FIONA APPLE = MADDY FERGUSON = CRIMINAL
Jehovah’s Witness had a simple mission: to stop deaf people from masturbating. Luckily the Internet set the clip to R. Kelly’s classic “Ignition (Remix)” to stellar results.
Above is an ad from the Swedish postal service urging people to complete change-of-address forms. Sounds boring, right? Watch the commercial and try to imagine the U.S. Postal Service creating the same type of advertisement. The end copy reads “Today Kjell lives with Britt-Marie. Don’t miss any important mail. Make sure to get forward delivery when you move.” (c/o Queerty)
Dude. I’m tripping kittens right now.
I have an inexplicable love of fragrance commercials. They’re typically bite-sized, nonsensical ruminations on sex or beauty, created by the world’s top photographers and directors and starring the industry’s most beautiful people. Imagine how much money and creative energy went into this 30-second ad that’s essentially a model walking on a treadmill in front of a green screen. This one for Kenzo’s Jungle is a favorite of mine. Jean-Baptiste Mondio directed the ad in 1996, a year after filming one of my favorite Madonna music videos, “Human Nature.” The model’s neon piss-yellow outfit is spot-on ’90s sporting a bare midriff, and the stampeding elephants are a perfect shade of gilver. The commercial is very Bjork goes on a safari.
What could be more Hollywood than tragic starlets and the Magic Kingdom? Mexican artist José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros Disney-fies iconic moments of popstar breakdowns in his latest exhibit “Disasterland,” opening this weekend at L.A.’s La Luz de Jesus Gallery. Leave Cinderella Alone! And just like that, with a Disney princess’s paparazzi-hounding crotch shot, all innocence is lost. (Images by José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros)
Go beneath the diaper with Anne Geddes in this parody of the famous baby photographer. The next video should be of the photographer of the puppy calendars always on clearance in Barnes & Noble.
Fourth of July may be over, but there’s still lots o’ summer left to eat watermelon. Here, Vincent Van Gogh. See more creative watermelon carving.
Who doesn’t love vintage gay porn? Certainly not The Aikiu, a French band who edited porn clips with the group performing. Bravo!
Watch as an artist recreates Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” using 7,000 dominoes over 11 hours. While I admire the painting’s original beauty and the artist’s patience and determination, there’s still a part of me that wants to kick over the dominoes Nelson Muntz style.
Watching this video of a kindergarten class performing Madonna’s “Vogue” fills me with hope that today’s kids are gonna be all right.
These color-blocked sneakers have Rev. Jesse Jackson’s shoelaces in a wad. Adidas has pulled the JS Roundhouse Mids, created by pop fashion designer Jeremy Scott, after Internet uproar accused the shoe company of racism. Says Jackson: “The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation … [is] appalling and insensitive.” But it seems Jackson is the one being short-sided. Slavery has existed long before Africans were cruelly forced into American servitude. More so, fashion is about taking iconic, sometimes painful images and changing their visual meaning, like Alexander McQueen’s pivotal Highland Rape collection. Are these ostentatious sneakers evocative of slavery? Yes. But being Jeremy Scott, it’s more suggestive of S&M sex slaves than actual servitude. Jeremy, I like your shackled-up kicks.
The music video for Delta Heavy’s unexceptional dancefloor number “Get By” crushes your childhood nostalgia and molds it back together. My favorite games, Connect Four and Guess Who, are some of the first to spliced and smushed. Director Ian Robertson used stop-motion for the video, which in itself is wistful of pre-CGI animation. Favorite games left out: Taboo, Mastermind and Mancala. (c/o Gawker)