• This Batman 12″ May Be The Coolest Vinyl Ever

    Batman: The Animated Series was one of the greatest adaptations of the DC Comics character and if you were a ’90s kid, chances are you watched the show every afternoon at 4:30 on FOX. It’s hard to imagine the show premiered over 20 years ago, but it did and we’re all old now. However, we can feel young again while we listen to this incredible 12″ vinyl from Mondo. The bat-shaped 45 features the Danny Elfman composed main theme on Side A and the end credits on Side B. Although the shape looks like it would kill the needle on your turntable, it’s totally safe to play since the one-minute song presumably doesn’t extend far from the middle. Unfortunately the vinyl won’t ship until next year, but you can preorder the single in black or black with gray splatter from Mondo for $25. And we’re sure nobody would complain about the late Christmas gift.

  • Deciphering The Code Of Soviet Prison Tattoos [17 Photos]

    Do you have a seemingly inane tattoo that people ask you about only for you to smugly reply that it has secret meaning? Maybe a pegasus with a ball and chain attached to its rear leg (hey, it means something to me)? Well that’s nothing compared to the extensive system of symbols utilized by inmates in Soviet prisons. Arkady Bronnikov, a criminalistics expert for the Ministry of Internal Affairs from the ’60s to the ’80s, collected thousands of photos of criminals and their tattoos. His job was to decode the intricate system of symbols used in the tattoos. And over the years, he helped solve countless cases by identifying suspects and corpses using his vast knowledge of tattoos. Over 180 photos from Bronnikov’s collection are now available in a 256-page hardcover from FUEL entitled, Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files. Each photo is accompanied by Bronnikov’s text explaining the meaning behind the tattoos. You can check out some examples and order the book from FUEL. Jeez, looking at these really makes me feel bad that my Chilly Willy tattoo doesn’t have deeper meaning. I just really like that cartoon penguin.

  • The Macabre Murals Of Phlegm [21 Photos]

    Born in North Wales and currently residing in Sheffield, England, Phlegm has become one of the most famous, in-demand street artists in the world. His success is due to his unique illustrations, which look like Edward Gorey pen and ink drawings except creepier (if that’s even possible). In fact, many of the characters that show up in Phlegm’s murals were originally created for his self-published comics. But instead of merely using the sides of buildings as canvasses to showcase his unique creations, Phlegm utilizes doors, windows, and other structures to interact with his characters. Some of our favorites are in the gallery, but you can find many more murals and drawings at Phlegm Comic News.

  • Movie Posters for Fictitious Sequels we Wish Were Real

    Hollywood has somewhat of a sick obsession with sequels. Even if a movie is open and shut, if there’s a will there’s a way in Tinseltown. Los Angeles-based art gallery iam8bit put up an art show, ‘Sequel’, that showcases more than 40 illustrated posters of fictitious follow-up movies. From Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II to Fight Club 2 (which is actually in the works as a graphic novel) to a sequel to The Shining, these movies might seem sacrilegious, but heck, I’d probably pay to see them all. The Sequel exhibition, currently on display till 23 November 2014.

  • There’s a 2.7 Acre Floating Park Being Built on NYC’s Hudson River

    The old decrepit pier hugging the Hudson river on Manhattan is about to be knocked down and replaces with a beautiful 2.7 acre park on the water, including rolling hills and even an outdoor amphitheater. The new Hudson River Park Trust has revealed that the park will be largely financed by a foundation formed by the billionaire couple Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg. Von Furstenberg and Diller, the former head of Paramount Pictures and Fox, have committed $130 million to the park, with the city pledging another $17 million, and $18 million from New York State to build an esplanade to the pier park. The park will be between the pile fields of Pier 54 and Pier 56, which will remain in order to provide a fish habitat. If and when the project is approved, construction would begin next year with an expected completion date of 2018 or 2019.

