30 Impressive Facts About Vincent van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous and revered artists of the world. Commonly known as a tortured individual, but highly respected by artists and spectators alike.

Even though van Gogh was never famous during his life, his posthumous notoriety remains to be massive. Check out these 30 incredible facts about this amazing post-impressionist painter!

  1. Vincent van Gogh was born March 30th, 1853 in the Netherlands.
  2. There was another Vincent van Gogh before him – his brother who died during labor was given the same name.
  3. Many people have trouble pronouncing his name – often saying “van go” however, it is actually said “van gokh.”
  4. During his lifetime, van Gogh created about 2,100 pieces of art, 860 of which were oil paintings. Most of them were done in the last 2 years of his life.
  5. It wasn’t until he was 27 that Vincent started painting. He was self-taught, save for attending art school in Antwerp for a few months only 4 years before his death.
  6. While attending the art school, he would get in trouble with the instructor because of his unconventional painting style.
  7. Because he couldn’t afford to pay models, van Gogh would initially paint flowers, landscapes, and himself.
  8. Van Gogh painted over 30 self-portraits.
  9. Originally, Vincent was meant to become a pastor like his father was.
  10. Recently, a grasshopper was found stuck in one of van Gogh’s paintings – the paint kept it preserved for 100 years!
  11. While he was alive, van Gogh only sold one painting, The Red Vineyard. He didn’t become famous until after he died.
  12. Van Gogh had many illnesses, including epilepsy, hallucinations, and mental issues.
  13. During his lifetime, Vincent wrote over 800 letters, mostly to his brother, Theo, who was also his closest friend.
  14. Theo supported van Gogh financially for most of his life.
  15. Vincent used the money he received from his brother on painting materials and models, which caused him to eat and live in poverty. His diet was mainly bread, coffee, and tobacco.
  16. The most famous piece of work done by van Gogh, Starry Night, was done while Vincent was staying in an asylum in France that he checked himself into.
  17. While he was having an epileptic seizure, Vincent made a move to attack his friend with a razor. He ended up cutting off a piece of his own ear, but not the entire thing like most people think!
  18. Van gogh did not have the best luck with women – at one point he proposed to his widowed cousin and actively pursued her, but she refused. It was mostly because Vincent wasn’t able to support himself.
  19. On another occasion, he and his neighbor’s daughter fell in love together but their families disapproved of them getting married. The woman tried to overdose and kill herself, but van Gogh rushed her to a hospital.
  20. Vincent thought the night time was much more alive and colorful than the daytime, so sometimes he would paint with candles lining his hat so he could see.
  21. Van Gogh died because he shot himself in the chest while out painting in a field. He still managed to walk back home and upstairs to his room.
  22. After the shooting, Vincent lived for 30 hours. He spent his final moments with his brother who heard his final words, “The sadness will last forever.”
  23. At his funeral, Theo let Vincent’s small circle of friends take one of his paintings in order to remember him by. Vincent’s therapist took as many paintings as he could carry. They stayed in the family for many years until they donated most of them to the Louvre.
  24. It wasn’t until 11 years after he died that his paintings started to gain attention.
  25. Theo’s wife had collected Vincent’s paintings and letters, and committed herself to spreading his work so it would gain acknowledgement. If not for her, he may not have been as famous!
  26. The most money ever spent for a van Gogh painting was $82.5 million dollars at an auction for Portrait of Dr. Gachet.
  27. After van Gogh died, the innkeeper of where he stayed sold his two van Gogh paintings for $10 in 1905 because he thought they were useless due to deterioration.
  28. The relationship between Vincent and his brother Theo was so strong, Theo became severely depressed shortly after Vincent died. Theo passed away only 4 months after and was buried. His wife recognized their bond, and had his remains exhumed so the brothers could be buried next to each other.
  29. Van Gogh’s art style is known to feature vibrant yellows, however the pigment that was used is chemically unstable and ages poorly, so the actual luminance of the paintings is unknown.
  30. Because his name was constantly misspelled, he decided to sign his paintings as “Vincent” instead. He didn’t sign all of his paintings either – only the ones he thought were done.

