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As you know, I’m kind of an art nerd. Hence my obsession with poster designs and stuff. I’m also deeply enamored with mashups. I love the idea of combining two totally unrelated but somehow complimentary things. So this was right up my street: Modern Renaissance, renaissance portraits of modern celebrities (although plenty of these stray far fat away from the renaissance). Some of them don’t really work- either they’re too photohopped, or the expression isn’t right, or whathaveyou. But there is an awful lot of awesome hanging around in there, and I’ve picked a few of my favorites. I chose some because they were just plain cool, some because the execution was especially good, and some just because I liked them. But go poke around in the galleries, there are tons and tons more to see. So the challenge: merge the faces of modern celebrities with the kind of art you’d see in a museum.
Challenge accepted! (Click on each image to see the original)
General Neil Patrick Harris, by Katdamage; based on Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington. Neil Patrick Harris, if you ever read this, I hereby demand that you have a copy of this made, put in a gilt frame, and displayed proudly in your home. Normally that would be an Alex Rodriguez level of douchery, but in this case sir, rock on.
King Connery I, by MarcusAurelius; based on the portrait of King Edward VII by Sir Samuel Luke. It is a goddamn shame that this is not, in fact, reality. King James Bond? Oh I think so. See also King Connery VIII.
Mr Bean, aka Rear Admiral Sir Bean, by potikare; based on the portrait of Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, by Lemuel Francis Abbott. See also Sir Horatio Wilson. Yes it’s Owen Wilson, yes it’s awesome.
Jack Nicholson is a mother fucking badass, by Toothfairy; based on ”Self-portrait of the artist in the guise of a mockingbird“ by Joseph Ducreux. And yes, this also came up as the fisticuffs meme. Remember this one?
I will leave you with this…. picture.
I put a couple more interesting pics behind the cut. I hope you like these Puffin. You’d better, since this post took forever to write.
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As I hope we all know, at the beginning of next season of Parks & Recreation we will discover the identity of Tammy I. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you should get yourself to your nearest TV and start watching the shit out of that show. The first 2 seasons are up on netflix so you have no excuse.) I’m sure we all remember Tammy II.
And I’m sure we all remember the state to which she reduced Ron in season 3.
So we put it to you. Who should play Tammy I?
The usual Imaginary Casting Couch rules apply:
- The space time continuum does not apply- actors can magically go back in time and star as their younger selves. (This rule was established primarily to allow MacGuffin to keep Leonardo DiCaprio around indefinitely.) Similarly, the dead can come back to life, which allows Alec Guinness to star in everything ever.
- The space time continuum may not apply, but accent rules do apply. MacGuffin and Puffin do not endorse Americans attempting British accents. It never works. In certain cases, however, you can simply let the character have an American accent. I truly believe that the uncanny valley of accents is a real thing that exists. An American can do a technically perfect imitation of a British accent, but it can still just be skin crawlingly awful. Take, for example, Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones, or Robert Downey Jr in Sherlock Holmes.
- We reserve the right to ignore certain facts about an actors career. The fact that Michael Caine was in The Swarm, for example, will not be held against him.
- Certain movies shall not be meddled with: The original Star Wars, The Man Who Would be King, The Godfather pts I and II, anything by Billy Wilder, Casablanca,Firefly, A Fish Called Wanda, and finally and most importantly, Buckaroo Banzai.
- Tim Burton is banned for life.
- Johnny Depp is banned for life.
- Michael Cera is banned from playing Michael Cera for life.
If you vote “other” stick your idea in a comment. I thought I’d allowed for write in candidates in this poll, but I guess I messed it up. Ooops.
We’ve also got a great Wonder Woman poster by Paul Sizer, and a late breaking Batman addition for my buddy Christina.
Justin Van Genderen has been at it again as well. You may remember him from the comic book travel posters, the Star Wars travel posters, and the Superman posters that practically made me need to change my trousers. These are a little different. He’s taken quotes from Mad Men, The Wire, and Battlestar and made typographic art from them.
Next we have a little Doctor Who tidbit from Deviantartist Sbsiceland.
I would watch the hell out of that show!
Anyway, thats all for me today Puffin. Sorry about the radio silence. Summer vacation has me in its grips. Hopefully more regular posting will resume, like, tomorrow.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been around much lately. There have been road trips, graduations, concerts etc. Heck it sometimes feels like my computer and I no longer have any kind of working relationship. Unfortunately this situation wont be improving at all over the next few days, since I have to put another couple thousand miles on my car and see my brother’s graduation. So in the mean time I leave you with some fabulously funny musical comedy (no not that kind of musical comedy).
Igudesman & Joo are the comedy duo from London behind the show A Little Nightmare Music. And while the show itself is great they really bumped themselves up into the stratosphere by writing the funniest bios I’ve ever read.
Aleksey Igudesman was born in Leningrad at a very young age. He has never won any competitions, mainly because he has never entered any. During his studies at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Bernhard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Anton Chekhov, which didn’t improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practising, colleagues.
Back at school he met his “IGUDESMAN & JOO” partner, Richard Hyung-ki Joo. After a few initial small differences, resulting in several people holding them both back from smashing chairs and music stands on each other’s heads, Joo offered Igudes man some fish and chips, which he simply could not refuse. This in turn led to collaboration over many years, which culminated in the creation of “A Little Nightmare Music”, a show they tour together making people laugh.
Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. He showed his first signs of a sense of com edy whilst nappy-changing and shortly thereafter, showed his love for music when his parents would find him at the record store listening for hours to every thing from Mozart to Bee Gees. (Although the two are never to be confused, Hyung-ki is often heard singing “Don Giovanni” in the style of Barry Gibb).
He started piano lessons at the age of eight and a half and two years later won a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. There, he discovered that he was among geniuses and child prodigiesand was con vinced he would be kicked out of school, year after year. In fact, he was not kicked “out” but kicked “around” by teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman. After these painful experiences, Joo invented a new type of piano playing known as “Karate Piano”.
Hyung-ki, spelt R-I-C-H-A-R-D, and pronounced “Dick”, is the only Korean Jew, (spelt J-O-O) in the world. Hyung-ki has small hands, (but only hands small), and there fore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play, such as the music of Rachmaninov, who had Big Hands. Anyway, even with this small hindrance, he happily performs chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a piano part.
At about the 1:25 mark I began rolling on the floor sobbing with laughter. I also strongly deny the rumors that I now sing I Will Survive in a thick Russian accent in the shower. I don’t know what you’re all talking about
This one is my favorite
The fact that the musicians were able to do this so flawlessly absolutely blows my mind
And on that note, I’m off to Ithaca to see my amazing brother graduate from Cornell. Congrats brother dear, and congrats to the entire class of 2011. GO BIG RED!
I’ll just let this speak for itself:
A new meme has come to my attention. Edit: Ok, actually I’m trying to start a meme. Upload this picture to facebook and tag the corresponding people. I’m finding this hugely entertaining.
So far I’m a pot smoking little devil, a rebellious woman, a lewd woman, a non homemaker, and a Jesus mocker. I had no idea I’d been so busy. Unfortunately I’m not a party animal, a so called christian or an ankle biter. (Aren’t ankle biters children, by the way? Perhaps this fellow has gotten pillow biters and ankle biters confused.)