  • Visualize Sound Like Never Before In This Cymatics Video

    Cymatics is the study of visible sound vibration, usually through a thin coating of particles or liquid over a vibrating membrane—and every time someone makes a video illustrating the phenomenon, it’s a hit. Recognizing the wow factor of these cymatics demonstrations, musician Nigel Stanford teamed with NYC-based filmmaker and VFX artist Shahir Daud to combine a ton of the sound visualizations for this incredible music video. And it also happens to be the first single from Stanford’s new album. Check out the video below then see how all the experiments were performed at Cymatics.

  • Your Favorite Superheroes Get The Renaissance Treatment

    During the Renaissance, the best painters were found in Flanders—as long as you were looking for portraits of rich people in frilly frocks or sad, chubby, naked Biblical figures. But if you wanted superheroes, you were out of luck. Sure, Ambrogio Spinola, immortalized by Peter Paul Rubens, was one helluva Spanish military leader, but was he more powerful than a locomotive? No, which is why he was fortunate locomotives would not exist for another 200 years. Paris-based photographer Sacha Goldberger, who famously transformed an elderly woman into a superhero in a previous series, noticed the lack of superheroes in the work of the Flemish masters and devised this series of “Super Flemish” portraits. Contemporary Marvel, DC, and Star Wars characters are dressed in Rennaissance garb and the results are incredible. Although, it would be nice if the female models were a bit more…Rubenesque. In other words, I want a Wonder Woman with a plump dumper. You can find a preview of the series below, but be sure to check out the rest from Sacha Goldberger.

  • Woody Harrelson And Pete Davidson Celebrate New NYC Marijuana Laws In Epic SNL Skit

    Saturday Night Live delves into the highs and lows of the new policies to decriminalize pot possession in New York City. Woody Harrelson and 21-year-old upstart SNL comedian Pete Davidson rejoice over the laws enacted by Mayor de Blasio that allow people to have less than 25 grams in their possession in NYC without being arrested. The potheads slowly emerge from their smokey apartments to enjoy a bright new freedom. An enthusiastic dreadheaded stoner Harrelson climbs on top of a car and yells, “Free at last!” while clutching his bong. The jubilation is overflowing up until the marijuana enthusiasts learn that there’s one little catch to the new laws, but thankfully they still have Rugrats reruns to comfort them. Watch the skit on Brobible.com >>

  • Tall And Skinny: The 2018 NYC Skyline

    In just the last few months, the New York City skyline has been transformed with the addition of One World Trade Center and the supertall and super-skinny 432 Park Avenue. And these projects are just the beginning of Manhattan’s skyscraper boom, a race to erect characterless glass behemoths. It appears as though architects were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. In an effort to showcase 53W53, which will house the Museum of Modern Art, a 100-room hotel, and 120 high-end condos, CityRealty released these renderings of the future of Manhattan’s skyline. And if you’re a fan of iconic New York landmarks such as the Woolworth Building or the Flatiron Building, you are in for quite a disappointment. Midtown will become the future home of many of these gargantuan reflectors, ensuring a boom to purveyors of sunglasses around Times Square, but downtown will also see some super-skinny erections. Near the newly-opened One WTC, a couple of equally tall apartment buildings are set to house the most ostentatious of the financial sector. As rents increase and more and more of the city is bought up by millionaires who collect the properties more »

  • Watch The World Burn From A Luxury Missile Silo Condo

    Statistically speaking, you have a 50% chance of experiencing the end of the world in your life time. I mean, you either will or you won’t, right*? So do you have a plan for when the world devolves into a Logan’s Run or Running Man or some other calisthenics-heavy dystopia? How about whiling away the 11th hour in a luxury condo built into a missile silo? While the hoi polloi are resorting to cannibalism and fighting in thunderdomes, the pragmatic folks at Luxury Survival Condo will go about their lives peacefully, knowing they have enough food for five years. And instead of fighting for their lives against Master Blaster, they will enjoy amenities such as two floors of hydroponic gardens, an aquaculture system to farm fish, a swimming pool, an indoor shooting range, a dog “park,” an arcade and, if these photos are to be believed, a gym with Hulk and John Elway wall clings. The group is currently working on their second condo complex in Kansas, encased within 9 feet of concrete, 14 stories underground. The first complex has completely sold out, but their are still units available in the second. A 900 square feet half-unit will run you more »

