Drawing on World Issues: These Make You Think

Using satire and colored pencil to deal with tough and poignant issues, Polish artist/cartoonist Pawel Kuczynski works with global issues like pollution, child labor and wage disparity while turning a clever and humorous eye on the situation. By taking familiar issues out of context, his works ask the observer to re-examine world issues from previously un-considered perspectives, challenging viewers to assess their part in the whole. For more of Kuczynski’s artwork or to buy prints, head to toonpool.com

Star Wars: Not So Long Ago After All

Recently discovered vintage photographs prove once and for all that Star Wars is REAL! Ok, maybe not true, but what if it was? These great photo manipulations by If Star Wars Was Real make it seem as if R2D2, AT-AT’s and even Boba Fett were actually walking the streets as recent as the 60s. For more re-imagined history from not so long ago, check out IfStarWarsWasReal.com.

Yellow Balloons Take Over Germany

Hans Hemmert is fascinated by air and latex balloons in a bright canary yellow. But these aren’t just your average latex inflatables, some fill entire rooms while others surround Hemmert himself. Posing as a giant elongated egg, he performs dances or interacts with the objects outside his elastic bubble. His work here is just a small sample of the expansive portfolio displayed at ingesidee.de.

Things People Don’t Say About Web Apps

Aren’t you just thrilled about updating your banking security question? Wait, didn’t you just do that last time you logged in? These clever images by the site Things Real People Don’t Say About Your App, sarcastically put it all in perspective. Check out the site for frequent updates that really drive the point home… and don’t worry, you won’t be asked a security question.

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Don’t you just love stock photo ads?! Does it warm your heart when advertising fools you into thinking it’s real information? No? Well, the new website Things Real People Don’t Say About Advertising is just the sarcasm we need to sooth our ad weary eyes. This sampling of user submitted phrases from the site will definitely get you in the mood to click some banners ads.

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Groovy French Pod Car

“Honey, I’m taking the Bubble Mobile to the disco!” This wacky concept car from 1970s France was called l’Automodule. Designed by engineer Jean Pierre Ponthieu, the vehicle was equipped with a small two-stroke engine, a hydraulic transmission and electronic controls. It was capable of turning on a single point and changing its ground clearance… perfect for dodging kids in the parking lot!

Psychedelic Mirrored Paintings of Sam Gibbons

What pills did I take? Looking like highly detailed and colorful Rorschach tests, the art of Sam Gibbons is a feast for the eyes. Combining a multitude of cartoon characters, objects and abstract shapes, most of his paintings burst forth in perfect symmetry from the center of the page. Breaking the standard for cartoons, Gibbon’s work is both mature and subversive.

Kowloon Walled City: Pictures and Cross Section

At one time, one of the most densely populated areas on Earth, Kowloon, was a walled city within Hong Kong. It was unregulated by the then-ruling British authorities, who reluctantly allowed it as the only Chinese settlement. It was a no man’s land because of this; run by the Chinese mafia and filled with brothels, sweat shops, illegal hospitals, and trashy eateries.

Old School Snowboarding Ads from 78 to 92

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!

Skate Fails Warp Reality

Looking like the modern version of Salvador Dali’s melting clocks, these warped skate decks, by the Spanish ceramicist Apparatu, make up a collection titled “Skate Fails.” Recently on display in the Barcelona based FTC (For The City) skate shop, the works look at the same time surprisingly realistic and impossible. To see more of Apparatu’s work see apparatu.com