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Looking Back at the 90 Year Evolution of The Winter Olympics Poster

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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The XXII Winter Olympic games have just begun in Sochi, Russia. Since the first Winter games took place in 1924 there are many things that have evolved; from an increase in the amount of competing countries, to the variety of the sports included… and it’s all reflected in the style of the official Olympic posters announcing the event. The designs for the games have changed drastically through the years, mirroring the fashions and trends of the time. [Read more...]

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Michael Cho’s Superheroes are Super Retro

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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Two things that really flourished during the ‘50s: illustration and comic books. Toronto-based artist and illustrator Michael Cho has perfectly combine those two trends in deliciously retro fashion, creating handmade fan art the old fashioned way. Featuring your favorite heroes of yesteryear – from Superman and Thor, to Batman and Ironman – his work is exceedingly positive and makes you feel that all is right in the world… and if it isn’t, he’ll show us who to turn to. [Read more...]

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Christmas Tradition: 2 Brothers Sit On Santa’s Lap For 34 Years

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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Although holiday traditions change as we get older, add on to our families, or get separated by distance, most of us have some that we try to keep alive. Whether it’s a special recipe that is passed down for years, a certain place where everyone gathers, or decorations that make it feel like the holiday season. For these two brothers, sitting on Santa’s lap is a tradition that never slipped away. For the past 34 years they have sat on Santa’s lap, showing the progression of fashion, or lack thereof, through the decades, transitioning through the awkward years, and growing families to start the tradition all over again. [Read more...]

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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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Time-Warping Rainbows in Vintage Moments: Hannah Dansie

Friday 10.18.2013 , Posted by

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Why are we limited to five senses when perceiving the world? We know that there is more energy out there than humans can naturally detect. There are radical frequencies in sound, extremes in color, and visualization of heat. But, what about visual perception of emotion or the intensity of a moment?  What would the energy have looked like at Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? Or at your birthday party as you were blowing out the candles?  Painter Hannah Dansie explores these ideas in her surreal artwork which captures a mysterious energy that seems to transcend space and time. The simple but powerful images repeatedly present the same ‘sixth sense’ without explanation. The suspense of mystery keeps you flipping through image after image hopelessly searching for clues as to the origin of the colorful explosions. The geometric bursts appear to be a visual representation of accumulated energy that stems from every emotion that has ever been, or will ever be, connected to that single instant. [Read more...]

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Realistic Street Scenes Created Using Model Cars, Forced-Perspective and a $250 Point & Shoot Camera

Wednesday 10.16.2013 , Posted by

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Some guys never grow up. For example, I can’t walk by a Hot Wheels toy car display without coveting those tiny 4-wheeled machines – something about my youthful car lust comes back to me. Michael Paul Smith is doing something about it though. This model maker, collector and photographer has been creating inspired forced perspective shots using his small-scale vintage cars, making them look as real as a movie set – or reality for those who remember. [Read more...]

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BMD Design Serves Up Tasty Retro Typography

Sunday 07.07.2013 , Posted by

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With an aged patina of motor oil and the healthy scent of flaming exhaust wafting through the air, BMD Design out of Bordeaux France has some vintage influenced designs that will get any motorhead or rummage sale enthusiasts mouth drooling. Forget about digital perfection, this is the hand-made, home-spun article and the rubbed off paint is there to prove it. BMD has made a name for itself with old-school iconography and well organized flourishes of typography… it’s a style often attempted but rarely executed with such deft skill. [Read more...]

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Vintage Magazines Made into Surreal Collages

Thursday 06.20.2013 , Posted by

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Sammy Slabbinckhad a love for vintage magazines since he was a little boy… mainly with classic publications from his parents generation of the 50s to the 70s. He began collecting everything from TIME, to National Geographic and LIFE Magazine – and at one point, he decided to create his own form of surreal pop art collages with his extensive collection. [Read more...]

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Southern California Dwellings from 1979-81

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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When Tim Bradley moved to California from the midwest in the 70s, he found the state amusing. One aspect he found comical was the architecture of living spaces in Southern California. In the most populated region of the United States, the Los Angeles area has many unique buildings spread across its natural desert landscape. Bradley picked up his camera and went to work. [Read more...]

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Julien Pacaud Welcomes You to the Future, Yesterday!

Thursday 06.06.2013 , Posted by

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Taking his digital scalpel and slicing into the past, French artist/illustrator Julien Pacaud rearranges history in what can be simultaneously realistic and surreal terms. His work, full of retro characters from the 20th century, sees our world remixed into technicolor landscapes on a grand scale of time and measurement. Here is a place where our past utopian dreams are played out in farcical fashion, laying open the soul of our society and cleverly pointing out our strengths and shortcomings. [Read more...]

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