And here is a bonus, Emma Frost poster. We really love nerd art or geek art, whichever you prefer.
And here is a bonus, Emma Frost poster. We really love nerd art or geek art, whichever you prefer.
We love the literal here at BizarreBytes.com – Thank you KeptFreshArt
This is a 9″ x 12″ reproduction of the original painting. Printed on archival epson matte paper with true epson archival ink. These are great reproductions because you can see the acrylic ink marks, brush marks and the canvas texture on the print. You can buy it here.
Steven Warrick lives in Richmond, Virginia, and he is a truly creative and fantastic artist. He does design, original drawings, comics, and more, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a series of interesting pieces to show you, and to talk to him about what in the wide world made him think of putting fish heads on barnyard animals. He’s a buddy of mine, so I just asked him. He flung a radish at the wall, turned to me and said:
The whole putting fish heads on farm animals thing was kind of spur of the moment because I needed an idea right then. I was trying to come up with a way to use a routing machine at work to carve out woodblock prints, and I needed to think of a fast illustration to create a cut file with. Something ridiculous and nonsensical like a rooster with a fish head. I’d call it a fooster or a fock, depending on how you wanna pronounce it. I prefer to scream “FOCK!” at people when they ask what it is.
So I asked him did the idea work out for his work project, and he responded:
In any case the experiment didn’t work out because the line drawing I had created digitally was too complex for the machine to handle. So, not wanting to let a perfectly good, if odd, illustration go to waste, I brought the line drawing into Photoshop and painted it in.
So then I asked him what made him continue, once the Fooster didn’t hold up to block-cutting expectations.
The series naturally evolved from there. I tried matching up the type of fish with the type of animal they were going to be crossed with. For example the “feep” is a cross between a sheep and a California sheephead drum. The prints are made to resemble folk art. They’re simplistic, and a little abstracted. The reactions I’ve gotten from them have been that people seem to find them aesthetically pleasing but somewhat unerving. Kind of like something you’d find in the farmhouse of Dr. Moreau.
So, without further ado, here are the animals in Steven’s barnyard aquarium. May they please (and slightly unsettle) you as well.
The “Fooster,” or the “FOCK!”
And finally, the “Fwine.”
For more examples of Steven’s work, check out his online portfolio.
A “Henge” is an oval or circular earthwork structure built during the Neolithic Period, often in the form of a rock circle or monument. Not all henges are rock monuments like Stonehenge, but most henges are located in England.
In England, the Neolithic Period occurred circa 7000—1700 BC. During this time, groups of 50-100 mobile cattle herders moved across the countryside, leaving behind henges. The plethora of stone circles created during the Neolithic Period may be one reason this time period is also called the “New Stone Age.”
A henge is characterized by a circular bank with a ditch on the inside of the bank and a center at least 20 meters in diameter. It may or may not contain a rock circle. Henges are thought to have been used for ceremonial purposes, and many henges are astronomically aligned, doubling as sundials with certain poles or rocks that align with the sun on the solstice and/or equinox.
The most well-known henge, the infamous Stonehenge, is located in Wiltshire County, England. It is a multi-circle henge used as a burial ground that was built in phases from 3100—1600 BC. Stonehenge is not actually a true henge because its ditch is outside the circular bank (the ditch is inside the bank of a true henge), yet the general term “henge” is derived from Stonehenge’s name.
Archeologists believe that Stonehenge was once a whole, complete monument, but this remains unproven. The monument was built in phases as follows:
A second sister henge has just been discovered 900 meters from the Stonehenge monument. It is a circular ditch surrounding a burial mound. Underground are 24 wooden posts that align with the stone monolith circle 900 metes away. The sister henge is thought to be 4500 years old, dating back to 2500 BC.
As mentioned, there are henges all over England. Some examples include the Avebury Henge, the largest stone circle in England; the Stanton Drew Stone Circles, which contain the second largest stone circle in England; and the Thornborough Henges, which contain no inner stone structures and are simply a series of circular banks and ditches.
The Maryhill Stonehenge in Maryhill, Washington was built by Sam Hill from 1918-1929 to honor locals killed in WWI. It is a full-scale replica of Stonehenge that was originally constructed in the center of Maryhill, which burned down, leaving only the stone monument standing. The replica is astronomically aligned, so the alter stone aligns with the sun at sunrise on the Summer Soltice.
