Inspired by childhood classics, many contemporary designers are reimagining the products that defined their youth. In addition to temporary tattoos for grown-ups and toys for adults, this nostalgia has culminated in a new generation of action figures. Once only modeled after crime-fighting superheroes and rough-and-tumble daredevils, action figures today have taken on new identities. Some, like the enlightened Yoga Joe series and the quirky collection of dissected toys put a fun spin on well-known playthings.
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Throughout the history of art, certain subjects have resonated particularly strongly with artists and audiences alike.
What appears to be a photograph of a girl showing off her Hieronymus Bosch-inspired tattoo isn't a photo at all. It's actually an incredible oil painting by Polish artist Agnieszka Nienartowicz. Graduating just two years ago from the Fine Arts Academy of Gdańsk, she demonstrates incredible skill at her craft. This particular painting combines the work of Hieronymus Bosch, a forefather of the Northern Renaissance, with tattoo art for a decidedly contemporary feel.
Philadelphia-based artist Lindsay Rapp creates ethereal mixed media art featuring mythical sea goddesses.
Coupling a minimalist aesthetic with a focus on achieving zen, Japan is renowned for its distinctive design style.
Award-winning animal photographer Alex Cearns (founder of Houndstooth studio) takes portraits of dogs around the world and shares their stories. Some are rescues, and the focus is on their pre- and post-adoption, while others are beloved pets. The Perth-based photographer’s collection of dog portraits have been compiled into a new book, Perfect Imperfection: Dog Portraits of Resilience and Love, showcasing a range of pups captured during their most endearing moments.
Not everyone wants to draw attention to themselves with their sartorial choices.
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Texas-based artist Terry Hays creates cross-cultural, abstract sculptures adorned with ornate, colorful patterns. Made by cutting and assembling hand-painted pieces of wood and plastic, Hays’ sprawling works are like large-scale pop-up books, bursting with psychedelic landscapes. Hays explains, “My own personal work has followed a never ending path in search of defining and redefining the urban and rural landscape that surrounds me.
I'm so proud of Oregon students who are making their voices heard, and encouraged by the youth-led movement to end...
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