youve got mail

when i was young the act of receiving something in the mail was met with excitement and optimism, now as i grow older its becoming more of a chore when most mornings im met with bank statements and bills, but an artist and illustrator by the name jainai jeffries has started a fight back against the monotony of collecting your morning post with these beautiful creations.
each one hand drawn and lovingly created in incredible detail to bring something special back into receiving mail.
in an age where digital media is speeding everything up, where everything you create can be visible to the world in seconds, its amazing to see someone take a step backwards and take the time to create something that initially is intended to be viewed by a select number of people. ironically though, now you will all see them via the exact engine that is killing the art of letter writing.
each of the images should link through to the artists deviantart profile, if it doesn’t here is the link
and here is the link to their portfolio
and here is the link to their blog
on a side note if you think that digital media is taking over the world at an alarming rate and would like to take a look back, you might want to check out a friends site called letters of note, here, its a collection of fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes and memos. most revealing a different side to celebrities and public figures.
hope you enjoyed this post, maybe you should leave a comment, or even send me a letter.

jim denevan – sand art


we’ve all been to the beach and drawn in the sand, but this guy takes that idea to a whole other level.
created using nothing but a stick and pure imagination jim denevan has taken sand art and reinvented it, all his pieces are done free hand using no measuring devices, each piece can take several hours and see him covering distances up to 30 miles.
each if these pieces is truely magnificent, and sand isn’t jim’s only canvas, he has been known to work on sand, earth and ice and currently (i think) holds the record for the largest piece of art, when he created this piece in nevada, although the elements and vehicle tracks have since covered up the piece.
this is the thing with all jim’s artwork, they are all at the mercy of the elements and are all only ever exist for a small amount of time, which makes them all the more special.
jim is also the founder and organizer of a worldwide movable feast call “outstanding in the field” who’s mission is to “re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.”  billed as a restaurant without walls and from the look of these pictures, it looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
jims official website can be found here
outstanding in the field website can be found here
feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.
sorry for the delay in posting

shopped bilboards

this is pure brilliance, a group of german (i think) street artists, by the names of epoxy, mr talion, baveux & kone, have taken it upon themselves to give a bilboard on the subway a little extra.
at first glance, from a distance there doesnt seem to be that much different with this bilboard than thousands of others round the world, but take a closer look.
these artists have added a photoshop interface to the images, perhaps as a social commentary showcasing the effects that are put onto the glossy celebrity images to make people “beautiful”, in an age where so much seems to focus on looks and style, this is a much needed breath of fresh air. i just wish the original image would have been on the history / layers panel so we could see the difference.
along the same lines and done by the same group, are these bilboards, where the interface from the original doom game has been added, as a tribute to id softwares classic game.
as alway click on the images to embiggen
the photoshop flickr set can be found here
the doom flickr set can be found here
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great balls of light


these things are incredible and mysterious in equal amounts, created by australian photographer denis smith, taking light graffiti and giving it a little twist, he has created a set of beautiful images which in his own words represent “a mysterious portal into my world. It, and its friends will appear in interesting and mysterious places every now and then” and indeed they have been doing. 
the amazing thing is that these images use no photoshop trickery, except for a little tweeking of the sat/bright/levels, he doesnt add or take anything out of the images.
unfortunately as mysterious as these balls of light are, so is the project, i couldnt find any more information on how or why, but part of me likes that, and long may i hope it continues.  there are literally hundreds of balls of light images over at denis’s various sites, so go check them out, its definately time well spent. have a great bank holiday monday
here is the balls of light site
here is denis smiths photography site
here is his flickr