Carhenge, located outside Alliance, Nebraska, is a Stonehenge replica roadside attraction made from vintage American cars painted with gray spray paint. Jim Reinders built Carhenge as a tribute to his father in 1987, and dedicated the attraction on its Summer Solstice opening. It originally consisted of a 38-automobile circle arranged similarly to Stonehenge, but Reinders later added additional car sculptures. Currently, three foreign cars are also buried there.
Formerly called “Mystery Hill,” the American version of Stonehenge is nothing like its English counterpart. It is an archeological site in Salem, New Hampshire that consists of 30 acres of large rocks, rock structures, and human artifacts. The site’s origins are controversial and undetermined, although a wide-range of theories have been offered. The site is supposed to double as an astronomically aligned calendar, but theories of who built it range from Irish Monks to New England farmers.
Built by Mark Cline and located in Natural Bridge, Virginia, Foamhenge is the only exact replica of Stonehenge is the United States, with the same size, layout, and astronomical alignment as the original Stonehenge. Although the fiber-glass artist pre-carved and painted his foam stones, it took him only one day to set them up. The foam blocks are anchored to cement so they stay put. Since it was erected, Foamhenge has become a well-known work of public art and roadside attraction.
“Stonefridge” was built outside Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1996 as a public art commentary about consumption, waste, and environmental conditions. Ironically, in 2007 the installation itself was deemed an environmental hazard and subsequently torn down, but while standing it was atop a landfill and astronomically-aligned with Los Alamos National Laboratories.
More About Henges from comedian Eddie Izzard
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Trolling around the internet, like you do, I have come across some pretty darn fantastic-looking cakes. I have no idea what tastes good, as I didn’t get to taste any of these cakes. Plus, I’m not much of a cake eater. But here are the cakes that particularly struck my fancy. We’ve got geek cred out the wazoo, here, Folks. I’ll split them up into sections for you:
Like we could have a post on fancy cakes without showing the Star Wars cakes? Sheesh. What kind of website do you think this is?
The detail on this cake is fantastic. In case you’ve been living under a rock that’s under a sheet of moss which is under a big lake somewhere and you HAVEN’T seen the Star Wars movies, this is at AT-AT – an All Terrain Armored Transport “walker.” They can carry up forty storm troopers. Not the cake, though. I’m sure it just carries deliciousness.
Darth Vader Cake
Just in case you ever wanted to eat Darth Vader’s face off. Hey, I don’t judge you.
Jabba & Slave Leia Cake
I’m sure that it’s not disconcerting at all for a four-year-old to eat a cake depiction of a slave Leia in a cake metal bikini. At least we can be pretty sure that the Jabba part of the cake is not actually Jabba-flavored, which I imagine tastes a lot like earwax. Or frog. He eats a lot of frogs.
Millennium Falcon Cake
I’m sure that cake version of the Millennium Falcon smells a lot better than the ACTUAL Millennium Falcon, which I image smells like damp Wookie and a burned-out Hyper Drive. It doesn’t, however, come with a young Harrison Ford, so I’ll pass.
This is way too cute to eat.
This was originally going to be the whole post, but then I found the Star Wars cakes, and a bunch of other cakes, and…there you go.
Speed Racer Cake
Go Speed Caker!
Captain America Cake
What do you say about Captain America?
To the Bat Cake!
It’s very possible that Carvel made this cake. Who am I to judge? If it’s an ice cream cake, I will make an exception and eat it.
Alien Symbiote Spider-Man Cake
Venom. How cool is that? Too cool to eat, that’s for sure. Also, cool enough to make it into the Superhero Cake Section even though he’s a villain. That, and there weren’t a whole lot of other villain cakes I tried to find.
Wolverine Claws Cake
Wolverine’s hand bursting through a cake….
Wolverine Cage Match Cake
Is more effective than a caked-up version of Wolverine. Creepy.
Here are a few cool ones from our favorite movies, TV shows, and books.
Aliens Chestburster Cake
However cool this may be, you could not pay me to eat any of it. Who wants themselves depicted as wormy alien creatures? Not this guy. The cake, however? It’s full of a great amount of badassery.
Discworld. Look it up.
Dr. Who Tardis Cake
Harry Potter Cake
Too pretty to eat. Hogwarts from one of those cake shows on TV.
