Artist Paints Pop Culture Characters onto Thrifted Art

diy thrift store painting
(via Dave Pollot).

One’s trash is another’s treasure, and artist Dave Pollot demonstrates just how thrift store finds can receive a fresh breath of life with paint and humor. By repurposing thrifted paintings to include the likes of characters from the Mario franchise, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and more, Pollot paints touches of humor into otherwise run-of-the-mill thrift store art.

The Etsy artist’s thrift art series began as a joke. According to his shop page, a joke made in passing at a thrift store to paint monsters into old prints became reality.

Although Pollot initially only painted generic monsters and robots into his scenes, he then later began adding recognizable characters to parody popular culture. Armed with oil paints and his brushes, he re-creates landscapes and picturesque scenes to include Yoshi next to a mountain river, or the Kool Aid Man bursting through the walls of a red brick townhouse.

yoshi in realistic setting
(via Dave Pollot).

90s crossovers kool aid man
(via Dave Pollot).

With their roots in humor, these repurposed prints are also meant for enjoyment and laughter.

According to Pollot’s Etsy, his hope is to take old art finds full-circle, so that they may once again hang proudly on walls for the viewing pleasure of others.

star trek uss enterprise painting
(via Dave Pollot).

doctor who weeping angels fan art
(via Dave Pollot).

ghostbusters car painting fanart
(via Dave Pollot).

mario ghosts painting
(via Dave Pollot).

What would you paint onto a thrift store find? Comment below!

Pokémon Tank Tops by Activate Apparel

Pokémon tank tops from Activate Apparel

For motivation at the gym or outdoors, Activate Apparel sells athletic clothing incorporating motivational words and contemporary culture. Matching its geeky and humorous branding, the Etsy shop sells a series of Pokémon tank tops with different slogans. The slogans, such as “Workin’ My Puff into Tuff” and “Always Saur” are sure to appeal to any Pokémon fan.

Aside from Pokémon, Activate Apparel sells activewear referencing cultural icons such as the Harry Potter series and Disney characters.

Snorlax tank by Activate Apparel

Workin' My Cute into Brute tank by Activate Apparel

Magikarp and Gyrados tank by Activate Apparel

Get Chiseled tank by Activate Apparel

Moon Glass by Tale

Following the lunar cycle, Tale Co., Ltd.’s moon glass reveals each phase of the moon as it goes from full to empty.

The construction behind the ceramic glass is the trick to the illusion of the changing phases. Depending on how full it is, different amounts of the curved interior are shown.

The designers wanted to show that like the moon, glasses are both filled and emptied. Both objects can also be studied and appreciated. The two available colors also have their own function. The black accentuates the brightness of clear rice wine, while white complements the hues of colored wines and tea.

The designers behind TALE branded the company as one that tells stories through objects. By involving themselves in the production process from planning to promotion, they seek to combine design with culture. Established in December 2010, the company has won several awards.