Fantastic Film Noir-Inspired Superhero Posters

These dramatic superhero silhouettes by Macedonia-based illustrator and graphic designer Marko Manev aren’t just lovely to look at, they also capture the mystery of beloved vigilantes like Batman and Wolverine. Clearly Manev — whose minimalist Marvel posters we previously featured — has a real knack for this; someone should introduce him to the Man of Steel marketing team, stat. … Read More

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Exploring the Strange Ephemera of Experimental Filmmaker Jack Smith

An incredible creative force in experimental cinema who inspired everyone from Warhol to John Waters, Jack Smith is considered a pioneer of America’s post-war underground scene — and yet he was largely unknown outside of the art world in his lifetime. “He was really part of this milieu that was trying to break out of any notion of convention, and they did it when they were dirt poor,” Joshua Siegel, an associate curator at MoMA, has explained. “It is one of the great ironies, maybe even tragic ironies, that Jack Smith today is so coveted because at the time I think none of these artists were given the respect they were due.”

Beginning on February 14, Boo-Hooray is staging an exhibition of his handbills, posters, photographs, letters, artwork, and collages; the show is just a starting point for work on a major illustrated book devoted to Smith due out next winter. Click through to preview some of the pieces that will be on display, and if you’re in New York, head to the gallery to check out the work in person through March 10. … Read More

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These Incredible Pencil Portraits Will Blow Your Mind

Kelvin Okafor’s drawings are meticulous — so richly detailed that it’s almost impossible to believe that the image that you’re looking at was created by a graphite pencil and some charcoal, and not a camera’s lens. But these drawings were all done by hand, and he’s got the step-by-step process photos to prove it.

“I draw in sections,” he explains. “I’m right-handed so I work from left to right. After I’ve finished the left eye, I work the nostrils, then the left side of the cheek, then the lips. I always work in that order.” Such precision is time consuming, but worthwhile; it takes Okafor an average of 80 to 100 hours to complete each of his portraits. Click through to see a selection of his work (a mixture of celebrity pieces and intimate drawings of friends), and we think you’ll see why this 27-year-old British artist is currently taking the Internet by storm! … Read More

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Powerful Black and White Portraits That Capture the Beauty of Parkour

Spotted by PetaPixel, this series by New York-based photographer and videographer Ben Franke uses flour and dramatic lighting to capture the gravity-defying movements of parkour like you’ve never seen them before. “It’s a challenge for any photographer to convey authentic movement in a photograph — as it’s a 2D medium — but my series Parkour Motion attempts to translate motion by displaying the energy and power of these athletes,” he explains. Check out the resulting images and see just how successful he was! … Read More

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25 Presents for Your Valentine That Don't Suck

In the interest of making things a bit easier for everyone involved this Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up presents for that special dude or lady in your life that are actually desirable — ie, there’s nary a sad plush toy clutching a rose in sight. From pretty affordable prints to DIY pickling kits, click through to check out our… Read More

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Solve These LEGO Pop Culture Riddles

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of LEGO, Montreal-based creative agency Brad came up with a series of 55 minimalist posters illustrating some of your favorite books, songs, movies, children’s stories, and bands — all in colorful little bricks. Thanks to My Modern Met, we’ve got our hands on a dozen of their clever visual riddles; see if you can solve them all after the jump! … Read More

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Incredible Vintage Images of Grand Central Terminal

As most New Yorkers have probably heard already, this weekend marks the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, which officially opened its doors at midnight on February 2, 1913. Designed by the architectural firms of Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore, the Beaux-Arts beauty was preceded by Grand Central Depot and Grand Central Station — and if you can believe it, was almost demolished itself back in the ’70s. (Many thanks to Jackie Onassis for putting the kibosh on that.) Today the iconic station — the largest in the world by number of tracks (67) and number of platforms (44) — sees some 750,000 visitors pass through daily; see a selection of photos and drawings from the very early days after the jump. … Read More

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This 'Game of Thrones'-Themed Minecraft World Will Blow Your Mind

Thanks to The Verge, we just came across an incredibly detailed Game of Thrones-themed Minecraft world that is sure to wow the George R. R. Martin fans in our audience. Their impressive rendering of the King’s Landing alone features 3,000 unique buildings with fully-decorated interiors, and apparently took 100 builders a little over four months to complete. The exciting news: The talented team behind “WesterosCraft” plans on turning the entire project into a “giant, open world RPG with quests and NPCs” when they’re finished. In the meantime, click through to explore renderings of just a bit of what they’ve come up with so far! … Read More

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100 of the Best Quotes from ‘30 Rock'

If 30 Rock has been a bit uneven in recent seasons, the one thing that remained a constant was the hilarious, quotable lines that the show’s talented writing team would sprinkle into each episode. We spent the past few weeks culling through our favorites to come up 100 of the very best.… Read More

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Art Inspired by Your Favorite YA Literature

As Jennifer Senior recently explained in New York Magazine, we never truly leave high school — it’s a scientific fact. Whether or not you’re still haunted by the thought of your prom portrait or cafeteria politics, there’s one part of adolescence that you’re probably still clinging to in a good way: the beloved books that got you through those awkward years. Opening this Saturday at Gallery1988′s Melrose location, the Young Adult show, a collaboration with HelloGiggles, celebrates YA classics like Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, and Harriet the Spy through original works of art. Click through to preview a selection of the pieces that will be on display through February 23, and let us know which ode is your favorite in the comments. … Read More

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