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Complete your LEGO Women’s March with pink Pussyhats!
02.09.2017
07:53 am

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Feminism

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Women's March


 
Okay, these are downright sweet. I love them. Sadly, the Pussyhats for your LEGO figurines are not available to purchase but can be made with a 3D printer. That’s how these LEGO-like hats and signs were created. 

From Thingiverse:

This LEGO® minifig compatible Pussyhat celebrates the millions that joined the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and around the world on January 21, 2017. “The Pussyhat Project is a movement, not just a moment.” Print a Pussyhat and create a Women’s March minifig to display as a reminder of the fight for women’s rights and equality.

There are 2 version of the Pussyhat model, v1 requires supports but is a better fit while v2 requires no supports. Some trial and error and/or post-processing may be needed to get a perfect fit with your printer. Scale the model up or down slightly as needed. Designed in Tinkercad and printed on an Ultimaker 2.

According to Thingiverse, if you do decide to tackle this project on your own with your 3D printer and have any questions, you can contact the designer on Facebook or Twitter.


 

 
More after the jump…

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Meet CreepyFig: Nightmarish LEGO-inspired cosplay
07.28.2016
08:10 am

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Amusing
Art
Design

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ComicCon
Frank Ippolito
CreepyFig

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This is the kind of stuff to give the kids (and some grownups) nightmares—a creepy but way cool, hyper-realistic LEGO-inspired cosplay nicknamed “CreepyFig.”

CreepyFig is a mask and gloves outfit created by special effects and make-up artist Frank Ippolito. Frank has given the usually bright, happy-smiley LEGO mini-fig a dark and twisted make-over. Just look at the head and see the surface skin is lined, veined, with troubled tufted brow. The hands are grubby with black, half-moon dirt under the fingernails.

Every year Frank creates a new design project for ComicCon. This year he had originally considered creating CreepyFig with make-up but decided instead to sculpt and paint CreepyFig from silicone—which means the head alone weighs fourteen pounds.

Frank’s lifelike design was made in association with Tested and was premiered at ComicCon where CreepyFig (understandably) was a hit with fans. Check out more of Frank Ippolito’s fabulous work here.
 
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More ‘CreepyFig’ plus video, after the jump…

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King Crimson ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ album cover reimagined in LEGO bricks
06.29.2016
01:05 pm

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Art
Music

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LEGO
King Crimson


 
Okay, so I found this extra special neato LEGO rendition of King Crimson’s iconic In the Court of the Crimson King by Deviant Art artist James O’Connell. Sadly there’s zero information on the site about how he created this fun piece. I wish there was a step-by-step guide or something on how to make it yourself. One of these would definitely tie the front rooms in my house together nicely.

Since I can’t own this LEGO masterpiece, I did find some other perhaps unexpected King Crimson items. Why they exist? I don’t know. But here they are, anyway. I put the links of where to purchase under each item.


A King Crimson shower curtain for $37.99 found here.
 

King Crimson pillowcases found here.
 

King Crimson umbrella found here.
 

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The Young Ones, Ab Fab, Einstein and more, recreated with LEGO


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I’m not huge fan of LEGO, but every once in awhile I do come across some LEGO minifigures that make me smile. These The Young Ones minifigures by Etsy shop Glinda the Geek do the job quite nicely. They’re kind of adorable, right?

Not only is there The Young Ones, but there’s also Edina and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous, Jane and Blanche from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Charles Dickens.

There are more LEGO minifigures at Glinda the Geek‘s shop, I just picked the ones I liked best.


The Young Ones
 

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
 
More after the jump…
 

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Dante’s nine levels of Hell, LEGO style
12.10.2015
11:07 am

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Literature
Pop Culture

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Dante


 
Spotted in the Telegraph: Mihai Marius Mihu’s interesting LEGO re-creations of the nine levels of Hell as presented in Dante’s Inferno from The Divine Comedy, written in the 14th century.

Curiously, Mihu disavows any first-hand understanding of Dante’s work, saying: “I didn’t read the Divine Comedy, only the small descriptions of the circles I found on the websites. I didn’t want to be much influenced by the original descriptions because I wanted to give a whole new fresh approach for each circle. I thought more about the significance of titles and from then on it was only my imagination.” The nine LEGO panels seem pretty good to me, but I suspect a Dante scholar might have a few quibbles.

Click on any of the images to get a larger view.
 

I. LIMBO: “A place of monotony, here the souls are punished to wander in restless existence while they moan helplessly in echoes between the ruins of a temple.”
 

II. LUST: “Surrounded by erotic representations, those overcome by lust are forced to watch and experience disgusting things, ultimately being condemned to drown in the menstrual river.”
 

