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  • These Classic Art And Magazine Cover Mash-Ups Work Better Than Expected

    Eisen Bernard Bernardo is a Philippines-based digital artist whose work often demonstrates a deep knowledge and appreciation of classic paintings. Five years ago he created a series for FHM Philippines where the magazine’s covers were placed on classic paintings to often comedic effect. It was a great idea, and Eisen decided to take it to the next level by using all sorts of magazine covers, resulting in many funny and also some thought-provoking images. We’re no art experts, but Miranda Kerr as Eve? Who wouldn’t sacrifice a rib for that? Be sure to check out the rest of the series and other awesome work from Eisen at Behance.

  • New York’s East Village Then and Now

    30 years ago, New York’s East Village was like another world. It was the center of the city’s music and art scenes, a place both Madonna and Jean Michel Basquiat called home. But the East Village could also be a dangerous neighborhood, with high crime rates and drug dealers on every corner. Like most of Manhattan, the East Village has since been reborn, with coffee shops, brunch spots, and unaffordable housing. In fact, it’s now one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and the country. Photographer Daniel Root recently came across photos he took of the Eat Village in 1984. Realizing its been 30 years and the significant changes in the neighborhood, he has been revisiting the locations and posting the series on Tumblr. There’s no commentary cheering or jeering gentrification, its simply a juxtaposition of then and now, allowing you to make your own conclusions. But there’s no denying that Tomkins could sure use a bandshell again.

  • 15 Secluded Get-Aways You’ll Wish Were Yours for LDW

    Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, a new book from Gestalten explores a rarely seen look at some of the most remote habitats of humans on the planet. Hide and seek features highly individual cabins, hideaways, and summer homes completely hidden from the lights, noise and chaos of urban civilization. These imaginative structures meld traditional architecture with modern living in fascinating and surprising ways. Whether located in the forest, on the water, or in the mountains the homes incorporate their natural surroundings as part of the structures integrity.   

  • The 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994

    In 1994, the distinction between “mainstream” and “alternative” evaporated. Green Day and the Offspring brought hook-heavy punk to the Billboard charts, middle-of-the-road acts such as Soul Asylum and Live helped calcify “alt-rock” into a blockbuster radio format, and Nirvana’s fate as future classic-rock legends was sealed with Kurt Cobain’s death. Beck rebranded “loser” as a badge of honor and Trent Reznor said he wanted to… well, you know. Plenty of songs had a hand in making ’94 alternative’s biggest year — we’ve ranked the 100 best.

  • The Most Expensive Movie Props

    Who woul’ve thought there was so much money in movie props. Well some of the most iconic movie set props and clothing are sold for a hefty sum to say the least. Hey if you’re a movie buff and have those kinds of assets lying around why not buy the ‘super solider serum’ from Captain America for $3,959 or James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 for $4,00,000? Here is a list of the most expensive movie props that ever hit the silver screen made by ebay blogs.

  • IKEA-Inspired Instructions Show How Thriller Characters are Assembled

    Graphic designer Ed Harrington has created a series of IKEA instructions based on thriller movies. built just like an Ikea instruction manual, each one of these designs features included parts as well as do’s and don’ts for bringing these characters to life. The Human Centipede, Jason Vorhees and Edward Scissorhands are some of the characters portrayed in the series.

  • These 30 Photos Might Change Your Perception of Burning Man

    By now people have their own conception of what Burning Man is. A hippie driven desert rager, a millionaire driven dessert circus, an expressive congregation of artists and freethinkers. Whatever your judgements are on the event, you cannot disregard it’s surreal visuals. I’m writing this post, still wildly confused about it, my thoughts; expressive desert exhibition that looks like Alice in Wonderland meets Mad Max with beach cruisers instead of motorcycles. Besides those random thoughts running through my head from photos I’ve seen, I can’t pass any more judgment. the festival is based around the values of community and self-expression hosted in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. Photographer Trey Ratcliff has been a Burning Man entusiast over the past few years and has shared some of the most visually stunning photos from past festivals you’ll see to date. His close perspective of the event might give you a bit of insight into the only festival of it’s kind.

  • 10 Illuminating Photos Of The Milky Way

    Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne specializes in landscape photography and as a native of Colorado, he knows all the best spots to capture amazing vistas. But his talent isn’t just limited to the terrestrial world. Matt also captures incredible photos of the Milky Way from the mountains and lakes of the western states. As city-dwellers who are lucky to see any stars in the night sky, it’s hard to believe that such scenes exist anywhere on Earth. It really makes you look up at the blinding advertisements in the night sky of Times Square and wonder what else you’re missing out on. Check out more of Matt’s landscapes, including equally impressive photos shot during the day, at Matt Payne Photography.

