1. 17:25 16th Sep 2014

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    ducksofrubber:

vasquez rocks
check out some photos here!

    ducksofrubber:

    vasquez rocks

    check out some photos here!

     
  2. 17:24

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  3. 17:22

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    rsd61:

Poison Ivy

    rsd61:

    Poison Ivy

     
  4. 17:22

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    themaninthegreenshirt:

    better an old demon than a new god

     
  5. 17:19

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    (Source: pinterest.com)

     
  6. 17:19

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    Reblogged from ninjasuperspy

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    art-of-swords:

[ NEWS ] Scholars confirm first discovery of Japanese sword from master bladesmith Masamune in 150 years
by Casey Baseel
Should you visit a history museum in Japan, and, like I do, make an immediate beeline for the collections of samurai armor and weaponry, you might be surprised to notice that Japanese swords are customarily displayed with the stitching removed from the hilt. Visually, it sort of dampens the impact, since the remaining skinny slab of metal is a lot less evocative of it actually being gripped and wielded by one of Japan’s warriors of ages past.
The reason this is done, though, is because many Japanese swordsmiths would “sign” their works by etching their names into the metal of the hilt. Some craftsmen achieved almost legendary status, becoming folk heroes whose names are widely known even today.
The most respected of all, though, was Masamune, whose reluctance to sign his blades has made identifying them difficult. But difficult and impossible are two different things, and for the first time in over a century, a sword has been confirmed by historians as being the creation of the master himself.
Masamune was active during the late 13th and early 14th centuries, the part of Japan that today is part of Kanagawa Prefecture. He lived his life during the Kamakura Period, when the samurai class saw the most dramatic rise in its power over Japan.
Producing the highest-quality blades during a time of military power made Masamune’s swords extremely prized. Today, the only swordsmith who can approach his exalted historical status is Muramasa, who was born hundreds of years later. Justified or not, Muramasa is said to have been psychologically imbalanced and prone to violence. Superstition holds that these traits were passed on to the swords he forged, and as such Masamune’s are often held to be the superior weapons.
However, it can be hard to keep track of weapons in a country that’s gone through as many civil wars, revolutions, and occupations as Japan has, no matter how impressive their pedigree. Last year, a man brought a sword, which had found its way into his personal property, to the Kyoto National Museum to be appraised. Historian and sword scholar Taeko Watanabe spent the months between then and now studying the blade, and has recently announce her conclusion that it is a Masamune.
"Judging from its unique characteristics such as the pattern that can be seen in the side of the blade… it was unmistakably forged by Masamune."
The particular sword, which Watanabe says is called the Shimazu Masamune, had been given in 1862 by Iemochi, the 14th Tokugawa shogun, to the Imperial Family to mark his marriage to Princess Kazunomiya, also known as Princess Kazu.
"By presenting such a masterwork to the Imperial Family, Iemochi showed the deepest appreciation and highest respect," Watanabe commented.
Following this, the sword’s whereabouts were unknown until its anonymous owner brought it to the museum in Kyoto. It is the first blade to be confirmed as a Masamune in roughly 150 years.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Rocket News 24

    art-of-swords:

    [ NEWS ] Scholars confirm first discovery of Japanese sword from master bladesmith Masamune in 150 years

    • by Casey Baseel

    Should you visit a history museum in Japan, and, like I do, make an immediate beeline for the collections of samurai armor and weaponry, you might be surprised to notice that Japanese swords are customarily displayed with the stitching removed from the hilt. Visually, it sort of dampens the impact, since the remaining skinny slab of metal is a lot less evocative of it actually being gripped and wielded by one of Japan’s warriors of ages past.

    The reason this is done, though, is because many Japanese swordsmiths would “sign” their works by etching their names into the metal of the hilt. Some craftsmen achieved almost legendary status, becoming folk heroes whose names are widely known even today.

