Tag: Funny

Art

Silver linings: Botched restoration of sentimental art piece boosts town’s tourism

Cecilia Giménez was once the laughing stock of the Internet community when they discovered her "botched" restoration of the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), a sentimental artwork of Jesus Christ. She is by far no artist, but she had the best intentions when she took it upon herself to restore the deteriorating fresco, a process which proved to be more arduous than she expected. Because it took her so long, she took a bit of vacation before she continued working on it. However, before she was able to take a second look at her unfinished restoration, others have already discovered and swarmed over it. It was instantly viral news, and before she could defend herself, thousands of memes about her "botched" work have flooded the web. What would have been an unfortunate story ended on a positive note. Because of the fame that the art restoration garnered, the tourism of her little town, Borja, Spain, has skyrocketed. Now, locals are finding income in making and selling various...
Art

‘Cats in the Mail’ has you sending postcards with cat stamps to Belgium

Cats have not only taken over the Internet, but they're about to invade your mail, too! Olivier Verhellen recently began, Cats in the Mail, a postcard project in which he gives people going abroad some fake stamps and glue. The stamps feature photos of the artist's four cats. The traveler then mails the stamp back to Olivier on a tourist postcard. Initially, Olivier was the sole recipient, but now his wife and daughter have joined in. A fun little project that I think has potential to go viral. Check out some of the stamps below and if you'd like to participate head on over to Tumblr for instructions. ...
Design

New mobile app Carrot Weather features a quick-witted robot with sassy forecasts

Weather apps, however trivial they may seem, are the most frequently used apps on any smartphone. And CARROT Weather is the cream of the crop. Powered by Dark Sky, a provider of hyperlocal (and hyper accurate) weather forecasts, CARROT Weather is "the weather robot with a personality." And it's freaking amazing! Apart from radar maps and detailed meteorological data, CARROT rewards you with data from secret locations like Mt. Doom, the North Pole, and even the Moon! Perhaps the killer feature here is the collection of sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek remarks that you have to endure whenever you launch the app. The developers have now launched an entire suite of apps utilizing the same witty A.I. in the forms of an alarm clock, a to-do list, and a workout coach. Check it out on iTunes! ...
Art

A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
Art

Jean Jullien is back with new book, illustrates modern life in the funniest ways possible

If you get your hands on Jean Jullien's new book, Modern Life, you will absolutely catch yourself laughing out loud more than a few times. It's not hard to relate to his illustrations, because - as always - his humor is spot-on for the modern man or woman. What most people don't consider a big deal, he is able to observe intently. He is so keen on the tiniest details that he is able to create art and comedy out of these. This will be the artist's fifth book, and it carries the signature grumpiness and humor that the French illustrator has been known for. Hollywood actor Jesse Eisenberg was commissioned to write the book's introduction, and he exclaims that Jullien is one of a kind; and that his drawings are "difficult to describe because he is funnier without words than most are with." Jean Jullien's Modern Life is available on teNeues. ...
Creativity

Humorous road art in Montreal urges drivers to get out of their cars

Roadsworth took to the road to create some hilarious artworks aimed at drivers and pedestrians. The Montreal-based artist and activist, aka Peter Gibson, has been busy creating tongue-in-cheek works that poke fun at drivers. Drawing inspiration from lines and signs already present on asphalt, Gibson does such things as turning parking stripes into dandelions. His portfolio is incredibly vast with a variety of medium to large scale installations. Check out some of his road-works below and find more on his website. And make you follow Roadsworth on Instagram for regular doses of artistic humor.  ...
Creativity

Company designs elegant and funny soup ladles

OTOTO Design is famous for its humorous and witty creations. This Tel-Aviv based company decided to surprise kitchen lovers who want to bring humor and joy in everyday life with the Swanky unsinkable ladle. Made in three colors: black, white and red, Swankies are absolutely adorable. Even though they primarily function as a decorative element, they are designed as a perfect big ladle that will never sink. Swanky is the second ladle design from the OTOTO Design. A couple of years ago, they designed a Loch Ness Ladle that was no less adorable than Swanky. ...
Art

Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
Art

Floral beards and crowns liven up statues in Brussels

Flower crowns make everything come alive - even otherwise lifeless busts and statues. Florist Geoffroy Mottart has created a variety of elaborate arrangements of flowers in forms of crowns and beards. The pieces can be found installed on public monuments throughout Brussels. The artist interventions, called "Fleurissements," are eventually removed after a couple of days with photos surfacing on Instagram. Some busts keep bringing Mottart back for new designs, such as the one depicting Leopold II of Belgium. Check out some of the floral beards below! ...
Art

Photography series known as #Combophotos feature hilarious mashups of things, animals, and places

Stephen McMennamy has been at the photography game for a while and there seems to be no end in sight for his hilarious digital manipulations. The Atlanta-based photographer and art director has released a series of split-image juxtapositions that he likes to call "#combophotos." McMennamy uses his own photographs and sifts through them to find ones that'd make for funny mashups. Creating humorous scenes by overlapping objects, animals and more, McMennamy delivers some unexpected compositions such as the guitar bridge one seen below. Check out some of the mashups below and find more on his Instagram. ...
Creativity

Beards celebrate the holidays too!

In cultural terms, the body is a communicator without words. People in all societies around the world have been decorating it as a means of non-verbal self-expression - and they still do. Symbols and messages could be read in many different contexts. One would think that we would have run out of new and exciting ways to adorn our bodies. However, body decoration in the 21st century is more interesting than ever. An excellent example of it is this Beard Christmas decoration found during the “East village London” Christmas market. In December this year, the hipster boys of London had an opportunity to celebrate Christmas together with their cool beards. Why not? Check out this beautiful photography showcasing this whimsical holiday celebration of bodily expression. ...
Art

Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
Digital

The saddest places in the world as shown on Google Maps

Yes, there are some truly sad places around the world and some of them have been identified thanks to Google Maps. Australian artist Damien Rudd’s Instagram is filled with screenshots taken from Google Maps. Doing quite the opposite of showing striking travel photos, Rudd highlights the most depressing places. The hilarious series has brought to light some great (and morbid) examples such as "Nasty Pond" and "Devastation Island." His 64,000 followers can't seem to get enough of Rudd's quirky finds. They make you wonder how exactly these places were named. Check out some of the LOL-worthy locations below and find more on Instagram. ...
Art

Art collective critiques popular culture and branding in humorous images

Brainded India, an independent wing of Brainded International, is a fast-growing movement that aims to become a source of independent thought. In a world that relies on branded mainstream's agenda-driven waves of thought, it strives to get its message across. We live in a society where there is no subversiveness or subculture, Brainded becomes an opportunity to take a step back, pause for a while, and ask the real questions about our world. The movement uses humor and visuals to promote free thought, and encourage people to make informed comments on absolutely anything that goes on in our society today. With the clever use of art, comics, and even essays and stories, the contributors and artists go past the trends and look beyond the hidden agendas that mainstream brands and companies attempt to brainwash humanity with. This is a collaboration - a community - of artists from all over the world. The nomadic initiative began in 2003, in Amsterdam. Today, it also includes...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

Popular artist draws Pokemon wearing costumes of other Pokemon

An artist who goes by the screen name It's Birdy has made drawings worth taking a second look at. These sketches go back to 2013, but since we are all pretty much in a huge Pokemon craze these days, it won't hurt to see these nice little pieces of art. The concept is simple - it's Pokemon dressed as other Pokemon. It's as if you're going to attend a cosplay event if you were a Pokemon going with other Pokemon. Is it too much Pokemon? That would be a judgment call. After all, most of us can't get enough Pokemon.  In the following images, you'll see baby (unevolved) Pokemon dressed up as their older (evolved) selves, i.e. Bulbasaur dressed as Venosaur, Squirtle dressed as Blastoise, and so on. It's a shame there aren't more of these pictures in the circulation these days. Fans would surely love to have them on apparel while playing Pokemon GO! See more of It's Birdy's works on Instagram or on this slideshow. ...
Creativity

