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  • Transforming X-Rays Into Art [14 Photos]

    Arie van ‘t Riet is a Dutch physicist who specializes in radiation physics, especially low-energy X-rays. At some point he realized that X-ray photography could also be art and he began capturing black and white nature scenes with his X-ray camera. He then took this method a step further by transferring them to Photoshop then inverting the images and selectively coloring them. The resulting images are brilliant nature scenes like you’ve never seen before. For more info on the process and to see the original X-rays, visit X-Ray Radiography of Nature.

  • 50 Photos Of A July 4th Celebration In 1941

    From 1935 to 1944, the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information collected photographs depicting American life. In total, over 175,000 black and white film negatives were collected. In 1941, photographer Ruseell Lee captured a 4th of July celebration in Vale, Oregon for the FSA. We’ve highlighted some of the best photos in this gallery to show you how this holiday has been bringing together Americans with picnics, parades, and baseball for many years. Even when a grass fire breaks out. For more photos from this incredible, historic collection, check out the Library of Congress FSA Collection.

  • Uncle Joey Got Married So The Cast Of “Full House” Reunited [12 Photos]

    Dave Coulier got hitched at an outdoor ceremony in lovely Paradise Valley, Montana on July 2, and the guest list was full of familiar faces (because you know Joey Gladstone would never get married with out Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis by his side). Yes, Coulier’s wedding was practically a “Full House” reunion with former co-stars Bob Saget, Candance Cameron Bure, John Stamos, and Andrea Barber all in attendance. Although Michelle and Stephanie weren’t able to make it out they all still remain great friends and seem to have impromptu reunions once every six months.

  • These Low And High Tide Photos Will Amaze You

    English photographer Michael Marten spent 8 years traveling around the British coastline, capturing the drastic changes from low to high tide. The photos, taken from the same location 6 or 18 hours apart, illustrate the power of a natural force that we usually experience gradually, oblivious to the dramatic transition. 53 such photos were collected in a book titled Sea Change: A Tidal Journey Around Britain. For more photos from the series and other projects, visit Michael Marten Fine Art Photography.

  • These “Vintage” Surfing Photos Were All Taken In The Last Decade [27 Photos]

    Since 2006, photographer Joni Sternbach has been making tintypes of surfers all over the world. Tintypes are an early style of photograph that involves producing an image on thin iron plates. The resulting image has a haunting quality that looks like something out of the late 19th century. Sternbach is working on publishing a book of the series and has a Kickstarter page set up to help with publishing costs. The project has already reached its goal, but there is still one week left for those who wish to reserve a copy or get some extras, such as archival prints. To view the rest of the series and other great work, check out Joni Sternbach Photography. 

  • 149 Bob Dylan Acetates Discovered In NYC Closet

    3 months ago, the music collectible treasure hunters at Record Mecca uncovered 149 Bob Dylan acetates in a closet in New York City. The acetates, records cut in real-time to give performers and producers an idea of how their work-in-progress sounds, were cut during sessions for Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, and New Morning. But what’s on them? Record Mecca’s Jeff Gold explains: We discovered many of the acetates were unreleased versions of songs, in some cases with different overdubs, sometimes without any overdubs, many with different mixes, different edits and in a few cases completely unreleased and unknown versions. There are outtakes too, including electric versions of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues” recorded during the Self Portrait sessions, and a gospel tinged version of “Tomorrow is Such a Long Time” recorded during the New Morning sessions. It’s an amazing find, and Gold was sure to provide Dyaln’s office with transfers of all the music found. Although Gold is keeping many of the discs for his private collection, a few are for sale at Record Mecca, including an alternate Nashville Skyline for $7000.

  • This Epic Infographic Connects 727 Musicians

    Sure, everyone knows the connection between Nirvana and the Foo Fighters via Dave Grohl or Cream and the Yardbirds via Eric Clapton but this incredibly detailed infographic goes much, much deeper. With over 500 bands connecting over 700 artists, this is the ultimate chart for music trivia enthusiasts. Best of all, you can order the masterpiece as a 39″ x 39″ print on 100 lb archival from Pop Chart Lab for $60. Click on the image below to see the full-size version.

  • Purrfect Photoshops Of Cats And Their Owners [15 Photos]

    Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani garnered worldwide fame last year when his series “Underdogs,” featuring photos of dogs digitally spliced with their owners’ bodies, blew up on the Internet. What began as a fun side project in 2009 became a sensation across the blogosphere. Magnani’s recent series “Undercats” is the same idea, but with cats (obviously). What’s interesting is that where the dog/human hybrids seem playful and friendly, the cats spliced with their owners transform the humans into aloof, mysterious creatures. I don’t trust that one with the red earrings for a second. To view “Underdogs” and other great projects from Sebastian Magnani, be sure to check out his portfolio. 

