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Is this a Banksy Action Figure?

Posted by   on 11:13 am

Very interesting. Just got tipped off to this site called Magic Bodega that seems to be selling the long-rumored Banksy Action Figure.

Introducing Mustachifier

Posted by   on 21:13 pm

It’s been a while since we posted here but we’ve got a special announcement today. We’ve just launched a brand new website for our brand new brand!.  We’re proud to introduce Mustachifier, the Original Mustache Pacifier. The concept it as simple as it is brilliant; we’ve put mustaches on pacifiers. And now, we will sit back and hope the world beats a path to our door.

The Mustachifier comes in three handsome varieties, shown below:

The Cowboy

The Gentleman

The Ladies Man


Jeremy Lin Action Figure

Posted by   on 15:44 pm

Known for his artistry on the court, rookie sensation Jeremy Lin has taken the world by storm, inspiring millions with his story and his brilliant level of play. Created by Seattle sculptor Mike Leavitt and sold exclusively by Jailbreak Collective, the Jeremy Lin Action Figure commemorates Lin’s ascension to heroism by mashing Lin with the ‘80s G.I. Joe “Storm Shadow” character. It’s a hand-sculpted, one-of-a-kind piece priced at $2,500, and is the newest addition to Leavitt’s “Art Army” series, which sold out in 2011 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York.

The 9” tall Lin figure is made from polymer clay (Fimo & Sculpey), elastic cord, stryofoam & steel armatures. It has nine moving parts, including removable accessories (a ‘regulation’ basketball and a birch wood ball & chain) and comes with a bamboo wood base with steel foot pegs for a sleek display option. Hand-painted details display the Taiwanese flag’s sun (w/ basketball) logo and “Lin Seventeen” (on his back).

Check out some detail shots after the jump.

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Posted by   on 08:30 am

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be stepping back and conducting some experiments with this blog. We’ll try some paradigm shifting and general mixing up of what we do to see what directions we can take and test whether any of them click for us. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.


- The Jailbreak

Hyperreal Paintings by Jason de Graaf

Posted by   on 11:35 am

Here are some photorealistic paintings by artist Jason de Graaf. In them, he composes scenes though the bending of light through mirrored shapes. Beyond the flashiness of the technique, there seems always something living in these backgrounds reflected – something more to know. Follow the jump for four more of de Graaf’s paintings.

via ArtStormer

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Sunglasses Smashed to Pieces and Sold as Art

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Let’s smash some normal objects like sunglasses and flashlights, frisbees, etc. into tiny pieces. We’ll use hammers, blenders and other great mangling methods. We’ll put the pieces into little bags and sell them. But first, let’s use 3D imaging to map the objects and give the buyer a way to redefine their relationship with the idea of owning of an object, especially when so many things are “owned” virtually.

This is the general concept of D/struct, an art installation/consumer product line by Lucas Maasen and Raw Color. They took 60 plactic items, crushed them until they were nothing but a bundle of tiny pieces of their former selves and then packaged them. Each bag has a QR code, that a person can scan to access the 3D digital version of what the object once was. You can buy the packs on their web store.

Here is the description of the concept from the D/struct:

Music and movies are detached from their physical carriers and can be borrowed or bought from shops and digital libraries. This restructuring is now beginning to manifest in the world of physical product. The technology of 3D scanning and 3D printing causes a decoupling of the shape of the product and the material it is made.

This is certainly an interesting exploration. On another level, an artist friend of mine thinks it would be a great idea to buy famous works like Van Gogh’s Starry Night, burn it and sell hundreds of tiny vials of the ashes – fully confident that there is a market of consumers who would buy them. I tend to agree. I digress, but the same idea of the placebo of ownership applies.

Follow the jump to see a video of a D/struct blender pulverizing what appears to be a plastic toy toolbox.

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Funky Headphones Compose Music from the Noise Around You

Posted by   on 10:52 am

As a child, were you ever enthralled by the act of cupping your hands over your ears and creating a pattern of noise, silence, noise, silence? This is partially the concept behind “designer, media artist and design educator” Alex Braidwood‘s “Noisolation” headphones. They may look like a steampunk accessory, but function as part art piece, part experiment to mechanically alter the relationship between people and the noise around them in densely populated environments.

It’s common for people to walk around cities or ride subways wearing headphones, listening to music, controlling their environment through sound. In contrast, rather than shutting out the environmental sounds entirely, a user of Noisolation headphones engages in a controlled way with the noise around them. According to Braiwood, “exposure to the noise is structured through a sequence designated by a composer which controls the behavior of the sound-prevention valves. The composer also determines what values are adjustable by the listener through the single knob built into the device.” In essence, Braiwood has invented a new way for a person to make music from their surroundings, while still having some control over what they hear. Watch the videos below for more in-depth displays of how they work. Also, check out Braiwood’s other inventions and research on his website.

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Giant Confucius Sculpture

Posted by   on 13:56 pm

This is a 32-foot tall sculpture of Confucius made by artist Zhang Huan. It depicts the Chinese philosopher in a contemplative pose in a quiet room (as one would expect he would do in real life), as if he is waiting for his viewer to ask a question or deliver classically sage advice such as, “be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.” There is a profound calm in his giantess and the magnified attention to detail reminds of Ron Mueck sculpture. See below for three more photos of Huan’s Confucius.

via Geekosystem

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Five Beautiful Illustrations from Heikki Leis

Posted by   on 16:55 pm

Here are some beautiful illustrations from Estinian artist Heikki Leis. He’s created some fascinating characters and scenes here. I especially like them for their intertwining of startling realism and surreal play with perspective. According to his website, Tartu has lived and worked out of his hometown of Tartu, Estonia for most of his life, where he works as a freelance artist. Follow the jump to see four more of Leis’ drawings.

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Rolling Stones Mouth Urinals Cause Uproar

Posted by   on 13:11 pm

These mouth-shaped urinals at a Rolling Stones museum in Lüchow, Germany have some women’s rights groups up in arms. The functional sculptures were designed by a woman, Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel and based on the Rolling Stones logo, the “Tongue and Lip Design,” created by art designer John Pasche in 1971 (which he originally modeled after Mick Jagger‘s mouth).

Despite, some are bothered by the inherent femininity of the mouths and are speaking out against them, claiming sexism. Local activist Roda Armbruster was quoted in Spiegel as stating, ”Why does it have to be a woman’s mouth? If it had been based on the emblem of the Stones with the tongue, it would have been OK. But the tongue’s been left out and they really look like women’s mouths.”

Ulli Schröder, who opened the museum after collecting Stones memorabilia for decades, said, ”That’s not a man’s mouth or a woman’s mouth, that’s art. They were damned expensive and they’re staying where they are and that’s final.”

Check out some more shots of the controversial urinals after the jump.

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