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Some Things Everyone Should Know About Pop Culture

Pop culture involves a bunch of different types of media, such as books, art, music – both popular music and Indie music, street art, zines, magazines, comics, viral videos, fashion, memes, along with a lot of other digital technologies. Unfortunately, the thing with pop culture is that it is often pitched against the snobbish trends of the high culture. People have a common belief that if you are too much into pop culture, you are not serious in your life, or rather you are not smart enough.

However, the objective of the pop culture is to create a space for some earth-shattering artistic genius and creative brilliance. What many do not know is that a myriad of things that are valorized today started out as popular culture, for instance, Shakespeare. Dan, a lover of pop culture who works with TrumpLearning, an online resource hub for students, says that people who do not have great things to say about Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in the musical scale, D Minor, are absolute idiots. Well, we second his beliefs.

Now, let us take a look at a few things that you should know about Pop Culture.

Pop Culture is instant

The thing with pop culture is that it moves quickly. So, what’s hot today might be out tomorrow. However, the culture is set in a manner that it needs no serious reflection or thinking. So that implies that you can watch a TV show without even really watching it, maybe while you are watching something on Netflix or checking your email.

Hence, this is how you know about Pop culture without really knowing about it. Aiysha, an expert tutor who offers you great do my math homework services, says that the beauty of the pop culture is that it is explicit in a manner that it appears in front of you without any additional effort to tell you what it wants you to know.

Pop Culture is nothing but one corporate product

Just like the other industry things, pop culture, too, is a corporation that has a deep market interest. So irrespective of the social group you belong to, it is quite possible that just as you read this article you are listed on one of those confusing charts of the boardroom in a typical office tower.

As a result, almost every week there are creatives, CEOs, and executives collaborating to discuss how they should target you or how they should get you to download their song or have you watch their new show, or read their magazine, or click on any of their latest news stories. Given that there’s an umpteen music blogs available on the internet, why would you choose one over the rest? In short, it is all a question and study of the market.

If you aren’t a consumer, you are probably a producer, and likewise

Now, just as discussed, pop culture is a market, which has an interest in selling you a product. However, for a product to make it to you, it should have a certain appeal about it. No network will ever give a green light to a show, which doesn’t have an appeal about it. Why would they want to put their money on something, which wouldn’t have a critical mass appeal? Maria, a University student, who sought accounting homework help by TAE recently did a presentation on pop culture, wherein she concluded that everything, which exists in pop culture is choreographed in a manner that it brings forth a massive impact on the brand visibility or the sales. Just like the other spheres of the market, even in pop culture, it is the customer who’s always right.

Everybody wants gossip

There’s nothing, which has the potential of getting massive page views or selling huge magazines than a juicy page full of gossip. There’s no person in this whole wide world who doesn’t love a bit of gossip.

Surprisingly, the interests of the people are not just limited to gossip. They enjoy scandals too. Scandals are, in short, a juicy piece of public theatre where everyone’s anxieties are being played out and then watched in big numbers on a national level for everyone to enjoy. Khloe, a lover of gossip magazines, who is currently as a homework help assistant with EssayWriter4U, says that the common trend is that anyone who has been involved in a huge scandal always ended by bagging a huge deal shortly after the scandal.

Well, it is sad but certainly true. A lot of people become an overnight sensation only because of their dirty scandal, and that’s one reason a lot of people who act innocent in public, stage these scandals, because my friend, there’s never a thing like an accidental leak.

So, these are some pivotal things you should know about pop culture. Trust us, it is not bad, it is not snobby, it just needs to co-exist with the other prevalent cultures.

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Best Asian Movies That Showcase Pop Culture

When we talk about movies, then Asian movies do not fall short when it comes to thrill and excitement. The best part is that there are many movies that give a hint of the pop culture too. We will explore some of these movies here.

Enter the Dragon

The film Enter the Dragon got released way back in 1973. However, most of us still remember this movie. There is no denying the fact that the movie is the best martial arts film of all times.  It revolutionized the portrayal of Asians in the western media. Bruce Lee enjoyed the key role in this movie. The exciting part is that the movie also gave hype to the Kung Fu craze. As a result, Hong Kong studios started to produce dozens of movies that reached the international audience. The movie inspired many martial arts video games also. The music world also paid tribute to this movie. Wu-Tang Clan which is a hip-hop group launched their debut album “Enter the Wu-Tang.” The objective was to honor the movie Enter the Dragon. The truth is that the album received critical acclaim.

