• Dad Photoshops Sons Onto Classic Album Covers [17 Photos]

    Awesome dad Lance Underwood takes pictures of his two sons, Taj and Amar, and Photoshops them onto classic jazz, hip-hop, and rock album covers. Not only do the kids get an amazing wardrobe out of the project, like tiny versions of the hip musicians they stand in for, they also will have the coolest photo album to share when they’re all grown up. Be sure to check out the rest of the photos at QT Albums.

  • Super Mario Theme Played On Wine Glasses And A Frying Pan [Video]

    YouTube user Dan Newbie makes incredible music by striking wine glasses filled with varying amounts of water to obtain different tones. His latest video, featuring 48 wine glasses and a frying pan for percussion, finds him performing the theme from the original Super Mario Bros. Nintendo game. It’s not a simple song and it leads to some impressive moments with multitracking of up to 4 wine glass parts. Check out more of Dan Newbie’s videos on YouTube.

  • Standardizing The World’s Subway Maps

    Paris-based architect Jug Cerovic was unimpressed with the subway maps he came across while traveling the world. His search for a map that was clear and easy-to-use led him to draw up his own. Beginning with his native Serbia, then moving on to Paris and Madrid, Cerovic created simple maps with lots of information but very little clutter. He continued making maps for subway systems across Europe, Asia, and North America. Along the way, he developed a standardized system that he tried to convince the cities to adopt. However, convincing the various cities to agree on a standard proved impossible, so Cerovic opted just to sell the maps on his website. He is also working on a mobile app so you can always have the maps at your fingertips. I’ve already downloaded the New York map to my phone. It even has the PATH and Light Rail for those of us in New Jersey! Be sure to check out the rest of the maps at INAT.

  • Rare Photos of Pablo Picasso Painting with Light

    In 1949, LIFE photographer Gjon Mili took rarely seen shots of Pablo Picasso in the South of France painting with light. Using a small flashlight in a dark room, Picasso created incredibly fluid and abstract figures while Mili used triple exposed photography to capture the drawings. What was created were breathtaking images that would pave the way for an entire new medium of art.

  • Amazing “Sky Art” Sketches Are Claustrophobically Trippy (22 Photos)

    Thomas Lamadieu‘s amazing Sky Art illustrations have been an ongoing project of his for over a year. As the project advances through Germany, France, Belgium, and Canada, Lamadieu’s technique does as well. His doodles and sketches have become more intricate using the shapes of the engulfing buildings to create a blissful sky portrait. A wonderful use of negative space in a cluttered environment. Also very trippy. 

  • JavHead Stole The Show At Coachella [42 Photos]

    Arcade Fire may have been the headlining performer at Coachella on Sunday but it was an oversized cutout that clearly stole the show. Javhead.com is our second favorite site on the internet so we decided to hit the print shop to bring JavHead along with us to the festival. We didn’t think many people would recognize JavHead but our crew couldn’t walk more than 30 feet at a time without getting stopped by someone asking if they could take a picture. We spent hours around the festival with JavHead in the air so there are probably more than a few people interested in what the hell it was all about. Hundreds of photos were taken and here are some of the best. If you haven’t visited Javhead.com do it NOW!

  • Videogame Characters As Classic Japanese Woodblock Art

    Ukiyo-e Heroes began when illustrator and gamer Jed Henry contacted Tokyo-based carver and printer Dave Bull. Bull has spent years in Japan learning the classic art of woodblock prints. He now teaches the method to young artisans to keep the tradition alive. When Henry shared his idea of combining contemporary videogame characters with the Ukiyo style of woodblock prints, Ukiyo-e Heroes was born. For more info on the process or to see more work and order prints, check out Ukiyo-e Heroes.

  • Photographing Life From High Up In The Air [15 HQ Photos]

    Pilot and aerial photographer Alex MacLean travels the world, capturing photos from high up in his Flight Design CT two-seater. Trained as an architect, MacLean has a knack for recognizing patterns that are all but invisible to those of us stuck on terra firma. His work has been exhibited all over North America, Europe, and Asia and appears in countless private, public, and university collections. For more of incredible photographs, visit Alex MacLean Aerial Photographer.

