• Old Tricks Make For Spooky New Photos

    Since the invention of photography, clever artists have used the medium to trick the public with macabre images. And even after 150 years, we continue to be spooked by these old photos. Just take a look at your Facebook timeline today and you’re sure to find “50 Billion Unexplained Spooky 19th Century Photos That Will Melt Your Spleen.” And even with all the high-tech Photoshop tools available today, those old techniques are still effective. Poet and photographer John Metoyer utilized 19th century photography techniques to create the eerie photos in his latest book, Blood Migration. Published by 21st Editions, the limited edition collection features 18 prints, some of which will undoubtedly be usurped by bloggers and placed in their “spooky photos from the 1800s” stories in the coming years. And to learn a bit about the process, read an interview with Metoyer at Dazed.

  • The Abandoned Ruins of Detroit

    Today, when you think of Detroit, you think of crime, decrepit buildings and an abandon urban wasteland looking to be wiped clean, as if to push the reset button. As the largest city in the U.S. to file for brankruptcy, Detroit’s once beautiful historic buildings and landmarks are crumbling and decaying before our very eyes. Photographers, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have been chronicling Detroit’s fall since 2005 and now they’ve shared their photos in a book titled The Ruins of Detroit , a true look at the abandoned wasteland that was once a symbol of industrial success.

  • This Cocktail Menu Is Also A Pop-Up Book

    When London’s Savoy Hotel opened in 1889, it was one of the classiest hotels in the world, offering unheard of luxuries such as electric lights and hot water. 125 years later, the Savoy is still one of the world’s premier hotels with an equally impressive Art Deco bar, the Beaufort Bar. Recently the Beaufort Bar unveiled a new cocktail menu, but when you’re serving $40 drinks, an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper with comic sans and fun clip-art just doesn’t cut it. So the bar turned to paper engineer Helen Friel and illustrator Joe Wilson to create up a pop-up book with each signature cocktail receiving it’s own page. Only 1,000 copies of the pop-up menu were printed and you can get one for $80. Considering the price of the drinks, that’s not too bad. And if you can’t make it to London, you can see what you’re missing with this digital 2D menu. Source: Grub Street

  • Here’s What Westeros, The Throne and Other Landscapes Were Suppose to Look Like

    Game of Thrones is a smash hit. If you’re a fan of the show, your really a fan of the show. Like, miss your nephew’s birthday party for the season premiere fan of the show. If you’ve ever read the books, however, you might find the landscapes described a little differently than what you see in the show. After George R.R. Martin spoke at 92Y in Manhattan on Sunday about “The World of Ice & Fire,” his new book focusing on the history of Westeros, he notes that the Westeros portrayed on television’s “Game of Thrones” can be gorgeous, but it’s not always how he envisioned it would look. “I wanted accurate versions of these castles. We’ve had a number of different artists draw them on covers and on the fantasy like cards and games, and some of them have been beautiful images but not necessarily accurate to what I described,” Martin said of his vision for the world. Martin has since worked closely with the artist responsible for portraying what the landscaped are actually suppose to look like.   Castle Black at The Wall     Dragonstone       The Red Keep at King’s Landing     Winterfell more »

  • There’s Street Art In Maine? [Video]

    When you think of Maine, you most likely think off pastoral New England settings, lobster, maple syrup…um…Stephen King—but certainly not street art. However, Portland is home to a thriving street art scene and has been for some time. Learn about the art and the artists in this short documentary that journalist Steven Jackson produced while at Portland’s Salt Institute and is currently being featured on The Atlantic.

  • This Artist Will Draw You As A Zombie For $25

    If you aren’t familiar with Sketchmob, it’s a pretty neat site where a variety of artists with different styles will draw your portrait for very reasonable prices. And perfect for Halloween, Poland-based artist Rzuud’s specialty is transforming your photo into a cartoon zombie. Prices start at just $25 for one person, $20 for each additional person and $10 for each pet. You can see a couple of samples on Rzuud’s Sketchmob page and they look pretty neat. When you get your completed zombie portrait, you can then get a hi-res poster or canvas print up to 48″ x 36″, with the prints currently priced at 50% off. And if zombies aren’t your thing, check out the other artists at Sketchmob. I need someone who can put me in a Frank Frazetta-esque fantasy painting, like something out of Saddam’s palace.

