I think freckles, stretch marks, tattoos, bruises, birthmarks and scars are probably the coolest thing, you started with almost a blank canvas and look at you now, all this evidence that you’ve lived and the sun has shone on you and you’ve grown and maybe tripped up a few times and liked an image so much you made it a permanent part of you, beautiful.
A vivid display of Turkmenistan’s huge gas reserves is the Darvaza gas crater. In the 1970s, Soviet engineers accidentally collapsed this cavern about 260 km north of Ashgabat, while exploring for gas in the Karakum Desert. The escaping methane was lit, intending to quickly burn it off and avoid poisoning nearby villages, but it has continued burning ever since. Photo by Amos Chapple.
Keith Haring 1958-1990. Pyramid, 1989 (Anodized aluminium plate in blue and yellow, incised signature, dated ‘89’ and numbered 12/30 on the reverse) Right Segment
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Detail from Self-portrait with Grey Felt Hat, Vincent van Gogh