Today the Department of Marvelous Makeup pays a visit to London-based hair and makeup artist Laura Jenkinson, who has fun using her talents to transform her own lips into playful depictions of all sorts of pop culture characters, ranging from Shrek, Mr. T and Cartman to a host of Looney Tunes and Disney characters. We love how she even turned herself upside-down to accommodate the long face of Wallace from Wallace & Gromit.

Follow Laura Jenkinson’s Instagram account to see many more of her creative cosmetic transformations.

[via WHUDAT]

This may be the most incredibly awesome Karaoke bar we’ve ever seen. Behold the wondrous themed rooms of The Highball, located in Austin, TX, adjacent to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. The Highball just reopened after 18 months of extensive renovations, including seven outrageously themed karaoke rooms, including - yes - a Twin Peaks-themed room, created by Space Warp Design. The other rooms are Midnight Manor, The Inferno, Freaks, Joysticks, Truly Outrageous, and The 5th Dimensions. Each one features new song lists, state-of-the-art equipment and cocktail bottle services.

In addition to its uniquely themed karaoke rooms, The Highball features a full-service bar, dance floor, stage, lounge area and a formal outdoor patio. Even if you aren’t into karaoke this place feels like an awesome spectacle to behold.

Visit The Highball website for additional images and info.

[via io9]

We are Groot!

The Internets have been gleefully infected with Baby Groot Fever. Redditor theoopst shared the top image of an awesomely adorable sculpture, made by their friend artist combatcarlie, of wee Baby Groot happily dancing in his pot.

Below that you see another homemade baby Groot, this one made by artist Patrick Delahanty using an electronic dancing flower toy:

"I made this using a “Movin’ & Groovin’” flower I got from eBay, cut off the dumb daisy, and covered the stem on felt and twine. My fiancée sculpted the head from Model Magic. We then painted everything with brown and tan paint. He can now dance to Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix”…or to my own mix.”

Click here to watch baby Groot dance and then click here for complete instructions to make your own.

If this little guy doesn’t make any sense to you, please stop what you’re doing and go see Guardians of the Galaxy. Pretty much everything else can wait.

[via Reddit, Mark’s Scrapbook and Neatorama]

California-based artist Isaac Goodhart created this awesomely heartwarming pop culture mashup illustration that combines Shel Silverstein’s classic story The Giving Tree with Marvel Comics' Guardians of the Galaxy.
“The Giving Groot" replaces the selfless apple tree with Groot and the boy she loved with Rocket Raccoon and we desperately wish it was a real book.
[via Nerd Approved and Isaac Goodhart]

California-based artist Isaac Goodhart created this awesomely heartwarming pop culture mashup illustration that combines Shel Silverstein’s classic story The Giving Tree with Marvel Comics' Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Giving Groot" replaces the selfless apple tree with Groot and the boy she loved with Rocket Raccoon and we desperately wish it was a real book.

[via Nerd Approved and Isaac Goodhart]

To celebrate their 21st anniversary, Redditor Ken_Thomas and his wife had this awesome portrait taken in which they dressed up as Indiana Jones and his father Professor Henry Jones. Together they recreated a moment from the unforgettable motorcycle escape scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

This marriage is clearly a happy one. The Thomases had so much fun dressing up as the Senior and Junior Joneses that they’re already discussing costumed photoshoot ideas for their next anniversary. We cant wait to see what they come up with.

[via Neatorama]

"Sometimes that shark, he looks right into ya, right into your eyes. Y’know, the thing about a shark, he’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When he comes after ya, he doesn’t seem to be livin’ until he bites ya…”
We love this ferociously awesome Jaws hobo nickel crafted by Amy Armstrong. Inspired by the famous theatrical poster created for Steven Spielber’s 1975 film, this coin is currently up for auction on ebay.
To check out more amazing hobo nickels click here.
[via Neatorama]

"Sometimes that shark, he looks right into ya, right into your eyes. Y’know, the thing about a shark, he’s got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When he comes after ya, he doesn’t seem to be livin’ until he bites ya…”

We love this ferociously awesome Jaws hobo nickel crafted by Amy Armstrong. Inspired by the famous theatrical poster created for Steven Spielber’s 1975 film, this coin is currently up for auction on ebay.

To check out more amazing hobo nickels click here.

[via Neatorama]

Woodridge, IL-based veteran LEGO builder Matt De Lanoy created this awesomely detailed LEGO model of Springfield, USA, hometown of The Simpsons. At a glance it appears that Matt thought of everything. We can see the Simpsons’ house, Ned Flanders’ house, Moe’s Tavern, Springfield Elementary School, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, Krusty Burger, the Kwik-e-Mart, The Android’s Dungeon, Springfield Town Square, and even the Stonecutter Lodge and the Springfield Tire Fire. He also included all the proper minifigs and vehicles too. It’s a geektastic tribute to a wonderfully weird town.

Be sure to visit Matt De Lanoy’s Flickr page for many more shots of his spectacular LEGO Springfield.

[via Nerd Approved and Kotaku]

This awesome Finn and Jake chair was created by Redditor reallylovely, who spotted the old, yet still sturdy chair at an antique shop and immediately recognized its potential resemblance to our favorite post-apocalyptic human boy:

"I cleaned, sanded, primed then painted the design with acrylics. I also added a few coats of glow-in-the-dark paint to his hood and his socks. Then I sealed it about four times. For the seat, I used felt, and hand-embroidered the details of Jake’s face. For the dream bubble, I used a small piece of Adventure Time printed fabric which I bought online. After this photo was taken, I added a clear plastic layer to the seat to protect the design and allow it to actually be used as a chair (but I mostly made it as art)."

Here’s hoping that Adventure Time-themed furniture restoration becomes a trend.
[via Neatorama]

This awesome Finn and Jake chair was created by Redditor reallylovely, who spotted the old, yet still sturdy chair at an antique shop and immediately recognized its potential resemblance to our favorite post-apocalyptic human boy:

"I cleaned, sanded, primed then painted the design with acrylics. I also added a few coats of glow-in-the-dark paint to his hood and his socks. Then I sealed it about four times. For the seat, I used felt, and hand-embroidered the details of Jake’s face. For the dream bubble, I used a small piece of Adventure Time printed fabric which I bought online. After this photo was taken, I added a clear plastic layer to the seat to protect the design and allow it to actually be used as a chair (but I mostly made it as art)."

Here’s hoping that Adventure Time-themed furniture restoration becomes a trend.

[via Neatorama]

Artist and illustrator Joey Spiotto, aka Joebot (previously featured here and here), has a solo exhibition of over 50 of his awesome pop culture properties reimagined as children’s book covers, entitled Storytime, opening this Friday, August 1st at Gallery 1988 (East) in Los Angeles.

Visit Joey Spiotto’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his artwork. Prints are available via his Etsy shop.

[via io9 and /Film]