This Frida Kahlo-themed comic explains the importance of representation

In one simple comic, artist Gavin Aung Than celebrates the power of seeing yourself represented in art:

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Maxime Causeret's gorgeous animation shapes order from chaos

Break out your headphones for this one. Maxime Causeret has created a beautiful animation for Max Cooper's instrumental track "Order from Chaos." Seemingly random elements slowly coalesce into lifelike forms as the track moves from raindrops to increasingly complex sounds. Read the rest

Site helps you draw your own mandalas

ben.akrin.com/mandala is a simple online drawing board with a single purpose: mandalas. Set the axis count, the color and thickness of your pen, and the type of reflection. Then get mandala-making! But I used it to make some vintage lead wallpaper that'll kill you in humid climates. Read the rest

Here's how hand-printed books get those marble-patterned pages

Paper marbling is alive and well at Oberlin College's Letterpress Studio. Alex Fox filmed his friend Jones Pitsker demonstrating a couple of techniques. Read the rest

Short film on Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum

San Antonio, Texas has what is probably the world's largest collection of toilet seat art under one roof: Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. Take a couple of minutes to enjoy Wes Plate's profile of a charming old guy's lifelong hobby. Read the rest

Forget filters, this artist adds real flower crowns to statues

Flower-bombing is the new yarn-bombing if Geoffroy Mottart has his way. He creates flower crowns and beards for statues around Brussels, then posts his handiwork online. Read the rest

A candy corn and pretzel fire for your HD fireplace

PES's classic stop-motion animation The Fireplace, newly remastered in 4k.

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Artist creates amazing collages entirely from old denim

Denimu (aka Ian Berry) is a collage artist whose medium is discarded denim clothing. This portrait of Debbie Harry shows the painterly feel of the strips of cloth. Read the rest

Cool hand carved "hobo nickels" up for auction

Exciting news from Heritage Auctions: it's selling the largest number of hobo nickels ever offered in one lot.

A lot of 23 Buffalo Nickels from assorted years  – the largest such lot ever offered in Heritage Auctions’ history – is featured in the firm’s Jan. 4-9 FUN U.S. Coins Auction in Fort Lauderdale.

The coins, known as “hobo nickels,” are modified coinage – commonly nickels – as the Native American chief on the obverse is transformed into tramps, a variety of tribal figures and a myriad of other designs. These carvings often resulted in bas reliefs in the coin, although the contours of the coin still can be felt.

Some buffalo nickel carvers developed a following. The entire collection of 23 coins being offered by Heritage Auctions is attributed to artist John Dorusa, who was a Pennsylvania coal miner.

Dorusa garnered fame for his mimicry of classical hobo nickels created well before he picked up a file for the first time. Dorusa claimed he was trained by Bert Wiegand and George Washington “Bo” Hughes, who are widely considered the forefathers of hobo nickel carving.

Dorusa produced hobo nickels from the 1980s until his death in 1994 and is considered an early modern hobo nickel artist.

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Dizzying designs by Peter Kogler seem to warp space

Peter Kogler projects or applies patterns to the surfaces of rooms that can be quite disorienting for anyone who enters. Most of his work uses warped black and white lines to distort the size and shape of floors, walls, and ceilings.

He also makes a lot of cool creations involving images of mice and ants.

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Ad for Anti-Communist submarine toy

Artist Randy Regier created the submarine model for this fake cold war era commercial.

"Remember the good old days when American Presidents were afraid of Russia? Rare found footage of a 1950's TV commercial for the TYTON, an anti-Communist submarine toy for "boys who are scared of pinkos."

Written and Directed by Gail Lerner; Mother: Christine Woods; Father: Hayes MacArthur; Son: Dash Williams; Announcer: Jeff Meacham. TYTON toy created by Randy Regier; Producer: Elyse Katz; 1st AD: Lon Takiguchi; DP: Jens Pietrowski; 1st AC: Tony Muller; 2nd AC: Pablo Jara; Gaffer: Skip McGraw; BB Electric: Bob Good; Electric: Abby Antweil, David Darwin, Ken Sylvester; Key Grip: Jason Rez; Grip: Griffin Rez; Dept. Head Make-Up: Nadyne Hicks; Dept. Head Hair: Tyler Ely; Costume Designer: Brandie Reinhold; Costume Asst: Sonya Magrefteh; Sound Mixer: Sterling Moore; Boom: Brian Lerner; Production Designer: Joanne Baker; Set Decorator: Mike Claman; Editor: Colin Campbell; PAs: Chris Clemente, Lauren Mikami, Mark Woodvine. The TYTON originally commissioned by Bill North and the Salina Art Center

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Artist uses small objects to create whimsical designs

Desirée De León is a Neuroscience PhD student and artist who shares these gorgeous minimalist designs on her Instagram. León selects a small everyday object and then designs a playful drawing around it. Dubbed “100 Days Of Tiny Things,” the project is a delightful blend of simplicity and whimsy.

Throwback to this classic: Wishing you all (but esp my vegetarians out there) a happy (and nutty) Thanksgiving.

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Nov 24, 2016 at 1:23pm PST

So hard to feel like we can move forward now :( #100daysoftinythings

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Nov 9, 2016 at 9:29am PST

This fall is on fie-yahhh #100daysoftinythings #the100dayproject #flowleaf2016

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Oct 1, 2016 at 12:16pm PDT

Ginkgo geisha. 👘🍃. #100daysoftinythings #the100dayproject #nothingisordinary

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Jul 9, 2016 at 5:05pm PDT

Cherry blossoms and Himalayan rock salt #100daysoftinythings #the100dayproject #sakura

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Jul 4, 2016 at 7:06am PDT

Take a deep breath and have a clementine #100daysoftinythings #the100dayproject #nothingisordinary

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Jun 23, 2016 at 5:07pm PDT

Cereal is a substitute for donuts, right? #nationaldonutday #the100dayproject #100daysoftinythings

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Jun 3, 2016 at 8:13pm PDT

I always knew the beach and ice cream went well together! #the100dayproject #100daysoftinythings #nothingisordinary #beach #food #petitejoys (The shells are about 2cm tall!)

A photo posted by Desirée De León (@dcossyle) on Jun 26, 2015 at 3:26pm PDT

May the fourth be with you.

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The amazing, endless battle between rural Eastern European partisan fighters, demons, mecha, and werewolves

Jakub "Mr Werewolf" Rozalski is a prolific Polish painter whose longrunning series of painters depict rural Eastern European folk fighting against mecha warriors, werewolves, and demons. Read the rest

Combophotos: wonderfully surreal photo montages

Stephen McMennamy created this brilliant and delightful series of montages that he calls "Combophotos"! You can see more on his Tumblr and Instagram. Also below, a CNN interview with the artist!

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Ulna-Stina Wikander: a Swedish artist who cross-stitches household objects and makes bracelets out of toy cars

Ulna-Stina Wikander's many pieces include a wide variety of household objects (chairs, mirrors, etc) covered in meticulous cross-stitched fabric; bracelets and belts made from toy cars, lamps made from framed slot-car racetracks, and a lively miscellany of other pieces. Alas, her Flash-based site makes it impossible to link directly to my favorites (and I had to install the Flash plugin just to see it!), but it's well worth your time to go looking. (via Crazy Abalone) Read the rest

Just look at Stephan Brusche's incredible banana sculptures

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Want a weird handmade plush reversible anglerfish?

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