  • R.L. Stine Will Release New Book Live Tonight on Twitter

    Let the child inside thee rejoice, Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine will be “writing a book live on Twitter Tuesday night, in honor of Halloween. Although Stine didn’t mention what time he’ll start writing the story, so keep your eyes peeled for his Twitter to start going off the charts tonight. And if you really want a Stine-filled Halloween, he’ll be taking over Scholastic’s social media accounts on Thursday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. For Halloween, I'll be writing a story live on Twitter this evening. Hope you'll join me. — R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) October 28, 2014

  • 10 Minimalist Horror Movie Posters For Halloween

    HalloweenCostumes.com has created these great minimalist posters depicting 10 classic horror movies. And best of all, they’ve made them available as PDF downloads you can print out or as wallpapers for your PC, Mac, or mobile device. We really dig the American Psycho poster. Which is your favorite?

  • This Super-Yacht Will Run You a Cool $500 Million

    It’s called the STAR. It’s not an extra terrestrial ship or Poseidon’s vacation boat or an iceberg. It’s a civilian vessel built for the .000001%. It costs $500 Million. It doesn’t fly or sink, just floats and get’s you from point A to B. It was designed to be unlike any other yacht on the planet, measuring 433 feet long and almost 200 feet high. It’s inspiration comes from it’s namesake, a star, which is the prefect shape it creates in the reflection of the water. Designer Ignor Lobanov told Business Insider. “The profile of the yacht makes a perfect star when reflected in the water.” The symmetrical concept vessel from Lobanov was created in collaboration with BMT Group and Alex Malybaev. Their goal was to redefine luxury yachts. It can reach a speed of 18 knots and over 37,6oo square feet of luxury interior space. The top deck of the yacht will also have a range of visibility of over 20 kilometers and incredible views, according to Lobanov. I’m sure for a small price you can hang Daniel Craig in a tuxedo off the side while explaining your plan for world domination. Oh, you thought I wasn’t going to more »

  • Artist Gives Famous Celebrities and Movie Characters Amazing Tattoos

    a href=”http://cdn.rsvlts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Screen-Shot-2014-10-27-at-4.31.36-PM.png”> What would Elvis, Audrey and Marilyn look like if they had a body of tattoos? Instagram artist Cheyenne Randall, who goes by the username of @Indiangiver, superimposes tattoos on the photos of famous celebrities from years past and movie characters from long ago. A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:36pm PDT Shoppedtattoos.com #roadhouse #swayze #tribute #shoppedtattoos 10"x14" prints A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:04pm PDT Www.shoppedtattoos.com prints available new and redone. Link in my header also. #itsagoocher #standbyme #shoppedtattoos A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:46pm PDT A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Oct 10, 2014 at 5:03pm PDT #freepeltier A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:41pm PDT A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:28pm PDT #ShoppedTattoos A photo posted by Cheyenne Randall (@indiangiver) on Sep 9, 2014 at 6:18pm PDT

  • $13M Bachelor Pad With Amazing Los Angeles Views

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Our friends at HiConsumption found this gem. 1525 Blue Jay Way is a stunning Los Angeles property that feels more like night club than a residence. It features views of both the city skyline, and the Pacific Ocean, indoor/outdoor pool/jacuzzi on the view side of the home, street frontage of 260 feet on Blue Jay, large garage driveway with 3.5 garage spaces, window heights of 13 feet (which are extremely rare), and 360 degree roof deck. Buy now: $13,000,000 View Larger Map

  • Tilt Shifting New York City [25 Photos]

    Tip: navigate using the ← left and right → arrow keys Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model.

  • Music Video Extraordinaires, OK GO Top Themselves With New Robotic Scooter, Drone Video

    There are music videos and then there are OK Go music videos. Ever sicne stepping on the scene with their “treadmill” video, they changed the game forever. In a world where music videos aren’t looked at in the same echelon of coolness as they once were when MTV actually played music, OK Go refuses to give up the lost art. “The Writing on the Wall” came next as they used optical illusions in their one-shot video playing with the eyes and minds of viewers, now they call upon robotic scooters, drones and a sea of Japanese women to assist them in a video that trumps everything else they or any other artist has made specifically for a piece of music. Mission accomplished, the catchy hook of “I Wont Let You Down” is embedded in my brain for the remainder of existence.