  • This Sculptor Works Exclusively With Nails

    John Bisbee, a sculptor in residence at Maine’s Bowdoin College, settled on a most unique medium—nails. For almost 30 years, Bisbee has worked exclusively with nails and for the last decade he has only used 12-inch spikes. But even with such a simple material, he is able to weld the nails together and create huge, intricate, flowing shapes. Shelburne Museum in Vermont is currently showcasing a Bisbee exhibition entitled “New Blooms,” featuring a series of floral-inspired pieces. But if you can’t make it to the show, you can check out more incredible sculptures on John Bisbee’s website.

  • English SuperMarket Ad Already Wins Most ‘Feels’ For Holiday Season

    English grocery store chain, Sainsbury has already won all “the feels” for the holiday season. In a recent advertisement made in partnership with The Royal British Legion, Sainsbury captures a moment inspired by real events from over 100 years ago, commemorating an extraordinary event that took place on Christmas Day, 1914, an infamous day in the midst of World War I, when conflicting sides of combat came together, put down their weapons and shared gifts, even played soccer on the battlegrounds. The chocolate bar featured in the ad is on sale now at Sainsbury’s. All profits (50p per bar) will go to The Royal British Legion and will benefit our armed forces and their families, past and present.

  • Warning: These 3D Photos Will Make Your Brain Explode

    Light-field photography makes 3D photos possible by breaking an image up into multiple pieces with light captured from all directions. This allows the photographer to refocus the image at different depths or combining stereo images into a single 3D image. And the Lytro ILLUM camera has made light-field photography more accessible than ever. More and more photographers are taking advantage of the technology with spectacular results. Some of our favorites are below, but you can find more in the user galleries at Lytro.

  • Inside Facebook’s New-New York City Digs

    Facebook is officially moved in to their new Greenwich Village engineers offices. The social network has been moving teams in little by little since February, while construction has been on going. The office includes a library, full wall art pieces and the standard office ping-pong table. “Taking a moment to look back, when we first moved into this building in February it was an open construction site, and it’s been really rewarding to have all our employees together as we watch it take shape around us,” site director Serkan Piantino writes. “We’ve seen a dozen pieces of artwork created, filled a library with our favorite books, opened a coffee bar for business, enjoyed the views looking down Broadway and daily sunsets over Greenwich Village, and, most recently, cut the ribbon on Desimone’s café with really quite incredible cuisine from our executive chef Nate Eckhaus.”

  • The Godfather’s Corleone Compound Is For Sale

    The 1930s Staten Island mansion that served as the Corleone compound in The Godfather is on the market for $2.89 million. With 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and 2 offices, it’s the perfect place to spend time with your family, because after all, a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. And that should be pretty easy, because the current decor, with bright colors and bunk beds, looks more like the set of Modern Family than the mob classic, although the office still looks like the type of room where you would ask the Don for a favor on his daughter’s wedding day. If you’ve got the cash, you can make an offer the owners can’t refuse at Connie Profaci Realty.

  • Mechanical Caluclators Are A Steampunk Dream [10 Photos]

    Thanks to the prevalence of smartphones, you’d be hard pressed to find an electronic calculator outside the classroom, let alone an old-school mechanical one. But those mechanical devices of yore have a certain charm and, with the cases removed, are still quite impressive. Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker truly appreciates the work that went into building these magnificent machines and he shared his collection of 100 mechanical calculators with photographer Kevin Twomey. Recognizing the beauty of the rods and springs that work together to create a functional machine, Twomey’s photos focus on the innards—literally. Twomey took multiple shots at various focus distances then put the different images together using a program called Helicon Focus. The resulting photos present every different part in sharp focus. A preview of the series is below, but you can see the rest and learn all about the process at Wired.

