Photographer Justin Poulsen’s Morbidly Funny Promo Campaign: Literal ‘Thumb Drives’


Toronto-based conceptual photographer Justin Poulsen came up with an unsettlingly awesome way to promote his work. Instead of mailing prints of his surreal photos to potential clients, for his 2015 promotional campaign Poulsen made a batch of literal “thumbs drives,” USB Flash drive storage devices (somtimes referred to as thumb drives) painstakingly designed to look like his own left thumb.


To create the thumb drives, Poulsen first created a mold of his thumb. The thumbs that popped out of the mold were the correct size and shape, but they lacked detail. So, Poulsen hand painted each one to make it look as realistic as possible.


As you can see in the bottom photo, the finished piece bears an uncanny resemblance to his own thumb. Poulsen told PetaPixel that his goal for this project was “allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of my craft.”

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South Korean Activist Plans to Launch The Interview DVDs into North Korea


A South Korean activist said Wednesday that he will launch balloons carrying DVDs of Sony’s “The Interview” toward North Korea to try to break down a personality cult built around dictator Kim Jong Un.

The comedy depicting an assassination attempt on Kim is at the center of tension between North Korea and the U.S., with Washington blaming Pyongyang for crippling hacking attacks on Sony Entertainment. Pyongyang denies that and has vowed to retaliate.

“North Korea’s absolute leadership will crumble if the idolization of leader Kim breaks down.”

— Activist Park Sang-hak

Activist Park Sang-hak said he will start dropping 100,000 DVDs and USBs with the movie by balloon in North Korea as early as late January. Park, a North Korean defector, said he’s partnering with the U.S.-based non-profit Human Rights Foundation, which is financing the making of the DVDs and USB memory sticks of the movie with Korean subtitles.

Park said foundation officials plan to visit South Korea around Jan. 20 to hand over the DVDs and USBs, and that he and the officials will then try to float the first batch of the balloons if weather conditions allow. Read the rest of this entry »