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Action movies are just musicals with knuckles.

Don JeVore: You Hate Musicals Because You Are Dead Inside.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 8, 2014 - 210 comments

Pansy Club

Deviates, Inc is a tumblr devoted to exploring the visual culture of LGBT history ranging from Gilded Age drag queens, classic Hollywood lesbians, to militant gay activism.
posted by The Whelk on Apr 13, 2014 - 7 comments

JOGGING

JOGGING is a collaborative art Tumblr previously featured on Yahoo News and recipient of a Rhizome Art Grant. Cofounder and frequent contributor Brad Troemel recently had a show at the Zach Feuer gallery in New York, which prompted Art F City's Paddy Johnson to wonder: Does Brad Troemel's Internet Art Work in a Gallery Setting?
posted by shakespeherian on Mar 14, 2014 - 5 comments

The Millenial Gospel

If Jesus and company were around today, the Bible may look like a art & fandom Tumblr project, complete with meta essays, headcanons, and playlists. Their writers aim to "follow in the Judeo-Christian tradition of questioning, evolving, and shaking up the status quo in order to update scripture for a secular audience, offering it up as a volatile mix of narrative, social commentary, spirituality, and punk rock." In this version Jesus is a cat-loving activist, Mary Madgalene is a hijabi punk, and the mystics are spoken word artists, musicians, and bloggers.
posted by divabat on Feb 3, 2014 - 18 comments

Girls Fighting (or Helping) Evil

Laura is super passionate about girls fighting evil, creating collages with short stories about various groups of girls fighting off demons - from radio DJs and the interns at Night Vale, to Dorothy Gale, travelers, and of course Beyonce. Sometimes the girls are helping the demons: evil counterparts to Cinderella, Belle, and Snow White, the underwater orchestra, even the underlord's admin assistant. Sometimes they fight each other; sometimes they fight themselves. Some of these fighters are real. Sometimes they'll let you borrow their style.
posted by divabat on Jan 31, 2014 - 8 comments

Suffer A Witch To Live!

Witchsona Week is a week for artists, doodlers, webcomicers, and more to draw themselves as witches.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 30, 2014 - 20 comments

Exploring the Architecture of Doom and Urban Failure

Architecture of Doom is a Tumblr that collects images of "bleak/ gloomy/ forbidding/ desolate/ unfortunate and totalitarian architecture" from sources like Fuck Yeah Brutalism and Failed Architecture. The latter bills itself as a "research platform that aims to open up new perspectives on urban failure – from what it’s perceived to be, what’s actually happening and how it’s represented to the public" and offers some interesting essays and case studies – for example: Hotel Jugoslavija: Spacio-temporal Mosaics of Memorabilia, Function Follows Form: How Berlin Turns Horror Into Beauty, and The Poetry of Decay.
posted by milquetoast on Jan 28, 2014 - 34 comments

rotoscope GIF

Traceloops is the tumblr of Matthias Brown and hand-drawn rotoscoped GIFs. via
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 1, 2014 - 8 comments

People of Color are not an anachronism

The Tumblr blog People of Color in European Art History, or medievalpoc for short, has a simple mission: to showcase works of art from European history that feature People of Color. All too often, these works go unseen in museums, Art History classes, online galleries, and other venues because of retroactive whitewashing of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 8, 2013 - 107 comments

They get progressively less human the further they are from the Sun

"I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few 'human planets' sets done by other artists and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike." [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 5, 2013 - 25 comments

The original golden age of fantasy role playing games.

