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  • 15 Thrift Store Paintings Reimagined

    When artist Ben Riddlebarger isn’t creating awesome works from scratch, he is buying up boring thrift store paintings and breathing new life into them with the addition of sex, violence, and/or robots. A boring summer day at the Atlantic City boardwalk? Better add the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. A guardian angel watching over children? Why not giver her a sword for some fun toddlercide? Tranquil nature scene? A defecating robot would certainly spruce it up! Be sure to check out more of Ben Riddlebarger’s work at Facebook.

  • Artist Adds Cartoons To Real World Scenes [22 Photos]

    Cartoonist Marty Cooper, aka Hombre McSteez, is able to make any boring real-life scene interesting using just transparency film, whiteout, and a sharpie. With his imagination, a hot dog at a baseball game becomes a foam-finger waving fan; a bowl of pho in a Vietnamese restaurant becomes a bathtub for an angry looking cow; a skyscraper transforms into a back scratcher for a giant polar bear. And somehow he is able to overcome the artistic urge that so many of us succumb to: adding boobs and/or weiners to everything in sight. Check out more cartoons from Hombre McSteez on Tumblr.

  • Tupac’s Last Words Were Classic Tupac

    Granted, if these were indeed Tupac’s last words then they are the most dramatic, Bishop-like last words ever uttered in this era. And they will only serve to increase his legend. Recently, Vegas Seven interviewed Chris Carroll, a retired sergeant on the Las Vegas PD’s bike patrol unit on the Strip who happened to be on duty during the tragic September night when Tupac was shot. And per Carroll’s account, he was the last person Tupac saw, the same person who ‘Pac spoke his last words to.

  • Pharrell Williams Starts Every Hit Song the Same Way

    Bum-bum-bum… YEAH. This is the formula for most of the intros Pharrell writes: looping the first beat of the first bar four times. Think of the beginnings to “Blurred Lines,” “Beautiful,” “Milkshake,” “Sweet Life,” etc. etc. etc. Better yet, listen to the collection on Brobible.

  • 35 Clever Billboard Ads

    The great Ogden Nash once opined “I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.” Sure, it’s easy to hate on billboards for cluttering our surroundings and covering up nature with commercialism, but at least there are admen and adwomen out there who try their darndest to create clever billboards. These ads utilize the three-dimensional nature of the billboards by incorporating their structures and surroundings into the ad so at least you can be entertained while being sold to.

  • Coldplay Heading for Year’s Best Sales Week, Now Watch Their Iconic Concert At Rock in Rio 2011

    With six epic concerts scheduled around the globe to mark the release of their new album “Ghost Stories,” which is on track to score the largest sales week of the year, we look back at Rock in Rio 2011 where Coldplay proved why they are a once in a generation band and one of the best live acts in the world. Their energy, song selection and light show had the crowd of nearly 1 million grooving along in ways that we’ve never seen before. To put that crowd size into perspective, Coachella typically draws roughly 80,000 people so that is almost 10 times the size. Press play and I personally guarantee you’ll watch the entire thing.

  • Steven Tyler Howls Along To Street Performance Of “Crazy” [Video]

    Steven Tyler, or an old woman doing her best Steven Tyler impression, sang along to a street performance of Aerosmith’s “Crazy” a couple days ago. He never actually sings any lyrics, but does the scat from the end of the song (albeit in some otherworldly key). One would think that it’s sad to see him like this and he must be all washed up, but Aerosmith is actually on tour in Europe and the poor old fella is probably just worn out from partying or doesn’t want to give a free performance. No matter what, as a street performer it must be awesome to have Steven Tyler howl alongside you, and the accordion and violin sound great.

  • Vintage Ads Inspired by Contemporary Songs

    French graphic designer David Redon’s Ads Limitum series pays homage to the pinnacle of the advertising age. David decided to put a contemporary twist on some ads by fusing vintage products with modern day songs. Anyone care for some Jay Z dandruff shampoo? Just “Dust Your Shoulders Off”. How about some Gin & Juice? We’ve got some Snoop Dogg Gin, distilled by Dr. Dre for ya. Redon’s brilliant take on the ads even sprinkle in photoshopped faces of the artists song featured.      

