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Hubcap Art

Hubcap Art

Due to its very nature, recycled art can often be a bit trashy; not so for Ptolemy Elrington, whose Hubcap Creatures are easily some of the coolest biomechanical creations ever.

Throwboy Pillows

Throwboy Pillows

Throwboy has released a new line of Icon Pillows that are tailored towards techies and geeks, specifically those of the Mac persuasion; don’t make us throw our Dock at you.

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Art: MWM Graphics

Art: MWM Graphics

Matt W. Moore (aka MWM) has taken the graphic arts world by storm in recent months with his vector-tastic work; he’s currently showing at the Threadless Gallery in Chicago until December 3.

Custom Star Wars Art

Custom Star Wars Art

Can’t convince your friends you’re a Sith Lord? NovaPop’s custom Star Wars art shows the power of your Dark Side by personalizing Storm Troopers, Palpatine or Boba with your own face.

Book: Pixorama

Book: Pixorama

We’re big fans of eBoy’s pixel art so we’re pretty stoked with Pixorama, a 14-page full-color book with eight of his prints; it’s printed on thick cardboard stock with rounded corners.

Short Film: Khoda

Short Film: Khoda

Reza Dolatabadi’s Khoda looks rotoscoped, but it’s actually 6,000 individual paintings created over the course of two years and compiled into the five minute “psychological thriller” above.

Video: Circular Painting

Video: Circular Painting

Made for the Discovery Channel, this video is a funky time-lapse animation of eight artists expressing the fate of the world on a circular wall in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2008.

Art: Przemyslaw Kucinski

Art: Przemyslaw Kucinski

Przemyslaw Kucinski’s artwork can best be described as organo-metallic, with pieces that are both sci-fi and sensual; he hasn’t updated since 2006, but there’s still over 5 years of work.

Artwork: Nekro

Artwork: Nekro

One look at Nekro’s darkly futuristic pieces and we had to feature him; aka Borja Fresco Costal, this Spain-based artist sticks with a largely monochrome palette with strategic bursts of color.

Art: Joshua Middleton

Art: Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton has a comic artist’s dream portfolio: known for his line work, he’s worked with both DC and Marvel; Superman, Batman and the X-Men are just a few of his “clients.”

Starbucks TIE Fighter

Starbucks TIE Fighter

Likely amped up with a s***load of caffeine, photog Dan Winters crafted this uber detailed TIE Fighter using 216 drink stirrers, 63 cup sleeves and 50 cups; talk about Venti-sized.

Art: Cristiano Siquiera

Art: Cristiano Siquiera

From sharp vector artwork to imaginative photoshop collabs, Cristiano Siqueira has a highly polished style like an amped-up Aeon Flux. See his work on his homepage or on Behance.

Fantasy Pumpkins

Fantasy Pumpkins

If Death Star pumpkins don’t get you in the Halloween spirit, nothing will: check out these geeky pumpkin carvings, which include Diablo II, Optimus Prime and Mars Attacks.

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Video: Inner Forests

Video: Inner Forests

Created by Michael Kontopoulos, Inner Forests uses your shadow to procedurally “sprout” trees and shrubs from your head and arms; the longer you stay still, the more they grow.

Biomechanical Sculptures

Biomechanical Sculptures

Resembling the previously featured Typewriter Sculptures but more fluidly shaped, U-Ram Choe’s sculptures are based on biological structures; they’re made from metal and electronics.

Adam Haynes

Adam Haynes

Masterful use of color and an exquisite attention to detail are trademarks of Adam Haynes’ creative, comic-style illustrations; his work for Nike particularly makes us green with envy.

Book: Liquid City

Book: Liquid City

Liquid City is a beautifully illustrated urban anthology of comics from artists primarily based in Southeast Asia. Stories vary from charming to post apocalyptic and can be previewed here.

Wallpaper: FluffyFriends

Wallpaper: FluffyFriends

Don’t let the cutesy name fool you: this FluffyFriends wallpaper features OhNo!Doom’s FluffyYukYuk plush rampaging down a city street and hurling city buses while FluffyBadBads scatter.

Strong Stuff Posters

Strong Stuff Posters

Tom Whalen’s cool, re-imagined movie posters have a B-movie look and are printed on 11×14 sheets; he does everything from Dracula and the Mummy to Star Wars and Transformers.

Website: MaoPost.com

Website: MaoPost.com

For that special commie in your life: MaoPost.com takes your photo and then hand paints it into your choice of 1,500 socialist propaganda posters; they’re real oil paintings on canvas.

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Art: John Berkey

Art: John Berkey

Although he sadly passed this year, John Berkey’s futuristic paintings are photorealistic from a distance but painterly up-close; his works will no doubt inspire future artists.

Video: Ionisation

Video: Ionisation

Made by three independent film makers collectively known as Flat-e, Ionisation is a funky, staccato paced video. Note: the sculptures are real and made from bits of clock and metal.

Artwork: James Paick

Artwork: James Paick

Pasadena Art Center graduate James Paick has a fantastic collection of sci-fi inspired imagery; while he does characters and vehicles, his focus is on futuristic environments.

The Design Entrepreneur

The Design Entrepreneur

Have you ever wanted to do more than simply design for clients? The Design Entrepreneur is filled with stories of individuals who took their art and turned it into products.

Light Art Photography

Light Art Photography

Light Art Performance Photography (LAPP) is an amazing collection of single shot, long exposure photos; note: unless you like electronica, turn the music off at the bottom.

J. Rogenes Styrofoam Art

J. Rogenes Styrofoam Art

While most of us toss our styrofoam, Jason Rogenes has turned it into high art–literally. Most of his works hung from ceilings or stacked tens of feet high, with lighting inside to make them glow.

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