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Manga-style fan art inspired by that goddamned dress
03.03.2015
08:49 am

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whitegold or blueblack


 
If you were on the Internet at all last week, you probably saw that innocent picture of a dress taken at a wedding on the Scottish island of Colonsay, which had the improbable effect of sowing the seeds of disagreement, tearing families apart and pitting brother against brother like nothing since the Civil War. (Blue and grey are sorted out, so Ken Burns has a documentary about the dress in the works.)

Yes, is it blue and black or is it white and gold? Your answer to that question put you on one side or the other, and there was little way to bridge that gap. All over Facebook there were countless otherwise inscrutable postings along the lines of “It’s totally white and gold!” The one online poll I saw on the subject showed a 3 to 1 margin in favor of the incorrect position, white and gold. (Yes, the real dress is blue and black.)

Myself, the first time I saw it I was certain it was blue and black. The next day I took a look at it and I was equally certain it was white and gold. So that should tell you everything you need to know about certainty.

The Internet being what it is, it didn’t take long for some creative folks to be all, “OK, we disagree on the color of the dress, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create a fandom for it!” Here are some manga-style illos riffing on the blue/black and/or white/gold dress.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
via RocketNews 24

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Grace Jones is greeted with laughter at her duet with Pavarotti (then she blows them away)
02.23.2015
07:08 am

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I’ve been attempting to track down the entirety of Luciano Pavarotti’s Pavarotti and Friends, a 2002 benefit concert for Angolan refugees, ever since I saw his brilliant duet with Lou Reed on “Perfect Day.” There’s just something so absurd and charming about this classical operatic tenor with a pop culture presence, using that leverage to reach out to such an erratic assortment of musicians for charity. I haven’t found the whole show on YouTube yet, but there’s video of his duet with Grace Jones, and it is phenomenal.

In a fantastic moment of grand drama, some members of the audience break into laughter upon Jones’ entrance—whether it’s nervous, derisive or joyous I cannot tell. Ever the gracious stateswoman, Grace radiates… well, grace, and blows them away with the strange and powerful performance. Pavarotti is characteristically brilliant, and I’m not sure if he picked his guests for the special, but he pairs with Jones beautifully.
 

 

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Cunning stunt: Saucy footwear aims to reclaim the word ‘C*NT’
02.20.2015
03:04 pm

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Fashion
Feminism

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shoes


 
Ladies, are you sick of “c*nt” being used as a derogatory term? Let’s re-appropriate that word to mean “fantastic” or simply “badass.” We can start this revolution by donning a pair of these plush black velvet C*NT flats by Los Angeles-based footwear brand YRU. In gold-threaded embroidery, the right foot has the letters “CU” and the left, of course, finishes it off with the “NT.”
 
C*nt shoes by YRU

Say it loud and proud…

via White Girl Problems

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The stunning ‘otherworldly personas’ of NYC club kid Ryan Burke
02.19.2015
08:04 am

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photography
makeup

by Ryan Burke
 

True artistry that truly pushes creative boundaries is a rare thing. Known best for his ongoing series of self-portraits which showcase his visually stunning makeup achievements, New York City artist and photographer Ryan Burke has proven that he’s in a boundary-pushing artistic class to himself.

According to a 2013 interview with Burke in Huffpost Gay Voices, he shoots these dramatic photos of himself as a way to document his life. He says, “I started photographing my looks before going out as as way of preserving my work. When you spend three to eight hours putting together your face and outfit, an iPhone picture just doesn’t seem like enough.” After capturing the photos, he can be found flaunting his artistic creations in the New York City nightlife scene much like the early Club Kids who influenced him.

On his website, he states, “The portraits I create express a perspective on human styling that does not rely on conventional clothing, hair, makeup or accessories but rather an aesthetic derived from the use of unusual materials and makeup to create otherworldly personas.”

‘Otherworldly’ indeed, take a gander.

 
by Ryan Burke
 
By Ryan Burke
 
by Ryan Burke
 
More looks to look for after the jump…

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Awesome Psychotronic Video magazine covers
02.18.2015
12:47 pm

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Does watching scary B-movies from the 1950s heighten your design skills? Improve your acuity to color? Based on these brain-melting covers of Psychotronic Video alone, I’d have to say there’s a distinct possibility.

