What if your favorite iconic bands were Lego minifigures [20 pictures]

March 25, 2014 | No comments

As both a music and Lego junkie, Adly Syairi Ramly created a photo series that perfectly blends these two passions — classic bands imagined as minifigs.

His attention to detail is so great that many of the bands portrayed by these Lego creations would be immediately recognizable to even a passive music fan without the band’s name accompanying it…

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These cross-stitches make deadly diseases look like the cutest little things

March 23, 2014 | No comments

Alicia Watkins has a knack for combining cross-stitch and humor. Whether getting her nerd on with binary cross-stitch or immortalizing Captain Picard in thread (“Set phasers to stunning”), her work playfully explores modern pop culture through an age-old art.

I especially enjoyed her microbes and germ collection, which makes deadly viruses and bacteria look like child’s play…



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Bert and Ernie in their twilight years after some real hard living [3 pictures]

March 21, 2014 | No comments

Digital artist Jane_911 imagines Bert and Ernie as old, washed-up alcoholics (who happen to look uncannily like Clint Eastwood and Johnny Cash, don’t you think?)…

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Forensic artist “re-creates” face and head for skull-shaped liquor bottle [27 pics]

March 19, 2014 | 2 comments

Crystal Head Vodka is famous for a number of reasons. Most prominently perhaps is its celebrity connections. It was founded by Dan Aykroyd and is the official vodka of the Rolling Stones. But it’s also known in large part for its distinctive container. Crystal Head Vodka is sold in bottles shaped like a human skull…

Crystal Head Vodka bottle

Earlier this year, one of these macabre receptacles caught forensic artist Nigel Cockerton’s eye and he decided to put his skills to use in a silly but creative side project — re-creating the face and head of the Crystal Head Vodka guy as if the bottle had been a real person’s skull.

When he was done, he sent pictures to Crystal Head who shared them on Facebook so that the world could see the man with a vodka-filled cranial cavity…

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Adding humor and mischief to real-life backgrounds with cartoons drawn on transparencies [15 pics]

March 19, 2014 | No comments

Artist Marty Cooper has been enjoying a new hobby for the last month or so. He sketches goofy cartoon characters (who often look like they’re up to something sneaky) onto transparency sheets using white-out and a magic marker. Then he holds them up over a real-life background and snaps a photo to complete his mischievous characters’ stories…

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Self-identifying beer snob makes pretentious but awesome beer glasses for fellow snobs [10 pics]

March 19, 2014 | No comments

Pretentious Beer 1 set all PG glasses

When you’re selling beer glasses in sets called The Pompous Set or The Snobby Set, it’s just a simple formality to call yourself the Pretentious Beer Glass Company. Coors Light would feel out of place in the presence of such malty arrogance.

Owner, artist, and designer Matthew Cummings explains,

The PBGC originated from a small drinking club at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, KY. Each Friday afternoon, we would take off work early to sit in the courtyard and drink great craft beer. After a couple too many (all good ideas start this way, right?) the club decided that I should make beer glasses for everyone.

Cummings spent months perfecting his designs before launching his product line and is now working 7 days a week to keep up with orders as he still runs his shop largely on his own. He maintains the pretentious tone throughout the site, including recommended beer pairings with each glass. Descriptions about which types of beer each glass can get to “really sing,” how they can enhance the “aromatic qualities,” or ways in which “you can smell the bouquet of both beers” will either leave you feeling right at home or have you reaching for a Bud Light.

See some of Cummings’ creations below and visit his Etsy page to order one (or a set) for yourself…

The complete “Pretentious Set”

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Rejection letters to superstars early in their careers give us all hope [9 pictures]

March 18, 2014 | No comments

There was a time before the likes of U2, Andy Warhol, and Madonna were universally known, a time when they were still struggling to find any recognition for their work. Thankfully, these musicians, artists, and writers saved some of the rejection letters they received from major publishing firms, record companies, and museums.

Some of the letters contain helpful career advice while others are dismissive and downright rude. We’ve included some of the more notable quotes from each letter below…

U2, rejected by RSO Records, 1979

[W]e have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at present.

We wish you luck with your future career.

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Drawings by sick children turned into magical photos starring themselves as the heroes [18 pics]

March 18, 2014 | No comments

When photographer Shawn Van Daele found a picture he had drawn as a child, he turned it into a “real” photograph…with the help of Photoshop, of course. He was so happy with the results, he decided to apply the same method to help kids dealing with scary illnesses recreate their own drawings and turn what they imagine into “reality”…

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Van Daele created The Drawing Hope Project to coordinate and support his efforts. As he puts it,

To see a child’s imagination come to life…despite some horrible “unawesome” situations — it can’t help but give you hope….

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11 delicious maps made with region’s most popular food

March 17, 2014 | 6 comments

New Zealand artist Henry Hargreaves and New York stylist Caitlin Levin teamed up with Vermont typographer Sarit Melmed to bring us this series of delectable maps, each made from foods that represent the cuisine specific to that region.

Avid travelers, Hargreaves and Levin know how important food is to exploring a new region, noting:

These maps are a playful representation of our interpretation of food from around the world, painstakingly created with real unadulterated food. This project speaks to the universality of how food unites people, brings us together and starts conversation – just as we hope these beautiful maps will do too.

United States of America – Corn

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Italy – Tomatoes

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Faces bizarrely distorted by glass helmet with feature-bending lenses [7 pictures]

March 14, 2014 | No comments

For a project as unnerving as it is amusing, artist Hyunkoo Lee created a spherical glass helmet with interchangeable lenses that warp whatever facial feature they’re in front of. The malformed creatures that perfectly normal people who don the helmet become are hilariously bizarre…

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