  • These Nude Portraits Are Not What You’d Expect [5 Photos]

    Utah-based photographer Trevor Christensen found that while shooting portraits, his subjects always seemed uncomfortable due to the imbalance of power that exists between photographer and subject. How could he bring the people on both of sides of the camera to the same level? With a nude photo shoot, of course! Obviously, having the subjects strip down would not help even out the balance of power, but what if the photographer was the nude one? That’s just what Trevor did, thus creating a situation where both parties were equally vulnerable. The series is off to a great start and we hope Trevor is able to find willing subjects to watch him strip down behind the camera. You can keep up with his work at his website and on Instagram. 

  • We Can’t Stop Laughing At These Portraits Of People Being Tasered [21 Photos]

    As members of the global family that is the human race, we should feel hurt when watching our brothers and sisters getting shocked with a 300,000 volt stun gun. But we don’t. Instead we laugh. Because it’s funny and it’s not happening to us. Photographer Patrick Hall usually tries to make his models feel as comfortable as possible when he captures their portraits. But that can get boring and probably leads to lots of pent-up anger. Hall found his release in this “Taser Photoshoot,” utilizing the aforementioned 3000,000 volt stun gun. The result is over 50 portraits of people laughing, crying, and sometimes both that make up one of the funniest photoshoots we’ve seen and a nice change from all those sappy “strangers meeting for the first time” shoots that go viral. For more info on the technical aspects of the shoot, you can read Patrick Hall’s write-up at Fstoppers. To view the rest of the series, check out the Taser Photoshoot.  

  • Iconic Album Covers Put into Google Street

    In the latest installment in their newest article of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian has created a series of intricate photos imposing famous album covers in their Google street view frame. Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Eminem are depicted in the series some in their hometowns or memorable place in their lives. Original Pirate Material by the Streets. Mike Skinner’s 2002 debut features the inglorious Kestrel House in Islington, London, taken from a picture by Rut Blees Luxemburg called Towering Inferno Late for the Sky by Jackson Browne. A surrealist view of one of the many classy houses around Hancock Park in Los Angeles, 1974: Bob Seldemann spliced the house with another sky for a result that resembles a Magritte painting   The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem. The rapper sits in front of his childhood home on Dresden street, north Detroit, just down the road from 8-Mile – the street he made famous in film – in 2000. The house was demolished last year after damage from a fire Willy and the Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The CCR lads are pictured mock-busking to local kids outside the Fish Kee Market on Hollis Street in Oakland, California in 1969. The shop more »

  • These 3D Murals Are Incredibly Realistic [12 Photos]

    Artist John Pugh specializes in trompe l’oeil, which is an artsy-fartsy way of saying that his style of painting is so realistic as to deceive the eye into believing it’s actually real, 3D objects that are presented. In other words, he paints giant murals that look so real, you think you could walk right in. But don’t, because you’ll just hurt yourself trying. Pugh began painting his deceptive murals in the late 1970s. Since then his paintings have graced building all over the world, with public and private commissions across the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Pugh lives in Santa Cruz, California and much of his work can be found in the state, from boardwalks to university campuses. Check out more of his incredible murals at The Art of John Pugh.

  • Burning Man Attendees Get Punished With Gigantic Rainstorm

    For nearly 30 years, God has permitted Burning Man to go on more or less unhindered, despite the drug-fueled debauchery that takes place there. But this year, He is getting his revenge on the weeklong art-and-creative-expression festival held annually in the Nevada desert (which is, depending upon whom you ask — a lame networking event, a rich-man’s bacchanal, a cyberpunk mecca, a canvas for radical self-expression, or a place to patch up old feuds) in the form of a huge rainstorm that has closed Burning Man entirely. According to Burning Man’s official Twitter feed, the rain-out is likely to continue until tomorrow. If you’re in Reno, please stay there until we let you know the Gate has reopened. — Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014 Burners aren’t happy about the late start: Ugh stuck in Reno bc Playa is closed bc of rain. — Annie Hye Park (@MissAnniePark) August 25, 2014 Burning Man is closed due to heavy rain. Bummer, man…. — Rachel Fisher (@TheRachelFisher) August 25, 2014 So they closed burning man bc of rain. pic.twitter.com/V9JR7AXFJV — Dad (@DuCoteNukem) August 25, 2014 Reporting by Kevin Roose of nymag.com

  • Jean Claude Van Damme is the New “Chuck Norris”

    Jean Claude Van Damme is taking his retro-action hero awesomeness into contemporary relevance and making a lot of money doing it. With Chuck Norris paving the way for ’80s/’90s action stars to break back into the limelight with ChuckNorrisFacts, a blog dedicated to making the karate star a larger than life mythical being, the ‘Norris’ brand become a pop-culture beast. Sprinkle in a cameo in “Dodgeball” and there it was; satirical retro awesomeness. Van Damme realizes this and his “satirical-retro-awesomeness” self worth, so why not capitalize? Last year, JCVD used his skill set to send him into viral infamy with his Volvo ‘split’ campaign and another GoDaddy campaign, this year he’s become Coors Light’s sleeveless denim tuxedo wearing, mountain top exploring, ice sculpting hero in a series of over-the-top commercials. With the internet just being the internet, Van Damme has also found himself as the subject of a series of “just because GIFs” most include him getting groovy, and one include him punching a snake.

