• These Alien Worlds Reside Inside Gemstones [15 Photos]

    Danny Sanchez has spent the last 8 years learning to examine and photograph gemological interiors. His photomicrographs, or photos of very small objects taken through a microscope, are unique in a field where most subjects are microbes, insects, and other organic matter. Most photomicrography is done for academic purposes, meaning the work is financed with institutional budgets. Sanchez on the other hand, who sees his work as fine art, has had to finance his rig on his own. It took 10 years of buying parts on eBay before constructing a rig that allowed him to capture the high quality photos he desired. One look at this series, and it’s obvious all the work was worth it. For more info, check out Danny J Sanchez. 

  • Diplo Releases Hour-Long World Cup Mix

    In honor of the World Cup, genius music producer and DJ Diplo released an hour-long mix on BBC Radio1Xtra’s MistaJam show. The mix features lots of Latin rhythms, which is nothing new for Diplo, who has worked with Brazil’s very own carioca funk electropop superstars Bonde do Role in the past. You’ll hear remixes of Beyonce, Kanye West, and the Black Keys in the mix along with Diplo’s project Major Lazer. Stream the mix from BBC below, fix yourself a caipirinha, and, if you’re feeling real adventurous, try to watch a match.

  • 25 HQ Aerial Photos That Give You A New Perspective Of The World

    In 1987, author Frank White first described the Overview Effect as an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. When viewing the planet from above, some astronauts have described a feeling of awe and understanding of the interconnectedness between all species. Obviously, it’s not possible for all of us to travel to space and experience the Overview Effect, but a website aims to do the next best thing by offering daily high quality satellite images of locations all over the planet. Farms, parking lots, cemeteries, cities—all are on display at the site. Some of our favorites are below, but plenty more can be found at Daily Overview.

  • Giant Nike ” The Last Game” Figures Show Up in Hong Kong

    The latest Nike craze “The Last Game”, a short animated film featuring the world’s best soccer stars released the day before the World Cup began has been circulating around the internet like wildfire. Yesterday, giant-mega-sized figurines of the characters from the film arrived in Hong Kong’s Harbor City for display. The figures range from 9- 14 ft tall and highlight some action moments from Nike’s short film.

  • 20 Paintings You Won’t Believe Aren’t Photos

    Florida-based artist Doug Bloodworth is recognized as one of the premier photorealist painters in the world today. His paintings, which resemble high-resolution photographs, are influenced by childhood passions for comic books, toys, and junk food. Earning a degree in commercial arts in the 1974, Bloodworth began his career painting billboards, learning techniques that he still uses today. He has also been commissioned to paint two 30′ x 200′ murals at Tropican Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Check out more work from Doug Bloodworth and other similar artists at Photorealism.

  • Ray & Remora’s Catchy Take On Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” [Video]

    In 1994, Pavement released their second album, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,” featuring their biggest hit, “Cut Your Hair.” The second single from the album, “Gold Soundz,” did not perform as well on the charts but was a critical success. In 2010, Pitchfork honored it with the number one slot in their 200 Greatest Songs of the 90s. To celebrate the incredible year in music that was 1994, synthpop duo Ray & Remora have released a 6-song EP titled “1994” that features covers from that year. Check out their video for “Gold Soundz,” featuring appearances from Sonic youth’s Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, then watch the original Pavement video below.

  • 25 Amazing HQ Photos Of London Subways In the 1980s

    While working as a projectionist at a porn theater in London in the 1980s, Bob Mazzer would take a camera with him and capture his fellow passengers on the Tube every day. Mazzer captured all the great emotions, love, hate, happiness, and drunkenness, in his photos. Seriously, there’s a couple of ladies drinking whiskey and beer on their ride in one of the pictures. All of the subcultures of the era are also on display with skins, punks, soulboys, teds, and whatever the hell else they had over there at the time (but nary a chav in sight!). For the next month, you can see the photos in person for the first time at London’s Howard Griffin Gallery. You can also purchase a limited edition book of Mazzer’s work titled Bob Mazzer Underground for £20.00, which is about a million dollars (or maybe $35).

