If you thought your Christmas tree was outlandish this year, take a gander at these wild and wacky trees, created by some of the world's top fashion designers.
There are trees designed by Gaultier (pictured above), Vuitton, Chanel, Trussardi and Christian Dior, among other fabulous fashion moguls.
They take conventional and turn it upside down, creating some of the most artistic and innovative designs for what is normally just another tree adorned with ornaments and lights. Check out the other 15 fab trees at the Flavorwire link below, before the trees get taken down for the new year.
Want to tell people how you're really feeling about the coming of a new year? Then send out one of these hilarious Ecards from some ecards. They're guaranteed to make the recipient think twice about what is motivating them to act in an uncharacteristic manner due to the changing of the calendar year.
There are nearly 50 of these comical ecards for you to share and enjoy at the link below. Just don't expect drunk people to get it, so you'd better spring it on them when they're sober. Take that revelry!
Have you ever heard of a game called Takeshi's Challenge? Probably not, since this game from 1986 has only been available for the Famicon (Japan's NES), and all the in-game text is in Japanese, up until now.
Dedicated retro game enthusiast and ROM modder King Mike has finally cracked this bad boy wide open, translating the text to English and making the game available as a ROM for NES emulators.
Takeshi's Challenge is famous for featuring some of the most ridiculously hard challenges ever found in a video game, like a boss who is rumored to take over 20,000 hits to defeat, and is thought to be creator Takeshi Kitano's prank against gamers.
So, if you like your video games to be impossibly challenging, and you enjoy chucking game controllers against the wall in frustration, then Takeshi's Challenge is the game for you! Personally, I no longer have any controllers to spare, so I think I'll watch somebody else play this one.
This trailer for the upcoming video game release Kiki Trick will have you wondering just WTF is going on. The game is from the makers of Wario Ware, which is full of crazy moments and utter nonsense, so the fact that this trailer is so off the wall is not surprising.
What is a surprise, however, is the fact that this trailer somehow represents actual gameplay footage! What in the world is this game going to make you do, cure a stomach ache by taking antacids, or telling a scary story while huddled around a candle?
The Kiki Trick team sure has stepped up the lunacy scale, and even Japanese gamers are scratching their heads on this one. Enjoy two minutes of madness, Japanese gamer style.
These incredibly detailed sculptures were made by UK artist David Mach, who uses thousands of matchsticks pressed into a clay mold to form the likeness of Chaplin, Marilyn and Ben Kingsley, among others.
Mach uses Japanese matchsticks because their heads come in all sorts of different colors, and color is definitely an important part of his works (note the crazy color combos of the Marilyn busts at the link).
Mach feels that a fun way to finish a show is to set one of these beauties ablaze and let it burn away, so he sets aside a few from every show to torch. Now that's what I call hot headed!
Oh, what joy to spend Christmas at the Addams Family house, hanging out braiding tinsel into Cousin Itt's hair, and trying not to get blown up by Pugsley and Wednesday when they open their new presents. I wonder what the Addams Family does to carolers that appear on their doorstep?
These vibrant, rainbow colored artworks are by Jen Stark, and they're made entirely of paper! Some of them look like a portal to another dimension, while others are like a rainbow colored coating for an otherwise drab world.
You can see works from her latest show here, and here's a link to a previous Neatorama post on Jen's awesome paper artworks. I feel a flashback coming on!
These sunglasses are sure to make you the talk of the town, but whether that talk is good or bad is a matter of opinion.
Inspired by the painting Illuminatus II by H.R. Giger, these sunglasses created by multimedia artist Doktor A make you look like you have a giant safety pin stuck through your nose, and would have been most stylish during the 80s.
Now, only the brave, or Lady Gaga, will attempt to match this unique accessory with their wardrobe. But if you consider yourself fashion forward, you can't get much more forward than wearing these bad boys!
(for the record, I couldn't find these sunglasses anywhere on Doktor A's site, but I've included the link to give the artist credit)
If you've ever wondered how the events that take place in all of the Legend of Zelda video games fit together in the history of Hyrule, you need to check out this official timeline.
