FOOD FIGHT FANTASY NIGHTMARE.

If you’ve ever seen the 1991 Robin Williams movie Hook you’ll fondly remember the famous food fight scene between the Lost Boys.  I used to be super jealous of the lifestyle those kids lived, fighting pirates, running around a fantasy land and eating colorful whipped cream for dinner.

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Photographer James Ostrer may not have created this collection with the movie Hook in mind but rather he referenced icons of contemporary sugar worship.  Though some may find these images rather disturbing I look at them in a whimsical light.  I see the humor in covering a seemingly normal human being and covering them in delicious treats.  I am even curious about how these people found a way to breathe through all the frosting.

There is a strange throwback to ancient primitive art styles only using modern fake sugary treats, its really a beautiful contradiction. Looking a little deeper into the hidden messages that lay in Ostrer’s images, maybe nutritional disillusionment, or our societal practices of ingestion (we ingest a lot of bad shit) or maybe all that is on the outside is really what’s inside.  He touches on fascinating issues just through what seemed like a fun and whimsical project.  Outside of the deep hidden meanings of these photographs, Ostrer creates beautiful silhouettes and eye popping colors out of found objects that we are surrounded by everyday.  These are modern day masks that we all wear, even if we can’t see them.

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If you haven’t seen the movie Hook I urge you to see it.  Bangarang.

http://jamesostrer.com/home.html

CHILDHOOD IMAGINATION.

Modern surrealist artist Sachin Teng is an artist that is very hard to ignore. He creates poignant illustrations that has a bit of social commentary and a bit of whimsy.  He takes us on a journey that can be childlike and innocent to complex and dark.  These images are imaginative and thought provoking for sure.  He has such a unique style that would translate so well as an anime.

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http://www.sachinteng.com/

VINTAGE ADS PART ONE: MEAT-CENTRIC.

I am fascinated by vintage advertisements from every era.  Its intriguing to look at ads throughout the ages and see how the style of clothing and even the style of thinking has changed over the decades.  With the popularity of the show Mad Men, we see the creation of advertisements and the motives that advertisers have hiding behind the surface, most of which involves money.  Besides the interesting theories one has about psychology and the hidden agenda ad-men have.  I like to look at the art of the photo or illustration.  Continuing on with my journey to find new (and old) art, I look to past advertisements for my viewing pleasure.

My new series of blog posts dedicated to vintage advertisements, this one is all meat-centric.  As I scoured the internet I noticed the mass amount of meat ads, granted most of them are TV Dinners, Spam and other various canned meats.  I love the illustrations (mostly because its food illustrations) but also because its like a time capsule into what people ate in another era.  Some of the foods look bizarre and unconventional some downright disgusting but thats why I love it.  My favorites ads are from the American Meat Institute.  I do apologize some of these images do not have dates, but by the style we can all kinda take a guess.

This illustration of the Universal Food Chopper is from 1890.  Hmm I wonder what all of this would taste like all ground up together…I’m sure chopped up lobster shell and animal bones would taste delicious!
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1964 was the time to get a great deal on a steak dinner, and a time to say    “man alive“.
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 I want an America where the bacon is nourishing! (breathing heavily)

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1950 was a fine time for bacon illustrations.  Appetizing and adorable.
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These illustrations are beautiful.  Without all the text (although it is interesting) I would frame this and put it on my wall.

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In 1957 cold cuts were in fashion.  In my opinion always in fashion.
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 1870’s had some beautiful cross hatch illustrations.

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 For several decades Spam and was heavily advertised to housewives to whip up a quick meal.  This ad is from the 1940’s.

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 Hamburger patties straight out of a can?  They gave it a shot in 1950.  Looks like it never caught on…I could kinda guess why.

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 Ribs in a can sound disgusting, I wonder what people in the 1960’s thought.

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1951 was a time to say meat is the yardstick of protein.  Fill in the dirty joke here _________.
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This TV dinner is from the 1960’s.  Maybe its the little compartments…but I really think old TV dinners look adorable.  Although I do know they taste pretty gnarly.
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I can’t imagine what this 1950’s salisbury steak tastes like…cat food perhaps…not that I ever tasted cat food (sidenote: yes I have).
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Here’s my favorite sausage ad.  Crude, disturbing and somehow super cute.
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I found all of these photos on various websites online.  Though I could not find the artists names, I do salute them and appreciate all the creativity and money hungry sensibilities that went into it.  Cheers.

EYE POPPING POP ART.

Pop art has always been a style of art I’ve admired.  Roy Lichenstein, Andy Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud are a few of my favorite artists of all time.  Bright colors, recognizable imagery drawn from popular media and products.  This style of art is a wonderful way to show whats going on in the world we live in.

Grégoire Guillemin, aka “Léon”, is a leader in the “Geek Art” movement.  His work celebrates science fiction, comic books, video games and pop culture icons. Consumerism, lust, gluttony and vanity are things that are explored in Léon work.  His artworks rediscover and reinvent styles through experimentation and a clean minimalist approach.