  • Bizarre Japanese Vitamin Water Commercial Celebrates NYC [Video]

    What’s the best way to sell Vitamin Water to the Japanese market? Well if I could answer that, I’d be in Tokyo swimming in piles of yen and not in Jersey rolling pennies so I can get some pork roll for breakfast (every little bit helps!). Whether it’s the best way or not, somebody at Coke had the idea to make this frenetic ode to New York City with a dancing man with a boombox for a head to advertise the tasty beverage often utilized as a hangover cure. Featuring such NYC staples as Ramen Burger, Strollercize, and Nitehawk Cinema, I’m not sure what the video has to do with Vitamin Water, but there is a lot of shouting so I’m pretty sure I should buy some just to be on the safe side.

  • 5 Absolutely Laughable Romantic Subplots in Blockbuster Movies

    With the millions of dollars that get poured into making blockbuster movies, sometimes the scripts fall short of expectations. Based on numbers, Hollywood cinema always seems to add a sappy romance subplot that humanizes even the mightiest of heroes—bringing the character to a level that the audience can relate. Hence, the audience is able to live vicariously through a fictional—yet still superhuman—entity. But, not all sappy romance plots are of equal quality. And, some evoke emotions that are the antithesis of the desired reaction—making it impossible to not laugh, cringe, or feel otherwise cringingly uncomfortable.

  • Disguised Drake Gets People’s Honest Opinions About Himself [Video]

    Jimmy Kimmel sent Drake out on the streets in disguise to ask people what they think of the rap star and their reactions to his hosting of the ESPYs (which has yet to actually occur). There were plenty of Drake haters out there but the superstar took it all in stride. A guitar player even freestyled a song chastising Drake for not playing any instruments. He did find one fan with his final reveal, but everyone else was pretty brutal. Fear not, though, he most surely consoled himself in the arms of good friend Lebron James later that evening.

  • George Bush Uses Wikipedia For Artistic Inspiration [12 Photos]

    Everyone’s a critic, especially critics. Last week, former President George W. Bush unveiled portraits of world leaders he’s painted since leaving office. He’s no Chuck Close, eschewing realism for a more grade-school art class aesthetic, but his work does have a folksy quaintness about them. But leave it to an art critic to point out that Bush based his paintings on photos from Wikipedia and the top results on Google Images. You can read Greg Allen’s critique of the process on his blog. It seems that by tearing apart Bush’s art and the “message” of his methods, it just legitimizes him as an artist and not an old dude who just wants to paint to piss away some time. And deeper-meaning or not, that wonky-eyed Merkel gives me the willies.

  • Smithsonian Photo Contest Finalists Announced [25 HQ Photos]

    The photo editors at Smithsonian have announced the finalists for their 11th Annual Photo Contest. Over 50,000 submissions were whittled down to just 60 finalists. 10 photos were chosen for the following categories: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. We chose 25 of our favorites to showcase below, but you can view the other finalists and vote for your favorites at Smithsonian.

  • Lorde And Joan Jett Perform With Nirvana At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction [Video]

    Last night Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, as custom dictates, performed a couple hits at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “But wait,” you say, “Kurt Cobain has been dead for 20 years. How could they ever play live?” In this age of creepy hologram zombies of our favorite musicians of yesteryear, this could be a frightening prospect. But fear not, agèd grunge fan, for surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, opted to forgo holograms, instead choosing to perform with other talented vocalists. Lorde sang “All Apologies” and Joan Jett performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with the band. Although nobody can replace Cobain, they’re vocals were sufficiently gritty and anguished and the rest of the band sounded great. Also singing with Nirvana last night was Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark.

  • NBA Logos Of The Pokemon Universe

    What would your favorite NBA team look like in the Pokemon universe? These logos popped up on Imgur this morning and we haven’t been able to track down a source yet, but whoever made them did a pretty good job. Some are obvious, such as the Team Rocket/Houston Rockets mashup. The most inspired has to be the Orlando Magikarps. Not only does Magikarp sound similar to Magic, the team looks like a bunch of fish out of water hopelessly flailing up and down the court (it’s okay, I lived in Orlando for ten years and rooted for those perennial losers). If you have any info on the source, let us know so we can give the artist some attention.

  • Iconic Concert: Nirvana Live at Reading 1992

    The remaining members of Nirvana visited Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about their time with Nirvana, the 20th anniversary of Kurto passing and their recent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so it seemed like the perfect time to post this incredible video from their performance at the 1992 Reading Fest.