  • Aphex Swift Is Our New Favorite Mashup

    When we initially heard about a Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashup, we figured it would just be some hip joke. It’s a funny idea, but there’s no way it could work. We were so very wrong. Cartoonist and professional pencil sharpener (no joke) David Rees created an album of 8 Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashups called Aphex Swift. Rees believes that many of Aphex Twin’s melodies are just as saccharine as any pop music, so what better way to showcase this than by mixing the music with Swift’s vocals? The result is incredible. Our favorite is the “Mean”/”Flim” mashup, “Why You Gotta Be So Flim.” Now to wait for the “Windowlicker”-esque video wherein Richard D James’s creepy face is superimposed on Taylor Swift’s body…

  • Retro Posters Urge New Yorkers To Visit New York

    New Yorkers already have pretty much everything they could want in New York City, so it only makes sense that the perfect travel destination to advertise to them would be…New York City. The newest campaign from NYC & Company, “See Your City,” urges New Yorkers to visit places in the city they may be missing out on. It’s easy to become comfortable in your own borough and get into a routine that never allows you to see the rest of the city. So check out these great places that are just a train or ferry ride away. And because many of these spots are a bit out of the way, you won’t have to worry about mobs of tourists buying M&M’s by the bushel in Times Square because apparently they don’t have candy anywhere else in the world. For more info on these destinations and other hidden gems, check out See Your City.

  • Old Macs Transformed Into Office Furniture

    Before laptops were affordable for everyone, people in offices were tethered to their desks, sometimes within a dark, dreary space known as a cubicle, by desktop computers. A desktop computer had a big box with all the computer parts inside and a monitor that wasn’t always flat or widescreen. Oh the horror! And if you worked in an office in a creative field, all the desktop computers were Power Mac G5s, encased in anodized aluminum. As time went on, laptops—even those made by Apple—became affordable and most people didn’t have an need for a bulky computer case. Faced with an abundance of sleek but useless G5 cases, designer Klaus Geiger decided to transform them into office furniture. With all the hardware removed, these cases suddenly make for great benches and drawers. Time to go dumpster diving behind one of those fro-profit art schools… Be sure to check out the rest of the photos at Projekt Galerie.

  • How To Make A Polluted Canal Look Like An Impressionist Painting [17 Photos]

    New York-based photographer Steven Hirsch first witnessed the disgusting beauty of Brooklyn’s polluted Gowanus Canal in 2010, when he noticed oil bubbling to the surface, producing a rainbow of color like an Impressionist painting from Monet. He captured brilliant colors he saw that day and continued to do so, amassing a huge collection of photos that made the EPA Superfund Site look more like a French water lily pond rather than Brooklyn’s personal Ganges. For the most part, the photos are untouched, except some having tweaked contrast to bring out more color. Some of the photos appear below, but you can see more at Steven Hirsch’s website and in person beginning November 12 at Manhattan’s Lilac Gallery.

  • Stanley Kubrick Captured Chicago In These Awesome 1940s Photos [43 Photos]

    Before becoming the brilliant director of such films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick was a photographer and photojournalist. In the 1940s he worked for Look,a competitor of Life magazine. In 1949, the magazine sent him to Chicago for a story on the city. Although the magazine is long gone, the photos have been preserved and digitized by the Library of Congress. Check out those incredible photos of the professional wrestling match featuring the great Gorgeous George! And that lingerie model? What a tomato!

  • Thirty-Three-Hit Wonder [Link]

    Billy Joel’s first album came out over 40 years ago and he hasn’t released a new pop album in over 20 years, but the Piano Man is still going strong. Catch up with the 65-year-old performer in this New Yorker interview at his Long Island home before a Madison Square Garden performance last month.

  • An Interactive Slide Gallery Showing the Ever Changing Landscapes of NYC

    There’s just no city that changes landscapes quite like New York. It seems like every decade the facades of store fronts change with gentrification of even the most historic of neighborhoods. Graphic designer, Paul Sahner has been snapping pictures of the streets for almost 10 years. He’s posted his photos on his blog NYC Grid then matched them with old pictures from the Library of Congress or Flickr to showcase the transformation of the city’s landmarks and streets –  check out his original project.  Here is an interactive slide gallery showing the changing landscapes of NYC.  If you want to see more of the good stuff like the photos below head over to nyc-grid.com.

  • More Anamorphic Street Art To Hurt Your Brain [21 Photos]

    We love all kinds of street art, but there’s something especially neat about anamorphic pieces. In case you’re a philistine who’s not familiar with the term, anamorphic art involves a distorted projection that when viewed form a certain angle produces an image that appears three-dimensional. Those popular sidewalk chalk art pieces from artists such as Kurt Wenner are a perfect example of anamorphosis. And when the illusion comes together, these particular works are especially spectacular. UK-based street artist Replete often creates anamorphic works using adjoining walls but his most unique pieces involve the use of clear cling film as an almost invisible canvas. Some of our favorites are in the gallery but you can check out more street art, paintings, and prints at Replete Graffiti.

