LEGO models can represent all kinds of different things, both imaginary and real. But this particular LEGO design takes on one of the more unpleasant sides of the real world – the seamy underbelly of society that is prison life.
Most movie marketing is all about creating cool looking posters and teasing us with short trailers, but there is some clever marketing happening in Taiwan for Star Trek Into Darkness. Check out Benedict Cumberbatch locked in his cell in the Ximending Shopping District.
As we already know, prisoners can be very inventive with all of that time they have on their hands. Now, it turns out that inmates at one prison have been using a very sly and clever way to sneak contraband tools and gadgets in – using a cat.
Almost everything can be turned into a weapon. I think that much is clear if you’ve seen footage of prison brawls, where anything from spoons to toothbrushes can be deadly objects. How much more if prisoners somehow manage to grab an officer’s pen?
South Korea is set to test some new robot prison guards in their jails by as early as next year. The idea is to free up some of the human guards for other duties. The question is, how long will these robo-guards last before they get shived in the circuits or turned into license plates by the inmates.
That’s right, you read that right: if you’re caught with a virus on your computer, then you’ve got to shell out $6,200 in bail or spend three years in jail. This only applies if you’re in Japan, that is.
I can understand rappers and other moguls want to diversify so they can get more money or whatever they are calling it in new rap videos today. I would think that you wouldn’t want to be associated with jail or prison if you were famous, but for a rapper it seems you have to go to jail or prison to be cool.
Going to prison is a bit like being a kid again, because you’re denied a lot of things. But most kids are largely content with make-believe toys and scenarios and even imaginary friends. Adults, on the other hand, won’t stop until they find alternatives.
Back in 2001, the artists’ collective Temporary Services started a project with a prison inmate named Angelo in which they asked him to document how inmates adapt to their surroundings while confined.
The project, entitled Prisoners’ Inventions, resulted in this fascinating 119-page book of detailed drawings that explain exactly how prisoners build contrivances from all sorts of found materials.