California-based artist David Palmer is loaded with an array of bullets. Is he at war? Well, no. He uses empty bullet casings to create unique portraits of famous people. Let’s check his amazing ammo art right after the jump.
I used to have this belt made of 5.56mm rifle bullets that I wore a lot when I was younger. We see a lot of these kinds of accessories in the punk culture. And a lot of artists have been incorporating bullets and shells into their art. One of them is David Palmer, who makes portraits using ammunition. He arranges them to form one big canvas and wields a blowtorch which he uses to burn and darken the casings, making lines and shades.
Another interesting thing is that most of the portraits he’s done are of people who’s lives have been claimed by bullets. These include John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy.
They said that art is a powerful weapon. And David Palmer had this in mind, but instead, he turned a powerful weapon into art. To quote Palmer:
“Around the world they (bullets) are still used to either help build dreams or destroy the dreamers. My hope is that you will feel the agony and then see the miracles that can arise from choosing to create rather than destroy.”