Robert Crumb’s illustrations have a signature style assumed to be entirely of his own creation, but like most artists he drew inspiration for his style from somewhere, and for Crumb that somewhere is an old set of ads for Paramount Records.
These wonderfully illustrated ads ran in the Chicago Defender over 80 years ago, telling the stories behind popular “race music” songs like Lock-Step Blues and So Lonesome by artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Ma Rainey.
Crumb’s interest in old timey music and illustration make the influence pretty clear, and he paid homage to the artists, and artwork, found on these old Paramount Records ads in a series of trading cards which are now collected in R. Crumb’s Heroes Of Blues, Jazz & Country.
There’s a slovenly man named Carl Brutananadilewski who lives next door to some food monsters, loves the sweet rock 'n' roll sounds of Foreigner, and generally tries to keep things sexy on Adult Swim's hit show Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Although he enjoys eating a burger or four, Carl was in no way associated with the restaurant chain Carls Jr. until they decided to bring a new kind of sexy to their burger ads by hiring him as their spokesmodel.
However, properly pushing a family member’s buttons isn’t just a way to make trouble- it can be a fun way to pass the time, and there’s something so enjoyable about seeing how far you can go before they snap.
We recently featured the story of actress Shoshana Roberts, who walked around Manhattan with a hidden camera and recorded all the street harassment she encountered, but that video was full of modern street behavior.
Things weren't so bad on the dusty dirt roads of long, long ago, were they?
According to this video by Shinji72 things were just as bad back then, and even mighty warrior women encountered harassment in the days of swords and sorcery.
10 Hours of Walking in Skyrim as a woman in skimpy armor is an enlightening video in many ways- it shows that harassment exists no matter where or when, it proves that male NPCs will still speak to you despite your deadly combat skills, and it definitely demonstrates that "I was once a warrior like you..." is a terrible pick-up line!
Advertisements are a window into the prevailing attitudes, trends and mentalities of their time, so taking a look at vintage ads can really give you a feel for how Jack and Jill Q. Public felt about the issues of their day.
There’s a huge outcry against sexism, advertising cigarettes to children and body shaming in today’s media, but back in the day it was all too normal to use these taboo tactics to elicit a response from readers and sell their products.
The hilarious vintage ads found in this collection of 21 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today will make you smile, laugh even, but most of all they'll make you think, because isn't that what advertising is really all about?
The Doom video game franchise was extremely groundbreaking in many ways, and the series influences the work of many game designers and artists to this day.
Jason Hite is one of these Doom loving artistic types, and he has taken his love of the series to the limit with this incredibly detailed assemblage sculpture depicting the final level of Doom II.
Jason created this amazing ode to the gory glory of Doom out of various parts, including circuit boards, action figure parts and original sculptures, and now Jason's selling his geek craft masterpiece for a mere $6k.
This incredible work of gamer art is being shown at the Copro National Gallery where it will get the attention it deserves, and hopefully fetch Jason's asking price so he can start on another amazing assemblage!
The 1957 photo became a classic because it’s full of attitude and tells a great story about the battle for the spotlight going on between talented actresses and bombshells in Hollywood during the 50s and 60s.
Paramount had organized a party for me. All of cinema was there, it was incredible. And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. For me, that was when it got amazing. . . . She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely . . . Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.
So her stare wasn't purely venomous- she was also concerned for the welfare of the table settings. Can you blame her for feeling a bit overshadowed by Mansfield and her two friends?!
October 29th is National Cat Day, founded in 2005 by Colleen Paige to raise awareness about animal adoption and raise money for welfare groups like the ASPCA, but most people aren't even aware that Cat Day is a thing.
This year Marvel Comics tried to raise awareness about the existence of Cat Day by sharing some fantastic feline superhero art created by Jenny Parks on their website, each piece more purr-fect than the last.
Jenny has a masterful way of making felines look even more fantastic, and perhaps her artwork will inspire Marvel to create a whole new world in their multiverse to house her heroic kittehs.
There's a holiday hit sung on schoolyards around the world, a song dedicated to the heroic efforts of a man in a bat suit who is having a particularly bad day. History was made that day when his mobile lost a wheel and that joker ran away, and everyone who has ever sang along with this signature childhood holiday song knows who really smells and who really laid an egg- the clown who came up with this catchy song!
Celebrate the upcoming holidays the geeky way- with this Jingle Bells, Someone Smells, Someone Laid An Egg t-shirt by Rocky Davies, and get in the spirit of the season like a true batfan.
