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Artist Carves Wax Crayons Into Pop-Culture Icons

Hoang Tran - Carved Wax Crayons

Hoang Tran - Carved Wax Crayons

Hoang Tran - Carved Wax Crayons

Artist Hoang Tran creates your favorite pop-culture characters, from The Simpson’s to the Ninja Turtles, all out of wax…but not just any wax. Tran carves each character from a jumbo-sized crayon! That’s right, each intricately and meticulously detailed character is carved from your everyday Crayola crayon…the same crayons that you used to make your own “masterpiece” with at age three. Each pop-culture icon is carved from the color in which it dominantly possesses, but also has hints of other colors that make up the finishing touches of the character. To do this, Tran melts different colored waxes, or crayons, and then applies the melted pigment onto the finest details of his creations. The amazing detail speaks wonders about the talent and patience the artist must have in order to master such a painstaking craft.

What is so wonderful about this artist’s crayon creatures is that only half of the wax is carved. The other side of the crayon is left intact, Crayola wrapper and all! Tran creates all sorts of characters such as Batman, Gizmo, Spongebob and Cookie Monster. He even carves out real life people such as Conan O’Brian. This series, appropriately titled Wax Nostalgic, is chalk full of infamous characters. It is a nostalgic dream. If you are a Star Wars fan, Tran has transformed a crayon into every character from this classic film from Hans Solo to Princess Leia. This impressive little treasures can be found on Hoang Tran’s website, or his Etsy site, where you can have get crayon characters for yourself. (via Inkult Magazine)

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Guillaume Megevand’s Blood & Firecrackers – Thai Vegetarian piercing Festival

Freelance photographer Guillaume Megevand’s Blood & Firecrackers series Blood & Firecrackers is a truly beautiful and gruesome series of images. Here is what this self taught and world traveling documentary photographer has to say about this body of work.

‘This series of photos was taken during the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. Over nine days local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a vegetarian diet for the purpose of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples. The festival involves various processions, temple offerings and culminates with walking on hot coals, climbing knife-blade ladders, self-piercing the skin and so on.

Their special 9-day diet seems to allow the participants of the festival to be inhabited by the gods since they apparently feel no physical pain. This seems difficult to believe, but they really appear to be possessed and also to be beyond being hurt or feeling pain despite what they go through.

The most amazing moment for me was the last evening of the festival when thousands of citizens came out of their homes to throw firecrackers on the participants of the final procession. During these few hours, Phuket was more like a war zone rather than the quiet tourist town we all know. Luckily for everyone involved, this war zone is one of joy and faith and the culmination of nine incredible days.” (via feature shoot)

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Surfer Blood opened The Summer Twilight Concert Series At The Santa Monica Pier

Photo by Frank Maddocks.

Thursday nights in Santa Monica, CA are going to be a lot louder now that the 29th Annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier are back. Packing in 10,000+ people to the opening night this past Thursday July 11th, Surfer Blood tore through songs off of their new album, Pythons as people on the beach danced on their blankets. The audience on the pier itself sang along and moshed which made singer, John Paul Pitts follow along jumping into the crowd himself.

This year, the recently relaunched Myspace is presenting the shows and will even be streaming a lot of them online. With the help of Rum & Humble and Spaceland Presents, the incredible lineup of upcoming concerts include Meshell Ndegeocello, No Age, Hanni El Khatib, The English Beat, Nick Waterhouse, Gardens & Villa along with Mr. Little Jeans, and Jimmy Cliff capping off the series on September 12th. All the shows are from 7-10pm, but beware that the adjacent parking lots fill up early. Also, don’t forget to visit the many vendors on the pier. I was able to grab one of the famous beef and pickle tacos from the Mas Malo stand as well as browse through the very cool collection of sunglasses from Brazil at the Chili Beans truck. Check out the schedule here and I’ll see you at the beach!

