Microscopic Art
Friday, August 18, 2006

Micro art by Willard Wigan. I have no idea how this is done, I suspect you use things like eyelashes to manipulate the objects. The smallest art I make is when I draw a naked mermaid in pencil many times so that I can hold it against my arm and make a tattoo.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Friday, August 18, 2006  
  • At 8/18/06, 9:02 AM, Blogger Woozie said…

    Doesn't beat Snakes on a Plane.

  • At 8/18/06, 9:53 AM, Blogger R2K said…

    Yes it does.

  • At 8/18/06, 9:58 AM, Blogger Margaret said…

    You wanna naked mermaid tat, Alex? I wanna mini self portrait. That way as I age, grow old, wrinkle and sag - my tat can change along with me.

  • At 8/18/06, 10:46 AM, Blogger GC said…

    I saw the Wigan exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and then accidentally stepped on it and destroyed his life's work.

    I appologised and said, "you might want to work big, ... you know like the pyramids. Those lasted awhile."

    He wasnt really paying attention because he was wearing his microscopic glasses, which looked like telescopes harnessed to his head. He looked at me and said, "Nice eyelashes."


  • At 8/18/06, 11:36 AM, Blogger Woozie said…

    So what if it was a microscopic plane inside of a snake's eyeball? It's the ultimate combination.

  • At 8/18/06, 12:08 PM, Blogger MerapuMan said…

    Thanks for visiting my blog. A very crowded place you have here. Can add one more ? I hv already link to you.

  • At 8/18/06, 12:12 PM, Blogger rafico said…

    The world is a drop of water?

    An art very difficult to see, it does not seem to you?

    Un abrazo, chao.

  • At 8/18/06, 1:24 PM, Blogger Senor Cheeseburger said…

    Stop lyin' the smallest art you make is when you take a picture of your wang with your cameraphone.

  • At 8/18/06, 1:49 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Woozie, there are motherfucking planes on my mother fucking snake.

    Yes, its just that big.

  • At 8/18/06, 2:44 PM, Anonymous nepspeed82 said…

    Yes, it's really an active and crowded place. Thanks for visiting my blog too.

  • At 8/18/06, 3:25 PM, Blogger Instantiable said…

    Alex knows how to network =P

    I like microscopic art, I always wanted to learn how to do it. I wish I could find a .05mm pen or pencil to draw with, that would be really sweet.

    I figure the less details people see, the more they're forced to assume.

  • At 8/18/06, 3:28 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    I once drew the worlds greatest art know to man world war II. On the eye of Hamilton on the 5$ bill, I drew what can only be described as the mona lisa x10. Call it MonaLisa for the new century, or ML2K. But as with all great art, it was fleeting. I used that very same $20 bill to buy a quake 3 T-shirt. Regrets? Yes. That I didnt buy two Quake 3 T shirts.

  • At 8/18/06, 6:58 PM, Blogger Senor Cheeseburger said…

    I said "wang"

  • At 8/18/06, 7:40 PM, Blogger drëâmè® said…

    oh wow... cool :) I like.

    And I've done the pencil thing you said.. except with an eraser...

  • At 8/18/06, 8:17 PM, Blogger Justin said…

    The only explanation I can think of is that the machine from "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" is still in existence.

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  • At 8/19/06, 5:17 AM, Anonymous Booya said…

    There's a a lot of action that goes on in the comments section. I'm not sure that everyone who logs on takes the time to read all the comments. Some are just too good to leave there. I picked this one to run as a post because it's important and it's the absolute straight deal. You're not going to hear anything more authentic than this. It's from regular commenter TIJUANAJAILER. This is the gospel. Everything between quote marks is his. Enjoy and be edified.