  • Percussive Guitar Cover Of “Wake Me Up” Is Most Impressive [Video]

    By now every single person in the world is familiar with Swedish DJ Avicii thanks to his immense hit “Wake Me Up.” It’s the most played song on Spotify, with over 250 million plays and about 850,000 each day. Although we are all sick of it now, there’s no denying how catchy it was when we first heard it. Now Sam Meador, frontman and keyboardist for black metal band Xanthocroid has breathed new life into the song with this percussive guitar cover. If you like what you hear, be sure to download the track at CDBaby and help Sam raise money to record his solo album.

  • 11 Outrageous Quotes From Kimmel Interviewing Fake U.S. Soccer Fans About Landon Donovan’s Performance At The World Cup

    If you’re going to lie you might as well be super elaborate about it. Kimmel went out onto Hollywood Blvd and found people who claimed to be big fans of the US soccer team and asked them how they think Landon Donovan has been playing so far. If you follow soccer, you know that Landon Donovan was cut from the team in May before the World Cup even started. However that didn’t stop them from weighing in on his performance in this special World Cup edition of #LieWitnessNews.

  • A Minimalist Look at Every Major League Ballpark

    There’s something about the aesthetic of a Major League ballpark, each one so unique in structure, charisma and identity. Each field almost has it’s own personality, something no other sporting arena can say. Heck, aside from the diamond and foul lines, no stadium’s outfield is identical. London based illustrator Marcus Reed has created a collection of minimalist prints featuring all 30 current Major League Baseball stadiums for RareInk. With one of a kind features like Angels stadium’s mountainous waterfalls or the beautiful landscape of PNC Park Reed has plenty of geometric shapes to play with.

  • 25 Album Covers Recreated…With Socks?

    We’ve seen album covers recreated using Legos or the photographers’ children but these are truly unique. London-based photographer Thom Moore uses his socks, of which he apparently has an incredible amount of, to recreate some of the most iconic album covers. What’s most impressive is that Moore insists the socks all come from his sock drawer, no hunting down the perfect sock for a shot. Take a look at 25 of his best below and see the rest at Tumblr. You can’t help but say “Darn!”

  • Sing “O Canada,” Get Beer [Video]

    A while back, Canadian beer giant Molson made the news when they placed fridges full of beer across Europe that could only be opened with a Canadian passport. Now the fridges have found their way back home to the Great White North but those crafty Canadians have still found a way to ensure only fellow Canucks will be able to open them. This time the refrigerators can only be opened by thirsty folks who can sing “O Canada,” a song known only to Canadians and hockey spectators. Wait, will it work for the French version? Won’t someone think of the Quebecois?

  • NFL Teams As Corporate Logos

    People like to complain how professional sports are becoming an overly corporate affair, but these logo redesigns take that notion to a whole new level. Artist Brandon Hubschman has remixed all 32 NFL team logos using elements from some of the most recognizable corporate logos. Some are bit obvious and uninspired (Jaguar/Jaguars? boring) but others are pretty awesome (Raid/Raiders? YES!). Check out more of Hubschman’s artwork, including lots of NFL-themed projects, at Behance.

  • Take A Look At Coney Island In The 60s [15 Photos]

    Born in New York in the 1940s, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring the city and capturing its citizens with his keen eye and had already produced more than 25,000 photos before the art world took notice of him in the 90s. Until a small selection of his work was shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1997, only friends and family were aware of Rose’s talent. A current show at the Museum of the City of New York titled In A World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose, 1961-1963 spotlights 70 photos Rose captured of the city’s most famous beach. For more info on the exhibit, on display through August 3, visit the Museum of the City of New York.

  • This Is How We Do it [Infographic]

    Reddit user Wopsle was a man with a dream: find a flowchart to aid one in doing it in the way the great Montell Jordan described in the 1995 masterpiece “This Is How We Do It.” Unfortunately, no such thing existed. So Wopsle spent 10 hours creating this graphic so when Friday rolls around, we can all make sure we’re doin’ it and doin’ it right. Wait, that’s the wrong song.

