Laughing Squid put together a list here of some street art that artist A.L Credo ended up animating, and it is stellar. While the works themselves are remarkable, seeing just a dab of animation added to them seems to breathe even more life into the already staggering work.
They are small touches in every piece, but just enough to breathe a little life into them all.
Todd Robins and Joe Robins, the filmmakers behind Kuma Films, travel around the world filming people demonstrating incredible skills. While in Singapore, they met performers who can make cards dance in their hands. Watch the magic of these masters of cardistry.
Makeup artist and painter Lucia Pittalis is a chameleon by the virtue of her own talent in makeup application. The way she looks sans makeup disguise is in the photo above. Her incredible transformations from herself to Hollywood and music icons are in the photos below. Can you imagine her lucky children and relatives who get such fantastic makeup jobs for Halloween? The FBI should hire her to aid them in their witness protection program!
My dad taught me while I was very young that there are two ways you can accomplish things. The easy way, or the hard way. He also told me the hard way was often the "right" way. After watching this insane video of how these men transport sand between floors, I realize, what my father taught me was a lie. I am sure it was not his intention, but there is clearly a step in between the easy and the right way that can incorporate both. I only know this because the following video proved it to me.
While this may be a very odd question, have you ever seen anyone transport sand as efficiently? They somehow make this look like a fun job.
The one thing about ballet that seems predominant anytime you see it is the consummate professionalism of everyone involved. Usually, it is a well choreographed, well oiled machine. But such is not the case of one background dancer that someone caught on tape during the performance you are about to see.
Seems this person was getting a little into it, and ballet moves was turning into funk moves real quick. It may start slow, but watch the dancers in the back and you will figure out pretty quickly who to keep an eye on.
Just a little back story so it makes more sense. It was a performance for Moscow children, and the background dancers are allowed to get a little more "hip" so the kids don't get bored. How awesome is that?
The sad fact is, you WILL need a spoon one day, and you wont have one. Best case scenario, you just need a spoon for some ice cream or something. Worst case scenario, you need a spoon to save the life of your best friend (not sure how this would happen, but just go with it for a second).
So what do you do when you need a spoon, yet you can only find ten thousand knives (bad reverse Alanis Morissette joke there)? You just make one. You may think you DON'T know how do to make a spoon, but guess what? By the time this video is done, you will, and YouTube User DaveHax shows you just how easy it is. It may not be as cute as a "kitten tackles something" video, but the kitten video cannot save your life during the *impending Ebola outbreak*. This information can.
For some people, art is an act of extreme patience. Certain master's works can take months and even years to finish. There are some other artists who seem to found ways to streamline the entire process down from Weeks to days, from days to hours, and finally, from hours to minutes.
Take, for example, this street artist in Rome. While it may look like he is starting with a simple rainbow, what he ends up with with will amaze you.
Everyone these days wants the right to say they are a published author. It is very en vogue in the same way that being a "foodie" is very hip right now. Whilst the truest writers will use that passion to help them fight their way into the industry, some people just want to scream "buy my e-book!" at everyone who walks by them. Seems writers are only in two schools now. Well, this post will appeal to both.
Thankfully, we have a cheat sheet for you that will teach you how to bust out your own E-book on Kindle in just hours. It honestly isn't so much a cheat sheet, as there is nothing nefarious involved, as it is just a handy guide put together for those who want to understand the process of what it might take to get some of their writing out there.
Or you can use it to flood the world with your psuedo-erotic Twilight fan fiction. That call is yours to make.
I have always admired people who can dance really well. There is just a grace and fluidity to good dancers, no matter what genre they dance to. Even in cases like this, where some people may not like the type of music, the dancing makes it enthralling to watch. Like this video.
I also like the fact that whole thing is clearly taking place in a suburban shopping mall. Just proves that those Step Up movies must be steeped in accuracy. Suburbia is a breeding ground for the world's best dancers.
Oh, and anytime someone dressed like a robot does the robot, an angel gets its wings.
When you think of "metal" music, you imagine it playing in some crowded arena or pumping into someone's headphones while they work out. What you don't imagine is someone shredding amazing riffs while getting some dental work done, or tearing it up in the shower. What you don't expect is the following...
Presenting, playing metal at inappropriate moments, by YouTube user Rob Scallon.
Here’s a dance battle with a difference! The Lindy hoppers on the left show off their street dance moves, and the street dancers on the right give their best shot at swing dance. You have to give both teams credit for stepping out of their normal genre, although both have a tendency to revert to familiar steps at times. Overall, I’d give more style points to the street dancers in the crossover. Then about halfway through the video, both teams go back to the music and dance style they do best, which is not as funny, but is much more impressive. A good time was had by all. This happened at the Montreal Swing Riot 2014 competition in July. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Danny MacAskill (previously) is a Scottish athlete from Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. MacAskill is a professional trials cyclist, which Wikipedia defines as the following:
"Trials riding is an extreme test of bicycle handling skills, over all kinds of obstacles, both natural and man-made. It now has a strong – though small – following worldwide, though it is still primarily a European sport. Skills taken from trials riding can be used practically on any bicycle for balance, for example controlled braking and track standing, or balancing on the bike without putting a foot down. Competition trial bikes are characterized by powerful brakes, wide handlebars, lightweight parts, single-speed low gearing, low tire pressures with a thick rear tire, distinctive frame geometry, and usually no seat."