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ghost in the machine

stumbling around the internet whilst looking for nothing inparticular i came across this image.
i was amazed by this piece, created out of nothing but a vhs tape of the big lebowski, the artist has created the iconic character of the dude. after digging a little deeper i found that it was created by an artist called erika iris simmons, who specialises in using non traditional media. her set on flickr ‘ghost in the machine’ where she creates portraits of musicians and celebrities using old cassette tapes, vhs tapes and movie reels, and the inspiration for this post, is incredible, she states “the idea comes from a philosopher’s (ryle) description of how your spirit lives in your body. i imagine we are all, like cassettes, thoughts wrapped up in awkward packaging”, with that in mind, heres some more of her work.
each piece has its own personality and is brought to life in such an amazing way, such an aptly named flickr set. so next time your having a clearout and throwing away hundreds of old cassettes or vhs spare a though for the ghost in the machine.
there are a b unch more plus some othe non tradition pieces over at the flickr page, or her personal website
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star wars disney

the star wars weekends at disney have become an annual event occuring between may and june and while this might seem like the most money hungry way to rinse a franchise even more, i cant stop the inner child in myself wanting to be part of them, especially this year, the 30th anniversary of empire strikes back when, to mark this event, one of the special guests at the weekend with be lando clarissian!  and to accompany this annual event, they uaually produce some cool as hell advertising.
now its unclear as to where these images crop up, the 2006-2007 posters along with the 2010 posters claim to be public advertising, mainly found in airports, wheras the 2009 posters are supposedly backstage posters to remind staff of the up coming events. either way they are all awesome, all depicting star wars characters or vehicles in situations you might find yourself in during your journey to or time spent at the theme park.
so here they are, i think i got them all, but if you find any that i havent please let me know, i couldnt find any for 2008.
hope you enjoy these as much as did, disney have an offical page for the weekends here and sorry for the late post, ill try not to let it happen again.

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keep it clean

a new form of urban graffiti has sprung up around the globe causing confusion and mixed opinions all over the place, this new form goes by the name of clean graffiti or reverse graffiti. the idea is rather than adding paint or markers to a surface, all you need is a dirty wall, some cleaning utensils and a creative mind.  slightly more than just writing “clean me” on a car window but using the same idea, people have managed to create beautiful pieces of temporary art to rival even the greatest pieces of spray graffiti.
some people feel that it is just the same as spraypainting a wall and thus should be policed in the same way, others feel that if the local governments, owners or whoever can’t find the money, time or reason to clean the surfaces, then it’s fair game to go and clean sections of it however you see fit.
using whatever canvas they can find be it a dirty tunnel stained by years of pollution or a car windscreen these artist display an amazing amount of talent, creative flair and dedication. some for a reason, as in the case of alexandre orion who wanted to get a message to the poeple who wouldnt usually listen about the effect our cars were havng on the planet, funnily enough alex was arrested and then released as they couldnt charge him with anything and the section of the tunnel was cleaned, so alex went to work again until the authorities cleaned every tunnel in the city, kinda missing the point.
some are just finding a new outlet for their creative flair, as scott wade does, who chose dirty car windscreens as his canvas for his incredible portraits, recreating amongst other things iconic images of famous poeple
one of the biggest names in the reverse graffiti world is uk born paul curtis better known as “moose” who has been cleaning the streets of england for a good few years. he recently was part of the “reverse graffiti project” and created a beautiful mural on san francisco’s broadway tunnel to help promte a plant based cleaner.
no matter what you think of the artists and their work you cant deny that its getting noticed, some companies have even started offering clean graffiti as a method of advertisment. 
just a little food for thought, next time you see a polution stained wall or dirty car windscreen why not give it a go, the worst that can happen is that you make the world a little bit cleaner.
have a great bank holiday monday

20th century fox is 75


this year sees 20th century fox celebrating its 75th birthday, and to mark this occaision they are rereleasing many of their movies in full blu ray awesomeness, to accompany this they have created 8 logo altered posters which you can get hold of when you buy the anniversary edition blu ray.
the posters feature iconic images taken from alien, butch cassidy and the sundance kid, the day the earth stood still, gentlemen prefer blondes, ice age, independence day, patton and walk the line. these posters are just brilliant, i would have probably chosen a few different ones if i was making them but all in all i think they are great choices and work so well. good job well done. please send me them all right now these are man cave gold.
they have created a specific webiste for the anniversary here where you can win $75000, blu rays and poster but i think its only for the american market, but go check it out anyway.
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