Even though he had a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head The Stampede still had time to teach a punk a valuable lesson by sharing some words of wisdom with them before gunning them down. He never used to talk much, and never wanted to blast those punks to smithereens, but the pulp had hit the fan and both Vash and his associate Wolfwood were fed up with the filth roaming around Gunsmoke...
Add an exciting anime mashup to your geeky wardrobe with this Trigun Fiction t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, and show the world that the story of Vash isn't a work of fiction!
Attention Earthicans and squishy fleshen beings friendly to the Democratic Order Of Planets- Brannigan's Law has been put into place for the good of all living beings, babes or otherwise. When you submit to Zapp's law you're giving your body over to one of the mightiest and most powerful men in the universe, and when Brannigan's hands are all around you the feeling of safety will be too much for your trembling figures to handle! Remember Brannigan's Law- it's hard and fast!
Add a touch of intergalactic silliness to your geeky wardrobe with this Obey Brannigan t-shirt by Piercek25, and feel the warmth of Zapp's law hugging you all day long.
That Great Old squid faced monster Brickthulhu had risen from his slumber to tear the world apart brick by brick. He saw how much pride the humans took in their building block creations and wanted nothing more than to utterly destroy all of their hard work, driving them all crazy by forcing them to constantly rebuild. Luckily there were lots of strong minded builders out there available to build it all back up again, and enough fire to melt those plastic tentacles right off Brickthulhu's face!
Summon the power of your imagination's building blocks with this Brickthulhu t-shirt by Blueswade, and show the world you're a Cthulhu fan no matter what he looks like.
Usually a couch potato is a person who spends too much time sitting on the couch, but in this case the potato has become the couch, a functional piece of food furniture perfect for a rodent's flophouse:
They ain't your typical cookie cutter group of superheroes, these guys (and gal) got style, flair and a real knack for kickin' butt. You might call them a bunch of A holes behind their backs, but if you've got the titan sized cajones to say it to their face you'd better believe you'll be in for a scrap. They're guardians, but that doesn't mean you're safe from their wrath, and no matter where you hide in the galaxy Rocket, Star Lord and the rest will hunt you down and make you pay for calling them names!
Add some intergalactic attitude to your geeky wardrobe with this What A Bunch Of A Holes t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's the fun way to show your love of crass comic book champions.
The greatest thing about having a body that regenerates after death is you get to come back with a new, sometimes a bit older and uglier, face, and a snazzy new wardrobe! Sometimes you think weaering 3D glasses all the time is cool, other versions of you think bow ties are cool, but always you remain you somewhere deep inside. They call him the Doctor, although nobody is sure what sort of medicine he specializes in, but he does live on thanks to one particular medical motto- physician, heal thyself!
Sci-fi cool comes in many sizes and shapes, for example this totally Time Lord approved Latest Regerations t-shirt by Ddjvigo, pick one up and you'll be dancing with the Doctor every time you get dressed!
Ash was always telling everyone these crazy stories about the pocket monster battles that take place in Kanto, but as it turns out Ash is a total liar. When he says he tries hard to catch 'em all he's actually talking about the skill crane game he plays in an arcade in Kanto, where he can win various pocket monster shaped plush toys if he's skilled enough. There aren't any battles, or living pocket monsters for that matter, but don't tell Ash you're on to his little secret or it might cause him to crack up!
Get your geeky game on with this Kanto Games t-shirt by Donnie, and help Ash keep his dark secret...
When the King of all Cosmos comes home from a long day of bossing his son around and watching him create crazy katamaris the King likes to unwind with his favorite video game console- the Amari Damacy 6300. The Amari has all the latest games to keep the King entertained, like Sumo Beach Ball, Roll Up The Kitty and Boulder Scream 3, and when he needs to uplift his spirits even more he lets the Prince play and trounces him every time!
Show your love of the game gods with this Amari t-shirt by Gordon Brebner Designs, it's far out and totally gamer-iffic!
When you're tearing down walls better come correct, Watch for humans on your back and protect ya neck! If a Scout starts flying better hit the deck, and if you wanna live best protect ya neck! When those tasty little morsels get all up on your dorsals whatcha gonna do big man- protect ya neck! Word to Wall Maria, this is MC Titan T signing off the attack, peace through superior chewing power y'all!
Spread the word about Cadet weaponry and neck vulnerability with this Protect Ya Neck! t-shirt by CoDDesigns, it's the smart way to declare your love of dark fantasy anime!
