Fine Line Tattoos by LA’s Famous Dr. Woo

If you want to get tattooed by Brian Woo (aka Dr. Woo), you’re going to have to wait at least 6 months. That’s the current backlog for the artist, who’s put ink on such celebs as Drake, Ellie Goulding, and Cara Delevingne. Woo’s in-demand style came to light last december when The New York Times called him the “Tattoo Artist for the Hollywood Set” and put his unique single needle, fine-line creations front and center.

Towering Villages in Yemen, Built from Mud Bricks

Unless you live in the coastal plains on its west coast, Yemen is one of the harshest places in the world. Most of the country is elevated, with high and dry desert plateaus and rugged mountains that receive so little water the country has no permanent rivers – only seasonal washes called “wadi” which remain dry except when summer rains sprinkle the landscape with life. Here is a place for hardy people. The Yemenis of Wadi Hadhramaut and Wadi Dawan, in eastern and central Yemen have built incredible towering villages from an unusual material – mud bricks.

We’re All Afraid of Something. This Little Animation Shows How That Can Be Good.

Fear is so pervasive it could be the main human condition. It’s an emotion that follows those who seem to have everything together, and those who can’t leave the house.

But is it really all bad?

For her graduation from Vancouver Film School, San Francisco-based animator and illustrator Nata Metlukh made an exceptional short film which looks creatively at the upside of fear. It’s charming characters challenge us to re-asses the way we look at this common emotion, and schools us in the possibility that embracing it might just take away its power.

This Labyrinth Table is Elegant Entertainment (Even if it Was Inspired by The Shining)

Artist and furniture maker Benjamin Nordsmark wanted to give an ‘extra dimension’ to the conventional table, so he created a small universe inside one. His Labyrinth Table manages to be both elegant and entertaining, featuring an elaborate arrangement of walls under its glass top. Inside are 6 characters who can be moved around the space with magnets that attach to the bottom of the table. It’s a nostalgic tribute to childhood and an encouragement to play and explore.

…and if this labyrinth looks a bit familiar, he modelled it after the one featured at the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s terrifying film, The Shining.

World First: Solar Powered Airplane to Attempt Flight Across the Pacific

The Solar Impulse is one incredible airplane. Designed to be completely solar powered, it uses panels built into its wings and storage batteries to allow it to theoretically fly day and night, forever. Yep, you read that right.

Now, the Swiss team behind the project is attempting something never done before – to fly a solar powered airplane around the world. If the weather holds, the next leg will happen May 5th, and the Solar Impulse will be soaring across the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific.

Embroidered Architecture by Stephanie Clark

Stephanie K. Clark ‘paints’ architecture using spools of thread. Her exquisitely embroidered pieces feature miniature homes from the ornate dwellings of the victorian era to the low and sleek creations of the mid-century. Each scene is realized in straight lines of colored thread built up into the home. Her delicate work with the needle brings out brick and wood siding as if it were real. In contrast, her surrounding landscapes are minimalist. Palm trees, woodland and hedges are sketched in simple black lines.

Delicious Meditation: Vegan Mandala Cakes by Chef Stephen McCarty

In a meditation on beauty and impermanence, Buddhist monks spend days creating intricate sand mandalas that will be wiped away once completed. Chef Stephen McCarty does that with cakes. His artful creations, made under the name Sukhavati Raw Desserts, are made from vegan ingredients and decorated with exquisite hand-drawn mandalas that like their ancient counterparts will be gone within days. These, of course, will be joyously eaten.

Christina in Red: Stunning Color Photographs from 1913

These stunning images look like they could have been plucked off Instagram, but they were actually taken in 1913. Mervyn O’Gorman took them of his daughter Christina O’Gorman at Lulworth Cove, on the English coast in Dorset. He used the early color Autochrome process, a technique which used glass plates coated in dyed potato starch which acted as a filter for different colors. The red of Christina’s swimming costume and cloak were the most saturated the technique would reproduce.

Need a Friend? Say Hello to the “Selfie Arm”

Traveling the world on your own? Want to let your friends know you’ve found someone special anyway? We’ve got just the product for you: the ‘Selfie Arm’.

The over-the-top idea of artists Justin Crowe and Aric Snee, the ‘Selfie Arm’ extends a hand to you while holding your phone and capturing a picture. No one needs to know the identity of your secret friend.

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Dear Data: Two Women Track Personal Data on Postcards and Ship Them Across the Atlantic

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have only met twice in person, but they’re quickly getting to know each other through weekly postcards and a mutual obsession for tracking things. Their endearing year-long project “Dear Data” sees the pair sending postcards from New York to London and back – each with a week’s worth of personal data on the front and instructions for reading that data on the back.