Old School FRP is a tumblr blog with a ton of illustrations and art from the golden age of Dungeons and Dragons and games that were totally not Dungeons and Dragons.
posted by Pope Guilty on Aug 31, 2013 - 33 comments

Things get a little crazy in the scriptorium after compline

Skeleton doodles, crappy D's, cat hats, embroidered book repair, dentistry, and a duck going queck, from the tumblr of Erik Kwakkel, a medieval book historian at Leiden University.
posted by theodolite on Jul 5, 2013 - 21 comments

seeing pixels is kind of like seeing behind the curtain

Chris Pace (some images NSFW) creates 8-bit portraits of people on New York City's subways.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jun 27, 2013 - 25 comments

Art And Education And Tumblr

Art History explained using Gifs (related: The true story of an art history grad student explained via gifs)
posted by The Whelk on Jun 10, 2013 - 12 comments

Her hair color ....varies from blond to brunet across the collection

"Fabiola has been a beloved subject for countless painters, most of them amateurs. The portrait’s format is almost always the same: Fabiola is seen in profile facing left, her head covered by a rich red veil. Mr. Alÿs, who was born in Belgium in 1959 and moved to Mexico City in 1990, began collecting Fabiola paintings — as the genre is called — about 15 years ago, buying them at thrift shops, flea markets and antiques stores primarily in Mexico and Europe. He has previously shown his collection three times, when it was much smaller; the current presentation includes more than 300 works. Photos of the exhibition
posted by The Whelk on May 30, 2013 - 18 comments

Cage Against The Machine

Hanksy, underground street fartist.
posted by cthuljew on Apr 22, 2013 - 16 comments

Dina Kelberman is google

I'm Google by Dina Kelberman.
posted by moonmilk on Mar 17, 2013 - 24 comments

Art in the Tumblr age

"Artists often cling to control of their work and the context of its display, but to interact with Tumblr, they must give up that control. Art on Tumblr might get seen by many people, but 1,000 reblogs doesn’t mean anyone will be looking at your art next week, know that you made it, or be having a critical discussion. Given these reasons, it would make sense for artists to be wary of putting their work on Tumblr. But this isn’t always the case; a younger, more internet-savvy generation has embraced the web 2.0, feeling that the costs outweigh the benefits." -- Ben Valentine looks at Tumblr as art, in the opening essay of the world's first Tumblr art symposium, which can be followed on livestream. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Mar 9, 2013 - 30 comments

Pokémon From Memory

Laura Bifano (previously) has not seen a Pokémon since she was 12, but she's going to draw them anyway. Sometimes she has help from her followers, who describe the characters they want her to draw. Noelle Stevenson (previously) did a similar project last year.
posted by capricorn on Mar 2, 2013 - 12 comments

Hypnotically devoid of context or meaning

Horse-egifs: A tribute to the surreal poetry of Horse_Ebooks, Horse-egifs takes a randomly selected video and makes a gif from a randomly selected chunk of that video.and then it gets posted to tumblr. [via mefi projects]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 comments

the inside of my Trapper Keeper except British actors instead of horses

Behold, terrible drawings of British actors. (Note: the blog was originally called Terrible Drawings of John Finnemore, but there weren't enough pictures of John Finnemore on the internet, and, so, yes.)
posted by cortex on Feb 8, 2013 - 21 comments

We're not scientists, we just love dinos.

Fuck Yeah, Dinosaur Art!
posted by brundlefly on Jan 23, 2013 - 8 comments

Hamish Steele!

Hamish Steele! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and their pets. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman, Phoenix, Hawkeye)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes (not that one).
posted by overeducated_alligator on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 comments

Long live logolepsy

Victorious Vocabulary : A Lackadaisical Lexicon for Laggard Logophiles. [possibly nsfw]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Sep 14, 2012 - 11 comments

So when can we start printing them in newspapers?

This week, tumblr has become the birthplace of a new format of gif that offers a sense of 3-dimensionality. And the gifcrafters have really taken off... (MLTP - multi-link tumblr post) [more inside]
posted by six-or-six-thirty on Aug 29, 2012 - 57 comments

Auction House

Swann Galleries is Photographs, Posters, Prints & Drawings, Books, Maps, Autographs, and African-American Fine Art. Served daily. Also. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 15, 2012 - 2 comments

I try to not make people cry. People make me cry.