  • Bootleg Soviet Records Made From Old X-Rays [5 Photos]

    The leaders of the Soviet Union may have liked to think that their citizens were above listening to bourgeois Western rock’n’roll and jazz records, but the fact is, people can only listen to so much Yan Frenkel before they want to overdose on krokodil. But vinyl was scarce in the Soviet Union of the 1950s, so bootleggers had to look elsewhere for their records. Salvation was found in salvaged X-rays from hospital dumpsters. The thick radiographs were perfect for imprinting records. After carefully cutting them out with manicure scissors and adding a hole using a lit cigarette, citizens yearning for Elvis Presley were free to listen to their heart’s content. As long as the politburo didn’t find out, of course.

  • 8 Helpful Tips for Firework Photography [Link]

    Summer is here, which means plenty of outdoor celebrations featuring lots of fireworks. Now that just about everyone has access to a billion-gigapixel camera, we’d like to make the most of it and capture photos that look a little better than those we took with our Ninja Turtle cameras in 1991. But fireworks can be tough to photograph. Take a look at these 8 tips and capture some memories that all your 4th of July partying won’t erase.

  • Musicians Imagined As Architectural Works

    We’ve shared the incredible work of artist Federico Babina before, such as his Archist series earlier this year, which imagined what buildings designed by famous artists would look like. With his latest series, Archimusic, Babina uses musicians as inspiration for his architectural drawings. Using either the band members (The Beatles), instruments associated with the artist (Chet Baker), or album covers (Joy Division) as inspiration, Babina draws these whimsical buildings that all look better than the Frank Gehry-designed, hemorrhoid-esque Experience Music Project in Seattle. The best part of the drawings is the riff included at the bottom of each one. For extra fun, keep the Virtual Keyboard open in another window and play along with each drawing. And for more great artwork, check out Federico Babina.

  • These Hyperrealistic Sculptures Are Made From Stone [11 Photos]

    We’ve shared the work of plenty of hyperrealistic painters whose oil paintings look high-resolution photographs but these hyperrealistic sculptures are in another league. Sculptor Robin Antar began working with stone in high school art classes and now, almost 40 years later, has carved her own niche in the art-world with her hyperrealistic work. Antar takes common, everyday objects and replicates them, sometimes enlarging them, but keeping every detail intact. Antar’s method involves using pieces from the actual object along with custom-made stains, paints, plastics, and gold leaf. Tell me you wouldn’t eat those Mint Milanos. And stone boxing gloves could make for one helluva funtastic bloodsport! For more work from Robin Antar, check out Realism in Stone. 

  • 46 Bizarre Hand Painted Movie Posters From Ghana

    With the popularity of video cassettes in the 1980s, Ghana saw the birth of the “mobile cinema.” Cinema operators would travel with a TV, VCR, and sometimes a generator to power the rig and show bootleg movies from Hollywood and Bollywood. Since this was a bootleg operation, there were no official posters to advertise the films. Artists were hired to create posters for the film using oil paints on canvas. The canvasses would be rolled up and travel along with the mobile cinema. To entice people to see the movies, the posters often had little to do with the movies. We’ve collected 46 of the best posters depicting popular Hollywood movies of the last 30 years.

  • Newcastle Imagines A British Controlled USA With “If We Won” [Video]

    Newcastle, whose brilliant online Super Bowl campaign about how good their commercial would have been if they could afford it, is working on what will probably be another great series of ads. “If We Won” imagines a world where Britain won the Revolutionary War with Stephen Merchant, of HBO’s uncomfortably funny (and unfortunately cancelled) “Hello Ladies,” explaining the benefits of being a part of the British Empire. Watch the first video below, then keep up with the series at If We Won.

  • Today Marks the 20th Anniversary of Weezer’s Sweater Song

    You know the song, you love the song. It’s the song of a time where things were much simpler, a time where a simple song about pulling the thread on a sweater could become one of the most groundbreaking song of a rock movement. Weezer’s “Undone- the Sweater Song” was the first song the band had ever written and 20 years later is still just as relevant as any song in it’s genre from a critical era of rock and roll, but did you know front man Rivers Cuomo once told Rolling Stone Magazine the song was “almost a complete rip-off” of Metallica’s 1986 classic “Welcome Home (Sanitarium).” Strange, but take a listen and see if you can hear the similarities with this amazing type sequence of Weezer’s most celebrated song. Weezer – Undone – The Sweater Song with Lyrics from jtle24 on Vimeo.

