A 3D printed slinky in the shape of a human skull is creepy, especially when it's called "Mortal Coil." But, that's not how Orlando, Fla.-based creator Ryan Kittleson sees it.
"I've heard that before but I guess my creepy sensors aren't finely tuned because I don't see the creepy there," he said. "It's about the size of a golf ball, maybe a golf ball and a half; yeah, a golf ball and a half," he said of the slinky on sale at Shapeways for $50.
"Mortal Coil" isn't an anomaly though. Scroll up from the slinky and you'll find the "Twerking Einstein" mini-statue for $30.
It's a model of Miley Cyrus performing her favorite dance move: bending over and shaking her tail feather. Only it's not an exact depiction of the infamous former Disney child star. It sports the head of Nobel Prize winning physicist Albert Einstein.
"It was just going to be Miley Cyrus twerking, but Shapeways was a little worried about the copyrights," Kittleson said.
So he found a way around it by adding Einstein's head. "I had an extra Einstein head lying around so I thought I might as well put it to good use," he explained.
I mean, who doesn't have "an extra Einstein head lying around," right?
|Kittleson is probably most well known for being a master of the 3D printed meme.|
Kittleson's web site is called Erratic Imagery. By day he is a freelance 3D modeler for companies like Disney World, Sea World and Neiman Marcus, but don't call the job "button down."
"I don't know how 'button down' my day job is, I work from my apartment so I usually work in my pajamas," he said.
Whatever it is, it's the after-hours stuff that is all about having fun with the technology.
"I picked that name (erratic imagery) because I have a hard time nailing down what I want to do with just one thing," Kittleson said.
The stuff isn't slap-dash work with no thought put into it though. He clearly puts his heart into his designs.
For instance, his octopus ring is ingenious. It was designed with the tentacles angled just right so the ring will actually fit on three different fingers.
Sprawled across the top of his bio page is the quote, "Love for the medium, subject, form or process will always result in art. Practice will make it great art."
Only, he's not sure if he said it or someone else did. "I may have said it; I don't disagree with it," he said.