22.07.15 by Staff

Star Wars Japanese Woodblock Prints

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“Rhythm Force” is a project attempting to renew interest in the traditional Japanese craft of Ukiyo-e (woodblock printing) by replacing the folk-tale imagery typically depicted with scenes from Star Wars. Artist Masumi Ishikawa designed the prints and master engravers carved the wood blocks.

Limited edition prints of three hand-carved compositions are available through the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake. See more images from the project below!

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22.07.15 by Jeff

Risky Underwater Long-Take Music Video Features World Champion Freediver

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Directors TS&R spent a few years planning one of the riskiest music videos I’ve seen in awhile. It’s risky in terms of the actual production but also in what it asks of the audience. The team at Pier Pictures had a bold vision to make a single-take music video featuring a character in a life-or-death situation, filmed entirely underwater for the duration of the song.

While it was not my favourite thing to watch, I applaud the efforts of those involved (especially world champion freediver Marina Kazankova) to create something more experiential than your typical rock music video.

Watch the video for Highly Suspect’s “Lydia” below.

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22.07.15 by Jeff

Insane Video of the Day: Pro Surfer Mick Fanning Attacked by Shark During Surfing Final in South Africa

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THIS IS CRAZY. Just as the final of the J-Bay Open at South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay was getting underway on Sunday, surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark on live television. Miraculously he was able to get away completely unscathed, punching the shark in the back, before being rescued. The final was eventually cancelled when two other sharks were spotted in the area.

It is insane to me that they continue to surf here when there are so many shark-related incidents. Pretty wild to see this all caught on tape, but isn’t it only a matter of time before something worse happens? Is it worth it? Watch the full video clip of the event below.

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21.07.15 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: AJ Frena

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This Princess Mononoke illustration is on another level. Illustrator AJ Frena, originally from Texas, attended SVA in New York before moving to Pittsburgh where he currently lives and works. Have a look at more of his work, including his take on Totoro and Seven Samurai, below.

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21.07.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Kirra Jamison

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Paintings by Melbourne-based Australian artist Kirra Jamison. More images below.

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21.07.15 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Mathilde Vangheluwe

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Drawings by Gent, Belgium-based illustrator Mathilde Vangheluwe (previously featured here). See more of her wonderful work below.

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21.07.15 by Staff

Music Video: Lorn “Acid Rain”

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Directed by Julian Flores, Pavel Brenner, and Sherif Alabede, the eeriness of “Acid Rain” is absolutely mesmerizing. Check it out below!

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20.07.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Antoine Maillard

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Love these animation loops by illustrator Antoine Maillard from his animated comics project. More images below.

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