Art

What Do Rosie the Riveter and Kanye West Have in Common?

French artist David Redon's newest art project Ad Libitum (Latin for "ads optional") stars today's pop culture icons in classic vintage ad campaigns. The result is a little warped, to be sure, but still wildly entertaining. Take a look at some of our favorites and what new meanings we can glean from them.

If Rosie the Riveter were around today, we feel like she could get behind the lyrics of Kanye West's "Stronger." As the original symbol of women's ability to do "men's work" during World War II, we can totally see her asking "Do anybody make real shit anymore?"

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Jay Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulders" was released in 2004, but became political when President Obama used the hand gesture in 2008 while responding to campaign attacks during the race for the democratic presidential nomination—not as an endorsement for anti-dandruff shampoo.

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This last poster is proof that the kind of party Snoop Dogg raps about in "Gin and Juice" is, in a way, really just a sharp suit and a martini glass away from a swinging '60s cocktail party.

Check out Redon's Tumblr for more vintage remixes, like his Gagsta$ project, which features famous composers, philosophers, and artists sporting lavish chains, tear-drop prison tatts, snapbacks.

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Photographs courtesy of David Redon.
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