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Flora, Fauna and the Human Body: Stunning Collages are an Anatomical Vision of Nature

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taking the forms of nature found in vintage anatomical textbooks and science guides, collage artist Travis Bedal creates beautiful amalgamations of anatomy, botany and biology. His work is a celebration of the repeating, almost rhythmic forms of nature – here a spiral, there a fold – all created with the various parts of our human body and the flora and fauna that surrounds us. [Read more...]

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Own An Amazing, Original Hand Pressed, Signed & Numbered Art Piece By TEKSTartist for Just $5

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Stephen Colbert, Chuck Palahniuk, Alexis Ohanian, Gary Vaynerchuk, & Jason Mraz, aside from being badasses in their respective fields have something else in common: they own art work by the very talented Jason Markow, better known on the internet as TEKSTartist. Markow creates stunning graphic designs out of words, many with inspiring messages. For example, the triangular prism above is created from the lettering of a quote by Christopher Reeve, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Even cooler than seeing the finished product is watching a time lapse video of its completion, many of which he has made available on YouTube. He completed an amazing goal last year of creating and selling a piece of art every single day and wants to give more people an opportunity to own originals of his art with this Five Spot Derby. [Read more...]

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Forget Expensive Costumes: Here’s Some Low Cost Cosplay

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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So here’s the situation: you badly want to hit up Comic-Con, but you’re a few bucks short of a fully molded, hyper-real Ironman costume… like, $3200 short. The truth is, that’s not even a problem! Enter Thai cosplay enthusiast Anucha “Cha” Saengchart and his Facebook page Low Cost Cosplay.

You’ve got a bath towel and a pillow? Mirror mirror, now you’re the Evil Queen from Snow White. [Read more...]

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This Artist Spent a Month Creating a Digital Sundial. He Says “Don’t Throw Out Your Watch”

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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Appearing to be only a solid block of metal with a series of holes punched through it, Toronto-based artist Daniel Voshart’s Sun Cube prototype is actually a study in precise celestial geometry. Inside the cube are hundreds of channels cut to match the exact angle of the sun and cast dot-matrix style numbers underneath for each daylight hour. [Read more...]

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Why So Serious? Clownify Stickers Take Over the Ads in NYC

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a New Yorker, you may have noticed that some of the ads around town have gotten a little funnier. But it’s not the cold weather that’s turning everyone’s noses red, graphic designer Ji Lee is the one to blame, or maybe thank instead. Clownify Stickers is an ad hijacking project that has been making seductive ads a lot more ridiculous and funny ads a bit more hilarious. Ji Lee looks for the perfect noses to cover up with his bright red Clownify stickers, then decorates the ads in bus stops and subway stations all over the city. Unless you’re one of those people with clown phobias, this project is sure to brighten your daily commute. [Read more...]

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These Gender-Swapped Disney & Dreamworks Characters Will Make You Rethink the Films

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one thing that makes a Disney cartoon, it’s the Princes and Princesses. But, what if their genders were suddenly swapped? Would the films we’ve grown up with be completely flipped on their heads? Would Cinderella be looking for her glass boot? Italian artist Maby-Chan has been imagining such scenarios giving “Fem” and “Male” treatments to everyone from Captain Hook to Rapunzel. [Read more...]

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Don’t Spill the Milk! Oddly Melting Pottery by Livia Marin

Sunday 03.16.2014 , Posted by
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Livia Marin makes cups that runneth over – literally. In her Nomad Patterns series, the artist sculpts broken china teacups, pitchers, and vases whose edges ooze into glossy, perfectly-patterned puddles.  [Read more...]

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

Saturday 03.15.2014 , Posted by
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One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch. [Read more...]

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Large Scale Life-Sized Elephant Created From a Single 50 x 50 Ft Piece of Paper

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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At age 5, Sipho Mabona created his very first paper airplane. By the time he was 20, when he had run out of designs for paper airplanes, he looked to origami to help him visualize more original designs. Now, based in Luzern, Switzerland, Mabona creates beautiful origami designs that have won him many awards and much praise. With the help of a team of 10 people financed by an Indiegogo campaign for $26,000, he was able to turn a single 50 x 50 ft piece of paper into a life-size origami elephant. [Read more...]

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5 Great Reasons To Read Hunter S. Thompson

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”

And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more...]

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