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Top 100 Pop Culture Trends in 2012

From Cinematic Notebook Sketches to Pixar-Styled Superheroes

— January 18, 2013 — Pop Culture
Pop culture trends signal the constant shift in society -- as a whole and niche pockets of it. From fashion to artwork, people are constantly innovating within these industries, resulting in forward-thinking products.

Certain products that have made it big the past year include many superhero-infused items. Batman has been remade into everything from a geeky hipster doll to a Disney-like action figure.

Many individuals have also chosen to take items from popular culture and remake them into personal parodies. Examples of this include Gotye's famous hit Somebody That I Used To Know, which culminated in numerous spin-offs, including a Star Wars version.

The Trend Hunter Pop Culture Trend Report can help companies identify emerging patterns within the pop culture realm, so if you're interested in learning more about demographics and popularity of trends for 2013, be sure to check them out.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Contemporary Geisha Captures
Contemporary Geisha Captures
The Patrycja Gardygajlo Glamour Germany Fuses East and West
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99
Rebel Character Manicures
Rebel Character Manicures
The 'Hunger Games' Nails by Cutepolish are Fierce and Chic
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98
Kitschy Carnival Editorials
Kitschy Carnival Editorials
Mila Kunis for Harper's Bazaar April 2012 is shot by Terry Richardson
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97
Candid Metropolitan Captures
Candid Metropolitan Captures
The 'Free People January 2012' Shoot is Based in NYC
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96
Photoreal Silver Screen Portraits (UPDATE)
Photoreal Silver Screen Portraits (UPDATE)
Dan LuVisi Illustrates Memorable Movie Characters
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95
Print Overload Maxidresses
Print Overload Maxidresses
The Bianca Balti Vogue Mexico Photo Shoot is 70s Chic
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94
Sensual Smokey-Eyed Photography
Sensual Smokey-Eyed Photography
The Victoria Germyn Portraits Shows the Model Baring it All
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93
Hippie Housewife Photography
Hippie Housewife Photography
Jason lerace Captures Lola Van Vorst by Jason as a Free-Spirited Diva
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92
Puny Comic Protagonists
Puny Comic Protagonists
Ryodita Renders Geeky Characters at Half their Original Size
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91
Trend Hunter Reality Promo
Trend Hunter Reality Promo
Superhero Fashion, Paparazzi Flash Mobs, Tattoos & Augmented Reality
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90
Cinematic Swimwear Photoshoots
Cinematic Swimwear Photoshoots
The Vogue Turkey 'Retro Dalgalar' Editorial Stars Juju Ivanyuk
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89
Fashionable Rebellion Photography
Fashionable Rebellion Photography
Fashion Gone Rogue's 'The Protest of Venus' Series is Dramatic
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88
Feather-Faced Mask Shoots
Feather-Faced Mask Shoots
The Laura Kampman Steven Meisel Editorial Features a Dark Aesthetic
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87
Stylish Nurse Shoots
Stylish Nurse Shoots
The Nimue Smit W Korea Editorial Prescribes Retro Fashion
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86
Softly Nerdy Photoshoots
Softly Nerdy Photoshoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Geeklandia' Editorial Stars an Accomplished Alexa
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85
Kitty-Inspired Fonts
Kitty-Inspired Fonts
The Cats as Fonts Collection is a Feline-Packed Trip Through Writing Styles
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84
Pixelated Pop Culture Ensembles
Pixelated Pop Culture Ensembles
Paulo Capdeville Renders Comic Book Favorites Using Chunky Blocks
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83
Famous Feline Crime Fighters
Famous Feline Crime Fighters
Marvel Cats Meme Invites Artists to Reinterpret Beloved Superheroes
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82
Blunt Designer Truths
Blunt Designer Truths
Anneke Short Uses Simple Prints to Set the Record Straight About Design
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81
