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Art Car: Collaboration in Chalk

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Philip Romano invites bystanders to create art on his car:


“The Artmobile”
by Dan Lewis
Now I Know
August 18, 2014

“The license plate tells 90% of the story. It reads ‘DRAWONME.’ The other 10%? That’s alluded to by the three or four pieces of sidewalk chalk left on the roof of the car — by no means a coincidence.

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“The car is owned by a 20-something Westchester resident named Philip Romano. He coated his 2004 Hyundai Elantra with chalkboard paint and then drove it around to strategic locations, making sure to provide the utensils of not-quite-graffiti. In the summer of 2013, for example, he parked it in front of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to see if true art enthusiasts would take the license plate literally. It proved popular – one report claimed that the line went ‘around the block.'” Read more here.

image: DRAWONME Tumblr


Statue Selfies: If Marble Could Tweet

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Reddit user Jazus ur lookin well starts new selfie trend:


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Improv Everywhere: The Subway Spa

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere: For our latest mission, we turned a New York City subway platform into an unauthorized luxury spa.


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Google Street View Murder?

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Pranking Google Is Fun, Until Cops Investigate You For Murder
by Sara Gates
The Huffington Post
June 3, 2014

Check this “murder” off as solved.

After a Google Street View user stumbled upon what looked like a murder scene last year, the user reported the sight to police, BBC News reports. Local authorities in Scotland, where the apparent axe murder was pictured, launched an investigation into the case to see if a crime had actually taken place.

As it turns out, the Google Street View “murder scene” from August 2012 was just a prank — and a pretty simple one, at that. Read more here.

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A Little “Lovin” for McDonald’s

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15 Captivating Works Of Art That Challenge The McDonaldization Of Society
by Kevin Short
The Huffington Post
April 24, 2014

…In protest of this overwhelming “McDonaldization” of society, a term first coined in 1993 by sociologist George Ritzer, artists around the world have created some highly vivid pieces that assail the symbols of McDonald’s omnipresence.

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Artist:Zoltron
Year:2011
Location:San Francisco, California

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Artist: Banksy
Year: 2009
Location: Bristol, UK

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Artist:Peter Pink
Year:2012
Location:Berlin, Germany

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Extreme Multi-tasking: Singing and Orgasming at the Same Time

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This Is What Happens When An All-Female Band Tries To Sing While Orgasming (NSFW)
by Emily Thomas
The Huffington Post
May 10, 2013

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…Dutch electronic dance music group ADAM debuted a new music video on May 7 for their track “Go to Go.” Their minimalistic music is known for its momentous climaxes, and to reflect the gradual build-up intrinsic to their sound, the bandmates decided to film themselves similarly working their way up to the “big O” using vibrators (which aren’t shown on camera)…

Read the whole article here.

Improv Everywhere: The Mannequin Mob

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


For our latest mission, we surprised shoppers and employees at the 5th Avenue Gap in Manhattan by giving the store 40 extra mannequins.

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Performers entered the store wearing white Morphsuits under Gap-style clothing and then zipped up their suits and froze in place next to the store’s actual mannequins. Most everyone loved it, except Gap security, who called 911.

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More details and photos here.
More about Improv Everywhere here.

3D Street Art by MTO in Rennes, France

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From Street Art Utopia


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Creative Activism in Bulgaria

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From Marcy LaViollette: Appreciated and reblogged from animalnewyork.com


Bulgaria’s Soviet Soldier Statue Vandalized Again: The Ukraine Colors Edition
by Marina Galperina
Animalnewyork.com
February 25, 2014

The most hated statue in Sofia, Bulgaria has been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in solidarity with the revolution and the deadly protests in the former Soviet Republic.

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It is, essentially, a gigantic bronze relief to remind the Bulgarian people about an invading Soviet forces that crushed and “liberated” the country from its a reformist uprising 45 years ago. It was previously vandalized in June 2010 when the soldiers were painted as Superman, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus and other capitalist/pop culture American icons, captioned below in graffiti: “In step with the times!”

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It was vandalized again in August 2013, when it was sprayed entirely in hot pink and tagged with the words “Prague ’68″ and “Bulgaria apologizes” in Czech and Bulgarian, as in, sorry about the Warsaw Pact, you know, that time Bulgarian troops aided the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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And of course, that time in August 2012 when it was briefly balaclava’ed in tribute to the jailed Russian feminist art-band activists of Pussy Riot.

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lead image: AFP Photo/Nikolay Doychinov

This Way, Please

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From Peter Markus:


Boise craft-beer maker ordered to remove sign near Connector
by Zach Kyle
Idaho Statesman
March 13, 2014

When Woodland Empire Ale Craft opened in January, the brewery announced its presence with a billboard mimicking the nearby green and yellow signs on the westbound entrance of the I-184 Connector. The sign read like a freeway off-ramp: “Craft beer: right here.” An arrow points to the brewery parking lot.

The Idaho Transportation Department is not amused.

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Read more here.

Clet Abraham Graffiti Artist

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From Tim Jackson: The artist Clet Abraham has a innovative approach to graffiti – apparently not legal.

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via Travel Junkies

Kultur Jamming with the Russian Police

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Members of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir perform a rousing rendition of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ before Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The original video with better quality is available at the NBC Olympics website.

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Russian Flash Mob

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From Erin


A couple of years old, but fitting to welcome in the Sochi Olympics

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Chinese Flight Attendant Flash Mob

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Pudong flight attendants in Shanghai stage flash mob dance to entertain passengers as the Chinese Spring Festival begins.

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No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere


No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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On Sunday, January 12th, 2014 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in over 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. The above photo is from Beijing. In New York, our 13th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over seven meeting points and eleven subway lines.

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