A Rare Tour of the Long-Secret Russian Town Where Cosmonauts Are Born

If you went looking for Zvezdny Gorodok, aka Star City, on a map in the 1960s, you'd have no luck. This small town outside of Moscow was long a state secret, and for good reason: It was the base where Cosmonauts came to train for—and recover from—space flight. And it's still cooking. » 7/09/14 3:25pm 7/09/14 3:25pm

Watch How Mirrors Make This House Look Transparent

American artist Phillip K Smith III has fitted mirrors on every other horizontal siding slat of an old shack in the California Desert, creating the illusion that you can look right through the building. LED lights add a little extra sparkle and make the structure something spectacular to behold. » 5/05/14 4:26pm 5/05/14 4:26pm

Watch a Motorcycle Helmet Become a Pinstriped Masterpiece in Minutes

Pinstriping is an old school hot rod style that's become an art form all its own. At an event hosted by Bell Helmets, we got to watch master striper Skratch crank out eye popping custom-painted motorcycle helmets with nothing more than a brush, a rock-steady hand, and a laser-precise eye. » 3/22/14 2:21pm 3/22/14 2:21pm

The Second Star Cars Collection Might Be Even Better Than The First

All the way back in June, we featured the Star Cars collection from artist Scott Park. It had favorites like the original Batmobile, and the Halo Warthog. We thought they were all very nice and lovely, and that was the end of that. We were wrong. This second collection is possibly even better. » 3/01/14 3:00pm 3/01/14 3:00pm

We challenged an artist to draw the Daytona 24. She kicked ass.

For the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, we decided to do things a little differently and challenged Madrid-based artist Daniela Guglielmetti to cover it old-school for us. Each hour, for all 24 hours of the race, she would produce an original ink-and-watercolor illustration to capture what had transpired over the last 60… » 1/27/14 2:28pm 1/27/14 2:28pm

Daytona in watercolor is as rad as it gets

We had artist Daniela Guglielmetti pay attention to the Rolex 24 at Daytona for one express purpose: illustrate the race in ink and watercolor. Why? Because we miss the hell out of old school motorsports sketches. Guglielmetti's cranking out a new sketch on the hour, every hour. Check it out. » 1/26/14 11:50am 1/26/14 11:50am

Ghana's coffin art lets people bury their loved ones in style

In European cultures, we cremate our dead or bury them in a simple pine box. But coffins are a lot fancier in Ghana, where the Ga people believe that life continues in another world after death, and they want it to carry on in style. Here are some stunning examples of Ghana's famous coffin art. » 1/08/14 7:40am 1/08/14 7:40am

Detroit Should Sell Art Because Why Shouldn't It, Coastal Writer Says

One recurring thing of Detroit's trip through bankruptcy court has been the local eye-rolls over coastal writers diagnosing the city's decline — the Detroit Free Press offers an occasional feature called "The truth about Detroit," battles have raged over Anthony Bourdain's portrayal in his CNN show, and even we've… » 12/15/13 3:02pm 12/15/13 3:02pm

Banksy's Newest NYC Installation: The Grim Reaper in a Bumper Car

At dusk, Banksy revealed the newest piece in his month-long rampage of New York City's streets: a Grim Reaper in a scythe-powered bumper car, listlessly bobbing to Blue Öyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." The installation sits at the corner of Houston and Elizabeth Streets and, according to Banksy's site, will… » 10/26/13 10:21am 10/26/13 10:21am