Click to viewDarth Vader rocks out with the rest of the original Star Wars cast in this awesome painting by Hugh Fleming. Vader has starred in more than his fair share of offbeat and arresting artworks, but he's not alone — other classic science fiction villains have also inspired some provocative and clever art, from graffiti to gallery shows. We've gathered the wildest and most exciting art featuring Darth Vader, the Borg, the Daleks, Skeletor, Megatron and Godzilla.
Darth Vader is such a rockin' mega-villain, it took two people to play him in the original Star Wars: David Prowse for the body, and James Earl Jones for the voice. But really, it's taken an army of artists, muralists, stencilographers, calligraphers, graffiti artists and conceptual artists to do justice to the Dark Lord of the Sith. Plus, some awesome artists have paid tribute to Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and Darth Maul.
Godzilla may have started off as a metaphor for nuclear devastation, but he's become an amazingly versatile symbol over the years. Besides starring in dozens of movies, he's become a touchstone for artists everywhere. He's a parade float in Japan, and Susan Bartley, a middle-aged woman in the Midwest has been painting Godzillas for years.
It's no wonder the Daleks rule the street art and graffiti world — they have sleek awesome lines, and one of the most famous street artists in the world is called Dalek (the creator of those awesome space monkeys.) Plus, the Daleks, from England's Doctor Who, are just so kick-ass.
Skeletor, from He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, is like a Heavy Metal icon, reigning over Castle Grayskull with his rocker-dude cloak and skull face. His unmistakable scowl has turned up on walls in the Netherlands and South America, and all over the United States.
Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons from the Transformers, stands tall on murals all over the world, declaring his intent to conquer Belgium AND Venezuela. And when they wanted something cool to paint on a kids' bedroom wall in Scrubs, who did they paint? Megatron, duh. Not to mention that Megatron knows how to party.
The Borg, from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Voyager, may be evil galaxy-assimilating hive mind, but they're also hella cool looking. And they represent the cyborg aesthetic, complete with cool body mods, taken to its furthest extent. Artists have been inspired by the Borg to create everything from Steampunk eyepieces to Venetian masks to My Pretty Ponies.
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