I’m going to admit to a certain bias towards Nicos Livesey’s latest animation before I say anything more about it. As a teenager every bag and garment I owned was plastered with patches that I’d picked up in Camden – or at a horrible little shop in my hometown called Tiger Lily – paying homage to any number of death metal bands I was obsessing over at the time (and some embarrassingly poor nu-metal ones too). I couldn’t get enough of them. But in spite of this penchant for embroidered badges I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Tharsis Sleeps will appeal even to those who don’t like to wear their bands on their sleeves.
It’s a four-and-a-half-minute epic that charts the story of some seriously grungy astronauts attempting to save their planet from and intergalactic shit-storm, and grow some killer weed in the process. Great so far. But the best bit is that Nicos has had each frame of this stoner sci-fi embroidered onto denim, meaning every frame looks like a beautiful piece of rock’n’roll paraphernalia. The seven month stop-motion project was funded on Kickstarter and took an incredible three months to embroider, making this officially the most badass piece of animation I’ve ever seen. And the tune’s not bad either…
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