bodies, or bemoaned the fact that they were not fleas able to explore the secrets of a womanâ€™s body without detection.
Fleas were symbols of love outside of poems, too. Some Frenchmen would pluck fleas from their loversâ€™ flesh and keep the insects as petsâ€”it was a way to have a small piece of their beloved with them always. The fleas lived in tiny gold cages worn around the neck and were fed a daily meal of the manâ€™s blood.
Here’s hoping you don’t get bit by any literal “love bugs” this year.
Image via Scurzuzu [Flickr]
You know what they say, incest is best. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I want one! He’s the cutiest little pig evar! Thank you Cute Overload.
I need one so bad! Cute Overload rarely seems to post photoshopped pics, but man am I glad they did this one!
I think every man could use this handy little kit inside the teddy bear. It has traditional romance and is filled with all the things you need to make a night “special” with your lady.