  • Don’t You Dare Ask Why This Swedish ‘Alien vs. Predator’ Bachelor Pad Exists

    Don’t ask why, don’t you dare ask why. Just appreciate the fact that a man, from a small town near Stockholm, Sweden put in the effort to build out his two-bedroom detached villa for 2,375,000 Swedish Krona (approximately $320,350). The man with an affinity for galactic beasts is now selling the humble abode. The listing has been on the market for some time now, but is just now starting to gain serious attention after Reddit got a hold of it. Let’s hope Ridley Scott is looking for a nice Scandinavian getaway.

  • Take A Look Inside This Incredible Himalayan Radio Station [15 Photos]

    Located in Jomsom, a town in Nepal over 9000 feet above sea level, Mustang Broadcasting Community is a community FM radio station used to promote local culture. But constructing a station in a location constantly under attack from strong winds was no simple task. Architect Kim In-cheurl of South Korean firm Archium used locally sourced stone to build thick, protective walls. Interior walls utilize glass to get the most out of natural lighting from above. Doors and chairs made of wood act as a stark contrast to the stone walls and tables used throughout the property. All in all, it’s an incredible work of modern architecture that seamlessly blends into its Himalayan surroundings.

  • Contortionists Make The Best Canvas For Bodypaint [16 Photos]

    “Body concept artist” Emma Fay takes the art of body paint to the next level by making the bodies just as important as the paintings. Using contortionists, Fay is able to paint her models in such a way that the finished project is only possible through exquisite body movement. In order to accomplish this feat, Fay first has the models get into position. She then makes compositional marks on their bodies to outline the scene. The models are then able to relax while Fay paints the animals or landscapes. Finally, the model gets back into position so the completed work can be photographed. The Bumblebee, made up of three contortionists, is our favorite but all of Fay’s work is impressive. For more amazing bodypainting, check out Emma Fay Concept Artist.

  • Michael Shannon Tortures Michael Shannon In New Deerhoof Video

    Michael Shannon, known for playing Nelson Van Alden on Boardwalk Empire and General Zod in Man of Steel brings his intense creepiness to Deerhoof’s new video for “Exit Only” off La Isla Bonita. In the video, Shannon portrays two men sitting opposite each other at a table. One Shannon tortures the other in twisted, violent ways until Deerhoof guitarist Ed Rodriguez breaks in through the wall and saves the day. It’s all very bizarre and entertaining plus it’s a damn good song. And it’s nice seeing Shannon after the end of Boardwalk Empire. Check out the video and get the album, available now from Polyvinyl.

  • Astronaut, Chris Hadfield Releases Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space

    Everyone’s favorite astronaut, Chris Hadfield best known for his David Bowie cover of “Space Oddity”, is now releasing a book including some of his best shots from an archive of over 45,000 photographs from orbit. From his some 2,500 orbits around Earth Hadfield has taken beautiful shots from around the globe (literally), never having a chance to actually see them with the photos being directly downloaded to Houston. His book, You are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes highlights some of Hadfield’s favorite handpicked photographs that he took while at the ISS.

  • The Varied Styles Of Athens Street Art

    Greece entered its most severe financial crisis, known as the Greek Depression, in late 2008. After six years of economic decline, the Greece actually saw growth in the second quarter of 2014. But the turmoil of the crisis and the austerity measures that followed has led many young Greeks to distrust their political leaders and the entire world economy. Much of the street art that has appeared around Athens since the Depression has illustrated these negative feelings while other artists opt to paint uplifting messages to give their fellow countrymen hope. But no matter what side they take, these artists have plenty of inspiration for years to come.

  • New Drone Footage Shows Just How Massive Apple’s New “Spaceship” HQ Is

    Apple’s new “Spaceship” campus in Cupertino looked big in the initial renderings that went public some months ago, but new drone footage that has recently surfaced, shows just how gigantic the campus will be. Donut, circle, spaceship, whatever you’ll call the under construction Apple HQ, we can all agree it’s much larger than any of us thought it would be. The new HQ labeled Apple Campus 2 should be some time in 2016, the vast campus will be home to 12,000 Apple employees, which will also included a curved glass facade, underground parking lot and a 300 ft statue of Steve Jobs (well the last one is just a rumor. started by me. Just now). The campus is being designed by Norman Foster’s firm, Foster + Partners.