  • The Early High-Speed Photography Of Doc Edgerton [20 Photos]

    In the 1930s, MIT professor Harold Edgerton, or “Doc,” began using short flashes of light to produce still photographs of fast-moving objects. High-speed photography was born. Doc became famous for his photographs of athletes in action and birds in flight. His team also photographed atomic bomb explosions at Nevada Proving Grounds in the 50s for research purposes. Doc’s contribution to photography didn’t end with the strobe flash. He also worked with Jacques Cousteau developing underwater photographic techniques and side-scan sonar devices to map the ocean floor. Check out some of his photos below and many more at the Edgerton Digital Collection.

  • German Cautionary Tales Have Been Scaring Children For 170 Years

    In the 1840s, German psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann went to buy his son a book for Christmas, but couldn’t find any stories suitable. Apparently, the fairy tales of fellow creepy Germans the Brothers Grimm, which often end with the deaths of children, were too namby pamby for Hoffmann’s three-year-old son. He decided to write and illustrate his own children’s book and “Struwwelpeter” was born. Hoffmann believed that children’s books should teach children how to behave or else face dire consequences. And he didn’t mean be nice or go to bed without dessert. Hoffmann’s tales were more like eat your soup or starve to death. Or don’t play with matches or you’ll burn to death. Or don’t suck your thumbs or else you’ll get them cut off with giant scissors from a perv who follows little boys around. He even tackled race relations in the book: a group of boys who picked on the only black boy in town were dipped in ink for punishment. Huh. In the years since its initial publication, “Struwwelpeter” has been published all over the world and adapted for stage and film. British musical trio The Tiger Lillies composed and performed music for a stage version in 1998 called more »

  • Boeing 727 Transformed Into A Home [7 Photos]

    In 1999, electrical engineer Bruce Campbell (not THAT Bruce Campbell) decided to use 10 acres of Oregon wilderness he purchased in his 20s for $23,000 to house a retired aircraft. Originally his plan was to build a home out of old freight vans, but after hearing about a hairdresser in Mississippi who had purchased a 727, he chose that route instead. He spent $220,000 and lots of time and work on his 727 home that he lives in for 6 months of the year. It’s a modest home, featuring a futon, a makeshift shower, a microwave, and one bathroom, but it works for Campbell. His next plan is to do the same with a 747 in Japan, where he lives the other 6 months of the year. 

  • Dad Of The Year Draws On Son’s Lunch Bag Every Day [20 Photos]

    Graphic designer, illustrator, and awesome dad Moremonger has been drawing on his son’s lunch bags for the past two years. With first grade coming to a close, he recently shared some of his favorites with Reddit. The bags have become popular with other students at school and even his son’s art techer has kept a few to decorate the classroom with. He says his son gives them to his friends, but he’s probably trading them for tons of Ecto-cooler and those Ninja Turtle pudding pies. That’s what the kids still eat for lunch, right? Be sure to check out more of Moremonger on Tumblr.

  • Incredible Music Video Animated With Embroidery

    Earlier this year, London-based animators Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker took to Kickstarter to raise money for a unique video idea: an animated music video where each frame was embroidered. They easily surpassed their goal and recently delivered the finished video. With music by Livesey’s band Throne, the video finds the band members traveling to Mars and making the planet hospitable for human life by nuking everything. The plan goes awry, and the band’s ghosts end up haunting the planet. Livesey came up with the idea from the patches of all of his favorite metal bands that he’d purchase growing up. Even if you’re not into the music, there’s no denying that it’s one of the greatest videos ever imagined.

  • Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest 2014 Photos are Surreal [14 HQ Photos]

    Each year Nat Geo Traveler asks readers to submit photos from their journeys and expeditions from around the world. This is the 26th year for the contest and some photos look as if they were shot on the set of a sci-fi movie. Spontaneous moments, outdoor space and sense of place are the categories to choose from when searching through the archives of this year’s contestants. Enter here unless you live in Cuba, Iran, New Jersey, North Korea, Sudan or Syria. Not a typo, Dictatorships and New Jersey residents aren’t allowed to play. Jersey does not allow operation of a skill contest that requires an entry fee. So enter here if your’d like to participate. The fishing gear made by bamboo and net,called ‘Yor’, is used by fishermen in Phatthalung,Thailand. I have witnessed this unique way of fishing during my visit to Thailand in may 2014. I have seen a woman who is using(dip and winch) this gear for fishing in the morning. Shooting towards the sunlight with narrow aperture normally showcases the mood of the environment with no touch on the original photo. TANTALISINGLY TROPICAL Photo and caption by Byron Dilkes Shadowed by a shoal of small-spotted darts, black-tip more »

