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As the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games gets closer and closer--and the internet continues to buzz with anticipation--it seems like the perfect time to discover these incredible sports-themed collages by Berlin artist Jens Ullrich. Ullrich seamlessly combines kinetic sports photos with black and white images of classical sculptures that are surprisingly energetic. Whether they have you jonesing to hit the gym the second you get off work or itching to reclaim your collaging-shears to cut up every old magazine in sight, Ullrich's images are certainly inspiring. Read More
Think you want that pencil case? Think again—unless you get some sort of fulfillment out of carrying bricks around in your bag—because that thing is made of stone. I don't mean it lacks emotions. It is literally carved out of stone. By using ordinary river rocks (similar to that one you may or may not have stubbed your toe on when you were tubing with your friends) as his canvas, Japanese artist Hirotoshi Itoh molds his unconventional mediums to take on a range of unexpected forms. Read More
Sure, we’ve had our ups and downs, but I can honestly say that (for better or worse) Google may very well know me better than anyone else. It's been there for me through thick and thin, and even though it's not perfect, I have to admit that it still has a very special place in my heart. On the other hand, even though I can honestly count the number of times that I actually dusted off one of the old hard-copy Encyclopedias in my high school’s library on one hand, there’s something very sad about knowing that tangible print books are fast becoming obsolete for a lot of people. Read More
Some novels are so enthralling you can become completely engrossed in the world the author has created, and for graphic designer and photographer Dinah Fried, this holds true right down to what the characters ate for dinner. In her series “Fictious Dishes,” Fried recreates iconic meals eaten by main characters from The Catcher in the Rye, Oliver Twist, The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Moby Dick. How many of them do you recognize? [Image source dinahfried. Read More
Brooklyn-based designer and artist Mike Perry, (and BUST contributor!), creates work that’s wonderful, weird, and entirely his own. His distinct illustrations and designs are teeming with personality--full of patterns, shapes, and charming characters. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out Perry’s studio. I sat down to chat with him about everything from personal process to figuring out the universe (sort of). Read More
The Ohio River Project is the latest venture of artists who make boats out of awesome pieces of trash and travel down various rivers. They stop in towns along the way to put on free shows for the public and create fun experiences, tons of laughter, and amazing pictures. Every year the masterminds behind the project pick a different river, and this time around they're sailing down one of the largest and most populated in the United States, the Ohio River. The boat is constructed from a mix of pianos, books, and even a Ferris Wheel, and “Bigfoot: The Musical” is their latest show. Read More
What a breathtaking view: The sky, lightly coated with dollops of clouds, the setting sun creating pretty shadowy streaks across the sandy landscape, and that nice gigantic pair of…legs? This was basically my reaction upon seeing the above collage from Carl E. Smith’s National Parks collection. Read More
When I think of pin-up drawings, I usually think of women sprawled out in compromising positions. But artist Sashiko Yuen puts a new twist on pin-ups with her beautifully imaginative drawings. Yuen’s characters are tougher than your average calendar girls-- be they snacking on body parts, gazing at the viewer menacingly or sporting loads of tattoos. The artist adds in playful pastel bouffants, vintage silhouettes, and odd dessert-themed adornments (some of these might fit into Katy Perry’s dream wardrobe). I had the pleasure of interviewing the artist about some of her inspirations. Read More
Whether or not you're familiar with all the details surrounding the life and work of the beautiful and tragic Frida Kahlo, chances are you've still come across some of her captivating self-portraits on more than one occasion. As one of the boldest and most influential women in history, Kahlo has inspired countless artists, writers, filmmakers, and individuals throughout the years. Read More
Imagine a 1950s diner on an acid trip and you’ll land at Boopsie Daisy, an Etsy shop by Canadian-based user Missy Munday. Though the shop sells art prints, the prints are truly more like pages torn out of an ongoing creepy-cute fairytale that could easily be turned into a Tim Burton film. All of the colors used are neon and supersaturated but still retain a very vintage glow. Read More