In South Korea it is no longer considered risky or extravagant to go “under the knife” and “beautify” yourself as a woman. Instead, as photographer Ji Yeo points out, “plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture”, and an often necessary step in the process of self improvement. In her latest photo series, Beauty Recovery Room, she captures women resting in their hotel room directly after their intensive procedures and waiting for the healing to begin. Although these images and the idea of going through such a process is perhaps shocking, all of these women had endured multiple procedures and planned for further augmentations in the future. [Read more...]
If you’ve ever dreamt of having a superhero for a parent, then you will love this new series by Andry Rajoelina. The Paris-based animator has made this endearing series called Justice Families featuring your favorite comic book superheroes walking- or floating- their little sidekicks around. Rajoelina first fell in love with action heroes when his father took him to the cinema to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 1990. He happily drew turtles with bandanas and over time, dramatically improved his illustration skills. [Read more...]
We’ve seen latte art before, but these designs by Kazuki Yamamoto are over the top- literally! The Japanese “cappuccino painter” piles up foam to make three dimensional designs that defy gravity. Based in Osaka, the 26 year old took his flat latte art (also very impressive) to the next level, even making foam sculptures from one mug climb into another. [Read more...]
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At the 101/exhibit in Miami is an exhibition featuring a dynamic painter from Angola. His name is Jorge Santos and for most of his life he has been a full time artist creating surreal scenery and groups of people not quite from this reality. Born in 1959, Santos was raised in the then Portuguese colony of Angola. After his family escaped the political turmoil that ensued after Angola became independent, he headed over to America where he settled in 1982. For the past 25 years, he has exhibited his works in galleries all over the world. [Read more...]
Like digital creatures set loose from the world of the movie Tron, two wild animals light up the night with dazzling displays of color illuminating their surfaces. Flashes of bold color flicker across their faceted shapes, sharply outlining their edges or quickly breaking into flowing organic forms like leaves in the forest. It’s not your everyday sight in Rotterdam, but these aren’t your average animals either. [Read more...]
With social sites like Instagram, we are getting more of a peek into the everyday events of lives all around the world, but Russian photographer Timur Zhansultanov provided a different approach. For the past 2 years he has been snapping shots from his perspective including his arms and feet in the pictures so it really feels like you are him. He has ceased the project because it became a little annoying over time, but he captured a fantastic collection while it lasted. [Read more...]
With a lot of talent and even more patience, UK based illustrator Jacob Everett has a unique style for creating large scale portraits. The 22 year old artist overlaps thousands of ballpoint ink ellipses, building up more or less to re-produce the contours of each subject’s face. Up close, the pictures look pixelated, but from afar they look like a photograph. He explains:
I am interested in the contrast between the minute, repetitive mark-making and the highly personal image that is created. The process is similar to mass production. I work from photographs, concentrating on one section of the face at a time. Over several shifts spent in this way, the work culminates in a finished product which is, paradoxically, an authentic and personal portrait.
With Disney’s latest Pixar movie Monsters University hitting theaters next week, 27 year old illustrator and Disney fan Rubén B. Caballero (also known as Hyung86 on deviantART) decided to re-imagine his favorite characters as college students. Aside from putting them in modern clothes, he assigned them to various clubs and sports that would go along with their character. Aladdin loves breakdancing with Esmeralda on the school dance team. Snow White and Aurora are choir girls and love to help Kenai and Pocahontas with the Animal Welfare Association on campus. Tinkerbell is a cheerleader, while Peter Pan rocks eternally youthful Bieber-like style. [Read more...]
With 6,100 affiliate gyms around the world, CrossFit, started by Greg Glassman, is quickly becoming a household name in fitness. You may have seen friends on Facebook proudly flaunting their newly toned bodies and wondered what CrossFit is all about. Unlike a typical gym, a CrossFit “box” does not have any weight machines- your body is the machine. There are ropes, bars, rowing machines, Olympic weights, kettlebells, jump ropes, gymnast rings, medicine balls, plyo boxes, and gigantic tires. CrossFit encourages “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” Each day there is a different WOD (Workout of the Day) and participants constantly strive to beat their own records in time, reps, and/or weight. The most athletic and motivated CrossFitters go on to compete regionally for a chance to go to the international CrossFit Games. In honor of all the people pushing themselves beyond their physical limits, we searched Instagram for some awesome CrossFit pictures to show what it’s like. It took a lot of sifting through ripped up hands because these workouts are no joke, but we hope this collection will motivate you to kick your fitness up a notch. [Read more...]