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.
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.
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!
If you thought painting was hard, or even drawing proportionately accurate stick figures was mildly difficult, check out what Signapore-based artist Chan Hwee Chong can do with just one pen. As part of an advertising campaign for a company’s pen, he recreates classic masterpieces in ink. Better yet, he does it all without lifting the tool once. To increase the difficulty even more (because really, who can’t draw Mona Lisa with a pen without lifting it), he drew the paintings in continuous spirals. The level of skill and quality of the results are off the charts. See for yourself.
This is why you go to art school. The amount of detail put into each sculpture is just amazing. Sculptor Yong Ho Ji has mastered the practice of turning what is otherwise roadside garbage into works of original art. Using only resin and screws to hold the sculptures together, Ji makes anyone who is lucky enough to own one of these to look like a connoisseur of awesome.
See all of his fantastic sculptures at his website.
At first you may be wondering what the smurf that thing is, and you’d be correct in doing so, because it’s weird looking. You may think it’s a strange cup holder or perhaps a stylish engagement ring for nerds, but you’d be wrong. In fact, you were very wrong. It’s actually a device that supposedly aids in drawing perfectly straight lines with any writing implement. The following pictures explain the concept quite well. I’m dubious of the fact that simply because there’s a wheel it can only move in one direction. However, using it as an odometer to calculate the drawn distance is a neat feature, regardless of how straight the line is.
More pictures and words at designboom.
At first it looks like any other car for sale on eBay. It’s a bitchin’ Camaro for sale by some dude in New York. But, take a closer look at his advertising strategy.
The text says: “As much as this car & my wife are loved and will be missed. I am forced to part with both. So my loss is your gain here. The car has less than 10,000 miles on it, her – a little more – just saying. The car has never seen snow, she can be as cold as ice. The car was garage stored when not in use, she is making me move out to the garage. This car has extraordinary acceleration with the 6.2L VS, superior handling, excellent value, head-turning looks, unique interior design, great fuel economy, and a throaty boasting exhaust, which beats a bitchy mouth any day.” If that wasn’t enough, he actually made a list of specs comparing his car and his wife:
Devil horns and glowing red eyes? Where is the picture of that? I’d say, if he wasn’t on the heels of a bad breakup, he certainly is now.
Why didn’t I think of this? And, how many more of these can we do? Did somebody make a picture for Apple Martin? Audio Science Sossamon? 50 Cent? Eminem? Where are all those pictures, you crazy Photoshop wizards?
He looks so sad. But all the little Ice Cubes look pretty happy. What’s up with that? Don’t they know they’re going to melt?
I have nothing snarky to say about this. If i found this tea set, I would buy it. No hesitation.
Both images via UberHumor
So. Cindy here is a dancing dog. Maybe a Golden Retriever? She has a dress, which puts her a few points above El Willy since he’s dancing totally in the nude. Also, she can follow choreography, so that makes her, obviously, a smarter dog, but is she really a better dancer? Where is Bruno when you need him? Yes, I realize that this dancing dog has been all over the internet and TV for ages. But I ask you, does it ever get old?
Video via harapeno on YouTube
What is wrong with me that I find this so amusing? This artist, maneggs, does some really disturbing but funny stuff. I’d like to say I understand it all, but the horse one (one or two before the one you see above) flummoxes me. This above, this is just a masterpiece. Though I don’t know why Toad would care if Mario killed a Koopa. Enlighten me?
image VIA maneggs
Also, goats can’t read. They do, however, have a rich mythological history dating back to Norse mythology, where they were responsible for pulling Thor’s chariot. Thor’s goats have a special talent – he eats their flesh, then wraps their bones up, then in the morning they’re revived and ready to start all over again. In the Chinese Zodiac, being born in the year of the goat makes one shy, creative, and attentive. The goat is also the animal for the Zodiac sign of Capricorn. People from the Middle Ages thought that goats whispered profanities and dirty things to saints. Obviously, goats are too busy to learn to read.
Binder clips cost about $13 bucks for 48 of the big 2″ ones. I’m not going to do a ripoff of Master Card’s Binder Clips: $13 bucks, Having Your Cords Untangled: Priceless bit, but this was a really clever way to keep your computer cords sorted out without one of those inexpensive labels and whatevers that the cords get all tangled up inside anyway. You might not find this post to be the most interesting thing ever, but I’m betting you are hunting around for binder clips RIGHT NOW.
Incidentally, there are LOTS of other uses for binder clips: money clip, chip clip, clothespins, pacifier clip, toothpaste clip, bookmark, and more. Who knew?
From gifbin.com. I wish this was a bigger gif. The gif giffeth, the gif taketh away. Unfortunately, the Gif Mecca that is gifbin does not speak to the context of this gif, except to say that it is “Camouflage.” Yes, yes it is. Gizmodo also posted it (bigger, and not as a gif), and commented on how the military does a great job WITHOUT magic cloaking technology, which they also wrote an article about. It was an article about silver-plated nanoparticles and did I mention lately what a huge internet crush I have on that site? Anywhoo, here is a factoid about camouflage. It is a method of hiding. Animals do it. We learned it from them. You’re welcome.