  • Stephen Colbert’s 12 Greatest Moments On YouTube

    In what feels like a logical move it’s been announced that Stephen Colbert, the comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as host of “Late Show,” CBS’s flagship late-night franchise, when Mr. Letterman retires next year, the network announced Thursday.

  • Extreme Close-Ups Of Insects Look Like Aliens [17 Photos]

    Indonesia-based photographer Yudy Sauw takes extreme close-up photos of insects, getting as close as 10 centimeters away, to capture details we could never see with the naked eye. Patience is of the utmost importance since the slightest movement can cause the insects to flee, ruining the shot. In the end, it certainly pays off, with Sauw capturing incredible photos such as tiny water droplets on a fly’s head and the fangs of a tiger beetle. For more great insect photos, check out Yudy Sauw on 500px.

  • Sony Covers Costa Rica In Flower Petals For Bizarrely Beautiful Stunt [8 Photos + Video]

    Sony, in collaboration with advertising agency McCANN and photographer Nick Meek, devised a unique way to advertise their new 4K TV with four times the detail of high definition. For more than two weeks, a team collected thousands of bright flower petals in Costa Rica before using them to cover the landscape in lush colors that are sure to look even more incredible in 4K. Honestly, I don’t know if I can live with this 1080p video now. I may as well be watching on a 1948 Zenith.

  • Alison Brie Stars in SMIRNOFF’s New Advertising Series and Now We Like SMIRNOFF

    Community star and perfect woman, Alison Brie and Derek Huff star in SMIRNOFF’s most recent series of six spots surrounding a “party at Adam Scott’s” house. Throughout the series Brie and Scott, who play themselves go through the motions of throwing a party. Each video is a satirical take on the exclusivity that new age vodka claim to encase. Yes, I sat through all six of these videos, but strictly for Brie watch. The adverts are actually pretty clever, mocking exclusive clubs, bottle service tables and uber-hipster-mixologists. Oh and Alison Brie is in every shot.

  • Spectacular Landscapes Around The World [20 Photos]

    The United Kingdom-based Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers recently held a one-off Spectacular Landscapes competition. Hundreds of photographers entered, and those voted the 20 best are presented in the gallery. For more info on the competition and current open competitions, check out Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers.

  • The Other Side Of Iconic Album Covers [21 Photos]

    Flickr user Harvezt has created a series titled “The Dark Side of the Covers” where he imagines what the reverse side of classic album covers would look like. Some, such as Mettalica’s “Master of Puppets” are an obvious continuation of the original image. But others show a more in-depth knowledge of the content portrayed, such as the inclusion of the guitar Zal Cleminson played when he first joined Nazareth seen on the back of “No Mean City” or the addition of Brian Epstein on the back of “Yellow Submarine.” For more covers and info on the each, check out Harvezt on Flickr.

  • Marvel Selfies Take “#Selfie Satire” to a Hilarious New Level

    The #selfie is here to stay. In culture and in the dictionary as well. There’s no fighting it, resistance is futile. There’s only acceptance. So digital artist, Butcher Bully, brought some of the most relevant icons in the film and comic industry to the world of #selfies in “Let’s save the world, but first, LET ME TAKE A #SELFIE”. Bask in it’s selfie satire and accept the fate of the universe. I swear Thor is making a duck face.

  • 24 Iconic Albums That Are Now 20 Years Old

    April 8, 1994 was a pivotal moment for music of the 1990′s. It was the day that The Offspring released their pop punk juggernaut “Smash” and it was also the day that Kurt Cobain’s body was found at his home in Seattle. The entire year for that matter would have a huge impact on music for decades to come. Debut albums from Weezer, Nas, Outkast, Biggie, Hootie, DMB, and several others dominated the charts and collections like Bon Jovi’s “Cross Road” and the Lion King soundtrack are still relevant today. There is a good chance that many of these albums were the first CDs you ever bought. Looking at you Weezer “Blue” album, or what ever you are called. Take a flashback to classic 1990′s music by streaming the following 24 albums for free right here.

  • Spend Your Summer At Mexico’s Seashell House [15 Photos]

    The Seashell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico is one of the most unique homes you’ll ever see. Build in 1994, the house truly resembles two seashells. The tall, two-story shell features a living room, kitchenette, and half bath downstairs and a bedroom and bathroom up top. The smaller, round shell features a king bed and full bath. Outside you’ll find a pool and a great view of the sea across the road. The best part is that the house is a popular vacation spot and is available from $225. For more info, check out the Seashell House on Airbnb.

