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  • Optical Illusion Street Art on These Boxes Will Boggle Your Brain

    Recently EPFL, the Polytechnic Federal School of Lausanne invited Truly Design Studio to participate in the “Art on Science” public exhibition, focused on optical illusions meant to inspire, confuse and most importantly, think. Truly created an installation called Vanitas, a tribute to a widely depicted theme in the history of arts. “Alongside symbols of worldly ambition, scientific accomplishments, and vanity, we find allegories of the frail and transient nature of our existence. Far from being a morbid or bleak rebuke, it is an invitation to treasure in humbleness every instant of our precious lives.” The four pieces were created to see the entirety from a specific vantage point created an optical illusion from any other perspective.

  • The Smiths And X-Men Mash-Up You Never Knew You Wanted

    When you think about it, The Smiths and the X-Men are an obvious match. The outcast band of superheroes that want nothing more than to be accepted despite being different are just the type of tortured souls that make The Smiths’ Morrissey go home, cry, and want to die. With that in mind, artist Adam Villacin made these brilliant drawings for a series titled “These Charming X-Men.” You can even show some love and buy the collection as a full-color zine at Secret Headquarters. After all, they are mutants and they need to be loved, just like everybody else does.

  • The Top 100 Billboard Songs of All Time Visualized With Charts

    This must not have been an easy task. Visualizing Top 100 Billboard Songs of All Time from 1958 until 2014 into series of pie charts, line graphs, bar charts and flow charts might seem fun at first, but if you reall think about it seems much harder than it sounds, but visual data company, “Flowing Data ” figured it out. Don’t think so? Picture graphing “Another one biting the dust” or the probability of calling someone for “Call Me Maybe”. Statistician, Nathan Yau is the man responsible for achieving this mighty feat in a recently released chart you can purchase here.      

  • These Timesliced Photos Show Remarkable Changing Skies over City-scapes

    Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore created a beautiful series of time-sliced photos by setting up shop for full days on end from sun rise to sunset around the globe.  Marker-Moore would photograph a certain landscape during the time of day where the sun sets or rises when the sky transitions in color the most. To get the results he wanted it would usually take between one and two hours and could span up to 40 shots. The finished product is remarkable. 

  • Inside Red Bull’s Cape Town Headquarters

    Interior design firm, Giant Leap has designed a new headquarters for Red Bull’s South African operations located in Cape Town. The space is raw, industrial and fun. The furniture is minimalist, with accent posters and of course Red Bull fridges everywhere You may think having the odd beanbag or humorous motivational poster makes your office “cool”, but you haven’t seen anything like Red Bull’s HQ in Cape Town. The awesome office space features wide-open areas, glass meeting rooms, industrial-inspired ceilings, swanky hang-out areas and decor that would make the most enthusiastic sports memorabilia collector jealous. But Red Bull’s office isn’t all work, as the one area provides some R&R for the staff and visitors – how about a spontaneous gaming session during a lunch break? Yes, we are talking about arcade style car racers… Design: Giant Leap Photography: Adam Letch

  • Panic! At The Disco Played a Live “Bohemian Rhapsody” Cover for the Ages

    Punk-ballad-rock group, Panic! At The Disco have been on tour as of late and if you we’re lucky enough to be in the crowd for “The Gospel Tour” then you got to see them perform an epic cover to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Panic not only covered the sound pretty flawlessly, but frontman, Brendon Urie did a decent enough job of reaching to hit the near impossible octave range Freddie Mercury belted out in his day. Combine that with a dazzling light show and some HD cameras and you have yourself quite a little music video. On July 12, 1986 Queen performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Wembley Stadium and to this day it is still considered to be one of the great moments in rock music history. Watch it below and let us know int he comments if you think the Panic! cover did it any justice. Photo source: HuffingtonPost

  • X-Rays + Rainbows = Incredible Street Art [18 Photos]

    London-based street artist SHOK-1 has spent three decades mastering graffiti techniques, becoming a world-renowned street artist in the process. The last few years have seen SHOK-1 put those skills to incredible use with his series of “X-Rainbows.” Using brilliant rainbow hues, SHOK-1 paints strange anatomical amalgams of bones and bugs, illustrating a detailed technical eye and wonderful imagination. His work can be found all over the world, including pieces in Brooklyn and Manhattan earlier this year. Check out more awesome work on Facebook and buy prints at SHOK-1 Art Retail.

