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NASA Photoshops Its Astronauts Into Popular Film Posters To Cringe-Worthy Effect

NASA might be known for releasing incredible graphics of the galaxy, including a mind-blowing ultra HD photo of the sun and the first image ever captured from inside the sun’s atmosphere, but elsewhere, the space agency has a mischievous sense of humor that will leave you chuckling.

Since the first International Space Station expedition in 2000, NASA has been making expedition posters starring its crew members. These posters not only hang in NASA’s facilities, but are also used to promote its expeditions.

Instead of continually issuing standard photos, NASA decided to spice things up a little and have a bit of fun. The space agency has photoshopped its astronauts into popular film posters such as Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean, to cringe-worthy yet hilarious effects.

Take a look at some of the graphics below, or see more of these awkward posters on NASA.

[via Bored Panda, images via NASA] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402875/NASA-Photoshops-Its-Astronauts-Into-Popular-Film-Posters-To-Cringe-Worthy-Effect/

Why The White House’s 2018 Christmas Portrait Appears ‘Photoshopped’


Image via FLOTUS

On Tuesday, the White House unveiled its holiday portrait for this year. Melania Trump’s haunting red Christmas trees aren’t present here, which might be a relief for some but a tad suspicious for others. Could the image be digitally altered?

The picture shows the First Couple of the United States holding hands in front of a heavily decked-out White House. While the gesture alone might already seem unusual, it also almost looks as if cutouts of US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have been superimposed onto the backdrop, further leading some to imagine that the image is “photoshopped.”

If you’re one of those who wondered why the picture looks so “unnatural” this year, here’s some clarity. According to Vogue.com’s Visual Director Emily Rosser, it’s because the lighting of the subjects and the background appear different. Rosser deduces that the Trumps were slightly de-oranged to stand out from the photo’s strong lighting.

The magazine’s Senior Designer, Durrant Santeng, chimes in that the photo lacks bokeh, which makes it seem like the First Couple “are competing with their decorations.” The effect is especially harsh with the over-the-top décor in the background.

Coupled with the yellowish filter that FLOTUS appears to have added in her Instagram post, shown below, the image might seem artificial-looking to some.

Official White House portrait


Image via White House

Melania Trump’s reposted portrait

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Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. @realdonaldtrump & @FLOTUS are seen Saturday, December 15, in their official 2018 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

A post shared by First Lady Melania Trump (@flotus) on Dec 18, 2018 at 7:15am PST

[via Vogue, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402877/Why-The-White-House-s-2018-Christmas-Portrait-Appears-Photoshopped/

‘Aquaman’ Dildo Now Exists And Even Comes Scaly For Waves Of Your Pleasure

The new Aquaman film starring one hunky Jason Momoa has blessed the internet with much amusement.

After swirling up a whirlpool of hilarious edits in an attempt to “fix” its official poster, the movie has now inspired Australian brand Geeky Sex Toys to create the absurd ‘AquaMoan’ dildo.

According to the brand, this silicone dildo is by far the company’s “favorite toy yet!” Geeky Sex Toys writes on the product’s page, “’AquaMoan’ will exceed your wildest expectations with its high quality platinum silicone, scaly texture and the perfect curves!”

“Equip with a strong suction cup this toy is ready for some underwater action. Let the King of the Seven Seas swim into the deepest darkest depths of your downstairs today!”

Only 500 ‘AquaMoan’ dildos are available online at A$85 (US$61) each, so you’d better hurry lest it sells out.

[via Mashable, main video screenshot via Warner Bros. Pictures] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402881/Aquaman-Dildo-Now-Exists-And-Even-Comes-Scaly-For-Waves-Of-Your-Pleasure/

Vintage Portraits Get Brilliantly Transformed Into Famous Pop Culture Characters



‘Night King’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission

The saying, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see,” by the late poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau rings true in Alex Gross’s brilliant vintage portraits-turned-pop culture artworks.

The LA-based artist has held 10 solo exhibitions since graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, armed with a BFA with honors, in 1990.

While some might take these antique pictures to be just as they are, Gross sets his imagination free into the realms of Marvel Comics, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and so many more.

Preview but a snippet of Gross’s myriad ‘Mixed Media’ art featuring these past versus present remakes that are available on his website.

For more of his inspiring creations, be sure to follow Gross on Instagram @artofalexgross.



‘Batman’ and ‘Catwoman’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Wolverine’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Black Panther’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Mr. Incredible’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Power Rangers’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Two Face’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Groot’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Amidala’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Joker’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘The Dark Knight’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Marge Simpson’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission



‘Red Mist’. Image by Alex Gross and featured with permission

[via Bored Panda, all images by Alex Gross and featured with permission] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/402878/Vintage-Portraits-Get-Brilliantly-Transformed-Into-Famous-Pop-Culture-Characters/

I visited my opposite number in Catalunya. She’s in jail because of what she believes

Presiding officer of the National Assembly Elin Jones visited a Catalan prison last week to see Carme Forcadell, former speaker of the Catalan parliament