Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chicks with Steve Buscemeyes

Photo courtesy of Jon Lane at
Some ideas are so obvious that you see them and think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Then there are others that make you wonder, “How in the world did someone come up with that idea?” The website Chicks with Steve Buscemi Eyes falls in the latter category.

The site is exactly what it sounds like — photos of starlets who have been transformed with the droopy-peepers of Golden Globe-winning actor Steve Buscemi. The concept is the brainchild of Canadian Art Director Jon Lane, who said the idea “was really only a matter of time. If you're my friend, chances are you've had your face Photoshopped onto something.”

The result is a series of very tired and sad looking young female actresses, musicians and at least one alien. Youth, it seems, is the key to a successful Buscemeyezing, “Older women aren't too funny. The results always seem best when it's with younger ‘chicks.’” Lane told us that “guys just aren't funny.” So don’t expect a Dudes with Steve Buscemeyes spinoff anytime soon.

No chick seems safe from the Buscemeyes treatment — the list includes Audrey Hepburn, Amy Winehouse, Willow Smith, Angelina Jolie and even Princess Leia. Jon explained his selection process, “I pick the chicks based on suggestions from my tumblr followers for the most part.” He said his family even gets in on the act, “My dad suggested the girl from Avatar.”

If you have an idea you should reach out to Jon, he’s actively producing new pieces. He explained, “I've made as many as five in a day.”

So far there hasn’t been word from the Boardwalk Empire star behind the baby blues, “I've had a producer in touch with Buscemi's agent but he doesn't seem to eager to be a part of this.” But he is aware of one big name fan, “Ellen Page tweeted the link to my blog.”

As a thank you, Page joined Lane’s illustrious list. He remarked, “That earned her some Buscmeyes.” It’s also landed her at the top of Jon’s personal list, “I'd have to say that my favorite is Ellen Page just because I know she's seen the blog and liked it enough to share with her friends on Twitter.

Lane has been surprised that the project has become so popular. He confessed, “I knew this was a funny idea but wasn't expecting the response to be so huge — or so fast.” It’s even inspired other Buscmeyes art, an analog version that fans can print out and wear for free. The mask was created by a site called, who Lane noted, “I wish I could take credit for it. I thanked and linked the brains behind that one.”

But Jon is taking the concept one step further on his own. He announced, “I did create a digital version using Facebook.” Check out the app, which launched this past weekend and see what your life would look like through

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