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30 Astonishing Facts About Tattoos



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  • The record for the longest tattoo session is 56 hours and 30 minutes. The artist, Krzysztof Barnas, finished 11 tattoos, and he was only allowed 5 minutes after every hour to rest.
  • It only takes 3 days for inner lip tattoos to heal due to the rapid regeneration of the cells. Because of this, they will also fade and disappear in 1-5 years.
  • 23% of people regret their tattoos, with the biggest regret being a tattooed name.
  • When starting an apprenticeship, aspiring tattoo artist usually practice on fruit. Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons are the closest texture to human skin.
  • Unsanitary tattooing practices can transmit diseases such as syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV; however, there has yet to be an actual case of HIV being transmitted via a tattoo application.
  • Tattoo numbing cream helps with pain, however it may disturb the inking process on the skin and affect the visual result of the design because it can make the skin swell and deform.
  • Government jobs have the most tolerant tattoo and piercing policies, but only 8% of government employees have ink or piercings.
  • States with the highest percentage of tattoo discrimination are South Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida. States with the most tattoo friendly public opinion are Montana, Colorado and California.
  • The U.S. spends $1,650,500,000 annually on tattoos, with 14% of all Americans having at least one tattoo.
  • The part of the body tattooed the most among women, is the ankle area. Among men, the most common spot is the arm.
  • In the United States, Miami has the most tattoo shops with about 24 shops for every 100,000 people. The city with the least is Salina, Kansas at 2 shops for every 100,000 people.
  • The most expensive tattoo in the world costs $924,000. It is done with half a carat diamonds encrusted into the skin instead of ink. No one has ever had it done.
  • The average cost of a small tattoo is $45, while the average cost of a large tattoo is $150 per hour.
  • New Zealanders are the most tattooed people in the world. This is mostly due to the island’s Māori who still get traditional Polynesian tattoos.
  • In Soviet Russia, some prisoners would get tattoos of Lenin and Stalin. This was not a form of support, but in case they were sentenced to death, guards would not shoot them because it was illegal to shoot at images of their national leaders.
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    Michelle Gabriel is a freelance writer and blogger and currently loving it! Her primary focus and passion is traveling, which she does full time and continues to be her preferred topic when composing articles.



    21 Interesting Facts About Graffiti


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  • While graffiti is mostly illegal wherever you go, there are about 1,650 legal graffiti walls around the world.
  • “Yarn Bombing” is technically a form of graffiti which originated in Texas. It consists of covering objects, structures, or trees with decorative knitted or crocheted material.
  • The first known example of “modern style” graffiti is found in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. The graffiti shows a handprint that somewhat resembles a heart, along with a footprint and a number. It is thought that this indicated that a brothel was nearby.
  • A “Heaven spot” is a piece of graffiti done in an area that’s hard to reach such as a rooftop or overpass. The name has a double meaning – one because it’s so high up that it’s towards the “heavens.” The other meaning refers to the fact that it is often a serious challenge in a dangerous location, and in case of an accident, the artist could die and “go to heaven.”
  • Graffiti writers have what’s called a “black book”, which is a sketch book where they draw and plan out prospective graffiti artwork. Writers use their black books to fine tune their style and retain any ideas they may have for potential future use as a graffiti piece.
  • Graffiti used to be a term used to refer to inscriptions and figure drawings found on the walls of ancient ruins, like Pompeii or the Roman Catacombs. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius preserved the graffiti in Pompeii.
  • The earliest forms of graffiti were found on ancient Roman architecture as images carved onto walls.
  • The first known graffiti artist was Mr. Darryl McCray, street named Cornbread. In the late 1960’s, he and a group of friends started tagging their nicknames on walls around Philadelphia, which instigated the modern graffiti movement.
  • Graffiti bombing is when a large graffiti piece is put up over a short period of time. Train bombing is one common form, where a group of writers will quickly cover a train in graffiti before the authorities arrive.
  • There is a difference between graffiti and street art. In graffiti, the writers are generally not interested in the public understanding their work, instead they use it to speak to other writers. Street art is used to engage everyone.
  • People who are new to graffiti are called toys. Those with more experience and respect among other writers are called kings or queens.
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    Michelle Gabriel is a freelance writer and blogger and currently loving it! Her primary focus and passion is traveling, which she does full time and continues to be her preferred topic when composing articles.