The people over at Volkswagon have really come up with a brilliant viral video advertising campaign to establish their “fun theory”. Their videos are dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better. So what Volkswagon has done is to take simple tasks that are usually ignored and looked as a chore to do, and made them fun for the well being of ourselves as well as the environment. When I saw these videos I immediately thought of when I was younger and my friend had one of those basketball hoops on his door, but the net was a laundry bag. We would not only have his room’s dirty laundry cleaned up in minutes but we would shoot hoops like Chris Mullin all day. When you make things fun, people will partake regardless of the usually pain in doing so. So believe me when I say, if I come across a set of stairs that play the paino when I walk on them, I’m going to do the Tom Hanks “Big” scene all freakin’ day.
No these images are not photoshopped, and we are not trying to make a cheap masturbation joke. The man in the photos is Matthias Schlitte. Matthias is a very popular German arm wrestler, not only because it looks like his one arm got replaced with King Kong’s, but because he is actually a very good arm wrestler. But a closer look reveals that only ONE of his arms is bestowed with bulging biceps. The 22-year-old’s whopping right forearm measures nearly 18in – and is in stark contrast to his puny left arm. Matthias has been involved in arm wrestling since he was 16 and is now ranked number one in many German arm wrestling associations. Although his appearance does seem very odd it’s for good reason, and very clever if you ask me. By working out only his right arm, Matthias is lighter in weight and is able to compete at a lower weight class. Matthias says older and more experienced opposition laugh at the first sight of his scrawny body, but when his jacket comes off and the Popeye arm goes to work, they don’t laugh anymore.
HAHA this kid looks like a rediculous human version of Mega-Man but if your interested in more of this mutant go to his website here .
on point and straight foward, Andy Awesome is all about creating simplistic circles that apply to the nerd inside us all, using concepts such as Mario Brothers, X-Men, and Star Wars. Typically created on a 40″x40″ canvas, Awesome portrays a simple story using characters that are so basic but so defining. All these images are also freely available to use as a cellphone or desktop background.
The Street Fighter canvas is so serious, if you want to see more of Andy Awesome you can go to his website here.
The never-ending battle street artist have to deal with is the police and breaking the law. Taking a spray can to a building is never going to be legal so it tends to cause problems for graffiti artists to create in peace. Buff Diss has found a solution in putting down his spray cans and picking up a roll of masking tape. Buff Diss uses mostly masking tape, but also any other kind of tape including electrical, duct, etc. The decaying of the tape through time and weather is part of the appeal Diss intends upon his creations. Australian artist Buff Diss’s free-hand drawings with tape transform crumbling, dilapidated environments into sanctuaries of graphic expression.
Very simple and creative Magnus Muhr takes an unusual approach on photography by using dead flies. Muhr, from Sweden, has a very extensive portfolio, but his dead fly photography has been all the rave lately. I’m going to practice this same type of photography but instead of dead flies I’m going to use dead humans, it’s going to be a huge hit. Have a good weekend zooties and zoothians.
Ben Tour’s paintings and drawings are primarily portraits, of characters real and imagined, forming a kind of visual diary of personalities that have impressed Tour, and inspired him, even in their absence, to attempt capturing the qualities of those impressions. The images are nearly always composed of a central figure occupying an indistinct ground, with passages of pristine white space offsetting densely detailed areas, keeping the eye curious. Subtle variations in color and the unexpected transitions between them give both the figures and their surroundings a haunting, indeterminate aura and rich painterly texture. His painting lack accuracy but in a strange erie way, they all work so well in their own right. Check out this awesome interview with Ben from The Citrus Report.
Maybe because my name is Rev I am obligated to clean out my bank account and buy this immediatly, but it’s fair to say it is well worth it. With a crazy futuristic design and a host of features, the iREV ($24,000; January 2010) is your new party barge. This Interactive Recreational Entertainment Vessel seats up to 10 people inside its circular decks, and features a central low smoke charcoal grill that can be swapped for a number of other centerpieces, an outboard electric 2-5 hp motor with 8-10 hours of battery life, 4 storage bins, an integrated umbrella, and an optional audio package with marine approved hi-fidelity 500 watt speakers, amplifier, satellite radio and a MP3 connection. Lest you feel selfish for dropping 24 large on a floating bar, you can rest easy knowing it’s made in America from 45% reclaimed material, and is 80% recyclable.
Donato Sansone made this continuous shot animation video using one gigantic layout which featured hundreds of scenes he had drawn out. While shooting himself flipping each piece of paper over again and again, it acted as a flip book movie. The difference between what Sansone has done verses a standard flip book, is that his art work moves left, right, up down, and around to create a mid boggling and slightly disturbing cartoon. The art reminds me a little bit of Ren and Stimpy, which probably contributed to me digging this video so much. It is part ultra-violence, part hilarious and it’s all in a good bit of fun. The character moves across the paper getting stabbed, cut, hit, swallowed and kicked through the air only to be finally re-united with his body for a closing punch. The ending loops back to the beginning scene, starting the whole process, and the cycle of violence is ready to get started all over again.
A study performed by Quicken and the American Mustache Institute (yes, there is an American Mustache Institute) revealed that mustachioed men make more than their bearded and clean-shaven compatriots. The study found that mustached Americans earned 8.2 percent more on average than those with beards and 4.3 percent more than the clean shaven. But the news is not all good. Mustached Americans also tended to spend 11 percent more and save 3 percent less than their collective counterparts. The study was conducted during the first six months of 2009, examining a random sample of 2,000 mustached American men along with 2,000 bearded and 2,000 clean-shaven peers. If you think about it, guys with mustaches are a lot more bad ass and adventurous, if you have a mustache you are really telling everyone you don’t give a what, you mean buisness. I tried growing a mustache a few times but it always ends up with me looking like a 12 year old rapist, so I’m going to have to accept the 8.2% pay cut. Here are a couple mustache styles that will land you that big promotion.
A good logo is the heart beat of a company. It acts as the face of the products that are being sold, and also reflects the companies credibility to the consumer. If you do not have a solid logo that is able to capture a persons eye and interest from the second they see it, you might as well try another career path. Similar to the packaging post from last week, the consumer world we live in truly interprets what is successful and what is not. I found some really cool logos and decided I should share them. You can find the complete list, all 57 of them here! Some of these are super creative and well thought out. Take a second when you are going through them and really take in what they have to offer.