19 posts tagged Muppets
19 posts tagged Muppets
On June 18, 1983 American physicist and astronaut Sally Ride became the very first American woman in space as a crew member on the space shuttle Challenger for NASA mission STS-7. The mission successfully deployed two communications satellites and conducted pharmaceutical experiments. Sally Ride was the first woman to use the robot arm in space and the first to use the arm to retrieve a satellite. This was (and still is) an awesome and inspirational milestone for girls and women alike.
Kenny Durkin, an illustrator based in Clermont, Florida, has created an awesome series of illustrations depicting The Muppets as popular movie and tv show characters. Each piece makes us smile, but there is something particularly delightful about Rowlf the Dog as The Big Bowwowski.
"I’m the Dog. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dogness, or uh, Doger, or El Dogerino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing."
[via Laughing Squid]
Science + The Muppets = Awesome
Artist and designer Mike Boon created this fantastic Periodic Table of The Muppets in which each square represents a different muppet character and also indicates the primary Muppeteer(s) for that character along with the year and production in which that character was debuted. But that’s not all:
"Borders align with hair/hat colour, background aligns with skin/fur colour, and colour of the abbreviated name represents nose colour (for characters with noses that is)."
[via Nerd Approved]
What is a dog, if not a fluffy, walking canvas? That seems to be the mindset of competitive dog groomers. Photographer Ren Netherland (previously featured here) is still traveling around the United States taking awesome canine portraits at creative dog grooming competitions. We’re still impressed by just how many characters or creatures a groomer is able to include on one dog thanks to careful dyeing and shearing.
Why settle for simply transforming a dog into Yoda when you can make one end look like Yoda and the other end look like an Ewok? And just how many different Sesame Street characters can you fit on a single dog?
"It takes two intense hours for the groomers to produce their masterpieces before facing judges. Mr Netherland said: ‘The owners have to grow out their dog’s hair in preparation for the show - so that it’s long enough for them to make something. They train and rehearse throughout the year in preparation for the competition, whittling their creation down to a fine art.
'The best thing for spectators is that when the poodles fist come onto the stage, they just look like normal poodles. Suddenly they are transformed before your eyes into something colourful and completely different. The dogs seem to enjoy the pampering and all the attention.'”
Visit Ren Netherland’s website to view more of his fascinating photos.
Artist Hillary White (previously featured here) has created an extensive and completely awesome series of paintings, entitled Pop Reinterpretation, for which she beautifully recreates painting by the Old Masters depicting a wide variety of pop culture icons in place of the original subjects.
R2-D2 becomes Francois-Xavier Fabre’s Portrait Of A Man, Kermit the Frog becomes Frans Hals’ Portrait of a Young Woman, Optimus Prime becomes Anthony Van Dyck’s Self Portrait With Sunflower, and so on.
Hillary has painted so many of these wonderful portraits, it’s an almost unbearably awesome accomplishment. If you like these even half as much as we do, check out the entire Pop Reinterpretation gallery to see the rest.
It’s Pop Art Meets High Art on Geyser of Awesome!
RBKCreations is a mother and daughter team in Dallas, Texas who design and create bouquets, boutonnières, and other wedding/bridal accessories using felt, satin, and buttons. Their creations are all fun and colourful, but what really grabbed our attention were the pop culture-themed sets featuring characters from video games like Super Mario Bros. and Angry Birds or the incredibly awesome set of bouquets made for a Muppet-themed wedding.
More wonderfully whimsical street art by French artist OaKoAK (previously featured here), who likes to play with existing elements of the urban landscape, often making surprisingly small alterations or enhancements to achieve striking results, enabling us to see the world through his eyes.
"Using simple means and materials, OakOak undermines his neighborhood with playful results. He uses a minimal amount of actual original artwork, instead re-purposing signs, facades, cement blocks, chipping paint, and more. OakOak transforms a neighborhood’s imperfections into its own adornments. "
He says of his interventions:
“The less I intervene on the wall or the road, the better, especially if I can totally change the sense of the urban environment.”
[via Beautiful Decay]
Just when we thought we’d seen the creepiest Bert and Ernie cosplay ever along comes this truly frightening pair. Not only are they dressed up as Bert and Ernie might appear in real life, they also appear to be elderly, which adds a whole new unsettling dimension to the mix. We are impressed. Acutely unsettled, yes, but also undeniably impressed.
Redditor ProbableCause spotted the geriatric muppets come to life walking around this year’s Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. If you end up having nightmares because of their awesome cosplay efforts, please know that we’ll almost certainly be suffering right along with you.
Here’s an unsettling sight you probably won’t be able to un-see. If there are any pupaphobics present, we apologize, but this simply isn’t something we could keep to ourselves.
Back in 2007 Jason Paul Smith and his friend Rob attended a Halloween party dressed as an impressibly creepy version of the inseparable Sesame Street muppet pair Bert and Ernie, complete with a dead-eyed rubber ducky friend. They already look pretty ominous, so we’re hoping they went all the way and sang Ernie’s bath time rubber ducky serenade.
[via Neatorama Halloween]
This Airedale terrier’s coat has been groomed and decorated to resemble not just one, but a whole assortment of characters from The Muppets, including Kermit, Gonzo, Animal, and Miss Piggy. Photographer Ren Netherland has travelled across the US to conventions that showcase creative dog grooming.
We aren’t sure which part is most unsettling: the fact that Gonzo’s nose is the dog’s tail or that Miss Piggy is missing her distinctive snout altogether. As dog grooming goes, this is a pretty awesome spectacle.