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May 27, 2011 10:43 AM   Subscribe

Paper Cuts. Paper-cut silhouettes of famous characters. Can you name them all? (Warning: Single page with a lot of inline images. One slightly NSFW.)
posted by kmz (38 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, I never got before that these are supposed to be (related to) these. If they are.
posted by DU at 10:49 AM on May 27, 2011


The idea could easily get tiresome, but there are some details that make you stop and go 'oh, that was clever'. Like making the Spiderman upside down.
posted by shesaysgo at 10:51 AM on May 27, 2011


Pretty good video of the show for these pieces.
posted by orme at 10:52 AM on May 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought Carmen Sandiego cut out of a map was very clever.
posted by papercrane at 10:54 AM on May 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh man, the one with the exclamation mark over Snake's head is perfect.
posted by xedrik at 10:57 AM on May 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Admit it, you all went and looked just to see what a NSFW papercut looked like. Or maybe that's just me.
posted by Keith Talent at 11:01 AM on May 27, 2011 [5 favorites]


WHEN WILL IT END OH LORDY

Man, that is a lot of profiles.

And Chairface Chippendale. heh.
posted by GuyZero at 11:02 AM on May 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


That's a lot of images on one page, and I had to look at a ton of them to find the NSFW one.


I'll just link it here and save everybody else the effort.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:10 AM on May 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some of these get pretty obscure and specific. Like, this one. Egon from the Ghostbusters cartoon?
posted by incomple at 11:12 AM on May 27, 2011


I recognized most of the instantly, but this one took me a second, and then I laughed out loud.
posted by eyeballkid at 11:13 AM on May 27, 2011 [4 favorites]


I may be wrong. I can't find any evidence on the internet that No-Face and Shy Guy are the related in a direct way. I was thinking it must be some Japanese mythology archetype.
posted by DU at 11:15 AM on May 27, 2011


I have a couple Olly Moss LOST prints at home, which are fantastic, but man, I want these, too.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:20 AM on May 27, 2011


I was happy to correctly guess which one would come last.
posted by swift at 11:20 AM on May 27, 2011


I liked these two, showing the difference between 1997 and 2005.
posted by Katrel at 11:20 AM on May 27, 2011


Some of these get pretty obscure and specific. Like, this one. Egon from the Ghostbusters cartoon?
Venkman, it looks like, and probably is supposed to go with the Bill Murray one a bit farther down.
posted by xedrik at 11:21 AM on May 27, 2011


a.) This must have taken forever

b.) Here I am, thinking: “Huh, what's so NSFW about these. Maybe his boss hates pop-culture references.” Then I got to the triple boob.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 11:23 AM on May 27, 2011


That's NSFW?? I thought it was going to be a papercut of a hummer in the whitehouse, or something like that. Where the fuck do you people work?
posted by found missing at 11:24 AM on May 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


You're right, xedrik. Plus, Egon would've been wearing glasses.
posted by incomple at 11:24 AM on May 27, 2011


a.) This must have taken forever

They are laser cut. All he really has to do is find an existing image of a profile and pipe it to the printer. For things like Homer Simpson, that's easy. For ones like Saved by the Bell, that might be harder and he might have to draw one himself somehow.
posted by DU at 11:28 AM on May 27, 2011


I recognized most of the instantly, but this one took me a second, and then I laughed out loud.

I still don't get it.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:36 AM on May 27, 2011


That's NSFW??

It occupies sort of a gray area.
posted by hal9k at 11:36 AM on May 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


The idea could easily get tiresome, but there are some details that make you stop and go 'oh, that was clever'. Like making the Spiderman upside down.

The fact that the signature is also upside-down makes me think the orientation was an afterthought.

I still don't get it.

"I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so...scared."

posted by Sys Rq at 11:38 AM on May 27, 2011 [5 favorites]


They are laser cut. All he really has to do is find an existing image of a profile and pipe it to the printer. For things like Homer Simpson, that's easy. For ones like Saved by the Bell, that might be harder and he might have to draw one himself somehow.

Well I feel stupid. I figured he did this with an exacto-knife and he must have curled arthritic claws by now.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 11:42 AM on May 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


"I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so...scared."

Truly a Darmok for people of a certain age. Anytime I hear the phrase "I'm so excited" my mind immediately jumps to that scene. How well I know those around me determines if I reenact it out loud or only in my head.
posted by kmz at 11:49 AM on May 27, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like the Bonds.
posted by Trurl at 11:54 AM on May 27, 2011


Manny from Grim Fandango FTW!
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:22 PM on May 27, 2011 [2 favorites]


I need a list. Even if it's just to say "ooh, I get it now." Some I feel like I should know, but there's nothing that nails it for me, and I feel like a failure.

And I, too, still don't get it
posted by CancerMan at 1:31 PM on May 27, 2011


Paper-cut silhouettes of famous characters

Your "famous" is my "obscure comic" characters. I am guessing that many of these are characters I've never heard of.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 1:47 PM on May 27, 2011


For CancerMan and EmpressCallipygos:

I'm so excited!
posted by misha at 2:02 PM on May 27, 2011


>>"I'm so excited! I'm so excited! I'm so...scared."
>Truly a Darmok for people of a certain age.

Saved by the Bell episode "Jessie's Song": aired November 3rd, 1990

Star Trek: the Next Generation episode "Darmok": aired September 30th, 1991

I'm thinking it's pretty much the same age for both.
posted by ErWenn at 2:05 PM on May 27, 2011


Although I'm definitely the right age for "Darmok", I managed to miss that episode of Saved by the Bell, and this is the first I've heard of it.
posted by ErWenn at 2:06 PM on May 27, 2011


The artist has to be someone my age, with my general interests. So many were of the sort that I got in a fraction of a second, but know that most people wouldn't have any idea.
posted by CaseyB at 2:15 PM on May 27, 2011


It's not exactly Zammo licking a toilet floor now is it.
posted by fullerine at 2:25 PM on May 27, 2011 [1 favorite]


The artist has to be someone my age, with my general interests.

Olly Moss was born in 1987.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:38 PM on May 27, 2011


You had me at Gob and Franklin.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 4:29 PM on May 27, 2011


Thanks for posting this. It's interesting to see the pieces and notice the differences in how they're made. And along with the fun of the character identification aspect, I also like the different types of frames and how some of them have mats, and some don't; how some have some extra detailing, colors, etc.

I haven't thought of this in ages, but the cut-outs reminded me of a puzzle in Games magazine back in the '80s. I think it was possibly a back cover puzzle. There were silhouette drawings of hair styles -- IIRC, they were in cut-out style but front-view, and just the head and hair with a blank area for the face. You had to figure out who it was (I remember one was Farah Fawcett).
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 12:20 AM on May 28, 2011


The Tick! Carl and Lenny! Ripley! Zoidberg (twice, I think)! aaaaand Pyramid Head.
posted by Existential Dread at 5:05 PM on May 28, 2011


I think my favorite is the Yoda. In profile, in silhouette, without the ears, he looks like a balding gorilla.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:46 PM on May 28, 2011


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