  • 13 Star Wars Characters Steampunk Style

    With the new Star Wars trilogy from JJ Abrams in production, nerds all over the world are trying to scoop up any ort of information regarding details of the films. One certainty is that the new trilogy will not be a steampunk adventure. And that’s a damn shame. London-based concept artist Bjorn Hurri created this series of steampunk Star Wars characters and they look better than anything we’ll be getting from JJ Abrams (nary a lens flare in sight!). Steam powered droids? Mechanized Darth Vader? Disney needs to give this guy a billion dollars and make it a reality. Be sure to check out more great artwork from Bjorn Hurri.

  • Kimmel’s “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” Is Back with Sofia Vergara and Matthew McConaughey

    There are a lot of celebrities on twitter and some people feel very comfortable using twitter to insult those celebrities. From time to time, Kimmel gathers those insults and package them together to illustrate the fact that words can hurt. This is his 7th edition of Mean Tweets featuring Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox, Andy Garcia, Mindy Kaling, David Blaine, Don Rickles, Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, June Squibb, Jeremy Piven, Kit Harrington, Emma Stone, Gary Oldman and Sofia Vergara.

  • 28 Boring Day Jobs Musicians Did Before They Were Famous

    Although it seems like many famous musicians have always been famous, it’s not like they plopped out of their mothers on a stage with guitars in hand. But as NME found out, at some point they had shit jobs just like the rest of us. Find out who was a janitor, or a butcher, or a fishmonger and feel a little bit better about yourself and your crap job. Until you realize that they only had those jobs for a little while before becoming rich and famous while you’re still slaving away.

  • Game of Thrones Imagined as Disney Characters

    Artists from Combo Estúdio, Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski created these lovable Game of Thrones illustrations in the likeness and image of a Disney cartoon. The duo has gained some serious buzz after their work shows John Snow playing in a winter wonderland with Ghost, Hodor chasing a chicken on a stick held by Bran, Tyrion drunk with a smirk, Daenerys and her goofy dragon and Cersei Lannister portrayed as an evil villain. I guess all we can say is bravo and we want more, we want more.

  • New Lemonhead Mascot Will Leave You In Tears [8 Photos]

    After more than 50 years on the market, Lemonhead candy, the delicious confection that’s not quite soft, not quite hard, but just the right amount of sour, has updated its logo. The cartoon boy with a giant lemon head has been replaced by a real-life man. With a giant lemon head. Remember when everyone complained about Burger King’s King mascot being creepy? Well Lemonhead just took it to the next level. Keep up with their new citruscephalic-suffering lad on Facebook and Twitter. Think they’ll follow suit with the other “-head” candies? I don’t even want to imagine what a real-life Grapehead would look like…

  • 18 Literal Movie Posters

    India-based designer and illustrator Danish Ahmed was looking at the poster for “The Wolf of Wall Street” when he began to wonder what it would look like if it featured n actual wolf. Once that idea got stuck in his head, he began to realize how many other movie posters would drastically change if their titles were reimagined in a more literal sense. The result is this series of 18 literal movie posters. The”A-Team” and “Iron Man 3″ are especially clever. And as someone who lived in Florida and witnessed plenty of transformers getting struck by lightning, the literal “Transformers” could still provide as many insane explosion as any Michael Bay production. Check out more of Danish Ahmed’s work on Behance and Tumblr.

  • A Visual Compendium of Basketball Jerseys

    Pop Chart Labs has created a compilation of the most striking basketball jerseys through the years in chronological order. From the 1921 New York Celtics to the lovable Toon-Squad from Space Jam, The list consists of a variety of professional, All-star, independent league and film jerseys. All of the most iconic basketball jerseys from the history of the sport. Key years to look for; 1989 and 1992, wooo-eeee hot fire. Get yours now at Pop Chart Labs.

