Imagine this : perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody had ever seen her work and she was a complete unknown until the time of her death. For decades Vivian’s work hid in the shadows until decades later (in 2007), historical hobbyist John Maloof bought a box full of never developed negatives at a local auction for $380.
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John began to develop the negatives and it didn’t take long before he realised that these were no ordinary street snapshots from the 50′s and 60′s — these pictures were a lot more then that.
Maier’s work is particularly evocative for those who grew up in the 50′s and 60′s because she seemed to stare deep into the soul of the time and preserve the everyday experience of the people. She ventured outside the comfortable homes and picturesque residential neighborhoods of her employers to document all segments of life in and around the big city. Below we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.
Vivian Maier Street Photography
He embarked on a journey to find the legend who took these beautiful pictures and he quickly discovered her name: Vivian Maier.
Here is a self-portrait of Vivian Maier
Before he could find her, John discovered her obituary in the newspaper of 2009 . She slipped on ice, suffered a head injury and never fully recovered. She was 83 years old when she passed away.
Since then, the work of this mysterious and incredibly talented woman has turned the art world upside down. The pictures gained international media attention with exhibitions in London, New York , Los Angeles , Oslo and Hamburg.
John has also made a documentary about Vivian and her work – you can check out the trailer below.
WOW, what an incredible story and what an inspiration!
If you’d like to see even more of this amazing photographer then be sure to check out her official site, where you can also found some of her color work.
Mario is not just a gaming character, the iconic plummer is the most famous character in video gaming history, period. But his popularity isn’t just bound to video games: There are many references to Mario in modern pop culture and the mustached hero has also been the inspiration for many artists over the years. Here we have cooked up a selection of the most awesome Mario themed art for your enjoyment. I hope you like and if you have stumbled upon anything Mario related that you’d like to share, then be sure to send it along to be added to the list.
Lets start with some incredible (fan-made) Mario Concept art!
Mario Body Art
Mario Interior Design
Horrifyingly realistic looking Piranha Plant
Sculpture made from soda cans
The anatomy of Mario
Mario wedding cake
Luigi ice sculpture
You know Mario. Everyone knows Mario, but did you also know that the iconic Nintendo Mascot was once known by another name?
Ossan was the original name of Nintendo’s famous mascot during the early days of the Famicom, the Japanese equivalent to the Nintendo Entertainment System. The nickname Ossan means “middle-aged guy,” the internal name of Mario before he was known as Mr Video. Shigeru Miyamoto, originally designed Mario while developing Donkey Kong and named him “Mr. video”.
Ossan, the original Mario
The story goes that during localisation of Donkey Kong for North America, Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord Mario Segale confronted the then-president of Nintendo America, Minoru Arakawa, demanding back rent. Following a heated argument, the Nintendo employees eventually convinced Segale he would be paid, and opted to name the character in the game Mario after him.
What you’re about to see will melt your brain! Believe it or not but the animals below are actually all 3D paintings!
Singapore-based artist Keng Lye created these near life-like sculptures of animals relying on little but paint, resin and an astonishing sense of perspective. Lye slowly fills bowls, buckets, and boxes with alternating layers of acrylic paint and resin, creating aquatic animal life that looks so real it could almost pass for a photograph. Enjoy and be sure to let us know which one is your favorite by dropping a comment below!
The American Scott Summit has twenty years of experience as an industrial designer. He now uses this experience to make prosthetics a lot more pleasing on the eye and personal. As he says himself: “Prosthetics can not replicate the look and feel of lost limbs but they can carry a lot of personality.” It’s quite touching to see how one can use his professional skills to help other’s cope with their loss. At the bottom you can also see his inspiring speech at TEDx.
Thank God for graffiti! I mean what is more depressing than a grey, drab, boring looking sidewalk or concrete wall … right? Graffiti itself has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. And before you go assuming that the ancient Romans only vandalized with the most brilliant bons mots, think again. Those Romans fellows, it seems, were foul-mouthed, hyper-sexual, and frequently prone to ridiculously immature humor. If you’re up for a laugh then I suggest you read some of the translations that were dug up by the excavators.