These pieces are so relevant to our generation.  The series “The Secret Life of Heroes” is just one of his mind blowing series is a that is a hilarious inside look at the hidden, colorful and slightly steamy, life of our most beloved heroes.  So called ‘innocent’ childhood favorites smoking cigarettes, taking selfies with Iphones, picking their nose, holding a gun and groping one another?  So rad!  I mean there’s nothing hotter than Superman eating a cheeseburger.  Mmmm yummy.

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http://www.greg-guillemin.com/85780/gallery

MY PSYCHEDELIC DREAM.

Brooklyn based illustrator Leslie A. Wood uses shapes, colors and beautiful rhythmic patterns in a way that can surely brighten your day.  These designs have been made into adorable greeting cards and unique wrapping paper.

These illustrations are imaginative and look like a lovely psychedelic dream.  Giant food you can hug, fast food repeating itself, swimming with abstract fishes, a giant walking cookie and looking into a crystal ball made of sprinkles.  This is the kind of visions a foodie has while on LSD.

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http://leslieawood.com/

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL MIND MELT.

In you’re interested in an easy creative exercise, drop a dozen paperclips on a blank sheet of paper and draw around them. Your brain will begin to imagine scenes and things that are necessarily not there. Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving vague and random images or sounds as being perceived as significant.  Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds or hearing hidden messages on records when you listen to them in reverse.  Artist Victor Nunes is a master at seeing faces or scenes in random objects and drawing around them.  His sketches alone are stunning but paired with the found objects the whole thing becomes delightfully whimsical and beautiful.

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How about these creepy old men made of bread…
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https://www.facebook.com/victornunesfaces

CUTE INANIMATE OBJECTS HOLDING HANDS.

Dot eyes and stick figure legs never looked so good. I mean, get a load of these little foods holding hands.  Oh my god…..I just cant handle how cute these characters are.  Food holding hands? Awwww.  Sandwiches driving cars, a taco playing the saxophone and a Lord of the Rings reference?  Hell yes.  These delectable little bites are created by artist Matt Caputo of New Jersey.  I’m truly impressed by the fine details in these drawings.  Considering these are little cartoon foods they really do leave me quite hungry.  Can I have an ice cream please?  And make sure hes holding hands with a burger please.

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http://instagram.com/mattdrawsthings

HA HA. VERY PUNNY.

My love for a good pun will never die.  I can’t get enough of hearing the groans people make after you say a clever pun, it truly is priceless.  Sometimes puns could be so bad/good they can hurt.
South African graphic designer and illustrator Jaco Haasbroek puns beautifully.  He has a great sense of humor and illustrates it perfectly.  His witty humor and adorable characters will surely put a smile on any face.

Here’s an illustration that Ron Swanson would appreciate.
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http://jacohaasbroek.com/

PLAY ON WORDS PLAY WITH MY HEART.

Greek artist and t-shirt designer Teo Zirinis is the clever mind behind HandsOffMyDinosaur!
His art has a great blend of puns, pop culture references and whimsy.
Whether its inanimate objects doing something silly, a play on words or your favorite character doing something out of character all of his work is great fun.

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I’m not sure if I’ll ever look at gumball machines the same again.
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The Iron Fry Throne.  Only the one true cheeseburger may rule the seven kingdoms.
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Dhalsim brings the heat to this ‘Street Barbecue’.  We all knew E. Honda would come to the party, being a heavy man that enjoys a steak or two.  I’m happy Zangief could make the party as well.
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“To be, or not to be:  that is the question.”  What else can Skeletor do at Castle Grayskull besides read tons of Shakespeare?
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What about Ring Kong?  This play on words is so simple and amazing.  I wonder if Peter Jackson would be down to throw a quick film together.  I would so be there!
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http://www.handsoffmydinosaur.com/
http://society6.com/artist/teozirinis

HEY NERD! EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES!

Graphic designer Darkchoocoolat aka Florent Rousseau has been creating some super fun nerdy art.  8 bit fruits and veggies can brighten up my day.  Pop culture anything always sparks my interest.
You should probably eat five fruits and vegetables a day to be in good health.  Its easy when they look this delicious and adorable.
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This health bar is super clever. Not a bad idea if you’d like to see some of your video game characters zombiefied. Something like this would be pretty useful in a game when you’ve died. Plus you gotta think that zombies have different character abilities. Sounds like a fun game to play if you ask me.
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What about everybody’s favorite Mario Bros mushroom? What about all your other favorite characters? The Eye of Sauron, Link, Robocop or Darth Vader? Mushrooms have to dress up for Halloween too ya know.
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Be careful At-At! Banana peels are dangerous.
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Lets not forget about our favorite Breaking Bad scalawag Walter White. Those of us that watched the show know he makes a killer breakfast for Walt Jr so why cant he make a delicious bread?  Actually maybe his bread would taste a little meth-y.
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Here’s the kawaii version of the same print. Besides, we all love inanimate objects with little faces.
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http://www.darkchoocoolat.com/
http://society6.com/darkchocolat