Artist Transforms People Into Celebrities Using Plastic And Paint (Photos)

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Some people will do anything to look like their favorite Hollywood celebrities.

Remember that time we showed you the guy who spent $150,000 on plastic surgery to look like his beloved Kim Kardashian?

Well, one Canadian artist, Marie-Lou Desmeules, found a way to make people look like star-studded icons for just a fraction of the cost.

In her latest project, Paint + Plastic Surgery, Desmeules transforms total strangers into celebrities simply using pieces of plastic and some paint. Not to mention, a couple doses of imagination.

Desmeules’ comical portraits feature the recreated faces of everyone from “Baywatch” babe Pam Anderson to Hulk Hogan and even Kim Jong-un.

While her interesting doppelganger portraits appear to be pretty hilarious at times, they ultimately question the roles of celebrities and the societal ideals of beauty.

While some of her techniques might leave you looking a bit botched, you can at least look like your favorite famous person without going under the knife — until you shower, that is.

Take a look at the photos below to see the Paint + Plastic Surgery series.

Meet Marie-Lou Desmeules.

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She can transform you into your favorite famous person.

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This may look like Karl Lagerfeld…

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…But it’s actually a lady with a superb plastic makeover.

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Want to look like Amy Winehouse? Desmeules has you covered with that classic cat eye.

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How about looking like the legend himself, Hulk Hogan?

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Desmeules tackles this transformation with ease.

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Have you ever dreamed of having the Sylvester Stallone physique in the movie “Rambo”?

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Well, you’re in luck because this artsy “surgeon” can give you massive muscles.

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She can even turn you into a prettier version of Vladimir Putin.

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World leaders like Kim Jong-un are no match for her makeover skills.

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She can really help you achieve that botched “Baywatch” look you’ve always wanted.

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This Steve Jobs makeover is the apple of Desmeules’ eye.

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Elvis has nothing on this drop-dead gorgeous doppelgänger.

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Here’s the whole transformation process.

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/envision/artist-transforms-people-into-celebrities-using-plastic-paint/913423/

Photographer Kyle Jackson On “Girly Boys” And Drag Queens

“There’s nothing wrong with being a feminine boy or a masculine woman.”

1. Kyle Jackson, a commercial photographer, proudly declared himself a “girly boy” when he was only four-years-old.

Kyle Jackson, a commercial photographer, proudly declared himself a "girly boy" when he was only four-years-old.

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2. Now 22-years-old, Jackson strives to create work that pushes his audience to think outside traditional gender roles.

Now 22-years-old, Jackson strives to create work that pushes his audience to think outside traditional gender roles.

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3. There is no doubt – his work is stunning.

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Kyle Jackson

 

4. With his latest photo series, American Queen, he hopes to provide a voice to “feminine and nonconforming individuals” who deserve to be represented.

With his latest photo series, American Queen , he hopes to provide a voice to "feminine and nonconforming individuals" who deserve to be represented.

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5. Jackson spent the last four years documenting drag queens in his personal studio. In his artistic statement, he writes:

6. “Even with today’s progressive gender fusion in the pioneering cities in the United States, there is still so much the general public doesn’t know regarding gender nonconformity.”

"Even with today’s progressive gender fusion in the pioneering cities in the United States, there is still so much the general public doesn’t know regarding gender nonconformity."

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7. “I started to document queens at drag bars. The queens were so open and expressive of their gender identity […] perfect figureheads for a concentration showcasing nonconforming gender expression and empowerment.”

"I started to document queens at drag bars. The queens were so open and expressive of their gender identity [...] perfect figureheads for a concentration showcasing nonconforming gender expression and empowerment."

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8. “The concentration started featuring just queens and is now expanding to include all individuals who feel empowered by their femininity.”

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9. “My message is clear: be yourself, love yourself, and feel empowered.”

"My message is clear: be yourself, love yourself, and feel empowered."

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10. When met with opposition towards the series, Jackson prompts people with the following scenario:

When your 5-year-old son fancies barbies instead of tonka trucks, what will you do? Will you allow him the freedom to express who he is, thus teaching him to be proud of himself? Or will you teach him to be ashamed of who he is, instilling a childhood worth of fear for what other people think, repression of who he really is, and anger at you for trying to mold him into something he’s not? Will you teach him that fitting into society is more important than embracing who he really is?

11. In the future, Jackson plans to travel the U.S. documenting the LGBT community while encouraging positivity in both his work and personal life.

In the future, Jackson plans to travel the U.S. documenting the LGBT community while encouraging positivity in both his work and personal life.

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To view more of Jackson’s photography, visit his website at KyleJacksonMedia.com or visit his Facebook page.

12. To view more of Jackson’s photography, visit his website at KyleJacksonMedia.com or visit his Facebook page.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/skarlan/photographer-kyle-jackson-on-girly-boys-and-drag-queens

Ultimate Movie Confrontation Mash Up

Patrick Peris published this video that just went viral today, already amassing 30,000 views, and being featured on b3ta and TheHighDefinite. Peris mixed amazing confrontation scenes from timeless films, like Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2, and 300, and mashed them all together with an epic soundtrack. The results are mesmerizing. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/03/06/ultimate-movie-confrontation-mash-up/

Each Of These Paintings Have A Brilliant Message. #2 Is Clever… But Unfortunately Reality.

