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People are Photoshopping AirPods on works of art—and the results are stunning

Modern meets classical.


Brittany Vincent

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 13, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 5:09 pm CDT

If Vincent Van Gogh had a sweet pair of Apple AirPods, he probably would have listened to Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” on repeat.

To find out what that would look like, people are photoshopping AirPods onto famous works of art online. It’s a meme. It’s a challenge. It’s a mood—there’s something arresting about them.

You’ve likely seen these hilarious photoshops around the internet over the past months, but a recent Twitter challenge incited several would-be Picassos to try their hand at adding Apple’s wireless earbuds.

Creative marketing agency Article Group took to Twitter with a hilarious prompt, asking users to photoshop AirPods on famous works of art. The group’s “design challenge” launched some of the funniest posts the platform had seen in some time.

Article Group kicked things off with some great examples of what it was looking for.

After seeing some particularly awesome submissions, the agency upped the stakes of the contest, which was originally apparently just for fun. Five trophies to the best photoshops were up for grabs, and the company planned on donating $500 in the winners’ names to the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Users were off to the races.

But there could only be five winners. And so, the five folks who took home trophies and handsome donations in their name were these talented individuals, who dropped Pods on Michaelangelo, Kehinde Wiley’s Obama portrait, Frida Kahlo, and the Chauvet Cave paintings, respectively.

AirPods this week were also linked to studies that say the Bluetooth tech in them, beamed so close to the inner skull, may cause cancer. Scientists have launched a petition to bring awareness to their research.

We’ll always have these fleeting works of art.


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*First Published: Mar 13, 2019, 11:03 am CDT