On the island of Shikoku, Japan lies the village of Nagoru – a place where life-size dolls outnumber people. It used to be an active community, but over the years many Nagoru locals moved to Osaka or Tokyo for jobs, and the village shrank to just a few dozen people. One of the locals that left was Ayano Tsukimi, but after years away she came back to the quaint place. In memory of her friends and family that lived there before, she began to make dolls based on their lives. [Read more...]
Every year travelers around the world take stunning photographs documenting their journey, capturing many beautiful locations, both urban and natural. National Geographic’s Travel Photo Contest is for anyone who wants to submit their favorite photos in four different categories: Spontaneous Moments, Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes and Sense of Place. This year, thousands of entries were submitted, and later this month finalists and winners will be announced. Here are 12 of our favorite images to get a taste of the incredible assortment of moments being captured. [Read more...]
Every time we see a wrinkly dog walk down the street next to it’s wrinkly owner, we’re reminded that dogs can look a lot like their human friends. But what about the cats? Sebastian Magnani is following up his series Underdogs with a feline themed face merging called Undercats. It’s fascinating, freaky and pretty hilarious. [Read more...]
Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.
This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more...]
Years ago, this Bangkok shopping mall tanked – and now, it’s playing koi. With help from an open-air roof, torrential rain, and an anonymous fish breeder, the abandoned New World shopping mall has slowly been transforming into the most unexpected aquarium since the early 2000s. [Read more...]
Ah, the good life! Waking up, sitting down to work, no responsibilities but to create! This is the life that many creative people desire but very few are actually lucky enough to get. Most of us (those without immense private fortunes or incredible luck) have to hold down a day job. Sometimes those jobs can seem boring or stifling. We’d rather be home writing that novel, painting that picture, or composing that music. But unfortunately the reality of money can get in the way. But have no fear creative types! You CAN do your thing and have a day job. It may mean some sacrifices in the free time department but it’s doable. Many famous creative people have done it successfully.
Here is a list of a few famous figures who did their work while keeping their day job. [Read more...]
We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [Read more...]
A natural performer since she could walk, Taimane Gardner grew up in the majestic islands of Hawaii. Her father gave her a ukulele when she was just 5 years old and she played it in the mirror like a rock star for so long and hard that she broke a string the first day! Her father could see how musically gifted she was and she began lessons soon after. She preferred playing with her eyes closed so that she could learn muscle memory and sees each song in her mind before she plays. Quickly growing into the virtuoso she is now, Don Ho discovered Taimane, at age 13, busking on the streets of Waikiki and asked her to join his show. She is now 25 and has played private shows for celebrities like John Travolta, Steven Seagal, and George Clooney and has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Jimmy Buffet, and many more musicians. You will understand why when you watch any of the videos below. [Read more...]
Laughter is contagious. Energy moves through the universe in a ripple affect. When we take ourselves too seriously, we block this powerful flow, but Matthew Silver is trying to break the dam that society has built and remind the world that it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to look up and interact with people. It’s okay to be the “village idiot” and it’s okay to laugh with strangers. And the more we do, the happier the world will be. Like Tom Green with a positive message, street artist Matthew Silver can bring a smile to the faces of even the most serious New Yorkers. With an element of surprise, he acts as a modern day jester and works just as hard to make people laugh as others do to buy more stuff. [Read more...]