Classical Sculptures Dressed As Hipsters
June 15, 2013 5:52 AM   Subscribe

Classical Sculptures Dressed As Hipsters
posted by escabeche (41 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
How this hasn't yet been a Benetton campaign is beyond me.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:53 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


But they're not nekkid anymore!
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 6:21 AM on June 15, 2013


Classical Sculptures Dressed As Hipsters
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 6:41 AM on June 15, 2013 [26 favorites]


The thing that got me about this photographic trope is that, while we forget it most of the time, those statues were decorated back in the day. The striking effect of the photos is the colors on the white background, and that's not how it should be at all.

It is interesting to see the bodies as we would see modern (clothed) bodies instead of as archetypally nude, though.
posted by immlass at 6:43 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yeah, the hipsters thing is really played out, and these are mostly just... clothes, right? The statues look great in them, but they all started out with great bodies to begin with, which always helps.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:44 AM on June 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


I think this is great. The clothing suggests characters and makes the statues feel really alive. It also reveals how incredibly masterfully the bodies were formed.
posted by Miko at 7:21 AM on June 15, 2013 [5 favorites]


One of them is just in a bra... Is that "hipster"?
posted by picklenickle at 7:27 AM on June 15, 2013


One of them is just in a bra... Is that "hipster"?

If you're wearing it as streetwear, yeah, probably.
posted by Miko at 7:29 AM on June 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's really nice to see how modern the bodies and faces suddenly get when surrounded by color and fabric. Kind of like how less "old fashioned" everybody looks in those really old movies of New York and London, simply because they're in color.
posted by xingcat at 7:37 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


They look like people who we can picture in our lives.

Then where are the cigarettes and coffee cups?
posted by three blind mice at 7:42 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Gee, I guess I'd hoped this post would inform me on hipster wear, 'cause I am sadly unable to pick out a hipster in a crowd. Unfortunately, this mostly looks like kinda regular clothing on neat statues. Now I'll never be able tell hipsters from regular folks! It's possible, I suppose, that rural New Hampshire has a shortage of this subspecies, though, as with most fashion, they could show up a few years late. I can hope.
posted by Hobgoblin at 8:15 AM on June 15, 2013


Apparently The Gap is standard issue hipster wear now.
posted by Brocktoon at 8:26 AM on June 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


These statues were into wearing clothes from The Gap way before it was cool.
posted by OneThinDime at 8:52 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


so, are these photoshops or something else?
posted by rebent at 8:55 AM on June 15, 2013


This neoclassical sculpture really looks to me like she's checking her smartphone. Quick, somebody, photoshop clothes on her!
posted by purpleclover at 9:06 AM on June 15, 2013 [6 favorites]


I enjoyed these a lot more than I thought I would. The first guy looks like he walked all the way to Glastonbury, only to be told it's sold out.
posted by The Card Cheat at 9:09 AM on June 15, 2013


Not Hipster-y enough, and not enough shit-flipping out comments here about how there is no such thing as Hipsters. Really disappointed on those counts.

On the other hand, it’s kind of funny and interesting.

Also, Hipsters suck, who’s with me?
posted by bongo_x at 9:25 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


Neat idea, but yeah, those aren't hipster clothes. Nor are they particularly interesting clothes. Would have been better with some more creative costuming—say, a McDonald's uniform, a business pantsuit, Rastafarian as channeled by a white college freshman, etc.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 9:27 AM on June 15, 2013


But they're not nekkid anymore!

They're HIPSTERS now! Only their ATTITUDES are naked!
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:32 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


those statues were decorated back in the day.

Are all of these ancient statues? One of them has a tambourine.
posted by kenko at 9:42 AM on June 15, 2013


I don't think any of them are.
posted by phaedon at 9:44 AM on June 15, 2013


Does it make me a bad person if I think all of these are phenomenal...? (And hysterical, but really, this is a great concept for an ad campaign.)
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 9:54 AM on June 15, 2013


Are all of these ancient statues? One of them has a tambourine.

Um... The tambourine is not exactly a new invention.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:02 AM on June 15, 2013


Are all of these ancient statues? One of them has a tambourine.

Wiki it. I was surprised too.

Where is that statue? Anyone?
posted by Mr. Yuck at 10:02 AM on June 15, 2013


When I read "Dressed as Hipster" I really expected more ugly combinations. Like, the clothes would ruin the sculptures. These are more preppy than anything else.
posted by ReeMonster at 10:10 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


The tambourine is not exactly a new invention.

Heh. I must say I find it highly surprising that anyone would think that it is.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:15 AM on June 15, 2013 [4 favorites]


They're just in ordinary modern clothes. Seriously.

Ohh, to be able to mark the title of that person's blogpost as "derail."
posted by desuetude at 10:31 AM on June 15, 2013


Loved this! Agree precisely with Miko, seeing these statues in contemporary clothing really brings them to life.
posted by threeants at 11:41 AM on June 15, 2013


Heh. I must say I find it highly surprising that anyone would think that it is.

I always thought it was what you did with the bottom half of a banjo after breaking it over someone's head. It fills me with pride to see that the ancient Greeks were the first Appalachians.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 11:48 AM on June 15, 2013


I always thought it was what you did with the bottom half of a banjo after breaking it over someone's head. It fills me with pride to see that the ancient Greeks were the first Appalachians.

Hey, the muses lived on Mount Helicon--all Greek music was mountain music.
posted by yoink at 11:57 AM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


By the way, this seems to be the original site belonging to the guy who actually did these images (and he doesn't seem to be the originator of the weird "hipster" label.
posted by yoink at 11:59 AM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


immlass mentioned that actal classical sculptures were decorated. This is a blurb about an exhibit where a German researcher used modern analysis techniques to reconstruct what ancient statues looked like. All of those examples except the head of Caligula are Greek; for a better idea of what Roman sculptures looked like you can look at the color reconstruction of the Prima Porta Augustus.
posted by edeezy at 12:51 PM on June 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


More on polychromy in ancient art from the Getty; reposted from before with the correct link this time.

Not totally sure if these are all neoclassical or not, but the canon they are patterned on would have included color and even, sometimes, clothes. Athena, what a hipster!
posted by jetlagaddict at 1:02 PM on June 15, 2013


These guys look like me.
posted by ludwig_van at 1:19 PM on June 15, 2013


Can we not do this anymore .I'm so sick of this shit. Classical sculptures don't exist. It is simply what we call sculptures that are purely representational.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:37 PM on June 15, 2013


Classical sculpture refers to ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, no? Others have already noted that the sculptures in the link are from later time periods.
posted by edeezy at 3:15 PM on June 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


statue dressed as hippie
posted by not_on_display at 6:22 PM on June 15, 2013


These are wonderful. I'm kind of sad that they're photo manipulations - really good ones - as I would LOVE to see an exhibition of actually dressed "classic" statues. There's a small marble girl in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon park who often used to get a sweatshirt or hat in the winter and it always made me happy.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:42 AM on June 16, 2013


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posted by desuetude at 10:50 AM on June 16, 2013


According to Dan Carlin, Julius Ceaser and his crew were pretty much a hipster style youth movmeent in Rome.

And the one with the rolled up shorts is more preppie.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 5:20 PM on June 16, 2013


I'd date some of those statues they looked so nice.
posted by QueerAngel28 at 7:35 AM on June 17, 2013


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