From figuring out creative ways to combine seemingly opposed elements, to ending up with all the good stuff stuck up your nose, LEGOs are actually quite adult. Celebrate that fact, with the art of Mike Stimpson. A LEGO-obsessed dashing race car driver computer programmer based in Midlands, England, Stimpson's artful photos (available as posters that'll ship Stateside) range from LEGO-reinterpretations of classic shots, to cheekily posed mini Stormtroopers, all spawned from his "bizarre toy fascination" and "a curiosity towards light", which makes sense, as given the former, his childhood probably saw very little of it. Iconic takes include a lone-ranging, lasso-touting toy rider a la "Untitled (Cowboy)" (the "6th most expensive photograph in the world"), a black 'n white of mini troops trudging through the Omaha Beach surf and around X-shaped LEGO block tank obstacles, and an appropriately bumpy reimagining of Neil Armstrong's "Moon Landing", which nerds would totally dissect for signs of stagecraft if they weren't too busy admiring the LEGO artistry. Stormtrooper-based images include a slouching, homeless character bearing a "will help build battle station for food" sign, a lonely troop on a crowded street with a "free hugs", and a flower-holding space-fighter proposing to an X-wing pilot, 'cause should he Force himself on him, he too would be wearing an orange jumpsuit. Stimpson's also got the 3x3 multicolored "Warhol Troopers" -- a must have for any Warhol groupie: also a person who frequently has all the best stuff up their nose.
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