Boldly Surreal Tattoos Sure To Blow People's Minds

If you're going to get a large tattoo that attracts attention then the least you can do is get some high quality art tattooed on your body, so people have something cool to stare at.

And if you're into designs both beautiful and totally bizarre then you're really gonna dig the strange ink Belarusian tattoo artist Ilya Brezinski is slinging.

Ilya's tattoo works tend to fall into two categories- highly detailed pointilist pieces and bold, inky black silhouette designs, with some designs utilizing both styles to spectacular effect.

See more Surreal Tattoos By Ilya Brezinski here


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Chuck Palahniuk Is Releasing An Adult Coloring Book

Chuck Palahniuk made an impact on the world of popular fiction with his edgy, subversive and sometimes downright disturbing stories.

But now he's heading to a black and white world where few writers have gone before- the world of coloring books.

The book's called Bait: Off-Color Stories For You To Color and features nearly 50 pages of original art by top comic industry talent such as Joëlle Jones, Lee Bermejo, Duncan Fegredo and many more.

Bait will be Chuck's first coloring book and second short story collection all rolled into one odd book full of blank spaces which you can think of as art therapy while you're coloring it all in.

-Via Mashable


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Who's Bad? The World's Fastest Talking Man, That's Who

You may remember John Moschitta, Jr., aka Motormouth, as the Micro Machines Man in those high energy toy commercials and all the other appearances he made in stuff throughout the 1980s.

John is famous for being the World's Fastest Talking Man, and he put his incredible oratory skills to good geeky use, like reciting Michael Jackson's BAD in under 20 seconds during a TV interview in 1987.

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Well, John's version isn't quite as catchy as Michael Jackson's original version, but at least it's a whole lot shorter!

-Via Boing Boing


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Fred Armisen Proves He Can Imitate Any Accent In The World

Fred Armisen has proven he's one of the greatest comic actors of all time, and his show Portlandia proves he's also a talented comedy writer, but according to this interview segment from Conan impressions are his specialty.

In fact, the talented Mr. Armisen can imitate any accent in the world with such precision even a native speaker can't tell the difference. Watch and have your world transformed.

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Apparently he's also amazingly good at doing all of New York's accents as well, which he bravely demonstrated for nearly five minutes in front of New Yorkers at a benefit back in 2014.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Fan Recasts Captain America: Civil War For Different Decades

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The fact that Marvel movies like The Avengers and Captain America are coming out in the 2010s instead of the 1990s is mostly just a matter of studios dragging their feet and licenses changing hands.

Many of these movies were proposed and approved in the late 80s, and by the 90s development had begun, which eventually stuttered to a standstill until the 21st century.

Some of us have been wondering which actors would have been cast in the Marvel movies since they were first proposed, so Redditor thamonsta came up with a great idea- decade specific recasts for Captain America: Civil War.

He even took the premise a step further and came up with casts for the 50s (which is off since a few of the included actors weren't famous until the 60s) all the way through the 90s.

My personal fave is the cast from the 1970s- John Ritter as Ant Man and Burt Reynolds as Iron Man- sounds like a cult classic in the making!

See A Marvel Fan Recast Captain America: Civil War Through Different Decades here


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Rey and BB8 at Denver Comic Con

She worked diligently on her Rey costume for Denver Comic Con this weekend. She made her own staff out of plumbing parts. Her boyfriend Ov3rKoalafied "asked her if she would drag me around on a cart if I made a BB8 one. She thought I was joking." He wasn’t joking. While his costume isn’t quite as realistic as hers, it has a cup holder inside and BB8’s lighter extension on the outside. That took a bit of work! But of course, as you can see from the picture, she was the one doing the work at Comic Con. If you were there, you probably noticed them.


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Guy Turns His Hoverboard Into A Dragon Ball Style Nimbus Cloud

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Hoverboards haven't existed for very long and yet the original models are already passé, because unless your hoverboard looks like a nimbus cloud from the Dragon Ball franchise it's old news!

Of course we're not talking about the kind of board Marty McFly took for a spin in Back To The Future Part II, because those actually are cool because they hover above the ground while our real life versions do not.