Part of a new Zelda art book entitled Hyrule Historia, this timeline proves that there is a cohesive plot unfolding in the games, a plot which is following a set path, and which sometimes strays off into the multiverse zone, depending on the outcome of certain scenarios and whether Link is defeated or victorious in his battle against dark forces.
If you're interested, you can see more of this comprehensive timeline at the link below, as well as a 23 minute long video which shows the art book in all it's beautifully illustrated glory. It's good to know that someone can make sense of all that has happened to Link since his early days on the NES!
This epic musical geek creation is called the gAtari-a musical instrument which uses the extremely limited sound capabilities of the Atari 2600 to make the kind of music hardcore gamers will love, and parents will classify as noise.
I don't fully understand how the device works, but here the creator cTrix attempts to explain how, and why, he came up with it:
The “gAtari” was my excuse to do something a little silly after I discovered that the Atari 2600 was more limiting than I realized! (31 pitches, minimal waveforms and only 2 channels!) I needed an EQ which could take a high voltage and drop it down to line level (Boss bass EQ) plus a way to hold loops between tracks and parts (Boss delay). So rather than have it “DJ” style config, I thought I make something a little more creative.
I hope the gAtari sparks a new trend in club music, doesn't the sweet sounds coming out of this thing make you wanna get up and shake your rump?
Most people born without arms would never dream of taking up archery, much less training to compete in the Paralympics, but then most people don't have the drive that Matt Stutzman has in abundance.
Matt has never let his physical impairment stop him from doing anything he's wanted to do, including playing guitar and learning to eat with his feet. He is an inspiration to us all, and should serve as a reminder that we can do anything we put our minds to, regardless of physical limitations.
Join me in wishing Matt luck as he gets ready for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London!
Recently we brought you the first edition of the Feast of Fiction recipe series-a recipe for Sunshine Souffle from the video game Skyrim. That recipe looks delicious, and easy to make, but their newest recipe for Butterbeer looks utterly repulsive.
That's right, I said Butterbeer, but before all you Harry Potter fans get too excited, you need to know: this recipe contains neither beer nor butter, and it contains artificial butter flavoring, which makes any food (except movie theater popcorn, for some reason) gross and way too buttery.
Maybe this recipe is a dream come true for HP fanatics, but to me it sounds like a good idea gone terribly wrong. But what do you think: are you going to be trying out this recipe for yourself?
Watching this video makes me want to hang up my Wacom tablet and get back to some good old fashioned mouse clicking!
Created in eight hours with MS Paint, utilizing the Pencil tool 95% of the time, this intricately pixelated masterpiece by YouTube user Palivizumab puts many vector art pieces I've seen to shame. Who knew you could use MS Paint to produce such a beautiful design?
This stylishly sweet looking device, created by console modder Tchay, is the Envision-a Nintendo GameCube crushed into a perfectly portable little package that plays games from an SD card, so bye bye discs!
Perfect for killing time, making other gamers jealous, and reliving the glory days of the GameCube. You can now do some Animal Crossing on the go, bust out on some Alien Hominid at the bus stop, or roll around playing Super Monkey Ball til the cows come home.
Man, if my Wii looked like this, I wouldn't want to throw it across the room every time it misreads a disc! Just kidding, I would still want to toss it, but if it looked as cool as this entry into Bit-Tech's Mod Of The Year Contest, or any of the other amazing entries for that matter, I would feel bad about it after I was done stomping it into oblivion. Take a peek at the rest of the entrants for yourself, but don't let your console see the pics or it might get jealous!
With the Dark Crystal, Jim Henson established a fantasy world rich with culture, character and a history we discover little about during the course of the movie. To me, it always felt like it should have been the last in a trilogy, the grand finale for a storyline that could have spanned generations.
If there's one person who can deliver a prequel that lives up to Henson's standard of excellence it's illustrator and creative mastermind Brian Froud, who served as the concept designer for the original Dark Crystal film. The first book in his three-volume graphic novel series entitled The Dark Crystal:Creation Myths is about to be released, and it looks fantastic!
