Society's fickle when it decides which pieces of the past are awesome and which aren't -- IROC-Zs and BK shoes'll get you mocked, while rocking a vintage Trapper Keeper or Jordaches make you cool. Wait, what? Jordache isn't cool? MOM!?! Confirming that art in 80s 8-bit is sweet, Jude Buffum.
JB's an illustration professor at UArts who's turned a pixelated eye to everything from babies to politics for pubs like Popular Mechanics and Newsweek, and's also put out a line of for-sale pop culture-inspired 8-bit prints through an inkjet-on-canvas process called giclee, which uses printer nozzles not unlike your office inkjet, except it's printing art, and not Art's butt. Prints (ranging in size from 10"x8" to 20"x20") throw nods to video games in works like "Care Bear Carnage", with Tenderheart goin' all Kano on Teddy Ruxpin and ripping his cassette-tape-heart out, "Rainbow Bloodbath", with Ms. Brite pwning Ms. Shortcake in the cutest lil' Kombat match ever, and the epic "On The Seventh Day", portraying a Vishnu-esque R.O.B. as the creator of the Nintendo Universe and controller of all things good, like Zelda, and evil, like Gannon -- not Rich, he actually does lots of charity work, and is controlled by Greg Gumbel. Other works include digitized renditions of Office Space's Lumbergh and Milton, complete with red stapler, a nod to Lebowski's hairnetted Jesus, and "Saved By The Bell: The Columbine Years", with a gun-wielding Screech standing over the bullet-riddled bodies of Zack, his gigantic (inexplicably bleeding) cell phone, Kelly, Slater, Jessie, and Lisa, who's only been shot once through the heart -- either a statement on unrequited love, or Dustin Diamond's inability to follow up with anything.
In case you're upset about the Lebowski out of stocks, more are coming this summer, and the site itself is chock full of wallpaper-worthy images of prior works, allowing you to wax nostalgic about the Internet of the past, where stealing things without consent was almost as cool as Vaurnet France, as impossible as that sounds.