Las Vegas Local
(flickr.com/groups/vegas_local/pool). There are dozens of Las Vegas-related groups on Flickr, but Las Vegas Local is my favorite of the bunch. It’s loaded with the best work of some fairly excellent local photographers, such as Flickr-users Heximer and Roadsidepictures. Their photos present Las Vegas as a city, not an amusement park. True, there are photos of neon signs in the pool (mostly downtown signs), but also photos of classic ranch homes, the decaying motels of lower Fremont and those guys on the Strip who hand out escort fliers. And Las Vegas Local is an 18-and-over group, which means our town is presented as nature intended—with cleavage.
Wet and Wild
(wetdesign.com). These days I only get on the Web to find things, like cheap airline tickets, old friends or pornography. It’s been a while since I’ve had the patience to sit and look at a website—to let it happen to me—but I could stare at the glistening surfaces of WET Design’s graphics-intensive website for minutes at a time. WET designed the futuristic water features at CityCenter, and its site is more of the same: moody music, striking visuals, abundant atmosphere. Looking through WET’s list of projects feels like playing Myst, but without the puzzles.
The Pinup Art of Krysztof Nemeth
(charm-school.com). Lawrence, Kan.-based illustrator Krysztof Nemeth does very specialized, very traditional work. Like Gil Elvgren and Donald Rust before him, Nemeth draws pictures of pretty girls in poses optimally designed for tattoos or the nose of a World War II bomber. His site has a small army of punk-rock angels idling in its gallery—devil girls, roller derby queens, pirate maidens and bat-wielding psychopaths—all of them heartbreakers and many of them NSFW. If you like what you see, he offers his girls on T-shirts and shot glasses in his online shop, or you can even commission a custom drawing. Quite handy if you own a B-17.