The most repulsive and unattractive substance I can think of is mud. It smells. It's suffocating. It doesn't run through your fingers like it's drier self, dirt. When I'm too focused on how I appear to others...am I attractive, pleasing, do people like me? I will think of myself as mud.
I didn't use any blending modes. I made selections using the quick select tool and subtracting and adding space.
History of Graphic Design: It's interesting to see, in a concrete way, how societal norms and movements and tangible inventions influence our visual culture.