Category Archives: Pop Culture

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

Image Credit LINK

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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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Top Pop Culture Trends For 2018

Are you a self-confessed pop culture nerd? If you love cult TV series, including Stranger Things and are keen to feast your eyes on the latest Avengers Movie or releases such as Black Panther, then you will be pleased to hear that 2018 promises a whole new host of exciting trends. The way that we watch our favorite series and keep up to date with information is changing, meaning that retro pop culture is fast becoming a thing of the past. However, worry not if you still feel that Pac Man rocks your world, as you can still enjoy the finer pop culture icons while keeping tabs on the latest must-haves and must-see series and movies.

Get panicking

If you haven’t visited a panic room or escape room experience yet this year, then have you been living under a rock? This is the ultimate in must-do activities for any pop culture fan, ideal if you have a big group of friends that you love spending time with and doing exciting activities. Check out Evansville Escape Room where you have to solve a series of puzzles and games to escape within a given time period. It’s fast-paced, seriously old-school fun all in an enclosed space, so make sure that you get panicking and put the results on your Instagram feed.

Sports got sexy

You may hate working out, and perhaps the idea of spending time in the gym brings you out in a cold sweat before you have even got started, but this year sports are cool. From fashion to your Instagram or social media feed, be prepared to start getting your retro sportswear out of the closet and embracing the great outdoors – you may even be surprised at the results also. When it comes to pop culture trends getting active is now the epitome of 2018 cool, so make sure that you start getting up and out there, and be sure to share the results with your friends or social media followers.

Big screen releases

A whole host of popular movie favorites are now being released and hitting the big screen, so make sure that you get the popcorn and sodas in and enjoy spending time at the movies. From Paddington 2 to Mary Poppins and even the new Avengers release, make sure that you grab your friends and take time to head to the cinema and relive the movies that made your childhood, and teenage years, extra special.

This 2018, pop culture trends are starting to shift, but worry not, the past is still cool and very much part of the present. Visit a panic or escape room for the ultimate in old-school fun with your friends. Make sure that you get your activewear out of the closet and enjoy getting physical – but share it on your social media too. Finally, be sure to book a few trips to the cinema and make sure that you catch new releases of your favorite childhood movies – with a new, modern twist.

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