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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.
can someone start photoshopping air pods into famous works of art? that's my design challenge for you all— Article Group (@ArticleGroup) March 6, 2019
Article Group kicked things off with some great examples of what it was looking for.
here's me pic.twitter.com/FM32obgVnF— Article Group (@ArticleGroup) March 6, 2019
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.
wow, I’m BLOWN AWAY by everyone’s art. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. ✨— Article Group (@ArticleGroup) March 7, 2019
sooo we're going to be awarding five (5!) trophies to winners of this challenge AND donating $500 in their names to the @BKArtsCouncil. many of us live in brooklyn + want to give back to an org that provides free events + affordable art resources for artists in our home borough— Article Group (@ArticleGroup) March 7, 2019
Users were off to the races.
Interesting historical fact: Lincoln was a Metallica fan pic.twitter.com/fFuip59QD3— Kevin M. Gill (@kevinmgill) March 6, 2019
i hope it is not too late to submit. grant wood's american gothic "airpods" pic.twitter.com/pbrTGZy2FC— Lorenzo Mitil (@lorenzomitil) March 7, 2019
Liberty Leading the People while listening to kick-ass tunes on her AirPods pic.twitter.com/WWMgjaw6rZ— Sid Ramirez (@realsidramirez) March 7, 2019
"We ❤ 2 Dance" by Henri Matisse pic.twitter.com/qE2Np6PZis— Dwitter (@darrensilber) March 7, 2019
How about some Caravaggio? pic.twitter.com/Hn51W3Re2C— jrdeleon (@jrdeleon) March 7, 2019
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.
and our 1ST PLACE WINNER, who will receive a super shiny trophy and internet glory, is @pacificobob for this take on frida kahlo's "self-portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird"!!!!! simply marvelous!!! https://t.co/xQ9u7iy2E3— Article Group (@ArticleGroup) March 8, 2019
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.
Brittany Vincent has covered gaming, anime, tech, and entertainment for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s replaying Um Jammer Lammy or Day of the Tentacle for the hundredth time while pining for a Harvester sequel. Find her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.