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Instagram Today: 150 Million People

Today we’re excited to announce that Instagram has grown to a community of more than 150 million people capturing and sharing moments every month.

Whether it’s documenting protests in Egypt, sharing the trip of a lifetime across the United States or snapping #petselfiez, this community continues to surprise us every day with your creativity, sense of adventure and unique perspectives on the world.

As the community continues to grow, it’s becoming more global too — now more than 60% of you are from outside the United States. Whether you’re in Moscow or Hong Kong, Berlin or Reykjavik, we’re more committed than ever to bringing you the best Instagram experience possible.

To the 50 million of you who’ve joined in the last six months, welcome. And from our team to all 150 million of you, thank you for making Instagram great. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create next.


Melding Heavy Metal and Fine Art with @BenVenom

"I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society," Ben Venom (@benvenom) writes in his artist statement. In repurposing discarded denim and old heavy metal t-shirts into quilts of painfully exacting detail, Venom questions and challenges his audience’s conception of fine art.

"My current body of work is directly inspired from the Gees Bend quilt exhibition I saw at the de Young Museum (@deyoungmuseum) in 2006,” says Ben. “I was blown away by the attention to design, craft, and handiwork by women from a very rural region in the American South not to far from where I grew up. They did not have a lot of materials at their disposal and would use recycled denim jeans, blankets, and fabric scrapes to construct some really amazing work.”

Ben cultivates an even deeper appreciation for his craft through Instagram by bringing people into his studio and documenting his process. “For me Instagram operates as a timeline that visually displays the progression of my art and life. I tend to post works in progress and occasionally finished pieces to give the viewer an idea of how the work has progressed.”

Join Ben Venom in his studio as he continues to explore the intersection between heavy metal and fiber arts by following him on Instagram, @benvenom.

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