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Sprouting Beards: Flora and Fauna as Fanciful Facial Hair

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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Merging the worlds of animal, human and plant life, French illustrators Violaine & Jeremy have created a surprising collection of pen illustrations that highlight facial hair in the most unusual way. Here, a gorilla sprouts a veritable menagerie of flora and fauna in beard-like form. Hidden amongst the foliage are tropical birds, butterflies, and of course, bananas. Without seeing it first, this would seem a bizarre combination – but realized with a skiled hand, their images strike an beautiful, if unexpected, harmony. [Read more...]

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Street Art On The Railroad Tracks of Portugal

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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Throughout the history of street art, train cars and the tunnels they pass through have served as a canvas for street artists to make their mark. In Portugal, artist Artur Bordalo has used a slightly different canvas to put his work on: the tracks themselves. Is this now what we call Rail Art? It could be. [Read more...]

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The Closer You Look, The More You See. New Paper-Cut Masterpieces from Bovey Lee

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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It’s hard to believe, but each of these lattice-like pieces is hand-cut from a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper using an X-acto knife… and no rulers or stencils. They are the work of Pittsburgh-based artist Bovey Lee (we’ve admired her work before) who has been perfecting her precise craft since 2005. Her recent pieces feature dense frameworks of plant life, interspersed with the creations of the human world – a contrast she continues to explore [Read more...]

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30 Years of Sore Thumbs: Photographer Captures His Legendary Game Controllers

Tuesday 07.29.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s some tactile nostalgia… but it might give you seriously sore thumbs. Spanish photographer Javier Laspiur has created a trip through the game controllers of yesterday, capturing a familiar, first-person view of many well remembered systems from the last 3 decades. A long time fan of gaming, his series doesn’t record the year the device came out, but instead makes it personal, tracking the first year he laid hands on each system. [Read more...]

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This Guy Built the Biggest Spirograph You’ve Ever Seen & the Streets Will Never Be the Same!

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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Over the last 6 months, a crafty fellow named Nathan of HaHa Bird has been using his spare time to build a gigantic version of the classic Spirograph drawing toy… and it is awesome! His final creation has a diameter of nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters), multiple gears to create different geometric patterns, and tubes to hold sidewalk chalk… because this thing’s made for decorating the streets! [Read more...]

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Erik Schwabel & His Human Light Suit Are Coming Back to Burning Man Next Month

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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To take the best pictures, you need the best light. That’s why photographer Erik Schwabel has crafted a human light suit which he will be bringing to Burning Man again this year. But he needs help funding the upgraded styling and custom-welded, lighter-weight lighting supports. This one-man photo studio captures Black Rock Citizens in all their glory. [Read more...]

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This Cycling Jacket Transforms You Into A Human Firefly

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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Cycling has become an increasingly-popular way to travel, but sharing the road safely is not always easy. From narrow streets to hazardous intersections, city infrastructure can present some challenging situations for bikers commuting to work or those simply desiring a leisurely ride. [Read more...]

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Poignant Photos of Twins Over 50

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a proverb in China that says the fifties are the years one comes to understand their fate. This proverb inspired Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo to pursue a project he titled “Identical Twins.” It involved photographing pairs of twins as if they are looking at each other and document their differences. The results are poignant and carry a solemnity appropriate of contemplating one’s existence. [Read more...]

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy. [Read more...]

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Awesome Album Art Shows An Out of Body Meditation Experience

Sunday 07.27.2014 , Posted by
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Through the practice of meditation, especially in sensory deprivation tanks, people can achieve psychedelic, out of body experiences. Australian artist Lewis Smart depicts this in a unique bird’s eye view of a person meditating. The digital illustration was created as an album cover for the psychedelic downtempo duo Mental Extensions for their album Inner Reality. Smart came up with the idea for the image while doing a visual meditation exercise himself, in which he tried to imagine the entire room at once. The meditating person and the room are based on him self. The other two backgrounds are imaginary. [Read more...]

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