Show me the Awesome!
November 4, 2011 7:50 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for images, most likely illustrations but photos might do, that depict the most absurd, over-the-top awesomeness. Imagine someone sat down and said "I'm going to draw the silliest, most awesome thing ever."

I don't mean pictures of, say, Superman, because he's awesome, or the Death Star, because it's impressive and really neat, I mean a picture of Jesus riding a Star Destroyer over the crowd of a KISS concert. Stuff like that. The sillier the better. I should laugh immediately after clicking on it.

This Star Wars rock concert is a good example.

The work of Brandon Bird is very much like what I'm after. Stuff like Christopher Walken building a robot in his garage or Michael Landon with a big dead squid.

This Fawkes/Codex (Wil Wheaton / Felicia Day) painting is another one.

Unintentional awesomeness might also work, such as these Stevie Nicks fantasy drawings..

I'm not after screenshots of iconic scenes in film or TV. Some album covers might work, as long as they're over-the-top and not just a picture of, say, David Bowie.

I know I can Google "Awesome" and there are probably sites that have a lot of this sort of thing, but I really like the way Metafilter can filter this stuff down to only the best.

I'm more after pop culture references to straight out fantasy stuff. Safe For Work links preferred.

Sorry about the multiple use of the word "awesome", I know that's sort of overdone, but that's really the best word to describe what I'm looking for.
posted by bondcliff to Media & Arts (36 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
The Most Dangerous Game.
posted by griphus at 7:57 AM on November 4, 2011 [5 favorites]

this is the most awesome picture I've seen. Maybe ever.
posted by kris.reiss at 7:58 AM on November 4, 2011 [8 favorites]

Also: Tyrannosaurs in F14s and Star Wars Band.
posted by griphus at 8:00 AM on November 4, 2011

Does this count?
posted by McCoy Pauley at 8:00 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

A friend works at Viget and the site/logo they made for an internal bowling tournament has always stuck in my head (the manatee has nunchuks!).
posted by stefnet at 8:01 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

This is Wil Wheaton riding a pegasus kitten attacking Orc John Scalzi (SF writer) with a spear. It inspired a fanfiction contest turned into An Online Chapbook to benefit a Lupus charity.
posted by Rallon at 8:03 AM on November 4, 2011

Response by poster: So far these are all exactly what I'm looking for. I guess the central theme is that they combine various awesome things. I mean, lions, sidecars, motorcycles, and velodromes are all awesome all on their own. But you combine them and now you've got something amazing.
posted by bondcliff at 8:03 AM on November 4, 2011

Robot dinosaurs with lasers?
posted by vanitas at 8:09 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

This is the first thing that came to mind.
"My succulent torso, an aerial surprise" gets me. Oh, NSFW due to naughty words.
posted by EKStickland at 8:12 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I hate to give Thomas Kinkade anything, but NASCAR® Thunder — The 50th Running of the Daytona 500® is only lacking Wil Wheaton riding a laser shooting dinosaur, but I'm pretty sure there are lasers in there somewhere.
posted by straw at 8:16 AM on November 4, 2011

How about 5 Tigers...Against a Whale?
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 8:22 AM on November 4, 2011

Robot Galactico and other monster trading cards, in Spanish.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:22 AM on November 4, 2011

Do you not know about the best picture ever?

I saw this long ago and saved a copy for my own personal entertainment. I also found (and saved) an animated version and the best picture never.
posted by cardioid at 8:26 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

Russian bear cavalry.
posted by Behemoth at 8:27 AM on November 4, 2011

How to make an awesome entrance in Mother Russia

It's a video, but you could capture the appropriate still frame.
posted by danceswithlight at 8:28 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I've always loved this image of a gorilla high-fiving a great white shark in front of a big explosion. I'm having trouble finding its origin - I'm pretty sure I remember first seeing it as a t-shirt on a site.
posted by usonian at 8:51 AM on November 4, 2011 [2 favorites]
posted by Jacen at 9:07 AM on November 4, 2011

My friend, you need a good solid dose of True American Dog.

Drink it fast, Barfy Scorpion burns going down.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:14 AM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

Herds of goats in trees.
posted by hat at 9:40 AM on November 4, 2011

I recommend David Choe,...

interweb-box is choking...I'll have many more a bit later.
posted by herbplarfegan at 9:45 AM on November 4, 2011

Suckerpunch dream-WWI sequence (youtube)

It's like this scene was the result of a drunken brainstorming session. I imagine it going something like this:
"WWI trench warfare... with tanks and stuff! That's pretty exciting!"
"Ooh yeah! With bi-planes! Dogfighting bi-planes!"
"No! TRI-planes!"
"And Nazis!"
"Wait, weren't nazis World War Tw..."
"Ooh ooh ooh! Steam-powered Nazi ZOMBIES!!!!"
"OMG! YES! With airships!"
"And giant robots!"
"Giant robots? Steam-powered! Steam-mecha!"
"A PINK mech! The sexy tech girl can drive!"

And on like that. Then the meeting notes got handed to the SFX department.
"But this is just a list of... stuff"
"Yup. Make that."

Later in the movie, a (B-52?) bomber goes up against a dragon. Just because.
posted by -harlequin- at 10:01 AM on November 4, 2011

I love you, internet.

My personal favorite is "Diver Punching a Shark" by sharpshirter. I want to give them a shout out cause I got a free iPhone cover for bargaining with them at a booth in DC's Eastern Market.
posted by midmarch snowman at 11:33 AM on November 4, 2011

That just reminded me of It's Dangerous To Go Alone, Take This.
posted by griphus at 11:42 AM on November 4, 2011

Pink stormtrooper. More.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:44 AM on November 4, 2011

Robocop on a Unicorn
The Surrender, really any of Joseph Griffith stuff.
posted by chrisulonic at 11:46 AM on November 4, 2011

You need to check out the paintings of James Hance. He does awesome all the time.

Also these Renaissance-style Star Wars works..

Three Wolf Moon is all kinds of (unintentional) awesome.

And on the understated side, of course, there's Trogdor.
posted by dilettanti at 12:13 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Eternal Struggle is a favorite of mine.
posted by slogger at 1:41 PM on November 4, 2011

You, my friend, could use some rainbow vomiting pandas.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 5:38 PM on November 4, 2011

Introducing Wexter!
posted by h00py at 6:57 PM on November 4, 2011

The references are very Australian-centric, but you might enjoy the work of Ben Butcher, Australia's Worst Artist.
posted by hot soup girl at 7:15 PM on November 4, 2011

Oh yeah that reminds me of a local painter, Mark Bryan. Lots of awesome to be had there!
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 7:29 PM on November 4, 2011

Josh Keyes is awesome and surreal
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs at 7:39 PM on November 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I found you some crazy!
posted by pmaxwell at 10:58 PM on November 8, 2011

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