Godzilla

Well, when we talk about movies, then Godzilla is yet another movie that did not lose its charm. It got released way back in 1954. However, even the generation of today is aware of this name. The movie got released by a Japanese company by the name of Toho in the year 1954. The theme of the movie which depicted fear and horror could resonate well with the audience. The reason is that nuclear disaster and the catastrophe of the war still haunted the minds of people. As a result, the film became more of a long running franchise. Toho released about 32 Godzilla films. Even Hollywood offered four remakes of this movie. The latest news is that Warner Brothers will release Godzilla V Kong this year. The exciting part is that the fictional reptile was able to win the attention of the musicians also. Eminen released a single this year by the name of Godzilla. The single holds the record of the fastest rap. When we evaluate the third verse of this song, then we notice that Eminen raps 224 words in about 30 seconds. The truth is exploring the versatility of the pop culture is a worthwhile activity. We all need to divert our minds in a positive direction and in productive activities. Most people keep dwelling on things like How to buy fake id. We need to encourage the musicians by applauding their efforts. Well, this is the way the pop culture will prosper. The benefit of this practice is that musicians will gain the courage to come up with more exciting pop song versions.

They will not be hesitant to experiment because they will be confident that the audience will applaud their efforts. Let us hope that 2020 brings about new twists in the world of pop culture.

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Dave Pollot “Passengers” Gallery 1988 Show

Dave Pollot is a New York based artist who is known for his altered thrift art paintings.   He finds unwanted artwork and adds his own touch – most often pop culture parodies – and in doing so, bridges the divide between classic and pop art.

His recent show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is called “Passengers” and you can check it out HERE. 

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The Incredible Art of Attack Peter

Yesterday I posted about an intriguing Batman statue by Attack Peter and his style resonated with me so much that I had to learn more about this incredible artist and check out his additional work. Needless to say, I was blown away!

Peter Santa-Maria (AKA Attackpeter) is a Miami-based artist and teacher who specializes in linoleum block printing in which he painstakingly carves sheets of linoleum in reverse and then rolls ink on the raised image to create beautiful prints.

“I draw a design on a piece of material called linoleum, which has a leathery feel,” Santa-Maria shared. “The image has to be drawn in reverse because after I carve out the design, apply the ink and press the paper onto it, it prints a mirror image. It’s a lot like making a stamp.”

Check out some of his amazing pieces of art, I of course am partial to the Batman piece!

   

 

He is heavily influenced by traditional imagery from Thailand, American traditional tattoo flash, and his peers. Check out this video in which Santa-Maria discusses his process and showcases his Spider-Man piece at Sideshow Collectibles.

You can purchase his Spider-Man Print on Wood Variant HERE.

You can follow Attack Peter on his homepage, Etsy store, Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

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Artist Jordan Monsell Hides 60 Ghosts In This Art Piece, Can You Name Them All?

Beetlejuice, Casper, Slimer and Hatbox Ghost. The public just can’t get enough of these floating apparitions that haunt our comic books, television shows, movie screen and novels. Here is the latest easter egg art piece by Jordan Monsell that pays homage to pop culture poltergeists. There are 66 of them to spot and name.

In the past, Monsell has created elaborate Stephen King and Twilight Zone pieces.

You can purchase an 18″ x 24″ “Ghosts In The Graveyard” print for $30 on his Etsy store HERE!

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Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards 4 To Open At Gallery 1988 On May 24

This Friday night, the fourth installment of Cuyler Smith’s Trading Cards will open at Gallery 1988.

Cuyler Smith’s annual art show has become a major tradition at G1988. His trading card set, depicting pop culture athletes, continue to sell out every time they’re released. 

40 brand new cards will be released and you can check some of them out below. Cuyler will be in attendance from 7-9 PM, and this will be your first chance to pick up artwork. Remaining cards will go online the following day at gallery1988.com.

      

This special Larry David card is only available in packs and complete sets

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Hallmark’s 2019 Keepsake Ornaments Include Peter Venkman, Batgirl & Jurassic Park

I have been decorating a pop culture themed Christmas Tree for years and 2019 offers some fun new Hallmark Keepsake ornaments to add to my collection. The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Superheroes, Willy Wonka and more are all represented. 

