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Crunkcore Posers, Indie Jesuses (Jesi?) and Scene Queens

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Illustrator Rob Dobi has created a cutting collection of archetypical scenesters on “Your Scene Sucks” that had me laughing outloud as I shamefully recognized incarnations of myself and just about everyone I know within these images. The dude above is my ex-boyfriend’s little brother’s best friend. Seriously though! Anyways, it’s kind of like “Homies” action figures, but for anyone young into music scenes. Check out his description for Indie Jesus!

“you sir, are grizzled! with a wardrobe that looks like it was donated to a thrift store by either crosby, stills or nash in 1971 and a beard that has its own zip code, this indie icon has a devout army of worshippers who follow his every whispered word.

the lethargic lo-fi lethario is known to lock himself in a cabin for months on end to craft minimalistic folksy songs. by the end of his self-imposed exile, all he has produced is a stream of hushed whispers with barely fingerpicked guitar strums….one might say his songs give them the chills, but that is only because they passed out listening and forgot to get a blanket.”

Rob Dobi if you are listening, where is the Late 70’s Revivalist high-waisted jean girl with wanna-be Farrah Fawcett feathered hair? You know, Allman Brothers band t-shirt (or other such shirt touting a bearded, mustchio-d, long-haired 70’s rock band), bellbottoms, leather jacket, turquoise rings? I think she stays in the cabin with indie Jesus. (aka, Me.) Ooh, and then the other off-shoot of that, those weird cross-Headband Bohemian Scenesters with those beaded braided headbands with feathers hanging off them?

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Warwick Saint’s Tattooed Sex

I can’t look at Warwick Saint’s portfolio without blushing. His Ink series is dripping with bad girl sex appeal that will have you clicking the next button over and over to see all 85 images from the series. If that’s not enough reason to check out his work he also is an accomplished portrait, music, and celebrity photographer.

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So Many Wizards – “Inner City” directed by Greg Ruben

Artist, Designer, Filmmaker, and all-around dude-that-makes-stuff, Greg Ruben, just released a new music video project for So Many Wizards‘ “Inner City.” The video follows an average joe dressed in business-usual as he embarks on the ultimate lunch break in and around a lot of unique spots in Los Angeles. The film’s aesthetic approach is really hypnotizing. You’ll have to see for yourself after the jump…

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Geeky Engagement Rings For Your Sci-Fi Loving Special Someone

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If traditional engagement rings aren’t really your thing, Pittsburg based jewelry designer Paul Michael Bierker has some unique designs that might just float your boat. As the jeweler to science fiction buffs everywhere, he creates custom-made pieces inspired by everything from the Star Wars franchise to Marvel comic books. Bierker has built for himself quite the fan base of young, eager clients, and he is proud to have worked with several US troops over seas in Afghanistan towards creating one-of-a-kind engagement bands.

Popular designs include an R2D2 -inspired engagement ring and a band featuring a diamond encrusted TARDIS from popular television show Doctor Who. Though evocative of these pop culture treasures, Bierker’s collection maintains an elegant subtlety. Rings modeled after the TIE fighter or the X-wing shed the unwieldy bulk of the star ships in favor of clean, sophisticated lines. The X-wing ring becomes a delicate ornament, its bands stylishly crisscrossing in the center the finger. Bierker’s tender references to geek culture meld effortlessly with the maturity of his craftsmanship, appealing both to playful and refined clients.

Bierker occupies a groundbreaking space in a one of our countries biggest industries, subverting elitist limitations on what and what does not constitute an engagement ring. This symbol of lifelong commitment should be as individual and the couple who wears it, and amid the mass of conformity, it’s nice to see something new. As we move into the adult responsibilities of marriage, we hope to carry with us each of our childhood pleasures, and Bierker’s original work certainly reminds us that marriage should be as much of an adventure as a trip into space. Take a look. (via Lost at E Minor)

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Sasha Blosyak’s Bizarro World

Russian illustrator Sasha Blosyak‘s wacky illustrations are full of funky patterns, bizarro characters, and surreal happenings.

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Collage By Beth Hoeckel’s

There is a romantic sense of longing, dreaming, and pondering the world in all of the works of Beth Hoeckel. Her handmade collages feature retro figures staring into the sky, sometimes gazing into the face of the moon and sometimes looking towards the big blue planet that we all call home.

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Three Artists Who Transform Origami Into Incredible Fine Art

Pavel Platonov

Pavel Platonov

Marc Fichou

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Gerardo Hacer

Gerardo Hacer

Russian artist Pavel Platonov experimented with origami because of his inclination toward sharp, angular, geometric forms.  Better known as a photographer who works with a unique and surreal type of portraiture, Platonov’s sculptures have a reflective quality to them, allowing a viewer to learn something about himself while observing the work.  Bizarre and often placed in natural settings Platonov’s pieces allow a viewer to encounter and react to discovering something strange and out of place.

Interested in the idea of a final image juxtaposed with the process of achieving that final image, artist Marc Fichou experimented with the conceptual process of folding, and unfolding, origami forms.  Drawing attention to the way our mind makes the connection between the two contrasting images, which don’t directly or immediately resemble one another, Fichou creates works that are visually compelling, and intellectually engaging.

Born to teenage, Mexican-American gang members, artist Gerardo Hacer escaped to fantasy worlds via the art of origami.  Learning to make paper cranes at some point during his stay in a string of foster homes Hacer combined that outlet with an inspiration found in Calder’s Los Angeles sculpture, “The Four Arches.”  Hacer decided to become an artist and even changed his name, “Gomez-Martinez,” to “Hacer,” which means “to make” in Spanish.  Hacer became a sculpture who creates large-scale origami forms, engaging his original love for origami with his desire to create substantial and impressive works of art.

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Metal On Metal- Damn!

Lets Phantom are two designers from Lithuania who apparently animate and direct for food (& money). They’ve just directed their first music video for the crazy Lithuanian electro,noise,hiphop,etc..etc.. band Metal On Metal. Kind of gnarly!

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