Motorcycles and tattoos — two things that have a history so intertwined you can't separate them. Former motocross racer Carey Hart knows all about tattoos and bikes and has partnered with the Indian Motorcycle Company to produce a very special ink. Indian Motorcycle Ink is made from carbon collected from a burnout Carey did on his Indian Super Hooligan. Bikes and tattoos have never had so much in common.
2017 is the fourth year of National Geographic and Dronestagram's Drone Photography Contest. Thousands of photographers gave their view of the world from the top, and the winners are in. Here's the best of the best from this year's entries.
Artist Tetiana Galitsyna works in an unusual medium — sand. For the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones, the artist went through the main cast of characters, creating and then erasing them in real-time, making an amazing animation.
Bright colors. Crazy Patterns. These bold graphics are what define '80s design and they can all be contributed to The Memphis Group. After their first show in 1981, the Milan-based design studio inspired a decade with their Postmodern furniture made from asymmetrical shapes and vibrant colors. Although their furniture never made it into anyone's homes, their influences can be seen throughout the era in everything from fashion to music.
Art supplies are expensive. But do you really need a $400 pencil to draw an awesome picture? Of course not. Peter Draws got a composition book, some No. 2 pencils, a sharpener and erasers from a fan — and set about proving you don't have go broke to be an artist.
Anna Rubincam is rare among artists. Anna is a stonecarver, creating works from massive, heavy pieces of stone — the last of a dying craft. Eyes & Ears followed with Anna while she created a portrait from start to finish, working a raw chunk of rock into an amazing human likeness.
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Building off the success of their PivLock quick-change eyewear line, Smith has once again jumped ahead with their all-new Attack series. These sunglasses feature magnet-guided snap-on temple pieces that mount directly on a single large lens, allowing the wearer to quickly adjust to changing light conditions without missing a beat. Other new features include a shaped cutout at the top of the lens for increased ventilation, an adjustable nosepiece for maximum wearing comfort, and a new range of ChromaPop lenses to help you keep your eyes on where you're going next.
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There's been so much death in Game of Thrones that it's a wonder anyone is still alive. And while we've all seen the many death compilations, HansoArt has taken it to the next level: Hand-drawing every major character death over the entire series.
Kings, queens, even the Pope — the wrappings of royalty hardly compare to the ornate dress of the matador. Antonio Lopez Fuentes has been handcrafting matador dresses for 55 years, cloaking those who make a living facing down 1,300-pound beasts. It takes months of preparation and mounds of material, but as Antonio says, if you're facing a charging bull, you ought to be well-dressed.
"The Spaceship" — Apple's ground-based headquarters under construction in Cupertino, California — is a little behind schedule. It isn't quite ready for all 12,000 employees to move in, but the progress on such a huge project over the course of the last year has been impressive. Matthew Roberts filmed Apple Park over the last year and shows how the building has come together as it nears completion.
Korean artist Rocky Byun works in a very unusual medium — balance. From objects like rocks, pottery, and furniture to motorcycles, Rocky's deep understanding of physics and zen-like approach make for surreal sculptures. With gravity as his assistant, Rocky's work turns everyday items into mind-bending works of art.
The concept is simple — add ink to water. The results are extraordinary. The Macro Room captures the planets suspended in a tank of water as it's injected with colored ink, creating colors and shapes that mimic the space dust and stars of the Milky Way — the backdrop of our solar system.
Mathematics and art are two things that aren't usually thought of as going together. The geometric spirals of Stanford professor John Edmark combine the two in animated sculptures that seem to bloom and fade and bloom again — a never-ending cycle of life captured in a time-lapse. SciFri visited John to discuss his process, inspiration and the role of math in his art.
What begins as a simple exercise extrapolating a line across a grid quickly becomes an otherworldly animated adventure. As the line crosses the boundary of the grid a surreal deformation begins that spreads across the frame, again and again. Read more about the creation of this hand-drawn animation at artist Johan Rijpma's website.
Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines a love of history and a deep set of Photoshop skills to bring historical photographs the colors they might have captured. Much more than just a brushing over with color, Marina begins the process with thorough research, using the archives of the Library of Congress and other resources to create an accurate pallette for each photo. The restorations and colorizations can take upwards of a month each, going through the image pixel-by-pixel.
