ASCII art | Art-PieI do not know for you but 2 of my hobbies or 2 of the things I spend most of my time doing, are typing on a computer and looking at, reading, writing or producing art so the so call ASCII art could just be the form of art I have been looking for.

ASCII art?

ASCII art is a graphic design technique that uses computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII).

Long story short – they are numbers, letter and characters.

What is remarkable about this art, beyond the fact that serious artists out there produce stunning pieces, is that, one of the main reasons behind the emergence of this technique, was because early printers often lacked graphics ability and thus characters were used in place of graphic marks (pixels will then take over printing).

Let your creativity speaks (and have some patience)

We have included some of the best ASCII art we found on the web. Remarkable right?

Click any picture to start the slideshow and let us know your favourite in the comments below. Ours is the Jack Nicholson one depicting of course a scene and the cover of Stanley Kubrick‘s movie – The Shinning 

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The striking bar of the Prahran hotel in Melbourne

I am lucky to live in London where it must be said, you can find striking looking bars. And let’s face it, it is much better if you sit in some settings which wow you or which makes you happy to be there. After all, I (usually) go to bars to enjoy the moment, to relax or spend time with friends.

Have a look at this. We are now in Melbourne looking at this amazing piece of architecture – the Prahran Hotel, where massive concrete water pipes are used to make the bar stand out of anything nearby we hear (I have never been in Melbourne)

One might say that there are some sort of pigeon holes for humans but I would simply look at the inviting leather seated booths that the 17 tubed offer and grab my pencil and add this place to my “must-go” list.

Pictures of this place below

Prahran hotel in Melbourne | Art-Pie

Prahran hotel in Melbourne | Art-Pie


First seen on Design Taxi

Dunn, the signtologist

At first, I misread what Dunn, aka Dan Ericson was all about. I indeed confused “signtologist” with “scientologist” and was about to move on when painted road signs caught my eyes and made me read twice. “Signtologist” it was. Not surprising to get mixed up here, who has ever heard of this term?

Roots MC, Black Thought would have apparently dubbed him back in 2005, the Signtologist, which Dan Ericson would eventually keep as its “artist” name. But what does it mean?

You may have guessed by now that it has to do with signs, and especially roads signs that he recycles into unique homages to the musicians, actors, public figures and athletes that inspire him.

Examples of this original art (photos: Terrence Duncan) are shown below. See more on the Signtologist website

Biggie by The Signtologist

Superman by The Signtologist

Win a pair of ticket to see Ghostpoet at Hackney Empire

Ghost PoetWith a string of sold out europe wide gigs this Summer – GHOSTPOET returns to London stage at the grandiose Hackney Empire on Thursday 24th October with special live guest ANDREW ASHONG and THOM ALT-J (DJ Set).

After selling the Village Underground well in advance Ghostpoet returns for a full live show at the suitably decadent Hackney Empire. Don’t sleep! Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, laughs when he remembers how Gilles Peterson “took a risk on a random maverick” back in 2010 by signing him to the Radio 1 DJ’s Brownswood imprint.

What – GHOSTPOET – LIVE plus very special guest ANDREW ASHONG – LIVE THOM ALT-J – DJ SET
When – Thursday 24 October 2013 | 7pm-11pm
Where – Hackney Empire

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