  • 23 YouTubers Unknowingly Come Together For An Epic Song [Video]

    Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, first gained worldwide attention in 2009 when he sampled multiple YouTube videos for his project “ThruYOU,” amassing 10 million views in just 2 weeks. Kutiman has been releasing more videos of his YouTube mixes recently that will be compiled into an album next month, “Thru You Too.” The following video features one of these impressive compositions, “Give It Up,” comprised of an incredible 23 samples of amateur YouTube musicians.

  • Preview Primus Covering Classics From Willy Wonka

    Earlier this year, experimental funksters Primus played a Willie Wonka themed New Years show that was a huge hit with fans. Then in July bassist and frontman Les Claypool revealed that he was reuniting with the classic Primus lineup of guitarist Larry LaLonde and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander to record Primus and the Chocolate Factory With the Fungi Ensemble, featuring funky, far-out covers of the songs from the classic 1971 Gene Wilder film. It will be the first time the original Primus lineup will play on an album together since 1995. The album doesn’t come out until October 21, but Primus released “Pure Imagination” a couple months ago and “Golden Ticket” just this week. Check out the tracks below, which sound like Swordfishtrombones-era Tom Waits transforming beloved children’s songs into nightmarish carnival music (in other words, they’re awesome). And for more info on the album and tour dates, head over to Primusville.

  • Your Favorite Models Strip Down For New Photography Book [16 Photos]

    Russell James has been lucky enough to spend the last 20 years photographing the world’s most beautiful women for Victoria’s Secret. He’s now paying it forward by publishing a collection of his work titled Angels. The 304 page book features 170 photos of the world’s most famous models all stripped down. Adriana Lima, Brooklyn Decker, and Candice Swanepoel are just a few of the famous names who appear in the collection of nude photographs. Check out a preview of the book, out October 15, in the gallery and be sure to pre-order a copy from Amazon for $139. And for more work from the photographer, including some NSFW photos from the book, check out Russell James Fie Art Photography.

  • Nike Soccer Partner With ILOVEDUST Design Studio To Reveal Beautiful 2014/15 Club Kits [25 Photos]

    Creative house ILOVEDUST partnered up with Nike for their newest campaign to reveal soccer kits for teams around the world for the 2014/15 season. They revealed beautiful designs incorporating, players, fans, icons and nicknames surrounding historical and cultural references associated with each club, first with Barcelona and Manchester United, Nike’s most popular sponsored clubs, then tackled 25 other teams. They then blended highly detailed illustrations with a hand drawn aesthetic surrounded by the jersey reveal. Included are Manchester City, Barcelona, PSG, Inter Milan, Celtic, AS Roma, AS Monaco, Manchester United, Athletico Madrid, Juventus, Hertha Berlin & Frankfurt.

  • Street Art Comes To Life In These 12 Awesome GIFs

    We love street art and we love animated GIFs but we never imagined the two could be combined. Lucky for us, Spanish photographer and animator A.L. Crego never thought such a thing was impossible, creating these incredible GIFs that bring street art by the likes of ERRE, Sokram, and Ligen to life. Some of the animations are subtle, with simple eye movement on the artwork, but others, such as the incredible day to night GIF, are like short films on an infinite loop. Crego’s work isn’t just limited to animating street art. Be sure to check out more of A.L. Crego’s cinemagraphs on Tumblr.

  • The Most Memorable Toys Of The 80s & 90s, Illustrated & Reviewed

    Hong Kong based illustrator and writer, Alex Banks collaborated to write an nostalgic article surrounding the 10 most memorable toys from the ’80s & ’90s. Though the majority of toys are the expected, Nintendo, Game Boy and Rubik’s Cube a few others really hit you in the face with the nostalgia stick like Pogz, the Super Soaker 50 and Tiger Electronics’ Talkboy. Banks runs through memories as well as backtstories for creating each toy, for example Banks tells the history of the Super Soaker 50 by quoting inventor, Lonnie G. Johnson, an inventor and engineer who’s worked with NASA and the U.S. Airforce, “Johnson says he told himself, ‘Well, you know, what I can do is put the hard-science stuff aside for a minute, do a water gun, make some money on that, and then I can go pursue my other ideas.’”

  • You Can Buy Ari Gold’s House For Just $5 Million

    It’s time for Entourage fans to smash open their piggy banks and pool their money because Ari Gold’s house is for sale. The 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom house, owned by everyone’s favorite sleazeball agent on the HBO series, is back on the market for $4.995 million after selling for just $3 million back in 2013. Supposedly, the 5,283-square-foot home has been remodeled, explaining the huge price increase, but that price still seems a bit steep, especially considering that the property is supposedly haunted by former owner Ozzie Nelson of the 50s TV classic Ozzie and Harriet. Still, it would be awesome to live in Ari’s house. We’ve got $216.11 towards the $5 million. Who else is in?

