For those of you that are long time readers here at Unfinished Man, you may have picked up on my obsession with jeans. I collect a wide range of selvedge denim jeans from around the world, and I’ve gone so far as to visit the factory of one of my favorite brands, Naked & Famous. So when I woke up this morning and realized that an artist by the name of Ian Berry (aka Denimu) was slicing up jeans and using them to create incredibly intricate landscapes and portraits, well… I was both excited and horrified.
You see, blurry eyed and hungry, I thought that he was slicing up brand new jeans to create his works of denim mastery. Not so, and all the better for it… those poor jeans would not have had a chance! No, instead he uses old, recycled jeans and slices, dices, glues, and colors them to create the scenes you’re about to browse through.
Denimu is not Animu, Thankfully.
I admire a great many aspects of Japanese culture and society. They’re hard workers, and they believe in quality above all else – or at least, a great many other things. They also make great gadgets, gear, and yes… even jeans. But there’s a darker side to Japan as well, and that’s their Anime. Man… some of that stuff is just insane, and not in a good way.
But that’s not what I’m here to rant about today. No, instead bask in the glory of Denimu’s fantastic denim art. Most of these scenes are of Londo, so if you’ve ever wanted to go there, well… this is kind of the same thing, right?
Now, before I point you in the direction of a whole lot more of Mr. Berry’s work, well… I want to toss out an idea. Imagine for a moment, if you will, a regular pair of jeans. You put it on, you go to work in them, etc… you know, the usual. Then imagine that same pair of jeans, but with a denim art mural of your face on say, one of the legs, or perhaps the buttocks region? Personally, I think that would be most fantastic.
Okay, fine, head over to the official Denimu website and take a look around. I only posted up a small sampling of his landscapes, so you can explore that grouping of his work, and then after that, there are a ton of incredible portraits as well. I highly recommend checking out both. They get three thumbs up from me.