This series of paintings by Poland based artist Pawel Kuczynski helps to remind us that there is more than one way to view the world. Working since 2004 to show us the world behind the world, his ideas make us reconsider what we take for granted. Check them out, and maybe you’ll see things in a new light too.

When I look at these paintings, I feel the range of potential emotions. Whether the fear of time slipping away, or the tragedy of loss, or even the cynicism of war. It’s truly amazing. Most importantly though, they change my perspective and give me a wake up call. I don’t know about you, but I plan on buying one ASAP. Share this with others and let them know how they’ve affected you. I bet they’ll feel the same. Source: Pawel Kuczynski Via Imgur

Read more: http://viralnova.com/pawel-kuczynski-paintings/

Toddler Playing In The Rain For First Time Is The Epitome Of Pure Joy

Toddler Playing In The Rain For First Time Is The Epitome Of Pure Joy

Life is all about first experiences. The problem is, we experience so much as a child that we quickly forget. 

Baby Kayden is lucky because the first time she experienced rain was caught on camera by . Now, when she’s older and has a bad day at work she can look back and smile on the magic of childhood. 

Her face and expression says it all. Pure happiness. 

 

Via DailyPicks.

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/02/05/toddler-playing-in-the-rain-for-first-time-is-the-epitome-of-pure-joy/

Beat It Dubstep Dance

Beat It Dubstep Dance

MARQUESE ‘NONSTOP’ SCOTT is one of the most popular online dubstep and robot pop-n-lock dancers. His most recent Michael Jackson tribute performance has gone especially viral, garnering over one million views in a week.

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/09/08/beat-it-dubstep-dance/

Art Inside A Rock! Beautiful Images Of Ocean Jasper Exposed

Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of Ocean Jasper, Madagascar

From microckscopica.org:

“These macro and micro photographs depict a gemstone, a variety of jasper called Ocean Jasper, found only in Madagascar. Scientifically speaking its origin hasn’t been investigated extensively, so that the way it acquired its beauty and its peculiar features – starting from a quite ordinary volcanic rock – is far from being known. Ocean Jasper has become a fairly collectible stones for lapidary, as its mines are either out of production, or located below sea level.

Like other jaspers, the rock is characterized by the presence of spherical aggregates a few mm in diameter (normally 1 to 3) that are called spherulites or “orbs”. These microstructures formed during the alteration of former tuffs or rhyolites, accompanied by extensive deposition of SiO2 (silicification). The micro images in this article are taken under a polarizing transmitted microscope – the interment used by geologists to study rocks – using thin slices of rock (30 micrometers thin). the subjects range in size from 0.5 to 5 mm.

I knew Ocean Jasper is very photogenic, and have long searched for some affordable samples. One night I saw a necklace in a market stall and I bought it. My wife thought it was a present for her, but instead I cut the beads and had thin sections prepared from them. Under the microscope Ocean Jasper is fantastic! It contains a microscopic garden of spherulites of quartz in a fine-grained silica matrix (chalcedony). These spherulites resemble flowers: sunflowers, asters, daisies. In places some coarser crystals form “rosettes” in a lawn of fibrous quartz.”

Enjoy!

Source: microckscopica.org

Gorgeous 15 cm in height solid block of Ocean Jasper

Kindly provided by Stefano Avesani

Micro vs. Macro

Macro shot with details of spherulitic “orbs”

Macro shot of the surface of a sample of Ocean Jasper showing the variety of colors and textures of spherulites

Colors of polarization

Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of Ocean Jasper showing the details of one spherulite consisting of fibrous microcrystalline quartz (Chalcedony)

Macro shot with details of spherulitic “orbs”

Macro shot of the surface of a sample of Ocean Jasper showing the variety of colors and textures of spherulites

Microscopic geometries

Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of Ocean Jasper showing two spherulites consisting of fibrous microcrystalline quartz (Chalcedony)

Macro shot with details of spherulitic “orbs”

Macro shot of the surface of a sample of Ocean Jasper showing the variety of colors and textures of spherulites

The Sunflower! One of my best photomicrographs.

Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of Ocean Jasper showing one spherulite consisting of fibrous microcrystalline quartz (Chalcedony)

Kaleidoscopic crystals

Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of Ocean Jasper showing two touching spherulites made of fibrous microcrystalline quartz (Chalcedony)

A garden of microcrystalline quartz

One of my favorite images: an aggregate of spherulites recalling flowers in a lawn.

“Rosettes” of quartz in an Ocean Jasper

 

Read more: http://sharepowered.com/art-inside-a-rock-beautiful-images-of-ocean-jasper-exposed/

Space Shuttle Endeavour Travelling Through LA Time Lapse

Two weeks ago, the Space Shuttle Endeavour slowly traversing through Los Angeles was on the cover of every paper and magazine. Now that the shuttle has successfully, and finally, made it to its final destination at the California Science Center, the  has gone viral with their artful time lapse video of the event, which stands with over 200,000 views

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/10/25/space-shuttle-endeavour-travelling-through-la-time-lapse/