If it goes bump in the night, you'll find it at Monsterpalooza. But Monsterpalooza isn't just for monsters. Sculptor Andrew Freeman of Immortal Masks created these surreal portraits of cartoon characters Ren and Stimpy, from the formerly controversial Nick cartoon The Ren & Stimpy Show. Andrew describes his process for creating these surreal masks and his love for the show that helped bring them to life.
What started as a Neo Geo fansite became the breeding ground for animation as we currently know it. Launched in 1995, Newgrounds laid the template for sites like YouTube, years before YouTube was a household name. Newgrounds was also instrumental in breaking down the traditional gates to animation, leading a new generation of animators have come to define the genre.
You can do better than just snapping off selfies with your phone — especially if that portrait is going on a resume or CV. Paying attention to what's around you, like coordinating backgrounds and colors, can really make a photograph stand out from the sea boring snaps. Here are some of COOPH's favorite tips for taking great portraits.
You'll never want to make a paper crane again after you see Robert Lang's epic origami designs. A former NASA physicist, Robert's love of folding paper isn't limited to just animals — his designs have been used in everything from spacecraft to air bags. In 2001, Robert quit his day job to focus on origami full-time, applying its principals to everyday problems in the real world.
A beer-quenched blade with a handle of fries and bacon. It's America in the palm of your hand. Steve at Green Beetle created his own steel from iron and Tums that became the blade of this epic knife, and spent more time than was necessary to make the handles. See how he did it in this how-to video, and then try making your own.
Adrian Fisher is the master of getting people lost. With over 700 maze designs across the world, he has perfected the art of confusion, disorienting hundreds of thousands of people every year. But making people wander around isn't his only goal — Adrian knows that the best part of every maze is finding the end.
Whether it's vintage Star Wars action figures or classic Rolex watches, don't ever throw away the box. Peter Planes of Antiques Roadshow got the chance to appraise a rare 1960 Rolex GMT Master, complete with all the packaging and documentation that came with the watch when the owner bought it overseas while serving in the Army. All that paperwork added about $30,000 to the auction value of the watch, which Peter estimated at a conservative $75,000.
In the desert of New Mexico stand buildings that look like they might have come from the future — or another planet. The brainchild of architect Mike Reynolds, these earthships were born from the oil crisis of the 1970s. Completely self-sustaining and built with repurposed materials like tires and bottles, Reynolds' designs aim to introduce a more eco-friendly and affordable shelter for people across the globe.
There are watches, and there is Rolex. The name has meant accuracy, quality, and craftsmanship since 1905, and if time is important, then there is a Rolex on your wrist. This retrospective shows some of the iconic scenes that Rolex has shared over its 112 year history.
In 1987, Nike debuted the Air Max 1 to the world and instantly a new era was born. The original Tinker Hatfield design has evolved over the last 30 years from its smooth form into the bulky shape we see today. With collectors begging for a return to its "Golden Era" look, the Nike Sportswear design team answered with the Air Max 1 Anniversary.
Good lighting is always important in film and photography. United Visual Artists think it's equally as important on the stage. While showcasing their work with the British band Massive Attack, the London-based art and design group explore not just the visual aspects of stage lighting, but also the emotional and physical effect it can have on an audience.
Ebru is a form of art that uses ink or paint suspended on the surface of water to create an effect similar to marble stone. Practiced for centuries in Turkey, Asia, and India, it became popular in the West for book covers and stationary. Artist Garip Ay was commissioned to create ebru works of the Netflix series The Crown, Narcos, and Stranger Things. Instead of setting the work on paper, Garip uses video to capture his manipulations of the piece, creating beautiful pieces that only exist for minutes.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and even his own residence in Santa Monica — all considered to be some of the most important works of architecture in the modern era, and all designed by master architect Frank Gehry. The Masterclass series of lectures now brings the legendary designer and artist to the masses, with his own run of talks. You can learn more about the 15 lessons at the Masterclass website.
When we think of CGI, Michael Bay explosions and giant monsters are what come to mind. It often comes off as fake and over the top. But sometimes VFX can be much more subtle. Roy Peker shows us just how digital compositing works, popping up in the least suspecting places.