In Pursuit of Ugly Fractals
One trap which a lot of fractal images fall into is that of being merely beautiful: the only aesthetic response I can muster is "oh, that's pretty". Ultimately unrelieved beauty just gets boring - like a vapid supermodel with nothing to say. If I never see another lovingly-layered spiral in a tasteful, smooth color scheme, I'll die a happy man.
There are of course special difficulties attendant on fractal art which tend to lead to this state of affairs. Fractal art is not representational, and a fractal is not a picture of anything - it might look a bit like a bird or a flower, but it isn't, so the avenue through which emotional resonance from the real world might enter is well-nigh closed. This makes it more difficult for an image to be 'more than beautiful'. It is also absurdly easy to make a fairly beautiful fractal, which debases the entire enterprise.
So in sheer desperation I would like to see some ugly fractals. Not the godawful hippy-psychedelic-cannabis-poster kind of ugly; but an interesting, different kind of ugly.
Please add some links to your favorite ugly fractals in the comments - I'd love to see them.