Art

Primal Punk Portraits: Dan Witz’s ‘NY Hardcore’ Paintings

Anybody who has spent any amount of time in or around a circle of dancing hardcore kids understands how exhilarating, and often violent, it can be. The way they wave their arms, kick their feet, and do moves like picking up change, floor-punching, and windmills have long made hardcore shows exciting and dangerous, with the chance of a fist or foot hitting anybody within close proximity. They might not look elegant to most, but artist Dan Witz used hardcore pits as inspiration for his latest show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, NY Hardcore. … Read More

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Witty Vintage-Style Ads Starring Contemporary Music Icons

There’s just a week and a half left before the new Mad Men season rolls out, but in case the ’60s-style withdrawal is too much to bear, Ads Libitum has the graphic design beat covered. Run by David Redon, the Tumblr has been posting faux-aged ads starring pop culture figures from the last two decades since July 2013. Redon’s favorite subject is musicians, but the full site has a spot for Breaking Bad‘s Pollos Hermanos as well. Click through for thoroughly retro renditions of OutKast, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and more. … Read More

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Fabulous Photos of New York City Dogs Dressed in Couture

Yes, Virginia, there are glamorous parties (sorry, “pawties”) for dogs — and “puptials” and “barkmitzvahs.” What’s a fabulous New York City pooch supposed to wear to these events? Why, doggie couture, of course. Photographer Paul Nathan captured the canine couture scene in the Big Apple and rubbed elbows (and pampered paws) with fashion-minded New Yorkers and their fur children — all decked out in custom designs. Those pups, owners, and couturiers found their way into Nathan’s book, Couture Dogs of New York, which we first learned about on Co.Design. Catch a preview of Nathan’s work in our gallery. … Read More

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Photos Documenting the Backyard Punk Scene in East LA

East Los, a new photo series by documentarian Angela Boatwright (part of Vans’ Living Off the Wall project, which includes an East Los companion film), invites viewers into the backyard punk scene of East Los Angeles. Revealing a little known side of the Latino community, East Los takes a look at the lifestyle in the clubs and at home, exploring “youth, catharses, and notions of family.” See a preview of the work in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website for more information. … Read More

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Cosmic Art Installations Inspired by Space

Science has become “mainstream,” according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — the host of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, a newly resurrected version of Carl Sagan’s 1980’s PBS series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. “It’s with us and around us,” he stated in a January interview, citing the popularity of space thriller Gravity. He’s right, of course. Our fascination with the cosmos has grown exponentially, and artists are exploring concepts of space that are bringing us closer to the solar system more than ever. Inspired by Jeff Talman’s new installation, Rhythms of Stars, at St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University, which continues the artist’s fascinating work with the sounds of stars (Talman is also set to release a CD that presents the sounds of the sun), we searched for other installations that use the galaxy as their guide. … Read More

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Kurt Cobain Reading List: The Essential Books, Interviews, and Photos

I truly believe that there is very little left to say about Kurt Cobain.

In the 20 years since his suicide, we’ve searched for meaning in his actions on April 5, 1994, and most certainly in his actions before that day. Two generations — Gen X and millennials — idolize this man, who, despite dying just as Web 1.0 was taking hold, has become one of the Internet’s most discussed musical figures ever. Every anniversary — be it Kurt’s birthday, his deathday, every Nirvana album, grunge as a genre — must be celebrated with a rumination on Kurt Cobain. To which I counter: does the world need so-called new thoughts on Kurt when so many great ones already exist? … Read More

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Ecstatic Photos of Concert-Goers Mid-Dance

There’s perhaps no other state of ecstasy that’s more aesthetically pleasing than the one that can take hold of a person mid-dance. Mexico-based photographer Alejandro Cartagena nails this notion in his series titled Bliss (spotted via Feature Shoot). Cartagena attended the NRMAL music festival in Monterrey, Mexico and asked festival-goers to dance for him (in a perfectly innocent way, of course). The result is a gorgeous and inspiring series of portraits that show the freedom and rapture of cutting loose.  … Read More

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Breathtakingly Beautiful Closeup Photos of Butterfly Wings

The beauty of butterflies, the loveliest of all insects, has hardly gone unheralded — but this series of photos by Linden Gledhill is sure to make you even more appreciative of their aesthetic qualities. Using a macro lens to zoom in on tiny sections of their wings, Gledhill (who’s trained as a biochemist) reveals breathtaking multicolored fish-scale patterns that resemble lush fabrics and vibrant works of abstract art. Click through for a selection of images from the series (spotted via Colossal), and visit Gledhill’s Flickr page for many more butterfly-wing photos –  among other fascinating series. … Read More

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Hilarious Portraits of ‘Twin Peaks’ Characters in ‘The Simpsons’ Style

The recent wave of Twin Peaks mania has gotten to the point that I’ll be happy not to hear anything more about David Lynch’s TV masterpiece for a while — but, you can always make an exception, especially when you’re looking at something as hilariously awesome as these renditions of the show’s characters as Simpsons drawings. They’re the work of a Belgian illustrator who goes by the moniker ADN, and they appear on his Tumblr Simpsonized, wherein he has made strikingly Groening-esque Simpsons mockups of True Detective‘s Rust and Marty, Macklemore, and a bunch of Belgian soccer players. Click through to check out his portraits of Agent Cooper, Gordon Cole, Sheriff Truman, and more. (There’s no Bob, but that’s probably just as well.) … Read More

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Bob Gruen’s Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Portraits of John Lennon, Ramones, and Tina Turner

Even the most casual consumers of rock ‘n’ roll iconography have seen Bob Gruen’s iconic images. He’s shot album covers, photographs that ended up as posters and postcards, and portraits that come to be so associated with superstar musicians, they run in their obits. John Lennon’s New York City T-shirt. Led Zeppelin’s plane. That kind of thing. … Read More

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