  • Emoji Art Shows Are Now A Thing

    Although emoji seems like a recent phenomena, the textable graphics are actually almost 20 years old. In 1995, Pocket Bell introduced emoji to pagers in Japan. But it wasn’t until 2010 that characters were added to Unicode, allowing for integration into Apple, Android, and pretty much any other format, which transformed emoji into an international sensation. We RSVLTS are huge fans, as evidenced by our recent NFL Emoji creations, but we’re definitely not the only ones. Emoji are now being featured in art shows, lending legitimacy to a teen texting medium. Architect and curator John Stoughton recently held the Back-2-School Emoji Show at Rock Paper Scissors in Cincinnati. Here is a sample of what one can expect at such a show. So…is it art?

  • The Simpsons: First Episode vs Today [RSVLTS Original]

    Ever since the Simpsons marathon on FXX, they’ve been the hottest fictional, yellow cartooned family on TV. With their highly anticipated Family Guy collaboration a few weeks away, it doesn’t seem like they have any plans of stopping. It’s the longest running American sitcom of all-time and actually gaining steam and relevancy again. Since the show has broadcast 552 episodes but we decided to go back to the beginning, the first full length episode onDecember 17, 1989, to show you how things have evolved.

  • This Cliff Dangling Vacation Home Screams Bond Villain

    Due to a massive demand for an interesting house meant for an extreme coastal landscape, Australian architect firm Modscape created this sustainable design for the many extreme Australian cliffs surrounding it’s coastline. Inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, a concept was developed for a modular home to hang off the side of a cliff as opposed to sitting on top of it. The habitants enter through the carport located flush with the top of the cliff and descend via staircase located in the center of the house. The 5 floor modular design is meant to be an extension of the cliff completely immersing it’s habitants with the ocean. Each module is meant to carry a minimalistic design and furnishing not to take away from the surrounding one of a kind views the home offers. No word on a bottom floor trap door option for pesky englishmen with an appetite for espionage yet.

  • Eric Andre Has Directed A Music Video And It’s Amazing

    Comedian Eric Andre is best known for his bizarre, Tim and Eric-produced talk show The Eric Andre Show, which looks like something produced by asylum inmates. Now Andre has turned his twisted eye toward music videos with this video for Thundercat’s “Tron Song.” The VHS-quality and low-budget effects definitely show Tim and Eric’s influence as does the inane content, featuring cats, autoerotic asphyxiation, and even a Mortal Kombat-style “fatality.” Oh, and the song isn’t half bad, either.

  • Groundbreaking Tom Waits Cartoon From 1979 To Be Restored [Video]

    Tom Waits, the gravelly-voiced musician who dresses like a 1930s skid row inhabitant and sings like Rowlf from The Muppets, was the star of a 1979 animated short titled Tom Waits For No One. The cartoon was actually rotoscoped, meaning Tom Waits and a dancer were filmed interacting while he performed “The One That Got Away” from his 1976 album Small Change and then animators drew over the live action footage, resulting in realistic, fluid movement from the characters. This same technique would be employed by Ralph Bakshi in his 1981 hit film American Pop. What makes Tom Waits For No One especially noteworthy is the crew who would go on to become huge stars in the animation world. Director John Lamb went on to win an Academy Award for his innovative Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which allowed for pre-testing animation art before it’s committed to film, in 1980. Animator David Silverman was the first animator on The Simpsons back when it was still a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Character designer Keith Newton went to work for Disney, doing character design and backgrounds for Pocahontas. Inker Michael Cressey became a children’s book author and was twice awarded more »

  • Historical Photos Transformed Into Bizarre GIFs

    New York-based artist Kevin Weir has spent the last few years on a Tumblr project known as flux machine. Using historical photos from the Library of Congress Flickr account, Weird transforms portraits of world leaders of yesteryear into bizarre monsters that look like something out of HP Lovecraft’s nightmares. World War I battlefields become scenes of sci-fi destruction. And perhaps most shockingly, John Philip Sousa’s hat becomes different types of hats. 3 years into the absurd project, Weir still occasionally updates the Tumblr. Check it out along with the rest of his work at Kevin J Weir.

