Washington-based artist Paula Strawn found a way to turn a necessary medical device into an adorable accessory. She customizes tiny corrective helmets worn by babies with Brachycephaly or flat head syndrome. It’s a treatable cosmetic condition that simply requires the infant to wear a helmet for 3-4 months. The cranial remolding helmets are plain white devices. That is, until Paula Strawn gets her hands on them.

According to the artist, many people become uncomfortable and avoid eye contact when they see a baby wearing a helmet. With Strawn’s artistic creations, however, parents and infants receive compliments and curious questions instead of pitying or worried looks. She says, “Often, it creates an opportunity to have a conversation and explain what the helmet is for and that it is not a scary situation.”

Strawn got her start with a request from a friend who wanted to beautify her infant granddaughter’s helmet. When that baby’s doctor saw the wonderfully painted helmet, he asked Strawn for business card and fliers for his office. So many parents were interested in custom-painted helmets that Strawn has since started her own business, Lazardo Art. She’s been in business for 12 years now and has painted over 1200 head-shaping helmets for babies all over the US.

Visit the Lazardo Art website to check out more of Paula’s painted baby helmets.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

London, Ontario-based artist Dave Vancook turns previously unremarkable thrift store paintings into geektastic through the careful addition of characters and vehicles from Star Wars. A cheesy bullfighter becomes Boba Fett on an awesome holiday in Spain while Greedo heads over to the Scottish Highlands for his own minibreak. Meanwhile Darth Vader stops to smell the roses and an Imperial Stormtrooper sits down to café au lait outside a French bistro.

Visit Dave Vancook’s Facebook page to check out more of his up-cycled paintings. Prints of some of them are available via his Etsy shop.

[via Laughing Squid]

Now’s your chance to own an original painting by Carollyne Yardley, our favorite squirrealist (previously featured here). Most of her paintings sell at exhibitions, so this is a rare opportunity to beautify your home or office with some wonderfully strange anthropomorphic squirrel art.

Click here to see the complete list of available artwork.

[via Carollyne Yardley]

Reading is awesome, which means that libraries are already awesome places because they enable people to read books. However the Kansas City Public Library is super awesome because a portion of the library’s parking garage has been decorated with an enormous trompe l’oeil mural that makes the wall look like shelf full of gigantic books. It’s called the Community Bookshelf:

"It runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees."

Thanks to Snopes we even have a list of all of the books on the Community Bookshelf:

  • Kansas City Stories
  • Catch-22
  • Children’s Stories
  • Silent Spring
  • O Pioneers!
  • 100 Years of Solitude
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Republic
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Tao Te Ching
  • The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
  • Black Elk Speaks
  • Invisible Man
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Journals of the Expedition (Lewis and Clark)
  • Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
  • Lord of the Rings
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Truman

Photos by Jonathan Moreau, Glen Preisler and David King respectively.

[via io9, Illusion and Snopes]

"One day my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night."
We simply can’t get enough of the artwork by our friend Cuddly Rigor Mortis (previously featured here). Entitled Lady Log, this adorable role reversal of two Twin Peaks characters was created for In Dreams, a group art show tribute to the inimitably awesome David Lynch taking place at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show features work by over 50 artists from around the world and opens this Saturday March 8th and runs through March 29, 2014.
We know what the log says to the Log Lady, but now we have to wonder, what would the lady say to the log?

"One day my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night."

We simply can’t get enough of the artwork by our friend Cuddly Rigor Mortis (previously featured here). Entitled Lady Log, this adorable role reversal of two Twin Peaks characters was created for In Dreams, a group art show tribute to the inimitably awesome David Lynch taking place at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show features work by over 50 artists from around the world and opens this Saturday March 8th and runs through March 29, 2014.

We know what the log says to the Log Lady, but now we have to wonder, what would the lady say to the log?

We’ve featured all sorts of unbelievably convincing examples of photorealistic art, but Pennsylvania-based artist Joshua Suda takes the deception even further. His paintings aren’t just awesomely photorealistic, they also break the fourth wall.