Witchy Wigged-Out Catalogs
Witchy Wigged-Out Catalogs
The Wildfox Pre-Fall 2012 Lookbook is 90s-Inspired
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80
Sun-Kissed Aquatic Shoots
Sun-Kissed Aquatic Shoots
Maryna Linchuk Goes Waterskiing in Vogue Germany March 2012
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79
Greased Hair Editorials
Greased Hair Editorials
The Angela Lindvall for Marie Claire Photo Shoot is Stunning
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78
Romancing Hipster Illustrations
Romancing Hipster Illustrations
Thomas Pitilli Renders Drawings of Lovey Dovey Pop Scenes
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77
Superhero Sweatshirts
Superhero Sweatshirts
The Power Ranger Hoodies Let Your Harness the Power of the Dinosaur
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76
Pill-Popping Heiress Editorials
Pill-Popping Heiress Editorials
The Interview Russia April 2012 Shoot Has a Dark Edge
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75
Hazy Boudoir Editorials
Hazy Boudoir Editorials
The Gravure Magazine 'Alyona' Shoot is Softly Sensual
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74
Electrically Patterned Editorials
Electrically Patterned Editorials
The Flare April 2012 Shoot by Chris Nicholl is Boldly Vibrant
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73
Lounging 50s Fashion
Lounging 50s Fashion
The ELLE France 'Pop Power' Editorial Stars a Funky Retro Hannah Holman
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72
Salmon-Saturated Shoots
Salmon-Saturated Shoots
The Quinta Witzel Nylon Editorial Stars a Pink Pastel Lady
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71
Soft Fairy-Like Shoots
Soft Fairy-Like Shoots
The Numero April 2012 Edition is Ethereal and Feminine
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70
Cosmopolitan 60s Fashion
Cosmopolitan 60s Fashion
The View of the Times 'Pop' Editorial Stars Sophisticate Lauren Auerbach
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69
Music Festival Style Catalogs
Music Festival Style Catalogs
The Planet Blue X Foam Magazine Coachella Lookbook is Hot
<
68
Glamorous 70s Shoots
Glamorous 70s Shoots
The Chloe Lecareux Grazia France is Richly Retro
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67
Glamazon Swimwear Galleries
Glamazon Swimwear Galleries
The Toni Garrn Vogue Italia Editorial is Cold and Sophisticated
<
66
Seductively Sweet Spring Looks
Seductively Sweet Spring Looks
Dani Seitz is 'Candy Coloured' for Vogue Portugal April 2012
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65
Patterned Lingerie-Like Fashion
Patterned Lingerie-Like Fashion
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'North Marine' Editorial is Edgy
<
64
Casually Simplistic Captures
Casually Simplistic Captures
The 'Like a Rolling Stone' Online Editorial is Romantically Relaxed
<
63
Woeful Wedding Photography
Woeful Wedding Photography
The Isabeli Fontana Vogue Paris April 2012 Editorial is Romantic
<
62
Pastel-Haired Editorials
Pastel-Haired Editorials
The W Korea March 2012 Shoot is Colorful
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61
Haunted Forest Photography
Haunted Forest Photography
The Juju Ivanyuk Zoo Magazine Winter 2011 Shoot is Dark and Eerie
<
60
Seductive Sporty Swimwear
Seductive Sporty Swimwear
The Marie Claire Brazil 'Esportivo Sexy' Editorial Stars Julia Faria
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59
Ebony Rocker Editorials
Ebony Rocker Editorials
The Harper’s Bazaar Brazil June 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Dark Tati Co
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58
Extravagant Arcade Editorials
Extravagant Arcade Editorials
Aline Weber is a Glamourous Gamer in Vogue Japan April 2012
<
57
Instagram-Inspired Editorials
Instagram-Inspired Editorials
Cara Delevingne by Nick Knight Playfully Poses with Baby Pets
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56
Retro Full-Figured Editorials
Retro Full-Figured Editorials
The S Moda May 19 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Sultry Candice Huffine
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55
Urban Granny Style Spreads
Urban Granny Style Spreads
'Senior Citizens' by Baldovino Barani for SCMP January 2012
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54
Sequined Seaside Ensembles
Sequined Seaside Ensembles
The Martha Streck for Elle Brazil Shoot is Bright and Sparkly
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53
