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The 11 Geekiest Family Portraits Ever

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1. Borgs Just Wanna Have Fun

Winnie Au is an excellent photographer and her intimate and humanizing images of Trekkies at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention are all worth a look. But her picture of the Hall family all dolled up in their best Borg gear stands out thanks to the involvement of the entire clan.

2. Where No Family Has Gone Before

The Halls aren’t the only family that likes to geek out in their best twenty-third century gear. This picture, spotted over on Awkward Family Photos, brings up some interesting concerns regarding the young man in the red shirt. Does the family have low hopes for him, or are they just hoping that because they are wearing the Next Generation outfits, he will be immune to the curse of the red shirt?

3. Under The Blue Moon of Tatooine

Here we see Flickr user Carmel Covered Crack’s delightful Halloween family portrait featuring young Luke, C-3PO and a little tiny R2-D2. What an adorable family, even if they are mostly just droids.

4. Dreaming of a Darth Christmas

Red and Jonny are some of the world’s most famous Star Wars geeks thanks to their delightful Flickr stream and popular blog. Here is one of their best Christmas photos from last year, featuring the couple posing in front of their pet AT-ATs and their Christmas tree covered in tiny replica stormtroopers.

5. Gnome What I’m Saying?

Why waste your time with Gnomeo and Juliet when you could always just live out your own Gnome fantasies like Flickr user taivensmama? Now there’s an attractive grouping of lawn ornaments if I’ve ever seen one.

6. Dragon Ball Z Warriors

DeviantArt user Jeffbedash325 specializes in making excellent cosplay costumes, then taking fantastic pictures of himself and his friends wearing them. Here he is with his friend Chichi and a precious little youngster dressed as the Goku family from Dragon Ball Z. While they might not be related to each other in real life, they are all family in the anime world their costumes come from.

7. The Family That Loves To Kiss

It's hard to grow up with a family that wants to rock and roll all night and party ev-er-y day. But once you've become accustomed to it, you can out-party your friends for the rest of your life. Just ask Flickr user Little Black Box and the rest of his family.

8. Cultivating A Family Culture

Flickr user Von Wong's mother started harassing her son about the family’s lack of photos — especially because he's a photographer. So Von Wong and the rest of his family agreed they needed to get together for a portrait. Rather than head for the J.C. Penney Portrait Studio, the family worked in their Chinese heritage in a fun and unique way that incorporates the Temple of Heaven in Beijing along with classic Chinese clothing.

Of course, a nice background and traditional clothing don’t make a photograph geeky on their own. What makes this one so delightful is Von Wong’s kung fu pose and his sister’s happy jump behind their stoic parents.

9. The Mario Family Tree

Like many modern families, the Mitchells document their lives online so their friends and family members can stay in touch without too much effort. That means they have a collection of the family’s Halloween pictures, including this photo showing Wario and Princess Peach as the proud parents of Mario, Luigi and Bowser.

10. They Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Most portraits that come from Awkward Family Photos have no image credit, let alone a background story. Fortunately, Trevor, a reader of the site, submitted this picture of his family taken in the eighties. He writes, “Apparently, the Ghostbusters craze got the best of my mom and she made us walk through the mall in those stupid shirts to get our picture taken. From the look on my sister’s face, I don’t think she was too thrilled with the whole idea either.”

11. Yo Ho Yo Ho, A Family Life For Me

Apparently, Disney World used to have this great photo studio that allowed you to take such embarrassing and geeky family photos as this one, courtesy of Flickr user ribena, who considers this "one of my most terrifying mementos of childhood." While the background and costumes don't seem too scary, it's easy to imagine quite a few youngsters being horrified of the animatronic pirate that seems to be groping ribena's mother in this picture.
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Epic Gremlins Poster Contains More Than 80 References to Classic Movies
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It’s easy to see why Gremlins (1984) appeals to movie nerds. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus, the film has horror, humor, and awesome 1980s special effects that strike a balance between campy and creepy. Perhaps it’s the movie’s status as a pop culture treasure that inspired artist Kevin Wilson to make it the center of his epic hidden-image puzzle of movie references.

According to io9, Wilson, who works under the pseudonym Ape Meets Girl, has hidden 84 nods to different movies in this Gremlins poster. The scene is taken from the movie’s opening, when Randall enters a shop in Chinatown looking for a gift for his son and leaves with a mysterious creature. Like in the film, Mr. Wing’s shop in the poster is filled with mysterious artifacts, but look closely and you’ll find some objects that look familiar. Tucked onto the bottom shelf is a Chucky doll from Child’s Play (1988); above Randall’s head is a plank of wood from the Orca ship made famous by Jaws (1975); behind Mr. Wing’s counter, which is draped with a rug from The Shining’s (1980) Overlook Hotel, is the painting of Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II (1989). The poster was released by the Hero Complex Gallery at New York Comic Con earlier this month.

“Early on, myself and HCG had talked about having a few '80s Easter Eggs, but as we started making a list it got longer and longer,” Wilson told Mental Floss. “It soon expanded from '80s to any prop or McGuffin that would fit the curio shop setting. I had to stop somewhere so I stopped at 84, the year Gremlins was released. Since then I’ve thought of dozens more I wish I’d included.”

The ambitious artwork has already sold out, but fortunately cinema buffs can take as much time as they like scouring the poster from their computers. Once you think you’ve found all the references you can possibly find, you can check out Wilson’s key below to see what you missed (and yes, he already knows No. 1 should be Clash of the Titans [1981], not Jason and the Argonauts [1963]). For more pop culture-inspired art, follow Ape Meets Girl on Facebook and Instagram.

Key for hidden image puzzle.
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[h/t io9]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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