But that hoverboard sure does look like it's floating over ground when Yes Ranger rides it like a saiyan boss around Taipei, Taiwan.

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Yes Ranger has naturally become a local celebrity since he started riding his nimbus cloud around town, but rather than hog all the fame he posted a video on how to make your own hover-cloud and become a hero in your town!

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-Via io9


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The Worst Television Cliffhangers From Cancelled TV Shows

Few things feel more frustrating than watching a show and getting all wrapped up in a cliffhanger season finale only to discover the program is cancelled and you'll never know what happens next. Looper has recently rounded up some of the most irritating cliffhangers in television history, including Mork and Mindy traveling to the past, Sliders possibly never being able to slide again and a baby left on Lois' doorstep in Lois and Clark. The article only includes 10 examples, but I'm sure you Neatorama readers could add in plenty more. So let's go, what show left you hanging only to never return?


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The Man Who Invented Online Dating

Andrew Conru was a busy graduate student working on the cutting edge of internet technology at Stanford in the early '90s. He didn’t have time to get out and socialize to meet girls. He tried personal ads in newspapers and video dating (in the VHS days), but found them slow and expensive. So he invented online dating. Conru founded the first online dating site, Web Personals, in 1993, the same year Match.com was founded. But Conru’s site went live in 1994, a year before Match.com went online. He also launched an early service that created websites. And he was a pioneer in web tracking. Conru sold Web Personals and then launched FriendFinder, which blossomed into a conglomerate of interpersonal sites. Has owning those companies helped him personally?

Conru has been dating online for 20 years and has never been married. “When you’re in your 20s, you get a lot more dates than when you’re in your 40s,” he said. “It sucks but people in their 20s are looking to mingle and it’s a new experience. It’s much more dynamic than your 40s or 50s.”

On Conru’s AdultFriendFinder profile, it says he collects 1930s movie posters and that he’s had a threesome. “I’ve had more than one,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate a lot in having a full life; I’m comfortable in all kinds of sexual experiences.”

Conru, who has a Yahoo email account (“does that date me?” he asks), and doesn’t like Snapchat (“I can’t screengrab my friend’s porn photos fast enough”) has no plans on settling down – he’s realized the traditional life of getting married and having kids is probably not in his cards.

“I’m still single, which is the irony of all this,” he said.

Read the story of Andrew Conru and the development of internet dating at Motherboard. -via Digg

(Image credit: Andrew Conru at Facebook)


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Sculptures Combining Directors With Their Most Popular Films

We've featured the artwork of Mike Leavitt before, but for geeks like us, it was impossible not to feature one of his newest lines, King Cuts. In this brilliant series, he combines famous directors with some of their most famous characters creating delightful and mildly disturbing beasts that we would love to display throughout the Neatorama offices. 

From Kubrik to Cameron and Hitchcock to Lynch, just about every legendary director is included in the series and the creations really do capture their unique visions in the most striking way possible.

Via Booooooom


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Old Comic Book Panels Taken Out Of Context May Make You Feel Funny

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Comic books are one of the easiest places to find out of context comedy because all panels in the book relate to each other, so if you isolate one panel from the rest it reads as totally bizarro.

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Sometimes you can even isolate a cluster of panels and they will still read as sick and twisted, even if the tale being told takes place in squeaky clean Riverdale High.

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Of course, there are plenty of strange panels lurking around in old comics that don't need any help to tickle a reader's funny bone

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But remember- all of these panels were taken from kid-friendly comics, so any perversity you perceive is just a product of your naughty imagination!

See 25 Old Comics Without Context That Are Beyond Disturbing here


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The Time Morrissey Ruined Bill Cosby's Appearance On The Tonight Show

The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson played host to many big names with equally big egos to match, but on June 4, 1991 one big head obscured the rest- Steven Patrick Morrissey, aka The Moz.

This star studded episode featured Bill Cosby, Beau Bridges and musical act Morrissey, and even though Cosby and Bridges were huge stars, they simply couldn't find their way out of Morrissey's shadow.

