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11 Geeky Bras

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We’ve featured geek wedding dresses, jewelry, tattoos, and shoes, but what about that which lies beneath—the stuff only those special to a particular geek will get to see? Well, don’t worry, there’s plenty of geek lingerie out there, especially in the form of bras, and here are a few of the nerdiest.

1. TARDIS

Any wannabe companion would thank her lucky stars for Etsy seller tefa23’s adorable TARDIS bra that comes complete with matching panties. And, of course, if bow ties are cool then giant bows on your bra must be really awesome.

2. Batman

Everyone knows Batman kicks butt, but when was the last time he did so on someone’s chest? Thanks to Etsy seller tefa23, now women everywhere can feel the cold “Thwack” of justice falling upon their bosoms.

3. R2D2

While Etsy seller SceeneShoes’ R2D2 bra is adorable, there’s just something wrong with an R2 unit that doesn’t speak in beeps and boops—and something seriously wrong with breasts that make any such noises.

4. Star Fleet Uniform

The great thing about this Star Trek bra is that Etsy seller SceeneShoes didn’t just paint on the communicator badge; she went the extra mile to add in the black contrast coloring that makes the Star Fleet uniforms look so iconic.

5. Mario

The 8-bit style painting on this bra by SceeneShos looks so perfect that it’s hard not to want to grab a controller and make Mario jump on that Goomba.

6. Nintendo Controller

What better way for a lady to tell someone that they push all the right buttons than by busting out this Nintendo controller bra by SceeneShoes?

7. Ninja Turtles

Looking at this bra immediately cues up “Somebody’s Watching Me” in my mind. On the upside, if that somebody happens to be a Ninja Turtle, at least you know someone awesome has your back, so SceeneShoes did a great job making this slightly less creepy than it would have been otherwise.

8. Pokeballs

Yes, we all know what kind of creature will pop out of these Pokeballs, but in many non-battle situations, they’ll be far more effective than choosing any of the standard Pokemon. Great job Redditor szmoon.

9. Star Wars

As if this bra wasn’t cute enough on its own with its ruffled straps and Star Wars fabric, the fact that Etsy seller meganelizabeth31 named it the “Ruffle Alliance” makes it that much more precious.

10. Bam/Pow

If you’ve ever wished your life was more like a comic book, then this Bam/Pow bra by heartmygeek might be the closest you’ll get to having visualized sound effects follow you around.

11. Superman

Do you prefer your men to be Super? Well, meganelizabeth31 still has you covered with this “Bow of Steel” design. Of course, if you really want to show off your supergeeky fashion, you might want to step up to the version with the red ruffle on the top of the cups.

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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.

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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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