Here are some of my favorite upcoming ornaments.

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Van Eaton Galleries Presents “The Art of Entertainment” Auction

Pop culture is everywhere. It reflects the ideas, attitudes, and perspectives of the era, and has done so for decades. Van Eaton Galleries has announced its first joint popular culture and Disneyland auction: The Art of Entertainment, to take place at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California on May 4th, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT. On offer are 700 rare and extraordinary items, many of which are at auction for the first time. From original artwork to the memorabilia that defined our youth and shaped our world, The Art of Entertainment auction will celebrate important moments from television, film, Disney theme parks, and more. The vast array of art and memorabilia to be offered will surprise even the most avid collectors, with iconic moments immortalized by famous artists, designers, and artisans spanning from the early 1930s to today.

Pop culture has defined our world. It’s that blend of ideas and objects which captures our attention and doesn’t let go, whether it be a mainstream favorite or a cult classic. The works which can claim the hearts of fans live on, continuing to shape popular culture well past their production date, and The Art of Entertainment collection captures the art and imagination which inspires such loyalty.

Who can forget their fascination with the world’s original Superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man? What about the laughter evoked when watching your favorite episode of “Happy Days” or reading comic strips featuring Charles Schulz’s lovable Charlie Brown? From Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” to the whimsical magic of “Mary Poppins,” this extraordinary auction will commemorate the most nostalgic moments of our time. Rare items from Disneyland, award-winning television series, and favorite cartoons are just some of the items on offer.

Highlights of “The Art of Entertainment” include a signed original Dr. Seuss “The Cat in the Hat” drawing (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000); an original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” comic strip (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000); a rare original “Superman” poster painting by Drew Struzan ($7,000-$9,000); a rare “Batman” Drew Struzan original poster painting (Estimate:$7,000-$9,000); a rare, large original painting created by renowned cartoonist Charles Addams for the 1976 feature film “Murder by Death” (Columbia 1976) – (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000); an extremely rare and complete “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” exhibition campaign book ($1,500-$2,500); a “Spider-Man” original poster painting ($6,000-$8,000); a Collection of “Happy Days” slides and photos (Estimate: $100-$200); a 20th Century Fox large neon sign by famed neon sculpture artist Lili Lakich (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000); a “Wonder Woman” original poster painting (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); and Walt Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”  (Disney, 1954) presentation Nautilus, which was the original wooden Nautilus model Disney used to promote the film (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Pop culture moments from film and television are also highlighted with items including a “Star Wars” (Lucas Films, 1997) cast and crew signed poster (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a Peter Ellenshaw “The Black Hole” (Disney, 1979) original concept drawing (Estimate $1,000-$2,000); “Back to the Future Part III” (Universal, 1990) original artwork by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); a “Men in Black” (Columbia, 1991) Neutralizer prop (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a “Mary Poppins” original chimney sweep concept painting (Estimate $8,000-$10,000); a Madonna uniform from “A League of Their Own” (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); original “Willy Wonka” (Paramount, 1967) candy room concept art (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a Bally “Tommy” (Bally, 1975) Pinball Wizard machine (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); “The Simpsons” original cel and matching background from the first episode (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500) and an original John Alvin “Pocahontas” poster concept (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000). The collection is too vast and covers too many eras of television and film to provide a complete list of items offered at this auction, but it includes art from “Star Trek,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” ‘Planet of the Apes,” “Jaws,” and so much more.

Other highlights include The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” (King Features, 1968) animation cels (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); vintage Marx toy displays (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500), and hundreds of remarkable Disneyland artifacts and art. Some notable Disneyland highlights include an original hand-silkscreened 1956 Disneyland Hotel attraction poster (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a complete set of 6 near-attraction posters from 1966 (Estimate: $3,500-$4,500); a 1955 “Jungle Cruise” prop Impala ear display (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); an original Mark Twain and Keel Boats 1955 attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a “Big Thunder Mountain” 1980 brownline (Estimate: $400-$600); an extremely rare  “Pirates of the Caribbean” original painting (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a “Fantasmic” crocodile model by Kevin Kidney (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); an original 1955 “Fantasyland” attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); an original 1959 Paul Hartley “Matterhorn Bobsleds” attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); the 1967 “Adventure Thru Inner Space” Atommobile prop (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), and so much more.

