Photo credit: Roman Booteen
Russian artist Roman Booteen specializes in the art of the hobo nickel, or to be more specific, the sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coin. He’s known for several pieces, including a Gold Bug that was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Gold Bug, and one of his newest pieces with a hidden gold chalice. Many of his coins have been sold on auction sites online (eBay, WorthPoint, etc.), and have fetched as much as $3,100. Read more for a video and additional information.
Built by designer Mart Atkinson, creator of the BMW Alpha (above video), the Racer-X is his latest project, and it’s an electric motorcycle designed to look like the letter “X”. Featuring an aluminum tube structure covered in carbon fiber paneling, an open source software-controlled servomotor, an offset steering axis, and a Nissan Leaf-sourced 38 kW battery system. Read more for more fascinating images from around the web.
Photo credit: Laughing Squid
To celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones on April 14th, British office supply company Viking employees teamed up with artist Andy Singleton to create a giant 43-foot, fire-breathing paper dragon. How long did this all take? Around 10-days, with an additional 10-hours required to piece everything together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: JMS Wood Sculpture
It started as a piece from a redwood tree from Redwood Burl, but after lots of painstaking work, it became this stunning giant octopus, thanks to chainsaw artist Jeffrey Michael Samudosky. He’s a self-taught artist who started JMS Wood Sculpture back in 1998, and has since been featured on numerous television shows, including the Discovery Channel, as well as carving competitions worldwide. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: 9GAG via Twisted Sifter
Since the holidays are here, people may not be as responsive to your emails as they normally are, and that’s when you may see some of these common phrases. To kick things off, we have “just checking in,” which may sound harmless, but after numerous messages without receiving a response, you might actually mean “I’m going to keep sending you emails about this until you respond.” Read more to see a compilation of brutally honest meanings of common email phrases by 9GAG.
At first glance, these apples may appear to be just a Photoshop trick, but they’re real and called “Black Diamond”. They are mainly grown in the mountains of Tibet, and a breed of Hua Niu apples (Chinese Red Delicious) that get their unique dark purple color from the geographical conditions of Nyingchi, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Since the temperature fluctuations between day and night are significant, the fruits get a lot of sunlight and ultraviolet light which causes their skin to change from the deep red to dark purple. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Sometimes, you just come across things that are slightly out of place, and the longer you look at them, the more infuriating things get. For example, this person just so happened to sit behind a passenger who apparently didn’t know that their headphones were worn over his folded ear, or just wanted a slightly muffled sound. Continue reading to see more slightly infuriating things captured by internet users. Click here for a few bonus images.
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Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer, but many fans have never seen his signature. Well, know you’re in for a treat, as the one above features a drawing of the world famous Mickey Mouse. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. Continue reading for more fascinating celebrity signatures. Click here for a few bonus images.
ICON has developed a method to 3D print single-story 650-square-foot homes using cement in a mere 12-24 hours. Currently a 100-home community will be fabricated for residents in El Salvador next year. The Vulcan printer can print an entire home for $10,000, but eventually, the company plans to bring the cost down to just $4,000. “It’s much cheaper than the typical American home. It’s capable of printing a home that’s 800 square feet, a significantly bigger structure than properties pushed by the tiny home movement, which top out at about 400 square feet. In contrast, the average New York apartment is about 866 square feet,” said co-founder Jason Ballard. Continue reading for more interesting images from around the web.
Jim Carrey is a comedian, actor, and apparently, a great painter / sculptor as well. “There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not covered in paint or something from doing sculptures. It’s all about that for me now – being completely involved, heart, mind, and soul. Sometimes it’s art, sometimes it’s performance, and sometimes it’s just talking to someone,” said Carrey in a recent interview with W magazine. Continue reading to see more famous celebrities who paint and / or draw as a hobby.