Monthly Archives: October 2014

Guy Lets His Artist Wife Doodle With Sharpie Pen On His Nissan Skyline GTR

While tuning up his Nissan Skyline GTR sports car, one auto enthusiast, together with his talented and supremely dedicated artist wife, accidentally stumbled upon an amazing way to give their sleek silver vehicle an unforgettable paintjob.

The car enthusiast, who is a member of the U.S. Military, hated the car’s silver color. One evening, he let his wife doodle on a few scratches on the bumper, and when the sun came up and he saw her stunningly intricate and elegant drawings, they knew they had to forge on. While he worked on tuning the insides, she drew on the car.

After roughly 100 hours of work and several clear coats to protect the design, they had an impressively beautiful car that they had tuned up as a team!

More info: nicoclub.com (h/t: granthem7)

 

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Latvian Cyclists Show How Much Space Bikes Save

To celebrate International No Car Day (Sept. 22), some clever Latvian bicyclists from the Let’s Bike It organization dressed their bikes up as automobiles in Riga to show how much space people waste when they commute by car instead of by bike.

By hanging colorful car-sized frame from their bikes, they highlight just how absurd it is that a single individual should take up so much space during their commute.

Bicycles can reduce traffic congestion by saving space, but that’s not all they’re good for. They help the environment by reducing traffic emissions and producing none of their own, and they’re a great form of exercise for workers who might otherwise sit at their desk all day.

More info: letsbikeit.ru | Facebook | Vkontakte (h/t: citylab)

 

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Ashes To Diamonds: Swiss Company Turns People’s Cremated Remains Into Diamonds

Algordanza, a Swiss company, has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed; They will compress and super-heat your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished.

It all begins with a chemical process that extracts the carbon from the departed’s ashes. This carbon is then heated to convert it into graphite. That graphite is then heated to as many as 2,700 degrees Fehrenheit and subjected to forces as high as 870,000 pounds per square inch. The color of the finished diamond, which can range from white to dark blue, depends on the boron content of the ashes of the deceased. The prices begin at 4,259 Swiss Francs ($4,474 USD) for a small diamond with no additional service.

More info: algordanza.com | Facebook (h/t: ecouterre)

The human body is 18% carbon. 2% of this carbon remains after cremation, and it is this carbon that Algordanza uses to make their diamonds

These last two photos are from a man who took his grandmother on a trip through the U.S. after her cremated remains were turned into a diamond ring

 

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Powerful Illustrations Show Women How To Fight Gender Prejudices

Offensive statements about girls and women are more common than you think. Everyday, females around the world hear rude and abusive words towards them, so Brazilian illustrator Carol Rossetti decided to do everything that was in her hands to change that.

The artist created a series of supportive illustrations, called “Women”, that helps motivate women in their struggle against gender prejudices and women discrimination. The on-going project started in May, and Rossetti publishes her work on her blog and Facebook. Although the images were originally created in Portuguese, the popular illustrator got some help in translating them into other languages.

The message couldn’t be clearer: girl power!

More info: carolrossetti.com.br | Facebook

 

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20+ Actors Who Look Like The Historic People They Played

When selecting the cast for a biopic, or biographical movie, the director must walk a fine line between selecting someone for their physical similarity vs. selecting them for having the thespian talent required to play the part. Here’s a list of actors who definitely succeeded on the physical similarity side of things.

It’s not just the actor who does all the work – casting experts and makeup artists also play a huge role in making these famous figures come to life on the big screen.

Many consider biopics to be some of the most difficult and rewarding roles in Hollywood. Most historical figures have a wealth of information available about them, and it is the actor’s job to understand and embody all of this available information, all while portraying a historical figure that many people may have strong feelings about.

#1 Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

#2 Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

#3 Daniel Day‑Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

Daniel Day‑Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

#4 Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

#5 Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall

#6 Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi

Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi

#7 Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus

#8 Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side

#9 Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs

#10 Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X

Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X

#11 Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena

Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanilla in Selena

#12 Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady

#13 Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris

Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris

#14 Hellen Mirren as HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen

Hellen Mirren as HM Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen

#15 Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy

Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in Sid and Nancy

#16 Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock

#17 Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida

Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in Frida

#18 Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in Milk

#19 Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones as Jane And Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything

Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones as Jane And Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything

#20 Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There

#21 Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster

Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster

#22 Marion Cotillard As Édith Piaf In La Vie En Rose/la Môme

Marion Cotillard As Édith Piaf In La Vie En Rose/la Môme

#23 Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Geoffrey Rush as Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

#24 Anthony Hopkins As Picasso In Surviving Picasso (1996)

Anthony Hopkins As Picasso In Surviving Picasso (1996)

#25 James Franco As James Dean In James Dean

James Franco As James Dean In James Dean

#26 Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote

#27 Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart in Amelia

Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart in Amelia

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These were all submissions. See the sources here.