Optimus Prime by one of those awesome cake dudes. Would be a shame to eat it, I think.
Now is the time where we show how geeky we really are.
Atari 2600 Cake
And the kids ask, “What’s that?”
Guitar Hero Cake
Pac Man Cake
Cute idea. These are cupcakes. But again, the kids say, “what’s that?”
The Princess & Mario Wedding Cake
These don’t fit into one of the above categories, but they are awesome nonetheless.
Crab Cake (snicker)
Why make a cake that looks like a crab? Who cares when it turns out this great?
Red Dragon Cake
A variation on the theme. But ever so much cooler.
Hope it’s not beer-flavored!
Rubick’s Cube Cake
It just makes me wonder what type of event this was for. I hope it was for a wedding.
I love that I’m Irish. This is beautiful.
And last, but not nearly least:
It’s got bits of real squid in it, so you know it’s good. Just kidding. But whoa, right?
Have more cakes? Send them my way!
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I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Donatello was always my favorite. Even when Eastman & Laird first created them they weren’t really threatening even though they killed a lot of bad guys ninja-style. But they still have a cute quality about them. Well, not this time. Donatello looks to be out for blood and this mutated turtle in his teens looks as bad-ass as you can get. Nice job by the supremely talented Mr. Rapoza.
Here is the cover of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that stared the whole shell-shocking craze.
Yarnbombs, often called knitting graffiti or knitted tags, are spreading their colorful cheer to the world’s urban areas in what some are calling a less offensive, impermanent form of graffiti art. While traditional graffiti artists may feel that their work has been compromised by this new, softer form, the art itself can have a similar impact on those it reaches.
Yarnboming involves knitting or crocheting items that are used to tag anything around town, from lampposts to city benches to public art. The yarnbombs are left behind by the knitters themselves, who strategically place their art in public areas when no one is looking.
A yarnbomb can be as simple as a small swatch knitted around a handrail or as massive as a tree trunk cozy. Here are a few favorite examples from across the nation, and around the world:
While this is a large project for a knitting graffiti tag, it serves as a good example for this type of art. The project appears to have been worked on by several knitters who stitched their individual swatches or projects together around the phone booth to create the cozy. The artists have left a tag hanging from the project, which names the renegade knitting group, giving them credit for their art without revealing the individual members’ true identities.
Underground knitting artist, “M.E.G.,” founder of the group K1-D2 (knit one, drink two), created this “Purpole” to dress up an old signpost. M.E.G. likes to use her knit graffiti to give color and life to city objects that are no longer being used for what they were originally intended, such as an old signpost with no sign. The group K1-D2 was founded as members came together to knit projects to hang in the yards of friends in mourning, to provide cheer and support.
As rock cairns and knitted clothing are both prevalent in Ireland, this display in Connemara National Park seems entirely appropriate, adding a lot of color to a gray landscape.
Although this project might be beyond the realm of knitting graffiti (sculpture artist Carol Hummel entered the cozy in a public art competition, so it is not guerilla in nature), it seems worth mentioning anyway. The project took 500 hours to complete and was on display for three years.
Sculpture artist Carol Hummel oversaw this community project in which members added a macramé of color to the Steamboat Springs dump site. Again, in this example the crochet artists had permission to display their graffiti as public art, with the purpose of inspiring and bringing growth awareness to their community.
Also called the “military tank cozy,” this public art project was created by artist Marianne Joergensen and was displayed outside the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Museum. The tank is an old military combat tank from World War II, and the project was created for the purpose of protesting Danish involvement in the War in Iraq.
Jennifer Marsh is the artist behind this giant project, which covered an abandoned gas station in knit panels. Jennifer accepted knitted and crocheted panels from contributors around the world, stitching them together around the gas station in order to bring color and life to an abandoned building, while raising awareness about the world’s dependence on oil.
This community project served the dual purpose of providing both public art and needed beds for the local animal shelter. Members of the Fayetteville Stitch and Bitch and other local knitters were asked to hang large knitted and crocheted squares around the downtown area. After the squares were on display for a week or so, they were removed and donated to the animal shelter to provide comfort and warmth to the animals.
While there are many yarnbomb enthusiasts both inside and outside the knitting world and the art form currently is gathering a lot of support, some spectators find this type of graffiti art extremely wasteful. The above examples show how this guerilla art form is evolving into a one that can serves several important purposes, in addition to providing neighborhood cheer. But for many yarnbombers, putting a smile on the face of a stranger is reason enough.
