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The Amerikans: Ordinary People with Beautiful Stories

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

The Amerikans Series: Human Paintbrush

Some of the most interesting people that I meet are the strangers that sit next to me at the bar.  It seems that each person either has an incredible story or is an incredible liar. It doesn’t really matter which, the value is in the fact that they are captivatingly human. ‘The Amerikans’ video series captures the humility of ordinary people and shares their beautiful stories with the world. [Read more...]

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Ballpoint Barber: A Stop Motion Real Life Wooly Willy

Thursday 09.12.2013 , Posted by

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Remember Wooly Willy, the simple toy that allowed you to give magnetic filing facial hair to a bare faced drawing of a bald guy? This new stop motion video by Peter Simon is kinda like that, but way cooler. Using a real man with real hair (lots of it), he created this reverse haircut with a “magic pen” on proud participant Tom Offer-Westort. Set to a special Wooly Willy song by Paul Otteson with hair styling by Abby Simon, Ballpoint Barber took over 300 printed pages to achieve this stop motion effect. [Read more...]

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96-year Old Man Writes a Song for his Deceased Wife of 75 Years and Enters It Into a Contest

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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When a 96-year-old man named Fred recently entered a song writing contest, he admitted that he couldn’t sing and had never even played an instrument… but that didn’t stop him from submitting. He simply sent a letter with the song he’d written about his wife of 75 years. Lorraine had passed away just a month before, and Fred couldn’t help but write a fitting tribute to the woman he loved so much. His song is called Oh Sweet Lorraine. [Read more...]

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Spraypainted Street Art by DALeast Looks Like Three Dimensional Shards of Metal

Sunday 08.18.2013 , Posted by

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When he was just three years old, Chinese artist DALeast prophetically told his mother that he would be an artist and travel around the world one day. Now 29, DALeast, who keeps his real identity anonymous, is doing just that. His murals have a very unique style- although they are spray painted on, they look like three dimensional sculptures made of thousands of metallic splinters, that explode at points of impact. DALeast has created gigantic images of wildlife, but also humans- like astronauts and scuba divers- and even a car crashing into a pipe. He has travelled all over the world and created murals in his hometown of Wuhan in China, Cape Town, Miami, New York and London. He imagines each piece in his head before he brings it to life on the wall. [Read more...]

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Brilliant Use of Vine App: Guy Uses #Magic to Make Things Disappear, Including His Son

Wednesday 08.14.2013 , Posted by

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Using a mirror, his son and a cell phone, Toronto-based Vine user JehReh is about to make some waves with his series of mirror magic tricks.

Twitter’s Vine app has undoubtedly opened the floodgates for creatives to enjoy a new non-stationary medium to express themselves. Using the ambiance of the mirror and a normal bedroom, JehReh flicks his wrist to make his son appear and disappear. This particular piece of content has already been Tweeted over 3,000 times and has raised some serious awareness to an overall spectacular, must-follow Vine account.

Here’s a look at his son disappearing, as well as some other choice videos from the new-media auteur [Read more...]

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Strangely Tasty: Retro Video of Ice Cream (Un)Melting

Friday 06.28.2013 , Posted by

Lullatone - Lets Split a Banana Split

It’s common knowledge that things get way cooler in slow motion… but what about speeding stuff up in reverse?? That’s what Lullatone, a super happy lo-fi musical duo have done for the video of their latest single. Did we mention ice cream? The retro feast that plays out before our eyes features ice cream “(un)melting” in reverse. A melted banana split grows back into its tasty solid form before our eyes; and a red, white and blue popsicle jumps back onto the stick. It’s all done to the tasty summer tunes of Lullatone set against a grainy vintage film aesthetic. [Read more...]

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The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

Sunday 06.23.2013 , Posted by

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If you could see how many days you had left to live, how would you spend them? Would you do things differently than you’re doing them now? Ze Frank, an online performance artist, puts things in perspective as he uses jelly beans to represent the time the average person has in this powerful video. When we look at the days in our lives as a pile of jelly beans (28,835 beans to start- should we reach our full life expectancy) and see how many are already gone, it may have you shifting your priorities. The average person will watch television for 2,676 days, sleep for 8,477 days, spend 1,635 days eating or preparing food, 3,202 days working, and 1,099 days commuting. [Read more...]

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Vroom! Vroom! A Brief History of Video Game Driving

Wednesday 03.13.2013 , Posted by

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The thrill of driving an elite sports car to the brink of its mechanical limitations is something many of us will only watch on TV – or if you’re a real diehard for rumbling engines and impressive speeds, the grandstands. For those of us who fiend the need for speed — but don’t have the capital to hop into a sports car — video game racing has been wetting our appetites since 1974. The games we play today have come a long way since that time, each year increasing in complexity and visual appeal. The world of pixelated race cars, shoddy steering, and throwing banana peels has been transformed into games like Gran Turismo 5, with it’s 1,000+ cars, 26 locations, 71 tracks, top-notch handling and graphics. Read on to learn more in this brief history of video game driving graphic. [Read more...]

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Art Gallery at 30,000 Feet: Ben Eine & Virgin Atlantic

Tuesday 03.12.2013 , Posted by

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Words you don’t expect to hear while duty-free shopping in the air: “Could I get that £15,000 painting with my champagne, please?” But, it happened this February for travelers with Virgin Atlantic – specifically in the “Upper-Class” section where they staged the very first aircraft based art gallery. It was called “The Gallery in the Air,” and the artist that graced the skies above us – none other than internationally renowned English street artist Ben Eine, displaying his now iconic typographically based works. [Read more...]

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More 3D Illustrations Jump Out of the Sketchbook

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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Back in June we featured some amazing 3d sketches by Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki and now we are stoked that there are some new ones to share. Hideyuki has also created some videos showing the 2 dimensionality of the sketches when viewed at different angles. This batch is a little more colorful than the last, yet equally impressive. Hideyuki has really mastered this technique and inspired other artists to bring their sketches to life. See more of his works on Facebook and deviantART. [Read more...]

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