Before your Yoshi will be ready to be used as a steed, egg launcher and baby transporter there are a few things you need to know about training- 1: fire flowers give him terrible gas, 2: Yoshis don't like high heels digging in to their sides, so no princesses allowed and 3: make sure to keep your Yoshi well fed or else they might start thinking baby Mario would make a tasty snack!
This How To Train Your Yoshi t-shirt by Harantula is super cute and looks way cool on women and bros, so don't be a Luigi- pick one up today!
There's nothing kittehs love better than a double scoop mice cream cone on a hot summer day. With flavors like blue cheese, mousy mango and raspberry rodent cats go crazy when they hear the sweet sound of freshly scooped mice cream. It's the taste cats prefer two-to-one over canned food, and when a scoop of mice cream gets loose they put on a quite a show as the cat and mouse games begin!
Add some fun flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Mice Cream t-shirt by Stephanie Jayne Design, it truly is the cat's meow!
It was the strip that never ends, yes it went on and on my friend, somebody started drawing it forgotting where they were, so they just kept on drawing it to make the strip more circular. It was a comic fan's dream come true, but it was also a nightmare too, because whoever started reading it found they couldn't stop, and if they'd ever reached the end they would have seen the story flop....
Hand drawn infinity has never looked as fun as it does on this Mobius Comic Strip t-shirt by Mark Heath, it might be too much for some minds to handle!
It has been over twenty five years since Leonardo and his teenage mutant bros crawled out of the sewer and hit the streets, and Leo ain't lookin' too good these days! He has had a lot of free time on his hands since Shredder died in a freak accident, and ever since the Ninja Turtles went their separate ways Leo has been living the low life ordering pizzas by the dozens and watching home movies of the good old days. If you see Leo give him a hug, spot him a couple of bucks for a pie, just don't agree to give him a sponge bath!
Everyone's favorite teenage mutants get a little too real on this SEWER PIPE TEENS: MORBID-LEO-BESE t-shirt by BeastPop, it's a fun way to show love for garbage pail kids and ninja turtle teens at the same time!
Pika had grown tired of being cooped up in that poke ball, and he was tired of fighting for his owner's glory, so he decided to fight back against the humans. He assumed his ultimate form during a lightning storm and instantly grew to over five hundred feet tall, his stripy yellow body crackling with energy. Ash was his first target, since he'd held Pika captive for so long, and squashing him like a bug underfoot felt good. Soon Pika was in the spirit, stomping humans and destroying the city like he'd always dreamed, and the legend of Pikzilla began to spread to towns outside ground zero...
Bring some giant monster goodness to your geeky wardrobe with this Pikzilla t-shirt by Thomashy2000, and remember to let your pocket monsters roam or they might get restless!
Come to Freddy Fazbear's for the animatronic entertainment and stay for the good food and fun games, but don't stay too long...you wouldn't want Freddy catching you in his restaurant after it's closed! Just ask any graveyard shift security guard and they'll tell ya- Freddy and his friends don't look so frriendly after closing time, and they're programmed to crush, crumple and destroy! At Freddy Fazbear's Pizza your fantasies come true five days a week, and your nightmares come alive after dark...
Scare up some laughs from your fellow gamers with this Freddy Fazbear's Pizza t-shirt by Ninjaink, it's one frighteningly fun fantasy ad for a place no kid should ever be caught dead!
Even though Alice was falling down a seemingly never ending rabbit hole at an alarming rate she couldn't help but appreciate the beauty of her surroundings. The walls were full of vibrant textures, gusts of air twirled right before her eyes, and the furniture that fell beside her looked like flamingos soaring through the sky. Alice thought her mind might be playing tricks on her, and this suspicion was confirmed when a grinning purple cat started talking to her about standing on its head. How far would she fall before the Wonderland ground came up to meet her?
Add some animated wonder to your geeky wardrobe with this Alice's Fall t-shirt by Kellabell9, and watch your fellow fans of Alice in Wonderland grin with delight!
Hey kids, are ya lookin' for a game that will shock you into smiling, a morbid adventure under the sea where Big Daddy and his little sisters are waiting to play with you? Then you need to bring home Rapture, the latest killer cartridge for the NEStalgia Entertainment System. Rapture is full of bio powered abilities, dark deception, freaky folks wearing masks and the horrible feeling of dread as the underwater compound you're in starts to crumble all around you. It's a real hoot! Rated M for mighty disturbing.
Show the world that you're game for anything geeky with this Rapture t-shirt by Pacalin, it's totally killer!