Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Is This Guy The Banksy Of Instagram?

  1. Begin
    instamain

    278

    SHARES

    comments
    See All Slides

    How many times a day do you check Instagram? Probably more often than you'd like to admit. But, your addiction to scroll-scroll-scrolling through your feed is nothing compared to this. Real Life Instagram is an art project by Brazilian designer Bruno Ribeiro that involves filters, hashtags, and Like buttons — only it's happening in the real world, not on your smartphone.

    Ribeiro makes cardboard frames, complete with all the symbols and buttons you're used to, adds a sheet of colored cellophane to mimic the filter, and sticks them in snap-worthy (and sometimes unexpected) places around London and Manchester. He posts photos of his work — as well as photos of other people photographing his work — on his Tumblr. Still with us? Good. There's also a totally meta Instagram feed, if you really want to go down the rabbit hole. We're sticking with our hypothesis that Ribeiro is the social-media version of Banksy — and yes, there's even a snap of one of his frames on a Banksy piece. You know, in case you want your mind blown a little more. Click through to see a few more of our favorite faux 'grams. (Real Life Instagram)

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Los Angeles

Engaged! 7 Insanely Cute L.A. Couples

L.A. isn't exactly a city for love. Hollywood's neon lights and artificial emotions often cast a shadow over what's real, resulting in implausible expectations and unmet desires. The city's sprawling geography and early closing times can also lead to antisocial, loner behavior. Plus, if you do decide to venture read

Shopping

Nicole Richie Makes A Punk Statement With Stripes

When you’re wearing black-and-white sailor stripes, it’s easy — and super-predictable — to play up the preppy look. Nicole Richie, who has never been the kind of girl to shy away from making an offbeat statement, took her nautical-inspired sweater in a much different direction. Yesterday, she was photographed read