33 posts tagged Superheroes
33 posts tagged Superheroes
"It’s not who are are underneath, but what we do that defines us."
Last week all eyes were on San Francisco when Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Leukemia survivor and huge fan of Batman, saw his wish to become Batkid come true. Batkid joined forces with Batman and spent the day saving SF/Gotham City from dastardly villains. The event was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the city of San Francisco, and countless enthusiastic volunteers. Even Clark Kent and Lois Lane got in on the action.
Now YouTube user SandD2012 has turned the awesome citywide event into a fantastic movie trailer using footage from Miles’ big day and music from The Dark Knight Rises. The BatKid Rises Trailer is 1:41 that’s pretty much guaranteed to brighten your day.
We just found the work of another awesome coffee artist. These tantalizing latte portraits are the work of Japanese latte artist Mattsun, currently treating people to delicious works of caffeinated art in Tokyo. Mattsun began creating drinkable works of art back in 2009 while working at an Italian restaurant. In 2011 he held a very popular solo exhibition, entitled Blue Sky Latte Art, in Dōtonbori, Osaka, Japan. To date he has created over 500 pieces of latter art and hopes to one day own a mobile cafe so that he can use his artwork to “bring smiles to people all across Japan.”
Here’s another uplifting entry for the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds: The Power Rangers Megaforce, or rather an awesome team of cosplayers dressed as the Power Rangers, are seen here visiting with a young patient at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. The superheroes were entertaining patients during Spirit of Children Week in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo courtesy of Bob Riha, Jr./Saban Brands via Getty Images
Canadian artist François Chatier creates awesome photorealistic paintings, like the pop-culture still lifes pictured here. His work is so convincing that, as we take in all the details, we have to keep reminding ourselves that these are acrylic paintings and not photographs.
Visit François Chatier’s website to view many more examples of his astonishing artwork.
[via Sweet Station]
For an ongoing project entitled Tales You Lose, Frankfurt-based Brazilian designer Andre Levy (aka zhion) uses paint to alter the faces on coins so that portraits of politicians and potentates become pop culture icons. The coins come from a host of different countries, acquired by Andre during his travels.
Levy creatively transforms ordinary currency into pop culture portraits, artistically raising their value. Though we may see his adjustments as turning an ordinary object into art, the designer says: “Coins are actually massively-reproduced little sculptures. This project brings individual character to each replica, and makes us think: Are we able to like one cent more than others, just by injecting new stories in it?”
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Ohio balloon artist Jeff Wright of Wright Entertainment (previously featured here) has created an awesome new balloon suit. We’ve already seen him decked out as Balloon Buzz Lightyear and Balloon Mario riding Balloon Yoshi. Now Jeff is back in all his inflatable splendour as Balloon Iron Man.
Jeff, who works as a volunteer in an orphanage in Bolivia, jumped at the challenge — and the result is stunning. Made up of hundreds of balloons carefully intertwined, he has artfully recreated the legendary red and yellow suit with meticulous attention to detail.
Jeff comments: “I was trying to decide what costume to do next when I got an email from blinkbox. I’m a huge fan of the Iron Man films and couldn’t resist the challenge. After some careful planning I was ready and asked a friend to film the whole process right here in Bolivia.”
Today we dropped in on the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds and learned about one of the world’s lesser-known superheroes. More about simply helping people out than fighting crime, this Japanese superhero has undertaken a very specific and localized duty.
Meet Tadahiro Kanemasu, seen here carrying a woman’s shopping cart for her while they walk down the stairs towards a Tokyo subway station. In his shiny green and silver Power Rangers suit and mask, Tadahiro positions himself at the stairs of this subway station waiting for travelers in need of help carrying packages, carts, and strollers up or down the stairs.
The slender 27-year-old has spent three months being a good Samaritan at the station on Tokyo’s western side. Like many in the city, it has neither elevators nor escalators and a long flight of dimly lit stairs.
"Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out," said Tadahiro Kanemasu.
Since Kanemasu can set aside only a couple of hours each day for his good deeds, he hopes to recruit others in different colored suits. Already he has inquiries about pink and red.
Kanemasu admitted he got off to a bit of a rocky start. “When I first began, people basically said ‘Get away from me, you weirdo’,” he said. “Now they still think I’m weird but in a good way.”
Photo by Yuya Shino.
In August of 1962, the publication of Amazing Fantasy #15 marked the very first appearance of Spider-Man. That issue is now a rare and very expensive comic. Instructables member kevinmakes has always wanted a copy to hang on his wall, so he came up with an awesome way to do just that without using the comic itself.
Spiritual Hero is an awesome series of sleek digital renderings, created by Italian artist Antonio Strafella, envisioning comic book, movie, and cartoon characters as beautiful religious icons. He says of his own work:
“These icons have various aspects in common: saints do miracles and superheroes have superpowers, both are venerated, opening the conflict between faith and zealotry.”
[via Beautiful Decay]
Japanese artist Teppei Kaneuji creates fascinating found-object assemblages by gluing together things such as plastic toys, scissors, and helmets. For a ShugoArts group exhibition Teppei created an awesome series, entitled Teenage Fan Club, for which he restricted himself to “only use removable hair from figurines.” By exclusively using an extensive assortment of colourful plastic hair originally belonging to all sorts of anime characters, superheroes, and so on, Teppei has created entirely new figures which look like superheroes in their own right.
“I don’t feel you can state unequivocally that only stuff made from scratch is any good,” says Kaneuji, defending the realm of found object art, which is often criticized for being pretentious. “There are so many interesting things around us, there have to be ways to use them, and failing to do so is to my mind, unnatural. There’s a certain pleasure to be gained from the process, such as when different parts fit well together.”
[via Spoon & Tamago]