The World According to Americans

An American’s perception of the rest of the world, and indeed their own mighty nation, is a naive thing indeed. So says The World According to Americans, a comically altered map of the globe. On the evidence presented here, every country and every sea and every continent on the face of this here Earth can best be summed up with a simple cultural stereotype, vague and harsh and uninformed as it may be. The U.S. lives in the civilised world, of course. Their upstairs neighbours, they’re vegetarians. Those folks over there in Eastern Europe, they’re all commies. Africa? They’ve got AIDS. Oh, and above them? Fucking desert, dude!

The World According to Americans is designed by Bulgarian artist Yanko Tsvetkov, aka the alphadesigner. It is part of his satirical Mapping Stereotypes project, which sees him mapping out the globe with side-splitting cultural stereotypes taken from the perspectives of various different nations. You can see the rest of Mapping Stereotypes here, but I think most will agree this is the best, and funniest, entry in a tremendously hilarious project.

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You Are Not Banksy: Street Art Turns Real-Life

You may know of Banksy, a British street artist of unknown identity. Based mostly in England, where he has gained much fame and infamy, Banksy specialises in darkly comic satire, both social and political, which he presents through pieces of graffiti crafted with a technique involving spray paint and stensils. His work, which has appeared on brick walls and the sides of bridges, as well as in his very own public exhibitions, is often deeply subversive and highly comical: a piece depicting a pair of canoodling policemen and another displaying a flower-lobbing hooligan are among his most famous works.

If you enjoy Banksy’s work (if not, seek help), then you may be interested in British photographer Nick Stern’s new series, entitled “You Are Not Banksy.” The project sees Stern meticulously recreating a handful of Banksy’s masterpieces using real-life models and photographing their mimicking poses. The results are extraordinary. Stern himself is a fan of the elusive guerilla street artist: “I have always admired Banksy – I love his cheek and humour,” said the London-born photographer. “Much of art is a recreation or interpretation of real life, but this is the other way round – I wanted real life to recreate art. I hope he likes what I’ve done.”

Below is Stern’s series, along with Banksy’s iconic originals for comparison. [Read more…]

Make Your Own ‘Archer’-Themed Jack-O’-Lanterns

Well, the spooky annual holiday event that is Halloween has reared its monstrous head yet again, which means celebratory parents everywhere will soon be carving scary, demonic faces into their newly purchased pumpkins (unless they buy them pre-carved, lazy so-and-so’s). But hey, here’s a fun idea: instead of carving a ghastly and ghoulish monster onto the surface of your jack-o’-lantern, how about skilfully sculpting the handsome face of everyone’s favorite self-centered cartoon secret agent? [Read more…]

The Truth About Twitter (comic)

Want to know the truth about why celebrities have Twitter? 17-year-old Mexican artist “L0kii” explains it for us in this delightfully irreverent comic strip. Do you agree with the strip that celebrities only use twitter to expand their influence and increase their earning potential?

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Zany street signs by an unknown artist

Ah, the mysterious street artist Trustocorp and his humorous street signs all over the U.S. I guess we’ve seen it before. But we just can’t help it; now this artist has invaded California and done some new and fun projects in Hollywood.  It’s worth another look.
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