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I love this high-class animated gif, called the cinemagraph. Here is one of my favorites. I could watch this sailing boat move across the waves for hours. And with the benefit of the cinemagraph, I can! See 10 more of the these cool moving pictures at the top 10 cinemagraphs.
Sheffy Bleier is an Israeli artist based in Jerusalem and she is best known for her use of animal organs in her artistic creations. Bleier is not unique as a “meat artist” however her use of the internal organs differentiates her from those artists who use cut and processed meat to evoke, quite literally, a visceral reaction.
Bleier’s interest in viscera came about during a visit to the local market where she found herself transfixed by a cow’s stomach (not that she knew what it was at the time). The impact this had upon her made her realize the link which is instinctively created not by what you see, but by your spirit and soul. The internal organs may be hidden but here is a deep seated connection – they are an essential part of life, without which nothing exists.
Bleier started her artistic mission to present the inner beauty of the body to our naked eyes. In her words, “To lend new form, content and place to things which, for me, touch upon philosophical ‘truth’.”
Bleier’s exhibits dangle from string in mute testimony to some unknown purpose which they served inside the animal (typically cow). The Organ Garden is guaranteed to make any man wince once the spherical objects suspended in a sac are identified; however it is not simply genitalia which Bleier uses.
The reference to life, particularly our use of living things used for our own sustenance is replete within her body of work. Bleier’s work takes us on a discovery of the “hidden”; the inner workings of the body in a way which Gunther von Hagen’s, “Bodyworks evades. Von Hagen’s commercially celebrated art exhibition featuring human skeletons and preserved organs in a variety of everyday situations from playing poker to making love, somehow miss the point. Von Hagen cosmeticizes and belittles the inner body for commercial titillation, whereas Bleier presents the raw, unadulterated organ which makes the onlooker think for the function.
The organs are naked but they are not raw meat, which is without any shape or form until the artist works it. Organs are already formed, which reduces the fear of that without shape, the so called “horror of the formless”. Instead, the unfamiliar forms provide the element of mystery and compel the observer to question not only what the organ function is, or how it performs its role, but to think of the beauty of something which is so alien and yet so intrinsically a part of us at the same time.
Bleier’s naked organs repel the observer, evocative of the “gizzards” concealed by our beautiful bodies and generally assigned to the medical waste bin of the slaughterhouse or butcher’s stall. In some instances, the organs presented do not appear to be fit for cat foods, but this belies the point – these organs serve a vital purpose in life.
Bleier plays with the concept of the exposing the concealed or the hidden; by turning some of the organs, such as the stomach, inside out the truly hidden interior of the unseen is itself exposed to the light.
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Mario has been a part of our pop culture for decades and seeing him as a painted fire hydrant kind of feels…I don’t know…just right.
If you start with the assumption that there is one “correct” way to design an effective brochure, then you may be ignoring too many options that might actually work. If you approach the creation of a highly effective poster the way an artist creates a painting, then the important thing is to take from your design “palette” those elements which enhance your project, and leave off those that don’t. The best posters accomplish the following:
1) Great posters arrest – not just grab, but arrest – the attention of the passerby.
Since posters are primarily a visual medium, the strongest element on a poster is usually an image, or a juxtaposition of images. If your design is based on a central image, then high-quality four color printing is almost always the standard. But getting back to the first point – that there is no one “correct” way – sometimes a black on white color scheme is very effective.
2) Great posters make a confirming statement or a disturbing statement.
Your message has to interact with the image, either to explain something or to make the viewer stop and things of differently. Highly successful posters force the reader to walk away thinking, ‘I never considered that before.’
If you can achieve that somewhat difficult feat, then you are halfway finished with the next key element:
3) Great posters have a call to action.
If your poster doesn’t get people to act, then it is by definition ineffective. Your poster has to feature the name of your organization, as well as some type of “direction” – either a map or a street address. But not just that: web addresses and QR (quick response) codes can be added to any poster so that the passerby can access your site or scan in the code. This means that the passerby can act on her initial positive response to your poster.
We at Conquest Graphic can help you with every aspect of your poster project. We can advise on the best weight of paper, the best use of color, and we can also give you ideas on how best to package your posters so that they can be distributed without damaging them. Contact us today and let’s get started.
