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How Creatives Work: Akira Kurosawa

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by

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Akira Kurosawa is respected as one of the greatest film directors who ever lived, and as a master of the Samurai genre of Japanese cinema. Films such as “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” Ran,” “Throne of Blood,”  “Yojimbo,” and others, revolutionized cinema and introduced Japanese film to Western audiences. He always said he didn’t like talking about particular films after he had finished them. He wanted them to do the talking for him. “If what I have said in my film is true,” he explained, “someone will understand.” [Read more...]

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Thugs, Thieves, Killers & Hookers- Vintage Mugshots from the 1920′s

Friday 08.23.2013 , Posted by

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On weekends at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney, Australia, visitors can see mugshots from a series of 2500 photographs taken by the New South Wales Police Department to keep track of their inmates from 1910-1930. Curated by Peter Doyle, this exhibition called City of Shadows tells the stories of prostitutes, thieves, murderers, and thugs back in the day. Doyle describes it as “an intimate, raw and hauntingly beautiful record of the mysterious people and dark places of a Sydney lost.” With hand-written names and dates above street-clothed criminals, the forensic photographs are a fascinating relic of another era. [Read more...]

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The Storied Evolution of the Star Wars Logo

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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When it comes to movie logos (or franchises for that matter) there are few as iconic as the now classic Star Wars trilogy… but how well do we really know the design behind that logo? As it turns out, the famously “spacy” typography featured in the now familiar logo wasn’t finalized on all print media until a while after the first movies release, and some early versions slipped through becoming quite familiar in their own right. [Read more...]

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Anti-Mario Propaganda Posters Inspired by WWII

Friday 08.16.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought your mission to save the princess was in the bag, along come’s anti-Mario propaganda from the mushroom kingdom: “The Koopas are Fighting, Why Aren’t You?” Each of these 17 posters, including the new 7 just released, pay homage to the iconic propaganda posters of WW2. Planting a Victory Garden? In this case, the plants fight back! [Read more...]

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Is it Copying, Remixing, or Just Chance? Website asks of similar artworks: Who Wore It Better?

Sunday 08.11.2013 , Posted by

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Call it a copy, call it a tribute… we might think we’re in the age of the remix, but we’re not: this has been going on for a long, long time. Just check out the mind blowing Everything is a Remix series by Kirby Ferguson or these creative comparisons from a fantastic site that asks: Who Wore It Better? Whether it’s Roy Lichtenstein directly appropriating comic book art from Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (and making a small fortune on the subsequent paintings), or van Gogh reworking Jean-François Millet’s painting in his own impressionistic style, there have been centuries of inspired ideas passed from one creative individual to the next… and even our most exalted heroes of creativity aren’t exempt from the practice. After all, as Picasso reportedly said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” [Read more...]

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Beautiful & Spooky: Animated GIFs Made from the Photographs of Yesteryear

Friday 08.09.2013 , Posted by

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The images we put before you today all have the unique quality of being a bit mysterious and simultaneously beautiful… it’s the kind of thing that draws you in, keeps you on guard and begs you to understand more. In one example, a woman gazes peacefully into the distance while the subtle image of a dark train tunnel rolls away before her eyes. Is this simply a reflection on a window before her or is their something more etherial at work? These are the unnerving dualities that play into many of Bill Domonkos’ animated GIFs. [Read more...]

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Yesteryear’s Celebs Carved into Recycled Cardboard

Thursday 08.08.2013 , Posted by

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Giles Oldershaw has been creating some seriously interesting portraiture, often ispired by the subjects themseves. In one case he used a old bag to re-create a model’s “craggy baggy face” and in another case used a baked potato! In the last year he’s really been pushing his creativity, this time using everyday cardboard to create impressive portraits of yesteryear’s celebs – from Marlon Brando to Marilyn Monroe. [Read more...]

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Ladies: Think Your New Sparrow Tattoo is Rebellious? Yeah, it was in 1928.

Friday 08.02.2013 , Posted by

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Yeah, tattoos are pretty cool, but are they still rebellious? Unless you go full out and get a facial tat, there aren’t many designs that will shock the general public… maybe not even your grandma. That’s because even her generation was inking up, with a few badass women getting tattooed as early as the late 1800s. Seriously, check out Emma de Burgh! She traveled America and Europe showing off her exceptional Last Supper back piece. [Read more...]

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Vintage European Photos Become Windows to the Past

Friday 07.19.2013 , Posted by

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We’ve seen this type of photo juxtaposition before with the works of Shawn Clover and Khánh Hmoong, but we’ve never seen such nostalgia inducing images as those by Kerényi Zoltán. He’s been finding vintage photographs of Europe (mostly of his native Hungary), finding their original location and capturing the place from the exact spot of the original photographer. Once the vintage image is placed on top it forms an almost seamless Window to the Past. [Read more...]

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Blast From the Past: Passports of The Rich & Famous

Tuesday 07.16.2013 , Posted by

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One of the best perks of fame and riches is the ability to travel the world, but no mater how famous you are, you can’t get very far without a passport. Here is a collection of passports from some of the most iconic jet-setters of yesteryear. It looks like time travel was not the only type of travel Albert Einstein was concerned with and David Bowie also enjoyed floating in a tin can far above the world. Muhammed Ali floated like a butterfly outside of the ring too and Rene Magritte may have gotten inspiration for his surreal works while high in the sky. Roy Orbison may have traveled with The Traveling Wilburys. [Read more...]

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