For Morrissey had just finished his first U.S. Tour after cancelling his last show in Austin because the crowds had grown too rowdy, and those who couldn't make it to a show descended upon NBC studios in Burbank.

The rowdy fans ruined Carson's monologue, making him mighty grumpy, but Cosby soldiered on by adding Morrissey references to his jokes, which won the Moz fans over for a minute- until it was time for Morrissey to perform.

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As Morrissey performed Sing Your Life and There Is A Place In Hell the crowd went bananas, taking the show out of Carson's control.

When they inexplicably segued to Beau Bridges after Moz's performance it was clear the audience was lost, leaving Carson to get revenge the only way he knew how- by not thanking Morrissey for being his guest at the end of the show.

Read 25 Years Ago, Morrissey Ruined Bill Cosby's Appearance On The Tonight Show here


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Be Careful Who You Ask To Help You With Your Crossword Puzzle

Crossword puzzles can be quite challenging, and getting stuck on a word without an answer key can make the rest of the puzzle really damn hard to finish.

Heed this illustrated warning by Pain Train Comic, fellow word puzzlers, and be careful who you ask for help with your crosswords or you may have "a four letter word for the Devil's domain" to pay!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Game of Thrones Houses As Pokemon

Game of Thrones is hardly a children's show, but that doesn't mean it can't inspire adorable creations. In fact, artist Kaleb Leigh did a magnificent job translating the house sigils from the story into Pokemon, complete with their evolutionary processes.

They look cute, but I sure wouldn't let my kids collect them all or even watch the resulting battles. 

Via Nerd Approved


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A Live Action Re-Enactment Of The Hobbit's Battle Of Five Armies

There are lots of different games based on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, games that allow players to participate in classic battles from the books, such as the Battle of Five Armies from The Hobbit.

But there's nothing like the smell of nerdiness in the air as you and your costumed compatriots battle it out in live action, and LARPers in the Czech Republic don't mess around when it comes to re-enactments.

They staged an epic Battle Of Five Armies in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, but this wasn't your average duct tape and cardboard LARPing crowd- these guys came to fight hard in detailed costumes and full makeup.

Photographer David W. Cerny was on the scene when the most epic battle in LARP history took place, and a good time was had by the several hundred who took part in the event, although it proved to be a bit too much fun for some.

See more from The Hobbit's "Battle Of Five Armies" Re-Enacted In Czech Republic here


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Surprising Celebrity Recording Artists

You probably know that Keanu Reeves and Johnny Depp are actors who also perform in bands, but did you know Steven Seagal, Bruce Willis, Leonard Nimoy, Scarlett Johansson, Mr. T andd Seth MacFarlane all have their own records? It's a little surprising how many celebrities have recorded albums and I imagine most of the records aren't exactly great either. 


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The Epic Mego Action Figure Playsets Of The 1970s

Action figure sales started climbing in the 1960s thanks to the deployment of G. I. Joe, and by the 1970s the action figure industry was set to conquer the world of toys.

But as more kids got into collecting those action packed pieces of plastic, and more of their favorite franchises received toy treatments, their figures needed a place to play.

The epic playsets created by toy companies like Mego introduced the idea of using a colorful and highly detailed set to take action figure playtime to the next level, giving kids a stage so they can let their imagination run wild.

The Mego playsets were particularly popular because they were freakin' HUGE!

They were also faithful to the source material and full of little artistic touches for kids to discover as they took action figures on a tour of their new digs.

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See more from The Great Mego Playsets Of The 1970s here


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A Huge Collection of Harry Potter Facts Only Hardcore Fans Know

I love Harry Potter, but I wouldn't consider myself a superfan. Even so, I know a bit of trivia about the movies and books, but nowhere near the full 40 facts in this great Zimbio article. For example, did you know that of all magical abilities, J.K. Rowling would want the power of invisibility? Or that The Deathly Hallows was based on The Canterbury Tales by Geoffry Chaucer? If you think you know Harry Potter, you should absolutely check out the article and see how many of the trivia bits you already know.