III. GLUTTONY: “The circle itself is a living abomination, a hellish digestive system revealing horrific faces with mouths ready to devour the gluttons over and over for eternity.”
 

IV. GREED: “This pompous place is reserved for the punishment of the greedy ones.”
 

V. ANGER: “In this depressing place the souls are trapped in the swamp, they can’t move and they cannot manifest their frustration which is making them even more angry.”
 

VI. HERESY: “The giant demon watches closely over his fire pit, dwarfing the damned that are dragging the new arrivals in the boiling lava. Those who committed the greatest sins against God are getting a special treatment inside the temple where they are doomed to burn for eternity in the scorching flames.”
 

VII. VIOLENCE: “A place of intense torture where the horrific screams of the damned are eternally accompanied by the hellish beats of drums.”
 

VIII. FRAUD: “In Fraud the Demons enjoy altering the shape of souls, this is how they feed.”
 

IX. TREACHERY: “Lucifer lies here chained by the Angelic Seal which keeps him captive in the frozen environment.”
 
via Coilhouse
 

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Einstein on the Beach: Philip Glass goes Lego
LEGO recreation of the ‘You killed the car’ scene from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

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Stunning mosaics of famous paintings and photos (and Hunter S. Thompson!) made entirely of LEGOs
07.27.2015
12:24 pm

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Art
Pop Culture

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Andy Bauch

Hunter S. Thompson LEGO mosaic
Hunter S. Thompson LEGO mosaic. Made with 7,393 LEGO bricks

Andy Bauch, an artist and software developer from Queens, New York (now living and working in LA), creates his incredibly detailed mosaics using thousands of LEGO bricks.

According to Bauch, his obsession with LEGO pieces didn’t start when he was a child, but rather later on in life. In 2010 Bauch created his first LEGO mosaic, a reproduction of a Roy Lichtenstein painting which came about in order to impress a girl. I’m not sure if Bauch’s attempt to find love by way of LEGO was successful, but his reproductions of two of Lichtenstein’s paintings,  “Girl with Hair Ribbon,” and “The Kiss V” are spot-on. It takes Bauch many thousands of LEGO bricks (with hundreds of dollars spent on the LEGO pieces themselves), and anywhere from ten to 60 hours to make one of his bricky works of art. When it comes to his creative process, Bauch is tight-lipped, preferring to credit a team of “pygmy hippos” as the driving force behind his painstaking pieces. Bauch’s LEGO portraits are also available for purchase (from $1,800 - $3,600 each) via his Etsy shop.
 
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LEGO mosaic of “The Kiss V”. Made with 3,491 LEGO bricks (originally painted by Roy Lichtenstein in 1964)
 
More of Bauch’s LEGO mosaics, as well as a time-lapse video of Bauch putting together “Girl with Hair Ribbon,” can be seen after the jump.

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Wes Anderson characters as LEGO figurines
05.11.2015
12:23 pm

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Movies

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Wes Anderson


Zero Moustafa, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Steve Zissou, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
 
Love ‘im or hate ‘im, Wes Anderson is one of a handful of truly original filmmakers in the world today. By following his vision instead of heeding those who would tell him that his movies are too precious, he managed to create a distinctive genre all his own, the Wes Anderson Film. We all know exactly what to expect when we see one, and we know it won’t feel like the work of any other filmmaker. Only the Coen Brothers are really in a similar line of business, crafting utterly unique and memorable movies that couldn’t have come from anyone else.

Along the way Anderson has created literally dozens of bizarre and memorable characters, to populate his colorful (often symmetrical) flights of fancy. For a group tribute to the works of Wes Anderson last autumn, Matt Chase designed these amusing schematics of Wes Anderson characters as LEGO figurines. Anderson is so detailed in his costumery and props that these would be a challenge to make on your own—unless you happen to have a torso piece with a grey jacket, white shirt, and red lei on it, a yellow skirt piece with red apples on it, or a handheld rattlesnake piece, you’re going to have to make them yourself somehow.
 

Chas Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums
Jack Whitman, The Darjeeling Limited
 

Sweet Lime, The Darjeeling Limited
Agatha, The Grand Budapest Hotel
 
More after the jump…

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Couture LEGO masks, because high fashion is weird as hell…
01.15.2015
01:25 pm

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Fashion

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LEGO


 
High fashion can be difficult to digest. The expectation of functional vestments—you know, clothes a person might actually wear—has been all-but-supplanted by what appears to be a bunch of Long Island City warehouse assemblage artists just using human bodies as a sort of coincidental medium. It’s like they started out as abstract sculptors, but then they realized they could make a million bucks selling ready-to-wear to four or five Central Park West socialites and said, “fuck it, we’ll just slap a bunch of weird shit on my skinny friend Danielle and send her down the runway.”

