Banksy gets Banksied

You might not know the name Butcher Billy, but if you love and appreciate (as I do) the “Post/Punk New Wave Superfriends” or the “Real life villains in the Legion of Doom,” then you already know the Brazilian artist’s subversively daffy, pop sensibility.

Billy’s latest intervention takes on the most inspired street artist of them all—BANKSY. What Butcher Billy did was to take a bunch of the most iconic Banksy graffiti designs out there and replace the principals with animated characters from the worlds of DisneyWarner Bros., and Hanna Barbera.  So the maid in “Maid in London” gets replaced with Rosie from The Jetsons, while the girl in “Girl With a Balloon” gets the Donald Duck treatment. You get the idea.

Butcher Billy has slapped together a bunch of the designs, which are available as a coloring book that you can order from Behance.

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via Banksy gets Banksied | Dangerous Minds.

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Nike’s Stirring Women’s World Cup Ad Was Made by a 2-Person Agency You’ve Never Heard of

The U.S. women’s soccer team has a roster of stand-out stars, but their individual strengths work best when they play as a team. That’s the gist of a new, minute-long “American Woman” ad Nike launched as part of a bigger #NoMaybes campaign designed to elevate the team’s profile during the FIFA Women’s World Cup this week.

“We didn’t want to go into this trying to make a women’s spot—we wanted to make a soccer spot,” said Michael McGrath, partner at Thousands Creative, the Portland, Ore., agency that created the ad.

Thousands Creative’s own profile is getting a boost because of the work. The two-man shop was founded just a year ago by a pair of former Nike employees and currently has neither a website (just an empty Tumblr) nor publicly listed contact info.

But Thousands Creative has done work for Nike Golf and some sneakers, and later this summer it will launch the second version of Nike Golf’s “Don’t Sleep on Summer” campaign. (Wieden + Kennedy remains Nike’s lead creative agency.)

The “American Woman” spot opens with individual shots of players like Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan mixed with images of younger girls struggling to practice.

When The Guess Who’s classic “American Woman” kicks in, the women start practicing together. As expected, playing together turns all of the players into a synchronized crew.

While the camaraderie message on its own is strong, it’s The Guess Who’s soundtrack that really pulls the spot together.

“Strong alone. Unstoppable together,” reads the tagline at the end.

The spot aims to give the U.S. women’s soccer team the same prominence that the men’s team enjoyed during last year’s World Cup, said Thousands Creative partner Shamus Eaton. “We wanted to make a soccer spot that was strong and powerful and put women on the same plane as a lot of the World Cup spots featuring their male counterparts.

“It’s born out of this insight that ‘maybe’ is a super-dangerous word—almost more dangerous than ‘no,'” he said. “If you go in 100 percent and don’t allow yourself the temptation of slacking off, that’s the only route to go. We feel like these athletes totally embody that.”

In addition to the film, Nike is pushing content tagged with the hashtag #NoMaybes on social media.

via Nike’s Stirring Women’s World Cup Ad Was Made by a 2-Person Agency You’ve Never Heard of | Adweek.

Thor and Avengers digital artists from Gateshead to publish book of art

Award winning North artists who worked on everything from Guardians of the Galaxy to Mortal Kombat have crowdfunded thousands of pounds for a celebration of their work.

Gateshead-based digital art and design studio Atomhawk has turned to Kickstarter in search of the money to produce a new book featuring some of the spectacular concept work its staff have done for major video games and films.

And after only a week the firm has seen more than £6,400 pledged of the £15,000 needed to turn the idea into reality.

“Rather than just a glossy coffee table book we want to include interviews with artists and tutorials, so it’s much more geared to not just those who love art but budding artists who want to learn how the professionals work,” one of the firm’s directors, Cumron Ashtiani, said.

“In the four year’s since we teamed up with 3D Total to create The Art of Atomhawk Design, Volume 1, our art team has really grown and developed and we’ve worked on some outstanding games and film titles.

