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!
He’s the voice of many cartoons both crappy and cool, he has a van, and once you’ve heard the name H. Jon Benjamin you never forget it. His voice is so iconic, so sultry, that when he does voiceover for things other than toons he brings a unique je ne sais quoi to the project.
Here’s an example of the kind of vocal magic Mr. Benjamin brings to a project- a clip from 2001 featuring H. Jon as the voice of that psycho computer AI HAL, recorded when Jon paid a visit to Late Night Basement.
2001 disc selling people- give HJB a call when you decide to re-re-re-release 2001: A Space Odyssey and you’re looking for a HAL update, cause he nailed it!
So much information has come out over the years about the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, the work that went in to creating the SW universe, and the origin of many of the iconic elements contained within, that we often assume we know all there is to know about these seminal flicks.
This very informative video from Cinefix reveals how samurai movies led the way for cowboy flicks and influenced much of the Star Wars universe, and taught me a thing or two in about seven minutes by answering these pressing questions:
How are Samurai films and a car crash responsible for Star Wars? How did World War II affect the global film industry in the 20th century? Why are Jedi called Jedi?? Give us 8 minutes, and we'll explain it all...
The horror classic Dracula was scary on the silver screen, but the script that started it all is even more terrifying, with enough horrific words and dark imagery to give even the bravest bibliophile nightmares about bloodsucking creatures that go bump in the night.
Throw on this Dracula t-shirt by Robotic Ewe and two things are guaranteed- 1. your style points will soar through the roof and 2. people will be trying to read the small print on your shirt all day long!
Those caring individuals who run animal shelters know that finding new owners for their furry charges can be a daunting affair, and anything that can be done to help make the process easier is seen as a blessing by those who give their lives helping pets find good homes.
When digital artist and photographer Sarolta Ban adopted a dog of her own she was struck by inspiration and came up with the brilliant idea to help shelter pets get adopted by creating fun surreal portraits of each dog.
Portraits of her subjects are gathered from around the world, and whenever one of these lucky dogs are adopted she gifts the new owners with a copy of their surreal portrait. What a great way to connect these needy dogs with new owners!
Even though one of the Grand Theft Auto games (Vice City) is set in the 80s, the franchise itself was nothing more than a glimmer in the eye of a game designer when disco pac-man was busy playing with rubik’s cube while he tried to escape the wrath of Donkey Kong and the A-Team, but if GTA V had come out in the 80s it probably would have looked a lot like this animated short by MajamiHiroz.
This pixelated re-imagining of GTA V reveals what the popular criminal simulation game would have looked like if it had been released for the Commodore 64, and the rockin' 8-bit soundtrack really adds to the experience!
They told mighty Mario to draw a card and see what fate had in store for him, and when he drew the seven of stars he knew that fame and fortune awaited him at the end of those maze-like castle corridors. Would he be able to defeat the boss, or had his lucky star run out of time?
Gaming explores its mystical side on this Epic Legend of the Seven Stars t-shirt by Adam Works, what will the fates hold in store for you when you wear this t-shirt? Throw it on and find out!
The emperor was getting on in years, and he had lost a lot of his spark to various wars in the stars and a never ending stream of rebels just begging to get zapped, so he had to catch a little lightning monster for his pocket. The shocking thing was- that little lightning rat didn't like to be pushed around, and his little furry body held enough electricity to shock the robe off the emperor himself!
Let the mashup mayhem begin with this Force Poke t-shirt by Pinteezy, it brings new meaning to the phrase gotta catch 'em all.
Tony's original prototypes for his superpowered iron suit were made out of various materials- plastic, ceramic, aluminum and even cardboard, before he settled on making them all out of wood. It was a cheap material, durable and malleable, but he really could have done without the two inch long splinters and the globs of sap he couldn't seem to scrub off his skin...
Celebrate the good old days of super suit design with this Wooden Man t-shirt by c0y0te7, it's way more comfortable than wearing a wooden breastplate, and it won't give you splinters!
When a massive explosion of light and warmth washed over Tokyo things changed forever, and the radioactive winds which blew through the city sent shivers down the spines of those who once believed in a bright future. Kaneda had known better all along, he knew things were about to get strange, and he rode it all out with his gang buddies while trying to keep an eye on his shrimpy friend Akira...
Epic anime shines brightly on this Winds Over Neotokyo t-shirt by Whitebison, the boldest vision of that improbable future that changed the way we thought about Japanese animation.
When Kirk looked back at Spock and noticed he was all green and scaly, with a big square head full of sharp teeth and the beady black eyes of a predator, he almost went all Tiberius on the poor guy because he looked terrifying! Something strange had happened to the away team when they set foot on that jurassic planet, and the red shirt they brought along was starting to get hungry...