  • Bushcraft 101: Your Essential Wilderness Survival Guide

    Whether you’re camping with a few pals or testing yourself alone in the wilderness against the elements, it always helps to be knowledgable of your surroundings and keeping in mind the 5C’s; cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages. Dave Canterbury co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, one of the best survival schools in the world, recently released a new book teaching his methods and instruction on survival. From building out your kit to manufacturing tools and supplies to food collection to cooking and protection from the elements Canterbury covers everything. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views, so you know his methods and tactics speak for themselves. Bushcraft 101

  • These Digital Collages Are Funny And Surreal

    Spanish artist Joseba Elorza studied to become a sound technician and while working mornings at a radio station, he began creating collages at night. It was then that he came upon the idea of MiraRuido, a synesthesic portmanteau of the Spanish words for “look” and “noise.” The visual aspect eventually won out and Elorza now makes a living as an artist and illustrator, with his work having appeared in the pages of such publications as Esquire, New Scientist, and Hollywood Reporter. Joseba Elorza’s digital collages combine pastoral vistas with historical photographs and sci-fi twists. The resulting images are bouth thought-provoking and often times humorous. He has recently expanded into the  world of music video’s with his video for Air Review’s “Young,” featuring animated versions of many of his collages. Check out more work at MiraRuido, where you can also purchase prints of your favorites. 

  • Quiz: match the insult to the rock star [Link]

    “I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” Damn, that’s harsh. But do you know who said it? Find out in this hilarious quiz from The Guardian featuring some of the most vitriolic quote from rock stars about other rock stars. What fun! I only got 5 correct. Let’s see if you can do better.

  • You’ll Never Guess How These Tornadoes Of Light Are Created [10 Photos]

    British photographer Martin Kimbell creates incredible tornadoes of light using a most-unlikely object—a hula hoop. Experimenting with different objects to “draw” light designs in his long-exposure photographs, Kimbell eventually settled on the ubiquitous children’s toy and lined it with LEDs. When hurled in the air, the hula hoop is transformed into these dazzling light trails spiraling across the night sky. The trails can be modified by utilizing hoops of varying sizes and weights and altering the throw. Using this method, Kimbell is able to keep all the effects work inside the camera, never having to resort to Photoshop wizardry. See more of Kimbell’s “light paintings” and other series at Flickr.

  • Classic Characters Come To Life On This Artist’s Face [17 Photos]

    London-based makeup artist Laura Jenkinson uses her own face as a canvas for her creations. But instead of merely painting her face, she uses her mouth as the oversized mouths of classic cartoon characters she paints on her chin. The characters began appearing on her Instagram account a little over a year ago and have been quite a hit. Jenkinson now has almost 20,000 followers and recent media attention is sure to increase that number even more. Some of our favorites (Cartman!) are below, but you can see the rest at Instagram and Facebook.

  • Street Art From Around the World Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

    Over a week after the passing of comedy legend Robin Williams and the globe still mourns, but a touching movement of street art around the world is taking over the walls of major cities proving the influence Williams had on people from every walk of life. Graffiti artists have taken their craft to another level with touching stencil, srpay and paste on work to pay their respects to Williams. Beautiful Robin Williams graffiti #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/u6zG8YfyPP — DCHomos (@DCHomos) August 13, 2014 “@Dari_Cuenca: Graffiti in memorian a Robín Williams en el Barri de Gracia de Barna. pic.twitter.com/BFlxPlNH9x” wow — Graffiti (@QueGraffiti) August 17, 2014 RT @KEYEPhotogs: Graffiti art tribute to Robin Williams at the #hopeoutdoorgallery #keyephotog pic.twitter.com/hgdzsa84gN — keepaustinwierd (@KeepAustinWierd) August 17, 2014 This is incredible. A lad spray painting a tribute to Robin Williams on Cling Film in the city centre. #RobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/32ulfkAWj6 — Taylor (@Taylor_DjSwitch) August 13, 2014 Graffiti tributes to Robin Williams are popping up around Dublin: http://t.co/7qYGHvMXX4 pic.twitter.com/Q6WRCaoNbi — DailyEdge.ie (@dailyedge) August 14, 2014 Robin Williams Graffiti Art Appears In Serbia #streetart #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/PXk4VAmGHX — Street Art 360° (@StreetArtEyes1) August 15, 2014