Of course, it may just be that Psychotronic editor Michael J. Weldon is a fucking badass, that’s probably what’s really going on here. If you aren’t familiar with the Psychotronic cinema ethos, get yourself a copy of one of their books and don’t look back.

After issue 18 a bar code is present on the cover, which is unfortunate, but with images these profoundly enjoyable, it scarcely matters. (If you click on some of the images, you’ll be able to see a larger version.) 
 

 

 

 
Plenty more Psychotronic Video covers after the jump…

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There are Andy Warhol Chuck Taylors now
02.12.2015
07:09 am

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Converse
Chuck Taylor


 
The Chuck Taylor All-Star is an iconic American shoe that comes pre-loaded with rebel cache, so it’s kind of astonishing that Andy Warhol never made a series of drawings or screen prints celebrating it—at least none I’ve been able to find, and the man drew PLENTY of shoes. But though Warhol is no longer with us, the Warhol Foundation and Converse have teamed up to do the inverse, and now you can get Chucks emblazoned with iconic Warhol works for $70-$90 a pair. (Indulge me in an alter-kaker moment—these used to be such an attractive sartorial option not just because they look perfectly timeless, but because they were cheap as dirt. Nike took over the Converse company in 2003, and suddenly the simple canvas wonders cost as much as any sneaker. Also: sweatshops!) My favorite pair, the Black Bean Soup high top, is a bit cheaper on Amazon, so I’m fairly tempted, as my current pair of Chucks is starting to fall apart. Though they may still have a decent year left in them—like blue jeans and concert tees, I’ve always felt like Chucks looked all the cooler once they got to be a bit thrashed.
 

 

 

 

 

 
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Satanic underwear: Baphomet briefs
02.11.2015
11:50 am

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Amusing
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underwear


 
I almost used the word “panties” to describe this satanic undergarment—the designer calls ‘em “Baphomet Panties”—but dammit I just hate using that word. Much like I hate the word “slacks” for pants. For me, hearing someone say “slacks” or “panties” is like chewing on a ball of tinfoil. They’re horrible words. But I digress. Vancouver-based Noctex sells these delightful “Baphomet underwear” for your evil bum-covering needs.

It looks like they’re currently sold out on their Etsy shop page and I can’t find them anywhere on the Noctex website. Perhaps contact them to see if they’re making any more?

It could make for a lovely Valentine’s Day gift for the satanically inclined, no?


 

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‘Fuck NWA’ T-shirt
02.05.2015
09:10 am

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The Police
NWA


 
This shirt has been making the rounds on Internet for a while now and I wish I would have blogged about sooner, but better late than never, right? Anyway, here it is in all its dog-whistle glory: the supremely droll “Fuck N.W.A.” t-shirt. If you don’t get it right away, that’s okay.

The shirt is available here for $20.00 + shipping.


 

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Eye candy for sophisticates: Experience the brain-melting goodness of Tryin’ Times
02.05.2015
07:39 am

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Tryin' Times


 
I normally don’t blog about Tumblrs, but ya’ll gotta check out Tryin’ Times if you haven’t already. It’s fantastic! I discovered it about a year ago and kind of keep it my hidden secret for amazing images to post here on Dangerous Minds. It’s about time I write about Tryin’ Times because you guys really deserve to know about it. The person who curates it has an excellent eye. You can totally get “lost” and lose hours of your time there, much like Internet K-Hole. But different.

If you’re a graphic designer, fashion stylist, designer or just someone looking for visual inspiration, I can’t recommend this site highly enough. It’s a lot of trippy ‘60s, ‘70s and early-80s stuff, and it’s magical.

I like to click on “Archive” when I browse so I can take it all in at once. Total eye candy.
 

 

 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Heavy metal T-shirts for inoffensive pop stars
02.04.2015
02:19 pm

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metal
t-shirts


 
Rampant misspellings can’t prevent this genius idea from resonating—heavy metal T-shirts for decidedly non-heavy-metal pop personalities, like Barbra Streisand (not “Barbera”), Phil Collins, Tom Jones, Celine Dion, and Justin Bieber (not “Beiber”).

These designs have been bouncing around for a couple of years. If only they were actually for sale! Apparently they are not. I think they were designed by a David Ward although it may have been that his role was only to find a retail home for them. It seems highly probable that the designs elicited some unwanted legal attention, that would be my guess. Oh well!
 

 

 

 
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