“The Art of Entertainment” auction showcases decades of film, television, and print work which has defined pop culture in our lifetime. This collection brings together a massive and varied array of art, props, original paintings and drawings, memorabilia, and collectibles from some of the most famous moments in popular entertainment. This auction offers the excitement of very rare items never sold before at auction, but also evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality for those artists and performers whose work defined us in our youth. We are so honored to be able to offer such remarkable items to fans and collectors around the globe. – Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder, Van Eaton Galleries

“The Art of Entertainment” auction covers decades beginning in the late 1930s through today. The extraordinary selection has taken years to amass by collectors around the globe and pop culture enthusiasts. Van Eaton Galleries will conduct the one-day auction on-site, online, and by phone. Interested bidders are encouraged to register early. Media interested in covering is requested to email or call the press contact listed below.

For more information or to order a collectible catalog visit www.vegalleries.com/popculture.

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Clark Orr Luggage Label Sticker Box Set

Clark Orr has created this whimsical set of pop culture luggage tags that pay homage to Indiana Jones, Willy Wonka, The Goonies, Ghostbusters and many more! The signed and numbered set is limited to 100 pieces and includes 21 sticker labels in a custom box. You also will receive Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise key chain.

Order HERE from Gallery 1988 for $65.

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How The Unicorn Craze Has Taken Hold In Australia

Despite being a creature that has never been spotted in Perth, Sydney or Melbourne, the unicorn has become a fixture in Australian pop culture. From t-shirts to bags and from phone covers to slippers, they are everywhere.

Yet, most people are unsure how this craze started in the first place. How did this legendary horned horse become such a big part of our lives and how completely has it taken over our pop culture?

Unicorn cupcakes” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by kgroovy

Bright And Colorful Unicorn Food

Search online for “unicorn recipes” and prepare to be surprised at how many different ideas come back from sites like Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. From frappes to hot chocolate and from cupcakes to ice cream, there is something for every taste.

The bright colors and fun look of this food mean that it is incredibly popular with children. These recipes also make it easy to put together a range of snacks and treats with a unicorn theme for a memorable birthday party.

Of course, there are plenty of other options in Australian cities for cheerful, colorful food that brightens up your day. For instance, Deliveroo.com.au has a list of alternative burgers that are designed to look appealing without a horn in sight. Yet, there is no sign of the unicorn food craze slowing down.

Millions of Instagram Images

Some people suggest that Instagram has been the biggest factor in the unicorn craze that is sweeping Australia and the rest of the world. Certainly, with eight million Instagram posts using the #unicorn tag, it is clear that these beasts are popular with users.

So, what do we find when we look through Instagram for unicorns? Well, we can see lipstick designs, nail designs, cocktails, backpacks, and a lot more. What is obvious is that people love putting unicorn images on social media.

These days, even accounts that aren’t directly about unicorns use them in their name. Unicorn Kids is a Sydney-based children’s modelling agency and Chasing Unicorns is the account for an Australian fashion store. What isn’t clear is whether the craze started on Instagram or carried over there from elsewhere.

My My Little Pony” (CC BY 2.0) by CarbonNYC [in SF!]

Movies and TV Shows About Unicorns

Perhaps the truth is that the unicorn trend started with movies and television shows. Certainly, there is a popular opinion that the My Little Pony show started the ball rolling. My Little Pony: The Movie was premiered in Australia at the end of 2017 and had made a total gross of $977,018 by early in January.

Unikitty, Mia and Me, and Planet Unicorn are all TV shows that feature horses with horns. Kids can’t get enough of these animals and it seems likely that we will see more and more of these shows as the craze continues.

Of course, unicorns have been on our screens for a long time, so this isn’t just a recent phenomenon. The Last Unicorn movie from 1982 and Nico the Unicorn from 1998 are a couple of examples of movies from the end of the 20th century based on these mysterious creatures.

Maybe we will never know exactly why unicorns are now so popular in Australia and elsewhere. Perhaps this is just the perfect time for these magical animals to take the spotlight and we should enjoy it while it lasts.

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