Nowadays, however, graffiti is considered a crime in most countries. Fortunately, there are plenty of bold artists out there who consider the world to be their canvas and still use this art-form to express themselves, usually with a underlying social or political message. More often then not in just simple written words, but in some cases; with elaborate wall paintings that can leave you in awe. Below you will find 40 graffiti examples where this urban art-form is taken to a whole new level. They manage to turn the concrete jungle into a place of magic and wonders. I hope you enjoy them and remember that you can also add your own pictures to the list. Doing so is as easy as herding chickens. Just click the submit button on top of this site. Ok, let’s not drag this out any longer, shall we? Enjoy this collection of some of the finest graffiti art gathered from around the world!
Obviously, this list would not be complete without Bansky, no doubt the world’s most famous graffiti artist, whose true identity still remains a mystery. His artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. His art is worth a lot of money but Banksy doesn’t sell his street graffiti directly himself; however, art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.
Besides graffiti, Banksy also builds physical prop pieces to address social issues. Take the project below for example, called “the Sirens of the Lambs”. In it, a slaughterhouse truck has hit the meatpacking district in New York carrying a cargo of squealing and crying plush animals.
Tattoos can look beautiful on any chosen body part, but a hand/ wrist tattoo can look exceptionally beautiful depending on what message it portray’s. Most of us were given two arms and therefore two wrists by mother nature. This can be depicted beautifully in a pair of tattoos, one on each wrist.
These sorts of tattoos lend itself perfectly for symbolic and meaningful messages. For example, “Regret” on one wrist and “Nothing” on the other. For most people, tattoos are an extremely creative way to express oneself and our hands are probably the most used body parts in a day. Therefore, if there are some meaningful tattoos on your wrists, they are sure to be noted. For those of you who are thinking about getting a tattoo done we have rounded up a collection of some of the most creative wrist tattoos.
These creative wrist tattoos will blow your mind, I guarantee it!!
We do feel the need to point out that wrist tattoos can be a bit painful. Wherever the sun and wind hits you the most will hurt the least, as the skin will be tougher there. Now wherever one portion of your body joins up with another, these areas will hurt worse. Your skin is thinner and the nerve endings are closer to the surface. The area immediately behind the hand where the wrist meets is said to be one of the most painful spots on the body to get a tattoo done. Therefore, it’s advised to move the tattoo at least one inch back from the hand.
If you are thinking about getting (another) tattoo then below you will find a collection of tattoo ideas that, although not to everyone’s taste, sure are different. In the past, a tattoo had to be as realistic as possible. Hearts, skulls and naked women were very popular with the predominantly male clientele. However, times change. Tattoos have penetrated the mainstream and are no longer public domain of bikers and salty sea dogs. The result is that the art of tattooing has come a long way and thanks to creative people, especially graphic designers and street artists, tattoos are being revived and re-imagined all the time. Below we have rounded up a collection of unique tattoo ideas that you might not have seen before. These new designs are possible due to the development of advanced tattoo machines, making much finer drawings possible. I hope you like them and don’t forget to drop a comment below to let us know which one you like the most.
These sorts of tattoo designs are currently skyrocketing in popularity. The designer chooses graphics, such as geometric shapes and straight lines, but also fully anarchist experiments in the style of children’s drawings.
I have to admit that I am a big bacon fan myself and a breakfast without it just isn’t complete. However, the manufacturers of these products might take their love for bacon a bit too far … How about bacon massage oil or bacon toothpaste? For me personally that is a bit too much, but for those of you who really can’t get enough of bacon, check out these 16 bizarre bacon gadgets to satisfy your hunger.
