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Totally Rad: Photographing Malls Across America (in 1989)

Monday 11.18.2013 , Posted by

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In 1989 Michael Galinsky set out driving across the country from Long Island, to North Dakota, and Washington State beyond. His mission? Documenting the malls of America as he went. His series is a time capsule from a transitioning country, where downtown districts continued to lose popularity and the “big box” malls became social and consumer hubs. Here teens roam with matching mullets, the elderly enjoy cigarettes inside, and ‘stonewash’ jeans had elastic at the bottom. [Read more...]

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Kristen Morgin: Nostalgic Sculptures Made From Dust

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine that you take a sip of what you think is soda and you are startled to find that it is actually milk. There is a taste bud vertigo-sensation where your brain processes this entire experience: First, total confusion, then, recognition of the new substance, followed by an epiphany of what just happened, and finally, humor when you reflect on how silly the whole scenario was. This mind-blowing mental process is just like experiencing one of Kristen Morgin’s unfired clay sculptures. Kristen Morgin makes realistically aged objects from completely unfired clay… pretty much compressed dust. [Read more...]

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Real Life Adventures of Calvin & Hobbes

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Growing up, Calvin and Hobbes was always one of my go to comic strips in the Sunday newspaper. Although much of the humor was over my head while in newspaper print, I loved Hobbes and wanted an imaginary tiger of my own. I remember getting a book of the comics in 5th grade and laughing hysterically when I rediscovered it in high school. Redditor nite4awk will make you crave a bowl of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs as you travel down memory lane with good old Calvin & Hobbes- super-imposed into real life scenes. Laughing Squid has identified the creator of these images as Portland, Oregon-based freelance photographer Michael S. Den Beste. [Read more...]

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This is the Remix: Nostalgia Inducing Cassette Tape Art

Monday 12.03.2012 , Posted by

Dear cassette tape, your days seem to be almost over. I’ll pour a little bit of my heart on the curb for you my long lost friend, with your sweet, sweet 60 minutes of repeating musical goodness. Sometimes you were an obsessively crafted gift from friends or lovers; other times a filling station purchase of perfect road trip tunes. You made me appreciate music like never before, cherishing each song all the more because I couldn’t impatiently push a button and skip right to it. [Read more...]

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A Music Video Drawn by 100 High School Students

Friday 07.20.2012 , Posted by

What happens when you get 100 young artists together to create a music video? In the case of this new video for Michael Andrews’ new single “Bubbles in Space, something sublimely nostalgic and incredibly fun. The snappy animated video was drawn by a selection of art students from San Diego’s High Tech High International’s class of 2013. Together they drew 3000+ individual frames, each in their own style while following a pre-planned form. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #235> A Little Retro, A Little Vintage

Tuesday 07.17.2012 , Posted by



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The Nostalgic Streets of Sao Paulo

Monday 04.30.2012 , Posted by

If you find yourself in Sao Paulo, Brazil, make sure to take notice of the stunning 3D perspective murals that fill the city. As you roam the streets you can catch a glimpse of history walking alongside you; murals of people from another time, old cars, and old buildings. These murals display a sense of realism that draw the viewer in to another time and give a sense of nostalgia for a bygone era. The artwork has been inspired by many different Mexican and Brazilian artists, but are painted by only one man. [Read more...]

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Current Artists Reinterpret Norman Rockwell

Friday 06.10.2011 , Posted by

No art seems to have better represented the American good life than that of the iconic Norman Rockwell. Over thirty years after his death, his traditionally themed works still resonate with a huge audience of fans, warming peoples hearts with their down to earth home-cooked goodness. Now ISM in collaboration with Muckenthaler Cultural Center are bringing together contemporary reinterpretations of his work created by 40 current artists. [Read more...]

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Fashionable Illustrations With a Retro Flair

Tuesday 01.25.2011 , Posted by


Ever dreamed of looking like a stylish cowboy or beatnik? These clever illustrations will have you square-dancing or spitting poetry in no time. With a strong Mid-Century influence, artist Toby Neighbors tells stories through his detailed and entertaining illustrations, often putting an emphasis on style trends and pop culture. His work has been featured at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, the Young Blood Gallery in Atlanta, the Owl & Lion in Edinburgh and recently at the Compound Gallery in Portland. See more of his work at hepcatink.com
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It Was Hard to Avoid the Noid in the 80′s

Wednesday 01.05.2011 , Posted by

In the late 80’s, nothing said pizza like Domino’s Pizza and The Noid. This loony claymation troublemaker hated hot, tasty pizza enough that he spent all his time trying to destroy it using lasers, pogostick crushers and pie freezing guns. Domino’s put up stiff competition with their 30-minutes guarantee and cozy warm pizza carriers. So what made the Noid hate pizza so much? Maybe he just liked being healthy.

The nasty Noid sends some weather the way of a Domino’s delivery man.
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