    The most respected of all, though, was Masamune, whose reluctance to sign his blades has made identifying them difficult. But difficult and impossible are two different things, and for the first time in over a century, a sword has been confirmed by historians as being the creation of the master himself.

    Masamune was active during the late 13th and early 14th centuries, the part of Japan that today is part of Kanagawa Prefecture. He lived his life during the Kamakura Period, when the samurai class saw the most dramatic rise in its power over Japan.

    Producing the highest-quality blades during a time of military power made Masamune’s swords extremely prized. Today, the only swordsmith who can approach his exalted historical status is Muramasa, who was born hundreds of years later. Justified or not, Muramasa is said to have been psychologically imbalanced and prone to violence. Superstition holds that these traits were passed on to the swords he forged, and as such Masamune’s are often held to be the superior weapons.

    However, it can be hard to keep track of weapons in a country that’s gone through as many civil wars, revolutions, and occupations as Japan has, no matter how impressive their pedigree. Last year, a man brought a sword, which had found its way into his personal property, to the Kyoto National Museum to be appraised. Historian and sword scholar Taeko Watanabe spent the months between then and now studying the blade, and has recently announce her conclusion that it is a Masamune.

    "Judging from its unique characteristics such as the pattern that can be seen in the side of the blade… it was unmistakably forged by Masamune."

    The particular sword, which Watanabe says is called the Shimazu Masamune, had been given in 1862 by Iemochi, the 14th Tokugawa shogun, to the Imperial Family to mark his marriage to Princess Kazunomiya, also known as Princess Kazu.

    "By presenting such a masterwork to the Imperial Family, Iemochi showed the deepest appreciation and highest respect," Watanabe commented.

    Following this, the sword’s whereabouts were unknown until its anonymous owner brought it to the museum in Kyoto. It is the first blade to be confirmed as a Masamune in roughly 150 years.

    Source: Copyright © 2014 Rocket News 24

     
  7. 17:18

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    comixology:

    comixology:

    comiXology Unbound's #LongReads
    Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 1

    Matt Murdock is back and hoping to resuscitate his law practice, he takes on a police-brutality case, but someone is trying to silence the victim. Then, Klaw, master of sound, makes his deadly return! And the blind literally lead the blind as a visually impaired client targeted for assassination holds the key to a global conspiracy.

    [Get Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 1 for just $3.99 all through September!]

    #LongReads: Every Thursday Afternoon comiXology Unbound suggests a comic to read for those who are looking for something more than 22 pages!

    Just a reminder that this book is on sale ALL MONTH!

     
  8. 17:17

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    Reblogged from bugcthulhu

    unpretty-princess:

    manhatinglesbian:

    revolution-of-the-self:

    niceandpeaceful:

    Please watch the video.

    I’m getting scared as fuck to be alive right now.

    Fuck

    Don’t let it disappear. Not now, not ever.

     
  9. 17:16

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  10. 17:15

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    Reblogged from nuweba

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    lucreziaveleno:

Queen of the Night

    lucreziaveleno:

    Queen of the Night

     
  11. 17:15

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    america-wakiewakie:

    Heartbreaking photos show the first day back to school in Gaza. Many students did not return.

    (Photo Credit: Shehab News Agency)

     
  12. 17:13

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    Reblogged from tmblusr713

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    sagaciousefflundancy:

I really wish this were real.  I’d read the heck out of this.

    sagaciousefflundancy:

    I really wish this were real.  I’d read the heck out of this.

     
  13. 17:05

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    Reblogged from zombietango

    Enoch and Qliphoth

    From “Berserk Trading Card Game Booster Vol. 2”.

    (Source: o-blessed-king-of-longing)

     
  14. 16:51

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    powwowblog:

The work of Travis Lampe. “Blab!” group exhibition on view now at @coprogallery in Santa Monica, California.

    powwowblog:

    The work of Travis Lampe. “Blab!” group exhibition on view now at @coprogallery in Santa Monica, California.

     
  15. 16:50

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    Reblogged from siouxsieramone

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    (Source: theblackpotion)