  • Bruce Springsteen Auctioned Off A Homemade Lasagna Dinner

    We New Jerseyans have trouble with agreeing with each other on many subjects. Phillies, Mets, or Yankees? Giants, Jets, or Eagles? Taylor ham or pork roll? But there’s one thing we all agree on—Bruce Springsteen is awesome. Proof of the Boss’s greatness was offered on Wednesday night at Stand Up For Heroes, a comedy and music concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps military service members and their families after they return home. Not only did Springsteen play a five-song set, he also auctioned off a package that included a guitar with a one hour lesson, a ride in the sidecar of his motorcycle, and a homecooked lasagna dinner at his home. Two such packages were auctioned off for $300,000 each. At the end of the night, $1 million was raised—over half of which came from Springsteen. Oh, and as someone from Ocean County, the answers to the above questions are Mets, Giants, and pork roll. Source: Yahoo

  • These Fictional Movie Posters Make Us Wish These Sequels Actually Existed

    On Novemebr 13, Los Angeles art gallery and production company iam8bit will host “Sequel,” featuring movie posters for sequels that don’t exist from over 40 artists. A few of the posters began floating around the web yesterday, and we collected all that we could find. If these 12 are any indication, this show is going to be great. Even if most of these movies would suck (another Sleepy Hollow??), it’s refreshing to see movie posters with actual art and not just cliches like orange/blue contrast or back-to-back leaning. If you’re in the area, you can RSVP to the show on Facebook. The rest of us will be able to scoop up whatever’s left after the show at iam8bit.

  • Tim And Eric Made A Totino’s Commercial And Now We Need An Adult

    Totino’s Pizza Rolls, which no adult has actually ever eaten sober, thought it would be a good idea to hire Tim and Eric for their latest ad campaign. The comedic duo, known for oddball commercials for fake products like the Poop Tube, would not be most people’s first choice to direct an actual food commercial. But then again, Totino’s Pizza Rolls would not be most people’s first choice for food. We’ve got to hand it to them, they did manage to keep the gross out level to a minimum while also introducing such inane Totino’s accessories as the feminine mini backpack, pizza chess, pizza roll love package, and pizza roll launcher. Watch the commercial below then head over to Totino’s Living and see if you can figure out what the hell is going on. Now if you’ll excuse me, I feel the urge to eat pizza rolls and listen to punk rock.

  • A Medieval Belarusian Band Covered Metallica And It’s Awesome

    Medieval folk band Stary Olsa recently covered Metallica’s classic “One” using authentic medieval Belarusian instruments. The result is something that would fit perfectly into Game of Thrones. The only downside is that they stop at the “machine gun” part of the song, which is when it really starts to kick ass. And is it just me, or does the singer look like one of Fred Armisen’s characters from Portlandia?

  • Mr. Bean Is A Perfect Subject For Renaissance Art

    Renaissance artists are known for capturing the perfect human form and British comedian Rowan Atkinson, best known as Blackadder and Mr. Bean, ahs the perfect face. Those bug eyes, that giant nose, that fish mouth, those thick eyebrows—wait a sec, he’s actually pretty funny looking. Those uptight Renaissance artists wouldn’t like him at all! But just look at how his rubbery features brighten up these old boring paintings from Leonardo and other stuffy “masters” who wouldn’t know a decent face if it stared at them from their TVs during PBS’s Britcom block on Saturday nights. And for more great Photoshops, check out Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator.

