If you want to make a strong impression at a job interview or on a blind date, consider wrapping your smart phone in the wrinkled skin of a one-eyed, rotten-toothed demon. It might not make the impression you want, but it’ll damn well ensure they never forget your (or your phone’s) face. And who knows, you might just bond with a stranger over your shared love of all things Necronomiconic thanks to the one-of-a-kind artwork from Morgan Loebel.
Crafting these horrific creations since 2013, Loebel made his work available for the world to see and enjoy through his Facebook page, Morgans Mutations; hat tip to The Verge for bringing them to our attention. There, those who share enthusiasm for his grotesque and highly detailed work can view such original pieces as an iPhone case with a bright, clear blue eye that seems to follow your every move, or an “infected” model covered in disgusting pustules, or the mummified and emaciated face of some long-dead thing.
As realistic and stomach-churning as these phone covers appear, the technical craft behind them has rather modest origins. Loebel, who’s based in Kansas, spent more than 20 years as a dental technician, “an extremely meticulous career … that required patience, artistic skill, and a steady hand.” He “fabricated realistic, detailed crowns, bridges and other dental prosthesis [sic] at high volume,” making “hundreds of thousands of teeth” in his career. That explains the realistic detail in his creations, which are made from polymer clay. They clearly channel Loebel’s skills as a dental technician and draw upon his imagination as a lifelong artist, giving him an outlet for his creativity and providing a means of income at the same time. You can check out “Morgans Mutations” on his Etsy page where his unique items–including phone covers, belt buckles, and more–went so quickly that, as of this writing, he’s taking a short break, though he is still accepting commissions.
Take a look at a selection of “Morgans Mutations” functional artwork, displayed on his Instagram page, below:
What do you think of these creepy covers? Will you be adding any to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
Images: Morgans Mutations