Now, if all of that adds up to "a sport in which insane people use bikes to traverse mountain paths where most wouldn't dare set foot" then it's right on target. This video shows MacAskill using his bike to make amazing moves and jumps as he weaves in and out on a winding trail at death-defying heights. This man has as much courage (or crazy) as he has athletic prowess.
Marc Martel sings "Nessun Dorma" while doing his Luciano Pavarotti impression, then switches to singing the song as Freddie Mercury! This was done in one continuous take with two cameras, except for the last part where the two characters sing together; that required an overdub. The impressions are accented by his unique shave. I think he did a lovely job, don’t you? Martel calls the one-man duet The Mercurotti. -via Viral Viral Videos
Even those who aren't particularly fans of marching bands will likely appreciate this excellent Wizard of Oz tribute performed by the Ohio State University Marching Band for the September 27 Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati halftime show. While playing a medley of music from the film, the band rapidly switches formations to create the shapes of Dorothy, Toto, the twister, the Wicked Witch of the West and more. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Via Viral Viral Videos.
Sometimes, a picture just speaks for itself. I feel like I could sit here and tell you all about a thousand reasons why the above example works so well, but the people who will love it will love it right away, and the people who don't get it, wont get it no matter what I say.
So rather, I will just tell you this is a piece of street art from London street artist JPS, and his work is some of the best and funniest stuff out there right now. While many street artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairy make a lot of statements about society and politics through their art, often, JPS' work will muster a laugh first, which is nice.
Street performers are a dime-a-dozen in any city or country you go to now. Anywhere you walk, you are bound to see someone dancing or doing extreme acts of yoga or maybe even some cool (but cheesy) street magic. But how often do you encounter a crew who seemingly can keep you enthralled by doing all three at once? Seems pretty rare. In the case of the following video from Viral Hog, seems they found some incredibly talented street performers from South Africa and they turned the camera on them so the rest of the world could be as impressed as they are.
The thing to pay attention to is the floating hat trick. Not so much an actual trick as just a cool use of physics, it is still a really interesting and original move, and one I have never seen done so expertly anywhere else.
So the next time you pass a street performer, toss them a buck or two. Just because they don't make a living doing what we do, doesn't mean they any less of a right to make a living. These guys prove that by putting on an awesome show.
To start this post off right, I will say you need to know about the fox piano. This was a piano painted and put in Ontario as an art project by artist Katriona Dean. It is there to inspire, to incite, and to encourage anyone to sit down and make beautiful music at any point. She sometimes goes by her project with a camera to see what she can catch on film. On this particular occasion, she found Michael Anthony McNamara playing the A Great Big World/ Christina Aguilera duet solo, "Say Something."
Though already a beautiful and heart-wrenching song, this man's voice and sense of wisdom just brings something else to the song completely. It is very sad still, though. I will warn you. It almost feels sadder when a man sings it who is later in the years.
I will say this: the fly that seems to stay on his shoulder the whole time, as if it is listening to the song, makes it all the more surreal an helps keep you from completely breaking down and bawling at the beauty of it.
If you are even a slight fan of art, the internet is like a magical paradise always feeding you more and more awesome stuff for you to digest with your eyes and soul. Like a gallery that updates every day and always, making it so you never have to see the same thing twice and can always discover new artists and master craftsman who will blow your mind with their work. That is just what happened to me this week when I stumbled on artist Kevin Keele's website. The man seems to be able to do anything, and do it exceptionally well.
From chalk art:
Image Credit: Kevin Keele
To simple (yet simply awesome) sketches:
Image Credit: Kevin Keele
His personal site (Be Awesome!) is linked above, and you can also check out his Tumblr too, which doesn't have much yet, but has a dinosaur with guns attached to it so it is still worth checking out in its earliest phase. I mean, who can refuse a dinosaur with guns? No one.
Art feeds the soul, so why not let Kevin Keele make you lunch today?
It is crazy to think that there was a time when art was stuck in two dimensions. When creators were given canvas', not realizing all around them could be used and utilized as artwork. The art world has clearly changed and evolved over time. They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but in this case, some people's trash is another man's fantastical sculpture.
