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4. Prince/Michael Jackson T-shirt

Okay, so it looks like the wisenheimer who posted this has already taken the time to explain the presumed levity inherent in Prince's face appearing on a shirt whose text reads "Michael Jackson." Per the captions: "THAT IS NOT MICHAEL JACKSON PICTURED, IT IS PRINCE. Wow. Mind = Blown, right?" Anyway, we're going to go ahead and take the opposing view -- this isn't funny at all! What kind of a sick twist would find this evil fraud remotely comical? Is it not difficult enough to get through your average day without some would-be "out of the box" designer perpetrating a creepy mindfuck by interposing the name and image of two American soul icons? Why is this funny??? Still, that isn't to say that under the right circumstances, something like this couldn't be useful. We are thinking sinister, Zero Dark Thirty types of thoughts now...

How would you decorate YOUR Paisley Crib? It would be hard, right? You’d want to make sure that everything was just so. If you were to, say, bring a potential paramour back to your Paisley Crib for an evening of music and intimacy, you wouldn’t want them to be disappointed. You’d want them to be overcome to the point of giddiness at the prospect of this NC-17-styled Wonka Factory, replete with all of the latest and greatest modern gadgetry from the field of romance. Just as he has understood so much about life and art during his dominant 35-year run on our consciousness, Prince perceived this truism early on — you cannot BRAG about your Paisley Crib and not actually possess the goods to back it up. And rest assured, Prince did and does. Take the following excerpt from Rob Tannenbaum’s and Craig Marks’s priceless oral history I Want My MTV in which a collaborator discusses his eye-opening experiences while working on a Prince video:

TIM CLAWSON, producer: We’d get a call from Steve Fargnoli –- ’Prince has an idea for a video’ — and I’d meet him the next day. My favorite Prince pitch was for a video that never happened, for a song on Lovesexy. He was describing a scene where he’d be in bed with a girl, and beside the bed would be a neon sign that said ’Lovesexy.’ He said, ’We can do that at my house.’ I said, ’We’ll build a sign on the set and have it transported over.’ And he said, ’We can do it at my house.’ And I thought, Ohhh, I get it: You have a neon sign in your bedroom that says ’Lovesexy.’ Right.”

Well, that’s just beyond the call of awesome. Obviously, for the same reason none of us can make Sign ’O’ The Times, we also cannot hope to compete with this sort of visionary, vanguard romanticism. But the many good and noble people of the Internet have made their appeal and had their say. They’ve been taught by Prince and now they want to help us get experienced as well — through homespun handiwork. Sexy, lusty things, replete with the occasional religious allegory. Some are for sale, and others exist, much like the man himself, merely for exhibition purposes. Anyway, here are 10 of the best Prince-inspired artworks the web has to offer. Prince + crafts = what a ride.

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  1. The first craft is made out of shrinky dinks.

  2. That first image is most certainly Perler Beads. You place little pegs on a grid and then use an iron to fuse them. But I’d love to see either a shrinky dink OR a Lego version as well. :-/

  3. Brilliant!

  4. Win a date with Prince: Must be female and OK with the Lovesexy sign by my bed. Send me the email of three other girls you know.

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