    "Before people get their feathers ruffled any further it is important to understand that the EME, AB, BGF and NF (California's AXIS of EVIL) does not care about ethnic pride. From Day One, EME began exploiting fellow Chicanos. According to one former EME member's description: "they are an Equal Opportunity Exploiter". End of story. The NF formed out of their being abused by EME and they evolved into a criminal cartel with NO regard (I repeat NO regard) for their people, be they campesinos or northern California gang members. If anyone is being "punked" (as many posters are fond of saying), it is the north AND south gang members by these two groups. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out.
    The AB started out as biker "types" and white racist, black-hating warriors. They too evolved into gangsters who could care less about white supremacy and more about the green almighty dollar. The BGF, led originally by James "Doc" Holliday has long since surrendered its
    anti-establishment ideology for good old capitalist living. I doubt that the proceeds from their meth labs go back to furthering the "Black Cause".
    There are two historical components to the EME-AB alliance and the NF-BGF alliance. There is the racial component and the power component. In prison, it was well known that the blacks and whites were "natural" enemies. Due to the color of their skin, this "natural" racial divide would always separate these groups.
    When the EME emerged, they were into power and control and they didn't care who you were nor what color your skin was. Domination, exploitation and terrorizing (there's that dreaded word again) the main population was what they were about. Their power struggle was one that was fresh from the CYA, county jail facilities and wherever Chicanos and Blacks were housed together. The fact that they shared similar social plights on the outside was not a relevant factor on the inside. They never thought about the fact that they indeed shared common dilemnas.
    So understand this: EME and southern gang members never really hated blacks because of the color of their skin but more because of the numerical threat they represented. It was about power. Those of you who have done time for many years (especially those of you who were "state raised") will attest to the fact that a handful of Chicanos could confront a large group of blacks and send them "running" like a stampede of cattle by just blinking their eyes.
    Then you had your "cream of the crop". The BGF and hard core radicals. They actually respected and admired EME members. In fact, when George Jackson, Hugo "Yogi" Pinell & company decided to take over the San Quentin Adjustment Center, who was there fighting alongside them: Luis "Bala" Talamantez and Louie "Rock On Lou" Lopez, two fierce EME enforcers. In an unholy alliance, they "teamed up" to execute three (3) prison guards and left a stack of injured guards in a cell presumably dead. Read the following link for some interesting stuff: http://rwor.org/a/v20/960-69/969/talam.htm
    There is a strange bond (sealed in blood) that unites the EME and the BGF. Their old timers could probably swap some very interesting war stories.
    Their unique power struggle was joined by two other groups with axes to grind. The AB loved the fact that the EME's power struggle with BGF (mostly in the CDC's lock-up units) dove tailed perfectly with their "racial" struggle against the black militants. They became EME's natural allies in this battle. Then the NF entered the scene. Their agenda was to resist EME's exploitation of "farmers" and oppressed raza and the flag they initially flew was the flag of ridding oppressed people from the tyranny of La EME. Of course, they found a natural ally in the BGF. Once the NF found themselves effectively separated from EME members, their agenda changed to organized criminal endeavors and this North-South thing became a way of keeping the proverbial pot stirred for the purpose of maintaining control over nortenos (NF) and surenos (EME). And life became a "beautiful" thing for these groups.
    There was no real "love" between EME and AB, just a common "business goal". There was no real "love" between NF and BGF, just a self-serving and common "business goal". The prison administration played a major role in "divide and conquer" (as the convicts liked to say) but it was really "divide and control".
    Had the prison administration not succeeded in separating these groups there is absolutely no doubt that EME and AB would have run the Yards today and life in prison (if you think it is a horrible experience today) would have been sheer misery.
    For all the posters (farm workers specifically) who become offended at the "farmero" label, you should not. First off, Northern Farmers (NF) was a derisive term which originated in late-1970 at San Quentin. EME and NF had a prearranged "cease fire" at that time. A then future EME member by the name of Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza (aka: Machine Gun Mundo) from VNE in Boyle Heights (East L.A.) began referring to them by this term. This wasn't a secret thing as he actually addressed NF members to their faces on the upper yard. It was Mundo's hope that they would get angry enough to break the truce since he could not "fire the first shot" and get the EME upset.
    The NF put up with Mundo's abuse and he later would be responsible for the killing of (5) NF members and (2) BGF members both in and out of prison before he defected.
    Through the years, EME and its allies have succeeded in getting under the skin of Northern Cal gang members by referring to them as "country yokels", farmers, fruit pickers, etc. Now you know that this is not a literal insult but a continuation of the derisive and disrespectful behavior directed at what EME has always and will always consider an inferior breed of Chicanos. Although we all know this is not true, this is their attitude guys.
    With no axe to grind, I hope this enlightens some who maybe needed to see some of this in some organized perspective.

    There you have. Lots to think about and consider. Many thanks to TJ JAILER. Keep 'em coming.

  • At 8/19/06, 1:55 PM, Blogger Senor Cheeseburger said…


    Shut the fuck up pussy for I bust a cap up in yo face and punk you like a lil Biznatch!


  • At 8/19/06, 3:05 PM, Blogger Instantiable said…

    Dreamer: What pencil thing?

    Alex: Exactly, I can only assume it's right, since it was too small for *me* to see. But any time I see a 20$ bill that smells faintly of new york, you bet I'm checking the eye.

    Oh, and I made an image for my new Link bar, you won't recognize it, but you're the Alex D in question. It's over on the left here.

  • At 8/19/06, 6:12 PM, Blogger drëâmè® said…

    The smallest art I make is when I draw a naked mermaid in pencil many times so that I can hold it against my arm and make a tattoo.

    I got it wrong :( I meant... I drew something over and over on my eraser in ink and then i could use at as.. er... something like a tattoo.

    what'd you think?

  • At 8/19/06, 9:47 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Be back in a few days foax, no internet on road. Cant type many words...

    Tattoo with pncl possible on paper, love the link thanks...


  • At 8/19/06, 11:39 PM, Blogger lastlifeinmyuniverse said…

    we should play minigraff someday.

  • At 8/20/06, 4:14 AM, Anonymous zingtrial said…

    This is ace posting,liked it Thanks for sharing

  • At 8/20/06, 9:36 AM, Blogger Sir Dirty Joke said…


  • At 8/20/06, 8:07 PM, Blogger starbender said…

    that micro-art is cool!

  • At 8/20/06, 9:20 PM, Blogger UberStreeckX said…

    Kool Shit. Keep In Touch.



  • At 8/21/06, 2:27 AM, Blogger Vengelyne said…

    I saw this documentary show that showed this guy who was insomniac and he'd paint beautiful paintings on the head of nails. He'd have a small piece of cloth over it and he'd paint the most lovely paintings using a strand of hair or something.

    Gotta use the microscope to see those work of art of his.

    This entry of yours reminded me of that documentary... Great stuff...

  • At 8/21/06, 9:49 PM, Blogger Butchieboy said…

    At the mall, they have a guy that will write your name on a grain of rice.

  • At 8/22/06, 6:38 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    Cool stuff.
    And the Commboy has somehow found away around the letter-verification I guess.

  • At 8/22/06, 7:49 AM, Blogger one ben bir sey said…


  • At 8/22/06, 6:38 PM, Blogger I'm gone said…

    That is badass. I wonder if any Oompa Loompas were injured in the making of this art?

  • At 8/23/06, 8:43 AM, Blogger The Stiltwalker said…


  • At 9/11/06, 12:00 AM, Blogger R2K said…

    You know what I want: I want a bowl of fried rice, or a set of sushi, in which each rice grain has r2k printed on it. In gold.

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