Bacon Body Oil
Bacon Hot Sauce
Bacon Lip Balm
Bacon Peanut Brittle
Bacon Shaving Cream
And yes these are all things you can actually buy on Amazon. For example you can buy the shaving cream right here. Awesome present for Father’s Day don’t you think? 😉
On many occasions our jaw has dropped the floor by certain hyper-realistic paintings. But it’s not often that we come across pictures that look like paintings. Below you will find 10 photo’s that could easily be mistaken for an acrylic or oil painting. But believe it or not, all of these extrodinary images were actually photographed.
Painted Ladies is a beautiful shot of three women in rainbow-colored tulle by photographer Barbara Cole. The self-taught photographer not only challenges our reality, she does it all using Polaroid film! “I fell in love with Polaroid film sometime late in 1987,” Cole says. “I had been experimenting with the Polaroid Spectra camera and Tungsten light and I loved the mood that its warm colours and creamy palette evoked. In the end, however, it proved too difficult to work within the limitations of this simple point and shoot camera and I abandoned it..After some exploration, I found someone who was able to adapt the SX-70 camera to work with my studio lighting and techniques. Then, I carefully manipulated the surface image to add dimension and introduce a painterly quality I loved.”
Photographer Chaluntorn Preeyasombat calls this photo Clearing Storm. “Huangshan Mountain, Anhui, China. Taken from the Beginning-to-Believe Peak after morning snowfall. The lingering fog made the scene look like Chinese painting.”
Photographer Oscar Ruiz is behind the shot, above, of a housing development in Mexico. Back in May, it was picked as the photo of the day by National Geographic. “A few years ago when I was working as a helicopter pilot for a local radio station, we were required to fly around all of Mexico City chasing news and traffic. I remember flying up to the highway that connects Mexico City with the neighboring state of Puebla, and on my way back this housing complex that seemed to go on forever caught my attention. I decided to circle around to observe from up close what I later found out was the recently built San Buenaventura complex, which is located in Ixtapaluca, on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City. “The exceptional afternoon sun reflecting those thousands of recently painted small homes just looked so beautiful, and the lower I flew the better the angle, so I just got out my camera, opened the sliding window on my Bell helicopter, and snapped a couple of shots.”
This photo, taken in Namibia, shows a dune tinted orange by the morning sun admist camel thorn trees. Photographer Frans Lanting explains his shot, “It was made at dawn when the warm light of the morning sun was illuminating a huge red sand dune dotted with white grasses while the white floor of the clay pan was still in shade. It looks blue because it reflects the color of the sky above. … The perfect moment came when the sun reached all the way down to the bottom of the sand dune just before it reached the desert floor. I used a long telephoto lens and stopped it all the way down to compress the perspective.”
Photographer Andre Ermolaev is behind this gorgeous aerial shot of Iceland’s volcanic rivers. “Iceland is a wonderful country; I would even say that it is a true paradise for all the photo shooting-lovers. But what has become a real discovery for me is the bird’s eye view of the rivers flowing along the black volcanic sand. It is an inexpressible combination of colors, lines, and patterns. The photo represents the mouth of the river falling into the ocean. A little bit upstream there is a yellow-colored brook flowing into the river, but yellow currents fail to mix with the main water flow. One can estimate the scale judging by the car tracks that are clearly seen on the black sand. This is just a river, just a volcano, just our planet.”
James and Kelly Stone took this gorgeous shot of dunes dotted with trees at Lassen Volcanic National Park. “Painted Dunes can be seen atop Cinder Cone at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. The colors are a result of volcanic activity. The beauty is breathtaking. The vision, as you can see, is like an oil painting. God’s tapestry on Earth.”
California-based photographer David Orias is behind a series of wave photographs that look remarkably like oil paintings. Orias uses long exposures and a telephoto lens to capture these stunning shots. He states, “Southern California has its fire season and sometimes this creates conditions of eerie orange light in the morning as the sunlight is filtered and scattered by smoke particles. This creates unusual and to some viewers unrealistic colors. I take the baseline colors and work with them to create a fine art appeal.”
