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Football Art Magnifico: Every Official World Cup Poster

I became obssessed with the World Cup from an early age. It was the quarter-final stage of 1986 that sealed it. I didn’t quite realise the significance of England’s defeat to Argentina or just how seriously and shamelessly our nation’s pockets had been picked by that man Maradona (or how good the other goal was, […]

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Steampunk Star Wars

Björn Hurri works in the entertainment industry as Lead Artist for Opus Artz and when he clocks off he doesn’t just go home eat Wotsits and watch boxsets, he takes his retro-futuristic skills and pops them to good use on his cool personal project: steampunking the main characters from the Star Wars franchise. Leia, Lando, Luke, […]

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Bat-Brain Comics: The Dark Knight as You’ve Never Seen Him Before…

Illustrator Murray Somerville has begun a new web comic entitled Bat-Brain Comics depicting our favourite world-weary superhero in a markedly different light. He’s daft, naive and insensitive rather than brooding and vengeful. And it’s all rather entertaining. He’s doing more and more sketches by the day/week, so head over to ‘Bat-Brain Comics’ for the rest. Enjoy.

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Top 10 Best Footballers Never to Play in a World Cup

The harsh hand of history can deal its fate so cruelly. Just ask this gifted bunch who should have basked in the global spotlight, but sadly never got the chance… Bernd Schuster ‘The Blonde Angel’ was a playmaking genius with oodles of verve and talent and a dollop of bad attitude for equal measure. Unfortunately, […]

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The Evolution of Adidas World Cup Footballs Since 1970: A Spherical Masterclass

The evolution of adidas World Cup Match Balls. Beautiful, aren’t they? adidas Telstar (1970, Mexico) The first white football ever to be decorated with black pentagons. Mexico 1970 was the first live televised FIFA World Cup and the revolutionary design of Telstar (the name derives from ‘Star of Television’) made the ball far more visible […]

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A-Z of Irvine Welsh

A is for… Acid House. The Acid House (1994) by Irvine Welsh featured a number of stories including Snuff, Granny’s Old Junk and Disnae Matter. It was later made into a film in 1998 starring Maurice Roëves and Ewen Bremner. -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* B is for… Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs. Irvine Welsh published The Bedroom […]

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Reimagining EVERY Official World Cup Poster Ever

Every World Cup poster from Uruguay in 1930 to Brazil in 2014 redesigned by an extra-special American graphic artist, by Stuart Messham It’s official, we have a new hero: New York-based scribbler by the name of James Taylor. Why? Because the World Cup is officially our favourite thing on the planet and James has taken […]

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Next Goal Wins: Everything You Need To Know

What is Next Goal Wins about? Next Goal Wins is a feature-length documentary film which charts the progress of the American Samoa national football team. It might seem an odd choice when there are much more illustrious teams to choose from, such as Spain, Germany or Brazil, but the filmmakers wanted to focus more on […]

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Honest Infographics That’ll Make You Snigger

Thanks to Kind of Normal for instigating some “inside chuckles” with these Truth Facts that’ll have you sniggering inside your own head. Infographics are rather uncanny at mocking themselves and the rather silly world we occupy, and these ones do as good a job as any.

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Vintage Pin-Up Girl Graffiti

Rock ‘n’ roll graffiti that some hipster somewhere near you is consider having done as sleeve art Copenhagen-based artist Tine Helleshøj’ uses oil paint, gouache, spray paint and black-and-white stencilling to make evocative, sensual slabs of what we’re calling “vintage pin-up graffiti”. On her website Tine says she “weaves her characters’ stories spontaneously, eschewing obvious […]

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Iconic Pop Culture Characters Transformed Into Flesh-Eating Zombies

Uber-talented American artist Albert F. Montoya is a little pre-occupied with zombies. In his latest collection of illustrations he imagines iconic pop culture figures – like Yoda, Beetlejuice, Beavis & Butthead and Bart Simpson – as part of the rotting, evil undead. Their flesh peels, their brains numb and they are quite the antithesis of […]

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Top 11 Worst Signings in Premier League History

They paid top dollar, they got small change. By Stuart Messham Ali Dia Southampton (trialist) The Senegalese “sensation” once played for Southampton after dishonestly claiming he was the cousin of celebrated Liberian forward, George Weah. Graeme Souness – with no time to check a CV decorated with only eight senior appearances at various small-time clubs […]

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Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Premier League History

Acts of madness, glory, inspiration, sportsmanship and sheer embarrassment. By Stuart Messham 1 Cantona kung-fu kick Crystal Palace v Manchester Untied, 1994/95 Eric Cantona’s unique talent was matched only by his unpredictable temperament. During the 1994/95 season, the latter culminated in a foot-first lunge at Crystal Palace fan, Matthew Simmons followed by a series of […]

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Metalheadz v Cats

MORE WEST COAST CRAZINESS this Monday with the California-based snappings of Alexandra Crockett who’ll imminently be releasing a book entitled Metal Cats – a visual tome paying homage to the bond between scary metalheads and their fluffy pussycats. Yes, you read that correctly. These pictures present them fiery, f8cked-up metal types not getting felines stoned […]

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The Raid 2: Berandal – Everything you Need To Know

What’s The Raid 2 about? You may not have heard of The Raid 2 (or its predecessor, unsurprisingly known as The Raid). This action film hails from Indonesia and has been called “one of the greatest action movies ever made.” Hyperbole indeed, but if you are bored of watching Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham compare […]

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Charity Shop Paintings Given Star Wars Twist

Star Wars bonkers Artist Dave Vancook likes having a good sniff round a charity shop as part of an unusual hobby. He likes to add Star Wars characters and vehicles to them to imbue them with an intergalactic twist. We rather like them. You can see more of his upgraded artworks paintings on Facebook.

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Game of Thrones Death Posters

Know anything about Game of Thrones and you’ll know death has a rather important role in the machinations of the Seven Kingdoms… Anyone who’s even mildly into it knows the programme’s affinity, nay obsession for: gore, sex, death, depravity, violence, rape, death, misogyny, blood, profanities and MORE DEATH. At any time a character can be […]

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The Myriad Adventures of Star Wars Figurines

It’s not all wayward blasting, banging your head and taking orders from Vader y’know. It just mostly is, okay… Bonkers Malyasian snapper Zahir Batin has created this cool set of pictures documenting the myriad adventures of his Star Wars figurines. He does it all up using wire and twigs and strings and other useful, non-technological […]

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An A-Z of the Brazilian National Football Team

A is for… Alberto. Carlos Alberto was named in the FIFA 100 list of the 125 greatest living footballers (the “100″ refers to 100 years of FIFA). The list, selected by Pelé, included this man because of his ability as a playmaking defender. He captained the Brazilian team that won the 1970 World Cup and […]

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RIP The Ultimate Warrior

WWF was He-Man brought to life, and it was bloody brilliant because of it. Now one of its main stars, The Ultimate Warrior, has fallen from life’s top turnbuckle and is not getting up. And we’re all a little bit gutted… Ultimate Warrior (formerly known as Jim Hellwig, before he actually changed his name to […]