Pop culture royal Prince turned 56 over the weekend, but the singer shows no signs of slowing down. One of the central components of his oeuvre has been his sexually frank lyrics. That alone might be enough to make audiences swoon, but his flamboyance, confidence, ridiculous talent, seemingly ageless beauty, cleverness, and attitude basically make him a magical unicorn wrapped in a double rainbow. The sexy knows no bounds — and that the performer largely remains a mystery only intensifies his allure. Prince even has the power to make inanimate objects… Read More
Happy birthday, Bob Dylan. The singer-songwriter turns 73 today. Dylan is as busy as ever, having just teased his cover of Frank Sinatra’s 1945 hit “Full Moon and Empty Arms” in anticipation of a new album due out later this year.
The craggy-voiced icon is known to be a straight-faced, serious performer, rarely smiling on stage or in photos — the perfect accompaniment for his somber lyrics and political anthems. “It’s hard not to feel that the sense of Dylan’s music as so very deep and meaningful would be so persuasive if it didn’t issue from the pouting sloucher on the record sleeves,” pondered The Guardian’s Lindesay Irvine.
Dylan’s stern facade has occasionally cracked to reveal a lighthearted artist who indulges in random headstands, goofy antics, and toothy grins. Check out the photo evidence in celebration of the counterculture poet’s birthday. … Read More
Mad Men is a veritable smorgasbord of eye candy. From the swoon-worthy set design to the striking cinematography, Matthew Weiner’s stylish series deconstructs the 1960s with a visual grammar that rivals many movies. Perhaps one of the most obsessed about aspects of Mad Men is the fashion. The series heralded a revival of 1960’s style and even inspired several clothing lines from big brands and indie clothiers. … Read More
Gruff-voiced poet Tom Waits celebrates a birthday, today. The howling pianist’s lyrics illuminate a forgotten, shadowy world of drunken sirens, broken dreams, and glassy-eyed regrets. His evocative verses have been tattooed as permanent reminders of the hope and loss his work conjures in the minds and hearts of fans. And the singer’s vagabond style has made him a character worthy of inky tribute. We’ve collected some of the greatest Tom Waits tattoos that honor the eccentric troubadour, below. … Read More
Season three of HBO’s Girls is right around the corner, set to premiere on January 12. London-based artist Nina Cosford has been illustrating the series from across the pond. “I love the show’s wittiness and its painfully relatable scenarios and character traits and wanted to use my style of illustration to highlight these nuances,” she told the Daily Dot. “I think it helps to accentuate the softer, more charming elements of the show which lie beneath the grittiness of it all.” Cosford’s artworks highlight some of the show’s memorable moments (and quotes) with refreshing simplicity. We’re especially in love with Cosford’s illustration of the “Maiden’s Milk Vintage Boutique” stoop sale. Take a closer look, below. … Read More
The librarian is one of the most misunderstood figures in pop culture history. The patronizing character John Rothman played in Sophie’s Choice and the “old maid” Donna Reed portrayed in It’s a Wonderful Life are just a few of the negative, unflattering, and downright laughable images of librarians that our society has been inundated with. There are, however, several fine examples of realistic, intelligent, competent, and yes, even sexy librarians in cinema, television, and beyond. We’ve detailed 15 of our favorite fictional librarians, below. … Read More
Daniel Harmon (not to be confused with Community creator Dan Harmon) is a pop-culture aficionado, but never thought he’d be able to do it “by day.” Somehow, he made it work and has released the highly intriguing Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays (published by Zest Books, where Harmon spends his days as an editor). … Read More
Brooks Brothers has unveiled its new limited-edition men’s clothing line, created in collaboration with The Great Gatsby costume designer Catherine Martin. Gatsby isn’t the first pop culture project to reinvigorate interest in the distinctive and discerning man of the Roaring Twenties. The gentlemen of Boardwalk Empire and Downton Abbey have recently donned wingtip shoes, white waistcoats, and straw boaters. With the “dreamlike world of pristine green laws and lavish parties” in mind, we gathered great fashion tips from ten cultural icons to learn the secrets of sharp-dressed… Read More
Oh 1990′s Nickelodeon, how we miss you so. The network’s golden age produced some of the most original, free-spirited fun on television that had young audiences swimming in green slime. Pie-faced shenanigans, witty cartoons, and colorful characters entertained a generation. Gallery iam8bit is celebrating Nickelodeon’s classic era with their upcoming exhibit, It’s the shizNICK. Over 60 artists are paying tribute to the channel that ruled your youth with paintings, prints, sculptures, plush, and installations that recall the best of Nick: You Can’t Do That on Television, SpongeBob, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, and more. If you’re in Los Angeles on April 19, check out a cool photo playset, animated GIF theater, and other Nicktastic installations at iam8bit. Enjoy a preview of the exhibit in our gallery.
Who knew the Les Misérables Broadway banner image of Cosette could look so satanic with a McDonald’s logo in the middle of her forehead? Ben Frost, apparently. Website Who Killed Bambi? introduced us to the artist who paints pop culture characters on different kinds of packaging. Junk food, cereal boxes, tiny pharmaceutical containers, and more are covered in Frost’s cheeky redesigns. The artist imagined Linda Blair from The Exorcist as the “hostess with the mostess” on a cheery Twinkies package and painted a depressed Mickey Mouse pondering his failures on a box of Xanax. See more icons Frost painted for pop culture posterity in our gallery. … Read More