  • NYC Subways In The 1930s Were Classy [26 Photos]

    Photographer Walker Evans is best known for his portraits of Alabama sharecroppers that he captured for Fortune Magazine in 1936 while on leave from his job as Information Specialist with the Farm Security Administration, but a couple years later he began working on a very different series of portraits. In 1938, Evans began taking photos of everyday commuters in New York City subway cars. To capture his subjects naturally, Evans used a small camera painted flat black that he hung around his neck and hid under his coat. The shutter was rigged to a cable that ran down his sleeve into his hand. For 3 years, Evans used this method, without aid of a flash or viewfinder. The resulting portraits were published in 1966 in a book titled Many Are Called.   Looking through these photos, we are presented with a subway that’s alien to what we have today. Although we’ve come a long way from the filthy, dangerous subways of the 70s and 80s (which you can check out in this gallery!), you’ll never see cars filled with people in hats and furs. Well, maybe on the L into Williamsburg, but that’s a bit different.

  • Google Street Art Project Lets Temporary Works Live Forever

    Thanks to international celebrities like Banksy, street art is an increasing popular art form. However, despite its popularity, the products of the art form tend to be temporary, painted over by other artists or scrubbed away by property owners at any moment. Google is now using its Cultural Institute along with its highly addictive Street View to grant immortality to former street art meccas such as New York’s 5 Pointz and Tower 13 in Paris. So far, over 5000 images can be found in 100 exhibitions as part of the Google Street Art Project. There are works from all over the world and the collection will continue to grow. Begin your trek down the rabbit hole at the Google Cultural Institute.

  • Sweet Candy Portraits Of Your Favorite Celebrities [15 Photos]

    Artist Jason Mecier uses only the sweetest medium to create his incredible portraits, and we’re not talking about lead paint (although it is dangerously delicious). Mecier uses a variety of candies to make lifelike representations of pop culture icons. From June 25 through September 25, Hollywood’s Sweet! will be showcasing his series of delicious portraits, Candylebrity. From the candy corn that makes up the cast of “Orange is the New Black” to the Hot Tamales that form Mario Lopez, this is a show not to be missed. Unless you’re a celebrity-crazed diabetic. And candy isn’t the only medium Mecier works in. For more great work, made up of everything from yarn to trash, be sure to check out Jason Mecier. 

  • Watch this Beats by Dre “The Game Before the Game” Spine Tingling World Cup Commercial

    Beats by Dre commercials have come out of the corner swinging. Giving ad-spot-king Nike a run for their money, the audio company has collaborated with Neymar Jr., Bacary Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matuidi, Cesc Fàbregas, Daniel Sturridge, Chicharito, Jozy Altidore, Luis Suárez, Mario Götze, and Robin van Persie to the tune of “Jungle” by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons. The theme is set around athletes as they prep for a big game. Neymar Jr. sets the tone with a motivational conversation with his father telling him to “Run like it’s the last day of your life”, then the shots are exchanged between players an fans across the world ritualistically preparing for a match.

  • 50 “Icons” of Pop Culture To be Revealed at LA Show

    Design duo Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, also known as DKNG are about to unveil a 50-piece gallery showing called “Icons”. The term icon in their eyes is a highlighted place or thing that immediately brings to mind a thought of a certain piece pop-culture nostalgia. DKNG “Icon” are compromised of 12-inch squares with minimalist circles of which encompass the essence of an entire movie or TV show. Some favorites include Star Wars, The Shining, Back to the Future, Office Space, Arrested Development, Willy Wonka, Jurassic Park, Beavis and Butthead, and BIG. The “Icon” gallery show opens at 7 p.m. June 14 at Gallery 1988 West, Los Angeles CA and remains on display through July 5. Each piece is a 12 x 12 inch screen print in an edition of 100 and cost $25. June 15th will likely be an online sale at www.gallery1988.com

  • A Look Back At All 20 Official World Cup Posters

    Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup has taken place every 4 years (except during World War II), a huge sporting event that captures more of the world’s attention than any other. It’s only fitting that the World Cup should have an iconic poster that serves as a snapshot of the host country at that particular moment in history. From the art deco posters of the 30s to Miro’s iconic 1982 Spain poster to the France 1998 poster that looks like somebody ate a Basquiat painting, partially digested it, then vomited it back up, the posters may not all be great, but they are certainly memorable. Particularly interesting is the poster from 2002’s World Cup. Since Japan and South Korea both hosted the event, the artwork was a collaboration between two calligraphers, one from each nation. For more stories behind the artwork, check out Creative Bloq.