It was a normal day on the piece of paper. Ted and Joe were walking along, talking about how nice the temperature was on the piece of paper, how pretentious those stick figures drawn in pen are…the normal stuff. Suddenly, without warning, the pink hand of the Alien Pencil People descended on the piece of paper,
It touched Ted’s foot and he said to Joe, “Hey, I think I’m being chosen for some special mission or something.” Joe said, “Cool.” Then, to Ted’s horror, the pink hand started moving back and forth across his foot. It felt kind of funny, but the next think he know Ted’s foot had DISAPPEARED! Oh no! This is not what Ted had in mind. The pink thing worked its way up Ted’s leg, to his torso, and Ted was disappearing. It happened so fast, he didn’t really have time to think about it, except for to yell to Joe, “It’s got me!” This not only signaled to Joe that it was time to run, but also told Ted something important about himself. The next time something huge reaches down and puts it’s pink hand on your foot, RUN!
Are two Batman-related posts in two days a bad thing? To some, maybe, but to many, absolutely not. For some people. we could post something about Batman every day and people would like us more. Or not. I know that Star Wars stuff makes people like you more. Everybody likes Star Wars.
So, apparently whoever composed this photograph was super stoked about the release of The Dark Knight. Or maybe there was some sort of Samsung contest for images using a Samsung phone and The Dark Knight had just come out so this person was smart and thought it would win. Maybe it would win. I’m guessing it didn’t, since I cannot, for the life of me, find the source for this picture anywhere. Is it yours? If so, claim it so I can give you credit.
This is my favorite thing today.
I would be lying if I said, “Why no, I could not spend an entire day an a half looking at animated gifs.” They fascinate me. This one, in particular fascinates me. “If you don’t give me the deed to your ranch I’m gonna wobble all your wobble horses.” It’s all sped up and black and white like a silent movies, and the guy does a self-congratulatory “Muahahah” cheer after he wobbles the horses, and it amuses me mightily. Just an aside – did you know there is a disease called Wobbler disease that can be found in dogs AND horses. Maybe that’s where they got the idea for these creepy and potential hazardous toys. I swear. I’ve seen more kids get hurt on one of those than have fun on one. Plus, when you get to weigh over, say, 60 pounds, those puppies actually touch the ground when you wobble them whilst sitting upon them.
I could probably do a post with a hundred pictures for this subject, but I’ll save that for a longer blog post. For now, I submit this, which I found on a friend’s Facebook page, where the friend was tagged as the baby in Batman’s belly.
This is disturbing on many levels. Suspending the disbelief that a mortal man, Batman, could even conceive a child and carry it to term, the odds of him being able to carry SUPERMAN’S child are even…well, wait a minute. If Son of Superman, Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? and that latest crap movie are to be believed, human mortal Lois Lane was able to bear Superman a child. So we’d have to go back to that whole “Dudes can’t get pregnant” argument. In the non-canon Dark Knight Strikes Again, Superman has a daughter with Wonder Woman, which actually makes more sense, but again in the non-canon world, The Dark Knight Returns sees Batman KILL Superman (not knock him up) and then die of a heart attack. And that was in 1986, twenty years before this drawing was drawn by…I don’t know. Kevin something? Kevin D. Msomething? If you know the artist’s name, please comment so I can give credit where credit is due. Also, so I can ask him what is up with this drawing. Was he upset by all the Superman vs. Batman stuff outside canon? Is this photo meant to begin the healing? If so, let the healing begin. Again.
The English artist, Damien Hirst either evokes gasps of shock, fits of giggles or a furrowing of the brow with thought provoked. Personally, he evokes none of these feelings; instead, it is far worse for an artist – it is indifference.
Let’s take a look at some of Hirst’s works first and we’ll take a look at what is going on with them and whether the reaction to his work as “art” is justified or not.
Hirst was a leading member of the “Young British Artists”, a cabal of artists primarily supported by the name and money of Charles Saatchi, an advertising mogul, and which also included artists such as Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Angela Bulloch, Mat Collishaw and Ian Davenport.
Saatchi first came across Hirst at the Freeze Exhibition in London in 1988, of which Hirst was the prime mover. Saatchi bought Hirst’s central piece – a rotting cow’s head being eaten by maggots (known as A Thousand Years). Just how bad is this? Hirst’s own words make it clear; “”I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it.” More than this, Hirst said, “At the moment if I did certain things people would look at it, consider it and then say ‘f off’. But after a while you can get away with things.”
Nevertheless, Hirst entrenched his position as one of the 90’s shock artists, forming the core of the Britart explosion which burst onto the world scene. Further, large scale art installations followed, closely mimicking the theme of death and decay, but there was a clear pattern of behavior – shock followed by sale.
