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This Art Is In The Bag: Beautiful Landscapes Made From Common Trash

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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The last time that you saw a plastic bag abandoned in a gutter, did you think of it as street art? Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen turns trash into treasure in her efforts to “make plastic bags look magical.” Illuminating the delicate creases of ordinary plastic bags, Vilde creates vibrant, abstract images that evoke mountainous terrains, cresting waves, and frigid caves.  [Read more...]

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The Back Side of Famous Album Covers

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Harvezt has been imagining what it looked like from the reverse side of many famous album covers, giving us a new angle on what was really going down during their creation. Was that really a hill on the cover of “The Yellow Submarine”? Was the baby on Nirvana’s “Nevermind” really just going for the bucks? [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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Oak Or Cloak? These Plywood Creations Play With Your Eyes

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Forget those camo pants you had in 1998: plywood artist Ron Isaacs pairs camouflage and clothing in a way that defies any fashion trend. Beginning with sheets of birch, the artist creates elegant constructions of clothing, flora, and found objects. He then paints his otherworldly sculptures in an astounding trompe l’oeil style, leaving the viewer wondering if what looks like fabric may simply be fabrication. [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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‘The Sound of Color’ Graphic Uses Daft Punk and Beyonce Albums to Help You Pick Paint For Your Home

Thursday 04.17.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all been there, a house with walls to paint and no design degree or aesthetic abilities to save our life (just me?). Does painting a wall red mean you’re an angry schmuck? Does blue mean you’re a chipper bird?

Luckily, the folks at Kelly-Moore Paints have come up with some thought-provoking graphics that aim to inspire color choices based on your favorite music. The pieces come together through a project titled The Sound of Color.

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Google’s “Lens Blur” Brings an SLRs Abilities to Your Phone’s Small Camera

Thursday 04.17.2014 , Posted by
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Google rolled out a big new update to their Camera app for Android yesterday, and it’s going to make your pictures way, way better. What’s so snappy? They’ve added a brilliant feature that makes your phone’s camera act really, really big. It’s called “Lens Blur.” [Read more...]

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Honest Slogans Show the “Truth” Behind Famous Brands

Thursday 04.17.2014 , Posted by
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What’s that you say? AXE body spray isn’t getting you all the ladies?? These “honest slogans” are exactly what the ad execs at big corporations don’t want you to think. They spend countless hours pondering how to make their often common brand stand out from the crowd – giving us any possible reason to remember them – and then Clif Dickens comes along to squash it all… or at least make us say “yep, that’s about right.” [Read more...]

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