  • Still Traveling At 50 MPH 20 Years Later: Why ‘Speed’ Was The Pinnacle Of ’90s Action Movies

    Released on June 10, 1994, “Speed” was the pinnacle of the very specific sort of action film that we saw in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Thanks to an amalgam of ingredients — an inventive original score, a relative lack of computerized effects, a narrative that focused on human beings and an enigmatic, wild-eyed villain — “Speed” played like a roller-coaster ride.  As “Speed” turns 20 years old, HuffPost Entertainment spoke with some of the folks behind the film to piece together what made it such a classic of its kind.

  • A Visual Guide to Rio De Janeiro [17 HQ Photos]

    With the World Cup kicking off in just a few days, Brazil is getting ready for one of the most anticipated events in their recent history. Though the reception for the games might not be as welcoming as FIFA thought that doesn’t mean tourism won’t be at an all time high for the country and city of Rio De Janeiro. With it’s beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes Rio has become the go-to destination for South Americans for years, but is about to really show it’s teeth the the rest of the world in the coming weeks. We’ve compiled a visual guide of locations around Brazil’s biggest city for the out of towner’s and visitors for the upcoming games.

  • 10 Classic Paintings Enhanced With Lichtenstein Dialog Bubbles

    During the Pop Art movement of the 60s, Roy Lichtenstein was one of the biggest names in the art world. His oversized comic strip panels, complete with dialog bubbles, became synonymous with Pop Art. But what if the great artists that came before him, such as Vermeer and Klimt and Wood, also used thought and dialog bubbles on their classic works? Apparently, it would be awesome. Millais’ “Ophelia” works perfectly with Lichtenstein’s thought bubble form “Drowning Girl.” See 10 of the best mash-ups below, then check out the rest, complete with the original paintings, at Prooffreader.com.

  • What Your Favorite Bill Murray Movie Says About You

    Stand-Up comedian and web-comic strip illustrator Steve Patrick Adams perfectly depicts what your favorite Bill Murray movie says about you. He’s the every-man’s man. The guy who sneaks up on tourists in the streets of Manhattan holding his hands over the eyes to then reveal his lovable puppy dog eyes and exclaiming “No one will ever believe you.” Bill Murray has chiseled himself into a legend amongst millennial men and women alike. In this Murray infographic Adams hits the nail on the head with every movie Murray’s ever made. With The Life Aquatic for example, Adams notes “Proof that you can be selfish and fool-hardy while also being pretty awesome.” My personal favorite and exactly how I characterize myself; Selfish and awesome. Well done SPA.  

  • 8 “Ex’pression Session” Performances Every Live Music Fan Will Enjoy

    Ex’pression Arts College, a small university in Emeryville, CA, teaches their students the art of digital audio and video production in the most bawwwsseee way possible. Several of the biggest names in music have stopped by their campus to perform intimate shows, “Ex’pression Session,” that are recorded, mixed and posted to their YouTube page. Crisp audio, colorful HD video… educational. These must-see live performances give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials, revealing the incredible musical talent behind some of your favorite bands.

  • McDonald’s New Mascot As Horror Movie Villain

    Last month, McDonald’s introduced their new happy meal mascot named Happy. The anthropomorphic happy meal box features big eyes and even bigger teeth and looks like he’s going to get revenge on all the children who have eaten the happy meals that came before him. Taking note of Happy’s horror movie potential, online custom design marketplace DesignCrowd asked for horror movie posters with Happy Photoshopped in. 58 designers submitted their work and the winning entry received $200. Our favorites are below (Tremors being the best, obviously), but you can check out the others at DesignCrowd. Who do you think should have won?

  • Psy And Snoop Team Up For “Hangover” [Video]

    Korean superstar Psy first gained worldwide attention a couple summers ago with his bizarre hit “Gangnam Style.” In less than 2 years, the video has become the most watched on YouTube, with over 2 billion views. Let that sink in for a moment. 2 billion. His latest video, “Hangover,” features the smooth rhymes of Snoop and lots of frenetic editing to ensure a seizure while viewing. Only time will tell if it will be as big a hit as “Gangnam Style,” but with over 6 million views a day after its release, it’s on the right path.

