While photographer Mick Rock has come to be known as “the man who shot the ’70s,” his body of work is much more than a collection of Nixon-era snapshots of a bygone music scene. After capturing early pop-culture gods like Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Syd Barrett, and Queen, the aptly-named Rock went on to take pictures of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Killers, and Lady Gaga.
Vintage pictures are interesting on their own, but they’re even better with monsters. Taking found photographs, old-timey maps, and other paper goods from the past, Matthew Buchholz customizes ephemeral images by adding delightfully frightful monsters, zombies, and other scary creatures, creating entirely new compositions called Alternate Histories.
These days, a decent tie is hard to find. Maybe you don’t care, and prefer whatever your father can lend you — or you just clip on the one you thought was so swell when you were nine. But some of us like a tie to reflect something about ourselves. Barring that, we just like ties that aren’t floral-patterned or covered in multicolored stripes, and the Cyberoptix Tie Lab has them. With style categories ranging from “audiophile” and “automotive” to spooky and subverted patterns, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye… and everyone else’s.
Whether they’re showing off their skateboards, sneakers, guns, dirt bikes, or big hair, these kids all know what it’s like to be raised in a community that’s neither rural nor urban, but a world unto itself.
If you’ve ever wanted to mush sled dogs through the wilderness of Alaska in the Iditarod but lacked the training, dogs, and funds to participate, maybe the Idiotarod is more your speed. You can take your own shopping cart (instead of a sled) and team of humans (instead of dogs) on a journey through New York City (instead of Alaska) in hopes of winning cash and infamy.
UK artist Debbie Smyth uses pins and thread instead of ink and paper in her odd-yet-unique drawings. The self-described textile artist bridges the gap between embroidery and illustration, adding a multidimensional component to the otherwise 2D medium of hand-drawn art.
Legos have come a long way since they were used as building material for small-scale structures and vehicles. Today, there are Lego play sets based on movies, Lego video games, Lego apparel, Lego accessories, and much, much more. National Geographic explores what goes on at the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark, in the documentary TV series, Inside Lego. Here’s a glimpse of what they found inside.
Jessie Baylin recalls the gauzy tones of ’70s vocalists such as Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Dusty Springfield, only with a much more contemporary feel. Plus, this gifted singer is also lucky enough to be friends with Scarlett Johansson, who directed Baylin in a new video for her classic pop-inspired song, “Hurry, Hurry.”
Journalist Félix Fénéon anonymously wrote more than a thousand brief reports for Parisian paper Le Matin, a selection of which have been translated by Luc Sante and republished in Illustrated Three-Line Novels: Félix Fénéon, with brand-new, colorful illustrations.
Over the years, 2D animation has gone somewhat the way of the dodo bird, as computer animation has surged in popularity with Hollywood and audiences alike. Director Neil Boyle has brought together a group of both up-and-coming and veteran artists to make his short, The Last Belle, in an effort to keep alive the techniques of old, while also maintaining a modern edge. While crafting 35,000 individually drawn, painted, and photographed pieces of art, Boyle brings back the golden age of animation.