Do you remember your old Nintendo Entertainment System and all the cool games it had? If you were alive and able to hold a video game controller in the late eighties and early nineties, then you definitely do. Games like Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Duck hunt were some of the earlier gaming favorites. Soon, games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Kart followed with game systems like Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. It was a long time ago, but London based artist Aled Lewis is bringing it back – recreating a series of nostalgic gaming characters from that time and inserting them into “real life.” [Read more...]
When it comes to retro collage, these examples by artist Muharrem Çetin really stand out from the crowd…. and, unlike much imagery you’ll find today, he uses no computer editing to create his highly detailed works. Each beautiful piece features classically themed subjects; from a portrait of Darwin and anatomical drawings of skulls (there are plenty), to abstract typographical messages and technological advances of the early 20th century. Çetin manages to create images which draw us in to explore their deeper hidden meanings; images which seem to peak out at us from just below the surface of his skillfully cut paper. [Read more...]
What if the characters of the digital world seamlessly merged with the real one we experience every day? I’m not talking about the high definition world of Tron, but something a lot closer to the Atari 2600′s Pitfall. That’s exactly what California based designer Jherin Miller has done with his recent Pixels and Polaroids series. He envisioned digital 8-bit characters coming to life through the lens of a Polaroid camera… it looks like one fun, chilled out world to inhabit. [Read more...]
This groovy classic film looks at the creative process through a series of fun, explorative shorts. Created in 1970 by the legendary graphic designer and film maker Saul Bass, the highly regarded film avoids pigeonholing the process of creation with explanations, but instead explores the varied experiences of different individuals through visual storytelling. Be sure to check out more on Saul Bass, creator of many famous company logos, film titles and movie posters. [Read more...]
I find the fine illustrations of renowned Slovak artist Albín Brunovský (1935-1997) both beautiful and disturbing in their otherworldly appearance. Sailing ships, trees and masses of small distorted figures combine with larger landscapes and even hairstyles… reminding me of the giant with a ship on his head in the movie Time Bandits or the iconic painting Garden of Earthly Delights by master painter Hieronymus Bosch. Read more about the excellent Brunovský, his life and legacy here. [Read more...]
Wearing styles that would get them in deep trouble today, this classic documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s covers the bad ass street gangs of late 70′s New York. Although there are many interviews, the film mainly focuses on two groups, the Savage Skulls and the Savage Nomads of the South Bronx. Is it just us or have gangs gotten a little more savage?
Today we take a trip down memory mountain, looking at some of the iconic snowboard ads that put the sport on the map. Snowboarding hasn’t always been the popular ride of the slopes that it is today; not long ago, some of us might remember, it was actually shunned by most of the ski parks. Boarders would literally have to hike to the top of a slope or get a snowmobile ride just to cut a line through some powder.
So give thanks for the pioneers of snowboarding and board on! [Read more...]
In the era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, there were no better wheels to get your bell-bottoms around than in custom, tricked-out vans. These shaggin’ wagons had booming sound systems, captain’s chairs, refrigerators, custom windows and the all-important plush shag carpet interior to roll around in… [Read more...]
With gripping names like Literature Quiz and Bounce, how could you possibly pass up the hours of fun promised by the 1978 book Basic Computer Games? Detailing instructions in the BASIC programming language for 101 thrilling games, this book was sure to have your palms sweaty and eyes glued to the screen for hours… or minutes!