  • Why Johnny Football should be thrilled he’s a backup

    This past week the Cleveland Browns gave a valiant effort, but fell short to the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the first week of the NFL season. Animator Markus Magnusson was comissioned by Neil Jamieson over at ESPN to create GIFs on the topic of ”Why Johnny Football should be thrilled he’s a backup”. Based on the first game for the Browns we can think of quite a few reasons, but it’s better you just take a look at the game recap based on the Magnusson’s take on the game.  

  • Nairobi At Night Looks Like A Neo-Noir Film Set [20 Photos]

    Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, is the largest city in Eastern Africa and a major world financial center. As the population grows and the city center becomes more dense, corporations are moving their operations outside the Central Business District. As the infrastructure of the CDB deteriorates, a gritty urban landscape is left in its wake. Just the sort of place that looks great in black and white photographs! Photographer Msingi Sasis realized the beauty of the city’s urban decay, using it as the perfect backdrop for his series Nairobi Noir. The photos capture the heart and humanity that remains in the city as corporations take their business elsewhere. Some of our favorites are below, but you can see the rest of the series at Nairobi Noir.

  • What Kid Wouldn’t Want A Nicolas Cage Activity Book?

    What is it about Nic Cage that makes him the Internet’s favorite movie star? Is it the Oscar-worthy meltdowns you can expect in almost every film? Or the bizarre speech patterns that add nothing to the character but are incredibly annoying? Or the fact that he doesn’t seem to turn down any role presented to him? Yes. All of those. Nicolas Cage is both the worst and the best at the same time and we love him for it. Now you can spread your love of Nicolas Cage to the children in your life with Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book from Haunt Me Studio. Help bust him out of prison in a Con Air maze. Or draw a new face for him after John Travolta steals his. All this fun and more can be found in the book, available in November, which you can preorder at Amazon for $10.

  • Nike x Teague Designed a Plane Built for Pro Athletes

    With professional sports teams spending billions of dollars in acquired contracts, home and practice training facilities it’s no surprise that a custom plane built specifically for athletes took this long to be executed. Teague, a interior plane design firm sought out help to the largest sports equipment company in the world to assist in layout and aesthetics to create what promises to be the standard in professional sports in the near future. The plane’s design is built to focus on four categories athletes lack when traveling on a standard air liner, Recovery, Circulation, Sleep and Thinking. Professional athletes are becoming bigger and taller, standard seats and air liners make it uncomfortable to travel, inducing cramps and strains in some cases. What Teague and Nike are doing is creating an “away” facility for their team to focus for the next game, while being comfortable and even more. Recovery: equalizing the negative effects of air travel on the mind and body, and bringing the training room to 40,000 feet through in-flight biometrics and analysis to accelerate injury diagnosis and treatment. Circulation: fostering natural mobility and building in equipment that ensures optimal circulation and promotes healing. Sleep: designing ideal sleeping conditions for individuals more »

  • Watch The Full Documentary About The Guy Who Crashed 50 Concerts [Video]

    We previously reported on the documentary No Cameras Allowed which tells the story of James Marcus Haney, a USC dropout who crashed 50 concerts in 4 years and became an official music photographer in the process. MTV premiered the film late last month and now you can watch the full movie streaming online. Although the story can be a tad saccharine-sweet at times, there is plenty of great concert footage weaved in that makes the narrative much easier to tolerate. If you want a positive story set to music and performances from the likes of Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, give No Cameras Allowed a shot. If nothing else, it’s a reminder that MTV is still capable of music-centric programming.

  • This Creepy Connecticut Castle Is For Sale [20 Photos]

    Located in Woodstock, Connecticut, this 22,000 square foot home features 8 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a gated bridge, and a moat. Oh yeah, this home just happens to be a castle. The 20-room castle was built in 2009 for a reported $4.1 million by Christopher Mark, great-grandson of Chicago industrialist and steel tycoon Clayton Mark Sr. Mark built the home for his family, but has since divorced. Mark then explored using the castle for business purposes, such as a banquet hall and a space for photo shoots via his former website castle-models.com, but the city of Woodstock shut him down. Now the castle sits, an anomaly among the neighborhood of moderate-sized homes. Exhausting his business ideas and no longer needing the house for his family, Mark has now placed his castle up for sale. You can check out the listing for yourself at Estately and set up an appointment to view the $45 million property. For that price, they better include the Egyptian sarcophagus!

