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Flashy Cars in Splashes of Colorful Marker

Wednesday 04.23.2014 , Posted by
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Who loves flashy cars and markers? Claeys Jelle is bringing these two friends together in magical ways. His renditions of lowered BMWs, speeding Porsches and classic V-dubs, are completely popping with color and a lot of splashes around the bodywork too. He’s even managed to include that Alfa Romeo Junior I’ve been lusting after. I like it.

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The last time I considered marker and automotive interests at the same time was reading editorial pieces in the front or back of ‘70s and ‘80s car magazines. Here you could find the authors portrait done up in painterly style and sometimes a car tucked in there too. Claeys work brings back those fond memories while bringing his own modern aesthetic to the wheels he features. You can see more of his work, or grab a print, on Facebook.

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François Beaurain Puts a New, Animated Face on Liberia

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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French photographer François Beaurain is putting a new face on the capital city of Liberia. Here the citizens become the teeth on a turning gear, “a piece of the conveyor belt that animates the city.” All too familiar with the countries storied past, François’ gives the people a lively presence often missed by the westernized world and buried under news stories that highlight the grim and shocking. [Read more...]

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Motorized Flip Books Bring Audubon Illustrations to Life

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Famed naturalist, ornithologist, and painter John James Audubon is renowned for his beautifully detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats – but did you know that almost every bird he drew was dead and stuffed? Long before color photography, perhaps the only way for Audubon to get an accurate look at his beloved birds was in the form of taxidermy. Sad but true.

Now, artist Juan Fontanive is bringing the birds and butterflies in the guide books inspired by Audubon back to life. He’s built extraordinary motorized flip books that see the avian life flitting about the sky… all to a soothing rustle of turning pages and whirring gears. [Read more...]

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De-stunk Skunks and Their Proud Owners

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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It may seem strange that anyone would want a pet skunk, but without their stink and in the right home, owners share bonds with them that would rival any cat or dog lover’s pet experience. Skunk owner Deborah Cipriani tells National Geographic, “I would not be without a pet skunk. They are very smart, have feelings and [bond] to their human companions. But they are not for everyone. Research is the key before people get any animal.” For a special article on exotic pets, animal photographer Vincent J Musi captured the loving bond between a pet skunk and his or her human. [Read more...]

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This Man Lived Inside a Bear for 2 Weeks… Twice.

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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French artist Abraham Poincheval just spent two weeks inside a bear… OK, it was a stuffed bear… but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre. Perhaps the only part of this that isn’t completely wacky, is that he did it at the Hunting and Wildlife Museum in Paris. [Read more...]

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A Study in Bird in Motion, And Other Surprising Sculptures Made from Popsicle Sticks

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Joyce Lin, a student from the Rhode Island School of Design, has just created a lively sculpture of a bird flapping its wings – and it’s made out of the most unusual material: popsicle sticks. With just a crank of the propeller-like wheels below, her decidedly quirky sculpture comes to life with surprisingly realistic motion. Lin has made a habit of employing the small, wooden sticks in many of her school and personal projects, pushing the limits of what can be expected from her under utilized material… well, unless you’re in kindergarten. [Read more...]

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Watercolor Painting Style Tattoos by Petra Hlaváčková

Friday 04.18.2014 , Posted by
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The transparency of watercolor paint seems as though it would be a difficult look to achieve with ink on human skin, but Petra Hlaváčková is proving this is not the case. The tattoo artist, based in Prague, Czech Republic, contrasts bold sketched outlines with seemingly sheer pastel colors. She achieves looks that seem like they could only work on paper, like colors that appear to be spreading out as they soak into the skin. [Read more...]

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Illustrations Filling the Sky Between Buildings

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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When you look up at the sky and think of art, you might think of skywriting airplanes or animals made out of clouds, but French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu is giving “sky art” a whole new look. The photographer has recently been capturing the view above in tiny courtyards around Germany, Belgium and France, and then using the building framed sky as the canvas for his whimsically hemmed in characters. [Read more...]

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Seph Lawless Explores the Abandoned Malls of America

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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With a name like Seph Lawless, you might understand why this pseudonymous artist chooses to keep his true identity a secret. His most recent series of photographs captures the decay of the american shopping mall. Here is a place that was once filled with bright storefronts, music, loud shoppers and bubbling fountains – now transformed into eerily empty halls by years of neglect and vandalism. [Read more...]

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Clever Dad Makes Eating Healthy Food Look Like More Fun Than The Processed Junk Food Kids Typically Prefer

Tuesday 04.15.2014 , Posted by
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While it’s obvious to adults that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, there are no fun commercials or packaging for these foods to convince kids that they can be fun to eat. Awesome dad, Beau Coffron, AKA Lunchbox Dad, took it upon himself to make the foods he wants his kids to eat artistic and fun to eat. Turning regular foods into storybook and movie characters, his daughter gets a new surprise every time she opens her lunch box. [Read more...]

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