During World War II, marine mines were used in naval battle for blowing up ships & submarines. Today, Estonian artist and sculptor, Mati Karmin, takes these bombshells, which washed ashore along the Gulf of Finland, and makes them into works of art. He has created striking designs of chairs, fireplaces, even bathtubs all from war’s recovered byproduct.
There is something surreal…scratch that…unreal about American vans from the mid-80s. But artist, Kevin Cyr’s, oil & silkscreen paintings of them are downright ethereal. Maybe you should go to one of Cyr’s exhibitions and beg for one. Or maybe you have a sweet ’87 Econoline you could offer him for his next “subject” and he’ll trade you one of the paintings from his Van Series. Good luck with that.
This is functional art. The Aspiral clock was designed by two British gents with a lot of time on their hands. So, they devised a new way to tell time. The dial of the clock spins round & round. At twelve on the dot, the ball drops into the center to pop out again at the outside of the spiral. Each clock is guaranteed accurate and handmade just for you.
It’s the Garden Zombie: a life-size, resin sculpture that will freak out the neighbors and dogs on your cul de sac. Just drop it in the mulch and watch the UPS man lose it. But, what’s really creepy is the way it reminds you of that one chick from Spring Break. The one your friends called the Daytona vampire.
After all the old vinyl is auctioned off on eBay, there’s at least one practical use for an obsolete 80s turntable. Brought back to life through the magic of recycling, this Technics turntable (complete with Heart record) makes a sharp wall clock telling time perfectly. No matter how long it plays, you won’t have to flip it over to keep the day going. Well…not until the single C battery wears out anyway.
In 1962 when Topps released the Mars Attacks trading card series, parents all over the nation lost it. What outrageous garbage! But the kids, of course, ate it up. The original trading cards were drawn by renowned comic book artists, Wally Wood and Bob Powell, & painted by legendary pulp artist, Norman Saunders. They have now been re-released by LTL Prints as self-adhesive wall art in a variety of sizes up to 7 feet in length. Now that’s a big bug.
These posters are just plain creepy. Graphic Designer, Nicholas Tassone takes Stephen King’s most classic tales and strips them down to their essence. In simple two-tone designs, Tassone’s barebones graphics seize King’s haunting images and remind us just how powerful these books (and the subsequent movies) are. Smart, severe and much more intriguing than the original movie posters, for sure. The swinging bucket of blood from Carrie is our favorite.
Saved from the landfill and reminiscant of a bygone era. The Magnetic Tape Reel Clock is a functioning AA-powered wall clock encased in an old reel. Back in the days of really bad haircuts and polyester slacks, audio was recorded onto these really long rolls of magnetic tape. If you don’t believe us, ask your dad.
The Vader Project: 100 Darth Vader helmets, each re-imagined by some of the world’s best underground artists will be on display at Freeman’s in LA before going to auction next month. See what guys like Paul Frank, Marc Ecko, Dalek, Mister Cartoon & Tokidoki did to this iconic mask of the Dark Lord. And if you’ve got a spare five-to-ten grand in your Star Wars collection budget, step right up.
The Dude would definitely use these fine pieces of art for coasters – and that’s fine, they’re made to take it. But the rest of us, true Big Lebowski fans, might think better of it and hang them on the wall. Either way, the characters from this classic Coen Brothers film are duly immortalized in these hand-crafted, multi-purpose, illustrated prints. Mounted on clayboard and colored with india ink & liquid acrylic, they’re tough and cool. Just like The Dude himself.