Bring your geeky wardrobe from the jurassic age to the space age and back again with this Star T-Rex t-shirt by Captain RibMan, it's the ultimate torso cover/geeky mashup and all a budding star captain needs to make it so!
When the guys fired off their new prototype ghost trap they had no idea that the resulting explosion of energy would create a miniature wormhole that would send them back in time, back when the town's clocktower tolled on the hour and heavy rock 'n' roll had yet to come into being.
Take your fashion sense back in time the fun way with this Back To The Firehouse t-shirt by Ninjaink, it's brilliantly geeky and the perfect shirt to wear while you're traveling through time or busting ghosts.
As an exercise to help reveal who exactly it was hiding behind that spider mask, the psychiatrist asked Peter to complete a series of art projects, including a painting. The results were both surprising and revealing, because Peter couldn't help but paint himself wearing the spider suit, once again concealing his true identity. Had he become more spider than man?
The art of lookin' good lives in this Behind The Mask t-shirt by Dr. Monekers, it's classic and artsy in all the right ways!
This shirt is totally rockin', especially if you're not wearing it like an ironic hipster, but rather as a card carrying member of the dark side of life. Artificial moons may not be as fun to howl at, and they won't be turning anyone into werewolves, but when you've got a score to settle with a neighboring planet nothing beats a metal star made to rain down death from above.
Dark forces are at work on this 3 Wolf, No Moon t-shirt by Steven Lefcourt, it's the best way to declare your love of the darkness and keep your geeky wardrobe classic at the same time.
A long, long time ago in a country far, far away there was a rumor about a science fiction movie that came out in America which rocked everybody’s world, a movie that contained cool words like Darth, Jedi and Skywalker.
This movie, of course, was Star Wars, and the Chinese were strictly forbidden from seeing this American film, but that didn’t stop some Chinese artists from dreaming about that forbidden space opera, and bringing their thoughts to life in a comic book.
Reddit is home to a delicious subreddit called Random Acts of Pizza, where redditors try to convince others to send them a pizza by using tactics which range from “me hungry” to “won’t you take pity on a poor, starving student?”.
Vampires are supposedly vulnerable to a few human conditions when they drink our blood, namely the effects of drugs and alcohol coursing through the bloodstream, but can you really get drunk by drinking a drunk person’s blood?
Surely there are some vampires out there who claim they get drunk from feeding on barflies, but the line between LARPing and real life has blurred for these folks, because according to research by Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, you can’t get drunk simply by slurping on some sot’s vein sauce.
Here's what Randall has to say on the topic:
You wouldn’t throw up because because of the alcohol; you’d just throw up because you’re drinking blood. If you somehow avoided vomiting, you would have ingested a total of 2 grams of ethanol, which is the amount you’d get from one shot glass full of beer.
So the next time your buddy from Clan Brujah claims he’s been hitting the sauce inside Sammy lay this reality hammer down on him and make him question his motives for vampirism.
Living in the middle of the earth means never having to worry about your gold or precious jewelry, but if you make cookies for a living you'd better watch your back! These halflings call themselves elves and live in a giant tree/cookie factory, and the only quests they undergo are those which involve groceries, but when you're hungry for cookie you go straight to the source...
Love mythological critters of all kind, including cookie baking elves and furry blue monsters? You'll adore this Lord of the Cookies t-shirt by Ronan Lynam, it's delicious enough to satisfy your appetite for geeky fashion, and so funny that people will be hungry for more!
There are times when even the sharpest, most alert mind is lost in the haze of a daydream, and when that happens a single, constant thought is replaced with many smaller, more fleeting thoughts that seem to be floating around inside the daydreamer’s mind.
Photographer Cerise Doucède captures images of people who appear to be daydreaming, and then he adds the dreamlike floating elements to complete the scene, the trappings of their individual lives dancing around them like pink elephants parading around a drunk.
His series is entitled Égarements (brainstorm), and each playful image evokes concepts of ideas come to life, visualization of thought and the different things we each have running through our minds on a daily basis.
Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and many more have found themselves depowered and disgraced by the terrible merchandise that comes out with their name plastered all over it, and in the 90s when the X-Men cartoons were taking the after school world by storm there were all kinds of bunk X-Men based products being released.
One particular bad product, a horrible X-Men coloring book full of terrible quality drawings and mutants placed in strange situations that seem to have very little to do with superheroing, has inspired a series of artworks based on what the artists found between the covers of that cheesy coloring book.