  • Look Closely Or You’ll Miss This Awesome Street Art [17 Photos]

    You can find the work of German street art duo Zebrating all over public spaces in huge cities like Paris and Berlin, but if you don’t look carefully, you won’t even notice. That’s because instead of using conspicuous building facades as canvas, Zebrating use railings and fences, causing their work to appear only from certain viewpoints. What looks like a sloppily painted railing up front becomes a beautiful painting of two lovers embracing when you take a few steps back. The art of Zebrating is more subtle than works of other street artists which actually helps make it more effective. As street art becomes more and more ubiquitous, it becomes easy to become immune to it. This novel approach eschews passivity and reinvigorates the street art movement. For more photos and news on Zebrating, be sure to follow the duo on Facebook. 

  • Stunning Time-Lapse Proves California Is The Most Beautiful State In America [Video]

    California, the third largest state in the US, is also the most beautiful. Not only is it home to major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, there are also plenty of natural wonders to behold. Containing both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States and the second longest coastline, California’s ecology is as diverse as its people. We’ve highlighted our favorite spots in the state with 42 Astounding Natural Wonders of California and now many of those locales can be seen in video form in this time-lapse compilation from photographer Hal Bergman. Bergman sifted through 423 clips created over 4 years to select these 67. On average, they each took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. It was an epic undertaking and the result is incredible. You can check out more of Bergman’s photography at Flickr.

  • Awesome Street Art Mural Time-Lapse [Video]

    Last weekend, the city of Borås in western Sweden hosted No Limit Street Art Borås, a street art event featuring works from many different artists all around the city. One of the most impressive pieces was Natalia Rak’s gigantic “Ophelia” mural. Watch the Polish street artist create her work in this great time-lapse video below then check out more work from Natalia Rak. And for more info on the festival, check out No Limit Borås.

  • “Banksy In New York” Book Available

    It has now been almost a year since street art king Banksy came to New York and created a new work each day for the month of October. Now you can relive the excitement of searching for each day’s new piece in Banksy in New York by writer and photographer Ray Mock. Mock has been documenting the street art scene for years, with his photographs appearing in numerous books and magazines. Now he turns his eye towards Banksy’s New York residency complete with a first-hand day-by-day account of the daily search for each piece. With over 120 photos and illustrations and a special screen printed cover, this book, limited to just 2000 copies, is sure to go fast. Get yours today from Carnage for $35.

  • Aphex Twin’s New Album Getting Box Set Treatment

    On September 22, Richard D James, better known as Aphex Twin, will release his long-awaited new album, Syro. It’s been 13 years since the electronic music master released his last album of new material, “Drukqs.” Earlier this year, fans banded together to purchase an unreleased album from 1994 for $40,000, which made James realize how much his music has been missed. “You can’t be thinking about keeping other people happy, going in circles. But that was really touching, and really sweet. And I’m getting a bit older. It’s like, “Okay. People out there really, really want stuff off me, so I can’t deny it. Let’s put it out.” And now James has announced a collaboration with The Designers Republic to release Syro as a limited edition vinyl box set in addition to the standard CD. The box set will include the album on 3 perspex vinyl, a debossed bonus track, and a “disinfographic” breaking down the costs associated with the packages production. The set will be limited to just 200 copies and will retail for £250 ($400). For more info and to preorder, check out Warp Records.

  • You Won’t Believe Where This $25 Million Estate Is Located

    This European-style palatial estate features 50,000 square-feet main house, 6,000 square-feet guesthouse, and 7,000 square-feet clubhouse. There’s also an 18-hole golf course with an 8,000 square-feet maintenance building. Where is this lavish property? Somewhere in California? Or maybe New England? It’s actually in Carmel, Indiana. On a street called Ditch Road. This incredible estate, “decorated exquisitely with World Class Charm and European flair,” was the home of the late real estate tycoon Melvin Simon. Along with his younger brother Herb, he founded Simon Property Group, the largest shopping mall company in the United States. They also bought the Indiana Pacers together in 1983. But his greatest feat was as a film producer, working on the classic 1982 romp “Porky’s.” If you happen to have $25 million to spare and have been looking for a reason to move to Indiana, you can schedule a showing of the home at Estately. 

  • Metallica Enters The Record Books Thanks To This Iconic Concert [Video]

    The Guinness Book of World Records will release their 2015 edition next week including a new entry featuring heavy metal icons Metallica. How did they get into the pages of Guinness? Is it for the hundreds of millions of records they sold? For all the awards they’ve won? For being featured on the t-shirt of the greatest cartoon character of the 90s? Nope. When they played a concert in Antarctica on December 8 for a small crowd of fans and research scientists (and penguins), they became the first band to play all 7 continents. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that’s a hell of a feat. Watch the entire 10-song set below and download it at Live Metallica.