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Meet Sniffer & Tinni: A Real Life Fox & Dog Duo Who Will Star in Fairytale Storybooks for Kids

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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Although Ylvis may pretend, nobody knows what the fox says better than Tinni, a Norwegian dog who has become best friends with one. The unlikely pair met while Tinni was on a walk in the forests of Norway with his owner Torgeir Berge, who happens to be a photographer. Berge named the fox Sniffer and has been capturing precious moments of the duo’s camaraderie. The pair shows how closely related dogs and foxes are as they walk side by side, play together, romp around, take naps, and cheese it up for the camera. Their friendship has inspired Berge to work towards banning the fox-fur trade in Norway and to do this he has teamed up with writer Berit Helberg to turn his photographs into a storybook for children. Proceeds from the published book will go toward funding the fight against fur-trade. [Read more...]

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Stunning Hand-Carved Cave Cathedrals by Ra Paulette

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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With a keen sense of empty space and no drawings whatsoever, Ra Paulette has been excavating caves for the past 25 years. Using simple tools like shovels, a maddox, and more back and forth trips with a wheelbarrow than you can imagine, he turns caves into beautiful meditation spaces. Always working alone, the 67 year old visionary sculptor has completed 14 expansive caves so far. He never has a plan for what the finished product will look like, but never fails to impress when his visions come to life. [Read more...]

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Dog, It’s BOTH! How Dirds Are the Greatest Things in the History of Photoshop

Sunday 12.01.2013 , Posted by

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If you have always wanted a dog, but hated the fact that they can’t fly, or wanted a bird that can wag its tail, then we have just the thing for you: dirds! Dirds, also known as birddogs, are an amusing new species so high in demand that you can’t find them at pet stores anywhere! The dog head/bird body variety offers that loyal, confidant aspect that you want in a dog and there are no front paws in the way of easy belly rub access. You can live out your pirate dreams with one of these bad boys on your shoulder. Be careful with which secrets you share with the parrot head/dog body variety because they just might let them slip. [Read more...]

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What If Breaking Bad Was Remade as a Cartoon?- Caricatures by Anthony Geoffroy

Sunday 12.01.2013 , Posted by

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With no new episodes to look forward to, now we have to get our Breaking Bad kicks with things we’ve already seen: reruns of episodes, behind the scenes bonus features, interviews with the cast, and script readings. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see new fan art! Some people mope around longing for a show that can compare, but others turn that emptiness into art. Anthony Geoffroy is one of those people. We love his caricature renditions of all the characters who kept us on the edge of our seats through so many action-packed episodes. [Read more...]

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Strike A Pose: Cats Who Think They Are Pin Up Girls

Friday 11.29.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen cats doing their best Derek Zoolander, posing like hunky male models, and now it’s time for the female homologue. Hurly-Burly Clothing based in Perth Australia, an alternative/pinup/rockabilly/goth/punk clothing and accessory line, has compiled this hilarious collection pairing adorable cats with their pin-up girl twins. Back before the days of the internet, pin up girl posters were all the rage, kind of like cats are now, so why not combine them and have the best of both worlds? That’s what makes these pairs so perfect. [Read more...]

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American Hip Hop Culture In the Style of Norman Rockwell

Thursday 11.28.2013 , Posted by

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For his 2012 mixtape Royalty, rapper Donald Glover, better known as Childish Gambino, hired NYC- based artist Sam Spratt to create his album cover. Spratt explained, “What began as cover art for his mixtape “Royalty” evolved into a series of Rockwell-esque vignettes on Americana meant to highlight the side of hip-hop that tends to take a back seat to “money, cars, and jewelry” – where you come from… The pieces are littered with tiny nods, details, and Easter eggs that Childish fans will appreciate, but really these are the stories of many people—not just one. The chance to paint vignettes based on Donald’s music, and the genres it’s born from, wasn’t something I would ever pass up.” [Read more...]

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Things That Make You Say Mmmmm: Food Art by Dan Cretu

Thursday 11.28.2013 , Posted by

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On a day dedicated to food, like Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to share with you this amazing collection of creative food art. Based in Romania, Dan Cretu transforms food into everyday objects like bicycles, cameras, boom boxes, and cassette players- ok once everyday objects- some now a little more obsolete. He photographs them within 4 hours of piecing them together, since his medium is not everlasting. Maybe it will inspire you to sculpt your mounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes into something clever. [Read more...]

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2D or Not 2D? Photographer & Make-up Artist Team Up to Play Tricks on Your Mind

Sunday 11.24.2013 , Posted by

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After receiving much attention for his last black and white face-painted photography series Weird Beauty, Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov is back with another unique concept and a lot more color. Teaming up again with Valeriya Kutsan, one of the best make-up artists in Russia, they have created a new series called 2D or Not 2D that transforms the faces of models into 2-dimensional paintings. Using various techniques, like pixelation, collage, cartoon outlines, and colorful shading, the only tell tale sign left that these pictures are even photographs are the models’ eyes peering from the painting. [Read more...]

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The Face-O-Mat Spits Out A Minimalist Illustration of Your Face in 3 Minutes

Saturday 11.23.2013 , Posted by

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At the laundromat dirty clothes go through the machines and come out clean, and that’s not much different from what happens to a face in the Face-O-Mat. Swiss artist Tobias Gutmann created this portrait machine which he sits inside and waits for a coin donation in the slot. Then he looks through the square at the customer’s face and begins painting a minimalist portrait of them in 3 minutes. With special sound effects, that sound like a printer, Gutmann feeds the painting through the slot so it looks like the machine is spitting it out and the people get to bring home an awesome, squeaky clean self-portrait. [Read more...]

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Flip Teaching: Professor Builds a Crystal Clear Whiteboard So He Can Face Students

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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A professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, Michael Peshkin loved using diagrams in his lessons, but hated turning his back to the class when he used the board to explain things, so he came up with a solution. He created a crystal clear whiteboard that he can stand behind to draw, while still facing his students. Using a large sheet of tempered glass with holes drilled through it, he used bolts to fasten a metal frame around it. He embedded strips of LED’s around the protruding rail on the frame to light up the inside of the glass, making the fluorescent dry erase marker ink stand out more. He also set up an extensive light system; he uses a monitor for digital overlays, watching the screen as he layers marker annotations over a diagram on the computer. See the crystal clear whiteboard in action after the jump. [Read more...]

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