  • Incredible Street Art Portraits From MTO [21 Photos and Video]

    Originally from France then relocating to Germany, street artist MTO has created incredible works all over the world. His giant black and white portraits often feature film and music icons, such as Robert De Niro, Jim Jarmusch, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan. The portraits, averaging between 2 to 3 meters tall, take MTO up to 5 hours to complete. Last year, he also made a documentary titled “FL” about his experiences with the controversy surrounding a mural he painted in Sarasota, Florida. You can check out the film a the end of the photostream. For more of MTO’s work, head over to his Facebook page. 

  • Classic Works Of Art With A Modern Touch

    Ukraine-based artist Nastya Nudnik began her series “Emoji Nation” when she realized how certain emoji characters resembled classic works of art. She expanded the series to include social media mashups of iconic paintings and transforming fine art into movie posters. The series features work from Magritte, Munch, Goya, Hopper, and many other famous painters with modern touches. View the rest of “Emoji Nation” and other work on Behance and Tumblr.

  • NYC Before & After: Gentrification of New York Over 10 Years

    James and Karla Murray, the photographers who brought us the book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, have been working on a secret project. A photo series giving storefront views of hyper-gentrification. In just about a decade, a huge portion of the city’s streetscape has changed drastically, shifting from Mom and Pop storefronts to upscale condos or banks. Vanishing New York sat down with James to talk about the recent endeavor and here’s what he had to say, “We embarked on the before-and-after project when over 10 years had passed since we had initially started photographing the mom-and-pop stores, an amount of time which really started to bring into focus the loss of character and decreased sense of community the neighborhoods undergoing these changes had.”

  • First Look at RSVLTS New Headquarters and Final Four Viewing Party

    After a long two-month process of DIY office renovations our Hoboken office is finished, polished and ready for action. We thought it wouldn’t be very Roosevelty of us if we didn’t give our digs a complete overhaul using the same bare hands that sculpt the best content on the web day-in and day-out. What began as a new floor & fresh coat of paint job escalated quickly into a full throttle man-cave-office-behemoth project that would engulf the lives of our staff for the better part of this year. After a few months of learning by failure (again and again) our once soft, hand moisturized hands are now calaced and bruised like an old baseball mitt. Well maybe not, but at least we know how to build a bar made of shipping pallets. So for a soft opening we figured we’d throw a Final Four viewing party. Here’s a recap of the event. Special thanks to our friends at Dos Equis and Pizza Hut who supplied the party with their new parmesan crust pizza. And what good is a Final Four viewing party without a TV. VIZIO hooked up the party with a brand new E Class TV that was the more »

  • 30 Nerdy Cartoons Funny To Non Nerds

    Graphic designer and cartoonist Ed Harrington creates cartoons using nerdy sci-fi icons from Star Wars, Alien, Star Trek, Predator, etc. and places that you don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy. Or maybe the fact that we laugh at these means that we, just like the students at Adams College at the end of “Revenge of the Nerds,” can find the nerd in all of us and unite and embrace while Queen’s “We are the Champions” plays. Whatever it means, there’s no denying these are funny. See the rest of Ed Harrington’s work at Ed Harrington Illustration and Instagram.

  • Incredible Macro Photography Of Coral [20 HQ Photos]

    Not only is Daniel Stoupin a PhD student at the University of Queensland reseaerching marine biology, he also happens to be a avid nature photographer and videographer. His science background led to and interest in macro photography and the revelation of the diverse and complex life we miss out on with the naked eye. For this collection, corals were illuminated with a full-spectrum lamp to bring out fluorescent colors not visible under white light. For more photos form this series and other amazing collections, check out Daniel Stoupin’s Microworlds Photography.

  • Rebranding The NBA [30 Photos]

    Canada-based graphic artist Dead Dilly re-imagined all 30 NBA teams, plus a few extras, in his “Rebrand the NBA 2.o” series. Instead of just a logo or color change, Dead Dilly imagined a world where big-name corporations designed uniforms  for the teams. Honestly, some of them aren’t so bad. The Paramount Warriors jersey is so good, it might make me not constantly forget that the Golden State Warriors exist. And the Sega Sonics jersey makes me wish the Sonics still existed, although Sega is probably not in the position to sponsor an NBA team these days. For more of Dead Dilly’s work, check out Instagram and Behance.