Photographer Michael Brandt captured these painterly rolling hills at the Palouse Valley, Washington, USA. This particular photo is looking towards Tekoa Mountain from Steptoe Butte. “The rainbow picture was taken at a place called Steptoe Butte – it’s an amazing geographical landmark right in the heart of the Palouse. It is a large butte that offers outstanding panoramic views of the very unique rolling hill landscape known as the Palouse, that gives photo fans endless compositions and ever changing landscape throughout the seasons. From late April through to early September photographers from around the world make a trek individually or through photo tours to visit this unique region.”
Doesn’t this man look like he’s rowing in a lake full of paint? This is actually a real photograph of a heavily polluted lake in Anhui province, Taiwan. The green substance on the top of the water is algae. The photograph, by Jianan Yu, is of Chaohu Lake, one of eight rivers and lakes in China that the country plans to treat under ta $7.4 billion construction plan.
Graphic designer Denis Collette has a series called “My Waterbox,” a collection of images that show reflections in a river and lake near his countryside cottage. He said, “I like the creativity of the water and like to be surprised. I have taken thousands of photos of reflections and they are all unique. The reflections are generally of trees, wild flowers, weeds, wild vegetation, the sky and the clouds. But the photo changes depending on the wind, the light, the stream, the level of the river and sometimes the depth of the river. It always fascinates me. The water ripples make them look like oil paintings by Van Gogh, Turner, Riopelle or Monet.”
Sleeve tattoos are slowly climbing the ladder as one of the most popular forms of tattoo art. A Sleeve tattoo refers to a tattoo done on the arms or legs, which covers the entire area similar to a sleeve of a shirt. Sleeve tattoos are usually an assembly of small and large designs and are put together with backgrounds designs like stars, flowers, water or fire. It’s not uncommon that they take several ink sessions and years before they are completed. The feeling that gives a person who has this kind of tattoo can only be described as powerful and awesome. It has been known that people who actually do not have that kind of confidence try to get it by getting such a tattoo done.
Getting such tattoos have known to have transferred timid pussycats into roaring tigers. However, one should think carefully before they pick a design that fit’s them. Some people do have the common sense to do so while others will probably spend the rest of their lives with a bitter reminder never to fall asleep in a tattoo parlor ever again. Below we have rounded-up the best and the worst examples of sleeve tattoos. Enjoy and remember you are free to share your own tattoos as well by uploading them in the upload section.
Dutch kickstart company Monkeylectric has produced the most eye-catching and awe-inducing bike accessory I’ve ever seen. Most bike lights focus on making sure the rider is seen, but these also make sure you’re flagged down and followed by a cheering mob (in a good, fun way off course).
The Monkey Light Pro creates stunning images and animations within a bicycle wheel. It’s also highly customizable. Download images and animations to the Monkey Light Pro and you can display them while you ride.
Tattoos — once part of a sub-culture populated by men and women with serious macho credentials — has become so mainstream that even my grandmother has one now (which I will not post pictures off for obvious reasons). A big reason is probably the media and how more and more celebrities are starting to look like they are key members of the Midnight Boys Bike Club. When it comes to celebrity tattoos Angelina Jolie might have the most photographed tattoos of them all, but check out these other celebrity tattoos for a few star shocks and surprises!
Scarlet Johansson’s Tattoos
When we first noticed the tattoo on Scarlet Johansson’s arm, we thought it was kinda cute how Scarlett still gets a sticker after a doctor’s visit. Unfortunately, it’s actually a real tattoo that just happens to look like something you’d find in a 6-year-old’s birthday party goodie bag.
