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Slice-cycles: Pizza Cutters as Art


Take a spin: Artist Frankie Flood's pizza cutters take inspiration from chopper motorcycles and fringe culture. Clockwise from top left: Mantis (2003), Psycho Pizza Cadillac (2003), Easy Rider (2001), Pizza for Life (2002), and Phatboy (2003). [Credit: Frankie Flood]

Some of you might have caught these pizza cutters yesterday on gadget blog Gizmodo.

If you didn't see them there, behold them here. Artist Frankie Flood creates "machined pizza cutters [that] draw inspiration from chopper motorcycles and attempt to reclaim the mythology and economic usefulness of the American worker as patriarch; translating machine or functional object into flesh and blood."

Mr. Flood grew up around toolmakers and now seeks to highlight the artistic merit in their techniques, which he says goes overlooked by those wielding it. While these pizza cutters are by nature overly meticulous and "flamboyant" in their design, they are at once practical. As such, they embody the same dichotomy Mr. Flood feels he represents as an artist who makes functional objects. (As opposed to, say, most of the loft-dwelling roustabouts in Williamsburg who turn out utterly useless pieces of pabulum.)

Like Gizmodo, I took my fair share of art history courses in college, so I understand Mr. Flood's artist's statement. One thing I don't get, however, is that, out of all things practical the artist could have manufactured, why pizza cutters?

And: Does he use them on New York or deep-dish pies?

[Thanks to Shana, Matty, and Jeff G. for alerting us to these cool cutters.]

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