The creator of OK Cupid Enemies (nsfw) and the creator of Webcam Tears have a conversation.
posted by the young rope-rider on Jul 9, 2012 - 34 comments

"You are the product." ~ Don Draper

Depressed Copywriter [SLTumblr] "Every time I see an example of corporate happiness I can only see the reality of life. I can’t help myself anymore. I can’t stop rearranging their copy."
posted by Fizz on Jun 29, 2012 - 28 comments

Battery Powered

Chooooosan uses acrylics on her body to create funny and unnerving optical illusions. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jun 26, 2012 - 25 comments

Fluid and Spontaneous

Launched just last week, Calligraphica is the new Tumblr home for calligraphy and hand-drawn type. While you're at it, check out their sister site, Typeverything.
posted by netbros on Jun 6, 2012 - 4 comments

The Prettiest Tumblr

Sword & Sworcercy fan art tumblr. (S&S previously)
posted by curious nu on May 31, 2012 - 23 comments

Worlds with a limited palette

When kevin wins, the planet loses! is a tumblr that collects pixel art from a variety of videogames to showcase the beautiful work that lies in the background of the action. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 9, 2012 - 15 comments

VIEW, DEDUCE AND IMAGINE. CREATE YOUR OWN TRUTH.

Wonderful Ambiguity. (some later images NSFW; or are they? [but seriously, some possibly even more nsfw than this]) "Sculptors" "today", what with their "plank piece I & II", "planking" back when it was "cool", before it was hip; there are at least 47 pages of wonderful, mercifully, none relating to "planking". [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Dec 10, 2011 - 6 comments

Googly Eye-based street mischief

Eye Bombing. More Eye Bombing.
posted by The Discredited Ape on Dec 6, 2011 - 27 comments

Papa Jesus is passed out drunk again...

Renaissance Babies in various stages of choking and passing out from noxious fumes: A Study. This is what happens when the Madonna eats way too much turkey, yall. Happy Thanksgiving! (Warning: Tumblr)
posted by Hal Mumkin on Nov 25, 2011 - 25 comments

Showcase of Creative Inspiration

We and the Color is a blog about creative inspiration in art, graphic design, illustration, photography, architecture, fashion, product, interior, video and motion design. Also on Flickr.
posted by netbros on Oct 28, 2011 - 1 comment

Art = Life

With almost 2,000 posts, I Heart My Art has a deep archive of contemporary art, vintage photography and creative videos.
posted by netbros on Oct 24, 2011 - 1 comment

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Nerd cats. Nerd Bastards. Nerd Armada. And the (very NSFW!) Bourgeois Nerd.
posted by misha on Sep 28, 2011 - 27 comments

I think the VCR is broken

MAX CAPACITY Dwells In The Videodrome. "Not so long ago, last summer to be precise, we featured MAX CAPACITY in an illustrated selection of the best 8-bit inspired pixel artists. Already at the time, the American artist stood out from the lot because of his instinctive and primal approach to digital material." Max's work is spread out across the Internet: on Tumblr, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube, and his own webspace... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 28, 2011 - 1 comment

The Near-Sighted Monkey

Lynda Barry, cartoonist and author of One! Hundred! Demons! has a lovely art tumblr.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 24, 2011 - 44 comments

Balls!!!

Beautiful Swear Words
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jul 28, 2011 - 55 comments

Scientific Illustration

Scientific Illustration is a Tumblr blog devoted to... well... scientific illustration.
posted by brundlefly on May 20, 2011 - 14 comments

Old School Weblog

This Isn't Happiness — what we remember weblogs to be a decade ago, like MeFi, it's all about the links. It features art and photography, music and books, even occasional politics. But it never fails to be beautiful. [occasional nsfw image]
posted by netbros on Feb 27, 2011 - 33 comments

MANY

Many is a collective project exhibiting fine photography found by fine photographers.
posted by chunking express on Nov 25, 2009 - 7 comments

Let me tell you about my mother.

Clayton Cubitt is a video artist. He does video portraits. They are disturbing, warholian, and weird
posted by The Whelk on Jan 23, 2009 - 16 comments

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