You’ve heard about the ongoing saga over the rights to Vantablack, the blackest black on the planet, right? The Reader’s Digest version is; British artist Anish Kapoor obtained the exclusive rights to use Vantablack, which was created by British company Surrey NanoSystems. This pissed off a LOT of people.
British artist, Stuart Semple, released his own newest blackest black. Called Black 2.0, Semple calls it “the most pigmented, flattest, mattest, black acrylic paint in the world.” Much like Vantablack, it’s able to turn 3D surfaces into flat-looking holes, but it’s not quite got the staring-into-the-abyss qualities of the original. Or the laser-eating capabilities of the new Vantablack 2.0, which the researchers at NanoSystem have said is
“so black that our spectrometers can’t measure it!“
It is available to anyone who wants it. Anyone, of course, but Anish Kapoor. You actually have to state that you are NOT Anish Kapoor to order it.
Semple has now created what he calls “the world’s pinkest pink,” along with the “most glittery glitter,” and made them available for anyone to buy —except, of course Anish Kapoor.
But Kapoor managed to get his hands on the pink, and goaded Semple with the Instagram pic, below, shooting him the bird.
So, the pigment wars still rage on. You can get Semple’s black black, pinkest pink and glitteriest glitter, here –provided you’re not you-know-who.