Veterans Look in the Mirror and See Another Self In These Powerful Portraits

Dec 17, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

When we talk about the military as one unit, it’s easy to forget soldiers are individual people with different identities, not just imposing uniforms. Photographer Devin Mitchell wanted to remedy that. He told Mic

The military community has expressed their interest in using my art to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military. People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way.

So Mitchell created The Veteran Art Project, a photo project that uses photoshop to showcase the people on the other side of the uniform — literally…

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This Tattooist Gives a Customer with Down Syndrome Free Tattoos Every Single Friday

Dec 4, 2014 By Abraham 0

When Suzie Barry came into Jason Ward’s tattoo shop the first time, she knew exactly what she wanted and he knew better than to turn her away. He gave her the tattoos she requested and she was on her way…without even paying.

Now she comes in for the same treatment every single Friday. And Ward still doesn’t charge her.

Because they’re stick-on tattoos.

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Barry has down syndrome and before she goes to her vocational day facility Ward says she likes to get tatted up so she can show off her new art. She prefers Maori design, because she has a friend at the facility with that style of tattoo up his arm and she likes to compare her weekly work with his.

Ward tells the story from the beginning…

The first time she came in, she just walked in, slapped a couple of stick-on tattoo packets on the desk and asked me to put them on her arm. I said, “What?” And she said it again so I sat her down and put them on….

It started out as something quite funny, though. I mean, who does that? Who walks into a tattoo shop to get stick on tattoos? But if she was a member of my family and she had have walked into another tattoo shop and they had told her to bugger off, I’d be angry. Why would you say no?

Why, indeed. She has been visiting Ward for 4 months now and neither of them plan on ending their weekly ritual anytime soon.

Have You Ever Loved Your Kid’s Art So Much You Wanted to Turn It Into a Plush Toy?

Dec 2, 2014 By Abraham 0

If you have a kid who loves to draw, you know that most of their many, many pictures turn into litter around the house. A few gain the notoriety of becoming fridge art. And a very rare few are filed away to be used as nostalgia inducement in years to come.

But what if you want one more level of special-kid-art preservation? It turns out you can turn their best work into stuffed toys if you want to…

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These Are Painted Wood Sculptures. No Fabric Is Involved…

Nov 25, 2014 By Abraham 0

The incredible work of sculptor Tom Eckert is made entirely of wood which he then paints. And yet, even knowing this, it is nearly impossible to see anything other than actual fabric in these pieces. He explains

One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage.  The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me.  This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction.

When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens — for me, magic.

Magic, indeed.

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Can You Recognize These Classic Cartoons Just by Their Skeletons?

Nov 21, 2014 By Abraham 0

What if our favorite cartoons from yesteryear were real creatures and all their exaggerated, comical features were a part of actual bodies?

This is what artist Hyungkoo Lee imagined when he created these cartoon skeletons for an exhibit at Basel, Switzerland’s Natural History Museum several years ago.

And as he crafted these, he didn’t simply just stand them there, but put them into action, just like we saw them on Saturday mornings. It is both fun and fascinating to see how much energy and personality are still there even though all we can see are their imaginary bones…

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Husband Hires 24 Artists to Make His Wife’s Birthday Perfect. Her Reaction Proves He Nailed It…

Nov 12, 2014 By Megan Berman 6

Ernst Berlin wanted to make his wife’s first birthday with their new baby really special; so he turned to Reddit Gets Drawn, where artists of a variety of styles will interpret your photographs for you. He commissioned 24 artists to draw portraits of their adorable 8-month-old son Jacob.

After giving the artists 40 photographs to choose from and a deadline of two months, Berlin ended up with some really sweet and imaginative portraits.

Here are some examples (and don’t miss the big reveal at the end)…

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Artist Designs His Own Trippy Posters for His Favorite Movies. They’re Better than the Originals…

Nov 11, 2014 By Joey 0

These alternative movie posters are so good, you would be forgiven for thinking these were the official posters for each movie. Actually, they’re probably too intriguing to be real.

Graphic artist Michael Lee-Graham has been working on this series of concept movie posters for the last six months and they’re arguably better than the originals…

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