  • Famous Chunkies: Obese Versions Of Your Favorite Characters

    With over two-thirds of adults and one-quarter of school-age children overweight or obese, there’s no denying we have a problem with weight in this country. But despite how common overweight people are in real life, there is a dearth of fat characters when it comes to cartoons and comic books. Why? If we’re fine with letting our children get fat, we should give them more characters to relate to. Artist Alex Solis has done just that with his series “Famous Chunkies.” Now kids will have heroes who more accurately reflect reality! Let’s just hope one of them has the power to cure diabetes and heart disease. Check out the rest of the series at Cargo Collective.

  • The English Beat Look To Crowdfunding For Latest Album

    In 1980, The Beat, known as The English Beat in the US, released their first album, “I Just Can’t Stop It.” Songs like “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Hands Off…She’s Mine” became huge hits and the band found themselves one of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone ska revival. By 1983, after just 3 albums, the band broke up, with some members forming General Public, who would have a hit with “Tenderness,” and others forming Fine Young Cannibals, best known for “She Drives Me Crazy.” A few years ago, frontman Dave Wakeling put together a new version of The English Beat with all new members (aside from himself). Now Wakeling is looking to raise money for the band’s new album through crowdfunding site PledgeMusic. With more and more bands eschewing the big labels and the big percentages they take for their services, crowdfunding seems to be a no-brainer solution. With little need for the physical distribution channels of major labels and the Internet making it easier than ever to contact fans and promoters directly, many musicians are thriving despite whining from the RIAA about the death of their business. Hopefully this will work out for Wakeling and more bands will more »

  • Travel Across the World by Drone

    With the inevitably increasing popularity in recreational drone use, Travel by Drone put those resources to good use by geotagging videos based on locations, using Google maps as a platform and pin-dropping locations of aerial drone footage. The interactive map is pretty straight forward and simple to use. Throw in a zip code, click a pin-drop and boom, drone footage of any location in the world. Sorry ‘boom’ and drone don’t mix. Wrong choice of wording. The footage is all user submitted, but vetted through editorial before anything is published.

  • 15 Clever Paper Representations Of Classic Films

    Spanish design studio Atipo recently helped graphic production house Minke launch their new paper gallery with a project called “Papers for Characters.” Using only the different papers offered by Minke, Atipo cut or folded the paper in creative ways to represent classic films. Each piece is deceivingly simple yet extremely clever. The bullet holes of “Bonnie and Clyde,” the shower curtain of “Psycho,” the blinds of “Rear Window”—all are represented here using just pieces of paper. Which one is your favorite?

  • 12 HQ Photos That Show How Man Has Changed The American Landscape

    New York City-based photographer Victoria Sambunaris has spent the last 12 years traveling the United States and cataloging landscapes changed by man and nature. Every year she finds herself driving through almost every state, planning shots she captures with her large-format camera. Sambunaris can spend days in one spot waiting for the perfect conditions for a shot. After a month or two, she will have about 50 shots sent off to her developer. After returning home, she edits down her photos, where she’s happy if she’s left with 5 after 3 months of work. Sambunaris also doesn’t use any digital tools in her work, meaning there are no post-production fixes for her photos. She must get it right the first time or the photo won’t make the cut. Check out these and more photos in Victoria Sambunaris’ book Taxonomy of a Landscape, available now from Amazon for $43.

  • 10 Famous Faces As Face Paintings

    Using just makeup and face paint, makeup artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa is able to transform her models’ faces into those of celebrities and popular characters. Whereas many makeup artists rely on prosthetics to achieve similar transformations, Maria just needs paint and her natural talent. The London-based artist actually came to her profession relatively late. After starting a family and having two children, Maria decided to enroll in makeup school at the age of 33. Now 40, her immense talent has led to work in theater and television in England. Take a look at some of her work below and check out more at Facebook.

  • Iconic Concert: Black Sabbath Introduce The World To Heavy Metal in 1970

    It was December 1970, The Beatles were barely broken up and heavy metal wasn’t even a blip on the music radar yet. That is what makes this crystal clear video of a 22-year-old Ozzy Osborne performing songs from Black Sabbath’s debut album Paranoid for a regional television network so amazing. As one rock blog describes, “It’s the best footage, bar none, that you will ever see of the band in their evil prime.” You might only know Ozzy as a mumbling ex-reality star but this guy used to shred like no one else before him.

  • Iconic Concert: Elton John At The Royal Opera House in 2002

    Sir Elton John is one of the most prolific and successful singer-songwriters in the history of music. Back in 2002 he performed at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London along with a 90-piece orchestra, a five-piece electric band, and a choir of Royal Academy students conducted by acclaimed film score composer James Newton Howard. The 11 song set is one of the finest moments of his career and it was all captured on film. If you have an hour this iconic concert is about as “must-see” as it gets.

 
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