You can scan through a few pages for yourself at the link below. Do you think it looks like a worthy addition to Jim Henson's fantasy masterpiece?
Who wouldn't want a self-balancing, motorized unicycle of their very own? Riding around on this unicycle means flaunting your unconventional nature, while being practical about how much dedication you have towards mastering single wheel locomotion.
You don't have to work hard and practice in order to stay up, on this mechanical marvel created by MIT student Stephen Boyer you can just go, leaving your mind open to other activities, like juggling bowling pins, or calculating the proper speed and angle needed to survive jumping through a flaming hoop. Unicycle stocks are about to go through the roof!
Illustrator Becca Whitaker has just finished her Geek's 12 Days Of Christmas, a series in which she released one illustration a day for the last twelve days on her blog, and I love the image she chose to end the series!
These adorable illustrations would make a great coloring book, maybe something to think about for next year Becca? You can see the rest of the illustrations in the series at her site Becca's Bombshells, where there is no shortage of geek love.
This amazing time lapse video shows the entire process involved in making a replica of the helmet worn by Thomas Bangalter of the electronic duo Daft Punk. The helmet looks spot on, with light up LED board in the front and a shiny chrome finish.
However, style this fresh took 4 months to make, and cost over $2000 in materials, so only a lucky few will be getting their hands on this beauty!
In the alternate reality presented by these slick illustrations by Coran Stone, Calvin and Hobbes grew up to be super spies, and Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear are hell bent on bringing them both down.
These illustrations, and the story behind them, are just begging to be made into an animated series of some sort, and you can read the whole thing at the Geeks Are Sexy link below.
It's the ultimate battle of imaginary friends, and I like the fact that, in the Pooh picture, Hobbes is still a stuffed animal!
The public artworks in this gallery make one wonder what the artists had to go through for these pieces to see the light of day. Some are silly, others are tasteless, and a few are downright genius, and they all add a sense of whimsy and wonder to an otherwise sterile urban cityscape.
Take your eyes on a stroll through the gallery of images at the link below, then tell me what you would think about having crazy artworks like these on display in your town.
If you're looking for something to do with that ridiculously expensive Louis Vuitton handbag you have lying around well look no further, because artist Billie Achilleos has some grand ideas about how to give those old bags new life.
This self-described "versatile artist and maker of things" has repurposed Vuitton items by cutting them up and making them into sculptures of animals. We first featured Billie here on Neatorama back in April, and she's been hard at work since, so be sure to check out the link for her updated portfolio, which is full of repurposed creatures of fashion.
For all you DIY enthusiasts who also happen to remember when boomboxes ruled the sidewalks, the creator of this masterpiece Matt Keeter has posted patterns and instructions on how you can make your own wooden boombox and bring sexy back.
For a cost of about $100, and a few hours of your time, you too can show the world your old school flavor without having to travel back in time, or close out your bank account.
A furry Alfred, Bane purring away as he stalks his prey, man there is something adorably hilarious about replacing the cast of the Dark Knight Rises with kittehs! And we all know that kittehs have taken the interwebs by storm, so why should Hollywood be any different?
The world created by Bethesda Studios for their Elder Scrolls video game series is so fully realized, so full of details other game companies would have left out of such a massive project, that now people have taken to making food in real life via the recipes found in books you can read in-game.
The culinary creatives behind this project, called Feast of Fiction, have revealed their first Skyrim inspired recipe-Sunlight Souffle. And, much like the recipes inspired by the food in the Game of Thrones series that people are making nowadays, the end results look interesting and delicious. I can't wait to see what kind of recipes they discover, and bring to life, next!
We all know Danny Trejo is a badass as far as actors go, but now he's going to star in a movie that casts him officially as Badass.
Loosely based on the true story of Epic Beard Man, a guy who valiantly defended himself on the bus and became an internet sensation because of his actions, this looks like the good old action flicks you know and love, and Danny Trejo is once again in a starring role so I'm definitely on board.
Hopefully if this movie does well, they will consider making Badass 2: Trejo vs. Chuck Norris!