A clever typographic artist, with some serious Sharpie skills, by the name of Rob Draper has found a fun use for all those discarded paper cups found lying around your local coffee shop- he created a series of artworks called "Coffee Time".
With boldly rendered lettering and catchy slogans like “R is for refill” and “Always cry over spilt coffee”, Rob’s eye opening series is sure to inspire artists who find themselves sitting around java bars with some time to kill and a marker pen in hand.
He has stepped on so many towns, crushed so many people and caused tidal waves to flood the coasts so often that he's now being labeled as a natural disaster. He's like a big green harbinger of destruction, a kaiju kamikaze in reptilian skin who comes in like a storm and leaves whole cities leveled in his wake, like a rubber suited hurricane in green.
Cinematic disasters come in many forms, but none is more iconic than that big green kaiju starring on this Incoming Natural Disaster t-shirt by Brandon Wilhelm ART, slip it on and show him you're a fan, not food!
Dreaming of tacos all day while riding around on a mini unicorn is a pretty fabulous life for a motor mouthed merc, but sometimes those taco dreams turned chimichanga, and he started to think that what he really wanted was to rule the world.
Taco loving space invaders and superheroic mercs with mouths agree that this Tacos & Unicorns t-shirt by jml2art is the bees knees, and will totally brighten up your boring life!
Standing around waiting for the bus to arrive can be a rather awkward time, and if the whole thing takes a wrong turn and you end up standing next to an old enemy the whole experience becomes one great big nightmare. You can't pick your neighbors, but you can avoid riding the bus by getting your own sleigh!
Neighbors and nightmares come together on this darkly humorous My Neighbor Oogie t-shirt by Sam Daugherty, it's the stuff geeky dreams are made of!
Just because your animated fantasy kingdom is usually all shiny and happy and full of little folks singing songs doesn't mean you should feel safe to read from an ancient text like the Necronomicon. The world of darkness knows no bounds, and when you let those squid faced creatures cross over with a careless bit of reading it's gonna be a beast to round them all up...
Invite the dark side into your geeky wardrobe with this Adventure Into Madness: Full Color t-shirt by Captain Sunshine and you'll be the belle, or beast, of the ball!
We adopt them, feed them, clean up after them and even buy them things to keep them entertained, and yet our little feline friends still act like total jerks. Maybe it's a lack of communication on our part, maybe it's just the simple fact that cats enjoy doing their own thing and think of humans as their own personal servants, whatever the case they hate us and yet we keep letting them in the door!
Celebrate everybody's favorite feline freeloaders with this Cats Are Jerks t-shirt by machmigo, it's the perfect attire to wear while scooping the litter box or quelling a feline revolution.
The hedgehog stood quite still, reflecting on his time spent running around the world collecting rings, his heart never quite feeling fulfilled and his pursuit of the high score now an empty gesture. He had been running so fast for so long that he hadn't realized he'd been running from his past all along.
Video games get introspective on this Hedgehog With Ring t-shirt by TeeKetch, slip it on and get a dose of gamer nostalgia.
Embracing the dark side of life means letting your passions run free, and one of the dark lord's passions had always been fine art. He'd fancied himself a fairly good painter once upon a time, and when he looked for inspiration he inevitably turned to the works of Rene Magritte, especially because he was no good at painting faces!
The dark side of art resides on this Darth Magritte t-shirt by Bleee, throw one on and become a walking, talking fan art exhibit.
Chances are you won't need a sign to direct you to the nearest exit when you have a slavering zombie on your heels, but a little reminder of which way to go never hurts. It's a good thing zombies can't read, or they'd just hang around the exit waiting for fast food to come running their way!
The best escape route is clearly marked on this Zombie Exit t-shirt by Byway, wear it during the zombie apocalypse and you'll become the leader of the pack.
Superman and Batman are generally seen as colleagues, since they're both part of the Justice League of America, but as many interesting story arcs and one-shots have revealed to us over the years theirs is an uneasy alliance, and Batman is one man who doesn’t need the same physical strength, or super powers at all, to take ol’ Supes down.
Their fighting styles may look the same to the untrained eye, but theirs is a force in constant opposition, the yin and yang of street fighting and a perfectly balanced pair of rivals. Watching them fight is like watching fire and wind perform a dance of death, and the one who gets the K.O. sets the balance straight again...until the next round.
Fighting games and Eastern philosophy meet on this Super Yin Yang t-shirt by Drawsgood Illustration and Design, sport this great shirt and get the balance right in your geeky wardrobe.
Just because you were at your prime in the 1980s doesn't mean you were ever good at solving that darn six colored cube everybody was so obsessed with. Bert here normally likes cubes, he jumps around on them all day long, but he can't seem to get into the spirit of solving a puzzle cube by twisting and turning rows- he prefers to bounce his way to victory!