Romantic Retro Superhero Renderings
Romantic Retro Superhero Renderings
Des Taylor Depicts Comic Protagonists in Sentimental Scenes
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52
Dark Gloom-Ridden Editorials
Dark Gloom-Ridden Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Grace Alone' Shoot Stars Grace Hartzel
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51
Glamorized Athlete Editorials
Glamorized Athlete Editorials
The Olympians by Joanna Kustra is Featured in Papercut Magazine
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50
Lingerie-Clad Hotel Heiresses
Lingerie-Clad Hotel Heiresses
The Paris Hilton for FHM Photo Shoot is Insanely Hot
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49
Retro Diner Editorials
Retro Diner Editorials
The Vogue China 'The New Fifties' Shoot is Elegantly Seductive
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48
Gothic Femme Fatale Editorials
Gothic Femme Fatale Editorials
The Emily DiDonato Vogue Mexico Photo Shoot is Dark and Mysterious
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47
TV Apartment Floor Plans
TV Apartment Floor Plans
Inaki Aliste Lizarralde Illustrates Famous Fictional Living Spaces
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46
Boho Ballerina Editorials
Boho Ballerina Editorials
The Amanda Norgaard Smug Magazine is Gracefully Raw
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45
Ethereal Spring Editorials
Ethereal Spring Editorials
Brynja Jonbjarnardottir by Antia Pagant for Fashion Gone Rogue is Bold
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44
Costumed Children Cartoons
Costumed Children Cartoons
Amy Mullen Illustrates Kids Dressed as Beloved Superheroes
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43
Armored Nightmarish Editorials
Armored Nightmarish Editorials
Mert and Marcus Do a Dark Shoot for Interview Magazine March 2012
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42
Gritty Villainous Visages
Gritty Villainous Visages
David Rodriguez Renders Batman's Enemies in Horrifying Style
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41
Cinematic Comic Mash-Ups
Cinematic Comic Mash-Ups
The Marvel/Disney Hybrids 2 Contest Pairs Childhood Favorites
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40
Elegant 1920s Editorials
Elegant 1920s Editorials
The Madame Figaro April 2012 Japan Issue Oozes Old School Glamour
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39
Angry Angelic Editorials
Angry Angelic Editorials
The Vogue Japan March 2012 Shoot is Haunting and Whimsical
<
38
Cimmerian Swimsuit Photoshoots
Cimmerian Swimsuit Photoshoots
The Marie Claire Spain 'Azul Indico' Editorial Stars Leah de Wavrin
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37
Stoic Swimmer Photoshoots
Stoic Swimmer Photoshoots
The Interview 'Olympiad' Editorial is Inspired by the Summer Olympics
<
36
Character Connection Cartoons
Character Connection Cartoons
'I Know That Feel Bro' Creates Bonds Between Pop Culture Figures
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35
Carnival-Inspired Editorials
Carnival-Inspired Editorials
The Tina by Xi Sinsong for Fashion Gone Rogue Shoot is Ethereal
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34
Steamy Mediterranean Shoots
Steamy Mediterranean Shoots
The Flare 'Bellissima' Editorial Stars a Simmering Bruna Tenorio
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33
Offensively Remixed Cartoons
Offensively Remixed Cartoons
'If Life Was Like a Disney Movie' by Jeff Wysaski is Hilarious
<
32
Text-Infused Hipster Renderings
Text-Infused Hipster Renderings
Mr.Frivolous Pairs Cryptic Messages with Cool Female Drawings
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31
80s-Like Beachwear
80s-Like Beachwear
The Vogue Paris 'Perfect Girl' Editorial Stars a Fit Gisele Bundchen
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30
Hispter-Approved Eyewear Ads
Hispter-Approved Eyewear Ads
The Ksubi Autumn/Winter 2012 War Lookbook is Edgy and Urban
<
29
Cinematic Notebook Sketches
Cinematic Notebook Sketches
Marie Bergeron Renders Iconic Imagery from Famous Films
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28
Eccentric Ethereal Editorials
Eccentric Ethereal Editorials
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Simone' Shoot is Heavenly Vibrant
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27
Modern Monarchy Editorials
Modern Monarchy Editorials
The Visioni Amica Magazine Shoot has a Vintage Aesthetic
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26