Hayden Panettiere’s tattoo
The immortal cheerleader from the series Heroes also has a tattoo, which is supposed to read “vivere senza rimpianti,” Italian for “live without regrets.” Unfortunately, it’s got an extra letter in it. How ironic is that? Getting tattoos in foreign languages that make you look sophisticated is cool and all, but at least check the spelling, GEEZ…
In 2007, Rihanna got a Sanskrit prayer inked going down her hip. The tattoo was supposed to translate to “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control”, a quote from the Sanatana Dharma. Unfortunately, the tattoo was misspelled and translated to “long suffering, truthfulness, self-restraint, inward calm, fear and fearlessness” instead, which seems like a pretty serious translation error. I guess it’s best not to rely on Google translate for these sort of permanent things.
In September 2012, Rihanna got one of her most bizarre tattoos yet, as a tribute to her late grandmother. Alongside the picture of her new ink, she tweeted: “Goddess Isis – Complete Woman – Model for future generations – #GRANGRANDOLLY – always in and on my heart.”
This is one of Rihanna’s most visible and famous tattoos. It was started by a tattoo artist in L.A, then finished in New York by her favourite tattoo artist – Bang Bang. The stars match former boyfriend Chris Brown’s trio of stars behind his ear.
Kimberly Stewart’s Tattoo
Kimberly must be really close to her dad Rod Stewart to be getting “Daddy’s Little Girl” tattooed right above her private parts. I’m sorry Kimberley, but that makes us all very uncomfortable…
Cheryl Cole’s tattoos
Voted by Sun as the celebrity who ruined her body the most, what do you think?
Beyonce had a tattoo of a preying mantis on her left hip but she had that removed by laser surgery. She currently has a tattoo on her ring finger that matches her husbands of the roman numeral for ‘four’ which symbolizes the day they were married. All together now… “AWWWWWWWWW.”
Megan Fox’s Tattoos
Shakespeare said ‘We will all laugh at gilded butterflies’ but what did this mean? It means you must laugh at something that is by nature beautiful but has been ‘beautified’ in order to be something that it is not. In its exaggerated beautification it destroys (by being weighed down – gilded) the essence of what it was intended to be (its true colors and true self) and intended to do (fly).
Whoopi Goldberg’s Tattoo
American comedienne, actress and television personality Whoopi Goldberg also has a number of surprising tats, including floral designs on the right side of her chest and the bird Woodstock from the Peanuts gang on the left side of her chest.
Britney Spear’s Tattoos
Britney Spear’s matching dice tattoo with former rapper/dance/ model Kevin Federline is perfectly symbolic of their relationship.
Poor Britney is also a repeat tattoo mistake offender. First she got a tattoo of a Chinese symbol on her hip that was supposed to say “mysterious.” Sadly, it did not say mysterious at all… Guess what it did say? “Strange.” It didn’t end there though. Next she had “God” tattooed in Hebrew on her neck. BUT IT WAS MISSPELLED. It’s a good thing that God’s love is unconditional else she would have been struck down by lighting instantly!
Nicki Minaj’s Tattoo
Nicki keeps it nice and simple as this tattoo is Nicki Minaj’s first and only. Written in Chinese, the tattoo means “God is always with you” in English.
Melanie Griffith’s tattoo
In 2000, Griffith had her husband’s first name tattooed on her right shoulder. Luckily, she is one of the few celebrities in Hollywood who doesn’t have to bear the burden of hiding a crossed-out tattoo of a former lover’s name. That’s right folks, this is what true love looks like! Ok, all together now… “AWWWWWWWWW.”
Jessica Alba’s tattoos
To me personally, Jessica Alba is the least expected person on this list for having a tattoo. Maybe I am just a naive fool but I always imagined she had a fairy protecting her from evil.
Turns out I was totally wrong though…
And yes, America’s sweetheart also has a bum bow…
Johnny Depp’s Tattoos
Johnny Depp has at least 13 tattoos, including this “Jack” with a sparrow for his son. That’s pretty cool. But lets face it, anything Johnny Depp does is cool.
