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West Africa, as Seen From Its Barbershops

Posted on June 24, 2013

It takes a certain amount of trust to allow a man to put a straight razor to your neck or run scissors around your head.

That’s why, while barbers may start off as strangers, they don’t remain strangers for long. Often, they become long-term confidants with whom men share intimate details of their lives. The conversations may begin with sports, cars or politics, but they often end with personal revelations that customers would share with few others.

“The barbershop is an intimate space where people come to discuss what they cannot speak about in their homes or in public, including politics and even their lovers,” said Andrew Esiebo, who has photographed scores of West African barbershops. “It’s one of the few spaces where people from different walks of life, from different classes, mix.”

Mr. Esiebo, 34, a Nigerian photographer, is fascinated by the nuances of this relationship and how men present themselves to the world. He has traveled through seven West African countries to explore how barbers and their shops function, and to document the often kinetic aesthetics of the salons. Whether they consisted of a single chair on a sidewalk or a fancy space in a shopping center, the barbershops he found were more similar than different.

via NY Times

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Popular Historical and Current Personalities Face Mash-ups – Then & Now

Posted on June 18, 2013

“They say history repeats itself, same as the looks of those making history. From Hollywood heart-throbs and singers to princesses and civil rights leaders, Marc Ghali has found the perfect pairings from then and now. The Toronto-based graphic designer has combined the faces of two similar figures in the public eye decades later.”

Image 1:  Barack Obama/Malcolm X

Image 2: Brad Pitt/James Dean

Image 3:  Rihanna/Diana Ross

Image 4:  Princess Kate/Princess Diana

Image 5:  Leonardo DiCaprio/Paul Newman

Image 6:  Alicia Keys/Lena Horne

via Whudat

by Mike Mitchell: Iconic Film Character Portraits

Posted on May 14, 2013

LA based artist Mike Mitchell is a freelance illustrator with a focus on pop culture. He is most known for creating the “I’m with Coco” poster embracing Conan O’Brien. Mike recently finished a big set of posters for his upcoming gallery show opening in two weeks. For the show, Mike tried to choose the more under appreciated film character in pop culture art. His process consisted of illustrating their personalities the way they existed in his mind. By keeping the celebrities in character, Mike wants the viewer to connect with them on a deeper level.

via InspirationFeed

Jay Shells presents “RAP QUOTES” Signs on Original Locations in New York

Posted on March 27, 2013

“After schooling New Yorkers on etiquette via numerous unsanctioned interventions, artist Jay Shells channeled his love of hip hop music and his uncanny sign-making skills towards a brand new project: “Rap Quotes.” For this ongoing project, Shells created official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. He then installed them at those specific street corners and locations.”

via Whudat