Exclusive Photo Gallery: Outside Lands 2014

The seventh annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival took over Golden Gate Park last weekend, blessing San Francisco with three days of heavenly sounds, sights, and tastes. Although your New York-based Flavorwire staff was stuck on the East Coast, photographer Scott Witt was on hand to capture the magic for us — and for you. Click through to see Haim shred, Arctic Monkeys vamp, and Death Cab for Cutie brood, then visit Witt’s website to see more of his wonderful work. … Read More

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Striking, Strange Portraits of California Trailer Park Residents

Photographer David Waldorf once captured a rare portrait of David Lynch in his private sanctuary, the “think room.” There’s certainly something Lynchian about his photos of trailer park residents in Sonoma, California. One surreal snapshot reveals a grim bride in a gown worthy of the 1980s. She holds hands with her bare-chested husband, both lit by the flames of a roaring barbecue. It is American Gothic at its strangest — and it could easily be a photo taken at Twin Peaks’ Fat Trout Trailer Park. Waldorf aims to “to capture the truth in people’s eyes,” and these eyes don’t… Read More

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Spam Emails Brought to Life in Dramatic Photos Starring Imaginary Senders

Somehow, with all our technological progress, we have yet to invent a foolproof barrier against spam emails. Even filters cannot contain fictional pleas for obnoxious sums of money, the staged deaths of rich relatives you never knew, and fake marriage proposals. Artist Cristina De Middel has imagined what those scenarios might look like in her photo series Poly-Spam, which we first spotted on Lost at E Minor. Using real spam emails as her inspiration, the photographer captures the trials of imaginary senders like Sandrine Nzi, whose father died under mysterious circumstances, and David Kodjo at the Banque Atlantique Dapaong, who wants to transfer $18,230,000 to your bank account. The fictional portraits capture the absurd drama of each correspondence, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. … Read More

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Stunning Photos of Intricate Islamic Architecture From Iran

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit somewhere like the Alhambra in Spain or Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, you already know that the aniconistic provisions of Islamic scripture mean that, over the centuries, Muslim artists have created abstract patterns of remarkable beauty. Their work interweaves intricate geometric tessellations and ornate calligraphy to stunning effect. These photos, by photographer Mohammad Domiri, come via Design Boom, and they’re some of the most gorgeous examples of this design you’ll ever see — they capture the interiors of palaces and mosques from all over Domiri’s native Iran. In a sadly polarized world where Islamic culture is often stereotyped and misunderstood, they’re also a reminder that the Middle East has given the world some of its most wonderful cultural artifacts. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: ‘The Art of John Alvin’ Showcases Movie-Poster Rarities From ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Jurassic Park’

Remember when movie posters were iconic? Back in those days, American artist John Alvin created some of the most crucial key art for the movies that shaped your world (and childhood, quite possibly), including E.T. the Extra-Terrestial, Blade Runner, and Gremlins, among countless others. (The Amblin look of Steven Spielberg’s ’80s films, in particular, was very “Alvin-esque.”) In the new book The Art of John Alvin, the artist’s posters stand side by side with the sketches, drawings, and other work that led up to the final result. Click through for a collection of some of his most iconic work, along with plenty you’ve probably never seen before. … Read More

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Andy Warhol’s Guide to Life

Andy Warhol’s legacy has grown and grown and, since his death in 1987, taken on a life of its own in this 21st-century world where it seems everybody is trying to be famous for 15 minutes. Whether you think of him as a painter, filmmaker, businessman, scam artist, genius, philosopher, thief, prophet, or phoney, you can’t deny Warhol’s influence on contemporary culture. Just scanning through a copy of his book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol reveals plenty of the wisdom we associate with Warhol. Whether he actually came up with the ideas or stole them (as he was known to do) is anybody’s guess — but there’s a lot that any modern-day fame seeker or regular Joe can get from reading a copy today. Since he was born on this day in 1928, sharing some of that advice seems like a decent way to celebrate his birthday. … Read More

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Incredible Photos of Body-Painted People Disappearing Into New York Landmarks

Taking “blending in” to a whole new level, body painter Trina Merry draws her inspiration from New York city landmarks like Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum. Then she pays tribute to them on the bodies of models, who she photographs seamlessly integrated into the urban landscape. Pictured in perspective, it’s hard to tell where the people end and the buildings begin. Click through for a stunning look at the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York City skyline, and the human bodies Merry paints them on, in a series we spotted via Visual News. … Read More

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Beautiful Carpets Juxtapose Pop Song Lyrics With Traditional Turkish Textiles

Selma Alaçam, a Karlsruhe, Germany-based artist, fuses the two halves of her identity in a lovely, striking project she calls heartstrings. Her series of kelim – flat, handwoven carpets native to her father’s homeland, Turkey — finds Alaçam combining a traditional Middle Eastern art form with contemporary, Western song lyrics that reflect her mother’s German heritage and her own European upbringing. … Read More

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Strange, Gorgeous Photos Imagine a Sci-Fi Future Straight Out of Wes Anderson

Dystopia may be all the rage in 2014 — especially in YA literature — but the multimedia artist Todd Baxter and his wife, the writer and designer Aubrey Videtto, are exploring a somewhat different vision of the future. Their sci-fi collaboration, Project Astoria, depicts a failed late-1960s attempt to colonize an Earth-like planet and transform it into a utopia. As Baxter writes at Bleek Magazine, the project is most interested in “the kids who grow up in the Astoria System and are coming of age just as the whole thing is really falling apart.” The images below, spotted via Beautiful/Decay, are from “Project Astoria: Test 01,” the first installment of the long-term endeavor. Baxter describes this series — which many have noticed could be a stylistic cousin to Wes Anderson’s films — as “an introduction to the people, animals, and objects of the Astoria System, the retro-futuristic backdrop for this new project.” … Read More

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Drawings of Ominous Objects Found in Hitchcock Murder Scenes

We’ve had a thing for the Hitchcock drawings of Buenos Aires-born artist Martín Sichetti since we first set eyes on them last year. With a background in theater and costume design, Sichetti was fascinated by the visual dynamics in Hitch’s films. He started creating drawings of film stills, centered on the objects often fetishized by the director (handbags, telephones, and more). In a new series of drawings, titled Hitchcock Items for Murder, Sichetti has zeroed in on the objects themselves. These artworks feature items found in various Hitchcock murder scenes, free of accompanying figures (perhaps hinted at in the flesh tones of the paper) and background. The frayed hairs on a piece of rope, the black sheen of a leaden telephone, and the gleam of a knife blade are meticulously rendered so that the details of each object become more ominous the longer we study them. Hitchcock would approve. … Read More

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