  • The Truth Behind Iconic Album Covers. Sort of.

    Back in the days of CDs and vinyls album covers we’re just as important as the music inside of them, triggering a melody and feeling after growing cose to some of your favorites. Each piece of cover art was meticulously created to portray a message to the masses, but today, with digital downloads taking the majority of sales for bands, album cover art is all but lost. Aptitude takes a look at some of the most iconic album covers over the years and puts their own spin on them by revealing ‘the bigger picture’. From quirky reveals to future happenings, from Justin Bieber to The Beatles, click the album covers below and reveal all.

  • 2014 Wildlife photographer of the Year Winners Announced

    The results are in for wildlife photographer of the year 2014 competition. The winners were announced today at London’s Natural History Museum and the the winner is American photographer Michael Nichols with his image of five female lions at rest with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. A collection of the list of category winners were announced as well. Black and White category winner and Overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner The last great picture by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols (USA) Mammals category winner The mouse, the moon and the mosquito by Alex Badyaev (Russia/USA) Plants and Fungi category winner Glimpse of the underworld by Christian Vizl (Mexico) Photograph- Christian Vizl/2014 WPY Invertebrate category winner Night of the deadly lights by Ary Bassous (Brazil) World in our Hands category winner The price they pay by Bruno D’Amicis (Italy) World in our Hands category finalist The longline lottery by Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann (Mexico) Natural Design category winner Cardinal sparks by Patrik Bartuska (Czech Republic) Photograph- Patrik Bartuska/2014 WPY Earth’s Environments category winner Apocalypse by Francisco Negroni (Chile) Birds category finalist Touché by Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands) 10 Years and under winner and Overall young Wildlife Photographer of the more »

  • Would You Eat At A Restaurant Made Of Bones? [11 Photos]

    In a modernist 1940s building in Guadalajara, Mexico you can find chef Alfonso Cadena’s new concept restaurant, Hueso. From the Spanish word for “bone,” Hueso’s walls are covered in 10,000 animal bones—a macabre twist on the old trumpets and oars and other crap on the walls at a TGI Friday’s. There are also old cooking tools mounted to the wall, but everything is the same, off-white, bone color scheme, creating an ultra-clean appearance. Hueso was designed by CADENA+Asociados and it looks like a great place to eat. Just leave your PETA pals behind.

  • This Commercial Is An Incredible Ski Film

    Filming athletes in LED suits is all the rage right now, and we’re just fine with that. It makes for awesome video and which what Philips was hoping for when they teamed with Swedish agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and filmmakers Sweetgrass Productions to create “Afterglow,” a short film to promote Philips’ color-backlit Ambilight televisions. The 12-minute long video was filmed at Golden Alpine Holidays in Aleyska, Alaska. The slopes were lit up with brilliant colors while the team of professional skiers wore suits comprised of thousands of LEDs. This is the sort of advertising we can really get into.

  • 45 Photos Celebrating The Life Of Jack Kerouac

    On the night of October 20, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida, Jack Kerouac was drinking whiskey while scribbling notes for a novel about his father when he suddenly felt ill. He went to the bathroom where he began to throw up blood. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital, where emergency surgery was performed, but to no avail. At 5:15 AM on October 21, Kerouac was dead. Just 47 years old, a life of alcohol abuse led to the cirrhosis and internal hemorrhage that claimed his life. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922, Kerouac was not only a bright child, reading anything he could get his hands on, he was also a gifted athlete. In fact, it was football that brought Kerouac to New York City when he received a scholarship to play the sport at Columbia University. But clashes with famed coach Lout Little and a distaste for the stuffy academic life led Kerouac to drop out of school and join the US Merchant Marine. While at sea, Kerouac wrote his first novel, The Sea is My Brother, which would not be published until 2011. When he returned to New York, he found himself spending more »

  • Felipe Pantone Takes Tagging To A New Level [23 Photos]

    Argentinia-born Felipe Pantone has been painting nonstop since discovering street art at the age of 12. After moving to Valencia, Spain, Pantone began experimenting with the alphabet and typography, working with the D.O.C.S. crew and later the Ultra Boyz. His name can now be found in cities all over the world, painted in various styles that elevate graffiti tagging from ugly nuisance vandalism to incredible artistic masterpieces. The photos in this gallery come from Pantone’s “Kinetic Mundi” series, with pieces in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Check out more from the series and other awesome work at Felipe Pantone.