Justin Bieber’s Tattoo
Yup, that’s right even Justin Bieber has a tattoo now. Sure, we had to spot it through a microscope but I guess his mom would kill him if he got anything bigger than that.
Mike Tyson’s tattoo
Ok, we seen plenty of tattoo fails but the title for worst tattoo mistake has to be Mike Tyson’s FACE tattoo. Poor Mike. He bit a dude’s ear off in a boxing match and all went downhill from there. There really isn’t much more I can say, is there? Well, at least he owns a pet tiger. That’s gotta help, right? No, honestly it probably doesn’t.
Lil’ Wayne’s tattoos
One of the most popular musician in the world, for better or worse, is Lil Wayne. The grammy award winning rapper is one of the only artists that can still move millions of units, and he does so by apparently saying the first thing that’s on his mind when a microphone is in front of him. He also has a ton of tattoos. Honestly, there is no point trying to count them all. Just like it’s utterly futile to try and figure out what they mean. If you’re familiar with his lyrics then you should know: the man is either an incomprehensible genius or just batshit crazy.
David Beckham’s Tattoos
David Beckham has several tattoos all over his body and says that he expresses his feelings through tattoos…
They include the names of his sons on his back and this angel on his back.
Marc Jacob’s Tattoo
Yes, fashion designer and creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton really does have a Spongebob SquarePants on his right bicep… Obviously this raises a lot of questions like: Why, how and why?! But it’s simple really. “I just think the colors of that particular cartoon are really beautiful and really sophisticated and interesting,” Jacobs told NY Magazine of the unique ink.
Jamie Fox’s Tattoo
Academy-Award winner Jamie Foxx got the design on his head to celebrate his 40th birthday. We didn’t quite know how to respond to this one so we asked a very famous tattoo artist. His response: “Wow. That’s one of the stupidest tattoos I’ve seen.” — Bob, Tattoo Bob
Here we have a collection of funny pics featuring people who are having way to much fun with statues. Enjoy, and remember you can add your own funny pictures to the list as well which, by the way, is easier then herding chickens. All you need to do is click here and you can submit as many pictures as you want. Ok, enough talk lets get started, shall we?!
I don’t know about you, but after going through all these pictures I can totally relate to the mime artist in the video below…
Coffee Art, or what is also referred to as Latte Art, is the magical practise of pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a highly detailed, decorative design on the surface of the resulting latte.An artists who performs this delicious form of art is called a “Barista”. These artists are able to create some truly stunning patterns that most of us will want to take home with them and hang on the wall, rather then drinking them.
Below you will find a tutorial on how to make your very own Latte Art masterpiece. But before we get there, let’s start with some amazing coffee art examples to get you in the mood, shall we?
How to make your own Coffee Art
This delicious art form does require high quality equipment, ingredients and a keen attention to detail. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t become a Barista yourself! Below you will find a tutorial on how you can create your own latte art. This is certainly no easy task and it requires practise before you master the finer latte art techniques. However by learning the basics you can quickly move to more complicated shapes and show of your creative side.
Latte Art Pouring Technique
To pour a latte art figure, the structure of the milk is very important. shows the structure of the milk is important. After frothing the milk the foam has to be fluid enough to pour nicely. However the foam has to remain solid enough, to not dissolve as you pour it into the espresso.
The Milk Jug
For pouring Latte Art it’s best to work with different sizes of milk jugs. By pouring from one jug to another, you can keep the milk smoothly. This way you are able to create more detailed shapes in your cappuccino. The nozzle of the jug should be a little pointy and round, effectively making it your brush for creating your delicious masterpiece. Now follow these techniques to get a feeling for it.
Start high and pour gently
Never interrupt the flow
Tilt the can to make speed
Also consider the distribution of the foam in the can: the thick foam should be on top, medium underneath that and on the bottom the thinnest foam. Remember, to become a proper Bartista you will have to learn by practice, practice and more practice. But to help you on your way, be sure to check out the video tutorial below from master Barista, William Gross.