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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.
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.
In an alternate universe, Winnie the Pooh and his pals grew up in The Hundred Acre Hood and emerged as “Winnie Tattooh and his friends.” Paris design studio, Grapheart, doused Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, and Pooh with mean tattoos, making for street-hardened versions of the fluffy characters you knew from your childhood. This falls right in line with our recent theme of posting about reimagined pop icons. Regardless, the beauty of these is in the details, so click more for four close-up images of Winnie Tattooh and his friends, including a shot of the original sketch.
As an apparent statement against overly sugary children’s cereal (a box of Frosted Flakes is 37% sugar) and because it’s “Grrrrreeeeaaat!”, Ron English created this Fat Tony figure, which he then promoted by planting it on the appropriate shelf at an LA supermarket.
According to Clutter Magazine, this Fat Tony will be released as a toy, limited to 500 pieces with more limited followup editions available later.
After the jump, watch a couple of classic Frosted Flakes ads, featuring a slimmer (but no less ridiculous) Tony the Tiger, Superman and horseback riding.
via Vinyl Pulse
Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck created this piece, titled “Years,” by rigging his record player’s tone arm with a PlayStation Eye camera so he could take a disc of wood – a thin cross section of a tree – and listen to it as if it were an LP. The rings of years are picked up by the camera and and translated through Ableton Live to give them life in sound. The result: a beautiful, sad and eerie piano concerto.
via Boing Boing
In the same dictatorial vein as our Little Giants figures of Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin, artist Stephen Ives has twisted the classic Mr. Potato Head concept to embody the images of some of history’s most pertinent iron-fist rulers: Saddam Hussein, Hitler, Kim Jong Il, Vladmir Lenin, and others. These figures are pretty incredible looking, and, in the spirit of Mr. Potato Head, their accessories appear to be fully interchangeable.
via Beautiful Decay
These figures by self-described “Evil Arts Organization” Suckadelic depict a Cybertron version of the Occupy Wall Street conflict. With obvious references to the classic Transformers tussle of Autobots (the 99%) vs. Decepticons (the 1%), Sucklord is the leader of the 1%’s battle for cyber domination over occupation. These were released at a show yesterday on the Lower East Side, complete with accompanying trading cards.
My only question is, in the war for a fair shake, the Decepticons have Megatron played by, perhaps, Goldman Sachs, but does OWS have an Optimus Prime? I guess I always pictured the OWS answer as more of a Voltron-type mashup of powers. Regardless, I like the metaphor.
[via The World's Best Ever]
A student from Gdansk University of Technology made this laser projector out of parts he scavenged from old DVD burners, Blu-Ray players, etc. It even fits in a metal carrying case for portability. The student, who goes by the handle C4r0, detailed the plans and construction of his multi-year project online. Watch the video below to see what it can do. Very cool stuff.
I’ve met Marvel’s licensing department and all I can recollect clearly is that they said “no” to us and that they wear Ed Hardy T-Shirts. Infer from that what you will. Upon reading about Williams Sonoma releasing a licensed product from Marvel, in an industry rag I was all ready to cynically pounce down from my idealistic perch of judgement. But dammit. I clicked through and found the picture and now I just want to eat the little fuckers.
You win this round, Marvel. But we’ll meet again.
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