  • Simpsons Characters As NHL Team Logos

    Graphic designer and Instagram user ak47_studios reimagined all 30 NHL team logos as Simpsons characters. How did he handle your favorite team? I’ve got to say, I’m pretty satisfied with the Jersey Ned Devils. Check out more great artwork from ak47_studios on Instagram, including Nintendo 8-bit versions of NBA teams and breakfast cereal characters as NFL team logos. Source: ak47_studios 

  • Photographer Buys Spacesuit, Takes Brilliant Photos Of “Everyday Astronaut” [12 Photos]

    In November of 2013, photographer and savvy shopper Tim Dodd found himself the lone bidder of a Russian space suit. To show off his incredible purchase, he devised this series of “A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut.” The photos are brilliant, especially for all the little details. What does an astronaut shop for at the grocery store? Tang, of course! What kind of beer would an astronaut imbibe? Blue Moon! What does an astronaut order at an ice cream stand? That horrible space ice cream that every museum gift shop sells! Check out the rest of the series and more photographs at Tim Dodd Photography.

  • 15 Photos Of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals

    Designer and art director Dinah Fried first came up with the idea for her book Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals while a student at Rhode Island School of Design. Originally just 5 photographs of meals described in famous works of literature, Fired eventually prepared and photographed 50 meals for the book. Each photo is accompanied with the description from the novel along with anecdotes about the authors and their works. 15 of the photos are presented below, but to see the rest, order your copy of Fictitious Dishes. The series is pretty great, but Fried should try tackling one of the banquets from a Brian Jacques “Redwall” novel. What literary meal would you like to see photographed?

  • Belgian Ghost Town Is A Street Art Mecca [30 Photos]

    Doel, a 700-year-old town in Belgium, is on the brink of extinction. With the expansion of the Port of Antwerp, the town is set for complete demolition. Most residents began selling off their property to developers in the 90s and have long left the town, but a couple hundred remain. In 2008, 100 riot police were sent to Doel to manually evacuate the remaining residents. This has left the town in an almost war-torn state. With so many empty buildings, the village has become a giant canvas for brilliant street art. Gigantic, colorful works are the only bright spots in an otherwise bleak landscape. Photographer Romany WG captured these incredible photos and more can be seen on Flickr.

  • Photographing New York’s Trash [10 Photos]

    Photographer Bary Rosenthal has lived in New York City for the past 25 years, but it wasn’t until 2007 that they city’s trash caught his attention. Rosenthal often photographed plants and he’d have to clear trash away to find his subjects, but after a storm in 2007 flattened his usual botanical subjects and deposited more trash than usual, he decided to try capturing the trash on film. Rosenthal arrnaged a handful of plastic bottle caps the way he would wildflowers and took a shot. He was soon hooked on photographing trash. As beautiful as the images can be, they also serve as a reminder to the destruction caused by our irresponsibility. For more work, check out Barry Rosenthal Photography.

  • The Nebula of Nintendo Games

    Nintendo might not have invented the video game, but they damn near perfected in the the glory days of the ’80s. In fact from 1984 to 1993, over 700 games were released from the NES company. Now every single one is highlighted in a Nintendo Entertainment System nebula. Broken down from release date and genre, Pop-Chart Labs created this spiral of video game glory bursting out into space time from Shoot-em-up to Beat-em-up to Sports, RPG and side scroller categories. With over 100 illustrations highlighting our favorites like “Tecmo Bowl”, “Blades of Steel” and “Excitebike” the The Nebula of NES Games is a must have for the nerdy-kid you once were and the nerdy-adult you’ve grown to become.

  • Tweeter Street Captures Twitter Users Where They Tweet [20 Photos]

    When photographer Michael Hughes would look at his Twitter feed and navigate to the “nearby tweets” section, he would often wonder about the environment in which the tweeters tweeted. He sought to capture the “tweet-context” and the idea for “Tweeter Street” was born. For the project, Hughes photographs the tweeters in the environment they were in when they wrote their 140-character message. So far he has captured tweeters in London and Jakarta. The ultimate goal is to photograph 140 tweeters from all over the world for the project. Keep up with the series on Tweeter Street.

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