  • The Lost And Found Of Coachella 2014 [22 Photos]

    With around 90,000 people attending each day of the 2014 Coachella Festival, there’s a good chance that a few things would be left behind. The good news is that the swell folks out there in California have collected and documented everything they found and have put the info up on the Coachella website. The bad news is that you only have 3 months to claim your stuff before it’s donated to charity. There are plenty of car keys, prescription glasses, and digital cameras, but the most incredible find has to be the birth certificate from Pakistan. It seems like if you brought your foreign birth certificate to a music festival, you must have had a really good reason. And leaving without it probably caused you lots of trouble. So if you lost your Pakistani birth certificate or a cool flask with an anchor on it, be sure to claim your junk at Coachella Lost and Found.

  • Jimmy Kimmel Meets People Who Think Godzilla Is A Real Thing

    Godzilla made $93 million during its opening weekend here in the United States. So we went out onto Hollywood Blvd and asked people this question: considering Godzilla is based on the true story of the giant lizard attack on Tokyo that killed more than 100,000 people in 1954, do you think it is wrong that Hollywood glamorizes this event for entertainment?

  • 25 Brilliant Album Cover Parodies

    The community of artists at RIPT Apparel have designed these great parodies of popular album covers using characters from your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. You can order your favorite as a print, bluetooth speakers, headphones, coasters, laptop sleeve, or a ton of other products at RIPT Apparel. A special thank you goes out to the artist of the Gollum/Nirvana parody for having the decency to add a loincloth to the design. 

  • Vocal Ranges Of The World’s Greatest Singers [Infographic]

    Compare the vocal ranges of your favorite singers with this neat interactive infographic. The lowest and highest note each singer has recorded is charted along with which song the notes come from and where they fall on a keyboard. Everyone knows Mariah Carey has a legendary range, but seeing it illustrated on the keyboard is especially impressive. Even Tom Waits has a better range than most folks would think, but his caterwauling isn’t exactly great singing. Check out the full-sized version at ConcertHotels.

  • 15 Reenactments Of Famous Paintings

    VanGoYourself aims to ignite interest in art museums across the United Kingdom and mainland Europe by encouraging people to not just look at paintings, but to get inside them by reenacting them. The website offers more than 50 paintings to choose from, including such iconic images as Da Vinci’s Last Supper” and Vermeer’s “Milkmaid,” that can be found on display in 7 countries across Europe. After you choose a painting, you then reenact it as best (or worst) you can and upload it for the world to see. So far, our favorite is the sleeping dog that’s a dead ringer for “Dying Adonis.”

  • The Disappearing Street Art Of World War II [14 Photos]

    Oh June 6, 1944 is forever known as World War II’s D-Day, when more than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in order to liberate Europe. With the 70th anniversary of the historic event drawing near, photographer Si Barber has been documenting the ever disappearing artwork painted by the servicemen in their off time. Between 1942 and 1945, US Servicemen painted cartoons, pinups, combat scenes, and pretty much whatever they felt like on the walls of bomber and fighter bases in central and eastern England. Most of the work was undocumented and little of it survives, but hopefully Barber’s photos will help spread awareness for the preservation of the murals and the historic buildings they are painted on.

  • NYC As Seen Through A Game Boy Camera In 2000 [10 Photos]

    In 1998, Nintendo breathed new life into their almost 10 year-old portable gaming system with the release of the Game Boy Camera, allowing one to take a break from capturing Pokemon and instead capture 256×254 black and white digital images and even print them out using the Game Boy Printer. In 2000, photographer David Friedman got a hold of a Game Boy Camera and photographed such iconic locations as Rockefeller Center and the New York Public Library. He recently uncovered the photos, and the quaintness of something that seemed so revolutionary just 14 years ago is insane. Check out more of Friedman’s projects, including experiments using the Game Boy Camera to take color photos, at his blog, Ironic Sans.