The artist's name is Robin Tarbet, and the piece you see above is called "A Temporary State to Rise and Fall Again", which you can see in full detail on his site. If the circuit boards fit, he would stack them, one on top of the other. If they did not fit, that is when he would stack out wider with the boards. The end result is a wonderful facsimile of a city, made by what seems to drive us most lately:
Finnish heavy equipment operator Juha-Pekka Perämäki shows off his skills by constructing a LEGO truck with an excavator! A Hitachi ZX210-11, With Engcon EC30 rototilt, to be exact. I know a heavy equipment operator who can’t even put LEGO blocks together with his hands. To be honest, I don’t even know how hard it is to put LEGO blocks together with your hands, much less with an excavator. -via Tastefully Offensive
GoPro videos seem to be the new go-to video if you want to experience something from a perspective you thought you never would be before. They have risen in popularity over the last few years as the rigs themselves have gotten less and less expensive. Though I did GoPro an afternoon of writing once, not too many people were too impressed, as they can live that themselves, any day. But a GoPro video of a master pool player sinking crazy shots from a bunch of great perspectives, including mounted to the cue itself?
Yeah, that is some great use of the technology, and shows just how impressive some of these shots really are.
Truth is, you don't even have to be a fan of pool to be sucked into this one. There is just something mesmerizing about watching the fluidity and physics of some of the balls he sinks. Almost makes pool look easy for a minute. That is the thing about most GoPro videos. They trick you into thinking you can do it, too, for a second. Just for a second, though.
This Japanese chef's slicing skills are impressive. He cuts an already thin cucumber into several shapes, and shaves off the skin so precisely it ends up paper thin. It's lucky I have an excellent sushi place around here, because this video made me crave sushi rolls with those delicate cuts of cucumber inside. My dinner for this evening is is allll planned. Via Viral Viral Videos.
Ophir Kutiel, who goes by Kutiman, is a musician and editor who took lots of YouTube clips of amateur music performances, from different people, different years, different places, and different songs, and edited them together into a new song. The vocals are by KarMaRedd, singing a cappella. Kutiman listed the source videos at the YouTube page. You can check out some of his other edits in this playlist. Kutiman’s YouTube editing projects will be available in an album next month. -via reddit
This phenomenal athlete is Maibam Itomba Meitei of Imphal, India. For 14 years, he's trained for this task: doing more pinkie finger pull-ups than anyone else in the world. He weighs only 120 pounds, but that's muscle--especially in two of his fingers.
To earn his record, he had to start from a hanging position on the bar, then lift his chin over the bar, then fully extend his arms again. In 27 seconds, he did this 16 times!
First off, yes, this really happened. in 1988, there was a direct-to-VCR Puss in Boots musical that starred the enigmatic and awesome Christopher Walken as the titular lead. Yes. Again, not kidding. I know it sounds like something the internet would make up, but this exists. I know there are a lot of Christopher Walken fans out there, and with good reason. He is an odd, intruiging man who usually has a looming presence. But flash back to him in Puss in Boots and you see a whole different side to the star. We all knew he could dance because of the wonderful Fatboy Slim video he starred in, but did you know he was classically trained in theater acting, which means singing, too!? Just take a few minutes out of your day to watch this mad man leap around and sing about being a cat. Trust me, it will immediately improve your day, and quite vastly, I might add.
There are almost TOO MANY things worth mentioning here. From the outfit to the creepy mustache, even as a singing and dancing human-cat, there is something ominous about this man. The funniest thing about Puss in Boots is in Walken's biography, he claims it is his favorite work.
Can you support your weight with your fingers? How about your weight from a drop with just your fingers? Finnish athlete Miska Sutela is training to compete in Sasuke, which is known in the U.S. as American Ninja Warrior. Each individual piece of the stunts involved takes strength, complete concentration, and lots of practice. Now, that’s dedication! Sutela will compete with Team Europe in the event “American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World” on Monday September 15. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Writing is not as simple as it may look from the outside. Some people may see sites like Neatorama and think writing is easy and they want to do it, but the truth is, there are many rights and wrongs when it comes to grammar. It is stuff you may remember learning in grade school and on, but if you are not a writer, they are rules you tend to forget about. How many times a day on Facebook do you see someone use the wrong version of the word "there"? That is just one of many examples of how grammar can slip you up if you are not paying attention. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to grammar and all its fine-print.
Online College actually has a remarkable list of the 20 most controversial rules in grammar. Being one who uses the language often and every day for my work, I find this list incredibly helpful at pointing out some of the sillier rules of grammar whilst also reminding us why those rules actually exist. A good example here is about the word "irregardless":
"Irregardless" appears in at least three different official dictionaries, though all of them admit it's not exactly formal. More traditional grammar aficionados don't think the word deserves to move beyond its slang origins, while others think it's about time the rule-makers acknowledge the evolution.
That is but one of twenty remarkable facts about grammar and writing that anyone who has the slightest interest in the medium should check out with aplomb.
This talented pooch is ready for the circus! He remains perfectly still with a treat on his nose and another one precariously balanced on the end of a straw. When he is released, he immediately leaps into action. Good dog!