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Banksy’s Iconic Work Remixed with LEGO

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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More than any other street artist, the work of the mysterious Banksy has infiltrated our culture, spinning off tributes, from animated GIFs of his wall-based work to real-life reenactments of his characters. Photographer Jeff Friesen’s tribute to the artist is small on scale, but big on creativity. He’s been using his daughter June’s extensive LEGO collection to remake and remix a large number of Banksy’s work in miniature – and it’s fantastic stuff. [Read more...]

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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion. [Read more...]

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Would You Let Someone Tattoo You… Freehand? Tattoos With No Previous Sketches or Stencils

Monday 06.23.2014 , Posted by
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There are many tattoo techniques in the world, but a unique one is developing at the hands of an Amsterdam-based artist appropriately named Jay Freestyle. It’s being tattooed entirely by freehand – where the client’s new ink is totally dependent on what Jay creates on the spot. His method is unique, and while the idea of unplanned permanence would leave many uncomfortable, his clients are sure to be happy with his highly skilled artwork. The finished pieces come out beautifully and each one is uniquely original. [Read more...]

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Families with 5 Generations in 1 Photograph

Monday 06.23.2014 , Posted by
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With the snap of the shutter, most cameras capture just a tiny fraction of time. Julian Germain (previously) creates images that go much further than that, showing us – in one glance – the long passage of time through connected lives. His continuing series “Generations“, is a insightful look at the life cycle of a family. Here, he often features 5 generations in one photograph – from great, great grandparents down to the newest member of the family. [Read more...]

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Watch That First Step! Tragic/Hilarious Photos of People Falling Down

Monday 06.23.2014 , Posted by
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Everyone in Sandro Giordano’s photographs is in the middle of a solid face-plant. But rather than cringe-worthy reality, each is staged and completely hilarious. All the things his subjects were carrying are strewn about; legs and butts are pointed sky high; and in almost every case they’re holding on to one item as if it were their last hope of saving everything. [Read more...]

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Trash Can Back Packs Bring Humor to the Busy Streets of Sao Paolo

Sunday 06.22.2014 , Posted by
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While it’s important to have trash cans sprinkled throughout a city, they aren’t the most beautiful thing to look at. A trio of young German street artists known as Mentalgassi have teamed up with famous Brazilian street artist Mundano to add a little life to the mundane in Sao Paolo. They turned trash cans into back packs and the poles that they are mounted to into black & white characters happily wearing the trash pack. Who could ever litter when throwing out the trash is this much fun? [Read more...]

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World Traveling Photographer Takes Portraits of All of His Couchsurfing Hosts

Saturday 06.21.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most incredible things about travel is immersion into a new culture and Couchsurfing is the perfect platform to make this happen. To be a host in your own city and find hosts when you travel makes you feel less like a tourist and more like a part of the global community. New places. New friendships. New experiences.

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti invites viewers into the amazing world of Couchsurfing in his latest photo series. We have been a fan of Galimberti for quite some time. His amazing themes for travel photography, such as Children’s Favorite Toys and Grandma’s Home Cooked Meals around the world model the similarities in the human experience as well as the cultural differences that make us unique, and this series is no different. [Read more...]

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A Hand-Built “Inner Space” Vehicle Explores Mexico’s Abandoned Railway Lines

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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In 1995, nearly 9,000 km of railway line in Mexico and Ecuador was abandoned due to low profits. The once promising route, which could have meant reliable trans-continental travel, was left to decay as a modern ruin. It was years later when Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene had a novel idea – to build a modern “inner space” vehicle to explore the old route through the heart of their country. The project turned into the strange silver rail and road vehicle you see here: SEFT-1. [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Earth Art: This Artist Rearranges Nature to Make it Even More Beautiful

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Who needs art supplies when you can transform objects in nature into art? This is exactly what German artist Dietmar Voorwold does and he encourages you to do the same. Fully understanding the therapeutic value of art, Voorwold goes into nature to create stunning geometric shapes and patterns out of the natural materials before him. Although his work is only temporary, his memories and photographs make it all worth while. Allow Voorwold’s creations to inspire you to look at nature in a whole new way. [Read more...]

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A Smart & Beautiful Chess Set That Packs Flat

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Whether you’re winding down the day with a bottle of wine and a friend, or taking a long journey across India by train, there are few better mind-stimulating ways to pass the time than a game of chess. For those moments when a full-sized chess set just isn’t practical, the options have mostly been limited to magnetic travel sets that lack in a certain level of stylish class. That’s part of the reason Peter Baeten’s Got Chess is so very nice. [Read more...]

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