  • Visualizing 10 Complex Major City Layouts Based on Color Is Just Mesmerizing

    You’ll never appreciate good city planning until you realize the two extremes of navigating yourself around a good and bad developed city. Before modern city planning older cities grew without major central planning. Data-artist Steve Von Worley has devised an intricate and highly detailed concept rendering aligning different colors to street directions in over a dozen of the world’s largest cities. Right-angled streets aligned in true north, south, east or west directions are represented in red, while angled streets that skew in between the four cardinal directions change hue from from purple to blue and cyan with green and yellow used to show different angles. New York, for example has a constant purple hue, because of the direction the natural layout of the island it’s grid-like layout it pointed 15-30 degrees to north. Chicago, however is a deep red, looked at one of the best built cities in the world and you can see why, it’s development is clean and mostly uniform. Older cities like Boston, Tokyo and London (ohhh London) look more like Jackson Pollack paintings than city maps, because their cities were developed before modern day city planning, streets and buildings we’re simply laid out based on ease more »

  • An Inside Look At Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City [29 Photos]

    Originally a fort for the Chinese military, Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated settlement of 350 buildings constructed with little regard to code or safety. The British government in control of Hong Kong adopted a hands off approach in the 50s, leading to the city becoming a haven for gangs, drug addicts, and prostitutes. A series of police raids in the late 70s helped lower the crime rate, but with a population of 33,000 by 1987, something had to be done. The government announced plans to demolish the unsafe settlement in January 1987. A leghty eviction process followed, with the government paying out $350 million to residents. By 1992, the City was empty and demolition work began in 1993 and completed in 1994. Beginning in the 80s, photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot spent 4 years chronicling the end of the city. They published their photos in 1993 in a hardcover book entitled “City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City.” As interest in the City grew and with the 20th anniversary of the demolition this year, a new edition, with added photos and essays has been published. You can order “City of Darkness Revisited” for $91. And check more »

  • Cheeky New Movember Ads Reminiscent of Romance Novel Art

    It’s November again, you know what that means, Mustaches galore. Since our patron saint and founding father, Teddy Roosevelt wore the bushy lip hair better than anyone else in history, we condone the act of growing one in order to raise money for prostate cancer. Ad Agency, BBDO Toronto just took Movember to the next level by mimicking cheesy romance novel cover art, but replacing the shirtless studs with regular men with horrific looking mustaches accompanied by the headline “Be A Hero”, predicating wearing a mustache and raising money for a month makes you a hero.

  • A Lisa Frank Sticker Adorned Love Letter From A Young Katy Perry And Other Bizarre Music Memorabilia Is Up For Auction

    On Friday, November 7, you can bid on a whole bunch of bizarre music memorabilia at Julien’s Live. Some of our favorites from the huge lot of 720 items are in the gallery, including a love letter from a 10-year-old Katy Perry that is covered in Lisa Frank stickers and Liberace’s “Stars and Stripes” get-up—perfect for Independence Day galas. And for those of you who are feeling especially creepy, Beyonce’s bra from the “Run” trailer is also up for auction. Personally, I’m hoping to win Elvis’s TCB sunglasses. I bet they smell like sweat and cheeseburgers!

  • Wes Anderson Is Building His Own Theme Park

    Renowned Director Wes Anderson has plans to build his very own theme park in collaboration with long-time colleague, visual artist Mark Mothersbaugh. Mothersbaugh and Anderson have a long history together with Mothersbaugh creating scores for several of Anderson’s movies, such as The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and The Life Aquatic. In the foreword to his new art book published this week, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, Anderson wrote that he hoped to work with Mothersbaugh on a new project entirely. In a recent interview with the Telegraph Anderson noted how he “hopes to soon secure the means to commission the construction of an important and sizable theme park to be conceived and designed entirely by Mark Mothersbaugh.” Imagine a submarine ride, hunting the illusive jaguar shark or a ride through India on The Darjeeling Limited. All this will be possible in Anderson’s very own Moonrise Kingdom.

  • This Food Art Looks Good Enough To Eat

    Next time you see your mom, be sure to bemoan the fact that she admonished you for playing with your food when she could have been encouraging your creativity, allowing you to become the food artist you yearned to be. Apparently Tisha Cherry had parents who weren’t such philistines and nurtured their daughter’s artistic ability because now she had an Instagram account loaded with incredible food art. The most impressive pieces are the Oreos. Think about how small an Oreo is, then take a look at the detail in The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It almost excuses the derpy eye on Mona Lisa. And check out more food art from Tisha Cherry on Instagram.

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