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Tineke Meirink Makes The World A More Enjoyable Place

Monday 02.17.2014 , Posted by
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Dutch illustrator Tineke Meirink sees the world a little differently. To her, it’s a place filled with fun characters playing around in industrial vents, popping out of bicycle lights and sitting on top of buildings. In her series Stop:Watch, she digitally illustrates on top of photographs, making her reality visible for all of us and giving the world a lot more charm in the process. [Read more...]

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Boba Fett Goes to the Ball: Geeky Additions To Thrift Store Paintings

Monday 02.17.2014 , Posted by
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Wandering through the aisles of your local thrift store can be a great time. From finding stylish vintage threads, to rummaging through piles of books to find that hidden gem, there’s always a lot to see… but there’s often an overlooked pile of old paintings too. Those amateur works of art haven’t escaped the eye of New York artist Dave Pollot – or his paintbrush for that matter. He’s been giving old paintings a truly geeky makeover, adding characters like ‘Bender’ from Futurama and the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’ from Ghostbusters to the recycled canvases. As he puts it, his work is “art with a sense of humor.” [Read more...]

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Bored on Your Commute? Grab Some Post-It Notes and Doodle!

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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What do you do when you have a long, boring commute? For illustrator October Jones the answer is simple – you give your fellow riders new geeky personas. Jones has been using the ubiquitous Post-It note at a sketch pad, peeling off a yellow page with characters like Spiderman, ET and The Incredible Hulk. [Read more...]

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A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds. [Read more...]

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Tangled Graffiti Paintings Depict Erotica and War

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
'BA KE MONO Bomb-Rotic Kaotica' by CJ Hungerman

What is the relationship between sex and war? Chicago painter CJ Hungerman explores this question using erotic imagery as vehicles for destruction. As ‘silly’ as these complex narratives visually appear the artist intelligently offers an approachable context, sex and humor, from which to dissect important contemporary issues like technology, politics, and freedom. [Read more...]

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We Have a Winner: Steve Kardynal’s Chatroulette Performance of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Wednesday 12.25.2013 , Posted by
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In case your Christmas needs a few more laughs, here’s Chatroulette like you’ve never seen it… and that’s saying a LOT. Steve Kardynal, known as a Chatroulette Performer decided to vamp it up for the unsuspecting masses of the internet, performing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” [Read more...]

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Coolness Graphed: Charting Life with Bar Graphs and Humor

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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Coolness Graphed has been charting life and its relative coolness or ‘uncoolness’ for the past two years. RC Jones began the project as a creative outlet to counterbalance a boring day job, and within three months of publishing on tumblr, the project was receiving attention from national media including Forbes and MSN.

Earlier this year, a collection of graphs was published in a book that seems perfect for geeky gifting. In the announcement of his book deal, Jones shares, “Less than a year ago I got an email that I could tell was very important because it contained the phrase “you had us at ‘sporklift.’” [Read more...]

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Cats are Male Models, and Here’s Proof

Tuesday 11.19.2013 , Posted by

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Did you ever think there was more to life than being really, really, really, ridiculously good looking? Yeah, neither did we. If there’s one segment of our society that knows it best, it’s muscle ripped male models. I mean, look at those poses! Giving a little lip bite; doing a little stretch; standing in the pouring rain… there isn’t a single place these dudes can’t look good. But, it’s come to our attention that they’ve got competition – and it wouldn’t be the internet if it wasn’t from cats! [Read more...]

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Pucker: Capturing a Baby’s First Lemon Experience

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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All by itself, eating a lemon can be a truly shocking experience… but what if that lemon was the first you’d ever encountered? Photographers April Maciborka and David Wile teamed up to create their recent series Pucker. In each instance babies were handed their very first lemon and encouraged to take a bite. Just looking at their images will make your lips twitch. [Read more...]

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Star Wars’ Imperial Forces Invade the Quaint Paintings of Thomas Kinkade

Saturday 11.02.2013 , Posted by

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There are few art critics who would label themselves as fans of Thomas Kinkade’s idyllic paintings, but you’d be surprised who the new enemies of his painterly cottages and mountains have become: the Star Wars Imperial Forces. In a brilliant mashup, Jeff Bennett has been inserting tulip stomping AT-ATs, bird frightening Imperial Star Destroyers, and arsonist Storm Troopers into the famously bucolic works. The countryside will never be the same. [Read more...]

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