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Sometimes Corrupt Files Are Better Off Dead

Coders get a swollen head when they start using their coding skills to save corrupt files from the brink of digital destruction, but some corrupt files should simply be left to Rest In Pixels.

For as this comic from CommitStrip shows us- if a file can be rebuilt from scratch in a tenth of the time needed to recode it back to life then there's no need to call in the coders.

Of course, all of this could have been avoided if the artist simply used a staggered save system... Save often people!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Over 200 Animators Join Forces To Put Their Own Spin On Dragon Ball

The anime series Dragon Ball aired in the U.S. for the first time over twenty years ago, and there are plenty of grown up geeks out there who see Dragon Ball as an important part of their youth.

These geeks often grow up to become artists and animators themselves, developing their own art style while remaining interested in geeky franchises like Dragon Ball they've loved all their life.

Thanks to the heroic effort put forth by Tim Tapp and Seven Star Re-Animate over 200 animators got the chance to pay homage to Dragon Ball in their own unique way as part of the DRAGON BALL REANIMATE project.

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-Via io9


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Blacksmiths Create Propane Powered Replica Of Voltron's Blazing Sword

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As far as fictional swords go Voltron's flame-spitting Blazing Sword is definitely one of the coolest in the cartoon galaxy. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it exudes fiery energy, an attribute that makes it seemingly impossible for fans to replicate.

Enter Man At Arms: Reforged, the geeky guys who forge the fictional swords we've dreamed about wielding since we were kids.

The Man At Arms crew managed to make a propane powered replica that is fully functional and always on fire, meaning it's actually capable of defending the universe.

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-Via Sploid


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The Delightful 3D Artwork of Eric Ho

If you love corgis, you'll love the work of NYC artist Eric Ho, who makes absolutely amazing 3D printed designs like this amazing corgi bottle opener.

Or this adorkable Thorgi. His Shapeways page is filled with corgi-centric creations that you can buy, as well as other great geeky creations and a few fun Frenchie and pug designs as well. 

If you like cats more than pooches though, he also has a few meme cats including heavy breathing cat and Bane cat.


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Creative Human Photoshops His Shiba Inu Into Famous Photos

The Shiba Inu has proven to be one of those dog breeds the internet adores, forever becoming part of internet culture with the appearance of Doge.

But the internet's a mighty big place, and there is plenty of room for another Shiba Inu star to shine, so please give a warm welcome to Zelda.

Zelda is a 4-year-old Shiba Inu who lives with her human Olivia (code name: Horsebalm), and thanks to her creative human's Photoshop skills she's riding a rocket to superstardom.

With Zelda's head Photoshopped onto famous photos the visual appeal is endless, and if you follow Zelda on Instagram you'll receive updates on posts that will make you feel like part of the Photoshopped adventure.

Oh Zelda, there's something about seeing your cute little mug in iconic and instantly recognizable photos that makes my heart sing!

See Dog Owner Is Photoshopping Their Shiba Inu Into Famous Photographs here


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Han Solo and Kylo Ren

The way I figure it, this is called a “big head” video because new heads are pasted over the movie footage, and it’s easier to cover the original heads if the new heads are bigger. Right? Anyway, this parody encounter between Han Solo and Kylo Ren contains spoilers for The Force Awakens, so if you are still waiting around to see the movie for the first time, what’s wrong with you?

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In this scenario, we see Han making Dad jokes and Kylo acting all emo with his whiny angst, and ultimately the scene in which they are placed is completed as in the feature film. Just not nearly as seriously. Lowbarcomedy also produced parody videos featuring Rey and Luke and Kylo and Finn. -via Geeks Are Sexy  


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Artist Who Lost His Arm Now Has World's First Tattoo Machine Prosthetic

Artists who lose the use of their arms or hands often feel like their artistic careers are over, which is totally understandable considering how important hands are to an artist.

So when JC Sheitan Tenet lost his arm in an accident 22 years ago he thought he'd have to give up his dream of being a tattoo artist, but thanks to this incredible prosthetic arm he's now able to ink at will.