Suda’s subjects peer out from behind frames or through torn sheets of paper or cardboard with the confines of the painting’s actual frame. Beautifully rendered hands reach out and half-hidden faces make eye contact with the viewer, “pushing us to question the boundaries between art and ‘real” life.”

Visit Joshua Suda’s website to check out more of his astonishing artwork.

[via Vectro Ave and Artistaday]

This awesome Gif-fiti mural is the work of Cheko, a street artist based in Granada, Spain. Follow him here on Tumblr to check out more of his beautiful artwork, created both on the street and indoors.
For even more Gif-fiti pieces, check out the work of UK-based artist and designer INSA, about whom we’ve posted several times before.
[via mashKULTURE]

This awesome Gif-fiti mural is the work of Cheko, a street artist based in Granada, Spain. Follow him here on Tumblr to check out more of his beautiful artwork, created both on the street and indoors.

For even more Gif-fiti pieces, check out the work of UK-based artist and designer INSA, about whom we’ve posted several times before.

[via mashKULTURE]

We love hippos and we love artwork by Cuddly Rigor Mortis (previously featured here), so this piece, entitled Bertha, is a pudgy dream come true.
Bertha is one of 30 original paintings being shown at Cuddly Rigor Mortis’ first solo exhibition at Gallery 1988 (East) in Los Angeles, CA. Entitled I’m Not Hungry, the show runs through March 22, 2014.
[via g1988]

We love hippos and we love artwork by Cuddly Rigor Mortis (previously featured here), so this piece, entitled Bertha, is a pudgy dream come true.

Bertha is one of 30 original paintings being shown at Cuddly Rigor Mortis’ first solo exhibition at Gallery 1988 (East) in Los Angeles, CA. Entitled I’m Not Hungry, the show runs through March 22, 2014.

[via g1988]

Reblogged from g1988

Adventure Time + Doctor Who = Super Awesome
Relentlessly cheerful artist James Hance (previously featured here) painted this incredible “Adventure Timey-Wimey” mural on his 9-year-old daughter Maddy’s wall. From the Gunter Daleks to the BMO TARDIS to the Ice King as a Weeping Angel, it’s almost unbearably wonderful.
But wait, it gets even better because the whole concept was Maddy’s to start with:

"She had the idea for an Adventure Time / Doctor Who crossover, and had all the characters mapped out (You can see where I get my ideas from!)"

Prints of this awesome mash-up are currently available via James Hance’s website.
[via io9]

Adventure Time + Doctor Who = Super Awesome

Relentlessly cheerful artist James Hance (previously featured here) painted this incredible “Adventure Timey-Wimey” mural on his 9-year-old daughter Maddy’s wall. From the Gunter Daleks to the BMO TARDIS to the Ice King as a Weeping Angel, it’s almost unbearably wonderful.

But wait, it gets even better because the whole concept was Maddy’s to start with:

"She had the idea for an Adventure Time / Doctor Who crossover, and had all the characters mapped out (You can see where I get my ideas from!)"

Prints of this awesome mash-up are currently available via James Hance’s website.

[via io9]

English artist Craig Davison creates series of paintings that beautifully illustrate the awesome power of childhood imagination and our limitless ability to play pretend as our favorite movie characters. He draws from a wide variety of movies, but the pieces seen here all revolve around Star Wars.

Kids play their hearts in the foreground while their shadows loom larger than life in the background as the fictional characters they’re pretending to be. Tree branches have become light sabers, cardboard tubes and a hair dryer work equally well as blasters, a garbage can and a colander are all you need to be R2-D2 and C3PO, and a pair of headphones serve as Princess Leia’s cinnamon bun hairdo.

Visit Craig Davison’s website to check out more of his delightful and nostalgic artwork. Then go grab a tree branch and meet us at the park for a light saber duel.

[via Nerd Approved]