We Can Be Heroes: Martin Beck Reveals How Superheroes Are Just Like Us

You know that “Celebrities Are Just Like Us” section of the tabloids that shows celebrities in street clothes grocery shopping and walking their dogs without makeup on? Well if we lived in a comic book world where justice was served and the paparazzi followed the superheroes around, the tabloids might look like this photo series. Created by Martin Beck, a Scottish/South African photographer based in Dubai, “We Can Be Heroes” shows the aftermath of saving the world. The gritty portraits reveal the wear and tear that a lifetime of justice might take on a person. With bruises, dirt smudges, and unhealthy coping devices, these heroes are just like us.

In Honor of Record Store Day, Here’s a Roundup of Our Favorite Vinyl Art

It’s Record Store Day tomorrow, and we’re big fans of vinyl. (Luckily, we’re not the only ones.) Sales are increasing, and both old and new albums are finding a second life in vinyl form.

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While records make beautiful sounds—sometimes they make even more beautiful art. In honor of tomorrow’s holiday, here’s a roundup of our favorite vinyl-inspired art. 

A 3D Printer for Just $179? This Changes Everything.

You know what I want for my birthday? A birthday present that can make me more birthday presents. The Tiko is a simple, unibody 3D printer currently crushing its funding goal on Kickstarter, and for just $179, I might get my B-day wish.

The Tiko has been called the cheapest 3D printer out there, and for that price, it’s highly likely. What’s more, for creatives with an inventive streak, this makes 3D printing highly accessible, even if they haven’t yet hit the big time.

Birties Bowties Allow You to Wear Your Favorite Pop Culture Mementos Around Your Neck

Nothing says “classy” like a bow tie and now you can show off your passions and your classiness at the same time. Birties Bowties are the passion project of Omarseeto, which started off as a hobby and spread to the masses. Looking to bring some fun and lighten up the stressful, mundane vibe of his job as a bank teller, Omarseeto began using his design skills to dazzle his team and customers (not to mention fill the hours he spent staring off into the abyss). Screen printing his favorite bands, video games, art pieces, and pop culture icons onto bow ties, he was standing out and making people smile. People began asking him to create ties of their favorite bands and such, and he was loving it.

What if Major Brand Logos Were Hand-Lettered?

For her graphic design graduate project, Sara Marshall imagined what the intersection between modern brand logos and the classic art of hand-lettering might look like – and it’s very thought-provoking. Like many of us Marshall has noted the trend toward flat, minimalist brand logos. With companies like Microsoft and Google leading the way, the iconography of major companies has lost some of its flair in the name of simplicity, adopting a minimal range of colors and making creative use of negative space.

While there are some good design arguments for going minimal, it doesn’t always have to be so.

The Bizarre ‘Art’ of Creative Dog Grooming

Ok… there’s art… and then there’s this. You don’t get more bizarre than creative dog grooming. These fluffy (and hopefully clueless) mutts have been dyed to look like everything from real-life My Little Pony’s to the entire cast of The Muppets stuck onto one furry dog body. The amount of planning that go into each of these creations is astounding, but it’s also astounding that this even happens.

Pat Acton Builds LOTR’s City of Minas Tirith Out of Matchsticks

With one of the most imaginative minds, J.R.R. Tolkien created the city of Minas Tirith for The Lord of the Rings. Now artist Pat Acton has created a model of this intricate city for Matchstick Marvels Studio. The ambitious project took 420,000 matchsticks placed just right and now resides at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. Acton has been working with matchsticks since the late 70’s; his first model a simple, small model of a country church. Since then he has transformed 4 million wooden matchsticks into 65 impressively detailed models of famous architecture, art, and complex machines.

An Astronaut’s Daughter Sends A Heartfelt Message to Space Using Huge Tire Tracks

Being an astronaut’s daughter isn’t easy, especially when your dad lives on the International Space Station. First there’s years of intense training and time away from home, then the real distance happens – you don’t get a more remote job than working in space. 13-year-old Stephanie from Houston is in that situation, and wanted to send her dad a message he’d really remember. With the help of Hyundai and a team of stunt drivers she sent a message her dad could read from space.

Wearable Planters Let You Carry Your Plants Everywhere

Leaving your plants at home is one of the drawbacks of being a plant lover. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Colleen Jordan has created a series of wearable planters that let you take along your succulents, sprouts or some tiny flowers while showcasing them beautifully around your neck. These are adventurous plants.

Why Tax Law Screws Actors, Screenwriters & Directors

Unless you’re getting a seriously fat tax return, April 15th isn’t your favorite day. But if you’re an actor, screenwriter or director, tax day can especially hurt. The US tax code disproportionately penalizes these careers in some unique ways while often giving others a miss, or at least not hitting so hard.