Inspired by a Reddit submission of a maddened Jack Nicholson from "The Shining," we decided to scan the web to see what kind of scary street art tortures unsuspecting or easily scared souls around the world. We were not disappointed by the results.
The submission was titled, "Because some graffiti you don't want to turn the corner and see at 3 a.m." Pretty much all of the pieces below meet that criteria. From the profound to perverted, graffiti to wheatpaste, dark to demented, from all around the world--Berlin, Madrid, Los Angeles, Sydney, New York--check out some of the best of scary street art.
Kevin Kirkpatrick, a self-employed special effects makeup artist in Hollywood, has had a pretty good career. He's done work for movies such as "Sucker Punch" and " Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." And yet, this blog, and we're willing to bet every other blog, has never mentioned him.
Today that changes. Because today we're not only mentioning Kirkpatrick, but getting on our hands and knees repeating "We're not worthy." And it's all due to Beavis and Butt-Head. Late last night Kirkpatrick posted the photos above and below of two life-like B&B sculptures he did for the "Conjoined 2" art show opening in L.A. this weekend.
These horrifying monstrosities are mostly made of silicone, with acrylic eyes and teeth. The hair, of course, is from humans. The shirts? Those are just shirts. And the nightmares you'll be having tonight about Beavis and Butt-Head attacking you in your sleep? Those will be as realistic and horrifying as the look Beavis is giving you in the third photo below.
We wonder how celebrities spend Thanksgiving. Do they load up on grub, enter a turkey coma and pass out on a couch while the Detroit Lions get spanked mercilessly? (Not this year!) Do they have the same cachet when they sit down amongst family at the dinner table that they do in everyday life? We've got no clue. We do know that some of hip-hop's biggest record labels are kind of like family, so we decided to mess around with a few iconic Thanksgiving scenes to see what Turkey Day would look like if they took the place of the original works' subjects.
Artist Kyle Hilton started working on a series of paper dolls based on his favorite TV characters, starting with the cast of "Arrested Development." He credits the buzz his work has created to "a lot of really nice people and what I'm guessing can only be the magic of the internet." Most recently, Hilton was asked to create a series of dolls for the cast of "Breaking Bad." That's reason enough for us to interview the paper doll wizard and to get a peek behind the curtain.
Vigilante crime-fighter and self-proclaimed superhero Phoenix Jones, Seattle's version of "Kick-Ass," made his first court appearance on Thursday for pepper-spraying a group of innocent nightclub patrons he believed were involved in a street brawl. Previously, no self-respecting superhero would have been caught dead carrying a pepper spray canister, but Jones has proven its effectiveness. Sure, he's suspected on four misdemeanor counts of assault; however, what if Jones had used his mixed martial arts training on those innocent bystanders instead of the pepper spray? They may all be dead now.
Since New York Comic-Con is in full-swing, comic books are on our brains. We think popular superheroes would be inspired by Phoenix Jones to carry pepper spray in case they have to neutralize groups of suspects without hurting them too seriously. You can see from the images, the canisters fit right in with their costumes.
Among the many graffiti artists who converged on Montreal for this year's "Can You Rock" festival were the absurdly talented guys in 4Burners. The New York-based crew brought bold colors, classic letter styles and as crew member Gusto told us, "good ol' New York attitude." Click on the image above for a more detailed look at what these guys can do. And here's a video showing Sen2, Logek, Rubin, Deem and KingBee in action at "Can You Rock." We'd recommend booking your ticket to next year's festival now.
4Burners--Can You Rock 2011--Montreal from Rubin on Vimeo.
LADIES Ashley Sky, Janye's Brazilian bombshell [XXL Mag]
You know her from The Throne's "Otis" video.
SUCKER FREE J. Cole talks about the importance of the live show [RapFix]
Cole World: The Sideline Story drops tomorrow.
WAVES The best picture from the 2011 surfing dog competition [BuzzFeed]
Needless to say, Frank's maiden voyage was also his last.
DRAWN 25 oddly unsettling realistic cartoons [Holy Taco]
Brace yourself for Bert.
BIRDS A morning with an emu at the office (pictures) [WGRD]
They're a bit cranky before noon but emus are a blast at the watercooler.
UP IN SMOKE Older man makes the case for marijuana legalization (video) [TruTV]
So he's a bit erratic, but this guy can lock it down when it's time for trivia.
WINGSUIT Watch a "human squirrel" fly through China at 6,000 feet [Guyism]
This guy probably has really boring hobbies.
CORRUGATED "Cardboard Warfare 2" [The High Definite]
A well-packaged follow up to last year's cardboard thriller.
Photo: XXL Mag
Recently, angry consumers petitioned JCPenney to stop selling a line of T-shirts for girls that reinforced negative female stereotypes. Really, America? We have better things to petition against, like whaling in Japan or the overexposure of Taylor Lautner's abs. The reason most young girls want shirts like that is because their moms are wearing sweatpants with "Juicy" on the ass or they're allowed to watch the 12 different Kardashian shows. Parents are especially sensitive to the self-esteem of their daughters. On the other hand, we doubt there'd be nearly as much hubbub if a line of boys shirts came out reinforcing negative male stereotypes. To test that theory, Clutch has designed the boys equivalent to JCPenney's "dumb girl" line. View the awesome results below and see if you're offended.
Primus fans are ecstatic today because the funk-metal band is back with their first album since 1999, Green Naugahyde. There are lots of things for the "Primus Sucks" crowd to love about this news, but we're most excited about adding new names to MTV Clutch's Primus Character Guide. Singer/songwriter Les Claypool has filled his lyrics with offbeat and absurd characters since 1990, and we've taken the time to collect them all below.
We have the murderous Mud, whom we find in the process of burying a body. Wynona and her prickly brown beaver (don't get too close, you might lose a finger). The tragic John the Fisherman, always daydreaming of harvesting the sea. Lacquer Head, sniffing 'til his brain goes pop. And of course, that wondrous urban predator, Tommy the Cat. This is your guide to the major players in the Primus universe, from Fizzle Fry to Lee Van Cleef, listed chronologically from their debut album to all the new characters in Green Naughyde.
Comic books and hip-hop have so much mutual love, they should really just get a room already. Rappers like 50 Cent and Wu-Tang Clan regularly drop references to Spider-Man, Batman and other superheroes into their rhymes. Jean Grae, MF Doom and DJ Green Lantern are just some of the hip-hop artists who have taken names inspired by comic book characters. And we're pretty sure Kreayshawn was on the West Coast Avengers at one point during the late '80s.
Occasionally, the melding of hip-hop and comics leads to greatness, like the KRS-One and Kyle Baker collaboration "Break the Chain" or MF Grimm's "Sentences." Most of the time, though, comics that try to inject a hip-hop edge into four-color scenarios end up being embarrassing failures. Here are some those failures, featuring some of the biggest rappers in the game.