Fifteen years old with a taste for foot-jamming the thin slice between awake and asleep, Emmet Thomas has made his name as a fearlessly stylish up-and-coming rider. Expect him.
It’s really easy to get lost in the abyss that is Reddit. They’ve created a virtual sandbox for all of the world’s nerds to congregate in niché-y bliss. I’m one of those nerds. I’m addicted to the great equalizer: slash-R-slash. It doesn’t matter if your hobby is Nascar or slot cars, there is a place for you somewhere in the cracks and crevices of Reddit.
“/SUB/JECTS” is my way to share with you some of these pockets of the Internet that hold something truly precious: a group of authentic human beings acting on their passion. Let’s start with “Colorized History.”
Colorized History was formed 11 months ago by Reddit user “Zuzahin.” The purpose of the endeavor is to breathe life back into photos both long forgotten and eternally recognizable.
The subreddit is piloted by an approved list of contributors that are also available for private commissions. So, if you’re interested in enlisting the service of one of these artists, you can learn more here.
“A sailor reads with his child as he waits for a holiday train at Waterloo station in London in 1927.” Colorized by crumbleater.
Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945. Colorized by HansLucifer.
Auto Wreck in Washington D.C, 1921. Colorized by mygrapefruit.
Easter Eggs for Hitler, 1944-45. Colorized by Zuzahin.
Elizabeth Taylor – Giant. Colorized by malakon.
Hindenburg Disaster, 1937. Colorized by klassixx.
Unemployed lumber worker, ca. 1939. Colorized by Zuzahin.
The featured image on this blogpost is “Soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment at Aldershot, Hampshire getting used to revolver shooting while wearing a gas mask. UK, 28 March 1936,” colorized by crumbleater.
This is the first installment of “REANIMATED.” In this series, I will showcase people that are living their lives like they’ll be dead tonight.
For whatever reason I came across Mustang Wanted, a 27 year old roof-topper from Russia who regularly walks a thin line between life and death. When I discovered him I really had no idea what to expect. I called my friend, Taulina, who’s fluent in Russian, and had her help me draft up some questions.
One of the great things about running Dead Era is that I get to meet a lot of people that I probably otherwise wouldn’t have been able. I pitched the email into endless space hoping that he’d catch it and give us something for nothing.
What made you choose to start doing this?
I don’t know why I started. I just like it. Now it’s my hobby, and it takes a lot of my time.
Do you train for this?
Yes, training is very important for what I do. I try to keep myself in shape.
Have you ever been arrested for doing this?
I get arrested quite often. Sometimes I’m able to run away, but it’s not always possible.
Were there ever any moments when you thought you might die?
There were many dangerous moments, but I try to forget about them. In those moments I just think of my cat, Slavik, and everything’s OK.
What would you tell someone trying to get into what you do?
Try not to pee your pants.
If you could do one thing, what would it be?
This is a lifestyle. I’m not making any plans. I am doing exactly what I want, and if I had one day to live I would continue to do what I’m doing now.