  • Found Photos Showcase Everyday Life In China In The 80s and 90s [25 Photos]

    In 1985, affordable consumer film was finally available to the massive Chinese populace. And the reign of film would continue for another 20 years until digital cameras gained widespread use around 2005. By 2009, a recycling plant on the outskirts of Beijing was overrun with film negatives destined for destruction. That’s where collector Thomas Sauvin comes in. Since then, he has amassed a collection of over half a million negatives featuring everyday Chinese life of the 80s and 90s. In 2013, Sauvin published a five-volume set of books based on the collection and recently he has begun sharing the colleciton on Instagram @beijing_silvermine. Some of our favorites are in the gallery.

  • Vice Presidents With Octopuses On Their Heads…Because Art?

    Everyone loves octopuses—the super intelligent cephalopods who adorn the necklaces of quirky girls and the tapas plates of Spanish eateries. Likewise, everyone loves vice presidents—the mysterious number-twos who occasionally get a tie-breaking vote in the senate while awaiting the death of their boss. So really, it’s only natural that someone combine the two beloved creatures. Oh wait, no it isn’t. It makes no sense at all. But we like it. Artist Jonathan Crow has created this series, dubbed “Veeptopus,” depicting every US vice president wearing an octopus as a headdress. Some of our favorites, including Teddy Roosevelt, are below. Check out the rest of the series, complete with interesting facts about each vice prez, at Veeptopus.

  • These New York Photos Are Incredible Composites Of Dozens Of Images

    At the age of 18, Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to New York to study photography. That was almost 20 years ago, and for the last decade, he has been creating these incredible composite images of iconic New York vistas, made up of dozens of images compressed and layered together. 40 of these amazing composite photos are now on view at the Museum of the City of New York through February 2015. If you can’t make it to the museum, check out six of these images below. Then watch the “making of” video to see how multiple shots are stitched together to create each epic composite.

  • 10 Must-See Bands At CMJ 2014

    Next week, more than 1300 bands will play shows all around New York City during the 5-day 2014 CMJ Music Marathon. With shows going on all over the place, all day long, it can be tough to figure out who to see. But instead of becoming overwhelmed and hiding at home all week, let this list serve as a starting point for what you should check out. We tried to showcase some bands from all different genres, too, so you have an idea of all the different music that awaits you.

  • Photographer Takes Images Of People Doing Shots. Not Pretty.

    The second after we rip a shot of liquor, we’re are at our darkest moment. Unless you were born in the tough as nails era of the wild west, taking a shot doesn’t taste very good. To anyone. I don’t care who you are, it just sucks. Whether you realize it or not, your face looks about as disgusted as it’ll ever look. Sour, grimaced and disgusted all in one facial reaction. UK photographer Tim Charles has managed to capture the fleeting reactions of his subjects in his new photo series called ‘Shot Face’, a humorous look at something we all see our friends make every time the “Mike Hancho” at the bar decides everyone should get drunker quicker. Check out his entire series here for more. =

  • A Seamless Mashup Of Star Wars And Everyday Life [17 Photos]

    With the JJ Abrams Star Wars movies on their way, you can guarantee that a whole new generation will become enamored with the Star Wars universe and all the characters and spaceships contained within. But for us older folks, nothing can compare to our love of the original trilogy. Photographer Thomas Dagg was a fan of the original Star Wars movies and the imaginative escape they provided when he was a kid. With this photo series, he revisits those feelings by inserting iconic characters or props into mundane scenes of everyday life. Is that Darth Vader on the bus? I think I spy some tie fighters in formation…These photos prove that even in our boring, grown-up world, there’s still some room for imagination.

  • We Can’t Stop Watching This Japanese USB Lighter Commercial [Video]

    A couple years ago, Jii, a Japanese company that produces a lighter that is powered via USB charge, became Internet famous for their bizarre commercial. But like most things on the web, we quickly forgot about it. But apparently Jii is still a thing and they’re still producing wacky commercials. This soccer-themed cartoon is impossible to figure out (what does soccer have to do with smoking?) but we can’t stop watching it. We don’t even smoke, but for some reason we have been hypnotized into desiring this device.

  • Garry Winogrand Captured New York’s Streets 50 Years Ago [25 Photos]

    Born in New York City in 1928, Garry Winogrand became famous for capturing the streets of his home city. From the 1950s until his untimely death from cancer in 1984, Winogrand photographed the regular people on the streets of cities across America, but his most iconic photos are of New York. After is his passing, more than 2500 rolls of undeveloped film were found. Some of those posthumous prints are in this gallery along with some of his most famous work from the tens of thousands of prints he made during his life. A traveling exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery was recently on display in New York City. If you missed it, you can catch it in Paris at The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

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