Smartphones Can Make Your Halloween Costumes Creepy As Hell

Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer and an ingenious costume designer, has created a brilliant line of Halloween costumes that perfectly combine classic terrifying costumes with modern smartphone technology. A free app on your phone will bring his costumes to life (or undeath, I guess, in the zombie’s case?).

After going viral a few years ago with a costume that used two iPads to make it look like a hole had been blasted through his stomach, Rober has created a line of terrifying t-shirts and monstrous masks that have special smartphone pockets. His free app (which can also be used with home-made costumes) lets you turn your phone’s screen into an element of your costume, like shifty eyes or disgusting maggots.

More info: morphsuits.com | Google Play | iTunes App Store (h/t: gizmodo)

 

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150 Street Artists From 30 Countries Turn Old Tunisian Village Into Outdoor Art Gallery

Er-Riadh, a small village off of the beaten tourist path on the island of Djerba in Tunisia, was paid a visit by an unlikely bunch of guests – 150 street artists from 30 countries around the world. These descended on the town to participate in Djerbahood, a massive public street art exhibition that displayed their 150 street art pieces on the walls of this old multicultural village.

Mehdi Ben Cheikh, founder of the French Galerie Itinerrance and organizer of the event, secured legal authorization from both the government and from private land owners before beginning the project. “Muslims, Christians and Jews have lived here in peace for the last 2,000 years or so,” Ben Cheikh told the New York Times. “I’m not here to aggravate anyone, but to consolidate this aspect, which I find beautiful, and together with the natural beauty of the village, provides the artists with a unique canvas.

More info: djerbahood.com | Galerie Itinerrance (h/t: mashable, mymodernmet, nytimes)

Created by ROA (Belgium)

Created by Dan23 (France)

Created by Pantonio (Portugal)

Created by BTOY (Spain)

Created by ROA (Belgium)

Created by M-city (Poland)

Created by Phlegm (UK)

Created by DOME (Germany)

Created by Pantonio (Portugal)

Created by Malakkai (Spain)

Created by Know Hope (USA) and Orticanoodles (Italy)

Created by Saner (Mexico)

Created by Swoon (USA)

Created by Malakkai (Spain)

Created by Twoone (Japan)

Created by Bom.K (France)

Created by Deyaa (Saudi Arabia)

Created by Add Fuel (Portugal)

Created by Claudio Ethos (Brazil)

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365 Days Of Origami Art By Ross Symons

We’ve seen quite a few interesting 365-day projects and this one is no exception. Ross Symons decided to fold one origami model every day for a year. He described how this obsession with origami started on Instagram’s blog: “I started with the crane and I lost count of how many times I folded it. What I didn’t realize at the time is how origami was going to become such a massive part of my life.”

As he states on Instagram’s blog, he considers the time he spends folding a figure to be “the most important for measuring the success of his work: the more discipline and patience he has, the faster he folds the figure.” If you liked his work be sure to visit his Instagram page for more.

More info: Instagram | Facebook (h/t: lustik)

 

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This Standing Cardboard Desk Is Portable, Recyclable, And Is Strong Enough To Hold An Adult

A team of designers in New Zealand has created a cardboard table called the “Refold” that they claim is “flexible, foldable, portable, affordable and 100% recyclable.”

The table, designed by Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward and Matt Innes, can support the weight of an adult, despite weighing only 6.5 kg. It can be folded into a sitting position, a standing position, or a portable portfolio-like form. The standing form is especially important because of relatively recent studies that have exposed just how unhealthy sitting for extended periods of time can be.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign for more information! Proceeds from some of their donation options will help UNICEF New Zealand create better education opportunities for children in the Pacific Islands.

More info: Kickstarter | bestawards.co.nz (h/t: designboom)

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Son’s Health Scare Sparks A New Passion In His Father

Following a health scare involving his son, Adrian Murray made it his mission to capture his children’s beautiful childhood moments through his lens.

Adrian Murray’s beautiful portraits tell a story of childhood that all of us can relate to. His nostalgic point of view reminds us of our own childhoods and the storybooks we used to read while growing up.

Adrian and his wife Michelle woke up one morning to find their 10-month-old son unresponsive in his crib – a nightmare for any parent to go through. Emerson was rushed to the hospital. Three days and several tests later, there were no answers, only for it the issue to happen again days later. Emerson was put on anti-seizure medication. With this unfortunate event, Adrian was reminded of how mortal we all are, including our children. Adrian felt compelled to record his family through photography.

Today, Emerson is doing just fine and has even become an older brother. After a year of medication, new tests were done and he has recently been cleared from needing medication.

Adrian enhances his images with Lightroom software and doesn’t compose images. He prefers to shoot with his Canon 6D paired with a Canon 135L.

More info: momentsbyadrianmurray.com | 500px | Facebook

 

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