Imagine the outcome if companies and celebrities with no direct tie to the NBA were given free rein to rebrand each team in their vision. Although big business has already insinuated itself to a degree that has alienated many fans of the game, their influence has been limited to renamed stadiums, banners, and other displays of corporate sponsorship that have left the athletes on the hardwood untouched — excluding, of course, the sneakers they wear. Perhaps envisioning a future where their corporate tentacles extend even further, Canadian graphic artist Dead Dilly has rolled out a new project called Rebrand the NBA, giving us an alternate universe where corporations and other entities (including the Red Cross, Apple, Google, SUPREME, Jay-Z, and more) wield full creative control over the look of the teams’ jerseys.
What began as a simple side project done on behalf of a son who’s quite the cat lover has exploded into a craze, thanks to the infectious embroideries created by Japanese artist Hiroko Kubota. On button-up shirts, images of felines Kubota discovered while scouring the internet are found popping out of pockets and other places, giving irresistibly curious stares that have now gone viral.
Though the latest release is sold out, she’s selling her shirts through an Etsy shop named Go!Go!5!.
Victoria Ivanova delivers remarkably convincing optical illusions with her blend of colored pencils and origami. Two figures staring at one another, a shark on the hunt for its prey, a scene from a classic video game, and boats braving turbulent waves are the images she’s conceived with expert placement of the materials on hand.
Grotesquely gorgeous, this fascinating sculpture by artist Roger Reutimann is at once a beautiful and morbid transformation of the central figure in famed renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. Naked and intensely red, the satirically-named Death of Venus is a stark contrast to the gentle purity of the iconic original, Venus’ innocent look replaced by a skull that menacingly stares beneath its shroud. This piece is Reutimann’s commentary on the lasting appeal of classic art in a society well removed from the period in which it was introduced.
A highly unique style of advertising comes by way of the latest street art from Dori The Giant, whose Pro Bono Promo saw her paint the streets of Brampton, Ontario, with company logos created with the very products the featured brands sell. A few of the logos were edible, such as one made with Nutella and others drawn with popular condiments like French’s mustard and ketchup from Heinz. She also created some with bathroom staples like the shaving cream of Gillette and Colgate toothpaste.
Placed on a street corner in Santa Rosa and aptly titled Cyclisk, this towering 65-foot obelisk was constructed entirely out of 340 bicycles and 1 tricycle by artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector, who created the sculpture to make a grand nod toward the city’s flourishing bike culture.
These hilariously impractical creations come from artist Mandy Smith, who’s taken sandpaper and designed a number of common objects — a pair of shoes, a bed, a bra, a slide, and more — that would inflict a great deal of pain if ever used in the traditional manner. The toilet paper makes me wince when even thinking about it.