Preserve or Destroy a Picasso? Cards Against Humanity Lets You Decide

For most people, exchanging presents is a regular part of the holiday season. But Cards Against Humanity—the self-described “party game for horrible people”—has a different idea of what gift-giving means.

The Chicago-based company uses the holidays as an excuse to generate interesting promotions. Last year on Black Friday, they sold 30,000 boxes of cow poop for $6 a box and donated the proceeds to Heifer International, a nonprofit organization that provides developing communities with livestock. This year, they asked customers to donate $5 to receive nothing for Black Friday. They ended up accumulating $71,145 “worth of nothing,” which team members then donated to their favorite charities.

This year, Cards Against Humanity instituted the Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah, in which 150,000 people signed up for—and paid $15 to receive—a different gift every day for eight days. So far signees have received three pairs of socks, a year-long membership to Chicago’s NPR station, contributed to paid vacation for employees of the Chinese factory that prints the game’s cards (CAH paid the factory to produce nothing for a whole week, while employees used the time to engage in leisure activities like fishing), and soon signees will decide the destiny of Tête de Faune, a 1962 Picasso linocut.

The signed artwork is just one of 50 made by Picasso and was reportedly purchased from a Swiss auction house in June for $14,100. On December 26, Cards Against Humanity launched what they deemed "a social experiment" by opening a poll on their website asking signees to vote on whether the company should donate the print to the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, or laser-cut it into 150,000 cards, to be shipped out as one of the Eight Sensible Gifts. (In order to vote, you must have purchased the Eight Sensible Gifts, and it’s too late to sign up now.)

Basically, the stunt boils down to consumers deciding whether they want to own their very own (tiny) slice of a Picasso print, or put it on display so that the whole world can see this half-human, half-goat masterpiece. “Cutting up Tête de Faune would be more akin to an act of malicious mischief,” wrote Artnet, “like punching a Claude Monet or destroying a Dale Chihuly.”

The artwork’s fate will be decided on December 31, when the polls close and we find out whether Cards Against Humanity fans have the heart to send Picasso to the chipper.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Pop Chart Lab
Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

Afternoon Map
8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists

Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]


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