“That first book was really based on the art of the company’s four founders plus one extra artist, but this one now has something from our 20 staff

“We now have a fresh and diverse body of work, which we know will make a great looking and inspiring book, with something in there for everyone.”

The Art of Atomhawk, Volume 2 will feature art from some of Atomhawk’s most high-profile video game and film titles – some of which is currently on display as part of Newcastle’s Centre for Life’s Game On exhibition – as well as personal contributions from its team of artists.

The book will also include images from Atomhawk’s own creation, The Realm, which was inspired by local North East landscapes and architecture, and saw the likes of Newcastle’s Tyne Bridge reclaimed by foliage in a post apocalyptic world.

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The Realm – Brainchild of developer Cumron Ashtianti

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The Realm – Brainchild of developer Cumron Ashtianti

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The tome will also include step-by-step digital art tutorials and professional art tips from the Atomhawk team, sharing the secrets behind some of the studio’s greatest work to date, and for backers who pledge enough to receive a “deluxe edition” will also come with exclusive online access to a selection of video art tutorials on a range of subjects. Each 30 minute tutorial will be delivered by an Atomhawk artist, sharing the techniques they use when creating the high quality art which will feature in the book.

“We’ve worked on Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy and we’ve recently been able to announce that we did work on Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron too. We’ve also now done three different games for Warner Bros and have two more in production.

“And from The Realm we have work looking from the bottom of Dean Street looking towards the Tyne Bridge, of Grey’s Monument and the classic image that we used for the marketing was of the girl and the giant looking out over the Tyne Bridge, with the Sage in the background, as they hand over a flower.

“The Realm was interesting because we raised £100,000 on Kickstarter, but we needed £200,000 to make the game. That was in 2013 when Kickstarter was new in the UK and at the time we were the fourth biggest total of any project raising money in pounds. It did incredibly well but we didn’t realise that the pool of people wasn’t big enough to raise the full sum and with Kickstarter unless you get it all, you don’t get any of it.

“So with this book we’ve been fairly realistic in what we’re asking for. There’s no profit in it, and in truth it will probably cost us more than £15,000 to make.

“But we want to get the work out there as it’s hugely valuable, particularly for staff morale, to see our hard work immortalised in book form.

“Its six year’s work, and some amazing projects and I hope in the future people can look back and be able to know that this is what was happening at this time in the North East.”

Rewards for backers also, if you pledge £1,000, include a personalised portrait, or for £3,000 the chance to create a brief for an Atomhawk artist to paint a bespoke image for inclusion in the book.

For more information and to back the project visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/atomhawk/the-art-of-atomhawk-volume-2

via Thor and Avengers digital artists from Gateshead to publish book of art – Chronicle Live.

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

As the world moves to cities, so does art. And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become canvases for important street art messages. The graffiti and street art on this list is perfect for spreading messages about environmentalism and climate change to a wider audience.

This street art uses simple slogans and provocative images to spread important and inspiring ideas in ways that are easy to remember. Such art can inspire people to action or at least remind them about important issues that they may have forgotten.

Be sure to vote and comment for your favorite street art pieces! If you’ve spotted a powerful graffiti as well, do not hesitate adding it to this list!

#1 I Don’t Believe In Global Warming

#2 Lets Keep The Plants Alive

#3 Killing Ourselves

#4 World Is Going Down The Drain

#5 The Truth

#6 The Clock Is Ticking

#7 Urbanisation Is Killing Us

#8 Animals In Zoos

#9 Park(ing)

#10 We’re Eating The Earth

#11 I Remember When This Was All Trees

#12 The Earth Is Being Killed

#13 Locked Up Animals

#14 The World Is Burning

#15 Born To Be Wild

#16 Eat Yourself

#17 Eating The Earth

#18 The Earth Pie Of Trash

#19 Animal Cruelty Is Everywhere

#20 Ice Ice Baby

via 20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth | Bored Panda.