  • First Video of Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC Game

    After announcing that Bruce Lee would be a playable character in the new UFC game by EA Sports, they recently released a video highlighting the profound career of the legendary martial artist. Shot in unison with clips of Lee’s demonstrations, gameplay from the game and interviews from the likes of Dana White and Jon “Bones” Jones the video highlights just how next-level Bruce Lee was. He should be unbeatable in the game.

  • 20 Amazing Albums That Turn 10 In 2014

    The 2004 music year started off with a bang. Britney Spears got married (and divorced 55 hours later) and there was an epic “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl all in the first four weeks of the year. Later in the year Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below became the first rap album to win Album of the Year at the Grammys, Usher sold an astonishing 1.1 million copies of Confessions in it’s first week, Creed broke up, Dave Matthews Band’s tour bus dumped 800 pounds of human feces from a Chicago bridge, intending to unload it in the river, but it lands on an architecture tour boat, Britney Spears got married (again) to K-Fed, Ashlee Simpson lip-synched on SNL then did a bizarre jig and a ton of great artists like Daft Punk, Kanye, The Killers, Beyonce, and Arcade Fire released debut albums. So now, 10 years later, lets take a look at the great albums of 2004 in order of their release date.

  • Placing Odds On The ‘SNL’ Cast Members Most Likely To Be Fired This Summer

    It’s been a rebuilding year, but going into the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels is going to want a more solid core. With 17 members, the cast is badly bloated, and with that many people angling for screentime, few cast members have really been able to break-out. Chances are, Michaels is going to spend the summer weeding out some of the weaker cast members, and hopefully come back in the fall with 10-12 of the strongest cast members. Who is likely to be cut over the summer? Let’s lay odds on those most likely to be fired.

  • Striking Photos of New York City in the ’90s [34 Photos]

    New York City based photographer Gregoire Alessandrini cataloged his entire life in the big city through the ’90s as a film student and a young writer/photographer. In his long running series of photos you’ll see long gone NYC landmarks and transformed locations all taken between 1991 and 1998. Although the photos show a life and times only 20 years in past, but looks like a completely different aesthetic from the city as it is now.

  • Governors Ball 2014 Food Truck Lineup Announced

    There will be over 50 different headliners and up-and-comers on site, with favorites Pok Pok, Hometown Bar-B-Que, L’Apicio, Mile End, Calexico, Luke’s Lobster, Crif Dogs, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Cafe Habana all making an appearance.

  • The Incredible Loads Of Vietnamese Motorbikes [10 Photos]

    With tons of people traveling on very narrow roads, motorbikes are the most common mode of transportation on Vietnamese streets. Whereas Americans find the need to drive gigantic SUVs and pickup trucks to transport absolutely nothing, the Vietnamese do the exact opposite, overloading their little bikes to an absurd degree. Photographer Hans Kemp moved to Ho Chi Minh City in 1995 and in 2000 was commissioned to capture photos of the city’s motorbike culture. He was enamored with the insane amount of all sorts of objects on the tiny bikes and spent the next two years photographing as many as he could. The collection became a book titled “Bikes of Burden.” Kemp recently returned to city for a revised edition to his book. He found that although the streets have widened, the bike culture is just as prevalent, with immense loads as abundant as ever. Order the new edition of “Bikes of Burden” for $24.

  • Awesome Illustrations of “Pop Culture Buddies” from TV & Film

    The term bromance is the common term used today, but throughout cinema and TV history alike, there has always been major success for two best friends who offer a dynamic charisma to the screen. Australian artist Dave Collinson thought up a great concept to illustrate the most famous “bromances” of the past 40 years captured in a series of paintings. Collinson went all in getting great moments like Jesse and Heisenberg getting after some ‘Los Pollos Hermanos’ fried chicken, Marty McFly and Doc Brown cruising on some hoverboards and Carton and Will doing “the Carlton”.   

 
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