Q to tha Bert is back in tha house thanks to this Q-BIKS t-shirt by Curtis, keeping your wardrobe totally geeky with colorful designs and a lotta shine.
There’s a certain stigma attached to being a nine-year-old who can’t ride a bike, and people often assume that you don't know how because there’s something wrong with you or your family, which can make you feel like you don’t fit in with the rest of the world.
I was one of those kids who chose to ride around on a skateboard and scooter rather than learning how to ride a bike, and as young Sabre Norris of NSW Australia proves in this amazing video riding a bike isn’t the ultimate skill a kid can possess.
This video documents her 75th attempt to do a 540 on her skateboard, the one where she finally successfully completed the trick, and Sabre's skills demonstrate how amazingly skilled some young athletes can be.
You’ve probably seen a photo of the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer located in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and you may have even thought you’d like to pay a visit to the site one day, but you probably never seriously considered making your way to the top of the hundred and thirty foot tall statue to take a selfie.
The madman in this photo is Lee Thompson, photographer and co-founder of the Flash Pack, who was in Rio covering the World Cup when he was given special permission by the Brazilian tourism board to snap the pic of a lifetime atop the iconic statue.
Here's how Lee was able to capture this amazing image:
With the assistance of two high-wire workmen, (and armed with Go Pro cameras) we entered through scaffolding mounted on the feet and crawled in circles up 12 flights of rickety stairs that seemed to get narrower with every step.
Twenty minutes into the climb I reached the heart of the Christ made from beautiful Mosaics. After what felt like an eternity of pressing heat and pitch darkness, we finally reached the small compartment in Christ's shoulder. I grabbed the rope and pulled myself along the smooth soapstone up into the head of the statue where we carefully opened the hatch. My heart was pounding with excitement and I couldn't wait another second.
Running a no-kill animal shelter is a tough job, and it goes without saying that many of those furry friends who are rescued will be staying at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives, but when you run the world’s largest no-kill cat sanctuary you must be up to your neck in furballs and dirty litter boxes!
The Cat House on the Kings, California has earned the title of world’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary the hard way- by saving the lives of over 24,000 felines since opening in 1992.
The Cat House was founded by Lynea Lattanzio, a cat lover who has no problem tending to the 700 cats who still call the sanctuary home, and her comfy kitty estate was captured in all its purrfect glory by photographer Christina Gandolfo in an effort to bring attention to the shelter, which relies on donations to stay in business.
Maybe this man knows about a burgeoning chocolate black market we don’t know about yet, maybe he has a sweet tooth that causes him to jones like a junkie, whatever the case he must regret not eating the evidence!
Gene Belcher may seem like the wrong guy to turn to for advice, sagely wisdom or anything that doesn’t involve keyboards making fart noises or beefsquatch lore, but being the son of Bob, who is the star of Bob’s Burgers, kinda makes him the star of the show too.
When Gene speaks listen closely, because he’s got some pretty brilliant life philosophies, and that boy really knows how to live!
To live like Gene is to live stress free and full of burgers, and philosophies don’t come much more relaxed than Gene’s unique perspective on life, but if you don't like learning life lessons from cartoon characters Gene's animated wisdom might not work for you...
The films of director Ari Folman bring an interesting new angle to the animation/film industry- his previous release Waltz With Bashir is an animated documentary about the aftermath of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre in 1982, his earlier film Saint Clara was a unique take on magical realism, and he’s bringing back old school animation techniques that give his movies a unique look.
His latest live action/animation hybrid is called The Congress, based on the Stanislaw Lem novel The Futurological Congress, and it stars Robin Wright as a fictional version of herself.
Here's the official synopsis:
More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, an aging actress (Robin Wright, playing a version of herself) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (Jon Hamm), Wright’s digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
Buying your very own space suit is quite an accomplishment, but it’s really a shame that the suit is probably going to be left to hang for the rest of its life in a closet or display case.
A guy named Tim Dodd, who also happens to be a redditor and photographer, got his hands on a spacesuit but he didn’t hang it up- he put the suit on and took an amazingly fun set of photos he calls “Everyday Astronaut”.
Tim is living the dream in his orange suit and dome helmet, and whether he's kicking back sippin' on some brewskis or trying to cook dinner in low gravity everything's a little more epic since that spacesuit came into his life.
Japanese musicians have always held a special place in their hearts for American music, and rock & roll has made a particularly large impact on their homegrown music scene, but one of the elements commonly associated with the rock scene is totally taboo in Japan- the drugs.
The psychedelic music scene in North America and Europe was full of experimentation with drugs, but Japanese psych bands couldn’t let it all hang out like the American bands they were emulating, and their sound was heavily formulated, and policed, by the record companies.