Retro Biker Portraits
Retro Biker Portraits
The Vin­nie Wool­ston Numero Hommes Editorial is Rebellious
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25
Gloaming Swimwear Galleries
Gloaming Swimwear Galleries
The Vogue Spain 'El Cuerpo' Editorial Stars a Curvy Hilary Rhoda
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24
Pastel Pastry Photography
Pastel Pastry Photography
The Marie Claire China February 2012 Editorial is Elegantly Delicious
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23
Trailer Park Fashion
Trailer Park Fashion
The Wonderland Magazine April-May 2012 Issue Stars Josephine Skriver
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22
Architectural Swimsuit Editorials
Architectural Swimsuit Editorials
Marie Claire Spain 'Sensorium' Stars Caroline Corinth
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21
Rebellious Party Photography
Rebellious Party Photography
Daniel Schreiber Snaps Documentary-Like Photos of Rebellious Partying
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20
Haute Hippie Shoots
Haute Hippie Shoots
The Vogue Australia February 2012 Issue is Stunning
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19
Horror Film Pin-Ups
Horror Film Pin-Ups
Alastair Fell Paints Beautiful Women with Monstrous Make-Up & Features
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18
Seductive Beach Photoshoots
Seductive Beach Photoshoots
The Madame le Figaro Editorial Stars Hilary Rhoda
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17
Sporty Raver Editorials
Sporty Raver Editorials
Karlie Kloss is a High Energy Enigma in the Vogue Paris March 2012 Shoot
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16
Grandiose Disney Depictions
Grandiose Disney Depictions
Thomas Kinkade Illustrates Majestic Pictures from Childhood Favorites
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15
Superheroic Eye Shadows
Superheroic Eye Shadows
Makeup Artist Jangsara Celebrates The Avengers with Alluring Looks
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14
Simple Superhero Silhouettes
Simple Superhero Silhouettes
Calvin Lin Creates a Series of Minimalist Comic Character Posters
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13
Pixar-Styled Superheroes
Pixar-Styled Superheroes
Daniel Araya Renders Comic Book Characters with Kid-Friendly Aesthetics
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12
Psychedelic Beauty Looks
Psychedelic Beauty Looks
Allure March 2012 Reveals the Wildly Colorful Makeup of Spring
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11
Adult-Themed Disney Artistry
Adult-Themed Disney Artistry
Darko Kreculj Paints Mickey Mouse & Friends as Seedy Citizens
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10
Dark Rebellious Editorials
Dark Rebellious Editorials
Keira Knightley Stars in the Interview Magazine April 2012 Cover Shoot
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9
Fashion Icon Illustrations
Fashion Icon Illustrations
Hayden Williams Depicts Stylish Stars in Impressive Drawing Series
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8
Celebrity Fairytale Photoshoots
Celebrity Fairytale Photoshoots
The 'Disney Dream Portraits' by Annie Leibovitz are Stunning
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7
Anime-Style Superheroes
Anime-Style Superheroes
Santi Casas Illustrates Western Comics with Eastern Aesthetics
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6
Teenage Anime-Style Avengers
Teenage Anime-Style Avengers
Artist Ricken Illustrates American Superheroes in a Japanese Style
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5
Sinister Disney Remix Paintings
Sinister Disney Remix Paintings
The Rodolfo Loaiza DisasterLand Exhibit Taints Childhood Memories
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4
Disney Family Portraits
Disney Family Portraits
DeviantART User Grodansnagel Illustrates the Kin of Classic Cartoons
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3
Hipster Princess Depictions
Hipster Princess Depictions
The DeviantART User Viria13 'Fashion Princesses' are Rad Recreations
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2
Hunkified Disney Villains
Hunkified Disney Villains
Pixiv Artist J Gives Ugly Antagonists a Handsome Makeover
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1
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Racially Altered Disney Princesses Touch on Feminist Issues
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