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Mugshot Doppelgänger: Old Mugs Get Celebrity Faces

Friday 09.07.2012 , Posted by

We’re used to seeing the mugshots of celebrities on everything from TMZ to the latest grocery store tabloid covers… and whether we want to know or not, the stories of their problems seem to trickle down to us from the television, the paper or the the water cooler gossip at work. But, what if those familiar stories were removed from the context we are used to and placed in a past much like our own current era. These images take the familiar mugshot expressions of modern celebrities and place them on the mugshots of moonshiners, prostitutes and thieves from the 1920s. The vintage images have the effect of making us look at these modern miscreants with a new eye, perhaps reevaluating their humanity or even reimagining their storied pasts. [Read more…]

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Vintage Instructions: Hand Shadows Create Animals

Thursday 09.06.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to say when making figures using the shadows of our hands started, but it probably originated on the walls of caves lit by the dancing flames of an ancient fire. Through the ages the art progressed to include animals, people and characters of all sorts, culminating in the late 19th century when French entertainer Félicien Trewey popularized the technique by making the silhouettes of famous figures. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #260> A Vintage Collection

Monday 08.27.2012 , Posted by

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Capturing the Essence of Vintage Vans

Sunday 08.19.2012 , Posted by

The perfect canvas for graffiti, cargo vans brighten up the outer boroughs of New York City as much as the latest designer fashions do for 5th Avenue. For Brooklyn artist Kevin Cyr these vans make the perfect muse for a series of oil paintings. Capturing every dent, scratch, and drip of spray paint, Cyr’s paintings glorify each van as a work of art. He has painted over thirty vans over the past seven years, first photographing the profile, then using oil paint on wood panels to create the luminescent effect. [Read more…]

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Vintage Album Sleuth Hunts Down Locations of Covers

Wednesday 08.08.2012 , Posted by

Album cover sleuth Bob Egan is at it again with a whole new set of locations for the albums of your favorite musical artists… this time with a heavy Billy Joel influence. In our last post we mentioned that we were lucky enough to serendipitously run across Egan in a New York eatery, where we found out about his fascinating hobby of collecting not only the locations, but the exact angles that original album cover photographs were taken from. Many of his images feature his much loved Big Apple, but in a few of his latest examples he uses the wonders of Google maps and the internet as a whole to find his locations around the world through digital means. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #245> Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White

Friday 08.03.2012 , Posted by



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Naughty Pin-Up Girl Drawing Gets Playfully Finished

Friday 07.27.2012 , Posted by

When artist David Jablow found a vintage 60’s notepad called Do It Yourself Doodler, complete with what appeared to be the unfinished drawing of a nude woman on each page, he couldn’t help but dive in and complete each one with hilarious results. Like a fantastic Mad Libs for artists, the suggestively drawn woman, missing her breasts and butt, was obviously intended for more naughty vintage purposes… but Jablow had a better idea. He completed each page of the book with scenes straight out of the pulp fiction pages of the past, including bar room brawls, fist fighting sea divers and Hollywood starlets. He’s also done some which look more modern, creating one piece in a decidedly Japanese manga style; another with a sweet ninja theme. [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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Visual Bits #233> International Day Of Rock

Friday 07.13.2012 , Posted by



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California Americana: Photography of Harper Smith

Wednesday 07.04.2012 , Posted by

California has a look and feel unlike any other place in the world. Not only does it sit firmly behind the wheel — pole position — taking us all to the promised land of the future; but, it can never fully shake the traditions of the past. There’s something cosmic about the ocean, occult about the deserts, and mystical about the sun and moon of California that separate it from anywhere else. It’s not something easily explained to people, it’s something felt. Like having a glass of red wine while watching the sun set over the hills from a balcony overlooking a canyon, the sunlight kissing the brush gently as the shadows take hold, carrying everything into the night. Photographer Harper Smith catches these divine moments for us on film… maybe so we don’t have to burn them into our collective consciousness, hoping to keep their vision before us in silent wonderment. [Read more…]

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