Stuffed anglerfish combines several materials and turns inside out

Innovation extends to stuffed animals with Rachel Ciavarella new creations. The artist and designer created Morris, a stuffed anglerfish that can be turned inside out. The reversible fish is part toy and part material explorations project combining several of them including felt, sateen, chiffon, faux sherpa, canvas, and fleece. The materials were used to create all of the features seen on the anglerfish from bones, fins, teeth, and even their innards. The fish was created originally as a personal project but popularity grew to the point Ciavarella was forced to start a Kickstarter campaign to fund mass production. Check it out! ...
Art

Artist creates Donald Trump installations using a very unflattering medium

A graphic designer and artist who goes by the name Allan Adler has various art installations in Miami Beach. The installations were created to demonstrate a very blunt form of symbolism. Each exhibit has a random sampling of dog poop with a photo of President-Elect Donald Trump stuck into it. In addition, there are also direct quotations said by Trump throughout his political career. Adler strolls around the area each day, choosing a random piece of dog excrement that fits his next art idea the best. Each installation is photographed and posted on his Facebook page, named "Pieces of Trump." Social media audiences are responding strongly to the posts, mostly from amused passers-by from Miami. The art is meant to be a critique of the on the correlation between irresponsible pet owners and the views that many hold in regards to Trump's leadership.  ...
Design

Studio creates print campaign featuring strong visualization of political personalities and current issues

Check out these unique and controversial prints from a new 3D print/CGI campaign project. Featuring President Obama and President-Elect Trump, these bring forth issues that are currently storming the news - but in a rare, design-centric manner. The aim is to captivate the essence of the news stories and these personalities, almost in an op-ed type of format. A new design studio was commissioned to head the first ever campaign for Upday. The studio, FOREAL, is the brainchild of Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster. Their projects are directed towards creative and unique designs that give the audiences a popping "eye candy" every time. You can check out the prints on their website. Upday is the latest app from Samsung which focuses on bringing personalized news to its users. The content will be curated from a wide range of trusted sources, bloggers, and brands - streamlined into a very simple and easy format for everyone to understand. It combines technology and  journalistic...
Art

‘Creepers’ exhibit shows colorful, tasteful perversity

Daniel Boccato's Creepers exhibition at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn is underway. The exhibit is made of six fiberglass and epoxy sculptures. Each piece was made this year. The Brazilian native adopted a bold move by using a modern color-and-shape focus on his works. The exhibit is an impressive installment. You would expect such sculptures to have a strong psychological impact, but they seem too strategically done to make there be anything too weird about them. This may be work that is conservative in its core, showing that Boccato is simply a young artist that is full of promise and ambition. In a field that's teeming with similar artists, it will be nice to see how he fares against fellow sculptors. The show is considerably successful, thanks to its staying power. The installment features monochrome sculptures that refer to exterior anatomies. Some may appear abstract, even if motivated by natural or mechanical forms. Parallel to the wall, the pieces protrude...
Art

15th century sculptures re-imagined with bits of modern life

Sculptor and artist Gerard Mas is very serious about his art. And he well should be, because they are beautiful. Still, one can't help to have a smile - perhaps even let out a giggle or two - with his latest artwork. Imagine a classic Florentine portrait of a woman, all dressed accordingly -  now, add a microphone headset to the picture, or a bubble of gum ready to pop, or a tattoo of a skull on her chest. The Spanish artist does bring out the most tasteful flavor of humor with his work. However, the artist does manage to amusingly create 15th century Florentine sculptures re-imagined with glimpses of various aspects that come from modern life. Mas uses alabaster, resin, wood, and marble with his contemporary busts. At first sight, they look like they were fished straight out from the Renaissance - until you get a closer look. Sucking on lollipops or picking noses while posing for a sculpture surely is no way for a 15th-century woman to behave. Gerard Mas is a Spanish sculptor from...
Funny

