We know you’ve been waiting on Transformer-themed musical instrument, but no one would’ve expected it to come in the form of a friggin’ ukulele. Though we have to admit, the mental image of a robot war soundtracked to mellow uke jams is oddly intriguing. North Carolina-based Paul Celentano makes custom wooden instruments, and among his finest offerings is the Autobot Transformer Ukulele. sweet! let me in! →
Artist Glen Brogan recently posted a piece entitled “Ye Olde Mario World” on his Albino Raven blog, much to the delight of old school gamers. The concept is simple: an old-timey version of the world map from Super Mario World, but its execution is gorgeously detailed. Brogan was inspired by his childhood experiences of soaking in the extra materials that came with video games like boxes and manuals, which he enjoyed so much he’d often find drawing out maps for individual levels as much fun as actually playing the game. sweet! let me in! →
Over the Hump is an ongoing series of weekly posts intended to get you past your mid-week Hump Day every Wednesday. We promise to keep things mostly work safe, though it’s still probably best to make sure your boss isn’t looking over your shoulder while you’re reading.
Occupying that strange space somewhere at the intersection of film prop, nightmarish imagery, and hardcore Terminator fandom, this animatronic endoskeleton arm is truly the real deal when it comes to robotic limbs. Crafted by special effect artist Robert Haiduga of Nephalim XFX, and based on the T-800′s endoskeleton arm in Terminator 2, the thing is fully functional, and features a whole series of movements – one for each finger, along with wrist and full arm rotation – and even authentic sound effects (which you can hook up to an amplifier) for extra creepiness. sweet! let me in! →
If you happen to be reading this post on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, we probably don’t have to tell you why this book should have a place on your coffee table. Apple Design is a massive 320-page hardcover tome of Apple history, combining gorgeous product photography of over 200 Apple products (all of which were produced since design head honcho and iPod designer Jonathan Ive joined the firm) with detailed stories of these products’ developmental process, methods, and materials. In the wake of Steve Jobs’ passing, it’s the perfect way to commemorate his life’s work at Apple, and the fruits that he, Ive, and others cultivated together. Available now from Barnes & Noble.
Skate punks (and Velvet Underground fans) in love with Pop Art just got something to be psyched about, as Alien Workshop just dropped its latest set of Andy Warhol Black & White Skate Decks. Comprised on 9 new decks with prints of signature B&W ads drawn exclusively from the Warhol archives, this latest collection is sure to increase the art-damaged quotient at skate parks everywhere. Each deck includes a postcard and cow patch; collect them all and start your own Warhol archive. Available now at select Alien Workshop retailers.
Featuring a whopping 119 controllers in stunning color, this Evolution of Video Controllers Poster print by the art-pop geeks at Pop Chart Lab is the perfect gift for the gamer-cum-biologist/archaeologist/historian in your life. sweet! let me in! →
So you just finished that Intro to Modern Art class last semester and now you’re looking to spruce up your apartment with some art not purchased at IKEA. Good call, bro! And, guess what, we know just the thing: these awesome Cubist Beer Prints by illustrator Dave Murray! Featuring perrenial favorites PBR and Sapporo and some more obscure brews like Molson Stock Ale and Stiegl, these prints are the perfect adornments to your living room, bedroom, and everything in between. sweet! let me in! →
For everyone who’s ever dreamed of actually living in a Lego house without feeling like you’re stuck in some kind of amusement park attraction, your dreams can now be reality. Minnesota-based Studio 1015 has created what might be the most legitimately architectural spin on the good old Lego block ever: concrete Legos. Hand cast to resemble standard 2×4 plastic Lego blocks, these concrete variants are much more one-of-a-kind than their plastic brethren – each interlocking brick is hand cast, which means no two blocks are identically alike. These make for a great gift to any Lego fan, but at $8.50 for a 6-piece set, amassing enough of these to build yourself that Lego house you’ve always wanted seems a bit out of reach cost-wise. Perhaps you can settle for a nice Lego outhouse instead. Available from Studio 1015′s Etsy store.