Love this sculpture art, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, showing a man skeleton walking his pet T-rex skeleton. Good boy, Rex, good boy!
It’s a sticky wicket when you decide to write about something you actually like. You spend all day being snarky and clever, and then you get this great idea, and you’re afraid you’re going to come off, I don’t know, less right than you want it to. That’s the danger of writing about anything, and if your chosen medium is the word, you do your best, just like someone who draws with pencils, paints with acrylic, or sculpts with clay, mashed potatoes or excrement. Expression is…expression.
Nobody understands that like Amanda Palmer does. She’s taken artistic expression to a wholly public, yet totally authentic place in a world that is absolutely and virtually (yes, literally) flooded with mass-market crap and agenda-ridden corporate ad-work. (Rather than artwork. See what I did there? Twas a play on words). Unlike most young not-yet-musicians, Palmer did not dream of being a rockstar. She saw the career of rockstar as a means to her ultimate end – throwing the ultimate party. You can read her entire, beautifully written bio on her webpage, in the press section. I won’t steal any of Jonathan Perry’s thunder – check it out for yourself.
If the ultimate party is Palmer’s goal, she seems to accomplish it in almost everything she does. Almost a decade ago she formed The Dresden Dolls with Brian Viglione and immediately the duo’s performances were complimented by local drama students and often The Dirty Business Brigade.
The release of her 2008 solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer also saw a companion book of the same name, penned by Neil Gaiman, who is now her fiance. Palmer has hosted many online “Twitter Parties” called the “Losers of Friday Night on Twitter” and is known to perform “Ninja” gigs at cities where she travels. She has a webcast channel called PartyOnTheInternet.com. Her projects are numerous. Her energy is, truly, indescribable. And her fans? Well, they (we) love her.
Taken from Twitter, I submit 9 fan-created Amanda Palmer pieces of art JUST SINCE July 31, 2010. In less than a month, and these are just the ones she’s tweeted that I’ve caught. What this says to me is that here we have a woman who not only makes art wherever she goes, she inspires it as well.
Twitter: @cassandralong – a simply amazing artist
Twitter: @scissorhandvamp – Shawna from Alaska
Twitter: @QTHC215 – Big AFP fan, and obviously a fan of The Dresden Dolls – tattoos are 4-ever!
Twitter: @SoCoSeth – he says he makes everything look sexy
This ukulele is actually named “Amanda,” probably because she can, of course, play a mean ukulele, and has recently released and EP called Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. And yes, it is awesome. Don’t believe me? Go download it.
See more Amanda Palmer fan art. And can I just say, thank heavens there are still people out there who are willing to have a good time, and who make sure the rest of us do too.
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Dirty Car Art by Scott Wade gives you a reason or an excuse not to wash your car…you are preparing the canvas for your masterpiece!
I happened across this artist’s site today. I believe the Internet community loves cats, so I thought I’d share some of Marja Hagborg cat drawings and paintings with the readers of Bizarre Bytes. You can visit her website by clicking the link below.
A Midsummer Cat
Love that the one cat has a goldfish in his drink.
Makes Sense to me.
See more animal and cat illustrations and paintings by Marja Hagborg.
I don’t claim to understand fashion design or the clothing manufactures and while we are certain these fashion designs aren’t for everyday wear, I wonder at the true meaning behind this art. In any case, these bizarre dresses are from the mind of Ryan Yoon.
Yes, she is bare breasted, so who is looking at the dress.
Well, at least we know how this fashion model kept so slim.
Which is yummier? The candy dress or the fashion model?
Not sure what to make of this, but I am definitely looking into a dog walker this week.
I don’t know why I have avoided the laundry mat all these years. If I knew blondes like this were hanging out there.
The iPad is the new black, especially with a leopard print screen.
Thanks, Ryan. Great ideas, hot women and a bit of weirdness. Perfect for Bizarre Bytes.
via, Ryan Yoon
Is this t-shirt sexist? Maybe. Is it humorous? Definitely. Is this young lady attractive? Of course. Do I like asking myself questions that I can then answer. Resoundingly, yes! This “Nice Tweets” t-shirt is fun and hopefully no one was offended. Hey, girls have breasts, guys like looking at said breasts. It is the order of things; don’t fight it. Bu the shirt here.