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[Inspiration of the Day]…Tron (+ A Mini Update!)

Hey everybody! I’m now writing to you not from my work cubicle (as I have been for the past year), but from my new place & space in Los Angeles, CA. My move went relatively smoothly and I’m slowly getting used to driving everywhere, seeing mountains, and having to pay 5 extra cents for a bottle of soda, haha!

I hope your new year has started off well! Mine is starting off quite productively and while last week’s post were all scheduled, I’m now back to writing “live” ones like before. I’m still working out a routine here where I allow time for blogging, so things may be a bit sporadic for a spell. It’s a bit different having time all to myself to spend “doing me” rather than “working for the man”!

Anyway, I’m going to try and bring back my “Inspiration of the Day” feature that I had way back when I started Sparkleshock. Basically I just posted about the ideas, art, colors, seasons, etc that have help my mindspace as of late. I really enjoyed doing those posts and since I’m surrounded by creative energy here in LA, I’d like to get back to them. Today’s feature is all about Tron. I realize I’m sort of late in seeing the film, but with things so hectic, I hadn’t gotten a chance to see the movie until now. In short, it was


The costumes were breathtaking. Michael Wilkinson designed them and they are STUNNING. This is the same guy who did the costumes for Watchmen (of which I also loved), so I expected nothing short of great. I loved the entire feel of the film. The color use was spectacular. How they decided to use warm colors for the antagonists (CLU & his henchman) was quite clever. Cool colors were used for the protagonists which was also neat because anytime they were on the screen, a sense of calm cut the tension that the action scenes created.

After seeing this film, I think I want to be something Tron like for Halloween this year. I’d only have to figure out how to get the light up elements…

The soundtrack was also amazing. Daft Punk KILLED it (as they always do)….but they were the PERFECT choice to score this film because they’re so otherwordly themselves…

My favorite tracks off the OST are Solar Sailer & End of Line…

Seriously, this soundtrack has been on repeat all weekend.

Here’s some more Tron or Tron inspired stuff that has got me in a designgasm…





LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. I heard Daft Punk held a rave on set one night because shooting couldn’t occur…I would have LOVED to costume this!!

Trio…Pop Culture Tees

I’ve posted before about my favorite typography tees and about my favorite tees for artsy folk. Today, I thought I’d resurrect my “Trio” series with a compilation of 3 tees regarding 3 of my favorite pop culture subjects – MJ, Super Mario, & Star Trek.

Michael Jackson Inspired Tees

Star Trek Tees

Super Mario Tees

"Magic Mushrooms"...this is hilarious!

Unfortunately, a lot of these are sold out…but it’s still cool to see what was once a really neat design!

After compiling this list, I realized that the world of graphic tees is far too large for me to just narrow this down to three subjects…lookout for 1 or 2 more lists like this!

[Ensemble: The Style of Music]…

This is genius…

These prints by Moxy Creative House have totally made my day! What a cool idea to make a set of posters of iconic musician clothing…and they are totally recognizable at first glance. My favorites include Kiss  (look at that arm details!), Run DMC (they even added the spectacles!), MJ (big surprise, huh ;), & Kanye (mostly for the little heartbreak pin). My absolute favorite though has to be Prince, mostly because when I first looked at it (well really anytime I see this outfit of his) I think of pancakes*!

Head over to Moxy Creative House to see more musicians and more of this awesomeness

*If you do not get that at first read, you need to click the link AND brush up on your comedy, yo.

[Tron-ified Superheroes]…

Pure awesomeness…

Tron + Marvel Superheroes = AMAZING, yes? These are some of the covers from the upcoming special edition variant issues of various Marvel comics series. All this is for the upcoming release of the remake of Tron. I want to get my hands on one of these…most specifically the one of Moon Knight – Bad. Ass.

Oh and for more awesomeness, check out this teaser video featuring a lovely minute or so of Daft Punk Tron-soundtrack goodness (the song is called Derezzed) – I cannot WAIT for this film and the music that goes with it 🙂

[Dark Art]…Title Cards of Batman: The Animated Series

Growing up, I was a HUGE fan of the Batman:The Animated Series cartoon that used to come on Cartoon Network. Not only was the series really intense & dark (there was actually a point in which one episode scared me so much that I wasn’t allowed to watch it for a bit after that!), but the animation style (done by Bruce Timm) was insane! The show almost had a film noir style – tons of shadows, bold colors, and vintage style illustration. Since I’m trying to decide if I want to buy the series on DVD, I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favorite title cards from various episodes…

Those don’t even look like they’re from a 1990’s cartoon, do they?! So cool. I also love how each one is a good depiction of the mood of the show. Like that 3rd to last card “Be a Clown”. The image of The Joker leading a kid towards the Ferris Wheel is so deliciously sinister. This was one of the first series to really draw upon the actual dark nature of the Batman world…I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much – it was real and made you think. Anyway, if you wanna see more title cards, check out more here. What are some of your favorites??

[Basketball in Color]…Illustrations by Charis Tsevis

You may have seen these around the blogosphere, but check out these gorgeous works by Charis Tsevis. They are for the Turkey 2010 World Basketball Championships and are inspired by vector art, futurism, cubism, and movement in art…

These are all amazing. I LOVE the collage ones (of course!). Cubism is one of my favorite aesthetics, so I love when I come across works inspired by it. Great work Charis!

[Prototypes]…Original Models of Iconic Gadgets

In the beginning, man created water powered guns and computers named after fruit….

Super Soaker

Cell Phone (Motarola Dynatac)

Apple I

Moog Synthesizer


Push-Button Telephone

You know, they say you can’t go forward unless you address the past, so it was nice to come across these photos of what some of our most common or innovative gadgets looked like before they were historical. Can you imagine carrying that cell phone around though?? Definitely not party friendly! You can read more about these gadgets over at Wired.

[Twaggies]…Illustrations by Kiersten Essenpreis

What do you get when you mix nonsensical tweets and an awesome illustrator? You get Twaggies

The hilarious-ness above is done by Kiersten Essenpreis, a painter and illustrator that takes mundane, odd, crazy, or just downright bizarre tweets and turns them into funny illustrated works of art. Be sure to check out Twaggies to see some more of these…and check out Kiersten’s other work on her site…she’s pretty good!

….Speaking of twitter, you can find me on there as well…how about a follow, yes? 🙂

[Hipster Superheroes]

Hipster culture has long since made it’s mark, so it’s only a matter of time until Superheroes drank the kool-aid…

Hilarious! This has sort of made my day!


[Retro Space Men]…Vintage Sci-Fi Book Covers

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the geeky…so it should be no surprise that I am quite the avid Sci-Fi fan. I’ll gobble it up in doses of film and print, so I was really happy to come across these scans (from various Flickr sites) of some vintage Sci-Fi book covers. They’re from the 1960’s and 1970’s and are full of color and retro illustration. A lot of them even seem like a good read!

These are super neat to me! Now I already know that one of my projects for my new place will incorporate some vintage Sci-Fi book covers for decoration. If you like these, be sure to check out more here & here