These LEGO masks from “makeup/interdisciplinary artist” Isamaya Ffrench (also known for putting plastic grocery bags on models’ faces) come from the not-really-intended-to-be-worn-by-mere-mortals school of fashion, and while appreciate the playful creativity of it all, I can’t help but think they’re a heavy-handed attempt to electrify an otherwise rather sedate collection from designers Agi and Sam.

Or maybe LEGO-face is a much more subtle look than I’m giving it credit for?
 

 

 
More of this foolishness after the jump…

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LEGO recreation of the ‘You killed the car’ scene from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’
09.10.2014
11:38 am

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Movies
Pop Culture

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John Hughes


 
As immensely enjoyable as the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is, it is my belief that viewers needed some assurance that Ferris and Cameron weren’t just predestined to live out their lives as carefree, materialistic sociopath and suicidal scion with daddy issues, respectively. The necessary turn comes in the late scene in the Fryes’ garage, where the much-fetishized Ferrari belonging to Cameron’s dad normally resides. Cameron has his sorely needed emotional breakthrough and…. well, you probably know it.

Some genius or geniuses from Sweden going by the name Etzel decided to make a LEGO diorama of the most kinetic moment of that scene. There’s a slight cheat in temporality—check out chapter 4 from Scott McCloud’s brilliant 1993 primer Understanding Comics to see what I mean. McCloud establishes that a single comic frame, far from capturing a single moment, can easily encompass a span of time of as high as thirty seconds. Similarly, here, the car is flying backwards through the air (not stuck in a tree, as you might guess), while Cameron, Ferris, and Sloane gather near the destroyed plate glass window to admire the destruction. In the movie, of course, the car plummets to the surface of the forest, and the teens become a formalized audience a few seconds later.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love it, just as it is.
 

 

 

 

 

 
For the forgetful, here’s the scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:
 

 
via Chicagoist
 

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‘Brickjest,’ the LEGO version of ‘Infinite Jest’ by David Foster Wallace


“These are three Deans—of Admissions, Academic Affairs, Athletic Affairs. I do not know which face belongs to whom,” p. 3
 
Infinite Jest, the famously brilliant and famously unread 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace, frequently described as the most important novel of the 1990s and then some ... finally has inspired a LEGO muse to take up the task of executing a brick adaptation. It is called BrickJest. Infinite Jest is about many things, including tennis, addiction, filmmaking, corporate sponsorship, and terrorism. It’s a rich tapestry that positively cries out for the medium of brightly colored plastic bricks.

Charmingly, the photos below (just a fraction of the whole) are the fruits of a collaboration between Prof. Kevin Griffith of Capital University and his eleven-year-old son Sebastian, who “created all the scenes based on his father’s descriptions of the relevant pages.” They were jointly inspired by The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith.
 

“‘I am not just a creatus, manufactured, conditioned, bred for a function.’ ... ‘Sweet mother of Christ,’ the Director says,” p. 12
 

“He felt similar to the insect inside the girder his shelf was connected too, but was not sure just how he was similar,” p. 19
 

“And out of nowhere a bird had all of a sudden fallen into the Jacuzzi,” p. 44
 

“The tall, ungainly, socially challenged and hard-drinking Dr. Incandenza’s May-December marriage to one of the few bona-fide bombshell-type females in North American Academia, the extremely tall and high-strung . . . Avril Mondragon . . .,” p. 64
 

“So but when Schtitt dons the leather helmet and goggles and revs up the old F.R.G.-era BMW cycle . . . it is usually eighteen-year-old Mario Incandenza who gets to ride along in the side-car . . .,” p. 79
 

“Feral hamsters are not pets. They mean business,” p. 93
 

“Video telephony rendered the fantasy insupportable,” p. 146
 

“1610h. Weightroom freestyle circuits. The clank and click of various resistance-systems. Lyle on the towel dispenser . . .,” p. 198
 

“Gately now shares the important duty of ‘breaking down the hall,’ sweeping floors and emptying ashtrays . . .,” p. 360
 

“Clipperton plays tennis with the Glock 17 held steadily to his left temple,” p. 409
 

“Gately has to smile at the Wraith’s cluelessness . . .a drug addict’s second most meaningful relationship is always with his domestic entertainment unit, TV/VCR or HDTP,” p. 834
 
via Biblioklept

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Marvel at these abandoned houses and cakes made of LEGO
08.11.2014
10:40 am

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Art

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Mike Doyle

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These amazing abandoned houses are the work of artist Mike Doyle.