The Jaeger suits used by human forces to defend the planet against attacking kaiju monsters in the sci-fi flick Pacific Rim are all over two hundred feet tall, and these cosplayers can't be more than about six and a half feet tall, but they don’t want to be bothered with minor details like scale because when they're wearing their incredibly cool looking armor suits they feel like they’re twenty two stories tall.
These amazing Jaeger cosplayers are part of the C4 Team from Thailand, and they not only dress like kaiju punching mecha- they battle with any kaiju they come across at cons. Now that's what I call dedication to a role!
If you think advertisers are done putting out ads which are offensive, featuring racism, sexism, and a general disregard for the standards set in place to avoid turning consumers off to their product, think again, because poorly conceived and totally offensive ads are still rolling out of ad agencies from around the world.
In the last ten years companies like Nike, Groupon and even some government agencies have been releasing insensitive ads that will make you wonder what the heck they were thinking when they made the poor decision to run these ads.
This 2006 ad from the Tokyo Metro Government about earthquake safety shows that some ad agencies haven't moved past the use of racist Little Black Sambo style characters in advertising:
In this case the black caricature characters are meant to represent bumbling Americans who are shown the "right way" by the smarter white Americans, but they must have known it wouldn't fly because they subsequently edited the images so they feature only white American and Asian characters.
And then there's this Groupon ad which essentially belittles the plight of the Tibetan people:
The main focus of multimedia artist Eric Yahnker’s bold and colorful works seems to be the inherent absurdity of modern culture, with the far too pervasive influence of pop culture and the reduction of many powerful symbols into an ironic mockery of their former selves.
Eric’s chosen mediums range from colored pencil to wood, and his works make statements which range from hilariously ridiculous to thought provoking and a bit sad.
Put them all together in a gallery setting you’ve got a show that "strives to navigate the muddy, frequently strained gulf between the reception of recent US affairs at home and abroad."
His solo exhibition, aptly entitled Sticks & Drones, is currently on display at London's Paradise Row gallery.
When British photographer Rankin teamed up with Beauty Editor Andrew Gallimore to create a mesmerizing series of images entitled Epitaph the name hinted at the underlying theme but did not reveal the visual splendor that awaited the viewer.
The theme is death, brought to visual life through a collection of extremely diverse death masks inspired by Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos, with a little KISS and horror movie inspiration thrown in for good measure.
The bright pop of the masks sits in stark contrast to the shadowy models covered in black paint, each one identically anonymous beneath the mask created to celebrate a time when they lived in full color.
What’s the first thing you do when you reach the surface of the planet Mars? You phone home, of course, and when you get through to Earth you expect to be greeted by excitement and praise, but if you're anything like the hapless astronaut in this animated short by The Brothers McLeod entitled "Phone Home" you'll be greeted with nothing but disappointment!
Oh well, being one of the first astronauts to land on Mars trumps being married any day!
David Lynch's film adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi novel Dune is one of those movies people either love or hate, there seems to be no middle "meh" ground when it comes to this particular big screen adaptation.
Even Lynch's feelings are torn over this unique flick, claiming it was made around the time he "started selling out", but those who enjoy watching his dark vision of Dune dream of someday owning a sandworm of their own, and maybe one of those sweet black stillsuits...
The cosplay community is full of imaginative, creative, and talented folks who put their heart and soul into costuming, using their wide variety of skills to create spot on versions of their favorite characters.
Cosplayers live to play roles, and create new characters for their geeky fans to adore, and one of the newest and most fun original incarnations are the Bunnies, based on the Playboy Bunnies of the past.
We've seen the Avengers and Doctor Who themed Bunnies, but these Gotham Bunnies (based on the artwork of Oskar Vega) take the concept to a whole new level of awesome!
Billboards are generally placed where they can be seen by as many people as possible, and their high visibility makes effective ads stronger and billboard fails, well, they’re extra bad and have no place to hide!
Offering your funeral home services? Don’t include a bad pun in your tagline. Advertising the local news? Don’t include a headline, unless you want your reporters to come off looking like sickos. Placing two ads side by side? Be careful what your new doublewide image says about your product, or your viewing public might get a bit sore.
There are all sorts of clever ideas contained within, like using leftover coffee to make simple ice cream, using flat cola to make your own barbecue sauce, and grinding chicken bones in a food processor to make a nitrogen rich fertilizer for your garden. It might just make a leftover lover out of you!
The waka-waka-waka chronicles of Pac-Man and the multi-colored ghosts with the cute names have been brought to life in many ways, but Michael Bosanko has officially shed new light on the concept of fan art.
His amazing light art photographs really bring the Pac pursuit to life, and somehow the ghosts look spookier when they’re nothing but whispy tendrils of light.
Oh Pac-Man, even after all these years people are still finding fun ways to pay homage to your hungry pie head!