The Italian restaurant La Ricetta, based in La Kanagawa Prefecture, Zama Richetta, Japan features an ever growing selection of pop culture pancakes on the menu. Step by step photographs show the skill involved in bringing these edible characters to the table. Here we have Star Wars R2-D2 & Darth Vader and Rey & Captain Phasma from The Force Awakens plus you can also request your own personal anime favourites. May the nom-nom be with you.
Hand crafted Star Wars, Star Trek, Minions, Alien and Judge Dredd wood burners, firepits and BBQs by Barry Wood of Caddyshack Creations. Eco-friendly reconditioned piece’s of working art, bringing old gas bottles back to life as something totally new and unique. More via CaddyshackCreations and Star Wars Handcrafted Firepit Wood Burners.
Wooden keepsake / jewellery / secret stash boxes by Kathleen Kaderabek of OtherNamesWereTaken. Each piece is made by hand, signed and numbered on the bottom and finished with lining, clasps and quotes. Featured here are classic trilogy favourites Darth Vader (for your cookies), Yoda and Boba Fett along with BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Do you like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Legend of Zelda and Lord of the Rings? You do? Great, go take a look at my next blog post featuring more of these fantastic boxes.
I often use over the top words to highlight how immense some of the things I stumble upon really are. Amazing, Excellent, Superb and Outstanding are amongst my favourites. Guess what? They all apply here. These hand built pop culture wood burners and fire pits by Alex Dodson of Burned by Design are hot, hot, hot! From Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to Iron Man, Alien and Predator these burners are literally turning up the heat when it comes to functional works of art.
UPDATE 04 Jan 2016: New design Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Captain Phasma
These amazing wood burners and fire pits ship worldwide and are available as commissions via the Burned by Design Facebook page. You will also find a huge library of build photos, video footage and article links.
With the summer almost over (it never really started in the UK) here are some amazing geeky sand sculptures from Australia and Findland. I’ve rummaged through loads of images online and found the best pop culture sand sculptures via Instagram, DeviantArt and blog posts.
Finland’s largest sand castle expo is held in Lappeenranta throughout the summer months, this years theme being ‘Heroes’ but a few villains have crept in to balance things out. Images from Lappeenranta come by way of Bemari on DeviantArt and Mikko Kelavaara on Twitter. Australia hosts a huge summer sand sculpture event on Frankston Waterfront, Melbourne, January through April. Images from Frankston Waterfront come via a blog post by Dr Sze Wey Lee. Go show everyone some internet love (including me *waves*).
These lifelike sculptures by artist and painter Godaiking are something else, the attention to detail is mind blowing. From Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator to Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson the skin, hair, blemishes and wrinkles make these very familiar faces look almost real. Even the Star Wars replicas are of such a high standard it’s difficult telling them apart from the real thing.
You can find more photos of the sculpting and painting process on the artists DeviantArt and Facebook page. You can also ask about commission work while your browsing.
A series of classic Star Wars character portraits by the artist Russell Walks. We see so much Star Wars artwork these days that we often take for granted the time, effort and skill that goes into producing beautiful works of art. Be they digital works, drawings, paintings, sculptures, mixed media or napkin sketches sometimes it’s nice to stop and smell the roses.
These wonderful pencil drawings grabbed my attention straight away, almost a lost art in a digital world. Simple yet effective.
The Aomori Nebuta Festival is one of Japan’s most colourful festivals as paper floats are paraded through the city of Aomori by enthusiastic locals. The floats are mostly inspired by Japanese folklore and regional myths but recently modern ‘pop culture’ style floats have joined the mix. This year the festivals organisers were approached by the mighty Disney Corporation / Lucasfilm Ltd. and a series of Star Wars inspired floats, built to promote the release of The Force Awakens, were designed and created.
Despite not being included in the parade that takes place through the towns centre, the floats have attracted much attention from Star Wars fans on social media and the 30,000+ festival visitors alike. In typical Disney style the floats were unveiled during the opening ceremony on the eve of the festival with Darth Vader, Stormtroopers and R2-D2 making guest appearances and meeting the towns Major on the red carpet.
Star Wars Nebuta are on display at the Aomori Nebuta Festival August 2 -7, Nebuta House Wa Rasse in Aomori City, Japan.
Welcome to the Killer Kitsch Preston Comic-Con 2015 blog from Saturday 1st August 2015. I rolled up at lunchtime and still found a sizeable queue for the second Comic-Con held at the Guild Hall in Preston. Stalls-a-plenty, guests & talks, a prop display area, cosplay, artists alley, writers, crafter’s and cakes. Spent a few hours wandering, chatting, taking photos/video and generally making a nuisance of myself.