Each building can reach up to six feet in height, use up to 130,000 LEGO bricks and take approximately 600 hours to produce. And while you may think it—there are no foreign objects of either wood, glue, paint or otherwise in these constructions. Incredible.
 
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If you think that’s impressive, have a look at Mr. Doyle’s latest work that is almost good enough to eat.
 
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See more of Mike Doyle’s work here.
 
Via Imgur & Nerdcore
 

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Flower girl LEGO sculpture
04.14.2014
01:29 pm

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Art

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LEGO


 
There’s no gimmick with this LEGO sculpture of a little girl holding flowers. I’m so used to seeing things like “Your favorite bands made out of LEGO” or “Album covers made out of LEGO” that’s it’s sorta refreshing to see this LEGO Flower Girl by artist Ekow Nimako. She’s lovely.


 

 
Via SuperPunch

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Norman Mailer’s novel ‘An American Dream’ retold with LEGO
04.04.2014
03:06 pm

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Books

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Norman Mailer and his “LEGO City of the Future.”

Norman Mailer’s novel An American Dream was originally serialized in Esquire magazine during 1964. The story concerned Steven Richards Rojack, a 44-year-old Harvard graduate, war hero, left-wing intellectual, former politician and alcoholic TV host, who kills his wife in a fit of rage. There were obvious parallels between the author and his fictional creation, as 42-year-old Norman Kingsley Mailer was also a Harvard graduate, had served in the Second World War, was a left-wing intellectual, and had dabbled in politics. He had also stabbed his wife, Adele, in a fit of rage. Mailer commented on these similarities in 1965:

“Rojack is still considerably different from me—he’s more elegant, more witty, more heroic, his physical strength is considerable, and at the same time he is more corrupt than me.”

Mailer’s tale was a brilliantly told existentialist thriller that examined American obsessions in the second-half of the twentieth century. It was brave work to undertake, and its sensational story-line, mixing elements of biography, and real-life characters (Miles Davis was the inspiration for the jazz singer Shago Martin) together with explicit murder, sex and violence, shocked critics and readers alike. It guaranteed success for Esquire, whose sales jumped to a record 900,000 sales.

An American Dream became Mailer’s fourth published novel in 1965, and re-established him amongst the first rank of American authors. It was also made into a forgettable movie starring Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker in 1966.
 
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Mailer created a “City of the Future” (his plan for a possible New York) out of LEGO, so he may have enjoyed this short adaptation of his classic novel by Dan Finnen, that offers up the book’s choice moments.
 

 

 

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Clever student designs killer LEGO résumé for internship
04.02.2014
08:34 am

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LEGO résumé
 
Boy, times are tough. I can remember when it was solid advice to “keep your résumé to a single page,” “use a clear, readable font,” “use decent stock paper,” and “don’t lie TOO much.” Judging by the recent résumé crafted by Northwestern University junior Leah Bowman, who stated on imgur a desire to achieve “a fun way to stand out to agencies and get my resume out of the trash can,” I’m really fucking happy that I’m past the youthful age of sending out résumés—because there’s no way I’d be able to compete with what Bowman did.

Bowman not only used the LEGO packaging as an inspiration for the design of her résumé, she also crafted a little LEGO version of herself. If that doesn’t make her stand out, then I don’t know what would—who have a chance against competition like that?
 
LEGO résumé
 
The work I do is all texty in nature, so in all my résumés (both ones I’ve read and ones I’ve written) you can “prove” your worthiness in part by not kommitting any gLaring typos in the résumé—the résumé itself helps support the case you are trying to present as a prospective writer/editor. Notice that Bowman achieved something similar with her LEGO résumé: when she states, “From client presentations to a fresh pot of coffee, Leah tackles every project with excitement and purpose. Her attention to detail and follow-through are assets in any situation,” you KNOW for a fact that she’s not kidding about that.
 
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LEGO résumé
 
Bowman’s résumé has done very well on reddit the last couple days. Naturally, the super shrewd part of all of this is that Bowman is now a minor Internet sensation, so it seems fairly likely that someone she hasn’t even applied to will seek her out!

Why give this kid a mere internship? I think she’s angling for a corner office.
 
via Chicagoist

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LEGO record store
10.28.2013
08:00 pm

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Art
Design
Music

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LEGO
Vinyl
Record Stores


 
A miniature record store made entirely of LEGO bricks by Ryan Howerter (AKA eldeeem). This is so damned adorable it’s adorable.

The blue milk crate at the bottom is a nice touch.

Via KFMW

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