Today, Hirst is one of the wealthiest living artists in the world with a personal wealth valued in excess of $380 million created by sales of his work. This obscene amount of money from selling decayed preservation, says much about the gullibility of “collectors”.
Following the “success” of A Thousand Years, further “works” followed using the dissected remains of animals, typically cows and sheep. One of the most impressive pieces is that of a 14 foot tiger shark pickled in formaldehyde with the impossibly vain title of “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of the Living”.
The shark exhibit probably demonstrates the superficial nature of Hirst’s work; while striking in presentation, it is not the piece which evokes a reaction but the fact that it is a Tiger Shark. There is no art involved per se, but the artist whose work is on display is of course, Mother Nature, whose beauty shines through despite the ugliness of Hirst’s setting.
Nevertheless, the “shark” became an icon of the art world in the 1990’s and Britart in particular. Perhaps the shark is representative of Hirst’s own need for money and acclaim without the hard work or evocation of true genius; much of Hirst’s work is in fact made by “apprentices” rather than Hirst himself. Hirst himself is an extremely savvy businessman who looks at his name as a brand rather than an artistic gift for others to enjoy and appreciate.
Hirst recently eschewed the gallery circuit and proceeded to Sotheby’s, the international auction house with the contents of an entire art show; Beautiful Inside My Head Forever. The auction, solely of Hirst’s own works, broke all records for a one-artist auction and Hirst’s own personal record – the auction raised $198 million with The Golden Calf, possessing pure gold horns coupled with formaldehyde-preserved hooves, fetched $16 million.
More art by Damien Hirst:
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Poster art, those designs combining graphics or drawings with a band or concert advertisement, began, as did most exciting things in modern popular culture, during the 1960s counterculture revolution. In fact, just last night I saw one from mid-sixties San Francisco describing a Grateful Dead/Blue Cheer show complete with light show explanation (all white light, acid, and jamrock–it’s amazing people made it to the seventies). Back then, the poster had more to do with function than form, often having a single graphic (if any) with psychedelic fonts and bright colors advertising the bands, the venue, the promotor and (in the days before Ticketmaster) from what local stores one could purchase tickets. In fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to Bill Graham (of the infamous Fillmore venues) related show posters. They run anywhere from $50 to several thousand dollars.
On hearing the news that this year’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is partnering with The American Poster Institute to do an exhibit of modern music poster makers, concentrating on acts who have either played or will this year play the festival, I got excited to check out who our foremost music promotor considers to be the cream of the poster crop in 2011. Of course, posters today are made more for souvenier purposes than for true marketing (as the internet can do that for free/cheap.) Still, after having seen these artists online, I can’t wait to hear them speak on their craft next month. It’s nice to see such a vintage tradition survive in today’s mp3-filled scenes. As the announcement explains, poster art bridges “the gap between music and art in a stunning display of craft, technique, and skill.”
Here are some of the artists they’ll be showing:
Methane Studios has worked with Fleet Foxes, Gregg Allman, Iron & Wine and a ton with Dave Matthews Band. There are posters anywhere from $15 to $100 for sale directly from their site. Their use of color, font, and characters varies to the extent that they’re hard to label as having a specific look. However, there’s no doubt each piece is thought out and very detailed.
Lil Tuffy makes gig posters for bands like Yo La Tengo, New Pornographers, and extensively with Pavement. Her work is for sale here and often features a dominant color with black or white as the main opposition (though, as seen above, this is not always the case.)
Furturtle is the name reprsenting work by artist Travis Bone. He has recently worked with Mogwai and She & Him and sells all his prints (which are awesomely organized by year and band name) here on his website. I count seven years and 145 killer bands. His images often depict a mythic, pronounced yesteryear involving hunting, fishing, or trekking and often featuring animals.
Status Sterigraph‘s work harkens back to poster art’s psychedelic forefathers, often including intricate shapes, swirls and angles in a variety of bright colors. They also have a thing for random creatures. They work with Avett Brothers, Phish, Wilco, Yeasayer and more. You can buy their art here for $20-$50.
Powerhouse Factories has a wide variety of styles, all with a definitive modern pop leaning. Depending on the work, you can see elements of Banksy, Roy Lichtenstein, or the dudes responsible for all those trippy early-80s MTV commercials. Buy their work here.
Dan Grzeca stands out from the crowd of computer-dependent millennials throwing their poster art into the market. His work seems much more organic and often looks completely hand drawn. He’s done a lot of work for The Black Keys, as well as work for The National, Bloodsucker, and The Melvins. Buy his stuff here.
Boss Construction, on the other hand, seems born with a stylus in its hand. Their use of graphic and intricate layering is often stark and keeps the viewer staring at much more beyond what band is being advertised. Check out more of their work here. You can purchase some for a reasonable $15-$20.
And, if you happen to be in Manchester, TN June 9-12 at America’s most awesome music festival, don’t forget to stop by and chat with the artists. You never know at which concert venue you may next see their work.
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