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Benjamin Starr

About Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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Lace Up the Place! Street Art and Yarn Bombing by Nespoon

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a touch of lace in all her work, Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon has been applying her signature patterns to everything from stenciled street art, to site-specific ceramics and web-like crochet installations (spiders take note). Her work has a friendly and welcoming aesthetic which beatifies and enhances the often decrepit environment they occupy. Working with that in mind, she calls her art “public jewelry.” [Read more...]

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Sprouting Beards: Flora and Fauna as Fanciful Facial Hair

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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Merging the worlds of animal, human and plant life, French illustrators Violaine & Jeremy have created a surprising collection of pen illustrations that highlight facial hair in the most unusual way. Here, a gorilla sprouts a veritable menagerie of flora and fauna in beard-like form. Hidden amongst the foliage are tropical birds, butterflies, and of course, bananas. Without seeing it first, this would seem a bizarre combination – but realized with a skiled hand, their images strike an beautiful, if unexpected, harmony. [Read more...]

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The Closer You Look, The More You See. New Paper-Cut Masterpieces from Bovey Lee

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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It’s hard to believe, but each of these lattice-like pieces is hand-cut from a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper using an X-acto knife… and no rulers or stencils. They are the work of Pittsburgh-based artist Bovey Lee (we’ve admired her work before) who has been perfecting her precise craft since 2005. Her recent pieces feature dense frameworks of plant life, interspersed with the creations of the human world – a contrast she continues to explore [Read more...]

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30 Years of Sore Thumbs: Photographer Captures His Legendary Game Controllers

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some tactile nostalgia… but it might give you seriously sore thumbs. Spanish photographer Javier Laspiur has created a trip through the game controllers of yesterday, capturing a familiar, first-person view of many well remembered systems from the last 3 decades. A long time fan of gaming, his series doesn’t record the year the device came out, but instead makes it personal, tracking the first year he laid hands on each system. [Read more...]

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This Guy Built the Biggest Spirograph You’ve Ever Seen & the Streets Will Never Be the Same!

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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Over the last 6 months, a crafty fellow named Nathan of HaHa Bird has been using his spare time to build a gigantic version of the classic Spirograph drawing toy… and it is awesome! His final creation has a diameter of nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters), multiple gears to create different geometric patterns, and tubes to hold sidewalk chalk… because this thing’s made for decorating the streets! [Read more...]

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy. [Read more...]

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Andrew Ohlmann’s Bizarre Looping Gifs

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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Andrew Ohlmann is creating lovely animated gifs in his signature bold illustrative style, and each looping piece of art is mesmerizingly clever. His imagination has conjured up unnerving imagery that must be seen: hands with wavy knuckles, people with continuously peeling skin, and eyes that just won’t stayed glued to the head they’re on. It’s weird and wonderful stuff. [Read more...]

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Harry Potter and the Unfortunate Reality of Growing Up and Being Middle-Aged

Friday 07.25.2014 , Posted by
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Growing up isn’t always easy. We’ve seen Harry Potter go from a young boy (played by an equally young Daniel Radcliffe) to a grown man over more than a decade of books and movies. But what happens to Harry in the future? This funny but sobering look at that potential future takes the form of book covers styled just like the real thing – but here Harry (along with his famous scar) is looking decidedly older. Check out that receding hairline! [Read more...]

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Which New York City Cyclist Would You Be?

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve been to New York City – or any metropolitan area for that matter – you’ve probably spotted a few of these cyclists. Artist Kurt McRobert drew up this fantastic taxonomy of NYC bicyclists for a Time Out New York feature; and from the chain smoking “hipster,” to the “weekend warriors”, his images have nailed every single stereotype. Be careful though: you might find yourself fitting comfortably into one of these descriptions. [Read more...]

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Video Reveals Surprising Life Stories From the Homeless

Wednesday 07.23.2014 , Posted by
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It’s easy to think that homeless people are far different than ourselves – but just a short conversation can quickly reveal how easy it is to lose your footing in society. Forget about drug problems and being mentally disabled, a lot of homeless are just like us. [Read more...]

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