JC's amazing prosthetic arm was created by French artist/engineer JL Gonzal, who modified a normal prosthetic to accommodate a tattoo gun, and Gonzal has sworn to improve the design to give JC a more natural feel when he inks.

Gonzal's prosthetic arm may be in the early stages of development but it sure looks sharp!

-Via My Modern Met


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Illustrations Of Spells And Potions From The Harry Potter Series

Fans of the Harry Potter series know how hard it can be to stop yelling casting spells at your friends once you've learned a few of those fun to say spells.

Your friend asks you for a ride to the store and you reply “Avada Kedavra” with a wicked gleam in your eye, or you smile and cast “Orchideous” to appease an angry partner with a magical bouquet.

Illustrator Gabriel Picolo knows those magical feels full well, which is why he was compelled to start sketching out visualizations of spells and potions so Muggles can see why they shouldn't trifle with the magical arts.

-Via DesignTAXI


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Guy Visits Locations From Famous Movies To Show How They Look Now

When real world locations are used as locations in iconic movies they become equally iconic, especially to those who live in the town where movies like Fight Club, Back To The Future and Ghostbusters were filmed.

And thanks to the internet it's easy for fans to find out where these locations are located, with the map apps in their smartphones making locating the locations a snap.

But visiting locations involves leaving the house, which cuts into your movie watching time, so if you really want to see what those iconic film locations look like nowadays you should just follow Phil Grishayev on Instagram.

Phil travels to all kinds of cool places to educate his fellow cinephiles through his photos, revealing earth-shattering facts like the jackhammer scene in Ghostbusters 2 was actually filmed in Los Angeles, or that this iconic shot from Halloween was filmed in Pasadena.

Apparently Phil's travels don't take him much farther than Pomona, even though it seems like he's in New York, Miami or Aurora, Illinois. So if you want to nerd out like Phil just schwing on over to L.A.!

See Guy Visits Locations Of Famous Movies here


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Daredevil Skateboarding On A Giant Yugoslav Monument

Skateboarders love to find new ways to take it to the limit, and their board is so light they can carry it with them wherever they go, so if they can climb it they can skate it.

Slovenian skaters Jan Robek and Miha Miklavcic stared up at the hulking concrete World War II monument created by Macedonian sculptor Dusan Dzamonja and saw the perfect ramp- if they could make it to the top.

One short yet slightly scary climb later and they were making skateboarding history with the photos to prove it, skating free and praying they don't fall off.

-Via Design You Trust


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Baymax Stormtrooper

Ben Garcia built this costume that’s a mashup of Baymax from Big Hero 6 and a Star Wars Stormtrooper! Look for it at O Comic Con, July 8-10 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Not only is it clever, but also professional-grade, because Garcia is an special effects artist and founder of Wetworks SFX Studios. He told The Daily Dot about building it.

As for wearing the unwieldy looking costume, Garcia admitted that he'd have to stand through the cons he plans to bring it to. While the small legs do extend up into the costume, they only allow the wearer to take 3-4 inch steps, just like the real Baymax.

Despite looking heavy, the costume is actually light. Garcia used EVA foam to build the armor atop a wire frame, remarking that four sheets of the foam retail for under $10. Because of that, he was able to keep the cost for the project fairly low.

Read more about Garcia and his Baymax Stormtrooper costume, and more about his effects business.


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This Toy Story Voltron Figure Takes Playtime Well Beyond Infinity

If the toys featured in Pixar's Toy Story were shown an old giant robot anime series called Voltron they may have considered undergoing some radical plastic body modifications so they could link up in style.

Sadly, this concept never occurred to Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang, but some clever toy designer was clearly thinking outside the toy box when they designed this Toy Story Voltron figure.

This amazing Chogokin combiner set from Tamashii Nations features transformable versions of Woody, Hamm, Rex, Slinky Dog and Woody's faithful horse Bullseye that can link up and form the ultimate robotic force for toy justice.

Man, I wish I had a Voltron figure this cool when I was a kid, I couldn't even afford a real Voltron so I had to settle for the swap meet Robo-Cat version.

-Via io9


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