 

 

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Daniel Zvereff’s Stunning Photographs Of The Arctic Come In Unexpected Hues Of Violet,Red And Blue

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Discontinued film stock has become an obsession amongst fine art photographers, and pretty much everyone else (at least the imitation of it even–think instagram filters). New York-based photographer Daniel Zvereff is no exception. In one of his recent series, Introspective,  Zvereff uses some of the last remaining supply of expired Kodak Aerochrome film in 120 format and takes it to the Arctic–a place as endangered as the film itself.

A travel journalist and photographer, Zvereff looks for the picturesque and the mundane- a good mixture of the two brings forth an interesting and stunning collection of photographs from all over the world- including the ones found here, which were taken in very remote parts of the Arctic.

The usage of the expired film showcases brilliantly unusual but beautifully colored mountains, graveyards, and highways in the brief, verdant Arctic summer are stained in otherworldly pinks and purples.

The now discontinued Aerochrome, was originally developed for the military to help them detect camouflage from helicopters: It responds the chlorophyll in plants and reverses green colors into lavenders and magentas and browns into deep blues.

“The Arctic will essentially be the next frontier for mining natural resources, and with a warming climate it’s safe to say it will soon be transformed as we know it, forever, It only seemed appropriate to photograph its incredible natural beauty using a film that is no longer in existence.”

(via FastCompany)

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Dima Rebus

The illustrations of young Russian artist Dima Rebus may not be in-your-face flashy or neon bright, but they are bright in a different way. Less is more in these cases, as he inserts subtle humor into just about every piece he makes. He imagines a world in which handcuffed delinquents enjoy a spot of tea before their booking and where the riot police cavort with rioters in the streets – and any art that lets me use words like ‘cavort’ when talking about it, well, it’s alright by me.

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FYF Fest Marked Its 10th Year With My Bloody Valentine And Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Solange performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Solange showing her dance skills at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Beach House performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Beach House’s Victoria Legrand soothing the crowd at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Glasser performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Glasser performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Kurt Vile performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Kurt Vile had some great songs and some serious hair at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Music fans of all ages gathered this past weekend at the Los Angeles State Historic Park to take part in the now ten year old FYF FestMy Bloody Valentine and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the headliners on each night at the main “Carrie” stage, yes the stages were named after the “Sex and the City” characters.

The first day had me arriving late (oops) to catch the last half of Toro y Moi‘s highly danceable set. Devendra Banhart kept it positive and mellow performing to a an adoring audience while Deerhunter‘s Bradford Cox kept it weird as usual performing in a dress and wig. TV On The Radio rolled through the hits and had me screaming along to, “Staring at the Sun“. When Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage to end the first day, you knew right away why they were headlining. Karen O is hands down one of the most enigmatic singers performing today and with Nick Zinner’s burning guitar work, they had the crowd going insane when they played songs like, “Maps” and “Heads Will Roll“.

The second day had me dancing like crazy to Australia’s Flume who I featured here earlier this year. Fingers crossed he eventually tours with some of the amazing singers featured on his debut LP. With great songs and some seriously long hair, Kurt Vile & The Violators  played a nice early evening set as did Glasser who I had to cut short to catch Yo La Tango.  Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand mesmerized the huge crowd with her incredible voice, definitely one of the more beautiful sets of the day.

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Amazingly Realistic Drawings Of Franco Clun

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The work of Italian artist Franco Clun may lead you to believe he’s a photographer.  Clun’s artwork, though, are created simply by putting pencil to paper.  Clun carefully crafts each drawing to an unbelievable realism.  Each drawing he completes seems to expand on the skill of the previous one.  He says, “For each new drawing I dedicate more time and attention and I try to push forward my technical limitations.  I learn something new every time I take a pencil in my hand.”  [via]

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The Otherworldly and Complex Paintings of Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez painting6Mario Martinez painting1Mario Martinez painting3The visions of Mario Martinez (also aptly known as MARS-1) seem to either be extraterrestrial or drug induced.  His large scale paintings hold to very realistic perspective.   However, there the realism breaks down.  Geometric shapes, organic like growths, and strange lighting effects intertwine to form one complex mass on his canvas.  Martinez’ work seems to depict something between living and synthetic, not quite landscapes or creatures.  Check out his website to seem some similarly styled sculptural work.

 

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