This Japanese museum is dedicated to funny rocks with human faces

Located two hours northwest of Tokyo is Chichibu, Japan is the only place in the world you'll find a museum dedicated to funny-looking rocks. Yeah, you read that correctly. It’s officially called the Chinsekikan, or "Hall of Curious Rocks," and contains a ton of "jinmenseki," rocks with human faces. It's run by Yoshiko Hayama, widow of the original owner who passed away in 2010.  The late Shozo Hayama was an avid collector of rocks and spent 50 years collecting ones that reminded him of faces. Hayama believed that nature was the best and only artist. Check out some of the freaky rocks below and if you're looking to visit the museum, make sure to plan ahead because it often closes unexpectedly for personal reasons. ...
Animation

Artist creates quirky and unsettling animated creatures

Unusual animations are not the norm here at DesignFave but who's to say we can't make that happen every once in a while? Today, we are featuring Tel Aviv-based illustrator and animator Ori Toor's series of weird characters twisting and turning in 3D. The Tumblr series, titled Looopism, features a series of worm-like creatures that are at once quirky and unsettling. The gritty, noise-filled textures covering them add to the uneasy feelings the viewer is already experiencing. Check out some of the animations below and follow Toor on Instagram for more! ...
Art

Amazing digital composites put manmade structures into perspective

Sometimes we need a fresh new perspective on our surroundings to truly appreciate how far we've come. Kevin Wisbeth is helping us do that. The college student and creator of the Youtube series “A Quick Perspective,” takes places that we're familiar with, such as Central Park in New York, and places other iconic structures within them to show just how massive some of these manmade things are. The digitally composed photographs depict structures like Dubai's Burj Khalifa in New York City to show just how small the rest of the city would look in comparison. Check out some of the whacky composites below and visit Wisbeth's Youtube channel for more. ...
Creativity

Artist creates tiny screen printing rig for doll-size clothes

Devin Smith began working for a t-shirt factory in 2013 when inspiration struck. He now has one of the quirkiest hobbies around and it has now consumed five months of his free time. The miniature artist began building a tiny replica of his studio. The project ended as a gift for his employers and is now displayed in their showroom. Taking the tiny clothing idea even further, Devin designed a completely functional screen printing rig that can actually transfer designs to tiny clothes for dolls. Check out the video below to see it in action and find more of his miniature designs on Facebook. ...
Art

Intricately patterned ceramic plates poke fun at infamous willow patterns

Ancient civilizations were accustomed to using ceramics and cutlery to record stories. Don Moyer is trying to revive that art form. The graphic designer has designed a series of white porcelain plates reminiscent of the willow pattern - a distinctive and elaborate chinoiserie pattern used on ceramic kitchen/housewares. One is lost in the intricate patterns on the edge of the plates and amazed at the story being told in the center. The plates feature victorian villages, swamp monsters, and erupting volcanoes. Two of his designs are currently on Kickstarter and if you'd like to purchase some of the other ones, head on over to his website. ...
Art

Illustrator creates pun-filled food drawings

With the advent of upcoming Seth Rogen film “Sausage Party”, a lot of thought has been given to how different foods would act if sentient. This fascination with anthropomorphism is nothing new (I've been making smiley faces on my plate since I was little), and illustrator Teo Zirinis is making the most of our curiosity. Under the brand “Hands Off My Dinosaur!”, Zirinis creates adorably clever images featuring food of all kinds. The comic-strip type images include foods engaging in human activities, often with the help of a pun-such as the “Fortune Cookie” above. Check out a few of Zirinis’ images here, then see the rest on his website: ...
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