Famous People and Pop Culture Characters Made From Peanuts

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Steve Casino is a ‘painter of nuts.’ And, rather than squandering his talent on walnut landscapes or abstract cashews, Casino puts it to use creating celebrity peanuts.

Casino hand-paints anyone from Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, and Hulk… recreating the subject’s likeness to perfection, while adding equally disproportionate limbs. So much better then tacky walnuts.

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[link, via The Awesomer]

Creepy Portraits Created By Covering Models in Junk Food

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Artist James Ostrer recently created a series of grotesque portraits titled Wotsit all about – covering models with various forms of junk food.

Presented as a commentary on the dangerous methods of mass food production and our sugar obsession, Osterer takes advantage of the vibrant artificial colors of various junk foods and candies to create very bright and creepy portraits. See more of the project here.

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[link, via Junk Culture]

A Volkswagen Covered in Popcorn

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Ditch the fancy paint job and consider covering your ride with fluffy popcorn. That’s what a few art students from The Braunschweig University of Art were recently thinking, when they covered a Volkswagen with popcorn.

Whether the car has completely been consumed by birds yet, we’re not sure, but each kernel was adhered to the VW with hot glue gun. It just needs a buttering every few months.

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[link, via MAKE]

Juice Exhibit Pokes Fun At Contemporary Lifestyles

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As if eight-dollar, Helvetica-laden bottles of juice weren’t easy enough to make fun of, artist Josh Kline has taken it a step further.

Officially-titled Skittles, Kline’s art installation is an industrial refrigerator stocked with juice bottles. But rather than ingredients that are macro, organic, and the such – these bottles are a commentary on contemporary lifestyles.

A bottle of Nightlife, for instance, contains Coke Zero, octopus ink, Raid, Davidoff Cool Water, and bath salts. Based in Manhattan, there’s also some shade to be thrown at Brooklyn, with Williamsburg Juice containing credit card, American Apparel, kale chips, kombucha, microbrew, quinoa, and agave.

Skittles was part of Archeo outdoor exhibit, appearing at the High Line in Manhattan.

“Each smoothie stands as a portrait of a different contemporary lifestyle. When grouped together, they evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.”

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[link, via Junk Culture]

Pop Culture Icons Made From Aluminum Cans

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Rather than fill up his blue recycling tub with cans, artist Makaon reuses his empties, converting them into pop culture characters.

From a beer can Vader to aluminum Woody and Buzz — cans are cut and shaped into the characters, while using the can’s existing color pattern to perfection.

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[link, via Lost At E Minor]