  • Jersey City Is About To Become The Street Art Mecca Of The World

    Interest in street art is at an all-time high and with the Google Cultural Institute’s recent Street Art Project, the preservation of the temporary art form is a higher priority than ever. Digital exhibitions are one thing, but in order to experience street art in person, one must travel and look for it, with the risk of its destruction ever imminent. But that’s all about to change. The first museum dedicated to street art and graffiti is set to open in Jersey City. Construction began on the 100,000 square-foot facility, a former ice factory, in June and public programming is expected to begin as early as next month. Operated by the Mana Contemporary, a 1 million square-foot cultural center in Jersey City, the Mana Museum of Urban Arts will be located at 581 Monmouth Street, near the Holland Tunnel. The future location of Mana Museum of Urban Arts What will the unique museum offer visitors? Curated by artists Logan Hicks and Joe Iurato, there will be both rotating interior exhibitions and large-scale exterior murals along with a mission to document and preserve historically significant works with a permanent collection and media center. And much like the Mana Contemporary, education and community participation more »

  • The Evolution of the Video Game Controller

    Since the 1980s video game controllers have always been synomous with it’s console,  even the most novice of gamers linking the signature style of a game controller to it’s gaming system. These wonderful shapeshifting GIFs show the evolution of hardware in video games throughout the past 30 years.

  • Aerial Shots Of Iceland Or Middle Earth? [13 Photos]

    Iceland, Europe’s most sparsely populated country, is known for it’s incredible natural vistas. With volcanoes, geysers, and waterfalls and bursting with color thanks to an abundance of lichen varieties, it is like nowhere else on Earth. And as magical as it looks from the ground, it’s even more otherworldly when seen from above. France-based photographer Sarah Martinet recently traveled to Iceland and captured these incredible shots from the open windows of an airplane. The landscapes, free of civilization but bursting with natural wonder, look more like Middle Earth from the Lord of the Rings than anything in our world. Check out some of the series below and take a fantasy vacation through the rest of the photos at Sarah Martinet Photography.

  • Nike Genealogy of Innovation

    Nike EHQ approached production house Golden Wolf to bring their Genealogy of Innovation campaign to life. This intricate CGI film takes Nike’s history of innovative shoe design and breaks it down into 7 different eras of history; Genesis (1971-1994), Reformation (1995-1998), Golden Years (1999-2002), Enlightenment (2003-2006), Renaissance (2007-2010), Transformation (2011-2013) and Revolution (2014). Nike’s 43 year history in the sneaker game has pushed the envelope countless times and keeps progression constantly moving forward. Nike Genealogy of Innovation from Golden Wolf on Vimeo.

  • Ice-T Joined An All-Star Cast In Narrating A Dungeons & Dragons Book

    The fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons, encompassing numerous games and books, celebrates it’s 40th birthday this year, but chances are that you, a Level 10 Cool Dude, had no idea. For so many years, it seemed like the people interested in Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D, were the sort of people who carried tarot cards in velvet satchels in middle school converted to Wicca in high school. But, as nerd culture becomes increasingly usurped by trendsetters, thanks to the success of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Tumblrs featuring bikini-clad babes wearing stormtrooper helmets, D&D-ers can now be found in many cliques. To celebrate the anniversary of D&D while also highlighting the mainstream-ing of nerd culture, Audible has released The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories, featuring an all-star cast of narrators. Nerd icons such as Weird Al, David Duchovny, and Wil Wheaton read the stories but are also joined by celebrities you may not expect, such as rapper Ice-T and Michael Chiklis of The Shield. Check out the making-of video below and if you’re ready to dive in to the world of D&D, get your free copy of The Legend of Drizzt at Audible. And if anyone asks more »

  • Who Is Bambi, The Female Banksy? [22 Photos]

    Street artist Bambi, dubbed “the female Banksy” by the British press, has been active around London for the past 5 years. Her portraits of pop culture figures such as Daniel Craig, Usain Bolt, Amy Winehouse, and David Beckham have made her a star in the art world but, much like Banksy, there is a mystery regarding her true identity. Supposedly she attended St. Martin’s Art College and when not painting is actually a pop star. True identities suggested for Bambi include M.I.A., Paloma Faith, Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), and even Adele. With a meteoric rise in the art world and patrons including Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt, having a celebrity alter ego makes sense for Bambi. Check out more from Bambi at Walton Fine Arts and let us know who you think she is or if her true identity even matters.